DIY & Show Off: Fabulous Furniture Highlights

January was an awesome month for rescuing furniture. Check out these favorites from January 2014 That DIY Party links: 

That DIY Party Furniture Highlights January 2014

I have a cute copper desk lamp. It’s in the closet. All I’m missing is this gorgeous DIY Ikea desk hack at The Gathered Home. I love the copper detail paired with that luscious rustic plank top, Brynne!

DIY Ikea desk hack @TheGatheredHome

Furniture surgery. Melissa brought this old girl back to life. See more details on restoring a Queen Anne settee at The Whimsical Wife

restoring queen anne settee @TheWhimsicalWife

Rescued furniture. One of my favorites. And this desk and chair re-do at Brooke Eva is so, so, SO pretty!

desk and chair makeover @BrookeEva

 Wow! You won’t believe this DIY Ikea furniture hack at Songbird Blog. Marianne, you did an amazing job giving that plain old tv stand a beautiful new look!

DIY Ikea furniture hack @SongbirdBlog

Ikea hacks are so much fun. Ready for another one? Aniko’s DIY Ikea hack headboard at Place of My Taste is stunning! What a happy place to fall asleep and to wake up every day.

Ikea headboard hack @PlaceofMyTaste

Liz has invited us for coffee or tea. She’s all ready for our visit with her fully stocked coffee & tea bar at Create…awesome dresser re-do!

coffee bar @CreatedwithLove

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

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DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light - not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

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DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Room Makeover Highlights

I’ve been catching up on That DIY Party links, pinning and collecting some favorites. That’s over 600 links filled with your awesome creativity! I’ve split up the highlights into 3 categories that I’ll share this week. Here are some room makeover DIY highlights from January’s That DIY Party that you’ll want to check out or revisit: 

That DIY Party Highlights {beautiful spaces} January 2014

Awesome use of space in this charming little entryway closet at Creatively Living Blog…love the insulator coat hooks!

entry way closet reveal @CreativelyLivingBlog

Oh-la-la! Parisian chic bedroom at Quirky Cool! Magnifique!

Paris themed bedroom @QuirkyCool

Not only would I be inspired to get to work! in this gorgeous homework station at Classy Clutter by Savannah but I may be inspired to daydream as well (don’t tell the kids!)…

homework station @ClassyClutter

Speaking of daydreaming, Mallory did a beautiful job with this little reading nook at Classy Clutter. Housework, DIY can wait. Let’s take a break!

reading nook @ClassyClutter

Get your rustic – antique – vintage fix over Shabby Love’s beautiful home tour. So much charming vintage eye candy!

Home Tour @Shabby Love (VintageMellie)

Loving this modern boy’s bedroom makeover at Amy Krist…so many fun DIY accents!

boys modern bedroom @AmyKrist

Grab a tissue for your drool. Brandi’s farmhouse kitchen at Nest of Bliss is so inspiring. That ceiling! That light fixture! That island! and more! I’ll take a helping of each, please!

farmhouse kitchen @NestofBliss

I love every precious detail in this guest bedroom makeover at Tidbits and Twine…the cozy and pretty twin beds, the black beauty cabinet, the frames above the bed and especially those sconce lights. 

guest room makeover @TidbitsandTwine

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

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DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 - hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 - hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 - hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

earlybird xmas $250 giveaway

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Giveaway is open to all readers 18+. 
  • Giveaway starts Tuesday, Nov. 5 th at 7 a.m. EST and ends 12 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12th.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There’s a $100 Overstock gift card being given away to two lucky DIYShowOff readers too! 

Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

Xmas Giveaway

Jen at City Farmhouse
Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

That DIY Party Highlights

Every week, every link shared at That DIY Party inspires and motivates me. I love visiting and pinning and featuring and being inspired. Thank YOU for sharing your DIY projects!

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

Here are a few favorites…

Amazing kitchen makeover...

Amazing kitchen makeover...
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Whoa! You have to see the 'before' and all of the gorgeous after photos of the kitchen reveal at Nest of Bliss. Every detail...delicious!

Got something to share? Come back Sunday at 9 a.m. EST to join THAT DIY PARTY!

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Or visit the links for inspiration for your next project. So.much.creativity! 

Follow along on Pinterest to see what’s being shared and to easily re-pin from the original source.

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DIY Halloween Highlights – Part 1

DIY Halloween Highlights: I’ve been collecting some awesome DIY Halloween features from the weekly That DIY Party. Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? These are awesome! DIY Halloween

Witch’s Clothesline at 21 RoseMary Lane - so cute! 

witch's laundry at 21 RoseMary Lane

Paper Halloween Display at Design Sprinkle - fun free printables to create your own spooky vignette.

paper halloween display at Design Sprinkle

Scary Halloween Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio - I can almost hear the spooky organ music.

Scary-Halloween-Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer - so important and necessary for this time of year!

