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Romantic Curtain String Lights Backdrop for a Friend’s Proposal!!
March 22, 2017

Romantic Curtain String Lights Backdrop for a Friend’s Proposal!!

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Well, this past week highlighted a huge milestone in a friend's life: his proposal! He courted his girlfriend for the past 9 years (that's almost a decade, folks), so when he asked me to help decorate for the second best day of their lives, I was delighted! The plan was for the guy to somehow make his unsuspecting girlfriend stumble upon one of the rooms in our church. Once she came in, he would sing and play the piano to her and then pop the question! The problem was that the room we were working with was very, very big and it would be a huge undertaking and a design challenge to decorate the whole room.
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How to Install a Pendant Light Fixture (and Swag It)
March 14, 2017

How to Install a Pendant Light Fixture (and Swag It)

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Doesn't the term "hard-wiring" scare you? It definitely scared me. I had NEVER IN MY LIFE handled electric wires before this project and neither had my husband. I thought all you had to do was somehow screw in the light fixture and there would be light! But after doing it ourselves, turns out hard-wiring is not that hard (pun intended)! We had a simple-as-can-be, builder-grade flush mount light fixture above our dining table. It wasn't that bright and didn't feel like it fit the rest of our decor, so it was time to go. Between the Min and me, it took about 3 hours to replace the flush mount with a lovely pendant chandelier, but we feel like experts now! I doubt it would take more than 30 minutes next time. Hopefully, with these instructions, it won't take you that long either!
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How to Learn Any New Hobby in 3 Simple Steps + FREE Worksheet
March 11, 2017

How to Learn Any New Hobby in 3 Simple Steps + FREE Worksheet

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Have you ever wanted to learn a new hobby but wasn’t sure where to start? Perhaps you felt unsure whether or not you’ll ever become good at it? For the first time since I started blogging, I won’t be featuring a tutorial or reveal. Instead, I wanted to take a step back and address some of you who are intrigued but doubting your ability to do the various projects on my blog for yourself. Doing DIY and craft projects certainly requires a variety of skills, but trust me, you don’t need to be a pro handyman to start! In this post, I want to prove that to you. My Story Always ... Read More
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$2 Thrifty Makeover – Farmhouse White Distressed Candle Sconce
March 6, 2017

$2 Thrifty Makeover – Farmhouse White Distressed Candle Sconce

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Who doesn’t love a project that costs almost nothing? No one! I came across these candle wall sconces at the local thrift store here in Charlotte for $0.99 each! That’s less than $2 for two well-built (albeit, old), solid wood pieces. Of course, I could not just pass it by! Anyone that knows me knows that I have a thing for candles (I make soy candles all the time – see the red velvet cupcake candles I made for this Valentines Day) and I have a thing for wood. Plus, recently I have been searching for something to paint and distressed to satisfy my inner Joanna Gaines. So, what a ... Read More
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The Fastest Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with the Best Results – 4 days, Less than $200
February 27, 2017

The Fastest Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with the Best Results – 4 days, Less than $200

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Have you ever held back from starting a project because you’re just daunted by the sheer amount of work it would take? Yeah, that’s how I felt about painting our kitchen cabinets. Every time I was in the kitchen, I would make a mental note of how good it would look if we painted our cabinets white. Yet, for over a year, I never got around to starting it because of all the work that would be required. In every blog I read about painting kitchen cabinets, people would be saying things like, “Yay! we completed our makeover in TEN DAYS!” or “It only took us TWO WEEKS to finish this!” Um… yeah ... Read More
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Before and After Painting Kitchen Cabinets White – Reveal
February 20, 2017

Before and After Painting Kitchen Cabinets White – Reveal

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We finished painting our kitchen cabinets white about 2 weeks ago. I’ll be honest – I feel like I’m living in a model home whenever I walk into our kitchen! (I know, brag much?) This recent makeover allowed us to check off a whopping 3 out of the 7 things on my ultimate plan for our kitchen, which I shared a couple weeks ago. I am amazed at the difference that paint could make to brighten up the room. I couldn’t wait to share it with y’all. First, let me preface our reveal by telling you that Min and I are not patient individuals. We don’t like long projects, we are eager to ... Read More
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Transforming an awkward corner into the perfect Coffee Bar
February 13, 2017

Transforming an awkward corner into the perfect Coffee Bar

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Do you have that one spot in your house that is just awkward whatever you do with it? For Min and I, it was a corner in the living room behind the staircase. We initially considered making it into a gallery wall, but it was just too narrow and too inconspicuous a spot. Yet, when we didn’t put anything in it, it made the whole area look empty. I know, it’s so weird how that happens. Ya see, we have an open concept living area, where our kitchen, living room, dining area, and entrance is essentially one big room. It seems everybody nowadays wants this type of modern floor plan ... Read More
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Romantic Red Velvet Cupcake Soy Candles – FREE Printable Labels!
February 7, 2017

Romantic Red Velvet Cupcake Soy Candles – FREE Printable Labels!

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Every Christmas, I make soy candles in my favorite holiday scent for my closest family and friends. I love the fact that you can handmake something that people can use and enjoy for a long period of time. So ever since 2 years ago, candle making has become a Christmas tradition for Min and me. This year, while I was brainstorming ideas for Valentine's Day gifts, it hit me that making romantic candles could be meaningful too! A week ago, I found out that you can actually whip candle wax to look like cream, so I decided to make cupcake-like candles in the scent of my favorite Valentine's Day indulgence: red velvet!
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Top 10 White Modern Farmhouse Kitchens and Our Plans
February 3, 2017

Top 10 White Modern Farmhouse Kitchens and Our Plans

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The first episode of Fixer Upper that I ever saw changed me forever. I had seen certain home renovation shows that showcased astonishing before and after shots. However, none of them inspired me to actually get off my couch and start drilling, sawing, painting… you get the idea. Well, long story short, Chip and Joanna Gaines did exactly that. My favorite part of the show was always when they show renovated kitchen. More than anything, I loved Joanna’s use of the color white. I feel that white is the simplest but the most complex and essential color when it comes to the modern farmhouse style. It brings out other accent colors while ... Read More
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Cute DIY Chalkboard Picture Wall
January 28, 2017

Cute DIY Chalkboard Picture Wall

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I think kraft paper is to chalkboard as butter is to steak (I’m just craving a good steak at the moment :)) All jokes aside, I think the matte black of the chalkboard goes along so well with the rough look of kraft paper and the combination achieves an overall artistic, handcrafted vibe. For that reason, those were the materials that I instinctively reached for when I was asked to completely revamp an old bulletin board that houses pictures of newcomers for my church. This bulletin board is in the hallway connecting the main sanctuary to the gym/cafeteria so it would be seen by most if not all church members weekly. ... Read More
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