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    Bathroom Makeover On A Budget // Paint & Lighting

    Ahhh you have no idea how amazing that picture up there is to me. You see, we lived in this house for two years hating the bathroom. I finally got around to fixing it up a bit last year in November. Yes, I said November. I took the photos, but never got around to posting our awesome little make over. It started with the Ikea Spice Rack Storage we put up over a year before we ended up finishing up the bathroom. Let’s take a look… You know what’s awkward about taking pictures of your small bathroom? Your reflection in…

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    DIY Tutorial // Sew 10 Minute Throw Pillow Covers

    In our family room the floor is a gorgeous dark wood, the walls are a light “mushroom bisque” and our couch is a giant brown corduroy sectional. That room is brown, brown and more brown! So after ordering some fabric (ahem) over 6 months ago to recover some throw pillows to add a little color, I finally got around to it and I wanted to share how easy it is to make a simple throw pillow cover! Materials: Fabric Sewing Machine Thread Pins Scissors Measuring tape Iron Tip: Prewash your fabric, this way it won’t shrink when you wash the…

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    How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

    Painting our brick fireplace is something we went back and forth on for months. I actually love the look of a brick fireplace, to be honest. In the end, we agreed that between the lack of natural light in our house and our dark floors, we needed to do it to bring in some light. This project was on my list for a while and I finally got around to doing it as Blaine was finishing up our fence one weekend. Honestly? It was a lot more work than I had anticipated! In the end it took me about 6+…

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    How to Have a Campground Wedding

    I get emails all the time about our wedding. Camp weddings have become more and more popular and I love that! Let’s begin with a little back story on my wedding: We got married at Camp Seely in the San Bernardino mountains. I didn’t so much “find” it as it has been a part of my life since I was a kid. My family would go there every year, along with my extended family and lots of other family friends. I’m sure we’ve been there a dozen times and to get married somewhere that I already had so much history…

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    How To Sell on Instagram

    I started writing this and then (a paragraph later) realized I was rambling. This is me trying this again. Without too much rambling. Selling your stuff on Instagram. It’s getting pretty popular and I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now (@shopaileen). I’ve been selling online since I was 16, but I know there are a lot of you out there who don’t have that experience and might want to make some extra money selling your stuff. Set Up: You’ll need an Instagram account (duh). I made a separate one so I don’t flood my regular followers with…

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    DIY // Ikea Spice Rack as Bathroom Storage

    The other day I posted the photo above and talked for a millisecond info on my little bathroom project. That night B hung the shelves for me and set them all up while I was downstairs in the kitchen. I was so excited when I walked up the stairs and saw everything off the counter and on the wall! I’m in love with them. You see, I’m lazy. Ask B, he’ll gladly back me up on that. Our counter will go a week without being wiped down if there’s too much stuff on it. Now we can keep everything in…

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    Tutorial // DIY Burlap Holiday Wreath 3 Ways

    There’s something about Christmas time that makes me want to create. We needed a wreath and I had really been itching to use some of the burlap we had left from our wedding. I’m pretty pleased with the results! It’s so easy to switch it up too. I’m not sure which I’ll end up with on our front door. My husbands vote was either for the floral one or for the striped one with the bow added on. Which is your favorite?? A Simple Burlap Wreath Step One // Gather Your Supplies Pipe Insulation Tube (local hardware store) Burlap Scissors…

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    DIY Painted Filing Cabinet Tutorial

    I’m so excited to share this tutorial. Now we can all have pretty, pretty filing cabinets instead of boring beige, black or gray. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments or email me! Supplies Needed:Filing Cabinet ($10?)Spray Paint ($3.48×3 – 2 aqua and 1 white)Sand Paper (I used 220 because that’s what the spray paint I used told me to) (Free – we had some)Several cloths to wipe down cabinet after sanding (Free – we had some)Total: $20.44 Time Needed: About 3-4 hours depending on if yours has stuff that needs to…

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    DIY: Fabric Box Tutorial

    I’ve been working on getting my studio all set up and organized and really wanted a cute box to keep paper next to my new printer. I’ve seen cardboard, paper covered boxes at Target and such, but we don’t have a Target near us and I didn’t feel like going on a search. I started brainstorming and decided to make it myself. It probably cost me under $5 to make with the supplies I had on hand. All in all, I think this took me about 15 to 20 minutes, so it’s not complicated or time consuming at all. I’m…