Folks, we made it. We survived our first semi-major renovation project with minimal tears, no bloodshed, and only a little bit over budget (spoiler alert: I ended up replacing the drawer and cabinet pulls in the eleventh hour and that pushed me over). After all these weeks since the kitchen “before” video I’m not going to make you wait a moment longer, so go ahead and watch the “after” video. I’ll wait.
Oh guys, I’m not going to lie: I am in looooove with my kitchen. There’s something to be said for every detail being just as you imagined. The only problem? Now the rest of the house is in my renovation sights. No room is safe!
Read on for my source list and more photos of the finished space.
STEP INSIDE MY BRAND NEW KITCHEN
Guys, our kitchen reno is in the home stretch, and now we are down to my favorite part: all the pretty finishing touches. I’ve been organizing our pantry, styling book shelves, and I decided to give the two chairs in the homework/breakfast area a little update. Watch the video to see how you can easily update a simple dining chair with a little spray paint and some new fabric:
What a difference, right? I’m in love with that pink grapefruit color paired with the indigo fabric. Suddenly my little $5 chairs look like a million bucks!
Flower arranging seems to be one of those things that mystify some people. It’s frustrating to buy a beautiful bunch of flowers, plop them in a vase, and have the results end up less than attractive, but artfully arrange florist bouquets aren’t always in the budget. Well, have no fear! Armed with some grocery store blooms, a vase, a sharp pair of scissors, and some tape, I’m going to show you how to craft your own custom floral masterpiece just in time for Mother’s Day.
As long as you have a good combination of focal flowers, filler, and greenery, you can’t go wrong! See the simple steps now:
For this arrangement, I used:
Don’t limit your arrangements to flowers from the florist — I added ferns and leaves from my yard to fill out the vases and add a personal touch.
For an extra-special touch, make the gold-leaf vases featured in the video. Get the how-to instructions here >>
What are your best tips for flower arrangements? Leave your words of wisdom in the comments below.
Do you have a glass problem? Maybe every time you finish a jar of jam or honey, you just can’t make yourself toss the empty. Perhaps you, like me, see the beauty in a Franks Red Hot bottle (those curves!). If so, do I have the project for you. These paint-and-gold-leaf-adorned vases are so beautiful you’d never know they were rescued from the recycle bin. Watch the video to learn how to make your own:
If you’re planning to tackle this project, let me give you a few tips:
1. Make sure to give your glass jar a good cleaning with rubbing alcohol, and let it dry completely before starting.
2. Mixing non-acetone nail polish remover with acrylic multi-surface paint gives it a pourable consistency, and if you let it dry overnight as advised, it’s perfectly safe to bake in your oven.
3. Oven-baking will cure your paint in 30 minutes, making it safe to hold water without ruining your paint job. If you’d prefer to skip the oven, let the vase cure for 21 days before using.
4. Gold leaf will last longer with a coat of sealant on top, but either way this is a handwash-only project.
Filled with flowers, I think you’ll agree, this is the perfect last minute DIY gift for Mother’s Day. I’m particularly taken with the way the gold leaf dresses up a mason jar, wouldn’t you agree?
Ah, Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom yourself, maybe you can relate to this situation: you want to relax and enjoy your day, but hello, you have to recognize your own mom (and mother-in-law too!). This year, I’m letting my daughter Lulu take the reigns, making these beautiful leaf prints.
I’ve already got mine hanging in a gallery wall and two more in frames for the other mothers in my life. Watch the video to see how we make them:
Are you DIYing anything for Mother’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Me and my gals at HGTV Handmade just love a good challenge, so this week we all tackled a summer classic–cool and crisp white canvas sneakers. After a lot of thought (and, I confess, while watching Big Hero Six), I zeroed in on my idea. Could I take my sharpie tie-dye idea and use that as a base for a DIY galaxy print? Watch the video to see if I hit the mark.
These sneaks would be an excellent addition to festival fashion, but me? I think I’ll be rocking them on my deck all summer long. What do you guys think about galaxy prints? Too out there for you? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
See how the rest of the HGTV Handmade crew transformed their sneakers in the White Sneaker Challenge playlist.
