Fall Cleaning Before & After Videos with RYOBI’s “Miracle Maker” Pressure Washer

Fall Cleaning with RYOBI's 3100 PSI Pressure Washer

One of the many “perks” to living in the most humid state in the union is that our backyard possesses magical powers to transform into a jungle almost overnight.  In fact, by the end of the rain-soaked summer, a thick layer of dirt, grime, and mold had grown onto our dock, pavers, and fence…blanketing everything in gray.  Well, that’s no way to start the fall! We knew we needed a little more power than old-fashioned elbow grease could offer to clean {read more…}

30 D.I.Y. Coaster Gifts

30 DIY Coaster Gifts | A round-up of coaster gift ideas galore, brought to you by thinkingcloset.com. A slew of inspiration for coasters made from tile, cork, leather, fabric, and unconventional materials.

Balance has been my word of the year this year.  And in the words of Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, “How do we keep our balance?  That I can tell you in one word: tradition!” The last two Novembers, I’ve made it a tradition to make a few sets of D.I.Y. coasters: a set to keep, and the rest to give away as gifts! In 2012, I discovered how to get my hands on free {read more…}

DIY “Give Thanks” Fall Sign

DIY Give Thanks Fall Sign by Crafts by Courtney | The perfect addition to a fall mantel display, especially one of the coastal variety! Courtney offers great tips on how to use a craft-cutter and some paint to transform a plain wood board into an inspirational work of art.

The other day, my MIL and I were talking about how many fantastic friendships I’ve made as a result of blogging.  And it’s true!  Blogging has put me in direct contact with so many women whose interests align with mine…it’s almost like meeting dozens of long-lost twins all around the world!  One of those long-lost twins is Courtney.  She shares in my love of Silhouette creations as well as coastal decor.  Plus, in the dictionary, {read more…}

The Beginner’s Guide to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A Beginner's Guide to Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Wax: One Beginner's Tips to Another! | I let my intimidation over using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint keep me from exploring the medium for all too long. Now that I have finally given it a whirl, I'm eager to empower other beginners to give it a go. It's SO much easier than you think it is! Especially with this step by step run-down.

You’ve heard of the five stages of grief, right?  Well, have you heard of the five stages of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?  No?  Well, let me enlighten you…. (Perhaps this experience will ring true for some of you.) STAGE #1: Intrigue: “A paint that requires no stripping, sanding, or priming?  Tell me more!” STAGE #2: Intimidation: “Oh wait – – I have to seal it with wax?  Then buff it?  That sounds scary!  I don’t think {read more…}

“You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust” Mirror Decal & Silhouette Promo

Amazing how just some simple text on the edges of a mirror can hold such an impact! "You make beautiful things out of the dust.... You make beautiful things out of us."

One of the wonderful things about living in Orlando, Florida is that our guest room actually serves its intended purpose and isn’t just a “catch-all” for junk like our former guest room was. We have friends and family passing through Orlando quite frequently these days: some to visit Mickey, others in town for conferences, and most just to escape the frigid winters up north. Regardless, we love the opportunity to host, and we’ve been slowly but surely working on making {read more…}

100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

I don’t know about you, but we Floridians are sooooo ready for fall!  Things have been roasty-toasty in these parts since early May, and while the thermometer doesn’t seem to be letting up, I figure I’ll do my part to usher in the fall indoors, hoping that maybe our outdoors will catch a hint! Well, considering my enthusiasm about the new season, you can imagine how excited I was when Corey and Chelsea invited me to be a part {read more…}

5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper

5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper by Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Do you ever hap upon a blog where every – single – project just blows you away?  And you think, “There’s no way this person can be human!  It’s just TOO creative!” And then, you have the rare and distinct privilege of getting to meet this person, and you learn that not only are they human, but they’re as down to earth as you had dreamed.  And they just exude joy.  Well, this hypothetical situation is my reality. {read more…}

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers. Such a creative and thorough step-by-step tutorial for creating your own personalized mini-pallet crates to help organize those school papers on the fridge and display kids' artwork!

