The Ultimate Guide on How to Pick Out Wood Boards

So you’re at Lowes or Home Depot to pick up some wood for a project you saw on Pinterest. If this is your first time picking wood you probably did the same mistake I made and probably a few other first time woodworkers. Can you guess what that mistake is? It's not knowing that you picked out some warped boards. I wish I knew about this when I first started woodworking. Or maybe I did, but can’t remember. My high school woodshop class was probably 10 years ago and the teacher was like “oh my god your a girl don’t touch anything. You will hurt yourself.”If only he could see me now. Anyway, here is my first post on basic woodworking series. You're probably wondering what is a warped board. To be frank its exactly as it sounds. It's a board ...

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Mood Board Monday: Modern Rustic Italian Patio Design

In the spirit of summer and the need to be outside, I was inspired to design our patio. Believe me that baby needs a little loving. We pretty much just use the grill real quick and that's it. However, its time to give ourselves a reason to chill outside and enjoy summer day or night and hopefully I can inspire you. For this mood board I am going with a modern rustic Italian vibe for the patio space. I want you to feel the warmth and boldness that the mood board invokes. The moment I open the patio doors these feelings should just hit you in the face or at least a slight slap. I am mixing wood tones with cold concrete to give it that modern edge, but still keeping that cozy and serene feel with the fabric used in the pillows and ...

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DIY Kitchen Island with a Drawer (Free Plans)

Yes!!! A order has come in and this one was a fun one to do. I love islands so much. They give a kitchen a center for a place to converse and adds more storage. Big impact. So when I got the order for this little baby I was excited. It is a 4ft by 3ft island similar to the desk I have done before. However not only did they want a shelf, but they wanted a drawer on it as well. My eyes lit up. Of all the furniture I have done I have not created a piece with a drawer. To get started on this DIY kitchen island with a drawer I need to get a good idea of how it was going to look. Below is a sketch of the piece that I was to create. After a while she decided to change the side brace design. Below is the revision sketch. Disregard the dimensions ...

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Affordable and Durable Farmhouse Kitchen Rug Runners

I have been on the hunt for some good farmhouse kitchen rug runner. The style of my kitchen is a rustic Italian farmhouse vibe and need to break up the sea of dark floors. One challenge is to actually find one in the plethora of choices. I mean its not like they say Farmhouse kitchen rug runner.  Some other obstacles I'm dealing with a kid who for the life of me can not stop dropping a single thing and a dog who loves to be in the kitchen with dirty paws scavenging. I get a lot of questions on where can I get an affordable good runner, or what style of runner will match my farmhouse kitchen. So I figured while I'm on this journey I will show what to look for and what I find that will fit in to that farmhouse look your going for and can take ...

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3 Quick and Easy DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Are you lucking out with finding a father's day gift this year? I know I am, its just around the corner and I have nothing. Uggghhh. Okay its time to starting turning the wheels in this mommy brain. Okay I got it. Actually I got three. 3 easy DIY father's day gift builds that are super easy and the most time it will take is a day.  DIY Father's Day Gift #1 So the first DIY is a no brainer. A sign. Signs are a good way to show how much you care for the man in your life wether it be your daddy or husband. Yes I'm 30 and I still call my dad daddy. Not quite sure what kind of sign to do? No worries I got a few examples down below that will help you decide what to make for your father's day gift.  Funny saying There is nothing ...

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The Secret to Decorating a Small Space on a Budget

What do studios apartments and college dorms have in common? Small living space and money is probably scarce. On top of that the struggle is real when you are trying to decorate that space without it feeling over cluttered, mixed matched, no design, no direction. Basically a cluster f$#k. All while trying to stay on a budget. Look I get it i was there. I had a small jack and jill apartment with my bestie and it had no sense of direction, because lets face it money is tight and your girl cant afford a interior designer or an budget consultant when trying to make ends meat with a part-time job and school. However, I do know a few tips and tricks to save on cost that will help you start decorating a small space on budget easily. So let’s get ...

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Mood Board Monday: BTS Bedroom Design “Boy with Love” Inspired

Hola my loves, I'm back with another mood board Monday. This week I was in the mood for color. And as I was brain storming ideas I was listening to one of my favorite bands (if not my most favorite) and a light bulb clicked. BTS recently came out with this hella awesome music video "Boy with Luv" pumped with color. I decided to create a BTS bedroom design inspired by the "Boy With Luv" music video. Picture is property of Big Hit Entertainment: Source Okay so for those of you who don't know who BTS you have been living under a rock, but let me enlighten you. They are a south Korean Boy band consisting of 7 members who are well known throughout the world with a massive fan following known as the army. They just did a segment on SNL and ...

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Kitchen Cabinets: How to Paint in 5 Easy Steps

  This is it. Its time to go ham on those nasty kitchen cabinets. You got your paint you got your tools. Lets getter done. Woah wait! Hold on there buddy. I know those cabinets need that facelift, but there are things you should know before you start swishing your brush. Things that not a lot of people know about, unless you work at Sherwin Williams or a home improvement store/ paint store. Thankfully I got the hook up and will tell you what you need to know, before you start painting those hideous kitchen cabinets. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure ...

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Mood Board Monday: Winterfell Inspired Bedroom

Okay it is, but at least not for another couple of months. So In honor of starting off this new series of Mood board Mondays, and the finale of the series one of my favorite shows (or least it was till season 8), I used Game of Thrones, as inspiration for a design. I chose Winterfell Castle as my focal point to create a bedroom based of a scene from the series. If you haven't watched this show, don't worry I will explain little backstory on the location. The Backstory of the Inspiration Photo by HBO Lets start with the inspired location. For some back story to help you understand the design, Winterfell is one of the main locations of the GoT series. It is located in the North of Westeros, a huge continent thats divided by houses. ...

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What to Know: Universal Studios, Florida

Well hello there my peeps, so summer is coming and we are all getting ready for VACAY! Lucky for you (as well as me) I went to Universal Studios a couple of few weeks ago for my son's birthday. Oh my lord it was a much needed vacation and I had so much fun. So I technically have the 411 on the place, or at least for the Universal Studios Park. Yes there are other parks that are integrated into it, but I will tell you in a bit. So before you purchase your tickets read this below to get a better insight on what you can save on and what are must haves. Top 5 Things to Know for Universal Studios Firstly, be sure which park you want to attend. We wanted to save money so we were only going to do one day one park. That all fine and all, but ...

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