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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

“Sew Easy” Turban Headband: Video Tutorial

"Sew Easy" Turban Headband: This video tutorial walks you through every step, making it a fun and easy beginner sewist project! Love how versatile these headbands are...and what great gifts they'd make!

Welcome back to Scarf Week!  Can you believe we’re on our final day of tutorials?  Me neither!  What a fun and wild ride it has been. Welp, we’re changing things up today, friends.  Yes, we are!  After three no-sew scarves (1, 2, 3), I decided to throw in one with some sewing…but don’t get all verklempt!  It’s a fantastic project for beginners (like myself!) since it involves just three straight-ish stitches. In fact, I’d go so {read more…}

Stamped “Word Search” Scarf: Video Tutorial

With a stamped "Word Search" scarf or bandana, you can create a gift of great significance for any person of any age In this video tutorial, learn how to transform any acrylic paint into fabric paint; and pick up a handy dandy method for stamping straight(ish) lines on a square scarf. Happy Scarf Week!

Of the four scarf tutorials I’m sharing during Scarf Week this week, this one started in a completely different part of my brain than it ended up (ah, the creative process…).  Does that happen to you, too?  But the scarf I ended up creating was far better and far more meaningful than any of my initial ideas.  And it allowed me to shower some belated anniversary love upon my hubby because this scarf was stamped just for him.  (Awwwwww.) I {read more…}

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a chic infinity scarf. The video tutorial will walk you through every step in the process. This is one of those rare projects that really only takes 15 minutes. On your first try!

Well, I’m on a kick with the infinity t-shirt scarves, it seems…because this is my second one in two days.  I guess I’m just too lazy to make a craft store run when I can just raid my closet for supplies. Have t-shirt?  Will-upcycle-it-into-a-scarf.  A No-Sew T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf…to be exact. Oh, and you know how involved my craft projects usually are?  Well, I’m going to blow your minds, friends, because this one only {read more…}

10 Lessons I Learned from Planning My Own Wedding

10 Lessons I Learned From Planning My Own Wedding. Hindsight is 20/20, right? So, if you can learn from my mistakes and takeaway from my tips, my hope is that you'll be able to truly enjoy the planning process and remember with fondness your special day.

Today marks a year and 12 days since I first kicked off Our DIY Wedding Series. We’ve already established that I’m a perfectionist…and of course, I had initially planned to share this grand finale post on our five-year-wedding anniversary 12 days ago on July 18th.  But when you’re in the midst of directing a musical about grace, it turns out you’re more likely to give yourself grace.  And so I did.  And here we are.  One year and {read more…}

Table Transformation with Custom Blue Chalk Paint

Custom Blue Chalk Paint Table

I have a very special gal to introduce to you all today.  Ever since our first email correspondence, I felt like we had been friends since girl-hood.  Bre is the queen of furniture transformations, and guess what?  She has an outrageously awesome one to share with you all today involving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  After this inspiring post, working with chalk paint is first on my TO DIY list!  Take it away, Bre…. *     {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…}

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

I think it’s easy for bloggers to come across as leading picture perfect lives, when that is so far from the truth.  In fact, the past 7 months have been more trying for me than I like to admit…even to myself. But today, I want to talk about it–about my struggle to achieve more balance in my life–and the small triumph I’ve experienced recently.  My hope is that my story might be an encouragement to you, dear reader. It {read more…}

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony & The Art of Being Present

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony via thinkingcloset.com. Snapshots, music playlist, DIY wedding tips, and the art of being present. Great read for all brides-to-be!

Do you hear those wedding bells chime?  Here’s the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series. To start at the beginning, click here. As Mark and I near our 5th wedding anniversary (coming this July!), I thought it was high time I picked back up with Our DIY Wedding series.  We’re so close to the grand finale, after all!  To recap: We planned the wedding without Pinterest! We sent messages in bottles to our wedding party. We found a wedding {read more…}

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover: easy and entertaining tutorial by Lauren from thinkingcloset.com

Wanna transform some plain canvas shoes from Target into retro-fab kicks, and then break them in by traipsing all over St. Augustine, Florida with me?  Oh, goodie because that is exactly what I have on the docket for us today! I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I would have never dared to tackle today’s project if it hadn’t been for Allison over at Dream a Little Bigger. Do you know Allison?  If not, {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…}

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…}

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Silhouette Stamping & Special Promotion

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Stamping with your Silhouette! {So you can learn from my mistakes.} via thinkingcloset.com

G’day, mates!  I hope your Friday is off to a fantastic start. Since I don’t want to enrage the northerners, I won’t mention what gorgeous weather we’ve been having down here in Orlando.  Won’t do it!  Nope.  I won’t even share an Instagram photo of my cousin, husband, and I on a scenic boat cruise this past Wednesday.  Where we didn’t need to wear jackets.  And even got a little sun-kissed.  Because that would be cruel {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…}

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame via thinkingcloset.com.

So, first of all, let’s just pause for a moment to talk about the fact that you all rocked my metaphorical socks off last week when we shared the Grand Reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover.  I guess I’ve been building it up for so long, I started to doubt myself in the final hour.  I’ve never done a total room makeover before, let alone shared it with blogland.  Before clicking publish, I {read more…}

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime!

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime! via thinkingcloset.com

I have been truly amazed by the overwhelming response to my 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights Gift.  Since that post went live last Tuesday, the FREE printable has been downloaded a whopping 1393 times!  That’s a lot of date nights.  Which is super duper exciting. And it got me thinking…for those of you plotting out your 12 months of date nights, I’d love to offer some inspiration for you. Because I believe in dating {read more…}

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert!

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert Mess-Maker! via thinkingcloset.com

I’m sorry, but today, you will not be getting pretty blog photos.  In fact, all of the clutter and trash and mayhem I work so hard to crop out of my photos are the subject of my photos today.  And none of them are Pinterest-worthy. {Gasp!}  Why? Well, one of my ongoing goals here at The Thinking Closet is to keep it real with you all, and that means sharing behind the scenes glimpses at what really goes {read more…}

10 MORE Tips for Bloggers…One Year Later

Ten MORE Tips for Bloggers

A year ago today, I hit “publish” on my post, 10 Tips for New Bloggers…From a New Blogger. In some ways, it felt strange to be offering up tips on blogging when I had only been in the game for two months.  That’s why I needed to make things clear in my title.  (“I’m still new at this, people!”) But in other ways, it felt right. For one, I’m the sort of person who processes things {read more…}