Personalized Magnetic Artwork Display


The Michaels’ Makers’ February challenge has an “express yourself” theme with a campaign called Made by Me, A to Z and it’s all about personalization, showcasing projects that take raw materials and transform them into something that’s completely personalized. The new Make Market line includes materials  from galvanized metal to distressed wood, acrylic, fabric and chalkboard! Something for everyone … or even everything for someone. There’s so crafting goodness to choose from, it’s hard to decide!

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I treasure little one’s creations, artwork and photos so I decided to personalize a space in the nursery for displaying his art work and photos. 

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Here’s what I snagged from the Alphabet Soup collection in the Make Market aisle at Michaels:

I personalized a galvanized magnetic memo board with vibrant paint colors to match the nursery decor…

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the magnets are so cute!

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And added magnets to the back of F-U-N chalkboard letters for displaying on galvanized chargers/plates. These will work for magnetic play time in the future too. 

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Cute, colorful, personal and custom to our nursery (future playroom)…

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  • My favorite part about crafting is putting a personalized spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. SO MANY DIFFERENT LETTERS! 
  • This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless.
  • If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts! Visit these fun projects for more inspiration (starting today at 11 a.m. EST): 
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DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

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I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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See my guest room nursery space for more nursery ideas:

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! 😉 

Have a great week!

DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

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As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. 😉

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

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Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

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Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

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Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

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Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

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Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

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Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

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Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

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See MORE ‘back to school’ crafts from these blog friends:

Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

As a member of the Michael’s Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges. Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store




Stylish Spaces – That DIY Party Highlights

One of my very favorite sources of DIY eye candy – your room makeovers. Here are some gorgeous room highlights from That DIY Party…

Entryway Style at Circus Berry

main-entry-style at Circus Berry

Kitchen Makeover at Turtles & Tails

Kitchen makeover at Turtles and Tails

 Kitchen makeover at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

kitchen makeover at Fishermans Wife Furniture

Kitchen makeover at Maggie Overby Studios

kitchen remodel at Maggie Overby Studios

Kitchen progress at Nalles House

kitchen progress at Nalles house

 Hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

Master Bathroom Makeover at HomeRoad

master bathroom makeover at homeroad  

Family Room Makeover at That’s My Letter

family room makeover at That's My Letter

Fall living room at the Happy Housie


Pudel Design studio reveal

Pudel Design Studio Reveal

Boys bedroom reveal at Little Bit of Paint

boys bedroom makeover at Little Bit of Paint

Vintage industrial boys’ room makeover at Freckle Face Girl

Boys Vintage Bedroom at Freckle Face Girl 

Coral, Aqua and Navy girl’s room makeover at The Chronicles of Home

coral navy girl room at The Chronicles of Home

Bunkroom at Hunting Creek Homestead

bunkroom at Hunting Creek HomeStead

Twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

Shared girl/boy bedroom with vintage Disney theme at Persia Lou

vintage disney shared girl boy bedroom at persia lou

See more DIY:


Thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

Cecilia’s beautiful Christmas Tree for the Christmas tree party & contest.

Cecilia's Christmas Tree

Boy’s Bedroom Makeover by Nellie Bellie

Hello DIY Showoff readers!! It’s so great to be hear on Roeshel’s blog. That girl is the real deal; she makes my heart happy!! So, it’s a thrill to be able to hang out with her!

My name is Janel…


I blog at NellieBellie…


I am hear today to brag a bit. They say you shouldn’t brag. But, sometimes…you have to!! Otherwise you might just burst!! Although I am bragging, I also do so in the hopes that you get a bit of encouragement on your ability to create something awesome from next to nothing. I see a budget as a challenge, not a hindrance. It’s a chance to add creative and personal touches to a space.

So, what am I bragging about today? What was my “challenge”?

My 10 year old son’s room.

