How to Build a Picnic Table out of a Barn Door + Giveaway

This is so cool - just add legs to an old barn door and you have an instant picnic table! How to Build a Picnic Table out of a Barn Door via

***Don't miss the giveaway at the end!*** Grunt Labor has lots of great project ideas. Some of those ideas are born out of sheer creativity and genius. Some of those ideas are born out of being annoyed by his wife's ongoing accumulation of junk prized possessions. This DIY picnic table made out of an old barn door was a combination of both Grunt Labor's genius and annoyance. … [Read more...]

Light Bulb Confessions

Incandescent vs LED Light Bulbs

I have to admit - I used to make fun of Grunt Labor. Because of his light bulb purchases. Well, I also made fun of him (and still do on occasion) because of his only chid syndrome, but that's another blog post. I have never really considered myself the "energy-efficient" type, so when Grunt Labor and I got together and he was spending more than $1 on light bulbs, I laughed a little. I used to be the person who left the water running while brushing my teeth. Who left the door open when I ran back out to the car to get … [Read more...]

Power Tools 101: How to Use a Drill

Great guide for the basics of using a drill and seeing what all it can do! Power Tools 101: How to Use a Drill via

About a month and a half back, I was chatting with Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage and attempting to bribe my child to be quiet with a popsicle so I could actually hear what Gina was telling me. I finally figured out we were troubleshooting what she should hang on a blank wall in her living room. One thing led to another and before we knew it, we were planning a Power Tools 101 series. Why? Because we're bad asses like that. And we are ADHD. Ok, that's not really the reason. The real reason is because we think that every woman (and all … [Read more...]

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

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

Gotta try this - would save so much time! The No Priming, No Topcoat, Way to Paint (Seriously, I'm not even kidding.) via

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 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 … [Read more...]

IKEA Tarva Hack: Drink Bar

IKEA Tarva Hack: Turn It Into a Drink Bar via

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

Every Face Has a Story

Every Face Has a Story via

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. 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 … [Read more...]

Stenciled Pillows (The Easiest Way) + A Giveaway

Stenciled Pillows (The Easiest Way) via

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. … [Read more...]

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

How to Decorate a Bedroom in 5 Easy Steps via

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 … [Read more...]

DIY Quote Art {Free Sex and the City & Dirty Dancing Printables}

DIY Quote Art {Free Sex and the City & Dirty Dancing Printables} via

If you know anything about me, its probably two things: 1. I like cheap beer. 2. I quote Sex and the City waaaay too much. Seriously guys, its impossible for me to count how many times I have quoted Carrie Bradshaw or any character from Sex and the City on this blog. And then there's all the times I've quoted it in real life - besides to my friends that live in the computer as Grunt Labor says.  In the ongoing group text message between myself, Grunt Labor, Nicky, and the Man of Questionable Honor, I know there were two days in a row where … [Read more...]

Ampersand Pumpkin (I may have lied to you…accidentally.)

Ampersand Pumpkin via #fallcrafts

I did it guys. I'm sorry, but I lied to you. I didn't mean to lie to you. It just happened. When I posted the 7 simple & frugal fall crafts, I said there probably wouldn't be many new fall crafts around here - if any. And then I decided I needed a green pumpkin...with an ampersand symbol. Before I knew it, I was in the driver's seat and my car was practically steering itself to Michael's. Story of my life. Hello Ampersand Pumpkin. … [Read more...]

Criss-Cross Accent Wall for $30 or Less

Criss-Cross Accent Wall for $30 or Less via #diy

 First off, the title of this post totally has me singing the Kriss Kross Jump song - you'll think me later for sharing that link. Other than Criss-Cross, I couldn't think of a better description for this wall though - besides of course amazingly-awesome-and-total-game-changer-for-my-dining-room. But that would have been a really long title. Now, in true "Jenna" fashion, I discovered how and how not to do this type of accent wall. I started out doing it one way and then ended up doing it another way. Either way, this criss-cross accent … [Read more...]

