The DIY Project Parade – my stenciled cabinet doors

Remember when we added picture frame molding to the doors on our built-in dining room cabinets? I couldn’t just leave their blank slate alone.

Using Cutting Edge Stencils and Mythic paint, I added some detail.

See what I did at the DIY Club.

DIY Club

I‘m joining the party at


Did you have a productive DIY weekend or DIY something recently you’d like to share?

I‘d love to see what you’ve been up to!

The DIY Show Off

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

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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 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.

The winner of the Black & Decker giveaway is…

Lucy said…
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Congratulations, Lucy!

Cat on a Limb

Some people have all the luck.

My kitchen remodel is taking forever.  In the meantime, look at this kitchen before and after!

Catherine from Cat on a Limb found this vintage children’s kitchen for $5 on Craig’s List.


Now it’s a fun one-of-a-kind country kitchen…


Super cute! Even cuter are the proud new owners.  See them and the cost breakdown of how that $5 find and less than $28 transformed at her country children’s kitchen makeover.

Then, just as my seasonal affective disorder is about to get the best of me (so much snow and cold, short days and did I mention cold?), I see a hint of spring!

Using Target’s version as inspiration,

Catherine created her own !

Cute “centerpiece, chandelier or mobile”.  See the tutorial and get the bird template:  Paper, String and Branches
Catherine – both projects are adorable!  You did a fantastic job!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

See more from Catherine at

Cat on a Limb:  All kinds of arts, crafts, sewing, DIY, home decor and cooking

Speaking of “Cat”…we’re getting one!  🙂  I miss Niski so much.  I work from home and days are just too quiet and lonely.  I’m used to having company.  Russ has an office cat so he’s a little more confident but I appreciate any feline parent advice. 
Enjoy the weekend!

DIY Shipping Crate Bench

TGIF!  I’ve got a little something to show off for…Lucy Designs!

It’s a ‘faux’ shipping crate bench with cool casters!  

It used to look like this…

Now it’s this charming vintage accent…

She has a fantastic tutorial on the DIY steps, design,  antiquing and her ‘glazing’ technique, more pictures – see the back! It’s super cute too. Visit the full tutorial at 

Shipping Crate Bench

Anthropologie Inspired DIY

I‘m an Anthropologie window shopper, wish list dreamer.  I love that Kojo Designs combines Anthro love with DIY.  Rewarding and much more affordable.  AND very inspiring.  Take a look:

There are some wonderful tutorials for each of these things, just click the link to see the “how to”, ooh and aah over beautiful pictures and get the details. 

kojotutorial: anthropologie inspired knotted bedding part 1 (making the knotted squares)

Isn’t it gorgeous?  She’s very encouraging – it’s not too difficult -mostly time consuming.  I’d love to have this beautiful quilt on my bed.  This beauty looks like it’d have $$$$$ along with 5 stars in a boutique catalog. 

kojotutorial- interactive world map

This is so smart and so much fun.  I love that colors can be personalized…

And the little “key” and pins are perfect…

Isn’t it awesome?  I love everything from the function and colors to the grid of canvas covered cork.

kojotutorial: reading chair made from two wooden palettes (part 1)

Creating furniture from pallets is on my DIY list (just waiting for the snow to melt and pallets to dry out).  Kirstin created a cool corner pallet chair.  Cutest little reading nook ever!


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Pretty talented and amazing, don’t you agree?   See more fabulous DIY, design, decor, party ideas and more at 

Kirstin (& Jordan) – thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity by blogging and for showing off at The DIY Show Off!

Black & Decker Giveaway – LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Deck Out My Home

Sommer from Deck Out My Home has been DIYing for years but is new to the blogging community.  I sure am glad that she’s blogging to share her projects. Here are a few examples of her DIY:
Night stand before is sort of “blah”.  You know you’d pass it by at Goodwill.

But, now it has a beautiful new look and lots of storage…

1970s turns rustic charm…

See her tutorial at Country Night Stands.

This faux beam intrigues me.  We have plans for something similar in our kitchen.

Living room to dining room is open…

Isn’t this beam separating the two areas fabulous?  See her great DIY faux beam tutorial for more details.

Replace your fluorescent light with can lights.  Here is Sommer’s kitchen lighting before:

Much better after:

There’s lots more to see at Deck Out My Home – check out her popular posts including a laundry and dining room before and after + more and her DOH moments – you know we all have them!  🙂  
It’s nice to meet you, Sommer!  LOVE your before and afters and you do a fantastic job with helpful tips and tutorials!  
Black & Decker Giveaway – enter to win!