He had been wanting his room to “grow up” for several years. The “baby” room was embarrassing him and he desperately wanted me to fix it. I procrastinated and procrastinated. For a few reasons…

1. A giant bunkbed. It was one of those bunk beds with the full size on the bottom and the twin size on top. I am the oldest of 10; our home is often full of overnight guests. His bed was handy for putting an extra person in. But, it was liking have an Airbus in a porta-potty. It just took up too much space. Who wants to help mom take apart a giant bunkbed?? I looked around and there are no takers. Yep, procrastination. Finally, he talked his dad into helping him and I knew it was time to start.
2. A $120 dollar budget. $120 doesn’t go very far. At all. But, that’s all I had in my budget. And, I couldn’t figure out how to get him a bed and ALSO get the needed paint and supplies for the change.
3. Style compromising. He was fairly specific in what he wanted and didn’t want. But, I wasn’t keen on Characters or Neon colors. I wanted it to grow with him and not require repainting and new bedding very soon. I needed to figure out a compromise to make us both happy.

Both he and I are so pleased with how we conquered these “problems”. They weren’t really problems, more like challenges. They made my brain work harder. A hard working brain is always a good thing, isn’t it?

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There it is, his new bedroom. Can you see the ways I saved money and got creative?

1. The bed. He wanted a pallet bed. As in, he really wanted it! Well, okay? That costs me all of $8.00. Problem solved!
2. The wood slats on the wall are from the old bunk bed. Doesn’t that make the best focal wall??
3. The main cost of the budget was the paint. Although I paid big bucks for good paint, I only had to do 2 coats. Saves time and gallons of paint! The stencil paint was oops paint. Budget saver!
4. The curtains are “custom-made” fabric. I gave my son a cloth dropcloth and some Sharpies and asked him to doodle. That dropcloth was cut in half and hung on a rod. The coolest curtains!!
5. Lighting was made from shop lights and antique spools.

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6. I salvaged everything I could from his room and “remade” it to be fresh and new. The bunk bed ladder was painted and put on the wall for shelving. Even his dresser has a new paint job.

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His favorite part of the whole room??

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His new reading nook.

I took a little closet and turned it into a great place for a little boy to chill. Budget savers were the duct tape paint stripes, diy funnel light, and dog bed instead of a cushion (seriously…so much cheaper!).

This room redo came in under budget and way past expectations!! Stop by and see the before, as well as more details from this room; including the how-to’s on those “custom” curtains, DIY lighting, and more!

You can follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram…you know, if you like friends and all. I know I surely do!

Girls’ Chevron Room Reveal

When I first saw Ang’s girls’ sweet room reveal, I couldn’t wait to help her ‘show off’. It’s crammed full of DIY accents and the result is super fun.

Meet DIY’ers: Ang and Matt from

Slaughterhouse Rules blog

The walls are soft gray,soft yellow and a fun chevron pattern accent wall. The comforters are $20 Target finds (awesome!) and the headboards are a DIY door project…

sweet gray and yellow girls' bedroom makeover

An old hand-me-down accent table…

accent table before and after

gets a fresh coat of paint and new knobs for a cleaned up look and new purpose between the beds…

accent table before and after

Jersey fabric strips from a ruined pair of pants are the perfect shade of gray for a shade makeover…

DIY lamp shade makeover

Coordinating fabric creates a cute bunting and dresses up an old window frame for wall art with a vintage vibe…

old window and bunting wall art

This old chest of drawers…


dresser before

gets a new look from one of Ang’s talented friends

dresser after

The other side of the room is all DIY too!

girls' room makeover

See all of the details on the Girls’ Room Reveal and MORE about this lovely family at Slaughterhouse Rules.

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DIY inspiration from the Project Parade

These links in the DIY Project Parade are inspiration to me personally this week. I’m so thankful to all of the talented blog friends who take the time to link up and show off…it’s just the motivation I need for a few things I have going on with helping my sister decorate her new home next month.

Carmel at Our Fifth House shared her DIY pegboard headboard and I’ve been looking for budget friendly DIY ideas to surprise my nephew. Isn’t this awesome? I love all of the DIY details in this room. And I need to make that bed frame too! Great job, Carmel!

