Strawberry Candies

Cadillacs and Strawberry Candy

The seat stretched as far as the eye could see. As far as my five year old eye could see.  And when I plopped down, the seat sunk so far down, I could barely see out the window. And the smell. The smell.  Its not a smell I can describe. Its just a smell I know will hit me as soon as I open the door - even 25 years later, it still smells the same. Its leather...leather mixed with something I can't quite put my finger on. But the smell always brings her back. Sometimes when that car is nearby, I get in the passenger seat. Turn on old … [Read more...]

Black and White Vintage Cart Makeover

Love the crisp, clean lines. Simple Black and White Cart Makeover

If you missed the tutorial for this vintage cart makeover on the FrogTape blog a couple weeks ago, its your lucky day. Totally feels like you won the lottery, right?  I just knew you'd be excited. I tend to hoard these old metal carts. I can't get enough of them. I've picked them up in thrift stores, the side of the road and taken them from family friends who were ready to toss them. The latter is how this cart came into my possession. Don't you just love friends who give you their junk?  When the cart came to me, it was dirty and a … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #2

Questionable Morals

Dudes.  You totally rocked my world last Friday with your awesome response to Freak Show Friday. I am so glad you like the series. We are going to have so much fun.  Since last Friday, the following has occurred... The kid pooped in the bathtub. source Or maybe you pooped... Yep. Not even kidding. First time its happened. I thought we were past that threat. I was wrong.  Just note that when your kid says "Mommy, I poot." a few times, those poots may just turn into a poop. Fun times.  On a prettier note, I did a blog consult with … [Read more...]

11 Colorful Furniture Makeovers

Go bold or go home with these colorful makeovers! 11 Colorful Furniture Makeovers

As we all know, I can't get enough color. In my opinion, too much color is always a good thing. I've never met a bold kelly green or a pop of coral I couldn't help but smile at. And if you can't smile at these bright spring colors that are popping up, then honey, you ain't livin' right. Here are some of my own favorite colorful furniture makeovers. 11 Colorful Furniture Makeovers Glamorous Dresser Makeover Yes, my darling, you. are. glamorous. Literally. That's the name of the paint. Orange, Black and White Chair Makeovers I'm … [Read more...]

Spring Home Tour: Design Ideas for Small Budgets + Giveaway

Great and Realistic Design Ideas for Small Budgets: Home Tour

**Don't miss the giveaway at the end!** You guys. You guys. No really, you guys. So much has changed since the last time I did a full home tour. Especially my living room. And my kitchen. I'm almost pee-my-pants excited to show you. And now that I think about the things that have changed in the past two months, I realize I have no clue how it all got done and that I must be insane. Oh wait, we already knew that. Even though, I know you've already seen the entryway, let's start there since its still new-ish. Entryway Makeover / DIY … [Read more...]

How to Make Colored Stain

This is so cool and you can really make any color you want! How to Make Colored Stain

After the amazing-out-of-this-world-discovery-that-changes-everything a few weeks ago (when I found out how to make glazes in any color - ok. maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. Just a little bit though.) I wanted to see if it would work as a stain too - on unfinished wood. It did... So now you will not only know how to make glazes in any color, but you'll know how to make colored stain too. I KNOW. AMAZING. How to Make Colored Stain What you need:  Velvet Finishes Enhance Clear Glaze Velvet Finishes Colour of Your … [Read more...]

Freak Show Friday #1

On a Mission To Have a Good Time

Everyday I discover something really awesome. I show it to Grunt Labor and it doesn't interest him at all. Possibly because its something 100% female related, but ya know, he could humor me at least. The last time I showed him something like this, it occurred to me that I should be showing you. A light bulb moment ensued and Freak Show Friday was born. What is Freak Show Friday? I'm so glad you asked. Every Friday, unless the circus has successfully annihilated me, Freak Show Friday will highlight some of my favorite things.  I may … [Read more...]

