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…}

Amy Butler Origami Bags: Story of a Crafternoon

Amy Butler Origami Bags | Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration from thinkingcloset.com

Do you ever get together with your friends just to craft?  Tackle DIY projects with your better half?  Bake cookies with your kids? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, high five! If you answered no, then I urge you to try it sometime.  You see, not only is it fun, but I find I am so much more creative when I can glean inspiration from the people around me.  And just {read more…}

5 Tips for a Successful Wedding Photo Shoot

How to Have a Successful Wedding Shoot: 5 Tips for the Bride & Groom via thinkingcloset.com

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series!  To start at the beginning, click here. Okay, we’re finally here: it’s July 18th, 2009 – – our wedding day! Mark and I went unconventional and decided to take our wedding portraits before the wedding.  Because our reception would immediately follow the ceremony in the very same space, we didn’t want to miss out on an hour of our reception in order to take photos.  So, an hour-and-a-half {read more…}

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & D.I.Y. Pedestals using supplies from...wait for it...Dollar Tree! Crazy, right? via thinkingcloset.com

Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg.  Take faux pumpkins, for example.  I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now.  You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast!  So, I held out for that deal {read more…}

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome... Help Find Affordable Lodging. via thinkingcloset.com

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series!  To start at the beginning, click here. When Mark and I were planning our wedding back in 2009, one of the things we were most excited about (besides getting hitched, of course), was the fact that all of our nearest and dearest would be gathered together in the same place at the same time. That.  felt.  epic. I mean, when else in life does that happen?  Besides at {read more…}

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It by The Thinking Closet

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series.  To start at the beginning, click here. When it came to wedding dress shopping, I broke a cardinal rule: I tried on dresses outside of my budget.  {Gasp!}  I know, I know.  I should have known better! But you see, I was running out of time and energy.  I had already visited wedding dress shops in three different states and tried on so many dresses, that {read more…}

Handmade Gift Tags with Silhouette Stamping Material & Giveaway!

Handmade Gift Tags using Silhouette Stamping Material via The Thinking Closet

When Silhouette released word of their new line of products this July, everyone was all a’buzz about the Stamping Starter Kit.  I mean, the ability to cut your own custom stamps on your Silhouette machine…it almost seems too good to be true.  And then, you watch the Stamping 102 video by Silhouette America on YouTube and your jaw hits the floor (skip to 6:03 for the actual cutting and stamping): Out-of-this-world-amazing, right?! So, of course, I {read more…}

The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009

The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009 & How You Can Learn From My Mistakes. Brought to you by The Thinking Closet.

And so continues Our DIY Wedding series!  Click here to start at the beginning. Today I have for you all a cautionary tale of a DIY project gone terribly terribly wrong.  This tale is set in spring of 2009, just a few month before our wedding on the seashore.  I give to you my inner monologue: “Invitations: they can’t be that difficult to do yourself.  Plenty of budget-savvy brides design and print their own invitations {read more…}

7 Tips for Finding A Wedding Venue

7 Tips for Finding the Best Wedding Venue for YOU!

Welcome to Part 3 of Our DIY Wedding series.  To start at the beginning, click here. Today, we’re going to be talking about that oh-so-fun process of hunting down a wedding venue.  Now, I’m going to tell you right off the bat that there’s no “perfect” wedding venue.  We ended up having our wedding at a very different venue than any of us first imagined, but it ended up being even better than our plan {read more…}

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger’s Block

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger's Block by The Thinking Closet

Hi, friends!  This post is coming at you live from Hot-lanta, Georgia where I am attending Haven, my first ever blog conference! Wow, wow, wow.  I already have so much to tell you, and so far, we’ve only had registration, a cocktail party, and dinner…but it is truly incredible to connect with so many fantastic d.i.y. bloggers in one place.  In fact, it’s kind of surreal meeting people whose face you know so well from {read more…}