The DIY journey of a California citygirl and a Montana farmboy

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I love the look of plumbers pipe.  It fits my Farmhouse Industrial style.  A friend asked me to build her some shelving for her hubby’s office, so I decided I had better practice on my kitchen first!  Here is what I found:

  • Plumbers Pipe is so easy to use
  • Plumbers Pipe is so messy
  • Plumbers Pipe is expensive
  • Plumbers Pipe looks awesome

You have to decide if the dirty/expensive part is worth to ease/look.  For me, it totally is.  I love it that much!

Check out my 60 second DIY video tutorial on the shelf I made, then follow along for step by step help to make your own!

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I am always on the hunt for any possible solution to refinish furniture without sanding – anybody with me?!  I launched into Google to see what new ideas came to my mind, and I came across Country Chic Paint and fell in love.  Lets face it – I was sold just on their name.  But as I read their blog I was smitten by their drive for environmental safe & VOC free paints – with their lab results to prove it!

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are gases that are released into the air from ordinary products such as paint, cleaning products, furniture, flooring, and cosmetics.  They can produce short term health effects, with additional long term affect research still taking place.

Plane and simple?  I don’t want my headboard contaminated with anything funky.  So, needless to say, I couldn’t wait for my shipment to arrive.

Here is my 60 second video tutorial on my headboard project using Country Chic Paint.  Then stick around and check out all the details behind this amazing stuff!

 

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Would you like the look of old aged wood but do not want the hassle of cleaning it (as I show you here)?  There is a wonderful solution!  I am so excited to showcase an amazing product that I have discovered, it is super simple – anyone can do it!

When I found Weather Wash I was sold, I couldn’t wait to try it out on this table that needed some love.  It was easier, less smelly and less messy than I imagined.

Check out my 60 second DIY tutorial here, then stick around for great details on this do it yourself project!

 

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Yay for Halloween!!  It’s one of my favorite seasons of decorating.  My kiddos love creepy decor, so years ago I set out to find an inexpensive way to take our yard decor up a notch.  Having old pallets laying around (yes I collect these!) got my wheels turning.  I created a Halloween Pallet Fence and I fell in love!  I ended up making so making (and my Halloween Pallet Skeleton Swings) that I had to sell some to make room in my storage area (poor Mr. Farmboy doesn’t have any more space to store them!).

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Our 60 second video tutorial will help you get a quick view of this super easy DIY.  Then follow the steps to create your own!

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Each Monday my good friends Tammy, Jodi and I love to feature one of our favorite homegirls and their beautiful houses.  On Instagram we call it #ourhomegirlshouse feature.   We get to interview these ladies and learn about their style, favorite room, and advice for growing IG feeds.  Today we are taking you on an Alumni HomeGirls House Tour!  We are sharing seven of our first interviews, their homes and how to catch up on each of these ladies.  Come along and join us! Continue reading

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I love plumbers pipe.  It’s industrial look mixes so when with farmhouse decor.  It is easy to use and super versatile.  The two things that stress me out the most though when I am considering it for a project are:

  1. It is so expensive!
  2. It is so dirty!

I can’t do anything about the price, but I was bound and determined to figure out how to clean it faster.  I google and searched – not much on the internet except for ways to clean CLOGGED plumbers pipe (totally not was I was going for) . I recently had a client hire me for a large build FULL of plumbers pipe – I needed to figure out this cleaning thing fast.

I guess I should have thought a little harder about it – but thankfully my wonderful friends at The Home Depot introduced me to ACETONE!  Yippee!!  Super similar to what our little girlies use to clean their fingernail polish off with.  Smelly – totally.  Effective – completely!

As always I have a 60 second DIY Tutorial to fast track you through the process.

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I remember when chalk paint started to become a “thing” many years ago, and I just wasn’t buying it.  Was there really a paint that you could use on top of almost anything without sanding or using a primer? I didn’t think it was possible.  Finally I decided to try it on an old table that I was not wanting to refinish and it worked!  I was sold!  Since then I have used chalk paint for many DIY’s and it is awesome.  And now they even have SPRAY CHALK PAINT!!!  So today I am giving a tutorial on where to buy it and how to use it (so easy).

As usual, I am including first a 60 second video tutorial to show the main steps of the process.  Then follow along for lots of resources and details for your latest DIY with Spray Chalk Paint!

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I love plumbers pipe.  It adds an industrial twist to my farmhouse style.  It is strong and easy to use.  The problem is it’s not super cheap, I am still trying to find someone who has invented a lighter, more inexpensive decor plumbers pipe – any tips?  It still is a great DIY product and less costly than department store products.

I needed somewhere to hang my towels in the kitchen so they would stop ending up on the oven door handle.  I came up with this and was positive it would be the easiest DIY ever.  Boy I was wrong!  Apparently I needed my mathematical brain on and totally left it somewhere else.  Thankfully my teenage smarty pants came to my rescue to help me finish the job.  And now I want to share with you how to do it and bypass the mistakes I made!

As always, I have made a 60 second video tutorial for you to get the down low and see if it’s a project you would like to try.  For more specific details keep on reading!

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Ever since Joanna Gaines started sharing her love of shiplap, I have totally been crushin on it.  I knew I needed some in my home.  I put it off for years and finally last week had the time and the guts to tackle it.

I researched a lot of ways for it to be done and wanted to see if I could install it all by myself.   Mr. Farmboy is always willing to help, but I just wanted to see how possible it was for one person to get it all done.  And now I can say – IT IS POSSIBLE!  It’s not easy and takes a lot of time when you are on your own, but it is possible.  Would I recommend it?  If you are all you have – heck ya.  If you have help though?  Use it – it’s a lot of work alone.  Alright now, here we go…

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I know, I know – why would anyone write a blog post about getting wood cut at The Home Depot?  Well, for years I was to nervous to ask The Home Depot to cut my wood for me, thinking they would treat me weird or something.  I was so insecure about my building skills that I felt I couldn’t risk the embarrassment because I didn’t know what I was doing anyway.  After hearing the Shanty Sisters talk about “ripping” plywood and how easy it was, I thought I would give it a try.  Problem was I didn’t even know what “ripping” wood meant.

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