Happy birthday to my Bri!  I’m so proud of this beautiful young woman!

Beautiful Before and After Furniture

Robby is a new blogger and talented DIY’er and I’m excited to introduce you if you haven’t already met.  He’s just started a blog called Down on Sanford and he’s off to amazing start.  I love taking something old and giving it a fresh new beautiful look and Robby has some unbelievable talent at doing just that.  Click the title to visit his original post for more photos and details.

Wisteria Inspired Dresser

This beautiful dresser…

once looked like this:

I love the new finish and the winter vignette too!  Gorgeous and inspiring!

End table makeover and Vacation Inspirations

End table before….

Rescued and beautiful now…

beautiful chippy paint…love

You’ll want to visit that post to see Robby’s amazing photography as well.

Inspired?  Yep, me too!

Great job, Robby!  Thank you for sharing your talent and skills.  Welcome to blogging!  We look forward to seeing more of your DIY projects!


Black & Decker Giveaway!

And thanks to Involving Color for the feature!  Woo hoo!!!  I love to show off! 😉

At Home Alterations – Small update = Big impact

Making a big difference in a room with a small budget is possible especially when there’s an entire house full of project to take into consideration.  That’s one little thing that I love about Mike and Katrina from At Home Alterations. They’ve taken 2 bathrooms and given them minor tweaks but the results are beautiful. 
This is their master bathroom now…

This was the home’s original office master bathroom…

The small amount of DIY and the right accessories made the master bathroom feel bigger and spa-like.  I love it.  See what they did, how they did it and what they spent at their original post:  Master Bathroom Reveal

And this is the main bathroom that Mike and Katrina lovingly refer to as the Easter bunny bathroom with it’s pink tile and yellow walls.  

For the time being, the pink tiles stay and working with that, they toned it down by painting and adding some coordinating accessories including a pretty toile shower curtain…

More pictures, details and cost breakdown of their little bit of work and big transformation at Easter Bunny Bathroom Updates.  

Great job, you two!  Both bathrooms are so much more comfortable, beautiful and pretty amazing makeovers considering the budget and amount of work to make them reflect the style of your home!


Black & Decker Giveaway Announcement!

We just reached another follower milestone and nothing thrills me more than meeting you!  You make my day, you make blogging worthwhile. Thank you all for your support and stopping by to read our reno-ventures and DIY projects as well as share your awesome creativity and talent! As always, I’m so grateful for your friendship!  
Black & Decker generously sent us a handy-dandy tool.  Now, I know I’m a DIY Show Off but when it comes to DIY, I’m always learning. I DO get excited about tools and paint and wallpaper and crafty ideas and beautiful decor.  I admit I’d rather have a DIY or decor related gift or shopping spree instead of jewelry or clothing (and I’m even a girly girl!) so when this baby arrived…
Ratcheting ReadyWrench
I was tickled like it was my birthday but confused.  It’s superior quality.  It’s heavy and well made.   But what’s it do?  (That’s my thoughts.  Mr. DIY was even more impressed with it but he knows what it does because guys are almost always born with that knowledge.  I’m just kidding.  I’m only speaking for myself from the limited tool dictionary in my brain.) He’s already used it to change a tire on the firewood cart.  In fact, if we hadn’t have received it as a gift, he would have bought it himself!

I did find out that it is VERY useful!

We have a 4 poster bed upstairs to take apart when we switch guest room and office/craft room – another really handy use:  assembling and dis-assembling furniture.  I’m not sure if I ever showed you the guest room. This is it currently (pictured below). Nothing special but moving it downstairs means giving it a makeover and that bed needs to be taken apart to be moved downstairs.  Ratcheting ReadyWrench to the rescue!

We have plans to build something very similar to this table from Pottery Barn. Guess what’s going to come in handy for tightening those nuts and bolts?

Hyde Console Table

Here’s a little Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench bio:

Key Features

  • Color-coded socket sizes
  • Includes 16 of the most popular standard (SAE) and metric (MM) socket sizes
  • Exclusive ratcheting action
  • Built to last


  • for easy visibility
  • for added convenience and versatility
  • with a Lifetime Warranty


  • General household assembly (i.e. furniture assembly)
  • Common DIY repairs (i.e. brake adjustment on a bike)
  • Regular maintenance tasks (i.e. blade change on a lawn mower)
  • Advanced automotive jobs (i.e. oil change)


“If the ReadyWrench name sounds familiar, it may be because you used the original ReadyWrench when it debuted last year. After Black & Decker launched the ReadyWrench, we listened to our customers who asked us to give the wrench the ratcheting action they needed to get the job done more quickly and easily.

