How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign:

You guys, I’m super excited about this Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign I made using scraps from my workshop. This sign turned out 200 times better than I imagined in my head. I knew I had to share the tutorial with you so you can make your own vintage signs for any holiday! Let’s get this party started.

Sign:

First I suggest measuring the space where you want to hang your sign (it would suck to build it too large or too small.) Begin laying out your scrap wood. It’s best to line up the same width boards along each row. If you need to, you can rip down scraps on a table saw.

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Once you have the scraps laid out, add any stain or paint if you desire. I added a combination of glaze, stain and burned some boards to give them a similar color value but still let them look unique.

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Supports:

The key to building a sign with lots of scrap wood is to space your supports well. Each board should have two vertical support pieces on the back, unless the board is really short. You might be able to get away with just one support for those shorties.

Cut 1″ x 4″ boards to the height of your sign. Flip the scraps over and glue each support board.

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Nail each support board 3-4 times to each scrap.

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I ended up using 5 supports for my sign.

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Allow the glue to dry. Flip your sign over and make sure the scrap boards are well secured.

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Transferring the Image:

Now it’s time to have some fun. I made a shoebox projector by following the directions in this video:

I created a basic sketch for the sign. (You are welcome to use this image, but please use for personal use only. Do not resell products with this image on it. And please be sure to credit and link back to this post if you use my image and blog about it.)

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

For your convenience, this image has already been flipped and reversed for projecting it in the shoebox projector.How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

Send the image to your phone. Insert the phone into the shoebox. (The brightness has to be turned all the way up and you might want to change the display setting to stay lit longer.) Turn the lights out. Move the shoe box back and forth until you have the image sized as large as you want. Then move your phone forward and back to focus.

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I will say that my image isn’t as clear as I expected, but my magnifying glass is old and scratched up. However, it gave me enough information to trace my image. Use chalk to trace around the design.

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Painting Your Sign:

Now you’re ready to paint your sign. It’s not hard at all, think of it like coloring in the lines of a coloring book. Here’s my video tutorial to help you learn all my tips and tricks while painting signs:

All done? Great! Hang your “new” Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign with pride.

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I won’t let on that you just made it. Let’s let everyone think we scored this fun sleigh ride sign at an antique shop. 😉

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Where are you going to hang your vintage rustic sign? I think I’m going to make another one for our kitchen. Maybe a market sign with a pig silhouette?

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Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

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How to Paint a Deck Mandala Tattoo | Pretty Handy Girl

As promised, I’m back today to show you how to paint a giant mandala tattoo on your deck. Painting a design on your deck can turn an ordinary deck into a beautiful retreat. Add a few colorful accessories and you’ll have a backyard Bali getaway! Creating the mandala is a lot easier than it looks. Ready to get started?

Materials:

Instructions:

Pre-stained your deck with one coat of Thompson’s Waterseal Semi-transparent stain. (I used Acorn Brown.) Allow the stain to dry.

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Choose the location for the center of your design. Trace around a small circular object or use the tack and string to trace a small circle.

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Place the thumbtack in the center of the small circle and draw circles radiating out from the center. Try to add more distance from the previous circle as you go outward. (i.e. 3″ from the center, 6″ from the inner circle, 10″ from the 2nd circle.)

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Divide your inner circle into eight sections and make a chalk tick marks. Read more

Bali Dream Deck for Thompsons Water Seal | Pretty Handy Girl

Last month while most of the US was under heavy blankets of snow and ice, I flew to Dallas. I was hoping to find warm temperatures and lots of sun. And if I couldn’t find any, I’d create my own with my sister, Caitlin’s help. Thompson’s WaterSeal asked me to design a dream deck and told me to bring an assistant. Normally I work alone, but when I need help with design and décor I know I can always count on Caitlin. Some of you may remember when Caitlin and I worked together on renovating this beach condo. Caitlin is the talented designer behind Symmetry Designs.

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When we arrived, the weather was mild, but we were still craving some warm sunshine. We decided to create a Bali getaway destination on our Thompson’s WaterSeal Deck. We started with a clean slate deck pre-stained with Thompson’s WaterSeal Semi-Transparent Water Proofing Stain in a beautiful Acorn Brown color.

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Joining us were Beckie from Infarrantly Creative with her assistant Erin and Ashley & Jamin from The Handmade Home. They also had a blank slate deck to design.

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The first thing Caitlin and I did was paint a giant white mandala “tattoo” on our deckRead more

How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding | Pretty Handy Girl
How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding

I love our antique heart pine floors! They are beautifully distressed. The round pegs and square nails securing them in place add loads of character. However, the square nails sit flush with the surface preventing us from ever being able to refinish them with a sander. The nails would tear up the sandpaper in no time. But, that’s no problem because I know a way to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding!