DIY pegboard headboard

My teenage niece is going to want a glam bedroom and I see a pretty DIY chandelier makeover in my near future like this beautiful one shared by Ada’s Interior Design

DIY chandelier makeover

We’re going to need some fabric and Dear Emmeline has reminded me that repurposing vintage curtains {sheets too} is a beautiful, affordable option with yard sale season in full swing…

see the coffee table and end table tops:

coffee table makeover

My sister has an old dining room table and a thrift store eat-in kitchen table and we can’t wait to give them a ‘makeover’. The table makeover from Art is Beauty is bookmarked in our idea folder…

table and chairs makeover

As soon as my sister goes back to FL to pack up the last of her things, I’m sneaking over to redo her master bedroom. I’d love to surprise her with a beautiful romantic master bedroom. Have you seen the master bedroom reveal at Raising Up Rubies? Breathtaking!

master bedroom reveal

Have you seen the awesome links in the DIY Project Parade this week? Have you linked up your DIY? Time to ‘show off’! Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Project Parade

TGIF! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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Kids’ Closet Project

Hello! I’m Christina from No. 29 Design. Thank you so much to Roeshel for asking me to guest post. I’ve very honored since I’m still a newborn in blogland! I thought I’d share with you a project I’ve been working on and am happy to say it is done!

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My boys closet got stripped of it doors a while back to make room for the Ikea Expedit I put inside. It has freed up the rest of the room to fit in two twin beds as well as plenty of play space. It stays organized and all those bins hold clothes and some toys. All in all it works great, except for the top. I can’t take the bar down which holds the clothes on either side. Seeing everything stored on the top shelf of the closet does not make me happy. I’d put more “stuff” but then I’d see that too, so I’m limiting my storage capability.

Ikea LATT table/chairs hack: Enjoyer of Grace

Weiya is the blog author at Enjoyer of Grace. She’s also enjoys DIY-ing on a budget.  Her little guy needed a table just his size. She chose the Ikea LATT table which she found in the clearance section for just $15!  Since it was originally used as the floor display, it wasn’t in the best condition.  The wood was chipped in many areas and the table top had a few scratches.  However, it was still sturdy and had no major defects.  


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Adorable Kids' Bathroom Makeover by Loving Your Space

Elyse from 

just shared her most recent makeover and it’s ADORABLE!  Take a look:


Everything in this bathroom was builder standard. 
The bathroom itself was is great shape, but it definitely needed some pick me up.
And the after…
Aww, much better!
This bathroom was done on an amazing budget. The big cost was the beadboard and paint but everything else was pretty inexpensive. She shows how she framed the mirror here which only cost $10!
She’s still on the hunt for the perfect light fixture. 
She created the prints in photoshop and the Ikea frames totaled $6.
The shower curtain and rug came from target.
On the opposite wall is a “boats” sign that she got from Tai Pan. It was all the wrong colors, but she loved it so much that she painted over it with diluted white paint and navy blue craft paint then lightly sanded over it to give it a bit of a distressed look.
She made the hooded towels following this tutorial. 
My favorite project in her room are the towel hooks. Arent’ they cute?  
The faucet handles came from Ace hardware for $2.50 a piece. They were red but she spray painted them orange. I think they are so fun and add a lot of character to a kids space!
and lastly she used up the extra orange spray paint for the kids step stool to match.
I love it, Elyse!  See more DIY projects at

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Roomspiration – Kids' Bedrooms

I don’t have a kids’ bedroom to share but  pop over to see Roomspiration – Kids’ Bedrooms hosted by Aubrey at All Things Bright & Beautiful today! (Watch for it to be posted sometime later today.)
Here are some of my favorites recently submitted from DIY Show Off readers.  Visit the links to see more details and amazing transformations!

After: So pretty and colorful!
Two great room designs, befores and afters at 

Make Fake Flower Head Art

Make Personalized Letter Initial Pillows

And since I don’t have a kid’s room of my own to share, here are a few kids’ rooms (all images via Pinterest) that I love:


I’m also joining a fun new party for all things baby, tot, tween related!

Do you have a kid’s bedroom to share?  Head over to join Aubrey at
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }
and link up!
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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
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Lawn Twister – fun for Labor Day picnic!

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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.

