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A Many Thanks!

I just wanted to send out my utmost gratitude to these sights for highlighting my blog this past week. It was such a pleasant surprise to see that my mantel or mirror was chosen out of the many submissions for the linky party. I would like to say thanks to Courtney over at French Country … Continue reading

New Blog!

Sorry I have been MIA the last few days. I have appreciated ALL of your comments! It makes the many hours of figuring this whole “blogging thing” well worth the time. I have been a busy bee working on a new website. I just bought a domain name and hosting for my new site: acreativebeginning.net … Continue reading

Pottery Barn Eagan Mirror

I know there is a plethora of tutorials out in blogland on how to make the Pottery Barn Eagan Mirror.  Like here, here, here, and ummmm, here too!  While all of these turned out amazing!  I wanted (and needed) the EXACT same size that the REAL pottery barn mirror is.  I needed a large statement … Continue reading

Some more “Spring Bling”

A few weeks ago, I for some reason was in this mood to just get rid of pretty much anything and everything in my house.  I literally started posting most of my furniture up on Craigslist.  Whether or not it was a fair price, well that’s a whole other thing.  I figured, if somebody wanted … Continue reading

Spring Mantel

First off, I have to say I am not as behind on the “spring mantel” as you might think. I have had it decorated like this for a while, but have just been taking my sweet time writing a post about it. With that said……… (above photo of where I bought everything!  decorative ball: garage … Continue reading

Busy Building!

Last weekend I was ultra motivated to get some things built!   I finally decided it was time to tackle Olivia’s Nook.  First, let me say that when we first saw the house, this little nook was the most odd use of space.  We weren’t quite sure what it was for.  The realtor guessed that … Continue reading

We are Online!

I just wanted to share the link to our episode!  Im so excited that DIY Network put it online for all to see!  If you don’t get the channel, here’s your chance to still watch! enjoy! RENOVATION REALITIES: THE LAIRD JOB

Olivia’s Armoire

So TJ and I finally decided to tackle the armoire that I want to build for Olivia’s room.  I fell in love with the Pottery Barn Kids Armoire they had for sale, but not so much in love with their price.  As you may know from past posts, I got these amazing plans from Ana … Continue reading

Butcherblock Countertops

This post is to explain the step-by-step process I did for my counter tops.  It was really easy, but I won’t lie, it was very time consuming.  I got the countertops at Ikea.  We ended up paying about $700 for 5 different pieces.  We decided to go with the Numerar Oak butcher block.  They had … Continue reading

Kitchen Breakdown

A lot of people were curious about the cost of the kitchen and how it was broken down.  I’m more than happy to share it with those of you who are wondering! Our old cabinets were in great shape!  They just needed a new face lift.  I knew that I wanted to paint them white … Continue reading