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer

Glittery spidery candles from The Messy Roost - glitter, glam and 8 legs. 

spider candles - messy roost

a Halloween bedroom at the DIY Dreamer - sweet dreams. bahahahahaha!

Creepy-Crawly-Bedroom at The DIY Dreamer  

Halloween Ghost Feet at the Moody Fashionista - awesome sweet keepsake gift idea!

Halloween ghost feet at The Moody Fashionista

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade - so creative and festive!

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade

Repurposed grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion - clever and creepy! Love the simplicity too!

grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion

and three of my own most recent:

DIY skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

wooden candy corn accents

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals  

trick or treat tote bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

I’ll be sharing more Halloween this week! Stay tuned! 

Please remember to pin from the original source by clicking the links above or easily repinning from the That DIY Party Pinterest board

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A BIG thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their spooky fun DIY!

Do you have a Halloween DIY to ‘show off’? Link up at this week’s That DIY Party!

DIY Highlights

I fell way behind in featuring some awesome THAT DIY PARTY highlights the last few weeks due to a busy schedule but I’m catching up! 

DIY Party Highlights

Here’s a shout out to some favorite do-it-yourself projects from some amazing blog friends: 

DIY HIGHLIGHTS

Kim shared a recent job and “wow”. Just “Wow!” Beautiful. See the process of this reclaimed beadboard installation at Living Vintage

Living-Vintage-our-completed-beadboard-project

Loving Stephanie’s eclectic bedroom makeover at The Styled Soul

bedroom makeover - The Styled Soul

Tracie did an awesome job with this gorgeous light fixture makeover at Cleverly Inspired

refinish-an-old-ceiling-light-cleverlyinspired

Andrea shares an inexpensive easy DIY – framed wrapping paper at Live Love Larson and I am drooling over her entire dining room…gorgeous!

framed wrapping paper at Live Love larson

When I grow up, I want to build like Jen at the House of Wood. Did you see the gorgeous DIY Pottery Barn inspired media console? Wow!

DIY media console at the House of Wood

Tanya proves that a pretty laundry room update doesn’t have to cost big bucks at Twelve O Eight.

laundry room update - Twelve O Eight

Rebecca’s DIY wreath bird feeder at the Garden Roof Coop is so pretty, isn’t it? 

bird feeder wreath - The Garden Roof Coop

Cristina shared her beautiful DIY chalkboard with tray tutorial at Remodelando la Casa. Not only do I want that chalkboard, but her laundry room is stunning! Love it!

DIY chalkboard with tray - Remodelando la Casa

Brandi’s fireplace makeover at Nest of Bliss – wow! Lovely!

FireplaceMakeover - Nest of Bliss

Remember to visit the links above to say “hi” and to pin from the original source or head over to the THAT DIY PARTY Pinterest board to easily re-pin these and more original DIY party links.

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Thanks to everyone for joining the party by sharing DIY! Surprise to the ladies featured above…I apologize for not having the time to leave you a note about showing off your awesome-ness. xo

Showing Off: Bed Slats to DIY Shutters at Vintage News Junkie

Meet: Candace from 

Vintage News Junkie blog

I had the pleasure to meet her in person at the Haven Conference. Candace is a former news girl who dabbles in antiques, crafts, paint, and DIY projects. She blogs about life, home, and her love for recycling more than old newspapers.

Project Description: She repurposed Ikea bed slats ( that she scored for FREE) and created kitchen shutters from them! So cool!

DIY-upcycled-shutters-before-after

For more details:

from-ikea-bed-slats-to-indoor-shutters-two-part-tutorial

Shutter Tutorial Part One

Shutter Tutorial Part Two

Victory!

That DIY Party Highlights

The party links are always so inspiring! Thank YOU all so much for linking up and sharing your hard work and creativity. Here are some highlights from the previous week…

THAT DIY PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

Cristina’s laundry room makeover at Remodelando La Casa is SUCH an inspiration with a laundry room makeover in our very near future. Dreamy!

Laundry Room Remodelando La Casa

I’ve been wanting my own little shed for years and now that I’ve seen Shayna’s beautiful shed makeover at The Wood Grain Cottage, I’ve added it to my Christmas wish list. I’ve been a good girl this year, right?

shed makeover The Wood Grain Cottage

Angelina shared some awesome fun kids’ DIY videos at Sew-Crafty Kids

kids crafty videos at Sew-CraftyKids.com

Here’s two:

I love Rebecca’s DIY travel map chalkboard at the Crafted Sparrow – such a cute way to track adventures! See it displayed in her awesome back to school mantel and back to school teacher gift (Adorable!) too. 

Travel Chalkboard Map The Crafted Sparrow

Barb’s DIY bedside floating shelves at Turtles and Tails is genius! 

floating bedside shelf at Turtles and Tails blog

and Leslie shares her tutorial for creating an extra large DIY wall clock at Paper Daisy Designs…great for filling up wall space!

extra large DIY wall clock at paper daisy designs

Remember to pin from the original source using the links above or head over to the Pinterest board for That DIY Party to re-pin these and more!

