• DIY,  Easy DIYs,  Woodworking

    Basic Laundry Folding Table

    When my mom and I decided to renovate her back porch literally from top to bottom, we wanted to make it as functional as possible. We added a bench with storage when you come in the back door, a massive shelving unit to store canned goods and other miscellaneous home items, a wardrobe type area to store work clothes for her and my dad (post coming soon!), and lastly, a laundry folding table next to the washer and dryer to make that mundane task a little easier. My mom browsed Pinterest and found examples of what she liked, but ultimately, like most things, we came up with the design on…

  • Built Ins,  DIY,  Woodworking

    Built In Shelving

    In February 2021, my mom and I decided to completely renovate her back porch. It was a huge undertaking and is therefore a multipart series. This is part 3 of 5. 😛 You can find part one about how we leveled the floor here and part two about how we built a bench with shoe storage here. Once I built the bench, I felt more confident to tackle the largest project in the space which was a massive shelving unit. My mom wanted to use it as a pantry since her kitchen doesn’t have one, along with extra storage for tools, paint, cat food, and other miscellaneous home items that didn’t…

  • Built Ins,  DIY,  Woodworking

    DIY Built In Bench with Storage

    In February 2021, my mom and I decided to renovate her back porch. We began by throwing away a lot of junk, decluttering, and cleaning. We removed everything from the space that we could and shuffled around the rest to redo the floor. I have a separate post here where you can read all about that process. Once the new flooring was installed and we (mostly she) got the front half of the porch painted, we started brainstorming what kind of built ins she wanted for the space to make it more functional.                                   …

  • DIY,  Easy DIYs

    DIY Limewashed Fireplace

    Painting or limewashing brick is a bit controversial, but sometimes I feel like it’s the best option given the circumstances. I’ve heard people say that painting brick will be the equivalent of putting carpet over hardwoods like our grandparents did in the 70s. Obviously since I’m writing this post, I think it’s fine if it’s done right. Maybe you’ll agree with me after reading through! This all honestly began because the wall above the fireplace began to crack a few years after we moved in and I realized that the mantel was likely too large and not attached appropriately to the wall. The mantel had begun to pull off the…

  • DIY

    Installing Luxury Vinyl Planks

    Back in February, I told my mom that I wanted to makeover her back porch. To be frank, it was a hot mess. My parents moved into their current house in the summer of 1990 and I don’t think they’ve ever touched their back porch. Calling it a porch might be confusing to some as it’s entirely enclosed with walls and doors. It’s more of mudroom/laundry room/storage room and also their most used entrance. I’ll include some pics of the before below so you can get an idea of what we were working with. The plan from the get-go was to make the space more functional. Before, it was ugly,…

  • DIY,  Easy DIYs

    Super Easy DIY House Number Sign

    We’ve lived in our house for close to 5 years now and we’ve never had our house number actually on the house. Our mailbox has the address, but I feel like it’s a little hard to see and I’ve always wanted numbers on the house too just to make it easier for friends and family to find us when they come to visit. A few months ago I decided to challenge myself to make a sign with just things I already had on hand, except for the actual numbers of course. Here’s how it went! I thought I had pics of the process but it seems I really only took…

  • Woodworking

    DIY Outdoor Cat Shelter

    About 2 years ago, a feral female cat started showing up at our house. Being animal lovers, we couldn’t help ourselves so we started feeding her regularly. Of course, because she had a consistent food source here, she stuck around. About 6 months into her being a frequent visitor, we realized she looked pregnant and sure enough, shortly after that, she showed up with three precious kittens. We ended up trapping the babies and the now momma cat, waited until they were weaned, and got them all fixed. We kept the three kittens as our pets, but set the momma cat free after she had recovered from her surgery because…

  • DIY

    DIY Wood Accent Wall

    Our upstairs guest bedroom has hands down been my least favorite room in our house since we moved in 4 years ago. It was a light blue color that just felt cold, the floors were in rough shape, and I never really liked the décor. It kind of felt like a catch all room with mismatched furnishings that didn’t feel welcoming. I wasn’t embarrassed for guests to stay there, but I wasn’t proud of it either. Over the last year or so, I finally decided that I wanted to redo it, but I wasn’t sure exactly how. I started scouring the internet and found photos of dark green wood accent…

  • Landscaping

    DIY Fire Pit Area

    We bought our house almost 4 years ago and let’s just say, the backyard needed some love. There were some overgrown flower beds and a pretty sad excuse for a fire pit that the previous owners had left behind.                  We moved into our house in the fall and by early spring, we had already replaced the sad, dilapidated looking brick circle “fire pit” for a much nicer kit that we found at Lowe’s.  I wish I could say that once we upgraded the fire pit ring and the stones that we used it all the time. But, we didn’t. Hah. It sat…