Blue Jean Jackets, Cowboy Boots, and a few Pumpkins: Fall Home Tour {Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours}

Blue jean jackets, cowboy boots, and pumpkins: Fall Home Tour via #falldecor

I know I told you I wouldn't be doing much fall decorating this year - and I haven't; I hadn't even planned on doing a fall home tour, but when Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. asked me to join in on her Blogger Stylin' Fall Home Tours, I simply couldn't say no - and then I thought of a story I wanted to share with you along with the tour, so it was destiny. Ok, I'm a little over dramatic. If you are coming over from Decorchick, welcome! There's no doubt in my mind that Emily left you in awe with her talent. If you happen to have … [Read more...]

Vintage Modern Rustic Dining Room Tour

Vintage Modern Rustic Dining Room Tour via #homedecor

There is always that one room that I don't get along with. It never likes anything I do. It never feels quite right. I will rearrange furniture, add this accessory, take away this, paint that - and it always ends with me throwing my hands in the air, saying screw it, and having a drink. The dining room was that room. Emphasis on the was. Once I finally decided to stop worrying so much about it, it evolved into a space that I love. It now has that same Vintage-Modern-Rustic vibe that the rest of the house has. … [Read more...]

9 Things I Wish We’d Registered For (And What No One Should be Without) #targetwedding

9 Things I Wish We'd Registered For (And What No One Should be Without) via

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Every time I go to pull out my nice china, I kick myself. Because its not there. It never was. I have my great grandmother's floral patterned china which is perfect for Easter, but no wedding china of my own. That is the number one item I wish we'd registered for. … [Read more...]

The (Questionable) Legality of My Marriage

The (Questionable) Legality of My Marriage via

Do you remember the first words Grunt Labor uttered to me on our wedding day? Let me refresh your memory if you've forgotten or haven't read that story (but be sure to read the story after this one because its a good one): "He doesn't speak any English." I was in my mermaid style wedding dress wearing my sapphire blue Manolo Bhlaniks, my hair was perfectly coifed (although it had looked like a football helmet about an hour earlier - think Sally Field in Steel Magnolias), my makeup professionally applied and those were his first words to … [Read more...]

A Chic (Stenciled!) Vignette

A Chic (Stenciled!) Vignette via #crafts

There are two fears I often have when using stencils: 1. The project will look cheap. 2. I will end up using too much paint and screw up the stencil pattern. I'm happy to say that this latest stenciled project doesn't look cheap and I didn't screw up the stencil pattern. Jenna for the win... Or maybe the stencils. I am in love with this new little chic vignette that, yes, is stenciled, but doesn't really look stenciled. I used the new Tulip for Your Home stencils and supplies to make this little gem. … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: DIY Shower Cornice with Black & White Shower Curtains A.K.A. That Time I thought I Could Carve Something

DIY Shower Cornice with Black & White Shower Curtains via #diy

As the Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom Makeover (that wasn't supposed to happen) progressed, I had a brilliant idea. I would make a shower cornice. I had always wanted one, so now was the perfect time. This would not be just any cornice though. No, no, no. It would be a Greek Key Carved Shower Cornice. I spent hours actually using a ruler and level (instead of eyeballing it) drawing the perfect greek key pattern on my new cornice. And then I went to carve it out. Who the hell was I kidding? After about 15 minutes of trying to … [Read more...]

A Pink Ceiling with Faux Moldings

A Pink Ceiling with Faux Moldings via #diy #ad

Every time I visit the paint counter, the paint guy rolls his eyes at me. He is shocked not when I hand him a mint green or bright pink paint swatch, but a white, black or cream colored swatch. He has grown accustomed to me selecting not-so-average paint colors. A couple months ago when I walked in with my Glidden Watermelon Smoothie paint card and handed it to him, he just shook his head. When I told him it was going on the ceiling, I think he almost laughed. Heck, I laughed. This is one of my craziest ideas to date and I wasn't 100% … [Read more...]

How (And How Not To) Remove Popcorn Ceilings

How (And How Not To) Remove Popcorn Ceilings via #diy

Friends, this is one of those projects that is not for everyone. Removing a popcorn ceiling is not necessarily hard, but its messy. And frustrating. And did I say it was messy? Oh and this single project is what sparked the entire makeover of the bathroom. However, in the end, for me, it was worth it. Lucky for you, I screwed up multiple times during this process and can tell you exactly what not to do. … [Read more...]