Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge – It's Time to Vote and Enter to Win!

As you know (warning:  I’ll be mentioning this here and there all month long – I’m that excited to share this with you!), Cassity from Remodelaholic and I teamed up to create a coastal  cottage room designed around the beautiful Shaw Floors’ handscraped maple (Style: Rockbridge/Color:  Dusk) and Ikat Panel (multi) area rug. It was a dream come true experience to design a room around this flooring. 

I still smile every time I see this room. 
I’d love for our family room to look like this and I had so much fun designing it. 
Every detail, flooring, rug, paint color and accessories are comfortable and I feel right at home.
When decorating a room, do what you love…

The Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge Contest and Sweepstakes is up and running NOW through September 30th!  You can vote for your favorite room everyday! 
VOTE HERE:
Simply “like” Shaw on Facebook and vote for your favorite room (any of the 5 rooms designed by 5 teams – some amazingly talented and super friendly DIY and design bloggers) and while we’d love your vote for Cassity & Roeshel, all of the rooms are gorgeous. 

To enter the sweepstakes:

·         Like Shaw Floors on Facebook (www.facebook.com/shawfloors)
·         Enter your email address in the 30 Days of HGTV HOME tab
·         Vote for your favorite room – every day in September. EVERY DAY you’ll be entered! 30 prizes total!

By entering the sweepstakes, you can also print off a voucher to receive a free HGTV HOME tote bag and a free HGTV HOME area rug with purchase. Isn’t that sweet?!  Winners will not be announced on a daily basis due to the verification process to ensure winner is a real person, etc. Winners will not be announced on the Facebook Page during September but soon afterwards!

As camera shy as I am (deer in the headlights syndrome!), I wanted to share our experience with the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge.  Please don’t laugh at me too hard!  Cassity is a natural.  Me, not so much.&nbs
p;

Here are the videos that show our interview with Lisa LaPorta (HGTV’s Designed to Sell), describing our room: 


Cassity and I getting to know each other (she’s “awesome”!):


and a video that gives information on the event. Lisa Laporta is that cute in real life!



We would love for one of our readers to win new flooring or an area rug of their choice! And we’d love your vote!  Winning room/blog team gets all-expense paid trip to the HGTV Urban Oasis Home!  Hurray!  I’d love to win and share the experience with you, dear friends! Your support means so much to me.  You all are the best!  Please pop over to enter to win and vote at 
Look for another giveaway coming up Thursday right here at the DIY Show Off!  You don’t want to miss it ~ a chance to win any Shaw HGTV Home rug ANY SIZE!

Powder Room Decorative Details

We remodeled our powder room a few years ago but there were some unfinished details that finally got some attention. 
Our powder room was originally the end of an entry area to our home with a window and a small coat closet.  Somewhere down the line, a previous owner put up a wall and door, installed some plumbing and created a small powder room.
Before
As you can see, this half of the small powder room used to be the closet originally.  We installed a shelf above the toilet and for years, I’ve been looking at those exposed screws and I finally reached a point where I can’t take it any more.

I saw this cool Flexible Dentil Molding at Rocker:
Flexible Dentil Molding
Inspiration for an easy DIY project! 
I measured and cut it with scissors to fit.
Next:  Glue in place. I used Gorilla Super Glue.  I did have to hold it in place and apply pressure for a couple of minutes. I’m sure there’s a better method, but this is what I had on hand and it was easy to use.  Use a level to be sure it’s ‘level’. 
Then all I had to do was paint it.  I used a craft brush to easily get into all of the grooves. I used the same color as our walls.  Painting it white like the rest of the trim would have been pretty too (paint it before gluing it in that case.)
Doesn’t it look better? Love this product! (It’d be awesome for curved/rounded areas!) No more ugly screw heads showing and a little extra pretty detail. 
I‘ve had these plaques for years as well but because hanging them is an ordeal, they’ve sat on a shelf. 
ugh…
Dischangers make hanging so much easier.

Wet the back of the disk using a fingertip and
water.

Wait about a minute and apply to the center of the back. Smooth into place.

Let dry over night (important step!) and hang! 

