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Adding curb appeal to your home

​Hey guys! Happy Monday and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂 Let’s talk about curb appeal! All too often we get suckered into the old cliche of judging a book by it’s cover. A lot of times we don’t mean to but it does tend to happen. Take me for instance, when I first saw this house I saw the outside and to me it looked very drab and it’s the only picture I saw of the outside so I actually ended up looking at this house last because I just felt MEHHH. Oh how wrong was I! I should have known that anyone can turn anything from drab to fab and that’s exactly what I did.
Now in my case, curb appeal was adding shutters. I always dreamed of a house with red rustic shutters. I just had to have them. At first, I was actually going to the stores to see if I could purchase them but as it turns out, all of the shutters were usually vinyl, not the right size or if I did find wooden ones they were super expensive.
Enter Brave Dina…
Before I braved the shutter route, I needed to add some window boxes with some beautiful flowers to add just the right touch. My mom gave me some awesome window boxes (Thanks mom! =) ) So I went ahead and screwed them under the window (at an angle of course so that the water can drip) and went to my local flower shop to pick out some awesome buds! Though I can’t take full credit for the flower choices because a beautiful cat named Dutchess who manages the joint gave me some suggestions. Just look at how pretty she is!
After flower grabbing, I ran over to the Home Depot and picked up some shiplap! I figured, how hard could it be to measure the size of the window and cut the wood down to size, stain it and attach it to the wall? If I could lay down hardwood flooring, I definitely could do this. So I did and it was easy as pie.
Shiplap wood
4 inch screws
First I measured my windows which happened to be 63 in in length so naturally when I went to the Home Depot I picked up the shiplap and the good folks there were able to cut it for me to make it a bit easier. I have a Honda Civic so it’s a bit difficult to fit things that I tend to find and want to do in my teeny tiny car LOL.
Now when it comes to the shiplap, they offered two different sizes at Home Depot one was 5 in in length and the other one was 8 in in length. I chose the 5 in 1 because for one thing, it was cheaper LOL and for another thing I didn’t want oversized or chunky shutters I want them to be just right. Sometimes if you do them oversized they overshadow the window and it just doesn’t look right. Less is more in everything you do. Always remember that as a rule of thumb. unless you’re working with burlap in which case more is more LOL but I digress…
So they cut the pieces and equal length for me, I put them in my car and drove home. All that I really had to do was stain the pieces of wood and let them dry. I did two coats to get a really deep red wood color and it took really well.
Attaching the shutters to the house was easy. I actually have cedar wood siding, so I just used really long screws about 4 in in length to make sure that they had a snug, secure fit.
I continued to attach the shiplap to the outside of the windows and it started to really make a difference on the outlook of the house. After fastening the three pieces of shiplap on each side of the window I had a little bit of extra wood left over so I decided to cut three separate pieces to add a little extra something something to those shutters and man, it really paid off. I’m so happy with the way they came out.
What did it end up costing you ask? It actually cost me only $24 a window and that includes the shiplap and the stain. Now that this came out fantastic, I’m going to go ahead and do all the windows and take a full frontal picture to update you all on the new curb appeal. =)
Have a beautiful week my friends! =)
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Creating shelves from old drawers

Good morning everyone and happy Monday!:-) it’s time for another DIY Monday project and today’s project is, you guessed it another re-purposing idea!
Old Drawers
Staple Gun
Sand Paper
Burlap (optional)
So when first moving into this house there were a lot of things that I wanted to change and make my own but I knew it would take a whole lot of time and that it did and I don’t think it’ll ever be done to be quite honest. One of the things that I really wanted to change was the half bath sink. It was an older outdated Oak cabinet with drawers and a rusty old sink. Now I love all things Rusty, dated and dilapidated but this just wasn’t my style. So, I purchased a new sink and cabinet and kept the wood and the drawers in the basement for scrap in case I need it.
Fast forward to nearly a year later, and I realized that I still had those drawers in the basement. And for the longest I was trying to figure out what to do with my stairs wall. I wanted to do a photo wall but didn’t really have the photos printed to put so I figured let me start with some other objects and then just make the photos come around it.
I ran down to the basement to grab those two drawers. They were drab, old and a bit moldy. But nothing a little burlap and paint can fix!
First, I just sanded down the drawers a little bit. Next I painted them. You can paint them whatever color you like. I chose a color called Earl Grey from Home Depot and the only reason I chose that color is because it was a clear and Sample and I love to buy those clear and samples for small projects. This one sure paid off!
Once I finished painting the drawers, it was now time to add some burlap and you could feel free to add burlap or not add burlap. This is your world and I’m just living in it. But for me, I’m the burlap Queen so of course, I had to add burlap. I used to staple gun to fasten the edges all around and form a nice tight fit. For me, that’s all they really was to it.
Now the big question was where to put it? Since I’ve been looking to add some character and depth to the stair wall, I figured what better place to put it and so I did. Here you can see both drawers one turned upward and one turned downward and you can add any little knick-knacks that you like. Of course I chose some vintage items that I had laying around the house and I even added to Colonial candles on top of each staircase to really give it a cozy glow at night.
Now I’m just adding things here and there to the wall to really make it come alive and add some pops of color. You can create any type of look that you like. I added an “I love you from here to Hershey” sign because, you all know, Hershey Park is my favorite place in the whole world! LOL and a little candle holder and a old fashioned skeleton key and keyhole. This particular look fits my style completely and I can’t wait to add some photos to it and put some updates on this blog.
These drawers are great to store knick knacks or showcase something special that you like to highlight and you can position them anyway you like depending on your style and wants.
This project cost me a total of $0.50 because the only thing I had to purchase was the sample paint from Home Depot. The drawers had already come from the cabinet so I already had those.
Happy crafting my friends and have a beautiful week ahead!
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Turn that outdoor table into a nifty, industrial collage! =)

