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2021 Paint Color Trends | What to Expect This Year

Planning a home project and want your paint color to be on-trend? This is the perfect post for you! I love following the paint and decor trends expected for the new year because it helps steer some of my design decisions for the year.…

January 6, 2021

DIY Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season

Looking for a unique gift idea for your loved ones this Christmas? Check out these easy and affordable DIY gift ideas for the holiday season!…

December 11, 2020

The Best IKEA Furniture Hacks to Try at Home

Have you ever tried one of the popular IKEA hacks found on Pinterest? There are so many incredible DIY projects using IKEA furniture and I am always completely blown away by the transformations! I have tried out a few of my own and am…

December 3, 2020

How to Create a Shutterfly Family Yearbook | DIY

For the last 8 years, I have used the Shutterfly program to create our family yearbooks. It is rare that I print photos out anymore and these yearbooks are a great way to compile all of our memories and favorite photos each year.…

November 24, 2020

Easy IKEA Hemnes Dresser Hack to Try at Home

This IKEA hack transformation may be my favorite one yet! I decided to give our current IKEA Hemnes dresser an update when I was putting together the design plans for our master bedroom makeover. …

November 17, 2020

Updating Our IKEA Hemnes Dresser | ORC Week 4

Week 4 of the One Room Challenge was spent customizing our current IKEA Hemnes dresser. In my week 2 update, I shared that I had purchased a pricey new dresser only to discover that it was way too small for our clothing storage needs.…

October 28, 2020

How to Paint A Pool and Save Money | Tutorial

Today I am excited to share how we painted our pool and saved thousands of dollars! Would you believe me if I told you we almost walked away from our house because there was a pool in the backyard? We have young kids and…

September 28, 2020

Rich, Moody Paint Colors For Your Next Project

I am digging the rich, moody paint colors trend and am craving this design aesthetic even more as we head into Fall! I love how the perfect paint color can warm up a room and give it a cozy vibe. Last Fall I painted…

September 23, 2020

Simple Organization Solutions For A Cluttered Bathroom

Today I am sharing simple bathroom organization solutions for our cluttered master bath! After living in our master bathroom for a year, I identified a handful of areas that needed improvement to function for our family. These simple solutions have decluttered our bathroom and…

September 8, 2020

The Most Effective Way to Whiten Your Tile Grout

The most effective (and rewarding) way to whiten your tile grout is a simple DIY cleaning solution. If your tile floors were installed with white grout, chances are high that they are showing dirt on the previously crisp, white grout. This simple solution revives…

August 24, 2020

How to Easily Remove Wallpaper with These 6 Steps

*This home improvement post is sponsored by Trimaco. All content and opinions are my own. Today I am sharing tips for one of my most effective renovation strategies – how to remove wallpaper! My latest home project is giving our dated master bathroom a…

August 18, 2020

How to Spray Paint a Lamp | DIY

Today I am sharing how to update a lamp with spray paint. I love the challenge of updating a space on a budget. Along with saving money, I enjoy finding new ways to use items that I already own. This is exactly what I…

July 21, 2020

How to Color Block a Piece of Art for Your Home

Today I am excited to show you how to color block a piece of art for your home! This DIY is great for artwork that is usually passed over at a thrift store or collecting dust in your attic. This color blocking trend has…

July 13, 2020

How to Apply Plaster to a Lamp | DIY

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved a good DIY project. I also love a good upcycling project! Taking some old and unwanted and turning it into something beautiful is so rewarding. I have been working on a bedroom makeover…

June 8, 2020

How to Camouflage Your Electrical Meter | DIY

Earlier this year we began work on our backyard to prep for the English garden I planned to build. Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY project that has helped to camouflage the ugly electrical meter on the back of the house.…

June 3, 2020

How to Reuse an Old Iron Arbor | DIY

Last week I found an old iron arbor on the side of the road with “free” attached to the front. Aside from the arbor being my favorite price, the design was perfect for my English garden! I grabbed my hubby and we tossed the…

May 28, 2020

Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack | ORC Week 4

I gotta be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this week 4 of the One Room Challenge! In the final minutes, I finished my Ikea Billy Bookcase hack and I am so proud of how it came out. If you are…

May 27, 2020

Installing the Mountain Mural | ORC Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge! If you are wondering if I was one of those super-smart participants that got a head start on renovating my space – I AM NOT! These weeks keep flying by and…

