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DIY: Wine Cork Ball

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This project actually makes me laugh because it has been in the works for an embarrassingly long amount of time. Like, I’m talking…about three years. But not because it required a lot of wine drinking – that was the easy part. ;) It’s just that I would work on it for a while and then put it away with the intention of coming back to it a day or two later, only to forget about it altogether and let it sit…

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A Modern Farmhouse Door Makeover

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Our home is finally getting to the point that little cosmetic projects seem do-able. When we first moved in, there was SO much that needed to be done that it was difficult to ever imagine being at this point…but here we are! I had been considering painting our doors for quite a while, but projects like that seemed, at one point, reserved for some day in “the future” when things calmed down a little. I guess Henry’s long nap that day…

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Raised Upper Kitchen Cabinets

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How to paint kitchen cabinets

When we moved into our home, our kitchen looked a whole lot different than it does now. I knew I wanted to paint the oak cabinets…and as soon as we finished that, I knew I wanted to raise the upper cabinets up. We finally got around to doing that this weekend – I was really nervous beforehand about what it would look like, but now that it’s done, I am so excited about it! We still need to replace the trim…

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Bookshelf Inspiration

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In January, I posted about our 2016 Home Goals, and one of those goals was to paint the built in bookshelves in our dining room. I have been debating back and forth about how I want to paint them – all white, white with a different color background, stained, etc. I have been searching for a little inspiration on Pinterest, and though I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do to our bookshelves yet, I thought I’d share some…

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How to Repair a Stained Butcher Block Island

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A few weeks ago, I somehow managed to convince Brandon that we needed to go to IKEA. That was a win in and of itself…but the planets must have been perfectly aligned that day, because I also managed to convince him that we needed to take home the Stenstorp kitchen island. I’d had my eye on it for several weeks and knew it would be the perfect addition to our kitchen. We have a pretty small kitchen, and that means we…

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Epoxied Basement Floors

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Remember those 2016 home goals I posted about a few weeks ago? We can officially cross one off of our list! Our basement floor is now epoxied – woohoo! I know, I know…it doesn’t sound that exciting, right? Well, trust me…the basement’s “before” was pretty awful, so it feels REALLY good to have this project complete. To give you a full idea of what we were working with when we moved in, here are a  couple before shots: Scared yet? A…

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Plank Wall Inspiration

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I have steadily been building an obsession with planked walls for quite some time now. I mentioned the other day on Instagram that I was considering planking the big wall that runs the length of our kitchen + dining room…and I have been searching for inspiration ever since. While I love the minimalist, clean look of white planks, I can’t get over how cozy stained wood planks make a room feel. We have a long list of projects that we are working on in…

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How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

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I have been meaning to get to this post for days weeks. I’m still trying to figure out this whole motherhood thing, and sometimes (quite often), finding the time to write a blog post is a little difficult. However, right now, baby Henry is taking a nap and I have a few minutes to myself. Woohoo! We knew we wanted to makeover our fireplace as part of our home’s “renovation” and after considering all options (tiling over it, painting it, etc.),…

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Before we even moved into our home, I knew that I would be painting the kitchen cabinets. They were oak and just made the kitchen feel dated. We have lived here for a few months now but with the arrival of the baby and our other projects, we just hadn’t had time to get to the kitchen cabinets yet. So about a week ago I finally had a minute of free time and decided to just go for it. It…

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How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors

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OK can we just talk about sliding shower doors for a second? WHY do they have to be so disgusting? I’m sure they’re great when they are brand new, but they are absolutely impossible to keep clean after that. I’m convinced they should have never been invented…or at least someone should have come up with something a little less awful. *EDIT: This has, by far, been my post popular blog post and the most pinned image on Pinterest. Thank you…

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors: Part 2

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How to Refinish Wood Floors yourself via Life on Shady Lane blog

A few weeks ago, I posted “Part 1” of the floor-refinishing process. I meant to post Part 2 way before now…but I’ve been just a little busy – Our new baby arrived on Halloween! So it’s a week two weeks after his arrival, and I finally have a moment to finish this post! In Part 1, I talked about the sanding process.  Today, I’ll go over staining and finishing – this part is much more exciting, because you finally get to see…

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors: Part 1

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Since purchasing our home, the biggest excitement for us has been pulling up the old, dirty carpet and discovering beautiful wood floors underneath. At first, we didn’t think we would need to refinish them, but upon further inspection, we noticed some imperfections…and then decided that we would like them to be stained a darker color. There are quite a few steps to this process, which means lots and lots of photos, so I decided to split this into two posts.…

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Nursery Inspiration

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While we’re not exactly not at all settled in one place just yet, I’ve been thinking about this baby’s nursery for quite some time and can’t wait to get it all put together. I only have 8 weeks to go, so I’m not very confident that it will be put together before he gets here, but the good news is that he can sleep in our room in a bassinet for a while. Plus, all of this time to plan has…

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Major Kitchen Inspiration

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It is officially closing week! We close on our new house on Thursday, and I have been feverishly pinning images and researching projects for design inspiration. It took us about six months of searching (exhausting and maddening are two words that come to mind) but we finally found the house. Without even looking at it in person. Yes, you read that right. We decided to make one of life’s biggest decisions based on photos on the internet and FaceTime video with our…

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