Happy One Year Blogiversary To Me!!

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Hey, hey everybody!!! So it’s time to celebrate my one year blogiversary! That’s right — I hit the one year mark! I have to be honest with all of you, I am quite surprised because this is actually the third blog that I have started. I tried two before and they just didn’t quite pan out. I did a couple of posts, but then eventually just let them go.

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It wasn’t until the other day that I figured out why the other two blogs didn’t pan out. There was no theme or structure and I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. Plus, I wasn’t passionate about anything that I was writing about.

Yup, it’s true — By The Stand was meant to be.

So a year has come and gone and this is what I learned. First off, I learned so much about myself. I learned that I could do things that I hadn’t even dreamed of doing but even more than that, I have discovered this whole other side to myself that I didn’t know was there.

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Before I started my blog, I was stuck in a job that I absolutely hated and had no idea that this whole DIY world even existed. By The Stand has opened so many doors and opportunities for me and I hope that it will continue to do so.

I have known for a while that I love to create and make things. I just didn’t know that I was actually good at it. When I started to make and create and people started complimenting me on it, I was completely taken back. The more I explored this side of myself, and the more I started to make stuff, my passion for DIY just grew and grew.

I honestly, don’t even really know how to describe it. To me, it’s kinda like when you are a kid and you finally get to have your most favorite candy in the world. You have been waiting for what seems like forever for you parents to give you the candy. You can’t wait to rip open that package and devour all that delicious candy. You gobble it up so fast and when the package is empty, you just can’t wait to have it again — and again and again.

So yah, to say that I love DIY is a total understatement… I am addicted.

I am so glad that I am able to share my passion and creativity with all of you!

So thank you to you all from the very bottom of my heart! I could not do this without all of your love and support and I look forward to many more years of DIY, blogging and good ol’ fashioned fun!

Can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans we can get into! 😀

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Front Porch Makeover

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As we start to get into the swing of things in regards to being homeowners, there is one job that I have wanted to tackle ever since moving day — the front door.

Our front door isn’t the worst door in the world, but let’s just say it’s no Craftsman style which is my dream front door but just so happens to cost around 2 grand — and that’s for the base model. 🙁 Maybe one day, I will have that door, but that day is not today… or tomorrow, well you get the idea.

Our front door is what you would call builder basic and pretty much EVERYWHERE. It is like the standard door around my city. It’s on almost every other house. The problem with ours is that it was (was being the key word here) white. I wanted a bright pop of color for our front door.

That’s exactly what I got!

I ventured far outside of my comfort zone with this one… really far. This is not something that I thought I would like but it turns out I love it!

Let’s talk paint… I went with Curb Appeal from DecoArt. I have used this paint before and it’s amazing. I used it for my Grandma’s door (I will be posting that one soon!) and the color was so vivid and it has held up really well.

For my door, I went with Cottage Moss.

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This was my door before.

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Notice the poor little 94 on the side on the brick… don’t worry I have a solution for that!

First things first, I started by taping off the door handle, lock and semi-circle window (which I later painted anyway because I didn’t like the trim left white)

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Oh, and I removed the wizard knocker. My husband liked it but it kind of creeped me out.

This is one coat of the Curb Appeal

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That’s pretty good for a first coat.

Second coat done.

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And that’s all she needs! This paint comes in a 16oz container and I only used half of it. 2 full coats and I still have a  ton of the paint left! That’s pretty good!

My freshly painted door looked great! My mailbox not so much…

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I mean it’s alright, but I have this thing about brass fixtures… and by “thing”, I mean I hate them.

So… time for a little mailbox makeover!

I got this Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint from Home Depot. I love this stuff.

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You can use this on metal, plastic, wood — it works great!

First things first, I had to lightly go over the mailbox with a bit of 100 grit sandpaper. This is just to ensure that the spray paint would get the best coverage.

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Then I did two light coats of spray paint. Remember, when you are working with spray paint, light and even coats are the way to go.

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While the paint was drying, I headed down to my craft room to make a stencil with my Cricut.

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I used the negative cut as a stencil to number my mailbox.

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I wanted to make sure the numbers would really pop and be visible from the road so I went with a nice vivid white paint.

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As you can see, you can still see the Oil Rubbed Bronze a bit so I did two coats of the white paint.

Once the white paint had dried, I removed my stencil and then I sealed the white paint with a clear coat spray.

And….

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Like it?? I sure do!!

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Like I said, this color is totally out of my comfort zone, but I ended up totally falling in love!!

You never know until you try, right?

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Let me know what you think by commenting below!

If you love this color, make sure you pin this for later!

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And if you really love it, don’t forget to share this post with your friends!!

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An Empty Doritos Bag Made Me See My Daughter In A New Light

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So I know this girl, her name is Ava and this girl named Ava likes to save every little thing. This girl named Ava is actually my eight-year-old daughter. I feel absolutely terrible for doing this, but when she is at school, I will go into her room and throw stuff out.

Does anybody else do this? I can’t be alone in this, right? Come on moms, please tell me you do this, too.

