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…

PB Inspired Easter

I shared this tutorial originally over at The DIY Club but love to have it here on my site too.

I fell in love with a Pottery Barn vignette as I often do. This one was for Easter. PB one is pink but I wanted yellow.

Problem:  Silk flowers/branch, pitcher, 2 bunnies = $200 for seasonal decor! 
So pretty much not going to happen on my budget. 
However, out of reach decor inspires DIY projects. 
  • Creamy white vase (I had a pitcher. Scour thrift stores/etc.)
  • White ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Deco Art Paint (Americana Gloss Enamels in white and added a bit of Deco Art Dazzling Metallics bronze and Americana Acrylic in eggshell)
  • White bunnies (I used two ceramic bunnies I already had in my Easter decor)
  • Paper Mache Eggs x 11 (approximately less than $10 with Michael’s coupon)
  • Faux Forsythia ($5 at Michaels).  If it’d every stop snowing, we have real Forsythia but no such luck just yet. 

My Total:  Less than $20 
Tutorial:  Arrange Forsythia or branch in vase.  Decide where eggs should be hung. 
Make a loop of ribbon and knot the end
Insert straight pin through side without knot.
Push pin with the ribbon into top of paper mache egg.
Hang on a branch in your arrangement. 
I used these three paints, mostly white mixing in a touch of the others.
Paint the paper mache eggs.  
I painted them while they were hanging so I didn’t have to paint then dry and turn and paint again. However, my fingers were covered in paint.  🙂
My existing Easter bunny stash dug out of storage…
Ali helped out and gave the bunnies a fresh new look using the same paint I mixed above to paint the eggs.
Let eggs dry about 30 minutes.  Use a pencil to draw the letters to spell 
“HAPPY EASTER” or “spring”.
I made a similar fuzzy/scribbled font as my PB inspiration using a Sharpie, tracing over the penciled letters.
All done…

I’m linking up to
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The Lettered Cottage
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Not an Empty Room

Meet:  Misty ~ “We live in a 214-year-old house that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. We try our best to retain all of the unique characteristics of our home while updating and making it ours. It’s a lot of work (restoration, rewiring) and a lot of fun!”
Blog:  Not an Empty Room
Not an Empty Room

Visit Misty to see the details of all of their HARD work!  They’re DIY super stars over there!
Awesome DIY Projects:
Outdated bathroom gets a pretty modern farmhouse style makeover! I love the new distressed black vanity and mirrors, pretty window (with a beautiful view) and the awesome barn door!
Complete demo, gut and rebuild…(brave!)
(Makes me wish we’d finally get our dining room track up so I can share. LOVE sliding doors.)  This bathroom barn door adds a farmhouse charm to her old house.
Great idea for kids’ art work too!
There’s more to see!  Pop over to say “Hi” to Misty and check out their great DIY projects! If you’re like me, Misty had you at 214-years-old.  I love the history, the many corner fireplaces, the beautiful floors, dutch door…I could go on and on. 🙂

Thanks Misty (and Charles) for sharing!  Your dedication and hard work is paying off – you’re putting new life into that old home and I love the transformation!  Great job!

Blame It on the Toes

There’s a special meaning behind Liz’s blog, Blame It on the Toes. I’ll let her tell you about that (here).  Liz and her husband, Mike, have done some amazingly gorgeous DIY transformations in their home!
First, a room used for storage becomes a sweet nursery.  You can see the full transformation from start to nearly-finished at Jett’s Nursery…Renovation.  
A nursery that inspiration is made of…
Room Before

Dresser before:

Dresser after is gorgeous…
No part overlooked, drawers were Mod Podged too!

TV armoire before…

Amazing after…
Inside is just as fun…
More sneak peeks:
Not only does baby have a sweet place to dream, but mom and dad have a pretty sweet retreat themselves!
Bedroom before was a blank slate…
After is stunning!  Same room?  Hard to believe but find proof in every DIY detail at Blame it on the Toes Bedroom Makeover
WOW! Great job Liz & Mike!  I love both rooms and the furniture makeovers are beautiful!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!
See more from Liz & Mike at

The DIY Project Parade

We’re not working on anything glamorous (yet) this week but the results should be glamorous. This is our gross kitchen floor now:
It’s very old white vinyl that never looks clean, no matter how much it is scrubbed. The surrounding floors in other rooms are original soft wood (pine) that we sanded/refinished when we moved in and removed the dirty old carpet (shown below), but it’s in poor condition with bad patch jobs from the past and the newer addition to the house is just regular a sub-floor (remember our painted floor in the newer addition bathroom?). It was a “clean” temporary fix.

