the students have graduated – a diy midcentury console table

DIY MidCentury Console Table - Directions Not Inlcuded

A few weeks ago I shared the start of our DIY Midcentury console table. I was all ready to have a step-by-step tutorial on how we built it. That is not the easiest thing to do when you have company throughout the process. And it is also not the easiest thing to do when things don't go as planned and you have a husband telling you to put down the camera and help him figure out your crazy project. So yeah, the tutorial isn't going to be as detailed as I had originally planned ;) In the last post, … [Read more...]

this is halloween – knock off pottery barn chalkboard tombstone

Knock Off Pottery Barn Chalkboard Tombstone - Directions Not Included

Welcome to another day in the This is Halloween Series. Are you getting ready yet?  Yes, I skipped last week - it was a nutty work week, but I'm back on schedule. While this is such an easy one, I'm almost embarrassed to share it, I''m sharing it anyway, because Pottery Barn is selling a set of three for $119! Chalkboard tombstones for $119?! Not for this DIYer. Plus, any of you can do the same for a fraction of the cost. I made a bunch of tombstones last year with leftover plywood for the front … [Read more...]

student for the day – building a diy midcentury console table – phase 1

Building a DIY Midcentury Console Table - Directions Not Included

A few weeks ago I shared I was playing student in the sculpture studio at Ray's university. Playing with major power tools is scary, but fun at the same time. Ever since we upgraded the family room sofas, I knew we needed to get a console table for the back of the sofa. We had a little c-table I made forever ago to hold a lamp and my glass of wine, but once we had the L-shaped sofa moved into the space, the table is useless for the person who sits in the coveted corner of the L. Tell me we are … [Read more...]

time to get comfy – ikea throw pillow inserts

Directions Not Included - Family Room Pillowcases

A few weeks ago, I gave you a tour of our family room's progress. We recently bought new sofas from West Elm that we absolutely love. They are super comfortable and spacious. Lily even had her 15 minutes of fame, when our local West Elm's Instagram feed shared her photo enjoying her new spot. As comfy as the sofas are, they don't come with throw pillows. Many, many throw pillows are a must in the house. We are cuddlers and loungers at night with all the mutts, and frequently actually fall … [Read more...]

student for the day – playing with power tools

Playing with power tools - Directions Not Included

As you can tell my sporadic posting this year, even though I promised myself (and you guys!)  I would be back to blogging at least semi-regularly, things have been a bit up in the air. Work has been crazy due to many, many changes in the last 8 months. While I have a blast at work, it is also very stressful and draining at times. I decided I needed to start scheduling some mental health days. We have a decent vacation policy, so I added a few to the calendar to regroup and have some fun. … [Read more...]

changes – directions not included before and afters

Family Room - Directions Not Included

I was messing around with my blog design and realized I have been really bad at updating the pages on this site. Guess I'll take some time this weekend for some blog clean up! I'm working on a new house tour page, but in the meantime, I thought it would good to give a quick run through of the latest before and afters since this is a DIY blog after all. For all you new followers who have yet to see our "beautiful" before shots, this might come at a surprise - this house was pretty damn ugly. And … [Read more...]