The new Ratcheting ReadyWrench promises to make your home improvement, remodeling or DIY project a cinch, thanks to the 16 socket sizes contained within this one amazing wrench, now with ratcheting action. Black & Decker designed the wrench’s SureFit Technology with DIYers like you in mind.  It’s guaranteed to fit all the most popular standard and metric socket sizes to help you complete your work more efficiently and ultimately save you time.”
What’s up for grabs?  A Ratcheting ReadyWrench from Black & Decker!   Useful for you, a great addition to your toolbox (or the first item to start your toolbox!) or an awesome favorite gift for that hard-to-buy-for/has-everything DIY’er in your life.  You DESERVE one of these and if I had the means to hand them out like business cards or candy, I so would!  But for now…

How to win?
1 entry for commenting on each of the following ways!  Leave 1 comment for each.
  • Leave a comment describing your current DIY project.  Inquiring minds want to know!
  • Leave a comment if you follow or subscribe to The DIY Show Off or please join in by becoming a follower or subscriber.  Thank you, dear friend!
  • Like Black & Decker on Facebook! (do from here)  Comment here that you “like” Black & Decker on Facebook.
  • Tweet about, blog or share this giveaway on Facebook.  Leave a comment about where you shouted it from!
  • Visit the Black & Decker site.  Subscribe to the newsletter. Lots of great DIY tips for your next project! Come back and comment that you subscribe.
Giveaway starts (now) 1/11/11 and ends 1/14 at midnight EST.  Winner will be announced shortly after.
U.S. entrants only for shipping and delivery reasons.  
Leave your email address if I can’t notify you via your blog.

Good luck!

“Black & Decker provided the Ratcheting ReadyWrench without cost for review.”


Amy’s awesome party starts today – share your 1st project of the year! Amy’s beautiful home was featured in the January 2011 issue of Cottage & Bungalows magazine. Enter the party and get a chance to win a copy!  Congratulations Amy!  Well deserved!

WhisperWood Cottage

Maryanne has a party to help get you organized in the new year!

Domestically Speaking

It’s So Very Cheri is hosting a Scentsy giveaway!

Just Live Simply – Picture Frame Projects and a Lamp Shade

Have you been to the thrift store this week?  After reading this post, you might want to pop in and snag a few items.  Kristen from Just Live Simply has some beautiful easy projects to inspire your creativity.

thrift store frames turned fab


lamp shade tutorial

I‘m inspired.  I love each of her projects, especially that gorgeous lamp!  Amazing that a little DIY can take someone else’s trash and turn it into a beautiful treasure.  Great masterpieces, Kristen!  Thanks so much for showing off!  🙂

I also want to give a BIG THANK YOU to Lindsey for featuring my before and after dining room and her sweet shout out.  Love seeing before and after transformations with a sense of humor in writing?  

DIY Project Parade

I‘m not ready to show off today but I did finally finish painting the kitchen cabinets.  ::celebration dance::  Tutorial coming soon and next step is choosing our countertops.  I’d love to have a kitchen like the one shown below with soapstone counters, but realistically granite is our best choice since our kitchen is Mr. DIY’s creative lab of delicious cuisine and experiments.  Soapstone dream….
Granite dream (more realistic).We’re hoping for “jet mist” granite like this which has a similar look to soapstone:

but ultimately, it depends on what we can find locally.  I know it wasn’t a choice at two local granite places two months ago when we first started looking.  Wish us luck – since I can’t have soapstone I “need” to find this granite locally.  I don’t want to settle.   Edit:  Please note those are dream/inspiration pictures above.  My doors are still not back on (they’re drying) and our current countertops are blue laminate!  The floor is white OLD linoleum.  I can only dream that my kitchen will look as beautiful as above!  

In the meantime, I’d love to see what you’ve 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 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 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.

Decor Allure and the Basement PlayWorld

Do you have a finished game room/entertaining basement/man cave/kids’ playroom?  If it’s something in your DIY future, be prepared to be inspired.  Erin from Decor Allure just finished her basement makeover and it is a beautiful bright space that no one is ever gonna wanna leave!  1000 square feet of something-fun-for-everyone!  Grab a napkin, you’re going to drool!
Here are some highlights from her reveal but visit her “basement is finished” post to see the full details!

As you open the door to the basement this is what you see:

(No, the “no food” sign the kids made is not staying!  It was just up for our annual New Year’s Eve Family Party.  We had over 100 people and needed to keep the food to one level.)

The landing half-way down:

The vintage roller coaster poster I mod-podged onto a cheap canvas and the old wood tickets sign I made earlier (details here.)

