Glamorous Dresser Makeover and a Velvet Finishes GIVEAWAY

Gorgeous rich color! And no priming required with this paint! Glamorous Dresser Makeover

**Don't miss the giveaway at the end!** Have I told you that my dad claims the title of "Rain on a Tin Roof Middle Tennessee Marketing Manager?" I'm not kidding.  He even signs his emails to me that way. And he hangs my business cards at the post office. And tells all his friends about me. And the people he works with. I'm sure they loathe me by now. One of his co-workers, Shannon, (who is forced to work right beside him - poor girl), offered me a dresser she had in her garage. Thanks, Shannon! Seeing as I never turn down free … [Read more...]

The Radio and Ghosts

The Radio and Ghosts

I believe in ghosts. If Grunt Labor is reading this, he just rolled his eyes. He hates it when I talk about ghosts. And the radio. When I moved into my great grandfather's house, his antique radio eventually followed me. It sat just outside the bedroom and late at night as I was trying to fall asleep, I would hear it. Music. Old music. Music I'd never heard before. And even though the radio hadn't worked in years, I knew Hey Bud was making it play. It didn't scare me. It didn't make me think I was crazy.  In my life that was … [Read more...]

The Man Cave: Built-Ins Makeover

Wow! Big change - love the black on black. Man Cave Makeover: The Built-Ins

He's waited almost four years. He thought it was going to happen in the winter of 2011 after I got knocked up. We tore down paneling, had drywall and carpet put in, and added moldings. We successfully made it less scary - and then moved onto the kid's nursery. And the man cave became a dumping ground. It was a waste of space. And I hate wasted spaces. That's one reason I don't like vaulted ceilings because I think they waste too much space, but that's another blog post, now isn't it? Finally, Grunt Labor is getting his man cave. One … [Read more...]

DIY Snake Bud Vase (Snake Haters, Avert Your Eyes)

Made from a $1 rubber snake! DIY Snake Bud Vase

I knew there would be many of you that would hate it. The Golden Snake Bowl. That was fine with me. Because I love it.  And even if you did hate it, you totally have to give me an A+ for creativity. I mean, I took a rubber snake and made it into a bowl.  That has to count for something. While I was melting snakes into bowls, I also melted one into a bud vase. You read right - a Snake Bud Vase. Its totally fine - I get it if you don't like this one either, but I still get an A+ for creativity. Possibly an A+ for playing with toy … [Read more...]

How To Get Pet Stains and Odors Out of Your Carpet without Chemicals

Super easy way to get rid of that nasty smell! How To Get Pet Stains and Odors Out of Your Carpet without Chemicals

I am not a dog person. I'm not really a pet person at all. Some of you may have just decided to unsubscribe from my blog. I fully understand that not being very fond of pets, especially dogs, is considered to most very un-American. You see, I was always skiddish around them when I was a kid - like even a small kid when you are supposed to love all cute and cuddly things. I'm past the skiddish part, but I cannot stand to be licked by a dog or have it up in my face. And they smell. They totally have the smelliest farts in the history of … [Read more...]

Painting 101: Why is my paint peeling? Tips and tricks to keep paint from peeling and scratching off your furniture.

The basics and tips and tricks to keep your painted furniture from peeling and scratching. Why is my paint peeling?

If you read the longest blog post in history (a.k.a. the reader survey results), you know that there were some questions about furniture painting - what finish to use, why is the paint peeling, etc. Since I am a woman for the people and cannot let my people down, I decided to start a little Painting 101 series with basic tips and tricks for painting furniture. The first thing we are going to chat about is: Why is my paint peeling? Tips and tricks to keep paint from peeling and scratching off your furniture.  Usually the reason paint … [Read more...]

Survey Says…and your burning questions answered

Thank You

The winner of the $50 gift card from taking the survey was survey taker #47 - sandyz0047 - please be sure to check your email! Fair warning: this is a long one - grab coffee, Cherry Coke, or cheap beer. As soon as I started reading all your fantastic responses to the reader survey I asked you to take last month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Make a video.  It would be like a little fireside chat between me and my people.  So yesterday, after dropping off the kid at preschool (praise Jesus, its back in session), I came home, … [Read more...]

