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 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!

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!

DIY Fabric Box on a budget.


I had some extra scraps from a chair I recovered that I really liked and wanted to reuse again, but wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. I took a walk around the house to see if anything would come to mind when a light bulb came on in the garage. I saw some cardboard boxes waiting to be recycled and knew that I could easily cover them and use them for storage in our bedroom.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape or ruler

WHAT TO DO

Lay fabric on flat surface with cardboard box on top.

Lay out a large piece of fabric on a flat surface and place the cardboard box on top. Next, measure and mark 1 inches on all sides of the box. Start cutting the fabric along the one inch mark towards the box. You will repeat this step 8 times.

Cut all four corners.

The remaining fabric will resemble a cross. Starting with one end of the box and fabric, apply hot glue and fold over until secured in place. Hold for a few seconds until the glue is dry. Repeat this step for all corners.

Fold the sides in to create a clean seam.

Once all 4 sides are complete, you’ll have a fabric covered box ready for use! I ended up putting a fake plant in ours to give our bedroom corner some color. What do you think?!

Have you done a project similar to mine? Please comment and share below!

Why Freebie Friday?


Why do I like to give away stuff on my Instagram each week?! Because, WHY NOT?! I love to see people happy and smiling! 🙂

As the weeks go on, I’ll start giving away items that Jake and I create by ourselves. Prizes will vary but they will all be things we love and hope you will love too! Stay tuned for some neat prizes coming up! We hope you will love them as much as we loved making them!

Honey, I love you to the moon and back.


Jake and I were extremely grateful to have the opportunity to stay at our uncle Art & Mindy’s home (while they were on vacation) in the British Virgin Islands for our honeymoon. Read below to learn more about our trip and view some of the pictures we took. We can’t wait to go back!!

Continue reading “Honey, I love you to the moon and back.”

Surprise me, Daufuskie!

Since it’s my first “throwback Thursday” I thought it would be fitting to share the one of the first trips we had together. It was my first birthday spent with Jake, so I was really hoping it was going to be a good one! As the date was approaching, Jake told me that he had a surprise for my birthday, but couldn’t tell me where we were going or many details because he didn’t want to spoil the surprise. I immediately got excited and nervous. Are you one of those people who feel like when you’re not in control, things aren’t OK?! I am! So, while I was excited and eager to find out what the surprise was, I was also miserable inside not knowing what to expect. “What do I bring? What kind of weather will it be? What kind of clothing do I bring? What if…etc.” Gotta love anxiety, right?! Jake of course did give me some hints as what to bring, but he didn’t want to give it away, so he kept it to a minimum.

On the day of my birthday, we packed the bags in the car and had a delicious breakfast at Collins Quarter. I then became confused and excited when we ended up at Bull River Marina. I really did not know what to expect, that was until the Captain of the boat spilled the surprise. Jake was a little disappointed, but I was super excited to find out that he was taking me to Daufuskie Island, SC! We have both been wanting to go for awhile, but knew it wasn’t easily accessible. For those who aren’t familiar with Daufuskie Island, it’s a small island accessible by boat between Savannah, GA and Hilton Head, SC. This isn’t your typical island, there are only a few roads, one or two places to purchase groceries and the popular method of transportation is golf cart. It’s such a beautiful,intriguing, mysterious island — I highly suggest you make a trip to visit. For more information about the island, click this link:

Once we arrived on the island, there was a van waiting for us to bring us to our golf cart so THEN we can head to our cute, little one bedroom cottage. It was just what we needed for the weekend since we knew most of our time would be spent outside. We quickly toured the property and hopped back into our golf cart to tour the island.

As we drove around Daufuskie, all we could keep saying is “Daufuskie is gorgeous” and how friendly everyone is. At the time, there were 3 restaurants on the island and it happened to be around lunch time, so we stopped at Old Daufuskie Crab Company. We had excellent service as our server kept providing us with (free) “wrong drink orders.” LOL So you can imagine how great of time we were off to as we were sipping on Scrap Iron on the river.

We adventured around the island, touring the few shops, museums and schools — there is so much history to this island! Did you know that Daufuskie means sharp feather in the Muscogee language because of it’s resemblance?

Our first night, we stayed in due to the nasty storm that occurred, but it was lovely to be in this cozy Daufuskie cottage watching movies and cuddling with Jake. I woke up to breakfast in bed the next morning and was surprised when Jake mentioned that we would be taking a stroll along the beach… on horses! Due to my excitement, I rushed through breakfast and we headed to the horses. Unfortunately, the company that we used is no longer operating on the island due to the hurricanes that came through, but we had such a wonderful experience as you can see. We rode through trails which lead us to the beaches — it was an experience that I will never forget!

We spent the rest of the day on the beach that we had to ourselves! Can you believe that? Not one single person on this beach… it was awesome!

We had dinner at a restaurant that is also no longer operating on the island due to the hurricanes, but it was delicious! After dinner, we headed back to Old Daufuskie Crab Company to enjoy a night of scrap iron and music on the river as we enjoyed this atmosphere better.

The next morning, before we had to head back to Savannah, we took a tour of the Daufuskie Rum Company and had a “few” samples of their rum. We learned about their history, how they make their rum and why their rum is different from most! It was a great experience, the owner was wonderful and we left with a good buzz. LOL

Once we returned our golf cart, we were taken to our ferry which was waiting for us at the dock and brought us back to Savannah. On our ride back, I remember seeing so many dolphins – we couldn’t believe it! It was a great way to end to one of the best trips I’ve ever had. We made so many wonderful memories that weekend that we decided to get married a couple of years later on Daufuskie! That’ll be a blog for another day. LOL If you ever have the opportunity to visit Daufuskie, I highly recommend it — it’s such a fascinating island that is away from the hustle and bustle.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we had horrible cell service the entire weekend which made us connect even more. I guess that’s why we love Daufuskie so much, because we escape everything and focus on just us.

Turning something old into something ours.

When we first moved into our house, the previous owners left some furniture behind — which was totally fine by me! I knew that I could and would re-purpose anything and everything. One of the items that the left was an espresso entryway shelf. I loved the shelf, but HATED the color. It made the space feel so dark and small. I wish I would’ve taken a before picture, but I guess this is one of those things that you learn along the blogging way, right?!

Here is what was hanging in the entryway.

We knew that we had to do something with this area, but we didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Jake gave me a budget of $100, so off to Pinterest I went to look for ideas. And of course, I fell in love with something far too expensive…. as usual.

Cute, right?!

I knew that Jake would immediately say no if I even asked, so I didn’t bother! LOL This wasn’t something we NEEDED — it was something we wanted, therefore we didn’t want to splurge and I agreed with that. So, we made a trip to Walmart and Home Depot to purchase these items:

  • Closet Maid 3 cube bench (at the time was $39.99)
  • Ship-lap ($32.97)
  • Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in ultra white (previously had)
  • Two 44in x 5in boards ($5)
  • Caulk (previously had)
Before the ship-lap and sides. (excuse the bent bins — dogs found out that their toys are hidden in there and helped themselves! LOL

Once we purchased the materials, we removed the baseboards to give it the appearance of being built in. Once those were gone, we secured the bench to the wall. Next, we applied the ship-lap which was SO easy. We’ve never used this kind before and will definitely be using again! We then added the 2 boards and attached those to the sides. Once everything was secured, we then caulked and painted using Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in Ultra White.

Here is the finished look! What do you think?! Best part is that I stayed UNDER budget by $20! Jake was excited and surprised. LOL

Removed the dog toys and NOW the cats hide in there! I need to buy some hard bins. LOL

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve done around the house?! Comment them below!