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Thanks to these super talented ladies for linking up and inspiring us in That DIY Party! Have something to share? Join me tomorrow by linking up your awesome DIY!

That DIY Party

Habitat for Humanity Before & After DIY Contest favorites and winner.

Last week I had the honor of co-hosting the OPC’s The Better Half’s annual Before & After DIY Contest supporting Habitat for Humanity.

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What a pleasure visiting all of the links to so many outstanding DIY projects! But oh so hard to choose! Here are a few of my favorites:

Beautiful Bedroom Makeover at Our Prairie Home

Bedroom Makeover at Our Prairie Home

Awesome bathroom makeover at the Pin Junkie

bathroom makeover at thepinjunkie

Fun play kitchen at The Skocik Money Pit

play kitchen at The Skocik Money Pit

Awesome security box turned console DIY at Adventures in Decorating

DIY security box console at Adventures in Decorating

Wow! A plastic pretzel container turned nautical vase at 21 Rosemary Lane

plastic pretzel jar turned nautical vase at 21 Rosemary Lane Gorgeous charcoal gray dining room at Primitive and Proper

dining room at Primitive and Proper

Pretty bathroom reveal at Marty’s Musings

bathroom reveal at Marty's Musings

Beautiful DIY driftwood mirror at The Wood Grain Cottage

Driftwood-Main by The Wood Grain Cottage  

Awesome entryway makeover at Dwellings by Devore

entryway makeover at Dwellings by Devore

And the winner is

DIY bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Bathroom Reno @ DesignDreams by Anne

I am so amazed that Anne tore apart her old bathroom and with just a budget of $2500, SHE did this all by herself…wow!

Bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Stunning! Great job, Anne! Congratulations! You’ll be receiving an email from OPC’s The Better Half with winner details! Anne wins a $50 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe’s or Amazon (her choice) as well as has $100 donated to Habitat for Humanity in her name. She is also entered to win the grand prize! Voting begins September 26th.

BeforeAfterContest

Didn’t win? You have more chances! LINK UP AGAIN this week at The DIY Village on Thursday. Here’s the entire Before & After DIY contest schedule:

Contest Schedule and Co-Hosts:

June 20 Southern Hospitality
June 27 House of Hepworths
July 4 Beneath My Heart
July 11 Mom4Real
July 18 Fox Hollow Cottage
July 25 Tatertots & Jello
August 1 The Space Between
August 8 Unskinny Boppy
August 15 DIY Showoff
August 22 The DIY Village
August 29 Pretty Handy Girl
September 5 Shaken Together
September 12 My Blessed Life
September 19 Remodelaholic
September 26 Grand Prize Voting Begins!

 

My Haven Conference 2013 Recap

This year’s Haven Conference was the second blog conference I’ve ever attended (Haven 2012 was my first). Since I’m an introvert, I felt that I missed out on so many opportunities to meet everyone last year. This year, I realized that others felt just as shy as I do so I made the effort to step out of my comfort zone and introduce myself first (although if I didn’t walk up and hug you…I still had a few moments of lack of self esteem and fear) and even now realize that there were a ton of blog friends I wanted to meet but never did. I didn’t even catch a glimpse of a lot of bloggers I wanted to meet the entire time I was there. I guess it’s bound to happen in a crowd that HUGE. Bummer. But like I’ve said before: “Meeting face to face in real life is awesome when there’s an opportunity but I’m just as blessed by my online all-day, all-year-long, anytime friendships too!” 

haven conference

 

What is Haven? Haven Conference is the place to celebrate that DIY spirit. It is where DIY lovers from all over will gather together to encourage and learn from one another.

First and foremost, I have to give a BIG thanks to Angelina from JoJo & Eloise and Sew Crafty Kids.

jojo and eloise

sew crafty kids

I was so excited that my daughter Bri decided to join me on the trip to Atlanta, content to just relax by the pool and have some stress free time away. She’s been wanting to start a blog for quite a while now and so when I tossed out a request for a last minute Haven Conference ticket as a surprise to Bri, Angelina couldn’t attend and generously donated her ticket. Got that? Donated. She wouldn’t take $. Angelina, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Bri  came back feeling so inspired, so empowered and super motivated. She learned so much. I love seeing her excitement and her passion fired up.

bri and roeshel

Angelina’s kindness made all the difference in our amazing experience. I had her ship us some JoJo & Eloise and Sew Crafty Kids business cards for Bri to hand out to at least give Angelina a small presence there. So, if you’d visit her sites, it’d go a long way to contributing to a HUGE group hug for Angelina since she couldn’t be there in person. 

The conference kicked off with the gorgeous Ana White telling her story. Let me take a moment to say…she is radiant! Getting to know her better through her keynote speech was  a great way to start 3 days of awesomeness, encouragement to believe in ourselves.

