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Do it yourself

Some friends sent us a piece of artwork that I treasure. I wanted to display it in a special way, so I put together a DIY cork board that works perfectly. Making the cork board was ridiculously easy. I already had a thrifted frame that I turned into a chalkboard for my Good Enough Mudroom. [...]

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Oh girls. Please keep your fingers crossed with me today. My ding-dong dumb’puter caught a ding-dong dumb virus and I’m waiting on a prognosis. Apparently, I caught the same bug that infected Centsational Girla few weeks ago. Unfortunately, my DIY debugging efforts were not successful and now Old Faithful is off at Dr. Dumb’puter. We’re [...]

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We’re all about transparency here at ASPTL. So when a project fails, I’m gonna tell you. My easy cork wall stayed securely attached to the wall for 2 whole weeks. I used double-sided foam tape and it seemed to be holding just fine. Then we went on vacation for a week and came home to [...]

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Several months ago, I shared the Kid’s Artwork Gallery Wall that I put together in my hallway. Over the summer, we’ve created lots of new masterpieces, so I’ve been changing out the artwork pretty regularly. The only downside to my display is that taking down the frames and changing out the artwork is a bit [...]

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve received some emails asking, “Kimba! Whatever happened to your laundry room redo? You were in the process of reworking the room, but we haven’t heard anything lately.” **Chirp***Chirp** To be honest with you, with the end of the school year and a ridiculously busy June (WHEN will youth baseball [...]

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Alternate title: The post that’s been 2 years in the making. Even after I made my own personalized doormat, my front stoop was still looking a little sad. So I decided it was time to spruce it up a little more with some pots and some greenery. I still miss the beautiful front porch at [...]

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My latest thrifting adventure started with a Facebook message from my friend Ruth Ann. Her message went like this…”Have you been to the new Thrift King store? It’s supposed to be largest thrift store in the county!” My response went like this…”WHAT??? How on EARTH did I miss this??? This rock I live under gets [...]

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Did you catch my disguised light switch last week? Well, now I’m working on another project that has me dealing with more poorly placed switches and outlets. Le sigh. So I’ve been searching around for some more ideas for creatively working around them. Here are a few of my favorites… The Nester hid one behind [...]

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Yes, my friends. We’re still working on the basement. Sometimes I think it’s the project that will never end. Recently, the stairs have come onto my radar screen. More specifically, what the ding-dong-dilly are we going to do with the stairs? There’s absolutely nothing special about these basement stairs. They’re just your standard builder-grade straight [...]

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Are you ready for the step-by-step breakdown of how I painted my new foyer cabinet? Click here for more before/after pictures of this makeover. This post might get a little long, but I’m so happy with how it turned out that I don’t want to skip anything! The first step was to ditch those crazy [...]

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I’m so happy that I finally get to share this cabinet makeover with you. One of my house goals for this year is to makeover my foyer so that it’s more functional and a little easier on the eyes. Step 1 was to find a storage cabinet to contain hats, gloves, scarves and other articles [...]

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My poor front stoop looked severely neglected after a long, hard winter. The doormat was literally torn in two. And the ick and gunk that had accumulated underneath it was too horrifying to mention. Not very welcoming is it? It’s a little too soon (up here in the cold midwest) to put out my flower [...]

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Oh happy day! I finally did it! I finally finished the children’s art gallery wall that has been inside my head for over a year. For the last 2 days, I’ve been shopping my house to get all the frames I need, picking out kid’s artwork (and commissioning a few new pieces) and spray painting [...]

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Domestic Ease Thanks for all your sweet compliments on the maps I used to fill the frames in my family room. I loved reading all your comments and emails yesterday about the creative projects that you’ve done with maps. The Country Cottage Chick So let’s see them! I thought it would be fun to see [...]

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Once upon a time, there was a sad little laundry room that just didn’t work. It did the laundry alright, but it just didn’t function well. There wasn’t proper storage. There wasn’t a sink for soaking stained clothes and there wasn’t a place to fold the clothes. But that’s all a-changin’ since I’ve already made [...]

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A couple of months ago, an email popped up in my inbox that made me squeal. Loudly. My kids thought I’d lost it. I’ve calmed down a bit and I’m now a part of the Electrolux Test Drive Program. The amazing folks at HomeBuzz (a part of the FoodBuzz Community) gave me the invitation and [...]

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If you have ever tried to hang a group of frames so that they’re all level and straight, you know what a challenge it can be. Even if you’re using a group of identical frames, there’s a good chance that the hardware on the back of each frame is positioned slightly differently on each frame. [...]

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via The Art of Doing Stuff If you were lucky enough to receive a bouquet of roses (or other flowers) yesterday, then maybe you’re wondering what to do with them. I’ve always been kind of puzzled about how to arrange those cellophane wrapped bouquets. Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff showed me exactly what [...]

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This is the hardware that, until yesterday, was on all of our bedroom furniture. I am well aware that they are solid brass Chippendale pulls. Call them what you want. They look like the Bat Signal to me. We were incredibly lucky to receive a beautiful bedroom suite when we first married. It came from [...]

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Alternate Title: Sometimes You Just Have to Try It A few weeks ago, I asked you if I should paint it or leave it alone. The majority of you said to paint it…for all sorts of reasons. And that was the direction I was leaning anyway. Not a shock, right? So I did. And I’m [...]

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