Color Coded Organization

This is such an easy organizing idea and it holds family members accountable for their mess! Color Coded Organization

Let's get one thing clear. I am not an organization guru. Heck, I'm not really a guru of any sorts. I just fly my freak flag and do what works. I have my own weird methods for organizing and storing stuff. For example, the kid has three different boxes in her room for small toys. One holds things that could potentially be living: plastic dinosaurs, My Little Ponies, Smurf figurines, Little People, California Raisin figurines, etc. I don't know where I come up with this stuff either. Or why I consider Smurfs and California Raisins to be … [Read more...]

That time I went in the whorehouse… (Must Do’s in New Orleans)

Amazing city full of fun! Must Do's in New Orleans

Everyone should have a great love affair with a city.  A love affair that rivals Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak's in Breakfast at Tiffany's - its passionate and crazy and always leaves you guessing. Mine is with New Orleans.  A city full of debauchery, excitement, and thrill. And let's be honest, booze - lots of booze. I hate to put a cliche to it, but you truly never know what's going to happen when you're there. My love affair with New Orleans began when I was 13. My father took my brother and I to the French Quarter. We went in … [Read more...]

15 Days to a Clutter-Free Home…And Some Extra Cash

A real life guide to banishing clutter in your house! 15 Days to a Clutter-Free Home and some extra cash...

Every year, usually a day or two after Christmas, something very liberating happens at our house. No bra burning. No marches on the courthouse lawn. We purge. I go through every nook and cranny of this house and I get rid of stuff. Lots of stuff. And it feels so good.  And then after I've went through every nook and cranny, I start selling all that stuff. And I make a little money. And that feels damn good.  This year, I wanted you to get in on the excitement of purging and finding money, so I whipped up this little printable to share … [Read more...]

Power Tools 101: How to Use a Miter Saw

The basics - exactly what it can do and how to do it. Power Tools 101 - How to Use a Miter Saw

Its time for another empowering round of Power Tools 101. In this round, I'm going to go over the basics of a miter saw, probably my favorite kind of saw, and Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage is going to teach you how to use a table saw, which happens to be my least favorite saw. Didn't that work out nicely? How to Use a Miter Saw First off, what's a miter saw? Why, I am just so darn glad you asked. In short, a miter saw is a saw that allows you to cut at a variety of angles. Its base sits on top of a table or workbench, unlike … [Read more...]

DIY Marble Top Table for $30 or less

Chic and small, but functional! DIY Marble Top Table via

This one will be as short and sweet as possible, friends. The flu has struck our house and its first victim is me. I love marble. Have I told you that before? I mean, I'm sure its apparent by looking at my bathroom. I also love little side tables that can be moved around as needed to hold drinks and what not. And I love a classic black - paired with gold. The three loves combined in this DIY Marble Top Table. I came up with this idea, but I have to give Grunt Labor credit for building it. Preschool is out until after the first of the year, … [Read more...]

What You Loved and What You Hated from 2014

Best DIY Projects of 2014 via

First off, I hope you and your families had an amazing, amazing Christmas. We probably had the best Christmas to date around here. :) Now, I won't lie. 2014. It. Was. Stellar. Things happened this year that made my jaw drop, tears come to my eyes, left me in awe, and had me running for the cheap beer drawer. I hope it was the same for you. Of course, one of those moments was when Better Homes & Gardens featured our kitchen in their magazine. That was, even though its a total cliche, a dream come true. And as amazing as that was, … [Read more...]

6 Creative and Easy Ways to Document Memories

AWESOME ways to remember stuff! And super easy and cheap! 6 Creative and Easy Ways to Document Memories via

When the kid started talking, she would answer "Sure" instead of "Yes." Example: Kid (screaming): "Emonade, emonade, emonade!" Me (about to lose my sh*t): "Would you like some lemonade?!" Kid (very nonchalantly, as if she wasn't just screaming for it: "Sure." She now says "Yes" more than "Sure," which I know is the way things are supposed to go, but it does make me just a little sad. My point is, I'm always terrified I will forget those little things. I'm also worried about forgetting Grunt Labor's ways of saying I Love You, like "You're … [Read more...]

How to Cover Old Hardware Holes

Banish that old centered hardware! So easy to do! How to Cover Old Hardware Holes via

Apparently, its hardware themed week here. On Monday, it was how to restore your hardware in five minutes and today its how to cover old hardware holes. I didn't realize that when I was flying by the stick of my broom planned out my posts. After my kitchen was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, there were a few new people who came over and asked how I covered the old hardware holes that were in the center of my cabinets. I've filled holes in furniture so many times now, I often forget I should actually tell you how I do it. I actually … [Read more...]