What do you think?  Sometimes the smallest details make a big difference. I love how it turned out. 
Want to see how nasty this bathroom was when we bought the house?  Visit Powder Room Makeover to see the before and progress. It was one of my first blog posts here at the DIY Show Off.  :)

*I received linked products mentioned as part of my participation in the 

 

Link up your DIY project in the Monthly DIY Contest for a chance to win a great prize package!

DIY at Dream Book Design

It’s not a secret to Adrianne that I love her blog but in case you didn’t know, I’d like to introduce you to 

Dream Book Design
Take a look at her latest projects.  Dreamy!
So pretty!  Makes me want to give up our sleigh bed and start from scratch!
Love these DIY knotted pillows.  Great no sew project!
And my favorite:
How To Make a DIY Tripod Lamp ~ isn’t this gorgeous? 
Thanks so much for sharing your DIY creativity, Adrianne (and Jeremy)!  Beautiful work!

Ready, Set, Roomspiration!

Get ready for a fun new linky party coming up soon – an open house of sorts for bloggers! Here is the entire Roomspiration schedule:
As you can see, there are 12 DIY and design bloggers teamed up to bring you a fun blog hop and linky party running September 12-October 7th. I’ll be sharing my kitchen reveal on Oct. 7th, drooling over some beautiful rooms from some talented bloggers’ homes and checking out the links for even more ideas!  Hope to see you and your home there too! I can’t wait!
abode love: a man\View Along the Way  Involving Color{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of GrayThe Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard CeilingThe DIY Show Off

Abode Love - entryways Sept. 12th
View Along the Way - living rooms  Sept. 14th
Homemaker on a Dime - bathrooms  Sept.16th
DIY by Design - guest bedrooms Sept. 19th
Family Brings Joy - craft rooms  Sept. 21st
Involving Color - dining rooms Sept. 23rd
All Things Bright & Beautiful - kids bedrooms Sept. 26th
a la mode - nurseries  Sept. 28th
Just a Touch of Gray - master bedrooms  Sept. 30th
The Blooming Hydrangea - closets and nooks  Oct. 3rd
The Mustard Ceiling - laundry and mudrooms  Oct. 5th
The DIY Showoff - kitchens  Oct. 7th

DIY Project Parade – My Thrifty Finds

This week Bri and I visited a gem of an antique and junk treasures shop.  Cappy’s Corner in Ford City, PA is a sweet little shop in a town with a little population but packed full of tons of antique, vintage and retro goodies!  Bri shops there frequently (thanks, Bri…I think) and has gotten to know Cappy, the owner who finds the best junk and even hunted, found and saved brooches for our brooch wreath project.  
Cappy's Corner
If I didn’t have to be somewhere else that afternoon, I’d probably still be there treasure hunting. You can’t tell very well from the pictures, but it was so organized into tons of pretty little cramped-full vignettes. “I Spy” for a junker/thrifter ~ so much fun!  Can’t wait to do it again!

In exchange, I think we got her addicted to Pinterest. We’re nice like that! ;)  I spied some Pinterest-worthy creativity at Cappy’s Corner too. Love this mason jar chandelier!  Made by Cappy and her husband:
DIY hooks!  Awesome! Wouldn’t these be sweet in a mudroom? 

In honor of our visit, there was a 25% off everything sale!  Whoop!  Okay.  That’s not true.  It was an “anniversary” celebration sale but since it was my first time there, I can pretend it was for me since it hugely benefited my wallet (well, sort of, you guys – there was so much stuff calling my name.  “Roooooeshelllll, look at me.  Buy me.” I swear!)
What did I come home with? Here’s a sneak peek.  I’ll share where these things are going very soon. I CAN’T WAIT, my DIY and thrifty friends!

   

And what’s so DIY about this post?  Well, I purchased two rusty antique pie tins. A little hot glue and convex mirrors found at yard sale just waiting for a project and now I have two of these:
Sharing this at 

I love their rustic look on the wall in my dining room.  
Thanks to Cappy.  It was so nice to meet her since Bri couldn’t stop bragging about her finds. I have a feeling she’ll be seeing more of me. 

What have you been up to lately?  Got something DIY or a thrifty deal to share?  Link up! Let’s see it!

The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  :)


Ps.  In addition to the weekly DIY Project Parade, look what’s coming up!

