Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Molding ideas -- five tutorials for pretty wall trim

As I've been packing up our home over the past couple of weeks, (if you missed the big news, go here) I have noticed that even without art or decor, it's still a beauty. I told a friend the other day it's made me super proud of what I've created here because the beauty of each room is there even without stuff in it. I'm quite enjoying seeing the bones of what I built and also seeing each space "quieted."

A lot of that is due to the calm colors I've picked for our home, and the built ins of course, but also all of the trim I've installed on the walls. I knew when we starting building this house 14 years ago that it was something I wanted to add to give a our home more character.

So today I'm sharing all of the trim I've put on our walls and tutorials for all of them. None of them were terribly expensive (I'd say board and batten was the most). But they all make a room feel more expensive than it really is!

One of the first molding projects I ever did was the wainscoting in our front living room and foyer. They've stayed for around for the nine years or so since I did it and still look beautiful:
How to add wainscoting to walls

I did a design with both larger and smaller boxes to give it some interest, but you can do whatever you want!:
Wainscoting tutorial for walls

I actually made videos back in the day on how to install this -- you can see how to install this molding here and some more tips on this kind of wainscoting here. WARNING: These videos were before the slick stuff we make now -- it was a little different back then. 😂 I say "um" a few too many times and it's a little jerky, but again, these were made wayyy back. 

Our main wall in the guest room has undergone a few makeovers, but the one I landed on (and love the most) is this simple trim in a square pattern. I shared how I added this board and batten look for only $13 here
Square board and batten trim design

When I made over our loft last year I added quite a bit of the "shiplap" look to the walls. Back in the day us old fogey bloggers called it planking a wall -- but Joanna changed that. ;) 

I used the same super inexpensive material and it makes a dramatic difference: 
How to install shiplap for less

You can see my full shiplap tutorial here. It's a very easy project and is easily removable if you ever change your mind. 

Speaking of -- one thing I always like to note now...do NOT use glue to add your molding to a wall if you can help it. Nails into studs should be plenty. Many tutorials tell you to use glue but I really recommend you don't. If your style changes (whose doesn't) and you decide to remove it down the line you'll have lots of fun drywall fixes to make. It's just not needed in most cases. 
How to add shiplap to walls for less

One of my favorite ways to add character to the walls in this house has been board and batten. It's such a classic look and makes a room feel casual but gives it just a little something extra that most houses don't have. 

How to add board and batten molding

Board and batten tutorial

I love it!! It also looks super sharp in a dark gray -- really any color. You don't have to go white with any of these looks!

And finally, one where I mixed up the looks and it's a favorite too -- I did the planked walls with the board and batten over it in our powder room: 
Shiplap and board and batten on walls

You can see my planked (or shiplap) wall tutorial here. Again, not an expensive project -- just time consuming. It took forever to paint this stuff and looking back I should have sprayed it. It would have taken a fraction of the time! 

I get asked a lot if there's such a thing as too much molding in a house. No, I don't. :) I've been in houses where it's on every wall -- and it just feels expensive and classic. I love it. I do think changing up the look like I've done is good. You don't have to stick with one style! 

If you have questions on any of these projects feel free to ask! You can see all the paint colors for these rooms here. The big question is -- will I add any of these looks to the new house? I'm sure I will. I already have a wall in mind for shiplap. But like this house, I'll have to live in it for awhile before I decide. It's been so much fun dreaming up projects for the new house! :) 

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A peek into our new home!

Well we can't thank you enough for the kind words about our upcoming move!! We are SO thrilled and I cannot wait to share this journey with you. As I mentioned, there are still a lot of things that need to fall into place before we close...so I'm still anxious about it all. But I have a good feeling about everything and am happy to be able to share this news with you! 

So these photos aren't pretty at all but I think you'll see why we fell in love with this house, even with no walls. ;) Most of these were taken well before we even knew we were going to be able to buy it.

I show you this one first because it's right off the garage and it's one of the rooms I'm most excited about. This is a mud room/laundry space and it's so spacious! At first I was weary about having the laundry when you walk in the door, as we moved our washer and dryer in this house because of that very set up. BUT, it's plenty big enough. This room will hold the W/D, a set of cubbies and a folding table for clothes: 
Larget mud room/laundry combo

The best parts about it? One, a window. You'll see that this house has a ton of windows and it's one of the main reasons I fell in love with it. Nearly every room in the house has a window! I'll probably regret that later when we're buying blinds 😂, but I am obsessed with natural light so it makes me happy. 

