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My dining table is now finished! This project took a little longer than I had originally anticipated, but I’m glad to wrap it up in time for the home stretch of the One Room Challenge. I was tempted to call this post I’m still not sure about the stain color, but it’s time to move […]

I upgraded my dining room sliding door and curtains and am amazed at the impact of such minor updates. It makes me wonder why I didn’t work on this before now! My curtain and sliding door situation was looking a little blah when I started working on the dining room: But I’m excited to share […]

Building shelves for my dining area is something I’ve been wanting to accomplish for a while, so I’m very happy to check it off the list! I used Shanty 2 Chic tutorial, they have some amazing plans posted on their site. As soon as I saw these shelves, I knew I wanted to build them.

DIY Custom Shelving Dining Room Update

The One Room Challenge is a six-week event that happens twice a year in the DIY blogging world, and I’ve been following along for the past couple of years. This year I’m excited to be a guest participant in the event! The One Room Challenge is just what it sounds like: you redo one room […]

Oh the sideboard, what a journey it has been. I started working on it last November, thinking I would have it done in about a month or so. I was just a tad off on my timeline, but this is the biggest project I’ve taken on yet. I’m happy to say it is now finished! […]

diy rustic sideboard

Several years ago after purchasing my home I would browse the internet for ideas, and adding wainscoting was one of the first DIY projects I really wanted to do. Fast forward a few short years later and I was finally ready to make things happen. (I’ve been completing home projects at a snail’s pace from […]

Well, I’m a little behind schedule on the entryway projects, but I’m happy to say I have a project ready to share: my new bench! Isn’t she lovely? I used another Shanty 2 Chic tutorial for this project, just like I did with my sister’s bookshelf. I was going for a very Restoration Hardware look […]

For me, one of the hardest parts about building things is deciding on a finish… so many options! Paint or stain? Dark or light? So it should come as no surprise that I’m really hung up on trying to figure out what rug to put in the entryway! I thought I had it decided, but every time I go to actually order it, I pause.

I recently built a bookshelf for my sister, Megan. She was moving into a new apartment and wasn’t going to have built-in shelves like her previous apartment, so she was in need of a bookshelf. I was eager to work on a new project, so I offered to build one.

I accomplished my first task of updating the entryway this past weekend! I painted all my downstairs doors a very dark gray.

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