September 5th (Every Friday):
DIY Fall Festival starts September 5th! Start looking at last year’s posts and links to pin NOW for some autumn inspiration here!

And on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (last week’s party was the first and it’s still open)! Check out the Pinterest day dream posts
for some favorite inspiration that you’ll want to pin too!
Pinterest PinFest

DIY Shout Out to Polka Dots and Puppies ~ DIY Script Rug

In the DIY Show Off Big Top today, step right up to enjoy the main attraction:

polkadots and puppies

Rachel decided to do her own version of the LaPoeme rug by Ballard Designs.

Inspiration
Before
Rachel’s beautiful personalized version shown by super model, little Georgia…
it’s lyrics to their wedding song. Awe!!!
I LOVE it!  Want to get the details on how it’s done?  She makes it look super easy.  Visit Rachel at DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Rug at

  

polka dots and puppies turq striped button 3x3inch

~*~*~*~

I’m holding a yard sale today. What are your plans this weekend?

DIY at 5 Days 5 Ways

I love Abbie from

Five days...5 ways

Clever, creative DIY going on over there.  Here are just a couple of things I so happy to show off for her:

IMG_2930
After
Isn’t this cute?! So easy to DIY with a little sewing and a couple of tension rods between cabinets.

IMG_3279-1
DIY Diamond Tufted Ottoman (with nailhead trim) made from a $40 craigslist coffee table!  
Before = old coffee table
215753_1990390324582_1388075794_32270234_343011_n
After – awesome tufted ottoman! It looks gorgeous in her living room, doesn’t it?
It’d look fabulous in mine too!  
IMG_3859
See Abbie’s “how to” and cost breakdown at DIY Tufted Ottoman.
And that’s just a teensy sneak peek.  Pop over and check things out. Another thing I love? Her blog schedule:
She’s also got a really fun giveaway going on that you don’t want to miss!  After you take a minute to enter the business card giveaway – last chance today, Abbie’s hosting a Pleated Poppy giveaway, and you can find out all of the details here.
Enjoy the weekend.  Thanks to Abbie for sharing her creativity and fabulous blog!

If you’re noticing that the DIY Show Off button on your blog is showing black, please grab the code on the right side bar or here:

The DIY Show Off

for a quick fix! I appreciate your patience and hopefully the original code will be fixed and back to normal soon without any action on your part. 

Lawn Twister – fun for Labor Day picnic!

 The DIY Show Off

When my daughter and I saw this on Pinterest, we knew it was a must for her outdoor graduation party so we made our own version!  This would be fun if you’re hosting a Labor Day picnic.

Materials:  
  • Cardboard (middle for circle spinner, the circle-frame to be used as a stencil for spray painting)
  • Upholstery tack (you may find a better solution, we were using what we had on hand – without buying more materials)
  • 3 colors of Krylon spray paint
  • Gorilla tape
Tools:
  • Utility knife
  • Dinner plate to trace
  • Markers
  • Ruler/yardstick
How To:
1.  On a large piece of card board, trace a dinner plate in the center and cut out circle using a utility knife.  The circle itself is used for the spinner.  The large cardboard with the circle cut out becomes a stencil for the painted twister circles.
2.  Using a ruler and pencil, divide the circle into 16 pie shapes.  Define sections using markers and write in names of colors (same as paint colors chosen). We love the recycled cardboard giving it a vintage toy look!
3.  On another rectangle square, trace the cardboard circle in the center.  Divide the rectangle into 4 sections. In the corner of each section label one of the following:  left foot, right foot, left hand, right hand. 
Close up of after it’s all together:

4. Cut out an arrow from a thinner piece of cardboard.  
5.  Using an upholstery tack, connect arrow to the circle then to the rectangle cardboard. It will fall out when upside down. However, it survived intact the duration of the party. 
6.  Gorilla Glue tape on the back prevents pinpricks!

7.  Decide on a flat large area of the yard. Place the stencil in the upper left hand corner and choose your first color. We chose red.
8.  Measure to the right of first circle 6 inches to place the circle stencil (the left inside circle border placed at 6″ as shown).  Spray paint another color. Repeat for desired size.  We did 4 different colors across. (Or decide on a pattern as shown in the Pinterest inspiration.)
9.  Start the next row with the 2nd color used in row one, ending with first color used in row one. Repeat.  We originally did 16 circles but then doubled to 32 for a larger playing area.  
10.  Let dry.
Time to play!