11 Accent Chairs for $100 or LESS

Great chairs at awesome prices - something here for work for any style! 11 Accent Chairs for $100 or LESS

*Affiliate links may be contained in this post. I love a good accent chair. They look great flanking buffets. They can moonlight as dining chairs. They make pretty vignettes. But most importantly - they can provide that much needed extra seating for larger gatherings. All those reasons are exactly why I'm a chair hoarder...well, and just because they're pretty. Here are my favorite accent chairs for $100 or less...yep, a hundred bucks or less. 11 Accent Chairs for $100 or Less These accent chairs can easily double as dining … [Read more...]

How I Clean My Entire Kitchen With One Single Thing

Almost too good to be true! How I Clean My Kitchen with one single thing...

Let me be the first to say that I am not a great house cleaner. If you've been around here long enough, I'm sure you could have easily guessed that one. Its not that I'm a bad house house cleaner, its just that I don't do it often enough. We don't have week old food laying out on the kitchen counter or anything, but most days its questionable as to what the sticky substance on the countertop might be. I'm just keeping it real, y'all.  However, when I do get around to cleaning - like I did yesterday so that I could take photos for an … [Read more...]

My Decorating Secret, Part 1: Forget the Plan

My Decorating Secret! You won't believe how simple it is!

Today, I'm going to tell you something I've never told you before. Its not mind-blowing. Its not life-altering. Many real interior designers may roll their eyes if they read what I'm about to tell you. That's ok. I ain't skeered. Today, I'm going to tell you my decorating secret. Are you ready? My decorating secret is... Forget the plan.  Do it as you go. Seriously. Don't try to come up with some elaborate bedroom makeover that includes everything from the wall paint to the bed linens to the brass accessories. Forget the … [Read more...]

How to Make Furniture Glaze in ANY Color

Nothing is safe now! You can make any color of furniture glaze - and its so easy! How to make furniture glaze in any color

Up until last October, I wasn't a big glazed furniture kind of gal. Glazed donut kind of gal...abso-freakin-lutely....glazed furniture...not so much.  But then this happened. That would be the IKEA Tarva drink bar that I used Baroque and Enhance Dark Glaze on. At that point, dark glaze and I started to become friends. We experimented. We plotted makeovers. We worked together on a dresser... That's the glamorous dresser.... Dark glaze and I were skipping happily along off into the sunset.... And then I met clear glaze.... And … [Read more...]

The moment you catch yourself living the life you actually thought you would: My Blogging Story

My Blogging Story

Fifteen years ago, I was painting stars on my bedroom walls at 2 a.m. I was attempting to turn my closet into an office area after seeing Christopher Lowell do it on television. I was draping sheets and blankets over cardboard boxes to create end tables and nightstands. I knew one thing for certain then. I wanted to be an interior designer when I grew up. Three years later, I had out-of-state college applications filled out and my intended major checked as "Interior Design." But I never sent them in.  I didn't chase those … [Read more...]

Best of the Nest Features and a little news…

Right Up My Alley: Reupholstered Sofa

Y'all this has been another whirlwind of a week. My kitchen is getting a makeover. Yep. As Grunt Labor said, "Only you would do an overhaul on a kitchen that was just in Better Homes and Gardens less than six months ago." I can't wait to show you guys though - it looks awesome already. Kellie, the creator of Velvet Finishes, brought in her crew and we have all worked together on it and filmed the process! Its just so dang exciting. Enough about my kitchen though, let's talk about these awesome features from the Best of the Nest party that I … [Read more...]

5 Small Decorating Changes with BIG Impact

Easy and inexpensive ideas to switch up your decor! Small Decorating Changes with BIG Impact

I couldn't part with it. I knew it didn't work well in the entryway, but I couldn't let it go. The table was the first piece of furniture Grunt Labor and I bought together. So instead of getting rid of it, I moved it. That was the first small decorating change that had a big impact. And then a snowball effect ensued of lots of small decorating changes with big impact. I heart snowball effects...in this case anyway. Small Decorating Changes with Big Impact 1. Move your furniture around.  That's exactly what I did with our … [Read more...]

Vintage Cart Makeover

Cart Makeover

As you all well know by this point, I am a hoarder. I admit it. I own it. And I won't quit it. I have a soft spot for those old metal carts. Because they can go from this... To this... Details of the how-to are on the FrogTape blog... You know you don't wanna miss any of this crazy. Sign up to get my posts delivered to your inbox here. Stalk Me Here: Bloglovin / Pinterest / Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / Instagram … [Read more...]

