The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips For Staining Furniture

Ok, raise your hand if the thought of staining unfinished wood makes you a little nervous.  I used to be in the hand-raised category, but then one day I decided to just go for it and tackled this stained sofa table top all by myself.  And guess what?  After nearly ten years, that sofa table is still going strong without showing any signs of aging.   If you are one of those who thinks staining wood is harder than painting it, then this post is for you.  The Lazy Girl is here today to show you … [Read more...]

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Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

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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Five Easy Ways to Organize your Pantry

When True Value asked me to provide a pantry organization post for their website, I jumped at the chance. What better way to whip my pantry into shape than deliver a blog post showing every nook and cranny of it?  But first, I had to suffer through taking that cringe-worthy “before” photo.  It’s ok, though. I have aired my dirty laundry on my blog before, I can do it again.  Are y’all ready? Ever wondered what my disorganized pantry looked like as a “before” photo? Here ya go…  (Note to … [Read more...]

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Reclaimed wood: Trendy or Toxic?

When I was a little girl, I spent hours on the pier at our family’s river cabin casting my fishing pole into the water, waiting for the red and white bobber to get pulled under by a passing fish.  My Papa patiently taught me how to bait a hook and then reel in a slippery, wiggling fish once he was hooked on the end of my line.   He also taught me how to take a split shot lead weight and pinch it closed between my teeth around the fishing line. Source I used this method of weighting my line … [Read more...]

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How to DIY a Giant Wooden Star for the Christmas Mantel

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 … [Read more...]

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How to Remove Wallpaper Like a Pro

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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Fall Porch Decor with Plants and Pumpkins

There is a part of me that loves living in a traditional red brick house, because I get to decorate this stately front porch with pumpkins and mums every fall.  The symmetrical part of me cannot get enough of this perfectly aligned fall porch decor with yellow mums and stacks of pumpkins lining the stairs. There is something so regal about a traditional red brick entrance with black wrought iron railings that makes a house feel so formal and polished and resplendent.  Is that even a word?  I … [Read more...]

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The True Value of Heirlooms

Since I was asked to be a part of the 2013 True Value DIY Blog Squad, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting three different True Value stores.  In every single one, my experience has been the same.  When I walk through the doors and begin browsing the aisles, a friendly face comes over to greet me and say hello, then asks if there is anything they can help me find.  Every store is independently owned, so they carry different items, yet every single one oozes with home town pride and friendliness … [Read more...]

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Curtain Solutions for Small Windows

As you might have noticed in most of my house photos, I am not a very big fan of curtains on windows.  I am more of a plantation shutter kind of girl.  Or, if possible, I much prefer to leave the window bare naked and let the sun shine in!  A quick flip through any dwelling magazine these days tells me that I am not alone in this trend.  Bare windows are rampant! But there are certain rooms where curtains are a requirement. Like bedrooms. And bathrooms. I have two bathrooms upstairs … [Read more...]

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The Sixth Year Senior Squadder

In case you don’t know this about me, I’ve been blogging for a very long time.  I started this blog in 2005, so that’s what?  Eight years of blogging? Which means I am like the Dick Clark of the blog world. Positively ancient, but deceptively young looking.  Everyone assumes my blog is new, but I’ve been around these parts a long, long time. In all those years of being a blog writer, I have never considered myself to be anything more than a glorified Hobby Blogger.  After all, my blog began as … [Read more...]

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