Spinner Tip:
(push arrow with fingers)

Fun!!!

One more day to enter the UPrinting.com Business Card Giveaway!

Bathroom Before and After

Lindsay from Tell’er All About It just shared her bathroom reveal. Nearly every detail is DIY. ::clap clap clap!:: So much hard work but take a look at the beautiful result. So worth it!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Before: boring builder grade

After: Bathroom showroom!

Before: Clean. Nothing really “wrong” with it. 


After: Surrounded by soothing blue and calm white, it’s relaxation waiting to happen. 


Before: closed for business


After: Calm.
Visit Lindsay to get all of the details, see TONS more pictures and to see the progress and entire transformation.  It’s such a beautiful peaceful space to get ready in the mornings and to prepare for sweet dreams in the evenings. 
It’s gorgeous, Lindsay!  I have a similar color in our powder room and just love that shade of blue. It looks fabulous with your rich espresso vanity and beautiful white tile.  All of your hard work accomplished a beautiful update! Great job! I love the picture of your DIY super hero in action!

~*~*~*~

Spirit Solar
cut your energy bills with solar panels

Pinterest PinFest Linky Party ~ Daydreaming

I updated our HOME TOUR and now I’m taking a little break from showing off to work on some projects with a reward of a daydream today.

The house I “built” using some of my favorite pins:
Entryway.  Welcome.  I hope you’re in lounge clothes. No work today. 
Living Room (Yes! The one I designed with Cassity.)
I’d love to move this entire room into our home. 
Kitchen. Cup of tea and cookies?
Bedroom. Tomorrow, I’ll blog from here.
Bathroom. Just a sneak peek.  
Where I do laundry:
I’d love to be creative in here…
Outdoor Oasis
I have a gift for you…
What I’d love to be wearing as I head to dinner tonight:
How I’m feeling:
What I’m snacking on:
If you’re a dreamer like me, do you want to do this every once in a while with me?  A Pinterest PinFest (or any motivating inspiration post) linky party?   You know how much I love parties and inspiration for my next DIY project. :)
Enjoy the day!
DayDreamer Pinterest PinFest

Edit:  Looks like I’m not the only daydreamer! I’ve added a linky party below if you’d like to join in.  I’ll work on creating a linky party button and figure out a schedule (maybe monthly?). &nbs
p;Create your Pinterest PinFest DayDream post and link up below.  Include a link back if you’d like to get others daydreaming too!  :)
Edit x 2.  Here’s the new Pinterest PinFest button.  I think we’ll shoot for the 2nd Tuesday every month. The party will be open for one week, maybe longer if needed.

Garden Lodges
garden rooms – for a variety of stunning garden buildings

TIME for the DIY Project Parade

We dressed up the door on our kitchen pots and pans pantry with a clock!

Clock parts are from Rockler and I’m sharing the tutorial over at the DIY Club today.  

It was a super easy project and it works so well. I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right!
(these numbers are temporary – so they’ll be redone and perfectly spaced)
Do you like it?

What have you been up to?  If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:

The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.
le="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">
5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  :)

Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:

  
Preview

Deck Reveal at My 1929 Charmer

Meet:  Cathy from 

My 1929 Charmer
She shares our love of decorating and thrifting and she’s sooooo good at it! (Great sewing and gardening tips too!)
This was Cathy’s deck before:
Cathy waved her DIY magic wand (if only it were that simple!) and this is her deck now:
Unbelievable.  What a beautiful transformation!
See more pictures, details of her thrifty treasures and a cost breakdown at 
I imagine I’d spend the rest of the summer days and most of fall relaxing there!
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing deck reveal in the DIY Project Parade, Cathy!  You did a fantastic job! 

Thrifty Treasure – Barrel to Side Table

Mr. DIY and I got two small barrels for 50 cents each at an estate sale recently.  You know that I just do what I love. It’s a little country next to our thrift store wingback chair but tucks nicely in this little corner for the time being. 
Inspector Lalka
Just flip and add a few odd treasures on top, special photos and a few extra things tucked into the side.
This will go in the upcoming guest bedroom makeover but for now…I’m having fun playing with my life size doll house.  What do you think?
What’s your most recent thrift store, yard sale or Craig’s List treasure?