​Happy Monday everyone! 🙂 I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Blog for either DIY Mondays or Wellness Wednesdays but I’ve had some things going on that needed my attention so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do much for a while. But I’m back in action ladies and gentlemen! 🙂 Today’s project? You wouldn’t believe it, it’s as simple as a collage frame!
Spray Paint
I was jogging through the neighborhood the other day and I noticed that someone had left this piece in the garbage. I honestly had no idea what it was, but to me it had that rustic industrial look and of course I had to pick it up and take it home. Jogging with this above my head sure was an added bonus to my work out LOL.
When I first picked it up, it it looked like this.
As you can see the paint was peeling and chipping and the piece was bent down the middle and just needed a little bit of TLC. Something that I am more than obliged to give things that I tend to pick out of the garbage. I left a note for the neighbor saying that I wasn’t sure exactly what this item was but I was going to turn it into my collage and leave a photo there for them to see my new creation when I was finished with it.
Now on to the tutorial. With this piece, it was very simple, all I did was take out the bend in the middle which was to turn it upside down and just step lightly on the areas where it was bent and bend it in the opposite direction so that it comes out a bit straighter. Of course it’s not completely straight but you all know how much I love broken, beat up things so it’s got a few kinks in it. No one is perfect, why should our decor be perfect? There’s a great beauty in imperfection.
Next, I sanded down the entire piece with my sander and just scraped away all the loose particles of paint. Then all I did was power wash and clean it off and spray paint it with a can of black spray paint from Walmart. You can also find it at Home Depot for under $5.
Voila! 🙂 I absolutely love this piece!
For a while I’ve been looking for a large collage that I could put up on the wall but I was looking for something that would be somewhat industrial or rustic or vintage and this just completely hit the spot. I don’t have any photos in there yet, but I’m working on it. But I’m super excited to see how this is going to look. I already am obsessed with the way it matches my black and white stairs and is centered so perfect in the middle of the hallway.
Added bonus by the way, when I was jogging down the block yesterday, there was another note where I had left mine by my neighbor’s garbage can. The note said that the piece that I picked up was actually a table top for an outdoor table that they had and the glass broke so they were saddened to have to throw it out but they’re so happy that I was able to give it a new life and said that they would love to see pictures when it’s done. I can’t wait to show them this one!
You’d be amazed at how you could give new life to even the smallest things and re-purpose something that someone would simply throw in the trash. I encourage all of you to really sit and think deeply about something that you’re about to throw out and think of another way that you can give that item life. If you think long and hard enough you can really come up with something amazing. I’m sure my neighbors never thought that their outdoor table would someday be hanging on my wall displaying pictures, but here it is. =)
My friends, always, Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Love The Unwanted. Embrace the imperfections and love what you create.
Have a beautiful week my friends! 😊
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DIY Shower & Faucet Makeover