Second, see that closet? I was able to change the layout even while we were just talking with the builder -- they figured if it all fell through the choices were still good ones. It's a really good sized closet and we have a coat closet near the foyer -- so I think we'll use this for bulky winter gear but mostly cleaning supplies. I'm so stinking excited about having a spot JUST FOR VACUUMS. Do you feel me here? I added an outlet in there as well so I can charge our cordless vacuum. Amaaaazing. 

This room will also be a hub for the house -- I plan to add a large chalkboard in here and a charging station on the folding counter. I cannot wait to tackle this space -- it will serve SO many needs! 

When you walk through that door you come into the kitchen -- overall I think it's a similar size to ours now, it's just longer and more narrow, instead of the square size we have now. The back area is where the kitchen table will go:
Our future kitchen layout

The room I'm most excited about is the family room! 😍 We don't have a living room or dining room in this new house. There's an office on the main level (that will be mine) and this large great room. I couldn't be happier -- one of the things on my mental "future" list for a house was having the high ceilings in the back of the house instead the front like we have now. I had a decorating client years back who had a regular foyer and when you walked to the back where they spent their time, it opened up. I loved it. I'm STOKED about this room: 
Two story great room with fireplace

Someday I'd like to add those faux wood beams to the ceiling. I have fun plans for the fireplace after we move in. But really, all I can think about every. single. time. we walk into this space is how good our tall Christmas tree is going to look in here. I'm seriously giddy about that. I can't help but think about where it will go. I'm thinking right in front of the big window: 
Large windows in family room

This is the photo I shared earlier this week -- can't you just see the garland on the stairs?: 
Two story family room

And yes, our boy is a giant now! He's grown in the couple weeks since this photo too. :) 

The other thing that really made me fall in love with this house is that the master is on the main level. We're not getting any younger so having everything we need on one level for years to come is going to be wonderful. 

The master has a bunch of windows and will be amazing during the day. Although at night I need a cave to sleep so I'm going to need all the blinds and drapes: 
Lots of windows in master bedroom

I know many don't care about the master size but still having a large bedroom like our current one was on my list for a forever house. This one is exactly the same size as ours! Literally every single thing I had in my head for a future house throughout the years is in this one. Every. thing! There's a tray ceiling in here that I already have a plan for later. ;) I found a light at Lowe's that I will put up after we move in. I can't wait to see this room come together! 

There's a peek at my favorite rooms in the house! I know it's not much now but you can see why I instantly fell in love with it. The upstairs is much smaller than our current home -- just two small bedrooms and a bath. The basement is large and will be finished -- but it will be a long time before we do any projects down there. 

I will share more details like the finishes I picked out with you soon! Have a GREAT weekend! 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

BIG, huge exciting news!

This story is a long one, but it happened fast. A little bit sad, but we are so, SO happy. It's been incredibly overwhelming at times but exciting all the time. The true definition of "bittersweet." But more sweet than bitter. 😊

We've never planned to move anytime soon. We thought maybe we'd buy a piece of land nearby and build a house someday, even though building from scratch did overwhelm me. We didn't plan to do that till our son was in high school though, so we were thinking about four years or so before we'd start. 

I love to look through real estate listings, I've done it for years just because it's fun. But the thought of moving has always made my stomach turn. I had zero desire. I LOVE our house and nothing I saw even compared to ours anyway. 

We have always had a mental list of what we would include in a "forever house" though. It included no stairs (at least just to a basement) and less rooms we don't use -- no living room or dining room, but a BIG family room and kitchen, where we spend most of our time.  

But again...if I ever even thought of moving it would make me sick to my stomach. A friend was in the process of moving a few months ago and I told her many times I didn't know how she did it. Leaving a house you loved for one, but just the process of packing up your whole life as well. 

But then...something I can't explain happened. I walked through a house and thought...I could live here. It completely shocked me. From the moment we walked in (and it was just studs at that point), I knew it was going to be our house. I called a best friend after walking through, visited another to tell her and texted my sister. I walked through the walls taking video and sent them to my best blog friends. I was so surprised there was a house we both loved that wasn't our own, and it wasn't even close to done! I honestly wasn't sure what the heck was happening -- it was not a feeling I was familiar with.

