I absolutely love decorating for the holidays – just about every holiday really. I try to go all out for Christmas because it’s my favorite holiday, and I love all the lights and festivity. I make plenty of purchases for my indoor and outdoor decorating, but I always try to add a little of my own DIY Christmas decor. This year, Keith and I teamed up to make a super easy, yet gorgeous reclaimed wood and ribbon star. I’m in love!…
Instead of making new resolutions to be a better housekeeper, I thought I’d help my kids make some goals of their own. Okay, okay, I’m forcing them to be better about doing chores. Let’s be honest here, most kids don’t just volunteer to improve themselves, or to help out around the house. I know there are so many chore charts out there to help in this department, but Keith and I decided to get crafty and create our own framed chalkboard chore chart….
When Keith and I purchased our home, we knew that something would need to change with the cabinets. Keith is actually a very talented cabinet maker, but to save time and money, we decided to paint all of our cabinets. The trend of painting cabinets has been increasing over the past few years, and it isn’t as daunting as one might think. Our kitchen cabinets needed to be painted a different color, while our bathroom cabinets just needed paint to make them more current. I’m going to explain how to prep cabinets to be painted, so you too can change up your look, on a budget.
An important thing to keep in mind is that the prep work may take more time than the project itself, but it is worth it in the long run. When it comes to painting cabinets, there are things you can do to give a flawless look, without needing to hire a professional. Some of the outcome is dependent on the prep work, and some is on the products used….
As part of our home makeover, we had granite countertops installed, which also meant we needed a new backsplash. The old dated tiles just weren’t going to do next to our brand new White Sparkle granite. To make the kitchen look modern and current, we chose a glass tile backsplash from The Home Depot. I fell in love with the Materialized Mosaic Glass Tile Backsplash, and thought it complemented the granite nicely. Now to show you how to install a glass tile backsplash.
We made a video, which quickly shows the basics of how to install the backsplash, but we have the step-by-step instructions written here as well.
During a recent visit to my brother’s house in Arizona, my mom was treated to a new love – Belgian Liege Waffles. Now, we didn’t grow up as frequent waffle makers and connoisseurs, but Liege Waffles were something to truly be desired.
My mom couldn’t get her mind off of those yummy waffles, so when I had a business trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, my mom told me to keep an eye out for the Liege Waffle Truck. I guess it’s a thing in Utah. We didn’t find the truck, but we did find an excellent waffle shop downtown. That is where Keith and I got to try our first Belgian Liege Waffles. We were in love! You can eat them with fruit topping, nutella, bananas, you name it! These are not your ordinary waffles….
I’ve been stewing about my oak cabinets in two of my bathrooms for a few years. We built our home in 1987 and oak was all the rage. Not so much anymore! Oak was so much in vogue that in our guest bath, I replaced the standard towel bar, toilet paper holder and even the toilet seat with oak! So 80’s-90’s, but way, way out of style now. Follow along to learn how to stain cabinets for a new look on a small budget.
I really didn’t want to spend the money on redoing my cabinets (still trying to decide what to do in my kitchen). The oak was high quality, and in pretty good shape, other than dried out, and needing a facelift ( kinda like me)….
For my sister-in-law’s Lake Tahoe wedding last weekend, Keith was asked to make a DIY Jumbo Jenga. Sure, I’ve seen them around Pinterest a bit, and of course thought they looked super cool. The sweet thing is that now I have an awesome hubby who can make such cool things. Even cooler is that the man doesn’t need instructions, but you explain what you want/need and he can figure it out. So, I thought I’d let all of you benefit from his sweet skills, and share his tips and tricks with you. Soon you’ll be off having a blast with friends, family, and all who see you playing, because let’s face it – they will be jealous!…
Okay, so I have been a tad (or a lot) slow when it comes to updating the new site. Let me fill you in on our latest happenings though. Keith and I got married (obviously), and became the Buys family. Then we bought a house, which has taken up a lot of our time. That also means lots of material to post here! It really is amazing how much we have updated this house in a short amount of time. It hardly looks like the same place, and I can’t wait to show you all the before and after photos. To put it simply, I have been doing tons of buying, and Keith has been doing tons of building. I have helped some, but he is the true talent behind the remodeling. I just have the eye for the vision and design. He gets to make it happen.
For most people, painting isn’t such a fun job. It can be messy, and is a whole lot of work. What we have found is that proper setup can alleviate a lot of pain and stress during the painting process. We want to show you how to set up doors to be painted, so that when you go to actually paint the doors, the process goes smooth and fast. Setup will take some time here, so be prepared. I assure you it will be worth it in the end.
My parents purchased all new doors for the interior of their house. The six panel doors come primed and need to be painted white. We had 15 doors to paint, but this setup will work with any number of doors that you need to work on. It works best if you do have multiple doors to paint. I will tell you what we used for completing 15 doors, but you may need to adjust the amount of material for the number of doors you actually do….
I thought a great way to kick off our new blog would be to showcase some of the fantastic DIY projects we came up with for our beautiful outdoor wedding. We planned our wedding in just ONE WEEK, but by how perfect everything was, you would think we had been planning for months (or even years). We had incredible help from family, and the wedding went off without a hitch.
The first project we thought we would teach you how to replicate uses repurposed old doors. Keith owns a home that was built in 1939. It really has some cool things about it, including these awesome vintage doors. Keith stripped the paint off the doors, sanded them, and put on clear semi-gloss polyurethane. They have been hanging out, ready to be hung back on the jambs when I found a fun wedding use for them. I kid you not when I tell you that Keith built this gorgeous vintage wedding arch on the morning of our wedding!…