UPrinting Business Card Giveaway

When you mention that you blog to people you know and meet, do you get blank stares?  That’s what it’s like for me so having some business cards on hand makes it a lot easier to explain and for friends, family and co-workers to remember.  UPrinting recently contacted me about doing a giveaway.  Needing business cards myself, I visited their user friendly site and purchased my own business cards online. I love the result.  Easy to do!
I love the quality and it’s so handy having something I can share when the topic of what I enjoy doing comes up.
I couldn’t resist putting a picture of the room Cassity and I designed – especially since I’ll be sharing more details about that coming up in a couple of weeks.
Prize Details
250 die cut business cards for one winner
Choose from:  2 x 3.5″ rounded corners, 2 x 2″ rounded corners, 1.75 x 3.5″ rounded corners,
2 x 3.5″ leaf, 2 x 3.5 rounded one corner, 2 x 3.5″ half circle, 2 x 3.5″ oval and 2.5″ circle.
Cards are 14 pt cardstock with gloss/matte/high gloss (UV) or 13 pt cardstock uncoated.
Business card templates are also available for download or upload and create your own design.
6 business days turnaround time and free shipping!
To Enter:  Simple.  Leave a comment below {1 entry}.  Comment whatever comes to mind. Your favorite DIY, shout out your blog name, tell me you like me, a joke, the best part of your week, anything! What’s the popular reaction you get when you tell others that you’re a blogger if you are?
Leave another comment {1 additional entry} if you share this giveaway with your online friends using Facebook, Twitter Stumble Upon or your blog (and thank you for spreading the word!). Or if you pin something from my site onto Pinterest – that counts too!  Let me know so I can follow your boards!
Giveaway runs today 8/19 through next Friday, August 26th at midnight EST. Remember to leave your email address if I can’t reach you via your profile.
Thanks for entering!  Good luck!
 

Ps. This business cards online  giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting. No compensation whatsoever was given for hosting. I purchased my own business cards shown above. For more information about printing services and their entire line of products, please visit UPrinting.com.

 

Focal Point

I‘ve enjoyed the posts over at Focal Point for quite a while now and I’m excited to share a few great DIY projects by Lynda with you! Here’s a little about her:
“I never really thought of myself as a DIYer – but hey – the shoe fits!! I love fashion & interior design. I also love & enjoy problem solving, making something from nothing, thrifting, furniture refinishing, decorating for the seasons (especially in seasonless South Florida!) and sharing with people how to create a look for less! After working in retail for 25 years and posting our home on HGTV Rate my Space, I started blogging (in Oct. 2009) as a means of sharing how to’s, home projects, and trend spotting.”
::: FOCAL POINT :::
Lynda recently created a beautiful gallery wall using things she already had.  I love when things like this come together.  Take a look at her stunning dining room:
If you’re wanting to do a gallery wall, you must read her No Template Tips. I want my dining room to look like hers. Lovely!
End of summer is a great time for re-organization in the pantry with lots of fall and holiday cooking coming up.  Just a little DIY and creativity…
See Lynda’s list of materials and how-to at Style Solution:  DIY Budget Pantry Update. I can’t wait to have a pantry again. ::envious:: Our old enclosed porch is serving as our pantry area at this time.   
And as a DIY’er, I LOVE the gift Lynda gave her mom this past Mother’s Day so much, I think my mom’s getting this next year (thanks, Lynda!)…
Before
Mom’s Memory Wall After
Spending time with her mom going through pictures was a bonus to the great gift.  Lynda also created two other gift areas.  You’ll have to head over to Focal Point Mom’s Day Gift to get the details. 
Lynda, thank you so much for sharing a few of your DIY ideas!  I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to next! 

