DIY Laundry Room makeover under $100

We finally completed our laundry room makeover recently and I can’t believe the transformation! We started out with this boring and blue accent wall…

Then, I used a sharpie to create this faux shiplap wall and it was incredibly easy. For more information and instructions, click HERE.

For the second part of our makeover, we wanted to create a floating shelf and countertop, but wanted to keep it budget friendly. We had a lot of supplies on hand already, but purchased the remaining supplies from Lowe’s.

Below is a list of everything we used in order to complete this project.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 4 2x4s – $3.14 each
  • 2 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood – $16.92 each
  • Screws – $5.98 (we had this already)
  • Nails (included with our brad nailer)
  • Wood Stain – $7.98 (we had this already)
  • Polyurethane – $9.98 (we had this already)

Total cost in supplies: $70.34

TOOLS NEEDED:

Step one: Mark the walls where the studs are and measure how high you want the countertop and floating shelf/shelves. This makes it easier when installing. Next, measure the length and width of the countertop and shelf.

I found some old lights in storage so we ended up installing those before the countertop. These lights are over a year old, but here’s a link to similar ones.

Step two: Measure and cut the sheets of plywood to desired length. We followed Shanty2Chics instructions HERE on creating our floating shelf and countertop.

Step three: Install countertop and shelf to 2x4s in wall. Learn from our mistake and install the shelf first before the countertop. It’ll be easier. 😉 Secure the countertop and shelf to the 2x4s with the brad nailer.

After we installed the countertop and shelf, we decided to build something for in between the washer and dryer. We found Thrifty and Chic’s blog post and used her instructions to recreate something similar.

Here is the final look! If you’re interested in what decorations we purchased for this space, see below.

What do you think of our final look?! Jake says it’s looks like something out of a magazine! HAHA. For once I am looking forward to doing laundry and can’t wait to fold everything on our new countertop.

Leave your comments below – I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

DIY Shiplap Makeover

This was our laundry room before the (part 1) makeover. It’s a small space as it is and with the dark blue accent wall, it made the space feel even smaller. I wanted to brighten it up and make it feel bigger, but wanted to spend as little as possible.

I came across few pins on Pinterest about “Sharpie Shiplap” and it looked pretty easy! I knew I had some white paint leftover from another project and a few sharpies laying around, so I definitely wanted to try this out.

The first step I did was paint the wall white. (If you are lucky enough to already have a white wall, then you can obviously skip this step.)

(wearing a mask because I am pregnant)

Once the paint dried, it was time to start measuring where the shiplap lines will go. I decided on a 7 inch shiplap width, but you could do any size you want! I marked 7 inches down on both sides of the wall using a pencil first. (You don’t need to do this step either, but I felt since this was my first time, it would help me eliminate any mistakes I could possibly make mis-measuring.)

TIP: Start from the top of the wall and work your way down.

Once the lines were marked, I used a level to draw the lines with the Sharpie.

Once finished, I took a step back and realized that I wanted the lines to be a little darker. (I used a fine tip Sharpie when I should have used a thicker one like this one.)

I grabbed a thicker Sharpie and made sure it was the look I was going for.. and it was! (The last line is the new Sharpie mark.)

So I re-did the wall again using the thicker Sharpie pen. TIP: Use a thicker Sharpie pen if you’re wanting to achieve the same look as I did. 😉

& here is the finished look! I love how inexpensive this project was and what a difference it made in our laundry room.

Part 2 of our laundry room makeover is to add floating shelves and a table above the washer & dryer.

Have you used Sharpie shiplap in your home? If so, what tips/tricks did you use? Leave a comment below!

DIY Front Door Makeover

This was our front door before the makeover. It wasn’t ugly, but I wanted a change. The black door showed ALL of the dirt/dust constantly and I felt like I was cleaning it weekly to keep it somewhat clean (but it wasn’t working).

We normally keep this door open during the day because the fur babies like to look out, so it made the interior space feel dark.

So, one morning I decided to paint our front door! I used primer and paint that we already had, so the best part of this project was that it was completely FREE!