You guys, I have NEVER talked so much in my entire life as I did these three days. I know I wasn’t the only hoarse voice but my days are spend talking to a dog and a cat and a few hours in the evening to my husband (when I can get a word in). I’m just not a “talker”. I sure wish I was…I’d have that low sexy voice all the time! 

My shyness affects my ability to whip out my camera and ask for photos too. I didn’t take my Canon for that reason…I knew I wouldn’t pull it out of the bag. And you’ll notice it was mostly on the last day: one outfit…not the two cute dresses I wore. Bummed about that. It’s rare that I’m sporting anything other than paint splattered fashion after all! Poor lighting makes for blurry photos. Ugh. But I worked up the courage to get a few, however left without getting so many more than I wanted. 

DIYShowOff and friends Haven 2013

I managed to squeeze in a few classes between hugging and chatting with friends and sponsors: I couldn’t resist the opportunity to support my favorite brands and to understand sponsorship and advertising with blogs from a brand’s point of view. I admire the speakers for their bravery, the ability to be a natural at public speaking and for generously sharing their knowledge. Each class I was able to attend was SO fun! And definitely inspired me to remember to do what I love, not what others love. So many inspiring tips for decorating. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d be rearranging my book shelves right this minute or digging out my Kreg Jig to finally put it to good use. 

I still missed out on so many amazing classes. I seriously wanted to attend them all! Why oh why can’t we all have clones?

Of note:

  • Spending some time with the brands I work with face-to-face again was another highlight of the event.
DIY Show Off with FrogTape team

FrogTape 

DIYShowOff and Rustoleum

Rust-Oleum

diyshowoff and shaw floors

Shaw Floors

  • The sponsors and vendors spoiled us big time! I had to check a bag on the way home as well as ship a package to my home. Thank you so much to all of the sponsors and vendors!
  • The accommodations, food and service at the Grand Hyatt were AWESOME! 

The dance parties were so much fun! Especially when you’ve learned the DIY/Haven shuffle (created and choreographed by Traci at Beneath My Heart).

The closing by Bob Johnson from Habitat for Humanity was not only funny, it was truly up-lifting and inspiring. The message: Do Good on a Grand Scale. Love that and definitely something at the top of my lift of things to do now. 

Thank YOU for each visit, each comment, your support, your encouragement, your compliments, for sharing your projects as well as sharing mine through social media. Whether I’ve met you at Haven or online, I’m so glad we’re friends!

And last but not least, another group hug and HUGE thank you to the amazing Haven team for organizing an inspiring, fun and successful event. It’s everything I’d ever want in a dream conference and you pulled it off. THANK YOU, Rhoda, Kristin, Beth, Traci, Sarah & Chris! 

Curious to see who else was there? Visit the Haven Link Up page

DaisyMaeBelle Home Tour

Today I’ve invited a friend over to share her home tour. Meet: Melissa from DaisyMaeBelle. I always find her home inspiring, warm and welcoming and I know you will too. Here she is:

Incredible?!

I’m not even believing that I am here at the DIY Showoff!

Roeshel is so talented, and beautiful and creative,

and I LOVE her blog and her projects!

And, I LOVE visiting her blog!

I’m so grateful to her for letting me share with you today!

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My name is Melissa,

my logo

and I share my home and projects over at DaisyMaeBelle.

WELCOME to my home!

I so wish that you could be here for real. . .

My Foyer @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about my rusty gate. . .

My Dining Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

and, my favorite mirror that hangs in my dining room.

It’s my favorite, because it belonged to my grandmother.

I remember it hanging in her formal living room when I was a little girl.

My Dining Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about my hutch that I found at a yard sale 15 years ago for $75,

and how I’ve painted it twice now.

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I’d show you my hydrangea wreath that I made last year.

You see, I have this hydrangea bush that blooms thousands of huge blooms every year.

And, I have the blooms all over my house. . .

and I give them to my mom. . .

and my friends. . .

and my neighbors. . .

And, it has been blooming these thousands of blooms every year for at least 10 years.

Even though I do NOTHING to it!

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you my new rug,

that took me 2 years to find.

Not because I couldn’t find anything,

but because I couldn’t find anything that was cheap enough for me.

Until my husband finally said,

I would REALLY like a rug.

So, I went ahead and bought one that week :)

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you one of my many gallery walls.

I have gallery walls all over my house.

Not because they are all the rage,

but because I just like to hang a lot of pictures. . .

How could I pick just one?!

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you the table that I just painted.

And, I’d tell you how I found it in my in-laws basement 17 years ago. . .

back when my husband and I first got married,

and we couldn’t afford furniture,

so, we would go to my in-laws basement to see what we could find there :)

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

Maybe we could take a break and sit in these chairs.

You’d be able to see how comfy they actually were,

and I would want your opinion on what fabric I should recover them in. . .

and if I should paint the wood or leave it alone?