Improving My Coolness with Gifts (Bribery, perhaps?)

Gift Smart with Holiday Gifts

I thought headphones made their exit in 1999. I was wrong.  I vividly remember sitting in front of my aunt and uncle's entertainment center plugging in their ginormous headphones to jam to a little Time, Love, and Tenderness before Beverly Hills 90210 came on. That was the early 90's. I thought for sure headphones were replaced by ear buds as the new millennium emerged. I mean, we did think the world would end at midnight on December 31, 1999. Surely, headphones would be replaced by a sleeker alternative. Apparently, headphones have … [Read more...]

Tell Me What You Think, What You Really Really Think: Reader Survey + Giveaway

Take the survey!

Yes, the title was totally a reference to The Spice Girls Wannabe song. I'm certain I could hold an entire conversation in song lyrics if it didn't make me look like a complete dork. Ok y'all, here's the deal. I want to know what you think. I want you to let me have it - tell me what you hate, what you love, what you want to read more of, less of, tell me ANYTHING! Seriously, don't hold back. Well, I don't want to hear about that funky wart growing on your big toe, but other than that, fire away. I've created a survey that I would love … [Read more...]

How to Restore Hardware in 5 Minutes (No painting, no wax!)

AMAZING! How to Restore Hardware in 5 Minutes (No painting, no wax!) via

I am kicking myself, y'all. Kicking myself.  I've spray painted and Rub 'N Buffed so many pulls and knobs over the years - I had no idea how to clean them. Don't get me wrong - there are sometimes when you want a bold colored knob, but sometimes I just want that hardware restored to its former glory. I had no clue how to restore hardware to its former glory though. Until a few weeks ago. First off, thank you to Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles for sharing this product when she cleaned up some silver trays. She's just awesome, … [Read more...]

Red, Green and Navy Christmas Home Tour: Part Two

Full of simple and cute ideas that anyone can do! Red, Green and Navy Christmas Home Tour via

After telling you lies in round one of my Christmas home tour yesterday, I thought today I would tell you a story. If you are a regular here, you know I love stories and have lots of them. If you are new here and hopping over from Lindsay's place (she's the brainchild behind Blogger Stylin' Home Tours), The White Buffalo Styling Co., or from Just a Girl, welcome. I hope you like stories too. Be sure to visit everyone else in the Christmas home tours at the end of this post! Every Christmas, when its time to wrap gifts, I go downstairs. Where … [Read more...]

Red, Green, and Navy Christmas Home Tour Part 1 (This is the post where I lie to you.)

Easy and budget friendly ideas that anyone can do! Red, Green & Navy Christmas Home Tour with simple ideas... via

This is the post when I'm supposed to lie to you. When I don't tell you that I went with red, green, and navy Christmas decorations because they worked so well with the decor in the rest of my house. When I'm supposed to act like I really cozy up in the adirondack chair outside.... When its 30 degrees out. Of course I do, don't you? Psssshhhh... And that I just leave Christmas presents on my porch. For anyone to just walk by and grab. And I'm not supposed to tell you about how I utterly failed at a new … [Read more...]

Clean that Disgustingly Gross Shower with One Single Tool

GROSS, but very interesting! Clean that Disgustingly Gross Shower with One Single Tool via

Apparently, I have no shame. None. At. All. Because first I showed you just how dusty, dirty, and messy my house was and now I'm showing you just how disgusting Grunt Labor's shower is was. To be honest, we had both lost all hope for this shower. Since we moved into the beloved foreclosure, its always been in pretty rough shape. I have scrubbed it with every cleaner and scrub brush known to man and it would remove the surface gunk, but not much else. I thought it was just permanently gross. I was wrong.   It took one single tool to clean … [Read more...]

A Grammy Themed Christmas Tree for Lauren

If you love music, this is the tree for you!! A Grammy Themed Christmas Tree via

I know what you are thinking. You are wondering why the girl who throws stuffed animals, barbies, G.I. Joes, glasses, and shoes on her Christmas tree is posting about a Grammy Themed Christmas tree - one that is color coordinated with not a stuffed animal in sight. A few months back, Dana & Nancy from Forest Home Media in Nashville contacted me. They wanted me to decorate a tree in the theme of a child's wish - a child that is braver than I ever could be, fighting for their life. Afterwards, the tree would be auctioned off and … [Read more...]