Our plan is to start with the kitchen and a small adjoining room (with 5 doors/entryways) which will become a pantry area – eventually continuing the same flooring throughout the rest of the first floor.  We know the look we want but we’re still narrowing down our options to make a final decision on the product (bamboo or hardwood) that we’ll go with. 

In the meantime, this is what we’re doing…

  1. Remove old vinyl.
  2. Pry up top plywood.
  3. Remove bottom plywood.
(Underneath is original hardwood.) Here is what original hardwood looks like after it’s been covered for probably 1/2 a century:

The kitchen has 2 layers of plywood making it at least a half inch higher than the rest of the house.  Removing is tedious and time consuming. Applying another layer of hardwood on top isn’t an option.  Blah!  But we have a vision and it’ll be worth the hard work in the end. Thankfully the new flooring can be installed directly on top of old in the rest of the house!

More details/tutorial to follow. 


Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

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.

Fabulous Furniture Makeovers

Looking around today at my home and wondering if a couple pieces of furniture couldn’t use a little facelift. I love natural wood tones but after seeing some of these beautiful transformations, I’m inspired.  What do you think?  Click the link to see the full details at each site of these talented ladies.
A Place for Us – I love the before and couldn’t imagine it looking any prettier but take a look. The new yellow color is perfectly sunny in her gorgeous dining room. 
Sideboard Before – I love this wood tone however…
Sideboard After – visit her blog to see why this looks so much better with her dining room table.

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For All Things Creative – this is a beauty!  Nnekah does an incredible job at making a boring chair look like a diva!  She has a very detailed and helpful tutorial too! Beautiful fabric and nail head trim.
Desk Rescue at Funky Mom Cards…junky to so FUNky!
Before – 40 years of paint and dirt
After – perfect for her friend’s daughter!

Olde Windmill Farm – beautiful trunk restoration! Amazing work!
Before – flat, cold and plain
After – beautiful!  I love the natural warm tone.
Inside wants me to organize treasures!

The Polka Dot Umbrella – pretty sofa save!
Purple Monster

Bohemian Chic!

Scratched and worn to distressed blue beauty!

So Stinking Cute – Really! This DIY Headboard is So Stinking Cute!

Bare Before

Stunning after ~ BIG statement and so lovely!

Ugly lonely chair before…

Sophisticated Chevron after…

Hopeless Chest blog – Thrifty Trunk Transformation 
20 trunk before…
is a charming coffee table now…

Deborah Jean’s Dandelion HouseBench Gone Wild! A plain bench gets sassy!

Sharon at Homeawesome DIY headboard from this…

A genius idea + DIY = beautiful results. AWESOME!

Now if these don’t inspire you to grab a can of paint this weekend and change something, I don’t know what will!

Enjoy the weekend!

Crazy Wonderful DIY

Crazy Wonderful
There a some wonderful DIY projects by Shelley at Crazy Wonderful.
I LOVE this (hand painted pillow tutorial)…what a beautiful accent for a pretty chair!
And when accessories are outside of your budget, come in the wrong color or are no longer available…DIY!
Shelley’s Inspiration:
Shelley’s DIY Version: (rosette pillow tutorial)
Shelley’s DIY talents are not limited to pillows!  Her kitchen before was pretty but she was ready to lighten things up.  Here is the before.  The kitchen island is swallowed up by all of the oak.
Now it’s light, the cabinets don’t blend with the floor and the pretty island pops against the white…
See more pictures at Kitchen Makeover!
A couple more awesome DIY projects to check out:
Proof that Paint is Powerful!
Stop over and say “hi”.
Thanks so much, Shelley, for sharing your super DIY skills!  Keep up the good work ~ I can’t wait to see more!