Family Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d tell you about this table that’s so special to me.

It was the first piece of furniture that my husband and I bought 17 years ago.

We were just out of college,

and were totally broke,

but one night we went over to the Pottery Barn outlet,

and they had this table for $75,

and I fell in love with it,

and my sweet fiancé bought it for us.

And, we stored it in my parent’s garage until we got married.

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you my kitchen,

and tell you about how my dad painted my cabinets. . .

. . . twice.

And, about how he told me that he was glad to paint them,

but he wasn’t planning on doing it again :)

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you how I had framed some ironstone platters that I found down at Goodwill.

My Kitchen @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, the chalkboard that I painted right on the wall and then hung a frame on top of.

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I’d show you my silver platter wall that is in my downstairs bathroom.

And, tell you that it was there

because I saw this picture on Pinterest of a silver platter wall,

and I fell in love with it,

and I didn’t have a wall available in my kitchen or dining room,

but I did have a ton of silver platters from wedding gifts that I had never used.

So, I painted the bathroom

and hung them in there.

Bathroom Makeover01

It sort of makes sense since this bathroom is in a little hallway between my kitchen and dining room?

Teens Girl's Room @ DaisyMaeBelle

I’d show you Daisy’s room.

We just finished it.

Every other room upstairs is still a work in progress.

Anna Belle’s room is next on the list.

I can’t wait to show you all of those. . .

Backyard @ DaisyMaeBelle

And, since I would have worn you out

and talked your ear off.

We could go sit by my fire and just relax. . .

With a big glass of sweet tea. . .

And, you could tell me everything there was to know about you :)

I’d love for you to come visit me over at DaisyMaeBelle!

Life to the full!

Melissa

Lovely! Each room is so beautiful and welcoming. I love her warm collected style…like every vignette has a story to share. Please be sure to visit some Melissa to see her creative DIY too! Thank you so much, Melissa, for inviting us into your home today!  

Guess the DIY blogger Contest

I’ve always wished I could go back in time…just a little, not quite this far! But, join me for a ride in a time machine to go back. Back to a time before there was Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, even the internet. Before chevron, chalkboards and ombré were hot. And specifically, before there were blogs! And just for fun: let’s pretend we are sitting at the popular girls’ lunch table… We’re going back to when some of these DIY gals were worrying about how high they could get their hair and for some, back when talking on the phone for hours meant stretching that long spiral cord beyond its limits and tying up the only phone in the house. Remember getting busy signals? Common purchases for these DIY gals may have been the latest cassette tape, neon bracelets, a swatch watch and prepping for a future in blogging with daily writing exercises starting out “Dear Diary,“. You wouldn’t catch them dead in the hardware store, totally unheard of to the max! Are you there yet? Do you see leg warmers or jelly sandals? You’re getting closer…the time machine stopped. Step out and behold… the time before blogs:

Okay, now that you’re snorting with laughter, wipe your tears before your mascara runs…can you tell which one is me?

Do you recognize any of these DIY bloggers? Do you think you could recognize them in High School, Middle School or Elementary School? For sure! These awkward youngsters will one day be the brains behind your favorite DIY blogs. And they are giving a $300 Lowe’s Gift Card to the first person who can guess which faces match with which DIY blogs.

Here are the blogs to match {you might want to click back and forth to see current profile photos for help}:

Here are the details (you must be 18 yrs or older to win):

  • Visit the link below where you will be able to enter your guess for each blogger pictured above. (All information will be kept private.)
  • The first person to correctly match all the faces with their blog will win a $300 Lowe’s gift card!
  • If you win, you will receive an email with instructions to reply with your mailing address. (Then your prize will be mailed to you.)
  • And of course, you will gain bragging rights for being the biggest DIY Blog Fan Ever! Totally RAD, right?!

Best of luck to you, should decide to take on the challenge. I’m not even sure I could get them all right.

Enter Your Answers

*Special thanks to Mandi of Vintage Revivals who bared her soul about blog puberty, (inspired the idea to “share” awkward photos with you) and Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl for organizing this fun contest. It’s just like looking back through family albums, isn’t it? Embarrassing! 

Todd & Lindsey

Dear DIY readers…I’d like you to meet Lindsey: talented crafter, baker and DIY’er at the blog Todd & Lindsey.