Are you asking about that Ladder about now?  That ladder leads to my husband’s pet project and favorite part of the basement finishing.  It leads to a tube slide down!  Cool, huh?

My determined engineer husband twisted the top section and added an extension piece and made what I call “the death drop slide.” It’s very steep at the start, making it fast (perfect for our kids!) It does a zig-zag and comes out gently downstairs (you’ll see in a minute.)

As you turn the corner of this landing, you can see down the next set of stairs to the actual basement.

Straight ahead it the bathroom, to the left are the two bedrooms and to your right the main room.
If you turn to your right, this is what you see:

 We had a pipe that had to be soffited along this wall, so it made a perfect place for built-ins.  I pulled out a bunch of pictures of what I thought would work and my husband built it!

We found some lovely, wide crown moulding and some fluted trim at Habitat REstore.

Here you can see the almost-complete exit for the slide.  We still have a bit of mudding to the trim area and touch up to complete that.  We slanted the wall leading into the mai
n room to make a nice, wide entrance to the room.  The door lends access to the slide and should someone want to remove the slide, it would be easily done and leave a nice storage closet behind.


We threw down some furniture we had and I’ve since found the perfect smaller-sized sectional. I plan on slipcovering it and those red chairs with dropcloth.

The kids also love the swing from Ikea.  We reinforced some boards between beams and marked the spot before we drywalled the ceiling.  The air hockey table was a $60 score at a garage sale a few years ago and the $10 foosball wasn’t out of reach either!

I pulled together a collection of posters, maps and prints from a few places we’ve traveled to. My handy-dandy mat cutter made it easy to use some old frames from Goodwill and a few standard, cheap frames to frame the artwork.

Here’s a close-up of the moulding treatment we chose.

Alright, this is heading back towards the stairs and the rooms.

This is heading into the bathroom:

We chose to lay the typical square 12″ tiles off-set from each other instead of square to add more interest.  We really like how it turned out.

Now, we’ll head into the first of the bedrooms.  My oldest wanted an Asian feel to the room. This was her inspiration picture that we were going for:

And here’s ours so far.  We need some more accessories and such, but it’s off to a good start:

I made the upholstered headboard with nailhead trim (I’ll try to do a tutorial on it later) and made the bedspread.  We already had the artwork by VanGogh and just repainted a second-hand frame.

I found a very long $2 frame at a garage sale, cut a piece of thin plywood for the backing.  After painting it, I screwed on a kitchen drawer pull and hung a Japanese Obi we had from our stay in Tokyo.  It makes a fun art piece, yet does something much more practical; it hides the ugly electrical box that had to stay situated in the bedroom.  It’s on hooks for quick removal should we need access to the circuits.

Some wonderfully talented friends came over and painted these branches for us in a nice metallic paint.

On either side of the closet we placed some old Chinese screen panels:

 We’re on the lookout for a fun desk for her room, but it’s coming along.

Next door is our other daughter’s room.  She’s been warned that she’s the first to get kicked out when guests visit since we put a queen size bed in.

The headboard was found at a garage sale for $20, repainted the famous “Heirloom White” (we left off the footboard so it wouldn’t close in the room as much.)  It’s positioned in a bow in the foundation since this room sits right under the den in the front of the house, which has a bow window.

We already had these mini chandeliers from the girls’ old rooms.  They have very dim bulbs so they can be used as reading lights.  They’re connected together and put on a button switch attached low on the bed frame for easy on and off.  This very old, delightfully rough frame was found for a $1 and the bird print in the center was found at Goodwill.

On either side of the bed are these great old window frames I found on Craigslist.  We painted them gray and distressed them a bit.  We’re patiently waiting for some free mirror on craigslist or Habitat REStore to turn them into mirrors.  It’ll help reflect more light into the room.

To the right of the bed is a sleeping beauty print we had in
their old room.  The frame is a fun antique find for $5.

We’re moving in a slant-front desk and need to make some curtains, as well as look out for a few other accessories.
More pictures and details at her original post along with the paint colors she chose.  
Erin – it is fabulous!  What a beautiful and fun entertaining space!  The bathroom is gorgeous – love the tile and fixtures.  Lucky girls – such stunning rooms!   I see lots of fun family and friend get-togethers at your house!  Thanks for sharing all of your hard work.  Super job!

Involving Color

Jena from Involving Color has some amazing before and after transformations to show off…

January seems to be a month for focusing on organization and that’s exactly what Jena’s done with her shoe closet.  What a lucky girl – an entire closet dedicated to shoes!  Here is the before:

And here it is now – all organized!