There's a neighborhood nearby that we've always been curious about -- and occasionally my husband would say "Let's go look through the houses" when they were building. And I'd be all hurt and sad that he would even consider leaving our house. He wasn't ever saying let's move, he was just curious. (He likes to remind me of that now.) 😂 But I dug my feet in. Nope. Not even gonna look! 

And then one day...curiosity won out and we walked through a house that wasn't even mid-construction. Purely for fun. It didn't even have drywall, just wood studs and a plywood floor. And I immediately, completely, fell in love. It instantly felt like our house. I can't explain it, other than it felt perfect for us and for the first time in more than 13 years, I could imagine living somewhere else than our home. 

It is my dream house. THIS is our dream house too, but the new one is everything I've wanted but didn't think would happen just yet. ;) Master on the main level. There is still an upstairs (our boy is thrilled about that), but the upstairs is small and just two bedrooms and a bath. A front porch!! (I could pee my pants.) There are tall ceilings in the back of the house where we'll spend most of our time and no dining room or formal living room to be seen. ;) Just a big family space with an eat in kitchen. LOTS of windows. Oh the windows. 😍 The lot is big -- we'll have a much bigger yard and I'm so excited about that. 

We started to think about actually moving...but how could we let our house go? I didn't know how it would be possible. We took a minute and paused our excitement and thought hard about leaving this house. I truly didn't know if I could walk away and not ever be able to see it again. Leaving this house forever was not an option, and as I write this, brings me to tears. 

We were stuck in this weird space of being excited about a potential house for the first time (since we moved here) and not knowing how we'd ever leave this one. And that's when this story gets super fun!

My best friend and I were sitting around one night talking about where my husband and I were at, and she threw out the words "We'd buy your house." I laughed it off and said wouldn't that be funny? And we went on with our evening. But about a week later we were sitting down again and she said they had talked about it and wanted our house -- and asked if we decided to sell that we offer it to them first. 

We said it wouldn't be an option because we didn't want to even have the potential to lose our friendship over something like us moving. It wasn't worth it and selling is tricky business. But over time we talked it over, figured out a reasonable price, and they agreed. This changed everything -- the thought that we could still visit our old home meant the world to me. To walk through it again and see it being loved by people we love...it overwhelms me. 

The rest of the story is a boring one with finances, lenders, working with the builder, inspections, signing one million documents, all that good stuff. It happened in a short amount of time. I wasn't going to say anything here until we close in August because I don't want to jinx anything. There are so many things that still have to work out perfectly in order for this to go off without a hitch. But we are SO excited, I just couldn't wait to tell you. I have a feeling of peace about it all, even though the past month I've been the most stressed I've ever been in my life. ;) OH and our house is full of boxes, so it's going to be hard to not share that with you. 

I know many of you are thinking what we were...how can we leave this house? After all I've put into it? All the projects I've done? The bathroom?? The patio??? 

I have had emotional moments and I know I'll have more, but I've had a sense of peace about the whole thing that I really can't express well. This precious, wonderful house...I would have stayed here forever if nothing worked out and would have been over the moon to do so. This house is our heart but hearts can expand...we now have a new love as well. 💗 

And no worries -- I will have TONS and tons of projects in the new house. I keep telling myself I'm going to take some time off from tools for awhile after we move in, but I have a looooong list of things I can't wait to tackle, so we'll see what happens. 

I think about the house we are moving in to and instantly start crying...because of joy, not sadness. If you had asked me 20 years ago if I would have the privilege to live in both this house and the new one I would have said you were crazy. Better than I deserve. Blessed beyond measure.

We are so thankful and beyond excited. I'll share more details with you this week! I have so much to show you and tell you...it's been SO HARD not to share all this. But yeah...we're building a new house and my best friend is buying ours! 

Isn't it crazy?? Crazy wonderful. I can't wait to take you along for the ride my friends. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wood and white stair makeover

Hello hello! I'm super excited to share this project with you -- it turned out so beautifully! It's not a huge difference comparing the before and after in most pics, but in real life it is huge. I've been wanting to tackled this for years and finally got it done. 

I love bringing you projects that I complete with the help of Minwax -- my favorite stain! And this is one of my all time favorite projects ever in our house, it's just upped a bit with this DIY. I shared how I took the carpet of our stairs seven years ago. I had a dream of making it look custom -- and I did it with only $50 worth of supplies because we had a great start with the wood steps: 
How to remove carpet from stairs

You can see this was before our fridge leaked everywhere and ruined the laminate floors in the neighboring room -- soon after we replaced the main floor with wood floors. 