Last month, I hosted a Christmas Tree Contest. When I went to make the announcement in the last DIY Holiday Highlights party, I must have gotten sidetracked and dropped the ball. I’m so sorry! Way to go, right? {hanging my head in shame}

Thankfully, the winner is super sweet and patient. I’m excited to share that the Christmas tree with the most likes is…

Todd&Lindsey and their budget Christmas tree:

budget chrismtas tree

beautifully decorated with some DIY ornaments including:

With her mix of beautiful handmade ornaments, it’s no wonder she’s a winner. Congratulations, Lindsey!

christmas ornaments ToddLindsey

Her inspiring Christmas tree led me to another post, which prompted more looking around…little does she know, I didn’t just visit one post, I invited myself to take a look around and fell in love. So much goodness to see. Here is just a peek of the DIY (and more) goodness you’ll find at Todd & Lindsey…

Conversational Heart Garland Wreath – super cute for Valentine’s Day!

conversation heart wreath

 

 

DIY light bulb pears…adorable!

diy light bulb pears

a lovely home tour

Todd & Lindsey home tour beautiful muslin rosette wreath tutorial

DIY muslin rosette wreath

and look at this LOW CARB pizza…yum!

low carb pizza

I spy so much inspiration. See more DIY, tons of delicious recipes and more at…

toddlindsey

Simple Redesign: Dresser to Media Center

DIY Project: dresser turned media center

Blog: Simple Redesign

simple redesign

Julie from Simply Redesign recently share on her blog “how to turn a dresser into a media center” with the help of her husband. Here is the dresser before:

dresser before

 

Amazing after…

dresser after

DIY media center

Simple Redesign shares TONS of DIY, great custom furniture tips and lots of inspiring furniture makeovers to motivate rescuing something old and making it fabulous. Here are a few more favorites…

painted dresser chartreuse

painted furniture

What are you waiting for? Pop over and introduce yourself. :)

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, DIY Show Off friends!  happy new year

Thank YOU for an awesome year of friendship, encouragement, support and sharing DIY, decorating, home improvement and crafts. If it wasn’t for you or for sharing our love of DIY and decorating, the hard work involved with blogging wouldn’t have the special meaning that it does. And as revisited my 2012 DIY projects, I couldn’t help but think that the BEST part of 2012 wasn’t my DIY at all. Nope. It was the DIY community, my DIY friends, DIYShowOff readers, my blogging buddies. YOU are the best part of DIY Show Off, YOU are a blessing, the reward and your comments encourage more creativity and motivation to move from one completed project to the next. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m looking forward to another year of getting to know, making new friends and of course, more do-it-yourself decorating and home improvement.

2013 GOALS

new years resolutions 2013

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I call them “goals”. Here are my thoughts for me starting 2013 off on the right foot:

  • time management: Develop a schedule for blogging, projects and life. My current schedule is random and although I’ve adjusted to working from home, I need to create a routine. I’m not spending the right amount of time for each task I’d like to complete, even on a daily basis. Do you have any tips that help keep you on track? I’d love to hear ‘em! time
  • blogging:  Working towards another successful year of doing what I love and being better at it.  DIY dream art
  • loving:  Adjusting to an empty nest means there’s just something missing at home. Our girls are on their own and we lost our doxie 3 years ago. In 2013, we’re opening our hearts and home to a dog. Our rescue application has already been submitted. Just waiting for a match. Can’t wait to share our new fur-bundle of joy with you when the time comes. If you’re a long time DIYShowOff follower, then you know that our doxie, Niski, was a big part of my blogging. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a canine assistant again.
  • hobby:  Become a better photographer {practice.practice.practice.}

Roeshel

  • DIY:  Of course there will be DIY! on the list: a dreamy cottage style bathroom makeover is a must as well as finally completing the family room/craft room but my biggest DIY *wish* for 2013: new windows, a welcoming front door (previous owners re-routed the ‘front’ door to the side when building an enclosed porch) and some pretty landscaping. It‘s a mess of a jungle out there! This is the view of our old farmhouse from the road…

fixer upper farmhouse

Seriously…a holly bush has turned into a 20 foot tree. And it looks as if this old farmhouse has turned her back to the world in shame, doesn’t it? Hoping to help her smile with pride in 2013.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, amazing new year…

Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you

Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.
A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.
I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.
 
by: Joanna Fuchs
Do you give any thought to goals with the start of a new year?

See what goals my friends’ are sharing {please feel free to share or include a link to your goals in the comments as well}:

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15 Awesome DIY Highlights

Every week, I host a DIY linky party where so many of my talented blog friends share their latest DIY and every week, I am so inspired. I wanted to share a few recent favorites with you {please visit and pin from the original link}:

Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design always has a plan for some fun DIY and shares her tutorial for a DIY room divider. Beautiful and functional!

DIY room divider @Cuckoo 4 Design

I love every room Janel has shared of her fun eclectic home at Nellie Bellie and her epic hallway makeover has so many fun features including a painted floor and awesome lighting…

nellie bellie hallway reveal

So beautiful! Amy from the Blissful Bee shares her formal living room updates. Great space to hang out! I love what she’s done to create an inviting formal living room {nothing stuffy or impersonal about her style…it’s awesome!}

formal living room @ The Blissful Bee

As a mom of girls, I’ve never had the opportunity to decorate a boy’s room but loving these…

Color, texture, memories…it’s a beautiful combination for this big boy room makeover at Dixie Delights.

boy room before and after @Dixie Delights

A sweet little vintage/industrial nursery from Korrie’s neighbor at Red Hen Home…

vintage nursery Red Hen Home

Speaking of sweet little boys rooms, did you see this adorable stenciled biplane dresser at Classy Clutter? SO cute! {stenciling tutorial included}

DIY, stenciled biplane dresser @Classy Clutter

and then…speaking of Classy Clutter, there’s an amazing tiny kitchen makeover! Need an example of how paint can brighten up a small space? Check out the before and after that Mallory finished earlier in the year {dining room makeover too}. Wow!

