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A Basement Update

by Kimba on January 31, 2011

in Basement,Do it yourself

*Snort* I wish! It was exactly 1 year ago that I told you we were starting the process of finishing our basement. And I’ve said barely a word about it since. This isn’t our first time at the basement-finishing rodeo, but it’s still shocking how long things can take when you’re doing every bit of [...]

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January is For Thrifting

by Kimba on January 13, 2011

in Do it yourself,Furniture Rehab

I always have a lot of luck thrifting (and junking) in January. I think it’s because so many of us feel the urge to purge (our homes) after the holidays that the thrift stores are usually packed with good stuff. Things like ugly lamps that could be beautiful with a coat of glossy spraypaint. I [...]

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I’ve been wanting to make one of these incredible wreaths for ages now. I’ve even bought the coffee filters several times, but I ended up using them to make coffee. Priorities, people. I just couldn’t muster up the motivation until I saw The Nester’s glorious creation last week. I totally copied her (and everyone else). [...]

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Thanksgiving Tablecloth

by Kimba on November 15, 2010

in Do it yourself,Seasonal Projects

Waaaaay back in 2008 (have I really been blogging that long?), I did the most ridiculously time-consuming DIY project ever. It was fussy and tedious but I still love it. And with Thanksgiving coming, I thought I would share it with you again…complete with crummy pictures and all. Last week, I flipped my lid over [...]

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Project Finished!

by Kimba on August 6, 2010

in Artwork,Do it yourself,Sponsors

I have been having a ball playing around with my new Silhouette! Seriously. This little machine is incredible and I’m amazed by all the things that you can do with it. Like any new tool, it takes some time to figure out everything that it can do and I always prefer to just jump in [...]

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I rarely lack for inspiration. It’s a mixed blessing. My mind constantly swirls with the possibility of things. It’s one of the reasons that I’m always dragging home thrift store treasures. I can see the potential in a piece of junk. My poor man suffers this with dignity. All I can say is “Hallelujah for [...]

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Quick Change with Spray Paint

by Kimba on July 26, 2010

in Do it yourself

It’s no secret that I’m a lover of all things spray paint. It’s amazing what a can of that stuff can do. It’s hands-down the fastest, easiest way to update a cheap find and make it perfect for my home. I use it to freshen up furniture, picture frames and glass bottles. It’s so freeing [...]

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I haven’t written about the on-going master bedroom redo lately. Mostly because summer is here and the living is easy at Casa Kimba. OK. Not exactly easy. Just really, really busy, which leaves precious little time for spray painting. The HORRORS! I have a couple of other projects in the works, but before anything else, [...]

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For the last 2 summers, I have dreamed (dreamt?) about a beautiful, productive vegetable garden in our backyard. That dream has taken many forms and I haven’t acted on it because I didn’t have a clear picture in my head. Until now. I flipped when I saw this picture in This Old House magazine. Perfection! [...]

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If you read blogs, then you know that drop cloth drapes have been in vogue for well over a year. Now that I’ve jumped on the band-wagon, they’re probably about to go the way of legwarmers, jelly bracelets and giant belts. Oh wait. Those are back in again. Regardless, I wanted to freshen up the [...]

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I’ve been on the hunt for a small cabinet for our master bathroom for months and months. We needed a little extra storage for towels and toiletries. Is there such a thing as too much storage in the bathroom? I think not. My patience paid off when I found this shapely, but raggedy, cabinet at [...]

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The master bedroom makeover keeps moving along! I never realized how much I would love having a put-together bedroom until I started putting it together. I can’t wait to make my bed in the morning because it looks so pretty! Nevermind that there’s clean laundry stacked on the dresser and and a pile of dirty [...]

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Dreaming of New Projects

by Kimba on May 10, 2010

in Do it yourself,Real Me

I’m a pretty simple girl. A card, a flower or coffee in bed would have made me happy on Mother’s Day morning. But I squealed like a school-girl when I saw this present waiting for me on the kitchen table instead. It’s a Skil 7″ Wet Tile Saw!!!!! My boys know me so well. This [...]

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EEK! Did Mother’s Day creep up on you this year? It’s this weekend, you know.  If you’re in a bind, I’ve put together a collection of do it yourself Mother’s Day gifts that you and/or your kiddos can make for their Grandma, Auntie, neighbor or teacher. One of the VERY first posts I wrote on [...]

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As promised, I’m back to show you how you can make a piece of DIY tile artwork. I showed you all the glory shots last week and now I’m ready to give you the lowdown on how you can make one of these babies for yourself. Don’t let the length of this post intimidate you. [...]

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I just have to share the latest addition to my family room. It was an easy DIY art project and the results make me clap and squeal. I’m writing a tutorial, but I couldn’t wait another minute to show you the finished results. Tutorial tomorrow. The back wall of my family room is big and [...]

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Country Living Is it weird that I’m totally nervous to show you the “before” pictures of our bedroom? Especially because I have no “afters” yet. I feel so vulnerable. Hold me. But this is my motivation to finally focus my attention on our bedroom. Yesterday, I gave you a couple of tips for making your [...]

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My Home Ideas This is not my bedroom. But I wish it were. I’ll bet that a lot of you are just like me. You love having a pretty home but you focus all of your time, energy (and money!) on the rooms that company sees. Which means that your bedroom is neglected and way [...]

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How I Love Thee MirrorMate

by Kimba on April 19, 2010

in Do it yourself,Sponsors

When the folks at MirrorMate asked me if I would like to try out their custom-made mirror frames in my home, it felt like destiny. I had already been browsing their website for weeks dreaming of transforming our vast-expanses of builder-grade bathroom mirrors. I’ve been planning to update our bathroom mirrors since the day we [...]

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Botanical Prints 2.0

by Kimba on April 15, 2010

in Do it yourself

Waaay back in 2008, I made a set of leafy botanical prints that hung in my family room for at least a year. The we did the board and batten treatment on our family room walls and the prints had to come down. But I loved those prints so much that I wanted to freshen [...]

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