When I finished these steps the first time I choose a stain with red tones -- I believe it was Red Oak by Minwax. It doesn't look too red in that photo above, but when you compare it against the wood floors you can see the difference. I thought for sure I took before pics but can't find them, but you can see peeks of the red tone here: 
Painting handrail black

They were a completely different look than the wood floors: 
DIY sunburst mirrors

So for years I had wanted to redo them -- but didn't make it a priority until recently. If you look close on that photo above,  you can see where the cats tear around that corner and their scratches were starting to look bad. And overall the steps were just looking a little worn after so much use. 

So months ago I had the stairs sanded down so I could tackle the restaining -- but then I got caught up in other projects so they sat bare for months!:
How to stain wood steps

I added the tape recently so at least that wasn't there all this time. 😂 I had to clean the bare wood first because they had gotten dirty over the weeks months that I put off the project. 

Then I started the process by staining the steps with the new color -- Jacobean! It's the color we used on the floors but I knew it would go on darker on the stairs. They are pine and the floors are white oak, so they are not a perfect match. The steps are darker than the floors but I quite like it -- if they don't match exactly I'd rather they be darker. Just not red. ;) 
Jacobean stain on wood stairs

Be aware of how different a stain will look on various types of wood! It's amazing how they different they can look. 

I always stain the steps first because it's easier to paint over random stain mishaps, but it's a lot more difficult to stain over paint drops. :) 

I used these staining pads for the first time and I'm absolutely obsessed with them!: 
Stain sponge

They make the job go so much faster and aren't as messy as a rag. I adore them and will be using them all the time from now on -- especially on bigger jobs like this. 

Now when you stain or polyurethane floors, you have to keep in mind that you can't use them for some time. At least a few hours and that's pushing it with the poly. Last time I did every other step so we could still maneuver up and down the steps. This time I timed it when we were heading out the for the day so we didn't have to worry about it: 
Jacobean stain Minwax

Stain dries pretty quick compared to the poly (make sure you wipe down each step after applying the stain!). Too much stain will gum up and take a looong time to dry. 

After letting it sit for a couple days to ensure it was completely dry, I moved on to the poly. You can use a foam brush or regular brush. I prefer the foam because I can just toss them after: 
How to apply polyurethane

But I ran out of them for my second coat so I used a brush that time. ;) 

You want to make sure you brush on a nice, even coat of poly each time. Watch for bubbles -- knock as many of those down as you can. Stairs are nice because you don't have to be super picky about the finish -- I'd rather it not be SUPER smooth for safety reasons. 

By the way, I get asked a lot if the stairs are slippery. We slid down the carpeted stairs WAY more than we ever have on these. Knock on wood -- it's happened maybe twice maybe? 

You cans see how the poly really brings out the wood tone even more: 
Poly on wood stairs

So pretty! I used this fast-drying polyurethane from Minwax (in semi-gloss) in the can: 
By the way -- I didn't even realize they sell poly in a spray can! Mind blown. Keeping that one tucked away for the future. 

The wood will not be quite as shiny when it dries unless you use a high gloss: 
How to apply poly to wood stairs

 The risers got a coat of new white paint, and after it was all done it looked so good!:
Jacobean stain on wood steps

White and wood -- one of my all time favorite combos! So classic. 

See how our pine treads had that rounded edge to start? We lucked out with those -- I remembered that from when we built the house and that's why I tackled this project years back. I know MANY of you have tried this on your stairs over the years and some have had the same, some uncover plywood. It's a toss up!

Here's the landing going to the upstairs:
Wood steps white risers

I get asked about what we used on the landing a lot -- and it was just the basic pine wood (that I've used as shiplap many times over the years). I think each package is around $10 and I think I used two? Three? I wasn't sure if it would hold up but it has -- and it sanded down just fine too!

Our flooring guy offered to replace this with our hardwoods but they've held up so great, I didn't see the need:
Pine floors wood landing

I've simplified this view over the years. The art pieces are window grids I found at Goodwill years back. I love them:
Wood stairs and landing

The stairs don't look that different from this angle, but when you're on them the difference is huge!  No more red!:
How to remove carpet from wood stairs

These pretty stairs have gone through many updates over the years -- NOW I can safely say tearing that carpet off seven years ago was a GREAT idea! ;)
How to remove carpet from stairs

Wood treads and white risers are my jam. Love it. This was another project I had all the supplies for, so I didn't have to pay for anything during this no spend month! 