To see the entire transformation click HERE.

Makes you want to see more, doesn’t it?  Well…we’re in luck.  Her half bath got a makeover too.  Here is it is before:

Here is what she did:

  • Remove wallpaper.
  • Repair walls, prime, and paint.
  • Install plantation shutters
  • Install new toilet paper holder and towel bar
  • Install pedestal sink and faucet
  • DIY artwork

  • Ta-da! Hard to believe it’s the same room!

    Half Bath After Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

    Half Bathroom After Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

    And my most favorite of all?  Her backyard.  It makes me long for summer parties, sunshine and warmth!  Amazing! (Full backyard transformation details.)

    Backyard Before

    Back Yard Before
    To this:
    flagstone patio

    Patio After
    Backyard Before

    Back Yard Before
    To this:
    flagstone patio

    Patio After

    There’s something else I’d love to show off about Involving Color.  The Involving Color Image Gallery allows you to search rooms by paint color, by room or by painted furniture!   So cool and lots of inspiration!

    Thanks, Jena for sharing your projects.  Every single thing is awesome – so beautiful!

    Inspired to Organize – edited to add reading nook.

    “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”  ~ A. A. Milne 

    With the new year, the buzz is all about organization.  After taking down holiday decor, everything feels so de-cluttered so it’s only natural that motivation to get everything organized hits you like a contagious disease but it’s energizing instead.  As you know we finally organized our coat and shoe closet recently.  It was a chaotic mess with no purpose. Now coats, boots, shoes, scarves and hats have a place to call home.  Do shoes and coats and junk piling by the entryway get you stressed?  Maybe not in a ‘the world is coming to an end’ sort of way but it is stressful when things aren’t put away in their proper place or there isn’t a place for things to be assigned.  

    Getting started is the hardest part but in no time, I was cleaning our and de-cluttering the rest of our back entry way and was done in less than an hour.  Tell yourself you’ll just do one small drawer.  Empty it, sort and start putting things where they belong.  Before you know it, you’ll have three drawers done instead of one.  I always trick myself with making a small goal. The trick is getting yourself to “START”.  Instead of looking at the BIG overwhelming picture of organizing your entire home or even a whole room, start small and say “I’m just going to clean up this little area.”  Once you get started, you’ll want results and do more than just that one small task.
    Keys, change, cell phones have a designated and assigned area near the door with this organizer I made a couple of years ago (yes – we still use it!).  Key Keeper Tutorial

    We chose furniture that allowed for extra storage.  I love decorating the console table but it’s the drawers and shelf that allow us to know where certain things are.  The top drawer holds take out menus, batteries, spare change, etc. 
    The faux-apothecary chest is a great place for my summer shoes (my boots are in the coat/shoe closet).  
    The drawers up top serve as a place for gloves and extra sets of keys.  Sometimes I’ll use a drawer to hide a few odds and ends during a ‘quick clean’ to corral little stuff until I have time to sort it.  Wooden boxes under a bench provide more storage and the bench is the perfect place to sit and pull on shoes.
    Do you have an organized entry area in your home?  We actual enter through the door in the kitchen right now as it’s closest to our parked cars but I’m still able to redirect coats and shoes to be put away instead of piling near the door.  No mess. No stress.  🙂
    Have a clean up/organization post to show off?  Link up and share!  

    I’m joining the party at

    Organize and Decorate Everything

    I’m back!  THIS is why it takes me longer than usual to organize:

    I start out small.  “Just sort and put things away” I tell myself (you know you talk to yourself too, right?!).  Then I get carried away with the need to freshen things up, redecorate, rearrange and move things from room to room and before I know it, I have a new reading nook!  Let the above pictures serve as the before.  This is my after:

    It’s sort of a reward for being motivated to clean up.  😉  However…warning:  This means you’ll mess up the adjoining room in an effort to redecorate and have to start all over again in there. 


    Stuff and Nonsense

    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens 
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens 
    A Before and After home tour

    Creative DIY and inspiration and more…

    Just a few of my favorite things and Alison from Stuff and Nonsense has some amazing makeovers in her home to share with you today.  Please click the link to see the original post.

    Kitchen before:

    She is still working on a few things but here is her beautifully changed Kitchen now:

    (click the link above to see her fun dining room wall)

    Dining room before (except for the gorgeous chandelier)…

    Delicious Dining Room now:

    Living room before (in process of removing carpet)…

    Much better now…

    I spy antiques and I likey!  Thanks so much for sharing your makeovers, Alison.  You’ve done a great job at brightening things up!  🙂

    Stuff and Nonsense


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