Step 1: Clean any dust/dirt off the door to ensure that the primer/paint will apply smoothly.

Step 2: Tape off the door and handles. You may remove the handles to make it easier, but I didn’t want to worry about re-installing, so I just taped. I used Scotch Paint Tape which never lets paint leak and has the easiest cleanup.

Step 3: Prime the door (optional). You may not need to do this step, but since I was going with a much lighter shade, I went ahead and primed the door with one coat. (A mask isn’t necessary, but I am pregnant so I’m being cautious. ☺️)

Here is what the door looked like after the primer. Doesn’t it already look much brighter in this space?!

Step 4: Paint the door. There is a technique to painting your door properly, so be sure to follow the guidelines below!

Here is what the door looked like after one coat. I let this dry before applying the second coat in the same order as the picture above.

And here is the finished door! I love how light it turned out and makes the space so much brighter. It looks way cleaner too so hopefully I won’t have to clean weekly anymore!

If you’re wanting to know what paint color we used, here what was listed on the paint can.

Let us know what you think of our new door by leaving a comment below! 😁

DIY Pantry Makeover

Since we can’t really go anywhere due to being quarantined, we have been tackling budget friendly projects around the house. The first one we wanted to do was our pantry. The amount of storage was limited and I absolutely hate wire shelving so it needed to go!

As you can see, we were lacking storage (and organization) in our pantry. We made a quick trip to Lowe’s to pick up supplies and kept to our small budget.

Before the makeover

We used these directions from Shanty 2 as our guide. We changed a few things to make our project a little more budget friendly. Here is the link: https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2016/03/diy-floating-shelves-plans-tutorial.html If you haven’t heard of them before, you REALLY need to check our their stuff. These women are super talented and make the best budget friendly DIY projects.

We removed all items and shelving before painting the pantry the same color as our kitchen. Once we let that dry overnight, we installed the floating shelves.

Once floating shelves were installed, it was time to somewhat organize. I purchased these storage containers & baskets from Wal-Mart. I love the way everything came together and we were to create more storage and organization and also stayed within our budget of $100!

Guess what….

We are expecting!

We are beyond excited for this adventure and can’t wait to see our little Shemmy grow! This has been the hardest secret to keep & we are happy to finally announce it. We can’t wait to meet you little one. ♥️

We were lucky enough to have our friend & very talented photographer, Shae White take these photos for us. Isn’t she amazing?!! Book your session with her by visiting her site: https://shaewhitephotography.pixieset.com

Baby Shemmy due September 2020. ♥️

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

Visiting Savannah for St. Patrick’s day? Below is a list of things to do and places you’ll want to check out. If this is your first time, you are definitely in for an eye opening experience!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With over 400,000 visitors in Savannah, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is ranked #3 largest in the US! There are several places you can sit and enjoy the parade, but you’ll want to arrive early in order to secure a decent spot. This year, the parade will be held on Tuesday, March 17th from 10:15am to 2pm.

For more information about the parade, click HERE.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

This year, the festival will be held March 13th & 14th starting at 10am till midnight. If you plan on participating in the festivities and day drinking all over downtown, be sure to get a wristband. They are $10 each day and can be purchased at several booth throughout downtown, River Street and City Market. If you don’t, you could face a fine of more than $50.

There will also be live entertainment and activities as well as, artists, photo booths and a food court.

For more information, click HERE.

Greening of the fountain at Forsyth Park

It is tradition in Savannah to dye all of the fountains green, but they start with Forsyth first. Every year the city dyes the fountain green and hosts a ceremony. This year, the ceremony will take place on March 6th from 12 to 1pm at Forsyth park.

For more information, click HERE.

Irish Restaurants and Bars

Molly MacPheron’s Pub & Grill – check out their menu and drinks HERE.

McDonoughs of Savannah – check out their menu and drinks HERE.

O’Connells Irish Pub – for more information, click HERE.

Whether this is your first time or your fifth time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, you are sure to have an amazing experience that you will hopefully remember!