Good morning everybody and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It’s that time again! DIY Mondays and today’s DIY project is: shower enclosure and faucet makeovers! I came up on this project because I wanted a way to update my shower and faucets without having to go out and purchase brand new shower frames and faucets. They can carry a hefty price tag, and let’s face it, there was really nothing at all wrong with the shower frames or the faucets except for the fact that they were silver and I really wanted them to be bronzed.
Enter again, your superhero, spray paint! The color? Oil Rubbed Bronze. For one shower frame, both inside and out and 2 sink faucets and 1 spa tub faucet set, I had used 3 total cans of spray paint. Project cost? $100.00. (This includes river rocks for the bottom of the shower pan, but more on that next week!)
Now I know what you’re thinking, oh no! Spray paint in a wet area?! The answer is, yes! You can spray paint your shower enclosure and you can spray paint your faucets. The trick is to get a spray paint that is the outdoor spray paint. If spray paint can work Outdoors exposed to the elements, you better believe that it would definitely work on your showers and faucets.
But first things first, you want to make sure that you properly prep your area to avoid extra clean up. I’m pretty bad on this I must admit. I’m always thinking to myself, well the faster I get started on the project the better! But that’s really the wrong way to think about it and this time I actually feel like I did it the right way by prepping first. Guys and girls, you’re going to have to either prep your area now or clean it up later. I find it’s better to prep your area first because cleanup can sometimes be a real pain. Even worse, sometimes clean up isn’t actually cleaned up and then you’ve got a bigger problem on your hands.
To prep your area, be sure to tape off your shower doors and faucets all around on the glass to make sure no spray paint gets on the glass and lay down a drop cloth on your floor. If you’re also spray painting your faucets, you’ll want to tape up the whole Space around the faucets and even put some drop cloth on the sinks to avoid any over spray. I like to compare spray paint to broken glass. Once it breaks it gets all over. Same thing with spray paint. Once you spray it’s in the air and it’s everywhere.
Now that your workspace is all prepped, be sure to put on a mask and make sure that your area is very well ventilated. I promise you, spray paint gives you a headache like no other!
Now that you’ve done the boring stuff, it’s finally time to paint! Go ahead and grab your spray paint and start spraying your shower enclosure and or your faucets. The very first coat is going to have you questioning yourself and asking yourself why you decided to do this in the first place because it looks terrible! But fear not! Let it dry for about an hour and come back and do a second coat. After that second coat you’ll be convinced you made the right choice!
After the second coat of spray paint is on, let it sit and dry for a full 24 hours. Hopefully, you have another shower to use in the meantime but just in case, be sure to take a shower first before this project or be sure that you don’t mind feeling a bit funky for the next 24 hours LOL.
As you can see, I’ve got my very own model who loves to ham it up for the camera!
After about 24 hours of drive time, you can now remove the tape and marvel at your masterpiece. After pricing shower doors in new faucets at my local hardware store, it would have cost me nearly $1,000 for two faucets and a basic shower enclosure. By doing this project my way with spray paint, it ended up costing me a total of $100. That included for cans of spray paints, River Rocks for the bottom of my shower pan (that’s next week’s blog), painters tape, drop cloth and a safety mask. Definitely worth it!
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Light Fixture Makeover. From drab to Fab!

Hello everyone and happy Monday! 🙂 it’s a bit later in the day that I’m adding this but I figured I’d just had to get one in because I really try my best to get a DIY Monday Post in every Monday, even if it’s a small one! This actually was an idea that I came up with while sitting down watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As you know, I love my rustic decor, but not having Unlimited funds, I try to make the best with what I already have. I saw this rustic life that I loved but it’s a bit out of my price range right now because I do have other priorities to deal with so I figured I’ll just leave it on the back burner. But as I was watching my episode, this “boob” lamp really started to grind my gears! Mind you, there’s one of those boob lamps in every room. It’s one those fixtures that is standard and builder-grade and while it does serve a purpose, it’s not so nice on the eyes at least for me.

Enter my late-night shenanigans!
Hot glue gun
Thick jute cord
Thin jute cord
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers
LED energy efficient Edison bulbs
I had some leftover chicken wire from my kitchen cabinet project, I also had some leftover jute cord from another project, you may remember as the sofa table I just made last week and some leftover thin jute string. At first I was trying to figure out how I could dress up the boob lamp, but it just seemed impossible with the existing fixture. So what did I do? I did what I do best and I improvised and got a little crazy as usual. The results? I absolutely love it!
So the first step I took was to remove the existing light fixture. If you’ve got a lamp like this all you’ve got to do is remove that screw at the bottom of the fixture while holding onto the glass Dome until it comes out completely. You’ll see that there are exposed bulbs, mine were fluorescent but of course, to complete my look I was going to add in my LED vintage Edison bulbs.
Before going for that finish look though, right after I remove the fixture I went ahead and took my leftover chicken wire and measure the diameter around the Dome and used wire cutters to cut it to size. Keep in mind, that when you cut down the chicken wire you want to leave one of the edges with a long peace up so that when you want to connect it to the other end of the chicken wire, you can sort of hook the chicken wire around itself giving it a nice tight fit.