It’s that time of year again: everyone is gearing up for a season full of proms, formals, weddings and more. I’m not exaggerating — all three ladies on my team are currently planning weddings (something that makes my event-planning heart sing!). So why not make a special pair of dancing shoes to celebrate these occasions? Or, you know, just a regular date night. Check these out:
Watch the video to see how you can add a little sparkle to a basic pair of pointed-toe shoes.
I just love how these turned out, and they couldn’t be easier to make! I’m already planning to make a pair of flats for my little girl Lulu. What are you inspired to add glitter hearts to? Do you have any special occasions on deck this spring?
Five years ago this month, my husband and I bought our dream house: an architect-designed seventies modern home nestled into a hillside in the middle of four acres of woods. We knew it would need some updating, but nothing was pressing and the lines of the house were swoon-worthy. We have made a few small changes, but other than the nursery, nothing on the interior has been completely updated. Until now! This week, we started a kitchen renovation.
Of course, I have lots of Pinterest-board inspiration. Watch the video below to see the kitchen “before” and hear what I have planned.
What is it about spring that makes us want to redo everything in the house? Am I the only one poring over Pinterest? What projects do you have on deck this year?
This year, I’m in charge of dessert for my family’s Easter dinner. Sure, there’s a lot to love about bunny-shaped treats and classic coconut cakes, but this year, I’m thinking pizza. Egg-shaped fruit pizza, to be exact! Just look:
This impressive-looking dessert is deceptively simple thanks to store-bought sugar cookie dough and an easy-to-make lemony whipped cream topping. Watch how it’s done.
See, even non-bakers can totally do this! Have fun by swapping in your favorite fruit and creating your own custom design. It’s a giant blank canvas. The best part: It can double as an Easter centerpiece…until your family gobbles it up, that is.
What are you serving on your Easter table this Sunday? Tell us about it in the comments below.
As you guys have probably figured out by now, I just love a pretty dining table. But let’s be real: who can afford to completely trick out their table for every major holiday? I certainly can’t. With this in mind, I set out to create a fresh, pretty Easter table setting made from materials you can find at the grocery store for literally just a few bucks: Coffee filter flowers.
Want to make this project for your Easter table? Click through to learn how to make this project.
DIY Coffee Filter Flowers
I honestly thought spring would never come. I mean lets be real, it was pretty dicey there for a while. But spring is finally here and I’m ready to welcome it to our house, starting with my front door. Can you believe I still have my Christmas wreath hanging? Insert embarrassed face emoji.
But have no fear, my front door has sprung forward with the help of this simple chalkboard door hanging. Here’s what it looks like now:
Want to brighten up your door for the new season? Click through to watch my video and learn to make your own.
MAKE THIS CHALKBOARD DOOR HANGING
St. Patrick’s Day is next week and I have to admit: I don’t really get into it. Sure, green is one of my favorite colors and I dream of visiting Ireland one day, but green beer and crowds? No thank you. However, there is one person in my house who LOVES St. Patrick’s Day: my daughter Lulu. She loves hunting for leprechauns, and wouldn’t dream of being caught in anything but green on the big day.
So, to protect her from any would-be pinchers out there, I’m making this eraser-stamped four leaf clover t-shirt. Adorable, right?
All you need to create this project? Some paint, a T-shirt, some waxed paper and pencil with a fresh eraser. (I may have “borrowed” one of Lulu’s pony models.) Watch the video to see how I made this cute St. Patrick’s Day DIY.
Make Your Own Clover-Stamped T-Shirt
Spring is around the corner, but we’re not quite there yet. One upside of the winter season, though? Citrus fruits. I’ve been on a grapefruit kick and my kids can’t get enough oranges. Every bite is like a little bit of sunshine. But don’t ditch the peels after you’ve had your fill: Save them up to create an all-natural, citrus-scented cleanser.
Click through to watch the video and see how it’s done.
I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but tassels are kind of having a moment. They have been popping up on jewelry (loving this bracelet) and clothing (this tunic makes me pine for summer), but my favorite place to see these colorful accents is in the home. Ever since my friend Emily Henderson wrote about this gorgeous guest room, I have been obsessed with that bedding. I knew I had to figure out how to DIY them.
Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to make colorful tassels out of inexpensive embroidery thread. Check out my video to learn the quick technique.