Kitchen French Door Trim Update

The trim around our french door was a more modern/inexpensive mitered jobby like this…
The rest of the door trim in the kitchen is original to the farmhouse…it might not be a big deal. Not really. We have mismatched trim throughout the entire house. But then Mr. DIY wanted one of these:
Ryobi Doorman Door Closer - DM85D
He HATES when the door is not shut quickly.  Ask anyone in our family his infamous naggiest lecture and they’ll holler:  “YOU’RE LETTING THE BUGS IN!”
::eye roll::
(actually…bugs = bad.  they bite. kitty destroys house getting them. take back ::eye roll::)
Since we’re remodeling the kitchen 
AND he wants an automatic door shutter-upper (also known as the Mr. DIY shutter upper! hehehehe) which needs a wider trim, we decided to change out the skinny trim for something chunky and matching the original.
You can see the skinny trim in the background of this picture: SEE IT THERE? And the bug destroyer in the foreground? I have a bent curtain – rod victim of bug destroyer’s determination.

Original trim throughout the kitchen. Wide. Pretty.

How we matched it:

We used three 3 1/2″ by 1″ boards.  Set up the vertical sides first from floor to top of door frame.  Mark to just the top of the vertical door frame and cut. I love this look and it’s so easy to frame doors and windows this way.  Mitering is a lot more complicated!
The top horizontal board sits on top of the cut vertical boards to complete the frame.  Ours overlaps each side by 1/2″. Mark 1/2″ past the vertical side and cut. 

Prime with a latex primer such as Kilz.

We then used Dutch Boy’s Trim & Cabinet paint (Ultra White).  One coat before hanging.

Place and secure with finishing nails, countersinking them.

Fill nail holes with wood filler.
Use caulk were needed (side/seams).
Lightly sand where needed.

I always use my Purdy paint brush for trim. I gave the trim a second coat of paint. We use a satin or semi-gloss finish on trim.  Much easier to wipe finger prints (this door especially is in the path from kitchen to grill and my cook never sees his black fingerprints but you can’t miss them).  

   

All done. Stand back and admire, be reassured that the door closes automatically and exit quickly to avoid the push and letting bugs in!  :)
Next up – framing that window and baseboard trim!  I do love that the door trim now matches the rest of our old home’s character.  

HomeTalk Winner of $100 Target Gift Card


I‘m so glad that so many of you checked out and loved the HomeTalk site as much as I do!  If you missed the giveaway, continue to read through this post for details and a link to another awesome giveaway! 


HomeTalk is an interactive site for DIYers and homeowners.  Membership is FREE!  It’s an informative and friendly online tool to trade helpful tips, advice, referrals for repair, renovation and gardening. I love that I can connect with others locally and from all over for advice or to share home improvement stories and experiences.  Ever wonder how NOT TO have a DIY disaster?  Check there as a source for information on how to do things right.  I’ve gotten helpful information about bats in our attic and shared our bamboo floors.  It’s fun interaction and a very useful resource for homeowners. 



Thank you all for entering !  The winning # is 


Life, Crafts and Whatever said… 147

Signed up on Hometalk!


#147 is Jennifer from 

Congratulations, Jennifer!  You’ve won the $100 Target gift card!

(While I was visiting Jennifer’s blog and catching up, I said a quick prayer for her family.  She could use your prayers as well.  Wishing Ava a speedy recovery!)

If you’re not the winner, don’t forget that you can enter HomeTalk’s weekly giveaway! Someone has to win – it may as well be you (or me!). This week’s prize is $500 to Lowe’s!

DIY at Josie Jones

Hello DIY Show Off readers!!  We are so thrilled to be doing our 1st ever guest post here!  We are quite new to the blogging world as we just launched our blog, JosieJones & Company, May 2011.  Here’s a little bit about us.  We are moms, wives, business owners, Christians, lovers of all things old/shabby/vintage, and passionate about simple design.  This is just what our blog is all about- simple design that anyone can achieve.  We love to feature room redo’s that didn’t cost much money, but required a little thought and patience to find the right solutions.  At JosieJones & Company, you will also find fun and unique DIY projects that anyone can tackle.  We lead busy lives and know it can be overwhelming to have a mind full of projects we’d like to try, but so little time.  Here are a few examples of the simple projects you will find at JosieJones.com.
We also love to feature simple recipes we find!!  Here is a great homemade lemon body scrub.
All of our featured recipes include a downloadable recipe card for you to print.
Another idea we love to show our readers is how to repurpose treasures for all sorts of uses.  Check out this fun toolbox repurposed 4 different ways.
Now if you’re like us and love a good “Before and After” project, we’ve got those as well!!
You may also enjoy this bathroom remodel where we took an old outdated room and transformed it into a country chic oasis!
Each month we will post several DIY projects, recipes, and fabulous finds that we hope will inspire you in some way.  We will also feature an amazing Giveaway each month full of fun and unique treasures.  We are bursting at the seams with ideas and projects that we can’t wait to bring to you!
We thank Roeshel for giving us this opportunity to share our new blog, Josie Jones & Company with you and we hope you’ll find some time to stop by and give it a visit.  We would love to hear from you!!!
Sincerely,
Natalie and Kim
~*~*~*~
Thanks so much to the talented and creative Natalie & Kim for sharing so much DIY inspiration and goodies!  Please visit to check out their beautiful site, say hello and get some great DIY tips and ideas.