DIY Kitchen Makeover at Triangle Honeymoon

We’re mid-kitchen makeover and seeing a before and fantastic magazine-worthy after gives me hope. Thanks to Chad and Amy, my fears are a little less and I’m a little more confident that “all will be well”.  Chad and Amy from Triangle Honeymoon took a tidy but blah kitchen and transformed it into “Wow!” It’s a beautiful functional space they can be proud to boast “we did it ourselves”. 
Triangle Honeymoon
The sink area before:
The sink area after:
Boring before:
Relaxing, happy after:
Stove area before:
Happily ever after:
What do you think?  
Congratulations on a job well done, Amy & Chad!  It’s gorgeous!  I can just imagine that you stand in there nearly every day beaming with pride and admiring your hard work. Or maybe that’s just something we do when we finish a DIY project? Well, I admire you two and your beautiful kitchen too!  Thank you so much for sharing!
See the original detailed post, links to their “how to’s” and exactly what they did at
Check these out these favorite posts I love while your there:

The Mustard Ceiling

The Mustard Ceiling

I‘m sitting here multi-tasking: surfing the web, looking at entries for today’s blog post, searching inspiration (I could look at beautiful homes all day long), taking a break for dinner, trying to figure out how the Nook works that I got for my birthday and watching “Speed” out of the corner of my eye. Anyway, my point is…I came across Elizabeth’s home tour, before and after transformations and DIY projects and knew right away that I wanted to introduce her to you.  I love that feeling – motivation that I get from the blogging community, don’t you? Elizabeth will inspire you.

Her blog is dedicated to her obsession with interior design, do-it-yourself projects and other daily musings.  🙂

Here are a few before and afters of her gorgeous home. 

Kitchen before had charm but an outdated feel with what she calls ‘groovy gold’ countertops and matching dishswasher…
Kitchen after is so pretty with even more charm. I’m glad she kept the sink – love that! The open shelving is so convenient and a great way to bring more interest to a wall of cabinets.

Bedroom after…chocolate! I spy with my little eye something beginning with a L-O-V-E (remember that car game?!). A couple of things I want: that bedding, the chairs, that rug and chandelier!

I want to curl up on the couch with a throw blanket and good book and never leave this living room:

See more of Elizabeth’s before/after home tour at the The Mustard Ceiling Before/After.

Elizabeth’s husband also contributes to The Mustard Ceiling blog.  I love this post about the “Cloffice“(closet office)and living with an interior designer…
And great tutorial on wainscoting (their gorgeous dining room):


Learn how to DIY these chevron magazine files at “Dressin’ it Up“. So cool!

See more of Elizabeth’s DIY projects as listed below:


It makes me want to get up off the couch and tackle every project all at once, not knowing where to begin!  Thank you so much for sharing your before and afters and DIY, Elizabeth (and Alfred).  Beautiful job on every single detail!   

Silhouette Heat Transfer Sewable Fabric Interfacing Tutorial and a Little Giveaway

I knew once I had a Silhouette machine, there would be endless creative possibilities.   Now the Silhouette machine cuts fabric!  Using scrap material, I made my daughter a doxie (Niski!) pillow.  
Here’s how I did it. 
I hope to make my own pattern but until I figure out how to do that, I purchased a doxie shape from the Silhouette online store and sized it.  I did cut out some other shapes including an ear and some flowers for appliques as well. 
My doxie was approx. 6 x 9 inches long so using a piece of cardstock as a pattern, I cut a 6×9 piece of the heat transfer fabric interfacing.
Iron on to fabric (rough side of heat transfer interfacing paper to back side of fabric).
Cut out the 6×9 heat transfer paper fabric interfacing once it’s ironed (cooled) to the fabric.
I used my Silhouette cutting mat.  This will work best if your cutting mat isn’t very sticky (not new).  The heat transfer fabric interfacing paper backing sticks to the mat so I had to clean that off/peeling bits and pieces.  The other option would be to make sure your fabric is at least 8 inches wide going through the feed (so it doesn’t move around).  Stick the paper side to the mat, fabric side up.  I always stick to the right side.
Feed mat into the machine. (I always insert mat and vinyl on the third line from the left as the machine cuts closest to the right margin on projects shorter than 12″ unless you make adjustments in the software).
Change to the pink cutting tip. 
Send the image to the Silhouette for cutting.  My settings were 3 for speed and 33 (the highest) for thickness.
Cut image.
Unload and remove ‘negative’ fabric.
Lift up fabric doxie – instant iron on applique! How cool!
Iron fabric into place on 1 side of the right side of pillow to be sewn (or whatever you’re creating). 
Once it’s ironed on, it’s temporarily in place and ready to sew.  Sew close to the edge of the fabric applique. For rounding corners, make sure needle is down through fabric, lift foot and turn as needed. Lower foot and resume sewing. 