Once you’ve got the diameter measured you can go ahead and make the little hooks with your needle nose pliers and connect the chicken wire from top to bottom so that you have a cylindrical shape. Next, I went ahead and glued the fat jute cord all around the diameter of the top of the cylindrical shade. Be sure that you have a good, solid adhesion so that your shade doesn’t come down while you’re having dinner!

Once your jute cord is secured to the cylindrical shade, you want to go ahead and add some more hot glue all around the top of the jute cord and then press your cylindrical shade firmly to the outer edge of your existing light fixture. Again, hold firmly so that you don’t run the risk of the shade falling. Luckily this is a very light shade and it’s not bulky so you shouldn’t have any trouble with the shade falling down. But just add extra glue all around just in case.

Now that you’ve got the shade up on the fixture, you have the option of taking your skinny jute cord and just kind of wrapping it around the top and bottom of the fixture just to give it a little bit more of a finished look and then added rustic Flair.

All that’s left to do is go ahead and screw in your Edison bulbs and you’ve got yourself and adorable rustic, industrial light fixture from just a few things that you had laying around the house! My plan was to make this a temporary thing until I can get the fixture that I really wanted, but honestly, I’m really loving this one!

If you would have purchased the supplies in store this fixture would cost you no more then $15. Compare that to the $200fixture that I originally wanted and it makes quite the difference especially when you’re trying to cut corners. Happy lighting my friends and have a beautiful week! 😊
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DIY Natural Deodorant – Aluminum Free!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone! I hope the week has been good to you so far and that the rest is even better. So today’s Wellness tip is also a DIY but because it’s a wellness DIY, these and my other health-related DIY tips will post every Wednesday for my Wellness Wednesday blog.

Today’s DIY Wellness Plan is, swapping out your carcinogenic deodorant for a safer, natural or alternative. It’s easy, it’s cheap and best of all it’s safe.
Most deodorants today contain aluminum which is said to be carcinogenic and toxic to the body. The aluminum enters your body through your sweat glands in your armpits and let’s just put it this way, it’s not supposed to be there!
Enter the happy alternative! Natural deodorant that is easy to make and even a bit fun to make too!
3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
3 tablespoons of baking soda
2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
Essential oils (optional)
Small glass container for storage
This is a super easy recipe that you can do in a matter of 5 minutes.
First, you’ll want to mash your coconut oil as much as possible with a fork and add in your baking soda and arrowroot powder and mix real well. I like to use my KitchenAid mixing on low for about 10 minutes just to make sure that it gets all mixed in there really good. If you’re adding essential oils, 10 drops should do it depending on how strong you’d like your scent to be.
Remove from your Kitchen Aid mixer and add to your storage container.
All that’s left to do is apply it to your armpits.
This stuff really works guys and gals! I’m in the gym a couple of hours a day and this helps me with sweat absorption and as an odor preventative and it’s completely toxin-free.
The only thing that I will say, is that when you first start using a natural deodorant you probably are going to smell a bit ripe for a few days. This is just because your body needs to flush out the aluminum and the chemicals from the previous deodorant you’ve been using. But stick it out as best as you can because once your body is flushed of those, and the new natural deodorant is being used, it’s going to work like a charm
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Rustic / Nautical Sofa Table


Hey guys happy Monday and welcome to another episode of DIY Mondays! Today, I’d like to share with you my latest project, my rustic / nautical sofa table. As it turns out, I was actually looking for the perfect to put behind my couch just to add a little something extra to the living room put a couple of frames up there and maybe even some lights. Still working on the decor that’s going to be a part of it though but for now, a few frames will do. At first I went around the stores looking for the perfect table and of course, I came across a bunch of different options that I did love but they were anywhere between $200 to $400. I thought they were beautiful of course, but when you really look at a table and think about it, what is it? All that any table is just a bunch of pieces of wood put together adorned with some ornamentation of some kind to add extra Flair. So, I figured, why not give this a shot and see what I can do with the supplies that I already had on hand? And the results were remarkable and I absolutely love what I came up with.