See How to Make DIY Tassels
Did you see my coworkers’ nightstands yesterday? Talk about eye candy! I love getting a peek into people’s homes. And it was PERFECT timing for me, because it just so happens that my video this week is all about my own nightstand makeover.
This week on the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel (you ARE subscribed, right?), we are all participating in a thrift store challenge. Adding to the challenge was the ice storm that hit our area—I’ve been stuck on our hill for over a week! Luckily I had the perfect entry for our challenge already in my garage: A beat-up piece of mid-century office furniture that I planned to spruce up with chalk paint and gold leaf. Watch the video to see how I did it.
I’ve used it for a couple of projects, but I’m still just as smitten with chalk paint! Not having to sand or prime is such a time saver, and the finish with a couple of coats of wax is lovely. I also can’t get over the difference a little Rub & Buff made on the handles and legs! It’s like a brand new piece, and it makes the perfect nightstand. I added a Jonathan Adler tray to corral my must-haves, a vase with the first Lenten Roses of spring, my favorite books and a delicious smelling candle. Perfect.
The Finished Navy-and-Gold Nightstand
What thrift store scores have you made recently? Tune in to HGTV Handmade every day this week to see what my partners in crime make with their thrift store finds.
Guys, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, I’m going to celebrate Galentine’s Day by making these adorable marbled clay dishes for all of my favorite girls. I mean, just look at them:
Adorable, right? The good news: They’re easier to make than you think. With some oven-bake clay and a few rolls and twists, you’ll have a big batch in no time. Read on to see how I made these…and what to fill them with!
How to DIY These Marbled Clay Dishes
You guys, it’s freezing. Even my friends in Florida are freaking out (it was 40 degrees there yesterday!). And my pals up north are buried in several feet of snow, with more in the forecast. You know what they say…when life hands you snow, make snow cones.
Okay sure, eating something frosty may not sound super appealing, but this recipe for Hawaiian-style shaved ice is sure to transport you to the tropics, at least in your mind. Bonus: it’s a fun activity for cooped up kids and a healthy (vegan and dairy-free!) snack to boot. You can try using (clean, please!) snow from your own yard, or make like an ice queen and blitz your own in a blender. Either way, you’re going to want to make this. Trust.
Learn How to Make Your Own Snow Cones
It’s no secret: when it comes to weather, I am all about the heat. Give me a warm summer day poolside and you won’t hear a peep from me. All of that said, I have to admit I’m a *little* bit envious of all the snow that winter storm Juno just dumped on our northern neighbors. As much as I love the sun, a cozy snow day sounds kind of fun. For a day or two.
But there’s one thing I can’t stand about winter weather, and that’s the puddles of salt and grime drug in by hard-working snow and rain boots. Nothing puts me in a mood faster than a wet, soggy entryway and a messy pile of discarded footwear. My solution is both simple and stylish: turn a tired cookie sheet and a river rock tile into a chic and practical boot tray. Not only does it dress up your entryway, you’ll be relieved of that unsightly boot meltoff.
Keep reading to see how to make your own.
MAKE YOUR OWN DIY BOOT TRAY
In the spirit of the new year, I’m coming clean: I have a dirty little secret. My counters and tabletops might look pretty tidy, but what lurks beneath is my secret shame. That’s right, folks — I’m talking junk drawers. It’s a sickness, and this year I’m tackling my drawers of shame one by one. Up first, my vanity. I love fun makeup and jewelry as much as the next girl, but I can’t even see to the bottom of these drawers (you’ll see…). Luckily, we’ve come up with some super simple and inexpensive ideas to trick out even the most disastrous drawers.
If you can’t find a clean cotton swab among the makeup compacts and piles of nail polish bottles, look no further. If you hoard hair accessories, we’ve got you covered there, too. Watch the video for easy DIY solutions to keep everyday items organized and within reach.
Tips to Keep Everyday Items Cute & Contained
The mail shows up every day, but it’s usually not anything to, ahem, write home about. That every-once-in-awhile handwritten card, however? Priceless. This year, my resolution is to send more of that “fun mail” to family and friends. To make it easy, I dreamed up six simple cards you can make using easy-to-find 3-D objects. This “Thank You” card is one of my favorites:
Start with some kraft paper cards, an alphabet stamp and strong glue, then get creative. Watch the video to see how to make all 6 cards.
Easy Cards to Send All Year Long