The back side will look like this:
Add extra iron ons for texture and depth, a button for an eye.
I got caught up in my project and didn’t photograph the remaining steps but I made a pillow cover.  Pin right sides together and sew three sides of the pillow cover.  Snip corners of fabric up to the seam. Turn right-side-out. Insert pillow and hand or machine sew the opening shut. 
Front Side:
Back Side:
So cute!  I’m not crazy about the shape of the dog (it seems a little distorted to me), but for first time test…it’s cute and my daughter loves it.
Now onto my Silhouette giveaway!  (This was so much fun last time I did it and I hope to share a picture of the previous winners’ projects soon…if they’re willing to ‘show off’.)  No machine giveaway this time…sorry! But I love sharing my Silhouette with you by helping you with your DIY project in the meantime!

Comment below what you’d want to make with a Silhouette machine.
Vinyl Art?
Vinyl Lettering for a DIY sign?
Iron On?
Fabric Applique?
Scrapbook supplies?
A special card?

Here are the projects I’ve made using my Silhouette if you need some ideas:

1 comment/entry per person.
I will choose a handful of readers, based on my materials and ease of your project. 
I will be purchasing some more vinyl and images for the purpose of this giveaway.
Giveaway is open to US DIY Show Off readers/subscribers only. 
Comment now through Wed. 3/23 at midnight EST.
Winners must respond to winner announcement at the end of the week.

Good luck!

March Promotion for DIY Show Off readers:  Purchase a Silhouette SD, one of each fabric interfacing (clean cut & sewable) and a roll of white flocked heat transfer material for $229.  Also, readers that already have a Silhouette can get 25% off fabric interfacing. The March promotion will run from the 21st through the 27th.  
Use promo code “SHOWOFF” 

DIY Project Parade – Back Splash from start to finish

Back splash, back splash, back splash! It’s out of my system. I promise this is the last you’ll hear about it except for a link back to this tutorial at the kitchen reveal.  Here is our DIY back splash tutorial.  We finally finished installing our marble subway tile back splash. I’ve linked to the products we purchased.  This took us about a month of weekends (some of that time was spent doing some electrical work for under cabinet lighting and swapping out old beige outlets/switches for clean white ones along the way). 

Venatino Polished Marble Tiles 12×12 mosaic, 5 Venatino Pencil Borders
OmniGrip Maximum Strength Adhesive
Tile Guard Natural Stone Penetrating Sealer
QuartzLock Grout – silver
Frog Tape

Tile saw
Putty knife
Paper towels
Caulk gun
DAP Pro Caulk Tool Kit

Just because we all love a good before and after…here was our kitchen when we bought the house (cabinet painting tutorial)… ugly. All we did when we moved in was paint the walls green, insert new SS appliances and range hood then lived with it for 3 years until we just couldn’t take it anymore and we had a savings to get started on our dream kitchen (the dream where we have savings but the dream without winning the lottery)…
The above blue countertop (want it?) was replaced with honed Jet Mist granite…

(dark charcoal grey with random white veining)

Back Splash Tutorial:

1.  Apply caulk to gap where countertop meets the wall. I’m not sure why I didn’t get a picture of the caulking gun…but we did use one. (Just didn’t want you thinking it was magic, in case you were thinking so.)

2.  Use a DAP Pro Caulk Tools to make an even/straight line. Love this little blue plastic tool!

3.  Prep area.  Cover counter top or clean as you go. Protect the granite!

4.  Starting at the edge of the counter, decide how your tile will end.  We used a matching border from the countertop’s edge vertically and ended at the bottom of the end of the wall cabinet.  We mitered the joint where vertical meets horizontal.

5.  Apply border and tile with OmniGrip Adhesive using a trowel.  Coat the wall (can be done directly to drywall).  It’s pre-mixed so there’s no guessing on consistency and this product works really well for a back splash. 