I will be away at the Haven Conference this week so I'll be back next week! I hope to see some of you there! Have a great weekend my friends! 

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This post was sponsored by Minwax, but all opinions and experiences are my own. I only share brands I use and trust with my readers. 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Simplifying the library shelves

Hello hello! Welcome to a new week! I'm sharing some small updates I've made to our dining room turned library built ins over the past few months. You may remember this room and how we transformed it from a rarely used dining room to this cozy space
dining room turned library

So when I get things the way I like them they rarely move...for years. For real, a bookshelf will look the same for five years (many of our surfaces have!) if I find a way I like them. Accessorizing kinda stresses me out so I don't mess with it often. :) 

But here it was feeling a little heavy to me, so late last year and then one the past few months I've started changing out a few things and simplifying a bit. Most of it was editing -- I usually find taking away usually makes more of an impact than adding. I removed some of the brighter books for a more soothing look. It really made a big difference! I kept a few because I'm not going to be the crazy red book lady, but removing some of them toned it down a bit. 

Then I paired down the items on the shelves a little and changed the direction of some things: 
How to build DIY built in bookcases

Those lower shelves were feeling cramped to me before, so as you can see I changed out some of the pieces with bigger but simpler items. The wood horse I found at an antique shop -- it's not antique but it looks like it! All the parts of the legs move and I just think it's the coolest. 

I went with a lot of wood tones there to calm those spots a little: 
DIY built in bookcases using kitchen cabinets

They tie in beautifully with the wood beads on the chandelier
How to decorate bookcases

I purchased a few pieces for the shelves awhile back -- I think most were from Target. Those wood and glass candle holders are so pretty -- I showed you how I use those at Christmas with the LED lights here. And the wood and glass terrarium was from Target too. I think the wood finial was from At Home? I had the rest of the stuff and moved it to those shelves. 

By the way, I got those chairs on sale at World Market years ago and still love them. They are super comfy -- they look more charcoal online but are more of a blue gray. 

I just love how it's calmed a bit -- I always say giving your space room to breathe makes a BIG difference!! Isn't that horse the coolest?:
Wall of built in bookcases

I wrote a whole post on how to decorate bookcases here -- I think they are the hardest to accessorize! What do you find hardest to decorate? Bookcases? Dressers? Coffee tables? I struggle with them all -- and once I find what works it rarely changes. ;) 

You can see how I built those built ins with kitchen cabinets here and see the transformation of the room over the years here

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The power of paint!

Well hello! I'm back with another project down in this no-spend month! I told you I wasn't going to be quite as strict with it this time and I did cheat on Amazon Prime Day. 😬 I couldn't resist the instant pot. If you have recipes you love please send them my way! I'm excited to try it!

This is just a quick post to show you the power of paint -- specially WHITE paint. (One of my favorites.) So far this month I've finished up the bathroom makeover upstairs (LOVE). I've also gotten a bunch of little things done -- but what I'm most excited about lately are the painted cabinets in the basement! We've had unfinished cabinets in laundry room for years (probably three? four?) and the kitchenette in the family room area since early this year. 

I'm thrilled to finally have them done!! I couldn't even believe how good they look -- I will forever by a fan of bright white against dark wood. Forever. 

Here's how the cabinets looked in our laundry before: 

They are just two small, skinny cabinets but look how good they look white and bright!: 

I just love them with the pretty wood tone on the DIY floating shelves. 💗

The plan is to add crown to the top someday!

The hardware looks extra sharp on there now too -- I love it with our washer and dryer. :) 

By the way, if you can add a lamp in your laundry room do it -- it makes it so cozy. If you have to do laundry, I say make it enjoyable. 

To see how I built that shelf behind the washer and dryer, check out this post. And you can read my review of our LG washer and dryer here

Last time I shared our basement kitchenette, I showed you the new shelves on the chalkboard wall. Love: 

We moved some cabinets around and added some new ones to make the area a bit bigger. But those cabinets sat unfinished for six months. Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. 

Just look how good they look! 

I almost went dark on these but I'm so glad I kept it all bright -- again, I love that contrast: 

I love how the slightly rustic touches look with the black chalkboard wall and the white cabinets. Two more projects done!! Whoot! My list is long and much of it isn't super exciting, but I'll be sure to catch you up on the good stuff. I have a beautiful one to share with you next week! 

