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  • DIY Wall Decor

    You can make these cute oversized wood letter that makes the perfect DIY wall decor in just 5 steps and for around $50! For my kids playroom I wanted some fun on the wall for a big statement piece but I did not want to blow the budget on it. I came up with this awesome DIY wall decor and I thought it would perfect. The great thing about this DIY wall decor is that you spell out anything you want and you can also do whatever size you want. Tools and Materials: BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill and Battery Power Kit: https://amzn.to/2OFVmES BLACK+DECKER Sander: https://amzn.to/2qGERyu BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Jigsaw: https://amzn.to/2FgaVDt Hammer Tape Measure Nails 1/2 inch MDF Paint Paint Roller Step 1: Trace the letters Trace your oversized letters onto 1/2 inch MDF board. Step 2: Use the Jigsaw to cut out the letters Using the Black + Decker jigsaw cut your letters out of the MDF board. Step 3: Sand the edges until smooth Smooth out all the edges with a sander. You can smooth out any mistakes…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Hallway Gallery Wall

    Do you have a hard time not knowing what to do on your gallery wall? Do you do artwork or photos on a gallery wall? At my house I have a little hallway that leads to my master bedroom and also my babies room. I was a bit unsure what I should do down the hallway.  Then I decided that a simple gallery wall is exactly what the wall needed. I did not want it to be crazy so I decided an oversized gallery wall would be great. My mom as Mother’s day gift to me had pictures of my kids taken by the amazing Abbie Martinsen. They turned out so cute and knew they would be perfect for that space. This is what the hallway looked like when we bought the house. It has come a very long way since this picture. I still can’t this is what it looked like. Now lets talk about how we transformed this space. Photo Shoot It was great because the photo shoot was very simple. I first had all my kids wear…

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  • A DIYer’s Garage Makeover

    This garage makeover is a DIY’ers dream come True! Mine anyway! This garage makeover features cute yet durable flooring, storage solutions and even decorating ideas for your own garage makeover. Y’all, I finally got the garage makeover done. I am from Arizona and spent most of my life there, besides 4 years in New York and a month long attempt at summer sales in Houston, Texas that was the actual worst. So, I probably can’t say Y’all but it just came out. Anyway, I am freaking done. My garage looked like what I’ve consider “normal” which means to most us, of our Monica’s closets of our homes. All the random things we likely don’t need or items that don’t “have a home” which is my number one rule of order in my home. After my garage makeover, this habit has been broken and I am so glad to know where my stuff is. Looking at before and after pictures are sometimes misleading. This did not happen overnight or even in the same week. I worked on it for three weeks…

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  • How to make faux wood beams

    I’m so excited to finally be sharing my tutorial on how to make faux wood beams! Our DIY faux wood beams have made an enormous impact on the overall look of our home and I couldn’t love them more! How to make faux wood beams materials: 1″x6″x8′ cedar boards – total linear feet needed x 3 (Note: We wanted our main center beam to be a little thicker than the side beams so we used 1″x8″x8′ boards for the very center board at the top pitch of our ceiling. sander / sandpaper Quality wood stain -I used Varathane Sunbleached Stain brush or cloth Brad Nailer / brad nails 1-3 2×4″ studs – I used about 1 ft of 2×4 for each 8′ beam 3″ wood screws Painter’s tape Pencil Saw (Miter, Chop, Circular, Jigsaw etc. will all work for this project.) Faux Beams DIY Video: How to make faux wood beams Remove any staples, splinters or other objects from your cedar boards. Sand each board until smooth. Stain all boards with 1-2 coats of stain (I only did 1) and…

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  • Home Printable To Do List

    This free printable to do list is sure to help you knock off those projects that you’ve had on your to-do list for far too long! Download and print your free printable to do list right now! If you saw me chatting on Instagram, I talked about how Savannah and I are trying to refocus on existing projects and completing what we’ve started or projects that we’ve purchased materials for. I decided to make a free printable to do list! How to use a Printable To Do List Download your printable to do list by clicking here. Print your to do list on your home printer. I suggest printing one for every space or room in your house that needs attention. For me, thats basically every space. Fill out your lists! There’s a line at the top for the Room/Space you plan to work on. I suggest using a pencil as sometimes we change our minds and erasers are our friends. Walk around your home and list items that need attention. If your living room needs a new rug, write…

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  • Park Home Reno: Lego Room

    My boys lego room revamp is finally done and we are so in love with it! The hand-drawn skyline takes the lego room to the next level. Before: How to design a Lego Room Floors and Walls – First, choose what you want for your walls (and flooring if this is a full remodel). I painted all the walls white (Behr Frost) and did a hand-drawn skyline on the wall (tutorial coming soon) to set the tone for the room. We featured some of our favorite buildings. I wanted a hand-drawn look so I used a straight edge and a Sharpie Paint Pen to draw the design. I chose a black and white striped rug for the floors. Because this is a very large room, I chose a 10×13′ rug that covers nearly the entire floor.  Choose your furniture – Since I knew the rug, walls and bedding was going to be black and white in the Lego Room, I opted for colorful furniture including red headboards, yellow crib and green dresser. The colorful furniture makes the walls and rugs…

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  • One Hour Accent Wall that cost less than $10

