Faux Brick Wall – tips & tricks

I love, love accent walls. In our last house I had a wood panel wall and a stenciled wall, but in this house I wanted to try something different. I see houses with amazing exposed brick walls and love them, but unfortunately, our house is a basic builder grade Arizona track home…no brick. So, I read pretty much every tutorial on faux brick panels I could find on Pinterest and decided to go for it. There are great tutorials out there so I won’t step by step, but I thought I’d give a few tips and tricks to help anyone who might want to tackle it. HIDING YOUR SEAMS My biggest hesitation was that it would be obviously faux brick panels with seams in between. To avoid this, we used a jig saw to notch out every other brick along the edge so that the 3 panels would fit together […]

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Let me tell you about my weakness

We told you from the beginning that this blog was about real life and sadly life isn’t always about flowers and roses.  In fact sometimes it feels and looks more like weeds and dirt. We all have our weak points and mine (one of mine)  just happens to be yard work and more specifically: weeds. Most of the year I can hide this problem, but then Springtime rolls around (yes, we live where it’s already in the 70s – sorry to all of you stuck in the snow) and this issue becomes very visible.  In all honesty, I always tackle my front yard first because I don’t want to pay an HOA fine. If you are brave enough to venture into my backyard, you might want to pack your machete so you don’t get lost in the jungle.  I might be slightly exaggerating, but just to prove the depth of […]

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Dining Room Chair Makeover

Garage sales are my gig. I love them. As a little girl, I remember looking through the Saturday newspaper  with a paper folded map and circling the garage sales we wanted to check out (back in the 80s…pre-internet). Then spending Saturday morning driving around finding treasures (and lots of junk). I’ve continued this hobby into adulthood and always love finding a great deal. I’ve found lots of great things through the years, but my dining room chairs are one of my favorite finds. It was actually an estate sale where I found them. (Estate sale: a close and slightly more snooty relative to a garage sale.) I had seen the chairs at the beginning of the weekend, but didn’t want to pay the price they were asking and didn’t think much about it. However, by the end of the weekend, they decided to liquidate everything and marked it WAY down. […]

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