 

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From time to time, our floors start to look dull…

How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding | Pretty Handy Girl

…and the scratches are more noticeable. This is when I know it’s time to refinish them.

How to Refinish Wood Floors without Sanding | Pretty Handy Girl

The first time I refinished our floors, it was several years ago when we were painting the office and dining room. I decided to try to refinish the floors because the rooms were already devoid of furniture. Several neighbors had recommended Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and Bona® Hardwood Floor Polish. I was skeptical, but the results were beautiful floors that had luster, but still showed their beautiful age.

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The Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner did a fabulous job of cleaning the floor without damaging them. And, the Bona® Hardwood Floor Polish provided a strong finish without any waxy build up. The high gloss protective layer adds some shine, but isn’t overly shiny. The polish also fills micro-scratches, evening out the appearance of the floor.

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Fast forward to this past week when Bona asked me to write a sponsored post for them, I jumped for joy because I already use and love the Bona® Hardwood Floor Products! (Here’s my full disclosure: Yes, this is a sponsored post. No, I was not told what to write. And yes, I probably would have blogged about my experiences using Bona® Hardwood Floor Products at some point anyway. Win-win.)

I highly recommend trying the combo of the Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and the Bona® Hardwood Floor Polish before spending huge amounts of money to have your floors refinished. (Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner & Polish will not work on floors that have an oil or wax coating. Test in an inconspicuous area to be sure it will work for your floors.)

Here’s how to Refinish Your Wood Floors without Sanding:

Materials:

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Instructions for Cleaning the Wood Floors:

Remove all rugs and furniture from the room. If you have heavy furniture pieces that are never moved, you can leave them in place.

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Vacuum or sweep the floors to remove all dirt and debris.

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Assemble your Bona® Hardwood Floor Spray Mop as shown here: Read more

How to Build Custom Rustic Box Crates | Pretty Handy Girl

Making custom rustic wooden box crates is super easy. You can build your crates to fit in a book case or use them as drawers in a cabinet. When I was giving my IKEA cabinet a makeover, I chose to remove a door and build custom box drawers instead.

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Here’s the super easy tutorial so you can build your own:

Materials:
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Tools:

Instructions:

Begin by cutting the 1/2″ plywood into four pieces the size you want for your crate sides.

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Test fit the sides together. Add a line of glue to the ends of the plywood. Read more

Easy Added Color to a Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

Adding color to dresser drawers is definitely an easy way to add a pop of color to an otherwise boring piece of furniture. Add some new knobs and your dresser will look like a new piece of furniture! (Tutorial for creating custom knobs coming soon.)

You could say that I finally got that Kick in the Pants I needed to start working on my son’s room. One makeover I had in mind was giving his dresser a pop of color.  The top and sides of the dresser were in great shape and it has a tough laminate top. Instead of painting the entire dresser, I decided to paint only the drawers because — knowing my little guy — he would have it scratched up in no time.

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Materials:

Instructions:

Start by removing clothing from the drawers. Then firmly pull the drawers all the way out. Some drawers have a clip at the end, just pull straight toward you. Others may require you to lift up on the front to release the drawers from the track. Mark the inside of the drawer so you know which slot to return it to.

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Take a tour of this Topsail Beach Condo with a top to bottom makeover including new flooring, paint, and bathroom fixtures.

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My stepmom, Diane Chamberlain (the famous author), purchased a fixer-upper beach condo in Topsail Beach a few years ago. She hired my sister, Caitlin, to work her interior designer magic on the place. My sister then convinced me to come put in some manual labor. We had a blast renovating this Topsail Beach Condo together and hopefully get the chance to work together again (especially because she lives on the West Coast and we’re on the East.

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(Please excuse our sweaty appearance. This was midway through one hot and sweaty day.)

After a few days of sweaty labor, (and some additional work done by her contractor), the beach condo is ready to be enjoyed. Luckily, my stepmom gave us permission to stay in the condo anytime it isn’t rented! That’s a deal I definitely couldn’t turn down!

Without further adieu, I’m giving you an all-access view of the renovation with before and after images.

Welcome to 118!

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The Door:

The old door was dried out and had some chipping in the veneer. To save it, I sanded the door down, fixed some of the chipping veneer, painted it, added new numbers, and a door knocker. Now it’s a welcoming door more fitting with the beautiful renovated rooms inside.

My sister and Diane picked out the knocker. Sea turtles are strongly linked with Topsail because of the sea turtle rehab and rescue facility on the island.

