Kitchen Island Makeover

kitchen island before

My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

Family Room Makeover Reveal

family room built-ins painted white atthepicketfence.com

The other day as my daughter was happily chattering away to me about all of the latest in her 2nd grade world, my ears perked up when I heard a familiar phrase. She was describing how a friend felt about something (obviously my mind was wandering just a bit!) and she said with great emphasis "Mommy, she doesn't just love it. She LOVE loves it!" And I had to smile. … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

Gratitude or Thanksgiving Tree from atthepicketfence.com

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west coast, specifically my beautiful Pacific NW, he just kind of casually waved his arm and said, "And there will be rain in the Pacific NW." I stopped dead in … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Plate Rack

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Do you ever have projects that you put off for...oh...say about 5 years? Ummm...yeah...me neither! ;-) In our kitchen there is a narrow wall that you pass by on your way to the dining room. Or if you are coming from the dining room you pass it on the way to the kitchen. You get the idea! I like to call it 'The Forgotten Wall'. Just something you pass by on your way to bigger and better things...like coffee. Oh sure, I made half-hearted attempts at giving it some attention. There … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Cork Board

DIY Painted Cork Board

Why is it that the room we need the most is often the room that we finish decorating last? That has been the case with my home office.  I have all of these grandiose plans for it, yet it still sits full of unpacked boxes and Christmas decorations I can't bring myself to finish packing away.  When Decoart asked me to review their new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, I knew it would be just the incentive I needed to get my rear in gear and finish my office! … [Read more...]

Outdoor DIY Marquee Sign for the Holidays! #damagefreeDIY

DIY outdoor holiday marquee sign

Today I, along with the Command Brand, am sharing a super cool outdoor holiday project! I have been so busy getting the INSIDE decorated, that I must confess I had been a little neglectful of the outside! Oh I had thrown some lights in the bushes and hung a wreath on the door, but I had still to create that one fun thing to make our yard stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.  Until I came up with this idea... an outdoor DIY marquee sign! I'm going to show you how you can make one … [Read more...]

Mirrored DIY Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

  Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it....if you could pull it off?  You could see it in your head.  Envisioned exactly what it would look like.   You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea. Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! … [Read more...]