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 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.

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!

DIY Glow In Dark Dollar Tree Halloween Decorations


I’m obsessed with anything skulls. Always have and always will! So when I saw some skull stakes at Dollar Tree, I had to purchase them! The packaging stated that they were glow in the dark, but when we tried them out later that night, we didn’t see much glow at all. And this was even after we put them in direct light.

Instead of having a dull glow, I thought we could brighten these up ourselves! Opened up the paint cabinet to find some primer and glow in the dark spray paint that I had leftover from another project. & began the impromptu DIY project.

First step is to prime the skull stakes with one to two coats. I sprayed two coats of this Krylon Primer found here. Be sure to let dry completely in-between coats. Next, I sprayed two coats of the Rustoleum Glow in the dark spray paint found here and let dry completely.

Charge in direct sunlight for maximum exposure and decorate! I love how these add a neat effect to our Halloween decorations — I almost want to keep them up all year long! LOL

Have you done any glow in the dark projects? If so, please share below!

DIY Halloween Bat Decorations

Halloween is at a tie with Christmas when it comes to my favorite holidays for decorating. I like to get creative and crafty when it comes to decorating on a budget and this year I wanted to do something a little different…

I came across these bats on Amazon and thought it was such a neat idea and just what I needed for an extra wow factor on our Halloween decor! I used this as my inspiration as I looked around the house for supplies needed to do this myself and luckily, I had everything needed — (what a surprise!)

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Glue Dots (found here)
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors or cutting machine
  • SVG file of bats (found here)
  • Printer

WHAT TO DO:

Download the free file from above and print on to your black card stock. Once printed, place card stock in your cutting machine (or you can use scissors) and cut all bat images. Place one glue dot in the middle of the bat and press onto wall. Lightly lift sides of bat to give it the 3D look.

Drop a comment below and tell me your thoughts on these DIY bats! Are you going to put them in your home?

DIY Ceiling Witch Hat


We couldn’t wait until October to decorate our first house for Halloween! We both were/are excited and spent the weekend shopping for indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations. One of the items we purchased were these witch hats that we found at the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Witch Hat.

I saw some ideas on Pinterest of people hanging them from the ceiling and I thought it was such a neat idea and had to try it out! & It looked extremely easy to do.

Items needed for project.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

First, you’ll want to take your thread and measure how low you want the hats hanging from the ceiling. Next, you’ll apply the thread to the witch hats either using Glue Dots, Super Glue or Command Strips. I used glue dots and attached them to the string and them secured to the witch hat. Once all were completed, I applied them to the ceiling again using glue dots.

Hanging witch hats.

Depending on your ceilings (paint, dust, etc.), you may want to use a command strip and place the thread in between the two to hold. Most of our hats are holding up well, except one — it keeps falling, but I think it’s due to where it’s located and being pushed down by the air vent.

I wanted to place some in our living room, but we use the fan too much and they would fall.

What do you think?! Have you done something similar? Please share below!

DIY Pallet Wood Frames.


We have a ton of pallets in our garage that Jake broke down that are laying around. We want to reuse them in several ways, such as: dog house, walkway to our fire pit and a wooden dog bed, but we aren’t quite ready to tackle those bigger projects just yet. (We have about 7 half way done projects right now that we need to finish.) So, we decided to create some wood frames out of the pallets. Read below to learn how Jake built the frame and how I decorated it!

We first measured the pallet piece and cut it in half.

Once the pallet piece was cut in half, Jake then measured and labeled where to cut. I don’t recall the measurements we used on this exact frame, but if you can create any size frame you’d like.

After each piece was cut, Jake then sanded all sides of all pieces.

After all pieces were sanded, we glued each piece together using Gorilla Wood Glue. This stuff is seriously strong and we use it for almost every project!

Jake then used these clamps to secure the pieces in place until completely dry.

And here is the finished product! 🙂 This project did not take long at all and I love that we were able to re-purpose something free and turn it into something for decoration.

We will be creating signs and selling them on our Etsy shop soon!

I turned to my Cricut to create something festive and quick for Halloween. Stay tuned for my finished product and to see the other frames we created!

What are some projects you’ve created using pallets? Please share them below!

Grow your own Pineapples!


Ever wonder how to grow your own pineapple at home? It’s super easy! Next time you go to the grocery store, be sure to pick up a pineapple and grow one at home for yourself!

How to grow pineapples at home

STEP ONE: Cut off the top of the pineapple.

STEP TWO: Place pineapple top in a cup of water, ensuring that roots are covered. Remember to change out the water every couple of days.

STEP THREE: Once the roots start to show, you’ll want to plant in soil. We chose to plant ours in a pot since winter will be here in a few months and we weren’t sure how cold it was going to get here in Savannah, GA.

We chose this self watering planter to help us with watering. If you want one similar, check out these: CLICK HERE.

Jake poured soil into the planter.
Dug a little hole for the pineapple to go in and covered around with soil.
Once the pineapple was in, we added extra soil on top.

After a few months, a hard stalk will appear in the center and you’ll want to keep this moist so the pineapple can develop properly. Once the pineapple is fully ripe, you may then pick it. Some plants vary and can sprout within a year, while others typically take two years.

I’ll update this post as our pineapple grows, so be sure to keep checking back! 🙂

Our helpers were nearby, as always.

What are some of the foods you have grown from leftover scraps? Please share below!