Whatcha gonna do with all that junk

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In case y’all haven’t noticed.  I love junk.  Any kind of rusty old junk. I’m on it.  And chippy, peeling doors.  And vintage anything.  So, when I combine all of those elements together with some beautiful container gardens it kinda makes my head want to explode with joy.   I might as well get it over with and change my name to Tow-Mater, because I am in LOVE with these rusty aqua sideboards from an old Ford truck (or Chevy? What the heck are these things… I have no idea.)  I spotted them at … [Read more...]

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The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Decorating End Tables

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  Decorating my house is something that just comes naturally to me.  Some folks are blessed with the gift of playing music by ear, or the athletic ability to slide on their knees while rounding third base into home plate.  Some people can do math in their head without a calculator.  I have none of those abilities, but thankfully God shoved me into the creative gene pool and gave me an eye for design instead. He also granted me a husband with amazing woodworking skills.  Thank you, … [Read more...]

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Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

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I'm always amazed how people are woven into our lives to teach us lessons in love, hope, humility, and kindness. God has a funny way of wrapping up tough situations with a big bow on top and handing them back to us in the most unexpected ways.   Today was one of those days for me.  But first let me back up and start from the beginning. When I was a child, I was diagnosed with a rare hip disease called Legg Calve Perthes.  I touched on the subject in the story of my childhood home. I also … [Read more...]

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HOW TO GET RID OF THAT STINKY DOG SMELL

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I hate to admit this, but we don't give our dogs a bath very often.  Which means that they are stinky. Their crates are stinky. Their bedding is stinky. Their breath? Oh, don’t even get me started. Gus and Woodrow, our two 100 pounder Labrador Retrievers, have been outdoor dogs their entire lives.  Don’t feel too bad for them.  They have it made in the shade, quite literally.  They come inside the garage to their crates at night, but the rest of their days are spent lounging pool-side on piles … [Read more...]

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Operation De-Darkify the Bathroom is complete {finally}

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When you guys last saw my Master Bathroom, we had just moved into our house in 2010 and I had slapped some paint on the walls just to cover up the faux finish treatment that the previous owners had left behind.  Over the years I have dreamed about what my perfect bathroom would look like, specifically this Pottery Barn bathroom that I featured here: Oh, how I love that bathroom! As a reminder, here is the before photo with the brown faux finish when we bought the house in 2010:  And here … [Read more...]

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How to DIY a Giant Wooden Star for the Christmas Mantel

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When it came time to decorate my Christmas mantel this year, there was absolutely no doubt about what I wanted to create for it.  Remember my late summer mantel post when I showed y’all the scrap wood star that everyone raved about?  I just couldn’t get that pretty little star out of my mind, so I decided to recreate it in a BIG way for my Christmas mantel this year.   Here is my version of the scrap wood star… standing 42 inches high, looking totally chippy and marvelous on my mantel.   The … [Read more...]

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Constructing An Epic Fairy Garden

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Anyone else out there have a fondness for fairy gardens?  The Epic movie was one of my very favorite cartoons released this year.  Every time I wander around our yard with Garrett we point out little humps of moss or gnarled knots in trees that could hide a fairy lurking underneath.  I love the imagination behind it all, and the magical wonder of the possibility of a tiny world that exists right underneath our noses.  Every time a bug splats our window Garrett asks if it was a Boggan.  If you … [Read more...]

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More Deets on the Rusty Old bathroom Reveal

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Yesterday I showed the big reveal of my rustic boys bathroom makeover and shared my secrets on how to remove wallpaper like a pro.  The ugly wallpaper is finally down and the fresh new bathroom is now one of my most favorite rooms in the house!  Here is the before and after if you missed yesterday's post... Today, I’m gonna break down where I scored all of the fun elements of the bathroom and tell you a few stories along the way.   Everyone was raving over this old Ford truck tailgate in … [Read more...]

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How to Remove Wallpaper Like a Pro

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Ever wondered how to remove wallpaper like a professional?  Today I'm sharing all the tips and tricks I learned for the quickest and easiest ways to  strip wallpaper. Remember when I told you about both of my upstairs bathrooms that were covered in 1990's "Home Alone" throwback wallpaper and dying for a makeover?  Well, today I'm going to show you what we did to totally transform Garrett's bathroom from dated and boring to totally fun and fresh! Here is the Before and After of his bathroom … [Read more...]

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How to make DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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  For years I have been buying sugar scrubs from the bath and body aisle of various big box stores, but one day I decided to read the ingredients list on the back.  That list went on and on with super long hard to pronounce chemically sounding words.  WHAT was I putting on my body?  I wasn’t really sure.  I realized that doesn’t have to be the case, though.  A quick and easy sugar scrub recipe really only needs three ingredients. Are you ready for the ingredient list? Don’t blink, you … [Read more...]

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