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  • How to install laminate flooring – tips for installing laminate flooring

    Installing laminate flooring is one of the more simple flooring options to install. Even beginner DIYers can learn how to install laminate flooring. Materials needed for installing laminate flooring Laminate flooring to cover square footage of your space + 10% extra. Underlayment (if not already attached to the flooring you chose) – Must use as a vapor barrier if installing over concrete. Underlayment also helps to buffer the sound after installation. Spacers for expansion Use 3/8″ spacers for expansion around the perimeter of your space. Rubber Mallet Tapping Block Pull bar How to install laminate flooring Step 1: Buy your laminate flooring. Always measure the square footage of your space PLUS 10% extra to allow for cuts and mistakes. It happens. Prepare your surface: Remove door and base moulding. If removed carefully, it can be reused in the space after installing laminate flooring. Remove carpet, carpet pad and carpet tacks. (if necessary) Laminate flooring can be installed directly over most existing flooring, except carpet. If you are installing directly over a hard surface (wood, tile, linoleum), you will want to…

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  • How to decorate a mantel for Christmas

    Christmas is right around the corner and today I’m going to explain how to decorate a mantel for Christmas. Everyone does it a little different and this year, I focused on an elaborate garland to make a statement on my Christmas mantel. This post is sponsored by JOANN. All ideas and opinions are my own, always. Materials to decorate a Holiday Mantel 2 – 9′ Christmas Garlands Sparkly / textured Christmas Garlands – Cedar Pine, Berry, Pinecone Garland, Glitter Fern Garland Variety of floral stems – I used Dahlias and Phalaenopsis Several Holiday Floral Picks – Double Gilded Pinecone Spray Battery operated LED lights – 50ct LED Euro Lights (white on green) Candlesticks (Found on clearance in-store at JOANN) Candles How to decorate a Christmas Mantel Clear off your mantel and give it a good wipe down to remove any dust and to give you a clean slate to work with. I left my round mirror as I wanted to keep it for this year’s Christmas mantel display. Add a 9 foot garland to your mantel. I like to double my…

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  • Kids Christmas Tree

    This is my first year decorating a kids Christmas tree for my boys and we have all LOVED it! It’s really fun to decorate a kids Christmas tree for their bedroom and makes them even more excited for their favorite holiday! This post is sponsored by At Home. All ideas and opinions are my own, always. We are so excited to be participating in the Tree for Every Room campaign with At Home! We have a pretty fool proof method for decorating Christmas trees and this is definitely still true when decorating a kids Christmas Tree. I got this incredible Red Christmas Tree from At Home and my kids and I are obsessed with it! It is so unique and beautiful and it is exactly what we needed to decorate my kids Christmas tree! First, start with your assembled tree and spread out the branches.    Next, add lights! This tree is not pre-lit but even if your tree is pre-lit add more lights! We love to mix large and small bulbs to add interest. I used the White and Red…

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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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  • 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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  • DIY Fall Centerpiece

    Summer vacation is officially over and the weather is cooling off (slowly but surely in Arizona!). We are loving the crisp mornings and cool evenings. That being said, it’s finally that time of the year for all things Fall! We’ve partnered with JOANN to teach you how to make this super easy, super cute DIY Fall Centerpiece that is perfect for Thanksgiving and all season long. DIY Fall Centerpiece Step 1: Layer your table with a table runner (or two!) I used a white table runner and the Simply Autumn Decorative Mesh Ribbon in Natural Jute from JOANN. S Step 2: Add height and to help create your overall shape of the centerpiece. I used the Simply Autumn Bamboo Wood & Iron Candle Holders in Small and Large. Step 3: Begin to layer pumpkins using your larger pumpkins first. I start with the larger pumpkins to create the overall shape of the centerpiece.   Here are the pumpkins I used (all from JOANN): Glitter Pumpkins White Carvable Pumpkins Dipped Copper Pumpkins Navy Woodchip Pumpkins Copper Striped Pumpkins White Woodchip Pumpkins…

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  • Park Home Reno: Main Floor Rug Round Up

    Hey guys! A lot of you have asked a ton of questions about my rugs lately! I thought it’d be easiest to direct everyone to the same spot and answer some of the questions publicly versus in 100+ direct messages and emails. Dining Room Rug This rug in my dining room is from Overstock.com. You can get it here. I get an 8×10 rug. Your table and chairs should sit on your dining room rug. I love this rug for dining rooms because the color, pattern and movement in the rug hides pretty much any stain! It’s easy to clean and has a low pile so your chair lets slide easily across it. Living Room Rug The rug in my living room is the nuLOOM Vintage Perisian Distressed Pink rug from Overstock. I got the 8×10 but could have even gone up to 9×12′. I used my favorite rug tape (found here in our Amazon shop) I have (wood looking) tile and this tape is great for helping to hold rugs in place. I am not sure how it would do…

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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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  • 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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  • How to organize a pantry

    Staying on top of grocery shopping can be a difficult task, especially when you have a disorganized or dysfunctional pantry. Today, I’m sharing my tips for how to organize a pantry and my pantry makeover. How to organize a pantry in 5 easy steps Today I’m going to show you how to organize a pantry. I’ve done several pantry makeovers now and you know I love a good DIY project more than most. Nothing makes me more giddy than when a great DIY project meets pretty, functional organization! I have finally nailed down a full proof method on how to organize a pantry. My recent pantry makeover has seriously made me SO happy! I am loving it all and it functions approximately one million times better than before. Here’s how it looked when we found the house for rent online. This was before we moved in, as in, this is not our food nor do I have any pets so this photo basically just shows you the size and boringness that I was working with. When I moved in, we had…

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  • Hot Pink Painted Campaign Dresser Makeover

    This BEST tutorial on how to paint a dresser quickly and efficiently! This amazing Hot Pink Painted Campaign Dresser Makeover is so fun!                                     Today’s tutorial is how to paint a dresser. we will show you how to finish one of their raw wood pieces, the Harper Campaign Dresser. Ave Home has a line of furniture called, AVE Raw which is their line of unfinished furniture. This line was created for the DIYer (thats us!!!) or designer who wants high quality pieces with their own custom finishes. Isn’t that amazing!?!? How cool is that!?  This gorgeous campaign dresser arrived at my house ready to finish! It was complete primed and ready to paint! Supplies used for the how to paint a dresser: Ave Home Larger Harper Campaign Dresser Screwdriver Paint Sprayer – this is our FAVORITE!!! Paint – I used an interior Semi-gloss (Behr Tutti Frutti – Update: Behr Tutti Frutti is being discontinued so choose Behr Diva Glam for the closest match!) Polycrylic How to paint a…

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