I've written two tutorials on how to paint cabinets over the years -- this one uses a brush and roller and this one uses a sprayer (for our kitchen cabinets). I think you'll find them helpful if you are considering doing the same!

Isn't paint awesome? I am pretty sure this gallon of paint has lasted a year -- and provided many wonderful makeovers. ;) Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My favorite (recent and old) Amazon products! (It's Prime Day!)

If you haven't heard it's Amazon Prime Day! Some of you may know that I'm a lover of the Amazon and I love sharing the great deals or products that I find there. Those of you who are Prime members get amaaaazing deals today and it's worth checking out. Since I'm trying to watch my spending this month I will live vicariously through all of you. ;) 

I'm sharing a few of my new, old and all time favorite items you can find on Amazon today. If you do not have a Prime account, you can go here to sign up for a free trial today! FREE! 

OK, let's get started. Some of these you've seen before but I keep sharing them because I love them so much and I will not stop until every single on of you uses the Scrub Daddy sponges
Best sponges for cleaning dishes

Will. not. stop. I shared why I love them so much in this post. They are my absolute favorite and I will use them till the end of time. 😍 They scrub off everything, nothing gets stuck and they never smell! 

I've shared about the Dash buttons before too -- check out this post to see how they work and what we use: 
Amazon dash buttons
Basically you just push the button and stuff comes to your house in a day or two. It's amazing, we love them! They are normally $4.99 but we got ours on Prime day and today they're all only a buck! Whoooooo! I SAVE when I use these because I'm not wondering through Target finding 55 other things I didn't need. 

Tis the season for sitting outside under the pretty patio lights and getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes. My absolute favorite outdoor lights are available on Amazon as well -- we have this version that is longer at about 48 feet each: 
The best outdoors lights

And they have a 30-foot version here

These are not your typical Target lights (as much as I love those) -- they are heavy duty and we have been incredibly pleased with them. We leave them out (with bulbs) all winter and every single one works. No water gets in the bulbs -- they are just fantastic. You can see more about them in this post and how we ultimately hung them here.  
How to hang outdoor lights

I got this basket for the stairs last year and it has been wonderful! Yes, we still have a bunch of crap sitting on the stairs, but at least it's hidden in this cute basket!: 

Stair basket

I could have sworn I had a picture of it on the stairs but I can't find it! Ours sits on the bottom step and I walk by it every day and drop stuff in. Admittedly I don't take it UP the stairs and empty as much as I should, but it's OK cause you can't see all the crap! 
How to take carpet off of stairs

I have seen these little hobbies many times over the years and decided to try it earlier this year. It's a little nail polish holder you put on your fingers, then place your polish inside while you're painting your nails: 
Nail polish holder

It actually works! The rubber material holds it in place and makes it so much easier to access the polish. Love it. 

My favorite coffee table is from Amazon as well! It's a Sauder glass coffee table with a gold finish
Inexpensive round glass coffee table

SUCH a great price! I still love it -- it's held up great! And I can't believe how pretty it is for that price either. 

I use these little jobbies nearly every day. They are little rubber grippers that we use to open jars, or anything that's hard to grip or open:
I keep one in a drawer by the sink and have also used on light bulbs that won't budge, tools I need a better hold of, all kinds of stuff! 

These are another kitchen favorite. They are stretchy rubber covers that we use for small containers and cans. It allows you to keep food in the original container and still have a airtight seal: 
rubber covers for cans

I love them! They keep food sealed up tight and I don't have to wash another container! 

And then of course, you can get get nearly all (if not all) of the supplies for a couple of my all time favorite DIY projects all on Amazon as well. I link to all of the supplies for the DIY tufted headboard at the end of the post: 
DIY tufted headboard tutorial

And the supplies for the upper and under cabinets lighting project were all found on Amazon! You can find the list and how I did it here
DIY accent lighting in kitchen

This lighting project is one of those that looks super intimidating but it's not, I promise! And the result adds such a custom look. 

Remember, if you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here. Get yourself some Dash buttons! Love!! You can see a few more of my Amazon favorites in this recent post and this is my list from last year. Happy shopping! 

P.S. The Instant Pot pressure cooker everybody is raving about is on sale today for $40 off! Do you have one? Is it worth it??

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