No, you cannot stop being a parent just because you brought your kid to the playground: Playground Rules for Parents

Put your phone down and pay attention to your kid. Playground Rules for Parents

I don't consider Rain on a Tin Roof a mommy blog. Not that there's anything wrong with mommy blogs at all, let's just face it, I'm not exactly your textbook mama. One of the kid's first words was shit - she even knew how to use it correctly. No, that is not something I'm proud of, and yes, I have broken her from it now and watch my mouth more in front of her. I also say things to her such as "Stop dancing on the table like a hooker." See. I'm not the textbook mama, and this is not a mommy blog, so I have no idea why I am stepping up … [Read more...]

Painting 101: Topcoats and when to use them

Lists lots of different topcoats, what to use each one on and how to do it. Painting 101: Topcoats and when to use them

The first few pieces of painted furniture I did, I had no idea what a topcoat was or that I was supposed to use them to seal and protect furniture. I quickly learned that if you paint a piece with a flat sheen of paint, you will eventually wind up with a bruised and scratched up piece of furniture - that ain't pretty. You live. You learn. And then get Luvs. Not really, those diapers were never great for us. It took a few more tries, but I finally realized the benefit of a topcoat and when to use one. Topcoats and When to Use … [Read more...]

Best of the Nest {Link Party}

Best of the Nest Link Party

Happy Happy Friday! Y'all, it has been crazy here this week - we have had snow all week and preschool only happened one day for just two hours.  I'll let you imagine just how crazy I am by this point - never has cheap beer been needed more. Needless to say, I'm glad its FriYAY! I was asked to be the guest host for the Best of the Nest monthly link party this month with Kris, Lisa, Jennifer, and Pam. I adore all of their blogs and styles, so I simply couldn't say no. Link up your favorite project from February or just browse through the … [Read more...]

A Closet Intervention

Closet Makeover: ClosetMaid Walnut Impressions

Disclosure: ClosetMaid provided me a closet kit to review. All opinions are 100% mine. In my mind, I have a closet that looks like this: source Its a walk-in, its bright, it has plenty of storage and room to grow. In reality, I had this:  All that can be called is one hot mess. And not even all of my clothes were in there. Needless to say, we needed a closet intervention.  And ClosetMaid volunteered. Now, we have this: Just so you get the full effect of the before and after, here's a side by side: Feel free to gawk as much as … [Read more...]

Top 10 Lamps Under $50…because I’m a lamp hoarder…

Great mix of styles! Top 10 Lamps Under $50

*Affiliate links may be contained in this post. That just means that if you click on one of those links, I will receive a small commission, but you won’t pay a dime more. Thanks for supporting my cheap beer habit. It seems I am more of a hoarder than I thought. Not only do I like to hoard accent chairs and fabric, but I'm quickly discovering I'm a lamp hoarder as well.... Its such a hard problem to have. I know I can't have all of these lamps, but here are my top 10 lamps under $50...and only a couple reside in my house...and a couple more … [Read more...]

French Country Chair Modern Makeover

OMG. I'm in love. French Country Chair Modern Makeover

I've begun a new love affair. Grunt Labor doesn't mind a bit. Its more beautiful than I ever dreamed. Its with green. And black and white stripes. Really, its just with the green, black and white combination in general. I never considered the combination until my Enchanting green paint swatch accidentally fell on top of some black and white fabric and I was like... Oh My Gosh. Of course, I totally said that in the style of Usher's song. At that point, I did a walk-through of my house to determine which piece of furniture would be my … [Read more...]

10+ Kitchen Ideas for Decorating, Organizing, and Storage

Full of easy to do ideas that are pretty, but also functional. 10+ Kitchen Ideas: Decorating, Organizing, Storage

I am all about a pretty space. I'm also all about a real life space. The problem is that pretty + real life don't always work together. And real life tends to trump pretty everyday of the week. I always struggle with finding that happy balance between pretty and real life in the kitchen. Prime example: the chips will always live on top of the fridge. No, its not pretty, but that's where we expect them to be, so that's where they will always be come hell or high water unless we magically get more pantry or cabinet space...which I won't hold … [Read more...]