Some people pour their heart into every single word they write, so that by the time you reach the signature on the first correspondence you’ve ever shared, you’re old friends. Stef is one of those people. And I know she is going to work her way into your heart, too, especially when you get hit with her out-of-the-box creativity today! The Space Jam soundtrack said it best: “Y’all ready for this?” *                 {read more…}

Throwback Puffy Paint Pillow Covers

Puffy Paint Pillow Cover! | Puffy paint is baaaaack, folks, and looking chic as ever. Emily has some great tips and tricks for using puffy paint to embellish d.i.y. envelope pillow covers. Such a fun and easy way to change up decor!

Friends, Romans, countrymen (and women).  Lend me your ears!  It is only befitting to start this introduction with the words of Shakespeare because the wonderful lady you are about to meet is not only a fellow English major…but she also possesses a bust of The Bard, which earns her ultimate cool points in my book.  Oh, and she happens to be one of my dearest bloggy pals of Haven 2013 & 2014 fame.  Alas, I have {read more…}

Thrifty Upcycled Nautical Serving Set

Nautical Serving Set

The nautical crafting continues today with the fabulous Katie.  She has a knack for transforming thrifted items and hardware store purchases into chic home decor and serving-ware.  In fact, I can almost guarantee you are going to want to throw a summer shin-dig after checking out the fun project she has to share with you all today.  The closet floor is yours, Katie! *                    *       {read more…}

Desk Styling 101: Say Goodbye to Styling Anxiety

Roll-Top Desk Makeover! Such a dramatic before & after. Amazing what fresh paint and a little vision can do!

Hand me a paint brush, and I’ll paint until the cows come home.  Give me a stencil, and I won’t bat an eye.  But mention the word “styling,” and I immediately break out into cold sweats, my mouth dries up like the Sahara Desert, and I start to feel all verklempt.  (Talk amongst yourselves!)   Am I striking a chord of resonance with any of you? Well, lo and behold, I not only survived the process of “styling” {read more…}

Adding Scallop Stencil Details to a Roll-Top Desk

And such a simple way to dramatically transform furniture!

Now, everybody knows… If there’s something strange in your neighborhood Who you gonna call?  Ghostbusters! But did you also know that… If you’re stenciling on your Roll-Top Desk Who you gonna call?  Royal Design Studio! And call them I did!  And it’s because I knew their stencils are la crème de la crème. You see, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Royal Design Studio stencils twice in the past: first at their booth at Haven Blog Conference {read more…}

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint. This is a great guide for beginners...with clever tips for all mediums of paint!

First things first, a ginormous thank you for all of the kind and generous words everyone shared over our Roll-Top Desk Makeover.  It definitely made it worth the countless hours of painting, painting, and more painting.  I think my favorite comment of the day on Tuesday was Melissa’s because it made me laugh (and I love to laugh): You have no idea how much joy it brings me to know that the term “mullet desk” has officially been coined.  And {read more…}

Roll-Top Desk Makeover: Business on the Outside, Party on the Inside!

Roll Top Desk Makeover. The best part? The element of surprise on the inside of the drawers: gem turquoise!

How’s this for an analogy?  I believe I have created the mullet haircut of furniture transformations. Now, hear me out: what sets a mullet apart is its element of surprise, right?  “Business in the front, party in the back,” as the saying goes. And similarly, with my new and improved roll-top desk, we’ve got business on the outside, party on the inside! Want to know how this beachy keen wonder came to be?  Well, who {read more…}

Recycling Pallets into a Rustic Recycle Bin

Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin. Gotta love that the recycle bin itself is made from recycled materials! And it's actually big enough that it doesn't need to be emptied every other day. Such a great way to transform the recycle bin corner, so it's no longer an eye sore!