And a very special request…please
visit my friend Nan at

Your comment counts as a $1 donation from Design Gives Back & GuidePost to Friends of Kids with Cancer & the Miracle Makeover program.  Click HERE to read about last year’s recipient: Charlie, a sweet kids with a big heart and brain tumors and his makeover experience.  Seeing his smile and story is so heart warming. You comments will mean so much!

DIY Project Parade and Powder Room Decorative Details

Can you pick out the differences in these pictures?

Here’s a hint:  we used these products:
Flexible Dentil Molding
Thanks to Rockler, Gorilla Glue and Dischangers, I love this little cubby area in our powder room a little more.  Sometimes it’s about the minor details that give me a little peace of mind. :)
(See the full powder room yucky before & pretty after here
I have another little project in here coming up too!)

See what we did this weekend. the details and transformation post at The DIY Club.

What have you been up to?

The DIY Show Off



If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:


1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  :)

DIY Project Parade Highlights

I just wanted to share a few highlights from this week’s DIY Project Parade.  So much inspiration, you guys.  If I could, I’d highlight every one! You all rock!  Here are just a few favorites from this week.  Please visit the link to see the original post with all of the details and more pictures!  Then head over to visit other links in the party here or link up your own.

Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
Before…
After…
Junkin’ Junky
Before…
ct2
Gorgeous after…
DSCN2266

I also LOVE Mel’s Ballard Designs Knock Off Moulin Cube.
Inspiration $269:
UO058_main

Her $20 version is awesome!
DSCN2285

Best Outdoor Seating Areas and inspiration by Debbie and Angela
Tres Cherie Vintage Market

Clever vinyl floor makeover
In My Own Style

Before          After
How-to-change-the-color-on-Black-square-of-vinyl-cover - Copy

LOVE this Pottery Barn knock off clock table by
Korrie at Red Hen Home
pottery barn clock table


See more from my blog friends at the DIY project parade!



Reminder:  Today’s the last day to enter!

HomeTalk $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway too (HERE).  
Get your friends to enter too – there’s a bonus that doubles the prize!

Darn multi-tasking and distractions!  This was to publish Friday morning!  Oops!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Growing a Bedroom at Imperfectly Polished

Meet Jessie from 

Love her blog and her creativity. 
This was Jessie’s master bedroom before.  Small.
That’s Pudge on the bed…such a cutie!
Beautiful before of the headboard wall…
See her inspiration here.
With just a few changes, they gave their small room a bigger feel.  Look how much it’s grown!
Beautiful horizontal wood treatment makes the room seem wider.  Love the texture and the originality, don’t you?  A great way to add a little rustic vibe to the room.
The window before seemed very small (see in the before picture above?).  Framing it along the entire wall with curtains really enlarges the look of the room!  Magic!  Pretty coral drapes!
See these original Master Bedroom Reveal post for all of the details!
Night Stand Accessories (parts 1 and 2)
So much love, DIY and hard work went into this beautiful reveal. What do you think? I LOVE IT!  
Thanks for sharing your master bedroom reveal, Jessie!  I love the new look!  Great job at making your room  beautiful and cozy rustic retreat!
~*~*~*~
HomeTalk $100 Target Giveaway

How about something new for the place you relax and lay your head at the end of the day? There’s still time to enter the HomeTalk $100 Target Gift Card giveaway.ENTER HERE!

Join HomeTalk to get real life home improvement, home repair, decorating and gardening experience from others and professionals!
Giveaway ends tomorrow night!