  • 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
  • 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)


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Weekend Homemaker – Big Girl Room Before and After

Meet:  Crystal from 

She’s a crazy busy mom but manages to blog with some really helpful tips, great posts and a little DIY!  🙂 
Utilizing Craigslist, garage sales, eBay and her own DIY projects, Crystal started with this sweet nursery…
And transformed it into her daugher’s beautiful big girl room….
soooo pretty after
A few of my favorite details besides the pretty color scheme are the gorgeous girly chandelier:
I love this pink and green paisley fabric in the drapery and bedding…
DIY/free printable art…
See all of the details, more pictures and sources at The Weekend Homemaker.
Sweet, isn’t it?  What do you think?  Has your little one graduated to a big kid room?  Were you able to incorporate some creative DIY details and thrifty deals?
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing transformation, Crystal!  You did an awesome job on a ‘real’ budget with designer results!  LOVE it! 

A Sense of Design

Good morning, DIY friend!

I‘d like to introduce you to Gina of

A sense of design
A new creative DIY blog started just a few months ago but already showing some great DIY projects under her label appropriately titled DIY tutorials. My favorite is the stenciled wall tutorial
Isn’t it pretty?  It’s the same stencil I used for my daughter’s room so I might be a little biased.  Here is Gina’s beautiful result…
She also has some fabulous furniture features!
Desk before
Gilded desk now – gorgeous!

Gina is not only DIY creative, she’s blog-creative too.  I LOVE this ongoing series of hers…

You’ll have to visit A Sense of Design to read the posts. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I have reading back through them!

Wait! Are you still here or did you head over already? There’s more to see too!  One of our favorite topics, HOMES – before and after!  Here’s a sneak peek of Gina’s house.
Kitchen After
Sweetest Girl’s Room
Gina, welcome to blogging!  You’re off to an awesome start!  I can’t wait to catch up on your posts and follow along to see more! Thanks so much for showing off today! 😉

And Then There Were Two

Meet:  Kelley from And Then There Were Two.  Kelley blogs to keep distant family up-to-date with her life and two precious little girls but today she is sharing “TWO” awesome before and after makeovers! 
Kelley’s youngest needs a place to sleep to call her own in their home.  With a lot of family out of state and out of the country, a guest bedroom is also important. So, taking it away isn’t possible.  What’s a girl to do but get creative and make the best of every available corner!  This little nook…
before – rarely used office nook
(that door leads to the master bedroom)
Now that rarely used spot serves as a sleepy time area for little Magdalenne.  It might be temporary but to mom, sometimes a little time feels like forever while you’re living it. So ‘bravo’, Kelley and Chen!  This little nap nook is perfect for your little princess for now!
Great use of space! 
Wanting to give the girls a place where they could play and have a world of their own, Kelley took this basement…
Wow!  After…
What fun!
Kelley and Chen, you’ve come up with some great solutions for your girls!  I love M’s little bedroom nook – so pretty!  And the playroom is awesome, a great spot for the girls to grow up and play in for a long time to come!  Great job!


Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support and for sharing my excitement (and Cassity’s) about my last post!  Seriously, you’re the best friends a blogger could ever hope for!  It means so much to me…I feel like someone gave me a cookie!  LOVE cookies, you guys! 

Hi SugarPlum – Girls' Room Reveal

In the event you haven’t seen this yet (WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!), I have to give a shout out to my sweet blog friend, Cassie.  Her daughter’s room is beautifully done and it’s pretty much DIY city!  A beautiful room full of French details and so much charm. Seriously, it doesn’t look like it from the picture below but this tastefully done with just the right amount of Paris themed room is practically all DIY!

the room
Visit Cassie at Hi SugarPlum to get all of the DIY and thrifty details that went into this fun girly room:

  • Choosing a color scheme
  • Painting a headboard a pretty pop of radish
  • No sew pillows
  • Thrifty old sunburst mirror
  • Borrowed table
  • DIY Eiffel tower jewelry stand
  • ModPodge step stool
  • Monogrammed window pelmet
  • Breakfast tray to lap desk
  • Monogrammed tins for storage
  • Pom Pom lantern
  • Closet makeover
  • Handmade fabric banner
  • DIY Paris prints
  • Beautifully painted highboy dresserhighboy
  • Fun DIY art and gallery wall
gallery 2
Doesn’t this sweet room look like it’s straight out of a pricey boutique catalog?  I think so!  Cassie, it’s gorgeous. I’d love to follow your example and create a beautiful room completely designed with thrifty treasures and crafty DIY.  Great job, girl!
If you’re not familiar with Hi SugarPlum, pop over to see the rest of her lovely home and awesome DIY skills. 
I’ll be out of town most of next week.  If you’d like to show off your DIY projects in a guest post, send me an email and we’ll discuss the details.  🙂  TGIF!

