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Peel & Stick Wallpaper DIY

I had big plans…and then I decided smaller plans might be more attainable this go around lol.

So I decided to spruce up this weird wall space in the “hall” that leads to our basement.

Empty Wall Space

Once upon a time, there were doors here and the kitchen and living space were chopped up. (Thank goodness we didn’t have to do the work to open it all up 🙌🏼)


But…I still really craved more craftsman charm and this weird space framed by lots of trim felt naked. {insert wallpaper}

Where to Buy

So I looked on Amazon. Then I looked at Target. Then came Etsy but, lawd have mercy, I was not dropping that kind of cash for just a small project. Sooo back to Amazon and I found a Scandinavian print that reminded me of a few pricier arts & crafts styles I saw on Etsy. It’s Nuwallpaper peel & stick.

Obviously, the husband was not on board for this loud print, but who’s driving this bus, right? 🙋🏼‍♀️

Wallpaper Application

It took lots of cutting and lots of matching the pattern to fill this space. I underestimated how much matching I’d have to do but we got there…

I suggest a razor blade or an X-acto knife to trim around the woodwork. A squeegee or plastic paint scraper works wonders for smoothing bubbles too.

I just started at one corner and peeled the backed off at a 45 degree angle as I pressed the wallpaper onto the wall. Simple as that!

***lesson learned*** DO NOT peel too much of the backing off before you’re ready. The paper will stick to itself and screw it up beyond repair once it’s wrinkled.

Yay Wallpaper!

Needless to say, I’m pretty pleased with this snazzy new wall and it doesn’t feel overwhelming since it’s just a small space.

And I definitely see more wallpaper in my future.

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Dresser to Buffet DIY

So, if you haven’t already seen me being awkward and talking into my phone, Harness Community Magazine recently asked me to take over their Instagram stories for a morning. They asked me to do a home/DIY project and I decided to give an old dresser some new life as a buffet in our kitchen.

Harness Community Magazine

In case you haven’t been on Pinterest lately, dressers in the kitchen or dining room are definitely becoming a “thing.” Some people are using them as coffee bars or a replacement for the ever-popular bar cart.

Dresser Redo Pinterest

Repurposed Dresser Pinterest

Well, I’ve been pregnant for what seems like forever so a place to store liquor isn’t a priority in this house lol. This pretty little thing will probably be my houseplant home and a catch all for spare dishes, books, and the kids’ art supplies.

Before: tired but well loved dresser

There are some scratches and gashes but overall, it’s still a sturdy dresser

This dresser came from my husband’s family’s old farmhouse and it used to belong to his uncle. He used to store ammo and spare tractor parts in it lol. The two drawer pulls on the right are much lighter from his repeated use.

We used it for baby clothes for a hot minute but we’ve gained more bedroom storage and don’t need it upstairs anymore.

Dresser deconstruction

This was pretty simple. Just pull the drawers out. We picked up some cheap MDF board at Home Depot and cut it to the right dimensions. The dresser itself has a lip on the edge that keeps the board from sliding out so we skipped nailing it down. (I doubt the dresser was built like that but after 70+ years and several moves the wood has shifted a bit.

Paint the shelves

I went back and forth with the colors but decided on this moody green.

I left the some of the wood in the back natural and I seriously love the contrast.

Stain the dresser

I also touched up some of the worn spots and gashes with a wood stain. ***a little goes a long way with stain!

This was already patched with wood putty so I just took a clean rag to apply the stain over it.

And that’s it! Some new boards, fresh paint, and stain and we have a pretty new addition to our kitchen that fits with my granny-chic decor. ❤️

Finished dresser to buffet DIY

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DIY Terrarium and Amazon Tree Cuttings

So, you know that period of time after you find out you’re pregnant where you feel like you’re just barely surviving and incapable of anything extra? That’s where I’ve been for the last three months. At twenty-two weeks I’m emerging from the fog and ready to tackle ALL the projects! And I have a ton (nervous laughter).

For now, I’m tending to my growing collection of houseplants and my big dreams of planting trees to block out the Dairy Queen and Exxon behind my house. (Insert personal rant here) Oh, and to the teenagers that hang out at the bank revving your engines and listening to mumble rappers…screw you. Also, I’m pretty sure some of you are not teenagers and therefore need to grow up a bit. Moving on.

Now to the good stuff…

DIY succulent terrarium

John knows I’m not into roses or sappy cards for Valentine’s Day, so he went with this pretty little geometric terrarium. It’s perfect for the baby succulents sold at Home Depot, which is where I picked up these beauties.

This planter is pretty small, so in retrospect two succulents may be overkill because I’m not sure how big they’ll be able to get in there. With that said, I can always transplant and switch them out.

I bought some plain old river rock to line the bottom. This is recommended for succulents to ensure proper drainage. Then, I threw a layer of potting soil on top. Most plant experts suggest soil made specifically for succulents and cacti. (Now, I’m not going to lie…I’ve been throwing mine in regular soil for years and nothing terrible has ever happened) Just don’t water too much! After putting these down in the soil, I tossed some more rocks on top.

I could have probably gone with less soil, but it worked out fine after I used my trusty tablespoon to move the dirt around.