May 20, 2020

How to Paint A Carpeted Room | ORC Week 2

Whenever I begin a room makeover, I always start with paint. The wall color lays the foundation for the design and painting a room makes it feel fresh and new. Today I am going to take you through how to paint a carpeted…

May 13, 2020

How to Build Your Own Compost Station at Home

Building a compost station at your home is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil. My family has been composting for a few years now using a rolling bin and decided to take our composting one step further at our new…

April 28, 2020

How to Paint Your Old Floors Using Rust-Oleum HOME

*This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum. All content and opinions are my own. I still can’t get over how amazing my freshly painted floors look in my laundry room! For this project, I partnered with Rust-Oleum to try out their interior paint product, Rust-Oleum…

April 14, 2020

How to Update Your Laminate Countertop for Under $25

My $300 laundry room makeover is complete! Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY to update dated, laminate countertops. I finished this project in a few short hours and for under $25. Let’s get started with this simple tutorial! Here is a…

April 8, 2020

How to Paint a Dated Rock Fireplace | DIY

We painted the dated, rock fireplace in our kids' playroom! Our third home had a great garden-level space that we used for the kid's playroom, but the giant rock wall made the room feel dark.…

January 28, 2020

Neutral Paint Colors That Sell a Home Fast

If you are looking to sell your home, one of the easiest ways to maximize its value is to create a blank slate for potential buyers. I have lots of tips on staging your home to sell quickly, but adding a neutral paint color…

January 20, 2020

How to Paint A Bed Frame | Easy DIY Tutorial

[affiliate links may be used, thanks for supporting building bluebird!] We purchased this old bed frame off of Craigslist almost 8 years ago for $100. When I bought it, I had every intention of painting it right away, but it never happened! When we…

January 12, 2020

How to Choose Your Paint Sheen

Choosing the right paint sheen for your project is almost as important as getting the right paint color – ALMOST. 🙂 Paint comes in a variety of sheens ranging from no shine at all to very shiny paint. As a general rule of thumb,…

January 5, 2020

Paint Color Trends | What to Expect in 2020

Are you someone who follows the anticipated paint color trends each year? I love when big paint brands choose a color of the year and find it fascinating the thought that is put into each decision. Last year there were mixed reviews with the…

January 1, 2020

How to Make Dried Orange Garland for the Holidays

This year dried oranges seem to be everyones favorite holiday decor accessory and I am HERE for it! I happily hopped on this bandwagon and made some dried oranges of my own! Today I am sharing my tutorial on how to make the dried…

December 19, 2019

DIY Picture Ledge for Beginner’s

The DIY picture ledge in our dining room has been a huge hit! I have had so many positive responses to this piece, someone even asked if it was from Pottery Barn! How’s that for a compliment?! Building this ledge is super easy, it…

December 11, 2019

How to Paint a Room like a Pro

I say this all the time, but paint is so transformative! On the blog today, I am sharing a step by step tutorial on how to paint a room like a pro.…

November 4, 2019
Open concept design with a breakfast bar

Building a Kitchen Breakfast Bar

Our second house had a tiny, closed off kitchen. By removing half a wall in the kitchen and installing a breakfast bar, we were able to achieve an open concept design without gutting the entire thing! Experts say that when you go to sell…

September 3, 2019

How to Wallpaper Your Staircase | Easy DIY

Are you ready for this super simple tutorial for how to wallpaper your staircase?! I am excited to share this fun wallpaper project with you and the best part is that it took less than 3 hours to install!…

August 13, 2019

How to Plan Your Flower Beds with Deb Unverferth

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Deb Unverferth, an expert gardener, is sharing how to plan your flower beds this Spring. Deb is our first guest on the podcast and I am excited to share this milestone with her! How to Create…

August 8, 2019

How to Choose the Best Flooring Materials

Choosing the type of flooring for your home is a BIG decision! It has to hold up to the wear and tear of your family, and not all flooring is created equally. On episode 24 of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I review…

August 8, 2019

DIY a Frame for your Builder Grade Mirror

This weekend we were able to DIY a frame around our builder grade mirror to complete the master bathroom renovation! Our bathroom renovation was in the “95% complete club” but still needed some character and this quick project was the perfect remedy. Last week…

August 1, 2019