    My Playroom accent wall tutorial is live and I am so excited to share it with you. I will have a full post on the sources for everything in the playroom and we will also have a full tutorial on how we made the oversized PLAY letters. Check out our YouTube channel for the full tutorial! If you like this tutorial, you may also like: DIY Brush Stroke Wall DIY Painted Floor DIY Wall Decor…

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  • Smart Home Ideas: How to Create a Functional, Smart Garage

    This year, we are on a mission to create the ultimate Smart Homes. We are going through virtually every space and creating convenient smart home features. If you missed my backyard post, I talked about how we added smart locks our exterior doors and they have been awesome!! I spent a few weeks working on every single detail of our garage and making sure it was functional and “smart” to make my DIY life more convenient (and pretty!).   How to make a smart home – garage The lights and the garage door opener were super dated since the house was built in 1994. We left the fluorescent lights on the ceiling and replaced the flush mount light at the top of the stairs. I used my favorite gold flush mount light and installed the Phillips Hue personal wireless lighting so we can control the lights remotely. I love this feature because if we are out of town, we can set up routines on the Phillips app to turn the lights on and off so it appears that someone is…

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  • Park Home Reno: Back Patio Ideas and Patio Progress

    This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are 100% my own, always. Time for an update! We have been dragging you guys along our backyard journey’s over the past few months and I thought I’d take the time to answer some questions and give you an update on our back patio that we recently added to our home. A little background, our home sits on 1/2 of an acre and we have a large backyard space but besides our deck, had very little space to entertain. Rewind back to March, this area was dirt and a tree. The tree was beautiful but as it grew, it became too close to the window/house and had to be removed. We took the opportunity to make a full backyard patio that this backyard was really lacking. When we designed this space I had several must-haves for this space. Our must haves included: Easily accessible from inside the house Awesome “floors” Relaxing Hot tub/Pergola space Fire pit lounge area Dining Space Outdoor kitchen/grilling area First, we cleared out the trees, bushes,…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Phase 1 Backyard Reveal and How to Install Pavers

    A backyard renovation can be a big undertaking. We totally transformed our backyard by laying some new pavers. I am going to show you exactly how to install pavers and how much of an impact pavers can make. We have partnered with the Home Depot for this project but all opinions are my own. Today is a really big deal! We have been working on our backyard for MONTHS. I am so excited to say that phase one of our backyard is done!!! The backyard renovation was a big DIY project. Like SO SO BIG we have transformed our backyard by Doing it ourselves and we have done some major backyard upgrades. We have made some major changes and how to install pavers was the biggest project of the backyard so far. Our Pavers and How to Install Pavers The pavers we choose for our backyard renovation were these amazing Pavestone Taverna Bluestone Pavers. These pavers are perfect. They are such a great color and I loved that they are a bit larger of a paver especially because we had…

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  • How to choose and How to install a ceiling fan

    Ceiling fans make a big difference. It can be very hard to choose an fan, especially an outdoor fan. I am going to going give you a few different tips on how I ended up choosing my ceiling fans and how to install a ceiling fan. This is a sponsored post with Hunter Fan Company but all opinions are my own. I have been working on my backyard renovations for months now. I am so close to being done. The finishing touches make such a big difference and my outdoor fans were in need of a facelift. My old fans have not working for a while now and now that my house is painted white I wanted something that popped a bit more. Today I am going to show you how to install a ceiling fan and I am going to show you exactly how easy the ceiling fan installation can be. But first, how to choose a ceiling fan is very important.  When I was choosing my outdoor fans for my back patio I wanted something sleek and bit…

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  • How to install floating shelves over tile

    Today we’re going to show you how to install floating shelves. Installing shelves over tile can be especially tricky but with a few tips and tricks, it’s really not very difficult at all! How to install floating shelves over tile The shelves I got are from Ikea (LACK) but since I don’t have an Ikea near by, I ordered them on Amazon Prime. They’re more expensive but it would have cost me more to drive 2+ hours to Ikea and pay for gas and a babysitter. It saved me a lot of time too! Sometimes the convenience is worth the extra cost. haha! If you have an Ikea they’re only $15 each! SCORE! Installing Floating Shelves Materials: Ikea LACK floating shelves Level Painter’s Tape 2″ wood screws Diamond Drill Bit Installing Floating Shelves Instructions: Find your studs in the wall – Before I tiled the backsplash wall in my kitchen, I marked where the studs are on the ceiling. If your wall is already tiled and it’s not an exterior wall, you can find the studs on the back side…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Concrete Sidewalk

    When our backyard layout was not working we had to come up with how we could use our backyard to its full potential. A concrete sidewalk was our answer. We have been working on our backyard for months now. You can see our backyard game plan HERE.  When we were talking with my dad (he is a landscape designer, he owns a company called DB Landscape here in Arizona) we went over our hopes for our back yard.  Backyard Goals A place to entertain For the kids to use the whole backyard For it to feel like a retreat A place where the kids can be and play for a long time. Why the backyard was not working In the backyard the pool is right off the back patio. There is also a good amount of backyard behind the pool. That space behind the pool was just waste space that no one ever used. In the landscape plan we have a full concrete sidewalk going around the so that we can use the entire backyard. We are wanting our backyard to…

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