DIY at The Pear Tree Cottage

Meet:  Becky from

The Pear Tree Cottage
Becky and her husband are DIYers who are on a mission to change their 1990s home into something they can be proud of.  
Beautiful Dining Room Transformation
This is what their house looked at the first time they saw it with the realtor:
Here is the amazing transformation…
Yes, the open doorway has been changed!  See all of the details here. Walls were knocked down, doorways were patched, new flooring and beautiful cottage decor.  Great job, Becky!
The boy’s room got an awesome makeover too!
Before (previous owner’s things)
After (chalkboard tutorial here) with more to come!
That chalkboard says it all! F~U~N!
And one last thing then you’ll have to visit The Pear Tree Cottage to see more!
Fireplace Before and After
Gorgeous after…
Wait! That can’t be the same room, can it?  It’s magazine-worthy beautiful!  See the fireplace how-to for more details.
Hurray, Becky! You’re doing an amazing job and creating a lovely home!  
Just a reminder about I <3 thrifting day.  Get the details here!

Simply Klassic Little Girl's Room Makeover

Meet:  Kristin from

A Simply Klassic Home
Kristin’s header tells you that she’s learning to define her style on a budget and her latest project is the amazing result of her creativity and $200.  
Beautiful dresser makeover!  
After some sanding, paint, distressing and beautiful raggy fabric handles….
Finishing touches include a lovely print from her etsy shop and a little lamp dressing up in same pretty fabric as the handles…
Night stand before
See all of the details in her original posts below including before/after and cost breakdown:
Wow, Kristin!  You’re the queen of budget makeovers! Her entire room and all of the details are just so adorable!  Great job!

You can see more beautiful DIY + decorating at 

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my favorite posts:

Ewe-hoo! Fab DIY!

Meet:  Melanie from 
ewe hooo!
Melanie’s family was quickly outgrowing their one story English Tudor home. It’s in the historic district so they could not change the roofline without going through a ton of red tape, so they renovated our attic and utilized every possible inch of space they could. They added a room for their two boys to share, a bathroom and an office for her husband. There are lots of secret storage spaces that her kids and their friends love to use when playing hide and go seek. It took them 11 months to finish, but it was well worth it!


This space is beautiful!  Look at the gorgeous trim and arch! 
The character is a perfect fit for their home and so much fun!

MORE! Awesome hidden door!  Attic Makeover Details.

Fun boys’ bathroom:

Wow!  Dear Melanie’s boys, if I were “ewe”, I’d never grow up! What a COOL space!

See more including these adorable party ideas (tea party, lego party, garden party)…

Beautiful art…

and the link to super cute printables in her etsy shop at

She’ll inspire “ewe” to throw a party just for fun!

DIY Chalkboard

I’ve been hoarding saving an approx. 3’x3′ smooth chipboard that was packaging/support trash in a furniture box.  I just can’t part with certain ‘trash’, being a DIY-girl, frugal and all. If you’re here browsing DIY ideas…you know what I mean. Don’t deny it. I’m not the only one with a stash of trash for DIY, am I?  I knew that I’d have an idea for it someday.  That day has arrived!  My nephew, Austin, is getting a personalized chalkboard for his birthday.
Recycled chipboard (Could also be directly applied to smooth walls with taping off a blackboard shape), Decor Art Americana Chalkboard Paint, Cutting Edge Stencil foam rollerDischangers x 2, Gorilla Glue tape – Handy 1″ Roll, Vinyl decals, Chalk and eraser
Personalized Chalkboard Tutorial:
1.  Apply 1 coat of chalkboard paint rolling one direction (vertically) with a foam roller and let dry 1 hour.