Some days it breaks my heart to throw out her drawings and doodles… but she doodles just so damn much! I couldn’t possibly save everything. Doodles and drawings aside, she also collects stuff — rocks, empty containers, rocks…did I say rocks? She has a thing for them lately. I hung up her coat the other day and it weighed waaay more than it should have. I unzipped her pocket and a handful of rocks fell onto my kitchen floor. She quickly ran over, scooped them up and headed to her bedroom. I think she knew that I would throw them out. I think at one point every kid has a rock collection, though.

Although, it did make me stop and think — is this more than just typical kid stuff or is my daughter headed for a life of hoarding? Because rock collections I can live with, but it was another incident that really had me asking myself some serious questions.

We were at Subway with my mother and we had just finished our meal. I had gotten up and started to clean up our garbage from the table. Seems normal, right? My daughter had just finished her bag of Doritos and I sat there and watched her carefully rip open the bag. She peeled it open like she was Charlie peeling open the chocolate bar to find a golden ticket.  She ripped the bag open so that it was flat like a piece of paper.Have you ever watched a kid doing something so intently. The look of determination on their face is almost inspiring. Anyway, I went to clean up the table and she stopped me when I grabbed the bag.

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“Hey, what are you doing?”, she asked as if I had just ripped off her right arm.

“I am getting rid of the garbage”, I said. She told me next that she wanted to keep the Doritos bag. “I was saving that”, she said in the world’s saddest voice ever.

This was my face in that exact moment.

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“Huh? Ava, why on earth do you want to save a piece of garbage? You know that’s garbage, right?” I asked her.
But, I just couldn’t get over it. Why would she want to save a piece of garbage? Out of all the things she has saved this was by far the strangest and the fact that she took the time to peel it open made it even more strange to me.
This was one of those parenting moments where I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, “what the heck is wrong with you???” but kids don’t really respond well to that, so I thought I had better try and rationally figure out what was going on in her head.
So, in my calmest, most understanding mommy voice I could muster up, I asked her why she wanted to save piece of garbage. Ava looked at me and responded, “I want to make something with this. This is a perfect piece for a craft.”
OH. MY. GOODNESS.
THERE. IT. WAS.
It was with that one simple answer that it hit me — she is copying me! ME! My daughter sounded just like me. It was like I heard my own voice coming through a tiny little eight-year-old.
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Then I realized, SHE GETS ALL THIS FROM ME. All the keeping of stuff and things — that is me! I have an entire craft room full of Doritos ba— totally just kidding. I DO NOT have a craft room full of Doritos bags. In all seriousness, though… I do have a craft room jam packed full of stuff that I am saving. Stuff that I just can’t bear to part with because you never know when you are going to need it for a DIY.
My daughter is watching me, learning and aspiring to be just like her mother and in the only way she knows how. The more I pay attention to her the more I see it. Although I didn’t let her take home the Doritos bag, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride. This was her taking an interest in the things that interest me.
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So yah, I have a whole craft room full of stuff. Maybe too much stuff, but the way I look at it, there are way worse things in this world. If I want to have a craft room full of stuff I am saving that I might one day use — so be it.

And you know what, I am going to use this as a learning opportunity. This is now a great thing that we can do together. Rather than just throwing the bag out and not paying attention to why she wanted it, I suggested to her that she and I could work through my craft room together. I let her know that she can help me with some of my DIYs and together we can work our way through some of the stuff we collect.

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So, the next time you think your kid is doing something strange or weird, talk to them. You never know what is going on in their minds. They might just surprise you.

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Let me know in the comments below if your kids try to copy you, too!
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Wall Unit Makeover For My Hubby

EVERYONE, EVERYONE!!! I finally found some time to post my first furniture update for the new house!! I know I promised you guys lots of great DIYs and details from the new house, but quite honestly it has been a little more hectic than I thought it would be.

You know when you have this vision of how things are going to go in your head and then they don’t turn out that way at all — well that was me moving into our first home. It was a total whirlwind, an unexpected amount of chaos. I still have boxes that need to be unpacked, rooms to set up and don’t even get me started on the fact that I haven’t been able to makeover my fireplace yet! All in good time, though ALL. IN. GOOD. TIME.

I want to share with you a very special DIY today, though.

We had this old wall unit, looked like something out of the 70s or something. Nothing fancy, just cheap press board.

The one thing I love about this piece of furniture, ugly as it may be (or should I say “ugly as it was”) you can’t beat how much you can store on this little baby. I love all the shelves! When we were house hunting, the one thing our new home had to have was a room where I could do crafts and we fell in love with the home we bought and there was just such a room, however there wasn’t a very large area for my hubby to have a man cave. This isn’t something that he had to have, but would have been nice.

I thought, though, that I could makeover this wall unit for him as a place to store his collection of liquor. Brace yourself… it is quite the collection. Seriously, if you come over to our house there is not a drink on this planet that we couldn’t make you. Oh, and he has all different types of glasses to go with his booze collection, but you will see that in the after shot.

For now let’s get to the good stuff!

The paint I chose for this project was from Americana Decor. I went with their Chalky Finish paint in the shade Timeless. I wanted a nice warm cream color and this shade was perfect. I also got their Creme Wax in Golden Brown.