DIY kitchen makeover @Classy Clutter

No entryway or mudroom? Creating your own closet to mudroom. A great idea for making a welcoming space to take off shoes. This one from Handmade Modern is so pretty and organized:

DIY closet mudroom @Handmade Modern

or…Ellora from Creatively Southern shares tips for creating an entryway space right inside the door:

how to create an entryway @Creatively Southern

Closets aren’t just for storage or clothes or junk or entryway/mudrooms. A closet makes a cute office space too. I love the organization and pretty closet office at Thrifty Parsonage Living…a quiet place to be busy.

closet office reveal @Thrifty Parsonage Living

A vintage rustic master bedroom filled with DIY awesomeness and gorgeous vintage accents at Down to Earth Style…

vintage rustic master bedroom @Down to Earth Style

Bethany from This Little Estate invites us to see her stunning kitchen remodel. Beautiful choice in materials, lovely styling, unbelievable before and after…

kitchen remodel @This Little Estate

Sheila really did an amazing job with creating this beautiful footboard wall hanging at Plum Doodles…it’s so creative, so pretty!

footboard wall hanging @Plum Doodles

Tricia from Simplicity in the South is updating her sweet petite master suite {makeover in progress} and it’s looking good!

master bedroom makeover @Simplicity in the South

and last but not least, my laundry room inspiration. There is not one thing in this laundry room that doesn’t fit my style or requirements. It’s full of character and so functional. Yes. It’s dreamy.

laundry room makeover @Me and My DIY

All of the links were really worth sharing but since I can’t do an entire post, you’ll have to visit the DIY party to see the rest. Including these fun ideas:

  • Weaving with twigs from hurricane
  • Chicken wire bulletin board
  • Thumb tack embellished ornaments
  • Simple rustic Christmas ornaments
  • DIY decanter bar lights
  • Super cute stocking hat crochet pattern
  • Building a nook under the stairs
  • Autumn front porches
  • Painted faux hardwood floors
  • DIY curtain rods
  • Recycled cork floor mat
  • Reversible tree skirt
  • so many sweet furniture makeovers
  • DIY felt Christmas trees
  • Mason jar chandelier
  • and so much more!

Hope to see you Sunday at the next DIY Project Parade!

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If you’ve been featured above, please feel free to grab an “I’m Featured” button {here} to show off! Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing your inspiring DIY creativity and hard work!

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View Along the Way ~ Capiz Shell Chandelier Pendant Look for Less

DIY {do-it-yourself} is often the way we achieve a more expensive look or way to obtain a similar budget friendly version of a product we love. Kelly from View Along the Way has an amazing example. She loved this $549 capiz light fixture from Horchow {rightfully so!}…

horchow capiz shell light fixture

Kelly achieved a similar look for a much more budget-friendly price using…

1. capiz shell tea light pendant from TJ Maxx

capiz shell tea light pendant

2. IKEA Januari lamp

Januari IKEA lamp

3. two ceiling canopies

ceiling canopy

Here is her beautiful DIY version…

DIY capiz shell chandelier

See the tutorial from Kelly at View Along the Way {please remember to pin from the original tutorial too}.

How to Make a Capiz Shell Chandelier Pendant.

View Along the Way

Kelly! This is so creative, so pretty and so clever! Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing!

Miss Mustard Seed – “Inspired You”, inspired me {review and giveaway}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winners will be contacted via email. 

Inspired You winners

Congratulations to Jessica and Gena!

winner 1 - Inspired You

Inspired You - winner 2

If you’re a blog reader, love pretty decorative accents or painting furniture, it’s likely that you “know” Marian from Miss Mustard Seed. I’ve “known” Marian for years and her amazing story and inspiring talent are a reflection of the kind heart behind the Miss Mustard Seed blog.

Miss Mustard Seed blog

From the moment I returned from the Haven 2012 conference, my entire summer was spent renovating a small apartment and oh, joy! It was a blast. Nearly everyday warm (my favorite time of the year) and spent doing something I love to do…DIY and decorating. And as the renovation came near to completion (there are still a few things left to do including taking “after” photos), we enjoyed a much needed vacation. No DIY, no work. All relaxation and spending time with family. And you’d think one would return all well rested and ready to jump back into routine. But when I returned to a home that had been neglected all summer with the fast approaching holidays, shorter days, colder temps, gray skies and an empty nest, I suddenly felt overwhelmed and stressed and had no idea where to even start in my cluttered unfinished surroundings.