2.  Apply 2nd coat of chalkboard paint.  Roll in the opposite direction (horizontally). Let cure for 24 hours.
3.  Flip board and attach Dishangers.  Wet finger and apply water to activate glue.  Dischangers aren’t only for plates – they work with wood too!  I applied a Dischanger to each corner.  

Smooth and let dry 24 hours. 

 4.  Because this chalkboard is for a boy and hanging on a wall, I added STRONG Gorilla Glue tape to help with keeping the Dischangers extra secure (and to keep destructive little fingers from peeling off the Dischangers…just in case – you can never over-do caution.)

5.  Flip the board back over.  Apply vinyl decals.  

6.  Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard area.

7.  Erase. (Back up eraser on stand by!)
I think my nephew is going to LOVE this!  I’ll add a “Happy Birthday” message and be sporting this gift to Chuck E. Cheese next week!  Those with boys – do you think he’ll love it?  (I’m mother of 2 girls, so sometimes I’m clueless with boys’ gifts!) 
My other DIY chalkboard used the same paint technique but was applied directly to the wall in our kitchen…

After (except right now the kitchen is undergoing some changes so the ladder and chalkboard wall look the same but the other parts don’t.  Reveal coming…someday! Hopefully soon.):

Join me in linking up your chalkboard project and checking out the great chalkboard ideas at Chalk Talk.

Big Boy Room Reveal at Tulip & Turnip

One of the most creative little boys rooms I’ve ever seen is this one designed and DIY’ed by Amy at Tulip & Turnip
I don’t know how she does it, being a working mom to 3 little ones (4-year-old twins and a 2-year-old). She must have superwoman powers! Here was the room before the transformation took place:

Not wanting to stick to a themey-theme, she decided to go with a fun camp vibe.  Take a look at this fun little guys’ room now…

I LOVE her creativity.  Check out these cutest little DIY details…

Pottery Barn-inspired oars

So special! Pop-Pop’s Boy Scout badges framed…

Another sweet family treasure.  Great grandpa’s tackle box:

Board Game collage…

A lamp from an old metal jug in the works…

Adorable sticks with styrofoam marshmallows…

Many more pictures with links to her DIY details in the original post 
Amazing!  Thank you so much for sharing your awesome little boy’s room and all of your hard work, Amy. It’s so sweet!
I‘ve seen some pretty amazing boys’ rooms in the DIY Project Parade this week linked by  my blog friend, Lisa, from Moore Minutes. I love that they’re personalized to her boys’ interests. Head over to get some more fun ideas and talented DIY projects for your little guy’s room…

It's Just Paint…

“It’s Just Paint”.  That’s the mantra over at W Design, along with “Love Where You Live”.  Great advice from Susie, blogger at W Design.  That is exactly how I feel about our home…do what we love, make our home ours.  

Susie does just that.  Take a look (click the links for more details and pictures!).

Kitchen Before:
Notice the paint can on the counter. The cabinets were about to be rescued!

So much wood crying out to be painted!

Kitchen After:

Oh for the love of painted cabinets.  Everyone is doing it (including me!) but I never get tired of seeing the transformation.  It’s lovely. Every.time. And Susie’s kitchen is no exception.  What a beautiful brighter difference!

Susie’s little girls’ room got a makeover too.  It’s beautiful before and it’s stunning after…

Girls’ Room Makeover

Before (so sweet!)

But two daughters became three daughters and more room was needed. The closet went from looking like this:

to looking like this:


Next, she added some character to the room with painted wallpaper by making her own stencil. Trace, paint, repeat. LOVE!

Hours and days later, the walls were finished.

$10 Goodwill desk is perfect for her girls…

Susie’s father-in-law finished a bunk bed system they designed for the room.  Perfect for three girls in one room.  It is beautiful!  The entire room is just so sweet, isn’t it? Awesome bunk beds!

What a fun girls’ room!  More details to come!

There’s more to see at W Design – including her fun basement!

See more at It’s Showtime!

Susie – every single project, every detail is so amazing!  Way to transform a space or two or three! Thank you so much for ‘showing off’!

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