Pardon the blurriness…DIY does not wait for camera battery to recharge. 
6.  To lessen breakage and crumbling when cutting (the vibration nearly pulverizes edges of the marble), we used Frog tape on cuts as well as to secure mosaic while cutting. 
Don’t forget your safety gear!

7.  Apply pressure to ‘set’ tiles in place.

Another shot of how we ended the tile on the countertop/cabinet edge.

8.   Let dry at least 2 days.

9.  Seal tiles using Tile Guard.  Wipe on with a rag.  It dries within seconds.

10.  After drying, prep area by covering countertops or clean as you go – dried grout will be hard to remove.

Have a bucket of water handy.

11.  Apply generous amount of Quartz Lock to the float using a putty knife.

Pre-mixed. Put the lid on and save leftover for a future project.

12.  Add grout to spaces between the tiles, filling every gap, working in small areas going to next step and starting again with the next area.  Smoosh it in the gaps.

13.  Using a well-wrung wet sponge, wipe in a diagonal motion (except when necessary against countertop and cabinets), wiping away grout from tile.  Grout should stay in the cracks and gaps, but be cleaned away from tiles.

14.  Rinse sponge.

15.  Repeat.

16.  Let dry.  Grout will hide imperfections/crumbled edges of marble tile.  Don’t stress with tiny chips. Grout will disguise them. We have an old farmhouse, so our motto is “imperfection adds character”. 

Before Grout:
After Grout:

Admire work!

Again, before when we bought our home in 2007…
to this…
A work in progress 2011…
Next on the list, one of these:
  • Tearing out existing pantry to make room for future stand alone fridge and freezer (which won’t happen by time of reveal, but saving for it).
  • Removing vinyl flooring – yipes!
  • Building a larger built-in pantry.  Original plans were for a table and open shelving.  Russ has decided he’d like it built in.  Not sure if it’ll be cabinetry or framed-out with doors. Still planning. 
  • Installing new wide plank hardwood or bamboo floors.  Still on the hunt for our perfect floor.
  • Painting ceiling and walls.  I think we’ve agreed on a color!
  • Framing a window and replacing French door frame with something more original looking.
  • Adding reclaimed barnwood to make a header in the middle of the room look like wooden beam.
  • Painting trim, freshening up old and primer/paint for new. 
  • Running electrical to new island.
  • Building an island. DIY? Maybe incorporating reclaimed barnwood.
  • Decorating!!!

Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

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.

DIO – Do It Ourselves

A two person team are known as DIO’ers.  So cute.  DIO – Do It Ourselves. That’s the name of Lannie’s new blog and I look forward to seeing more from this  DIO duo. They’re awesome!

Here is their fireplace before:

BEFORE – 1970s faux lava stone

AFTER – beautiful creamy white wooden fireplace surround and carrara marble tiles.

Get the details, more pictures and see exactly what they did at

Great chalkboard projects…

Cabinet before:
Cabinet after – so handy and fun:

See the original post at Chalk It Up 

Wingback chair before and after (I am SO eager to do this…it’s gorgeous every time I see it). I love Lannie’s choice of fabric!

Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and creativity, Lannie (and Tony)!  Great job on everything you’re doing!  

Happy Saturday!

Shabby Apple Winner

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Before and After at Casa Greer

Casa Greer
Elsa from Casa Greer is very excited to share her before and after transformations and I’m honored to share it with you today.  We all know the power of paint. It can be scary but overcoming fear and doing something fun can work miracles and magically transform boring and sometimes even ugly to SHAZAM! Wow! Gorgeous!

Take a look at Elsa’s plain but clean and tidy laundry room before…

After is Charm and Beauty…fun stripes and gorgeous accessories:
{View from hallway.}

{View from garage.}

{Opposite wall with door leading to garage.}

{Close up of cute baskets from TJMaxx.}

The baskets and ironing board cover (TJMaxx) are a perfect accent for her aqua/white striped walls. 
Elsa’s office before was a place that collected everything  and anything that didn’t have a ‘home’, storage for things that needed organized (sounds familiar is it just me?).  

Now it’s an organized space to get serious about creativity, DIY and fun projects…

Beautiful job, Elsa!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!  

Want to see more?  
Head over to Casa Greer!  She’s started a DIY tab with some great projects!