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The Kitchen:

When you enter the condo, the kitchen is on your right. The old kitchen had dated Formica doors and countertops. None of the cabinet doors were hung straight. And the sink was barely deep enough to wash pans in.

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The cabinet boxes were primed and painted by the contractor and new doors were installed. The appliances are the same, but they look so much better with updated cabinetry around them.

A new sink, faucet, and countertops were installed. To free up space on the counters, a microwave was hung over the stove.

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The kitchen opens up to a bar and the dining area. Before, the wall was broken up by the back of the cabinets. And a 3″ molding strip blocked the view from the sink.

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The bottom three inches of trim were cut off below the cabinets. Sheetrock was installed to cover up the oak and tie it into the rest of the walls in the condo. Caitlin created the clock collage and purchased new bar stools.

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To add more lighting, puck lights were wired and installed beneath the overhead cabinets.

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I painted the “We’re Always on Beach Time” sign for her collage.

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Dining & Living Areas:

Behind the bar is the dining area. The dated mauve chairs, ugly light fixture, and teal carpet had to go! Just getting rid of the carpet alone was a big change in this condo.

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The after is simple but elegant. An oval dining table allows for better flow around the table. And the new light fixture is perfect for the elevated decor.

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Can I point out those floors?! They are vinyl planks that look like wood. Update: I can’t recommend this flooring as the planks started separating within a year. We’re not sure exactly what caused the warping, but unfortunately Diane had to have them replaced. Currently, the condo has waterproof laminate that we love, but only time will tell if it wears well.

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The living room was frump-alicious with lumpy sofas and more dated decor.

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My sister picked out a beautiful blue and tan coral patterned sofa and loveseat. A coordinating chair and ottoman rounds out the grouping.

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The coffee table, side tables, and console table were painted to give them a fresh new look.

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The oyster shell lamp also got a new coat of paint and a new lampshade. My stepmom wanted to get rid of it, but I’m so glad we kept it. Now we laugh about the lamp everytime we see it, because she likes it.

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All the furniture got two coats of Annie Sloan French Linen paint. The console table looks brand new and blends well with the new furniture. Hooray for reusing old!

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Bathrooms:

Unfortunately, some things needed to be retired. Like the dated bathroom fixtures.

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It is hard to believe this is the same bathroom! New everything. Well, almost everything, we did save the medicine cabinet and had the contractor gave it a fresh coat of white paint.

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The bifold door was discarded and new built-in shelving increased the storage potential for this small shared bathroom.

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Speaking of dated bathrooms, this was the master bathroom. UGLY!

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Caitlin’s vision for this bathroom was incredible! I wouldn’t believe it was the same room if I hadn’t witnessed the transformation. New vanity, mirror, lighting, toilet, and a fresh coat of paint.

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The condo is filled with photographs by John Pagliuca, Diane’s spouse. They are all photos taken from Topsail.

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Bedrooms:

The master bathroom is accessible only from the master bedroom. The dated art, furniture, and floral bedspread had to go!

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Now, the transformed bedroom is truly fit for a king! New carpeting, furniture, paint and bedding makes a huge difference. You can read the tutorial for how I created that rustic wooden plank headboard.

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The views from the master bedroom are stunning! The sun comes in the sliding door at day break and you can see the ocean from bed!

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Down the hall is a bedroom for the kids. The before isn’t too bad.

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Okay, so it was bad, especially because the after is amazing!

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The mirror was a $15 score at a thrift shop. I transformed it with Miss Mustard Seed Tricycle paint and some wooden scraps.

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New furniture, lamps, carpet, paint and bedding transforms this room into a nautical retreat. The vintage oars aren’t really vintage. I made them myself. You can read the tutorial to create your own vintage painted oars.

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Caitlin and her friend Michelle painted the stripes on the wall. What a fun way to add some more color to this kids’ room.

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One bedroom left! This is the queen bedroom. But, I’m not sure what Queen would appreciate this eclectic floral explosion.

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My sister picked out a beautiful color scheme in this room. Restful green walls, khaki linens, and accent pillows of beautiful coral pink.

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The queen bedroom overlooks the sound. The views from this condo are gorgeous from every window!

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My other sister, Alana, is the photographer of the art over the bed. Yes, I know, we are a talented family.

Interior Flat Door Makeover:

I added beadboard and molding to all the hollow core doors to give them a more attractive look. Here’s the easy tutorial for adding molding to a flat panel door.

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My sister, Caitlin, did an amazing job! For more before and after transformations, be sure to check out her facebook page. Also, if you live in the San Jose area, she can help you with your next design project.