There’s one corner of our kitchen that has never ever been photographed to appear on the blog; not even close.  It’s the corner I always crop out of photos because…well…it’s the definition of a hot mess.  Or rather, it was the definition of a hot mess.  I give to you our recycle bin corner: before and after. Now, ain’t she a beaut?  Here’s the backstory on how our Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin came to be. Mark and I were {read more…}

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel & Balsam Hill Giveaway!

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel via thinkingcloset.com

As an adolescent, I went through a stage where I rebelled not only against my parents’ rules, but my Mom’s home decor style.  I remember turning up my nose to her hard-wood floors and vintage furniture, declaring that when I had a house of my own, everything would be modern: white walls, clean lines, wall to wall carpets…nothing that was “old.” Flash-forward 15 years. I’ve (thankfully) outgrown most of my angst, and I now really admire the ways {read more…}

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths! Inspirational round-up by thinkingcloset.com

There’s no better way to welcome in a new season than to display it on your front door in the form of a wreath!  Am I right?  In fact, I may have gone a little wreath-overboard this spring season because I have not one, not two, but tha-ree spring wreaths decorating our home.  (Yowza, Lauren!  Obsessed much?) I have my Trend-tastic Felt Flower Wreath on our red front door… …my Fabric Spring Wreath on the inside of {read more…}

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Peculiar things start happening to you when you move to Florida. For one, you live in flip flops.  “Dressing up” means putting on flats.  You completely give up on blow-drying your hair because “It’s Too Darn Hot” as the song goes.  Children tack “Miss” onto the front of your first name when they address you.  When you flip on the lights in a room, your eyes automatically start scanning the floor and walls for “uninvited {read more…}

How Many Trends Can I Fit Into One Wreath?

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath. Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Instead of pranking you all with a virtual bucket-o-water-above-the-door trick, the joke’s on me today.  And I’m letting you in on it! The name of the game?  Trend-Fest 2014 The players?  Myself and five of my fab bloggy buddies! The challenge?  To incorporate as many current trends as possible into one craft project without it being too over-the-top.  (Though in a way, I feel at a distinct disadvantage as most {read more…}

The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Coastal Decor

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

It has been five weeks since the grand reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover…and the high from your incredible reception to it all still hasn’t worn off.  So, thank you to each of you who has taken time to click through to read this series or leave an encouraging word.  It means more to us than you know. And amidst your pure-gold comments have been some great questions, too, the most popular being, “Where in the {read more…}

IKEA Side Table Hack: Such Great Heights

IKEA Hack: Hol Side Table

They will see us waving from such great heights.  “Come down now,” they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away.  “Come down now,” but we’ll stay. -“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service This is the anthem of our IKEA HOL side tables.  Because if you looked closely at the “before” and “after” photos of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover and you thought it looked like our side tables grew legs…you were spot on! The Origin {read more…}

Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial for the Nautically-Inclined

Nautical Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy Friday, friends!  So, the Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover series continues, but we’re going to take a little break from this talk of building and staining and pallet-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) to get a little crafty today.  This should be a fun tutorial for ye lovers of felt and all things nautical! So, as you may have noticed from our “before” and “after” photos, a significant part of the transformation involved our {read more…}

So You Want To Build a Pallet Headboard?

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What is it about reclaimed pallet boards pieced together that our eyes love so much?  Making order out of chaos?  The Japanese principle of Shizen: nature with purpose and intention. I see such beauty in the rough hewn boards…especially when they turn gray like driftwood.  Mark’s favorites are the ones with the criss-cross marks.  So, we made a headboard out of them.  It helps bring the “rustic” to our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover. “All {read more…}

How to Stain Wood with a HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer: Video Tutorial

How to Stain Wood with a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer: A VIDEO Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com.

You know the adage, “You can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the girl”? Well, it’s true.  I may call Florida my home now, buuuuut… I still crave a good hand-rolled bagel, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. I have an appreciation for public transportation and a special place in my heart for trains. I treat sidewalks like the highway.  Pass on the left. {read more…}