DIY Personalized Wooden Trays


Now that Christmas is over and the number of the Dear Santa Trays have gone down, I knew I needed to find another way to utilize these boards again because I loved making them! So, I searched on Pinterest for some ideas and came up with these wooden boards. I also thought these would make a thoughtful and unique gift all year long!

(Click the picture to purchase this design)

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Wooden trays (these are similar to the ones we have)
  • Paint (this is the one I used)
  • Stain (this is the one I used)
  • Cutting machine (this is the one I have)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I love using Siser)
  • Sealer (this is the one I used)
  • SVG design (I used this one & customized)
  • Iron (this is what I use)

First, you’ll want to paint, stain and seal (one coat) your wooden trays and let dry at least 24 hours before applying your heat transfer vinyl. Use and customize your design and cut on your cutting machine using HTV (don’t forget to mirror!). Weed and apply your HTV using heat. Finish sealing the wooden trays with a couple of additional coats and let dry completely.

I love how easy this project was and how it can be such a thoughtful idea for a wedding or anniversary gift! If you don’t have the time to make this wooden tray yourself, click here to order one.

RV THERE YET?!

Recently Jake and I rented an RV with all four animals (2 dogs & 2 cats) and traveled through the Florida Keys. It was definitely an experience we will never forget! We rented the RV through Cruise America for a pretty good price – it was MUCH cheaper than staying at hotels and paying pet deposits though! We enjoyed traveling in an RV as it was so convenient for us and we will definitely be RV traveling again!

Our first stop was Lake Okeechobee – biggest lake in Florida. Jake thought this would be a good halfway spot to Key Largo (he didn’t want to do 8 hours of driving in one day). We stayed the night in Lake Okeechobee and the next day we rented an air boat!

Check out our Instagram page for movies of this adventure – Simply_Shemwell!

And of course on our way to Key Largo, we had to stop at “Robert is here fruit stand.” We read so many awesome reviews online that said to stop here before you head to the Keys, so that’s what we did & we were so glad we made the stop. When you walk in, you have the option of ordering a smoothie made with all their fresh, just picked fruits.. and of course we did! We shopped around and checked out all of the neat, large and unique fruits and all of the jams, honey and spreads you could think of!

Once we finished shopping, we realized that there was a mini zoo behind the fruit stand! They had a large amount of exotic birds, turtles and goats! We finished our smoothies while petting the animals and then continued to Key Largo.

If you are interested in shopping any of their products, check out this link: https://www.robertishere.com/collections/all

Once we arrived in Key Largo, we immediately headed to the beach closest to us. We enjoyed a few hours at the beach before finishing the night with dinner and (lots of) drinks at Sundowners.

The next day, we went on a kayaking tour of the mangroves with Paddle the Florida Keys. We were extremely lucky to be the only ones on this tour as we got to experience more of the mangroves! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, friendly and adventurous. At first, I was a little nervous to be on a kayak since this was only my second time, but she made me feel comfortable and once we got out into open water, I was excited!

Florida Key Mangroves
Deep in the Mangroves

The next day, we checked out some locals shops and one in particular stood out. The Rain Barrel. It was a collection of small crafty shops with some very unique items. We walked around and checked out each store…until we ended up at the bar! Yes! There’s a bar in this place – so you can walk around & drink. Totally reminded us of Savannah & we loved it. We ended up staying a little longer because the drinks were SO good. LOL

My second drink & feeling goooood.
Jake was feeling even better. LOL
They have this giant lobster statue outside – pretty cool!

Our next stop was Robbies – so we could feed the tarpon. This was also a neat area as they had a variety of shops available, a restaurant & a marina to rent water toys.

buckets of fish ready for the tarpon.

This was an interesting, yet scary experience! I never thought I would be afraid of birds, but I definitely do not like pelicans anymore. They were feisty – one even bit some lady’s hand! They said to stick your hand closer to the water to feed them, but it didn’t seem like anyone was courageous enough to do so. LOL

After feeding the tarpon and grabbing lunch on the water, we stopped by the beach to let the dogs run around and play.

living the best life.
Homesless hut? If you look closely, you will see Wilson’s cousin. (top right corner of hut) LOL
Tree full of random shoes left at the beach.