I struggled to get my hand in the tiny container to situate everything, so I used a tablespoon to dig and arrange the rocks.

Completed Succulent Terrarium DIY

Trees for Privacy

Now, back to our privacy issue in the backyard…I spent months researching what trees would provide privacy in the shortest amount of time. Each Google search brought me back to these willow hybrid cuttings. The description says they’re capable of growing 12 feet in a year.

I was skeptical, but I got 18 cuttings for less than I’d probably pay for a tiny shrub at Home Depot, soooo here we are.

They arrived wrapped in a damp paper towel, completely naked sticks. I was prepared for this because the description was pretty honest about what to expect.

I threw them all in glasses of water and put them in the kitchen window. In two days, the had root sprouts. Two days later, they started to get new growth. At this point, I’m scrambling to get these into some potted soil because the growth is unbelievable.

I’ll probably find whatever pots I can and get these in soil for a few weeks before transplanting them into the ground. I have no doubts they’ll put on substantial height this spring/summer.

They can be planted on their own or in a line for optimum privacy. I received 18, so I’ll probably do a combination of both. The recommended care is pretty simple; don’t use fertilizer until a year of growth, water frequently, and mulch around the base.

Fingers crossed they hide our yard from the road and don’t take over the neighborhood like a wild bamboo forest. 😬

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2020, please don’t suck

I wish I could say I enjoyed last year. We had sprinkles of joy amongst storms of stress and sadness. We bought a beautiful home that is OURS and ours alone. We’ve been filling it with treasures, photographs, and family heirlooms.

We also lost my husband’s grandmother, which I’ve honestly struggled with. My babies were at her house every week visiting and tearing the place down. She would drop everything just to play with Jack and attempt to snap pictures of Millie mid-run through the house. The shit storm that followed her passing is too much to describe, but I will say that she wouldn’t have wanted anyone to go through this mess.

Moving on.

I’m pregnant. I found out I was pregnant a week after her funeral and I like to think she’s watching over us because she’s the only grandmother I’ve ever had in my life. This pregnancy was a HUGE shock and I’ve struggled to wrap my head around the idea of another baby. Two children with such a small age gap have been a struggle and I do my best to keep my head above water most days.

Jack won’t even be two when baby # 3 is born. So…here we go again. It’s a boy! So, I’m counting my blessings because as much as I adore my Millie Girl, she is D.R.A.M.A. and I’m convinced boys are easier in that respect.

They obviously have no idea what’s coming

With that being said, we have a ton of projects I’d like to finish before this baby comes in June. Both indoor and outdoor, I want to check off as many items as possible before this belly retires me to the comfort of air conditioning this summer.

  • The pillars on our front stoop are crumbling…so we need to redo the repair on those
  • TREES! I want to use landscaping to add privacy in the backyard and side yard
  • Paint and SEAL all the dings and chips we’ve sustained since moving in
  • Wallpaper. I need zhush it up a bit in a few of our rooms and I’d like to find classic craftsman prints or something that gives subtle art deco vibes
  • Lastly, plot out how we’re going to fit three kids in our three-bedroom home because we didn’t plan for this lol

So…cue the vision board for all the work my husband is dreading! (Disclaimer: I do my fair share around the house and am pretty handy with power tools on my own.)

Bradbury Wallpapers
Fardis Interiors

I may be picky when it comes to woodwork, but I get it honest. So, I’ll be going through and redoing a fair amount of trim and window framing if these kids will allow the time. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

So stay tuned for the hot mess that is sure to ensue. Wallpapering accent walls starts ASAP and the backyard overhaul starts in March (even if John doesn’t know it yet).

***Also opinions on which style of wallpaper I should go with are MORE than welcome!

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Our “lazy” DIY patio

I’m a sucker for a good Pinterest inspo photo. So when I saw these cozy English garden inspired backyards I felt the nagging pull to start nagging my husband about it.

I wanted flagstone with clouds of ground cover blooms around the perimeter 🥰. Let me be the first to tell you…I did NOT get flagstone. When we no longer have toddlers and dogs that trash our yard, I’ll splurge on expensive landscaping. Until then, I’ll be doing the as seen on TV version. And that’s fine.

(Here’s our DIY budget saver patio)

Now in the spring, I’ll probably give it a border of perennials but I’m happy with the end product. I also plan to build some planters with lattice that extends over the fence so we can grow some vines for added privacy in select areas.

We found this concrete mold at Home Depot that gave us the faux stone look for cheap.

The process was pretty simple. It took us one evening to dig up the yard and nail down the shape and size we were going for. The next day (or two 🤷🏼‍♀️we have kids remember) we leveled out the dirt. When it was time to pour, the husband used Sakrete. Within a few minutes of filling a mold, the stones were firm enough to pull the mold away. So there’s no waiting or needing to buy several molds.

In the process of digging up the yard for this project, we made a minor discovery. Our house was built in 1900, right? Well apparently there used to be a stable on the back corner of our lot and we found the walkway leading out to the foundation.

We investigated around the fence and discovered the bricks go all the way back to a concrete foundation, complete with a brick floor. Once we finalize our plans for the storage building, we’re going to push that fence back and uncover the entire path and landscape around it. English garden vibes am I right?🍄🌷🌻