I can’t leave you without a quick view of the ocean from the condo deck.

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Wouldn’t you love to vacation at this beautiful beach front condo with your family?

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Unfortunately, this Topsail Beach condo isn’t available to rent, but you can rent Diane’s 2 bedroom condo in the same complex. Both are on the water and both have been renovated.

When you book a rental in one of her condos, you’ll have to read one of her novels, (they are perfect beach reads!) If you haven’t read her books yet, they are phenomenal!

I hope you enjoyed this Topsail Beach Condo Renovation tour. It was so much fun taking this space from dated to dreamy!

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  • King bedding
  • Queen bedding no longer available.
  • Twin room bedding
  • Wood Plank Vinyl Flooring: Mannington Adura Luxury Plank – Burma Teak (color)

Paint Colors (all are Benjamin Moore)

  • Living Room, Front Halls, Kitchen, Halls = 924 San Mateo Beaches (Eggshell)
  • Master Bedroom = 1633 Brittany Blue (Eggshell)
  • Master Bathroom = 688 Seacliff Heights (Satin)
  • Queen Bedroom (the one off the hall bath) = HC-116 Guilford Green (Eggshell)
  • Hall Bath = 478 Sweet Caroline (Eggshell)
  • Twin = 957 Papaya (Eggshell)
  • Stripes in Twin Room on Headboard Wall Only:  1323 & HC-156 (Satin) **just need a small amount of paint for the stripes
  • All Interior Doors , Doors, Basemolding = Swiss Coffee (Semi Gloss)
  • Kitchen Cabinets= Swiss Coffee (Semi Gloss)

DIY Aged Chippy Paint Technique | Pretty Handy Girl

This is another one of those tutorials that I’ve been dying to share with you! Like sitting on my hands and anxiously waiting to type it out. But after taking 2 weeks off from blogging, I’m back and ready to give you this fabulous tutorial for achieving the aged chippy paint look on your next project.

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Before I give you the chippy gritty, I want to give you the background story on those gorgeous corbels.

If you’ve been following along, I finally completed my 13 month kitchen renovation. The last task was installing two open shelves on the full tile wall. Finding the perfect corbels to use as shelf brackets was not an easy task. I scoured eBay, Craig’s List and salvage shops. I was really getting discouraged. That was when I met Garlan from Southern Accents Architectural Antiques at Haven. We talked for a few minutes and he showed me some of the corbels he had in his store. There were some wonderful old ones, but I felt a bit like Goldilocks. One was too tall. The other not big enough, but the biggest problem was that I needed four of them. Garlan showed me some new corbels that he had. He told me he has a guy that can duplicate any corbel design and can customize them to meet any size requirements. It was as if the heavens parted and angels sang! I was elated and couldn’t wait to find an image of a design I liked. But, again, the Goldilocks in me couldn’t find the “perfect” corbels. So, I opened up Adobe Illustrator and started to design my own unique corbels.

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I designed a scroll pattern based off of one corbel I saw, but also added some relief portions inside the corbel. I sent the image to Garlan and a week later he sent me a picture of one of the corbels. It was love at first sight! I quickly approved the initial one and waited anxiously for the corbels to arrive. When I opened the box, they were beautiful and exactly as I had pictured them in my head.

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I set forth to give them an appropriate aged chippy paint look to fool people into thinking they were actually antique salvage. Here’s how I did it. Read more

How to Create a Rustic Wood Headboard for $80 | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m back with more progress on the beach condo. I am really excited to share this tutorial on how to create a rustic wood headboard with you because it caused quite the buzz on Facebook and Instagram. This has to be one of my favorite projects that I completed in my stepmom’s beach condo. (You can see more pictures of the condo renovation on my sister’s interior design business page. Be sure to like her page, she has some great renovations to share.)

My sister, Caitlin, wanted me to make a unique rustic wood headboard for the master bedroom. Her budget was running low so she turned to Pinterest for some ideas and showed me this picture as inspiration.

I followed the link to a retail site where you could purchase the headboard for $2,195! {Cough, choke, gag…this was well out of our budget!} When we tallied the receipts, the lumber and materials to build our own king-sized headboard came in around $90 from Lowe’s! Woot woot!

And best of all, it is a relatively easy project that anyone can do if they have the right power tools.

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We made some serious progress this past week. Not only did we make a big dent in the “to do” list in the kitchen, but we also finished painting and installing the trim in the mudroom. It’s really nice walking past this little paper flower spring wreath and into a finished room! Check out the mudroom tour below.

Our mudroom is looking so nice that I decided to invite you over for a little mudroom tour.

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