First thing I had to do was remove the yucky brass trim from the tops of the shelving unit. Sooooo dated. Cause this thing was so old, these easily came off by just slipping a pry bar underneath and giving a little lift.

At first, I thought I would just lift off the brass trim and sand down the “wood”, but then I remembered these aren’t wood — they are cheap press board. The adhesive that was used to stick on the brass trim had left quite the mess.  My father in law was getting rid of some old baseboard trim that he had kickin’ around and I just so happened to be working in his garage so we cut them to fit and used a nail gun to attach them to where the gold trim once was.

You can see the icky mess left behind on the press board. I tried to sand it down, but it was just making it worse.

Once I had the new trim attached I could start painting! I was pleasantly surprised how nicely the paint went on to the press board. I have worked with this paint before, but I had never used it on press board before. Knowing that it is a great product, I didn’t have any doubts. If you are going to makeover anything, check out the line of chalky finish paint from Americana Decor. They have so many great colors to choose from.

I put on the first coat and let it dry for about 12 hours. Because it was just cheap press board I wanted to make sure that the paint was really set before applying the second coat.

Want to know a really fun trick my father in law taught me? To easily paint both sides of the shelves, I removed them from the unit and then my father in law screwed in an eye bolt and we hung them from a bungee

So this is me painting the one side of the shelf. Then this is the eye bolt.

And then you just hang it up and paint the other side.

My father in law has tons of great little tricks up his sleeve!

Ok, so this is where I really messed up guys! I don’t have a picture for you of me putting on the Creme Wax 🙁 … I got so into my groove that I totally forgot to stop and take a pic! This stuff was so easy to use, before I knew it I was done!

Pretty much all I did was dry brush it on and then worked it into the “wood” (sorry I can’t say press board anymore lol) with a dry cloth.

This is when they were almost finished… just had a couple of touch ups to do.

Take a look at the beautiful finish from the Creme Wax!

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See what I am talking about with my hubby’s collection? Not that he really even drinks any of it lol His thought was that one day he would have a bar in the basement, but for now this will do!

My husband loves how I re-did the wall unit for him!

The trim worked out really well, too!

So what do you think?

From a 70s nightmare to a brand new lookin’ piece! We love it.

Share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear them!

Check out the great products at DecoArt as well and you can pick yourself up some of this fabulous paint and the Creme Wax, too!

If you like this DIY, make sure you Pin it so you have it for later!

 

Check back in for more great DIYs!

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My Sink Stopper Nightmare

Ok guys, so we have been in the new house for a little over two weeks now. Things are going pretty well. I haven’t been able to get as much done as I would have liked to, but we did just have Easter and between the family celebrations and get togethers I haven’t had a lot of time.

That’s all done now so it is time to get some serious DIYn’ done!

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And what exactly are you looking at, you ask? Well that is my sink without a sink stopper.

Why do I have no sink stopper? Well, I don’t really know for sure, but I am going to guess that the previous home owners took them with them.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal, right? Well seven trips to Home Depot and a trip to a specialty plumbing store tell another story.

That’s right, my husband and I have bought eight different sink stoppers and not one of them stop the water from going down the drain. I don’t know what the deal is with this sink but this has been a nightmare.

So, I ask you my good friends and followers, if you ever move out of your house, PLEASE do not take the stink stoppers with you. They belong with the sink and you may just create a nightmare for the new home owner.

All I want to do is do a load of dishes without having to plug my sink with a cloth.

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Dollar Store Farmhouse Decor

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Ok, guys… so let me start off by saying that ever single bone in my body is aching. It was a long week, but we are all moved in to our new home and now the real fun begins. I may be tripping over boxes and clutter but I do LOVE to unpack! My DIYs have been on hold on account of the fact that I cannot yet get into my new craft room due to all the boxes, but I am going to set aside some time this week to get it done and all set up.

We had a bit of a delay in unpacking due to the fact that I had to paint every square inch of my house. The previous home owners chose some awful (and very dark) colors. Four coats of paint later and my daughter’s room is now a light pink rather than an eye piercing dark turquoise.

Anyway… I did find a little time to head out to the dollar store and I made my first piece of farmhouse style decor for my kitchen. It was super easy, too!

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They looked a little ridiculous. Since the pails were wrapped in plastic, I couldn’t check in the store. Rather than feel defeated, I found something better to do with them. My arms were still aching from all the painting I had just done, but I gathered up what little strength I had left and I pushed the topiary ball down into the pail. This sounds easy enough, but these little artificial gems are tougher than they look. 17902931_10155255227134851_736520980_o.jpg

There! That looks much better! I set my new pails and greenery up on my kitchen shelf, but to my dismay, when I woke up the next morning, the topiary balls were on the ground… “What the…?” Apparently they had expanded back out and popped right out over night. Nothing a little bit of hot glue couldn’t fix, though.

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What do you think? Do you think Joanna Gaines would be proud?? 😉

Here is a quick little video I made, too! Check it out and if you like this project, be sure and share this post with your friends!

I have lots more to share about the new house, but I am going to let my bones rest for a few days!

Til’ next time 😀

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