Miss Mustard Seed Inspired You

This past week, my copy of “Inspired You” {Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home} arrived and because I’ve been moving from one little thing to the next {although with little motivation and accomplishing next to nothing}, it sat on the dust covered coffee table for a few days. Then giving into my lazy mood one day {well, honestly, most days}, I took a moment for myself and brewed a cup of tea, propped up my feet and opened my book. I.could.not.put.it.down.

Inspired You review

So truth be told, a moment turned into a couple of hours (it’s 200+ pages) but it’s not all tutorial style. It’s Marian’s stories, her ideas and thoughts sprinkled with a few tutorials to refer back to and beautiful photos of her adorable home and inspiring vintage, thrifted, hand-made decorating style. I found myself looking up and around my home, pondering what works best for our family, what we do like, what we don’t, what’s not working, sometimes clarity, a spark of motivation. Marian’s thoughts are similar to my own but seeing them through her eyes, the gentle reminder of what is important, well, it gave me a fresh new perspective and several times, I set the book aside and walked around my home from room to room. I was inspired to grab my notebook, write down a few comments or a to-do list for a certain area, goals. And I was inspired to look at one task rather than the entire huge overwhelming picture which helps me realize that if our house is comfortable enough to mess up, we’re happy.

making things new

Basically, when I agreed to review our friend’s new book (because not only am I a Miss Mustard Seed fan, I love promoting my blog friends and share their excitement in fun opportunities and success of hard work)…I had no idea that her book would do just what the cover says. It helped me let God breathe new life into my heart and into my home. My house is not perfect. It never is perfect. It never will be and at this moment when my house is far far away from perfect, I finally found peace and motivation to start somewhere, anywhere to work towards my goal.

Miss Mustard Seed - Inspired You

So, if you’re looking for a ‘decor’ book for your holiday wish list, collect home decor books like me or need a talented friend to hold your hand and encourage you to make what you already have something you love…this book is for you. It’s not one you’re going to pick up, only flip through pretty pictures or refer to for a furniture painting tutorial. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down and it will inspire you to start an enjoyable satisfying journey to making your house a haven for your family.

Miss Mustard Seed Inspired You

And the happy ending to this story: I walked away truly inspired. And motivated. And thankful. With a fresh perspective, I got my butt up off the couch and dove headfirst into “letting God breath new life into my heart and my home”.

“Inspired You” GIVEAWAY

And I have the opportunity to share “Inspired You” with two {2} lucky DIY Show Off readers in a lovely giveaway this week! How to enter:

  1. Leave 1 comment about what you would most like to change about your home.
  2. Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, etc. and leave a comment about each share. {Thank you!}

Giveaway starts today and ends Saturday November 17th at midnight EST. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Marian and Roeshel

 

 

Marian, Miss Mustard Seed with me at Haven 2012…at the end of a LONG crazy day. Seeing blog friends’ dreams come true is so exciting! You can visit Marian at her inspiring blog, Miss Mustard Seed.

Meet DIY blog friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife…

Good morning, DIY friends! This past summer at the Haven conference, I had the opportunity to meet one of my inspiring DIY blog friends face to face. She’s sweet, she’s funny {unfortunately she wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t get to spend much time with her} but she’s feeling better and while I’m away on vacation, I invited Stacy to introduce herself…

My name is Stacy and I blog over at Not JUST A Housewife. I live in a small 1938 cottage style home and I blog all about fixing it up and decorating. I have 4 little boys so with 6 of us in such a tiny area, I have to be creative in how I do things to maximize the space.

One of my favorite projects I have done this year was building floating shelves for my office. But these are not ordinary shelves….. Not only are they made out of old fence pickets (I love to repurpose!) But they have a secret :)

They have hidden drawers! They are only a few inches deep but it is perfect for papers. My office has always suffered from piles of papers everywhere. So this was perfect :)

Here are the basic steps it took to build them. I have a more detailed tutorial on my blog.

I started by cutting the fence pickets down to size and using a miter saw I cut the ends at 45 degree angles.

Then I nailed them together after applying some wood glue.

Once the shelf was put together (It really is a box-y tube at this point) I atttached a board to the wall and then slipped the shelf on the board. I screwed the shelf into the board to hold it.

And then I built a basic drawer that fits into the opening of the shelf. For more detailed instructions and pictures visit the tutorial on my blog.

Some of my other recent projects:

My son’s bed has drawers so he couldn’t have a traditional side table or it would block the drawers from opening. So I built him a floating side table.

Like I said, I LOVE to repurpose items into something new. I used old door knobs (original to our home) as towel hooks. I also cut out a new frame for our medicine cabinet for our vintage inspired bathroom.

I don’t just work indoors. I love to garden as well. I recently finished my very own secret garden!

Thanks for sharing your hard work and awesome DIY, Stacy!