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset dinner, yet again. 😉

The next day we kept our adventure going and eventually made it to the popular 7 mile bridge. For some reason, I thought it would feel longer than it did, but it was neat to watch! Luckily, it was a smooth ride for us. 🙂

We finally made it to Key West! Of course our very first stop was to go to the southern most point (which later we learned wasn’t technically the southern most point), but there was such a long line to take pictures, that we just took a couple of selfies and found the nearest bar. LOL

We weren’t able to take many pictures of Key West since it’s kind of hard holding a dog leash in one hand a beer in the other. LOL

Jake couldn’t wait to recreate this – “Shitter was full” moment LOL

Our last fun adventure was in Key West and we rented jet skis and toured the island with Key West Water Tours. It was interesting to get a different persecutive of the island. We definitely saw more in those two hours than we could have the whole weekend – highly recommend doing this tour as well!

That’s the Southern most point in the background

We took a bunch of videos on our GoPro and combined them into one clip – check out our Instagram to watch!

& you get free beer afterwards!! WHAT!!

One of my favorite memories from this trip was the Key West sunset on our last night. It was absolutely magical. Not a cloud in the sky, weather was perfect and it was incredible to see the amount of people stopping from their busy day to sit down at Mallory Square/Sunset Pier and watch the sun set. I wish I would have taken a picture of all of the people, because you would have been shocked! We enjoyed a fabulous Cuban meal at Mallory Square with the best view ever. It was the perfect way to end our trip.

I think Jake and I are already looking forward to returning to the Keys. LOL If we ever win the lottery, I’m pretty sure we will end up somewhere down there.

Have you been to the Florida Keys? If so, please share your memories with us!

Dear Santa Wood Boards

I’ve been seeing these Dear Santa boards all over the internet recently and thought they were the cutest thing ever! I had to recreate my own and give it to my best friend for her niece for Christmas. 🙂

It was super simple and all you need is:

  • Cutting machine
  • Vinyl
  • Tray

We customized ours a little more and stained it and painted it as well. You could easily pick up trays at Dollar Store and make your own fairly cheap!

Here is the link I used for the template: CLICK HERE.

Once cut, adhere to your surface and all done! Check out our Instagram page for videos and more pictures – CLICK HERE!

DIY Floating Desk Under $100


With the growth of our new business, we have started to become pretty busy. The orders keep coming in (which is an AWESOME thing) but we were working harder, not smarter and that needed to change immediately. One big issue we were having was that we weren’t organized. We had the Cricut machine in my office, heat press in the garage and random supplies all over the house. The office/craft room did not have enough storage nor desk space and it was only getting worse as the days went on.

We decided to go with floating desks to maximize our storage space. Jake found some different ways to build floating desks, but we decided to do it this way, because 1.) it was the easiest & 2.) duh, it was the cheapest! LOL

We made a trip to Lowe’s to purchase the following supplies:

  • Six 2x4x10 ft wood pieces found here ($4.77 each-$28.62 total)
  • Four 19.5 shelf brackets found here ($11.98-$47.92)
  • Gorilla Glue wood glue ($3.98)
  • Wood stain in Early American ($7.98)
  • Wood screws found here ($2.58)

Total cost = $91.08

The first step we did was trimmed the six 10 ft pieces to 9ft and then sanded down the edges. Then, we applied Gorilla Glue wood glue to each piece and secured using clamps and let dry completely before applying the wood stain. The wood stain color we chose was “Early American” and applied one coat. Once that was dry, we applied a couple of coats of the polyurethane and let dry overnight.

Now comes the FUN part — installation! After marking the walls where the studs were, we then measured and marked 30 inches tall on each stud. This was how tall the floating desk was going to be. Then we secured the brackets to each stud and then set the six wood pieces and secured those to the brackets using wood screws.

Marking where the studs are.

And here is the finished product! What do you think?! I am absolutely in love with our new room and can’t wait to organize, decorate and grow our business even bigger!