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

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

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

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

To enter the sweepstakes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powder Room Decorative Details

We remodeled our powder room a few years ago but there were some unfinished details that finally got some attention. 
Our powder room was originally the end of an entry area to our home with a window and a small coat closet.  Somewhere down the line, a previous owner put up a wall and door, installed some plumbing and created a small powder room.

As you can see, this half of the small powder room used to be the closet originally.  We installed a shelf above the toilet and for years, I’ve been looking at those exposed screws and I finally reached a point where I can’t take it any more.

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

Wet the back of the disk using a fingertip and

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

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

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

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


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

DIY at Dream Book Design

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

Dream Book Design

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

Ready, Set, Roomspiration!

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

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

DIY Project Parade – My Thrifty Finds

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

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

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


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

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

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

The DIY Show Off

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

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

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

polkadots and puppies

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

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


polka dots and puppies turq striped button 3x3inch


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

DIY at 5 Days 5 Ways

I love Abbie from

Five days...5 ways

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

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

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

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

The DIY Show Off

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

Lawn Twister – fun for Labor Day picnic!

 The DIY Show Off

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

  • 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)


One more day to enter the Business Card Giveaway!

Bathroom Before and After

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

Before: boring builder grade

After: Bathroom showroom!

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

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

Before: closed for business

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


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cut your energy bills with solar panels

Pinterest PinFest Linky Party ~ Daydreaming

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

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

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

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

TIME for the DIY Project Parade

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

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

It was a super easy project and it works so well. I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right!

(these numbers are temporary – so they’ll be redone and perfectly spaced)

Do you like it?

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

The DIY Show Off

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

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

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

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

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

Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:


Deck Reveal at My 1929 Charmer

Meet:  Cathy from 

My 1929 Charmer

She shares our love of decorating and thrifting and she’s sooooo good at it! (Great sewing and gardening tips too!)
This was Cathy’s deck before:

Cathy waved her DIY magic wand (if only it were that simple!) and this is her deck now:
Unbelievable.  What a beautiful transformation!
See more pictures, details of her thrifty treasures and a cost breakdown at 
I imagine I’d spend the rest of the summer days and most of fall relaxing there!
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing deck reveal in the DIY Project Parade, Cathy!  You did a fantastic job! 

Thrifty Treasure – Barrel to Side Table

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

UPrinting Business Card Giveaway

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

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