How to Make a Lampshade & Finial (Giddy up, Cowgirl) + Giveaway

I’m usually really good at saying no to impulse buys.

Well, except for when something is on clearance. If its on clearance and I love it, but have absolutely no need for it, its definitely coming home with me.

I have a fabric hoarding problem as well.

Its all just so pretty and colorful and pattern-ful. (That’s totally a word.)

And so when I saw this cowgirl fabric this past spring, I had to have it.

I also had no use for it whatsoever.

Until I found this gold lamp on clearance at Target.

And I didn’t have a use for it either.

But I bought it anyway.

And then I needed a shade.

And then Kiri from i like that lamp* sent me a lampshade kit.

And then I thought of the cowgirl fabric.

And then a cowgirl lampshade was born.

And then all was right in the world.

You can literally turn ANY fabric into a lampshade! Think of all the possibilities! How to Make a Lampshade & Finial via [Read more...]

The No Priming, No Topcoat, Way to Paint (Seriously, I’m not even kidding.)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Velvet Finishes. However, all opinions and hatred of priming are 100% mine.

Let’s be honest about a couple things:

1. I’m lazy on occasion.

2. I’m impatient.

How does this effect my furniture makeovers?

I hate having to prime a piece before I can put some glorious color on it.

Hate it. 

I need instant gratification.

Anyone else?

And when the color is finally on, I can barely wait to get the piece back in its place.

Oh, but wait….it needs a topcoat.

That means I have to wait more.

Did I mention I was impatient?

Did I also mention I found a solution for this problem?

Well, not a solution for being lazy and impatient, but a solution for the priming and top coating.

There is a way to paint that requires no priming and no top coating.


World altered. 

Gotta try this - would save so much time! The No Priming, No Topcoat, Way to Paint (Seriously, I'm not even kidding.) via
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IKEA Tarva Hack: Drink Bar + HomeRight Paint Sprayer Giveaway

This post is sponsored by HomeRight. However, all opinions and love of everything green is 100% mine.

**Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!**

If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember a month or so back when I posted this picture.

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HomeRight offered a challenge to their brand ambassadors.

They offered to send us one of the IKEA Tarva 3 drawer chests and then have at it – An IKEA Tarva Hack. 

There are three things I have never passed up in life:

1. A Good Challenge

2. Free Furniture

3. Cheap Beer

My fingers and toes and arms and legs were crossed in hopes that I would be one of the five chosen ambassadors drawn from a hat for this challenge.

And I was.

*Insert 7th grade girl squeal here, along with fist bumps.*

So what did I turn my chest into?

A drink bar.

A green one.

With pretty gold accents.

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Every Face Has a Story

This past week has been a whirlwind of events - we took a short trip to the Smokies that was packed full of bumble bee kiddie rides, shopping, and fish – lots of them. I went to Nashville for a quick blogger meet-up, football game on Friday night, and it all concluded this weekend with a tailgate party before the UT vs. UTC game in Knoxville with some of our friends family.

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To say it was a crazy busy week is an understatement.

But we loved every minute of it.

As we were shooting the breeze while tailgating, I saw Mickey, the man of questionable honor’s dad sitting alone just taking it all in.

I walked over and he said, “I never knew you were married before, but that doesn’t make me think any different of you.” This had just come up in a previous conversation.

Of course, the first thing I said was, there’s no way we’ve known each other this long and the man of questionable honor hasn’t told you that – he lives to tell people that. I mean, this is the guy that begged me to have a “2″ embroidered on my wedding dress.

We chatted about that part of my life for a little while, then he said one of the most simple, yet full of knock-you-on-your-ass-wisdom I’ve ever heard.

“Every Face Has a Story.”

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Stenciled Pillows (The Easiest Way) + A Giveaway

As I have said before, I am usually a little leary of stencils – I’m always worried the paint will leak through the stencil edges and create one hot mess.

Its happened before.

And stenciling pillows with an intricate design? I wouldn’t have even dreamed of trying it.

But, Paint-A-Pillow contacted me a while back and asked if I would try this new stenciled pillow kit they have. I decided, why not?

Shockingly, these stenciled pillows turned out fabulously.

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14 Classic Black and White DIY Projects for Any Space

I love color. I love kelly green and navy blue and red. And I love black and white. Why? Because it goes with kelly green and navy blue and red. Oh, and also pink and orange and purple and any other color under the sun….These 14 black and white diy projects can be worked into any space.

Kate Spade Black & White Photo Frame Knock-Off

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5 Easy Steps to Decorating a Bedroom {The Freak Way}

Let’s talk about the boudoir today, shall we?

What are your thoughts on decorating it? Easy? Hard? Somewhere in the middle?

Our first bedroom makeover was definitely harder for me. Or I should say, it just didn’t come together as easily as other makeovers have. That could probably be why I changed it a little more than a year later.

Since then, I’ve figured out how to decorate a bedroom in five easy steps.

Of course, this the “Jenna” way of decorating a bedroom – most definitely not the official way – but I fly my own freak flag.

Proceed with caution.

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