Plywood (two long pieces or 3 depending on how many shelves you want and how big you like your table to be. In my case, each piece of wood is 36 in Long by 12 in wide + 3 long pieces for legs, in my case each piece measures 5 in wide by 40 in Long) naturally, your sizes might vary greatly depending on the size you wish to make which is totally optional.
Paint or stain ($3.99 for a sample paint at Home Depot or $5.99 for a small container of stain being your color of choice)
Screws (depending on the depth of your plywood, you want to make sure you get screws long enough that’s going to go in for extra support)
Burlap ($3.99 a yard from Joann’s)
Jute Cord (47 cents a foot from Home Depot)
Small boat cleats ($1.98 from HomeDepot)
Small hooks ($2.99 for a 25-pack at Walmart)
Staple gun
Hot glue gun
Granted, I have a lot of scrap wood laying around the house from different projects and just plywood that have been collected over the years for storage reasons but, if you have no wood at all on hand, you can still go to the Home Depot and purchase a giant piece of plywood for just $20 and the good folks there will cut it for you to whatever size you need. I also had a lot of leftover burlap from wedding planning but I did purchase the jute cord and the small boat cleats. So overall for me, having a lot of the supplies on hand this project costed me just $15.
So, you’re very first step is going to be to cut the wood to the size that you need. This is totally optional and depending on your preference. Once your wood is cut and you have the shelves and legs, you’ll be ready to paint. You’ll notice that my sofa table tends to have a distressed look. That’s because I first painted the plywood with my Home Depot paint sample. The color is called gentle rain.
Once I let that dry I went ahead and added some of that stain that I had left over from my staircase makeover. Remember that? The color is called ebony. What I did was just use a small sponge brush and gently go over the paint as it was still a little bit damp and just kind of blend it and brush it in to give it that distressed, rustic look.


Once the pieces of wood were painted it was now time to start putting the table together so I started by attaching the legs. From the bottom of your sofa table you want to screw in the first leg. I used two screws in each leg just to be safe and give it some added support. Repeat this process for the next two legs. Also know, that you can put four legs instead of three or just two one on each side, depending on your preference and how you want your table to look. For me I just use three and put one leg on each side and one in the back Center as a brace. ((Don’t mind the jute cord triangle there. Was just trying out different variatons))
Now that your table is painted and your legs are together you now have the frame of your sofa table set up and ready to go. If you want to leave it like this, by all means you definitely can but you might want to go ahead and add some extra embellishments to make it your own. In my case, I bought the boat cleats from the Home Depot which came in a silver color but I wanted them to be black, so I went ahead and use that spray paint that I had leftover from the light switch plates. Remember that? For those of you that haven’t seen that yet this spray paint is called black stainless steel and it really gives a nice effect if you’re looking for that industrial feel. Go ahead and screw in the boat cleats to the bottom shelf of the sofa table as shown. You could put more cleats or you could put less cleats depending on how you want it’s a look. This is a very general project so feel free to improv anyway you’d like.
Now that you’ve got the cleats set at the bottom, you’ll need to put some hooks on the top. I wanted to have my jute cord have that criss-cross look, so to achieve that I needed to make sure that my hooks on the top shelf or directly in between each of the cleats down below. Keep on adding hooks until you have enough to go down the row.
Once you got your boat cleats and hooks set up, you’re now ready to go ahead and add your jute cord. This is also very optional. You can do it criss cross, you can just do knots from top to bottom, however you’d like to do it it’s completely up to you. For me, I really wanted that criss-cross look so I started at the bottom and made sure that the jute cord was tightly wound around the first boat cleat and then twisted the jute cord around the cleat and up to the hook and back down and around the next cleat and up to the hook. Continue this process all the way down to the end and make sure that you have a nice tight fit at your first and last boat cleat to ensure that the jute cord doesn’t come unwound.
Now your table is starting to look super cool! The next step is to take your burlap an added as a siding and backing for your table. Again, this is optional you can leave it just as is but I’m obsessed with burlap so I have to add it to almost anything I do LOL. I started on the left side and stapled the top row first and then turned the table on its side and tightly pulled the burlap around the bottom shelf. Burlap has a tendency to expand, so you want to make sure you pull it as tight as possible but be sure not to break the burlap. Continue the same process on the back of the table starting with the top shelf and securing the burlap and then the bottom and then the same on the next side. Next, trim the burlap wall around to make sure you have nice clean edges.
If you have some leftover jute cord you can even hot glue jute cord all around the top and bottom shelves if you like to give it a nice clean and finished look. Did I mention the more burlap and jute cord, the better? LOL oh, and just when you thought that was all the burlap, I went ahead and staple down a small runner at the very top middle of the table. Again this is optional and completely up to you.
Once you finish with your table, you can sit back and Marvel at it and be so happy to know that there are most likely supplies around the home that you can use to create this table, and even if you don’t have those supplies it wouldn’t cost you no more then $35 to make this table. I don’t know about you guys, but I could never find any piece of furniture for $35. I’m so happy with the way it came out and so happy to share it with you guys.
Happy crafting my friends and have a beautiful week!