How to Prune Roses

How to Prune Roses

When we moved into our house four years ago, we inherited 9 rose bushes the backyard. The previous owner told us it was to deter any burglars with the thorny stalks – whaa? I hope there are no burglars! And although they are beautiful, they do take some work. I finally figured out how to take care of them and am happy to report they are all doing fine. Considering I can barely keep house plants alive, I’m a little more bold outdoors and think I’ve just about mastered how to prune roses.

Fist, you’ll need some gear to take on clipping and snipping away all that you need to get your roses looking good. I wear the rubber coated gloves because we have some nasty thorns on our bushes. I mean nasty, see? We don’t call this bush “The Bit@h” for nothing.

Rose Bush Thorns

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How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

Recently in our small master bathroom makeover we installed a roll out sheet vinyl floor. Many of you asked about the floor from my Instagram picture of it and I’m here to show you how easy it is to install a sheet vinyl floor, and what a great solution it can be for your home. It’s a really great flooring solution and we’ve not used it in both of our bathrooms. Here is a step by step guide, it’s easier than you think to have a new floor in an afternoon.

How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

1. First, prep your room. We did this in a small bathroom, so we removed the vanity and toilet, which was part of our makeover plan. Remove the baseboards too if you have them. Then sweep and wash the floor. That square shape on the right is the left over paper backing from the previous vinyl floor that was there. I removed most of it when I uncovered this floor previously.

It was white hex tile that was original to our 1900 home. I was so excited to find it but it turned out to be very dirty and there were several cracks in the floor. Ultimately we decided to cover it up with this eco-friendly vinyl floor instead. I choose a hex tile pattern to keep with the original look as much as possible when you switch from real tile to fake.

How to Install Sheet Vinyl Floor

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Guess What Room I Decorate Next?

Baby Decor Adventures

I think that picture pretty much gives it away! Yes, Dan and I are expecting our little one to be here the day before Thanksgiving and we are more than thrilled! I’ve been racking my brain to figure out how to share this with all of you, as some of you know we’ve had a long journey to this point.

Today I’m 21 weeks and all of our doctor visits and tests have been A-OK :-)

The funny part of this is that you saw pics of the prego me all along! Remember this video for #SwapItLikeItsHot? I saw that and thought about how round I looked. That was taken on June 5th when I was about 15 weeks.

Baby Decor Adventures

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January to June Highlights + DIY Project Ideas

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the summer. We got to spend time with our family and friends and I kicked everyone’s butt at mini golf! Did I tell you I was really good at mini golf? It’s a special skill. Since I realized I didn’t do monthly round ups of my projects, I decided to show them all in a January through June highlight post. Here are my best projects for the first half of the year and links to my guests posts that I write each month too.

January

The year started off with a major painting project in the upstairs hallway when I stenciled the entire space and hung up new art. The stencil gave such nice dimension to the walls. I also did some sewing and finally put together the paint colors in my house for you. See the posts below:

DIY Project Ideas

February

Since indoor projects are in full swing in the early part of the year, February saw some improvements in the dining room, another frame project in the staircase, and tips on cleaning your oven door naturally.

DIY Project Ideas

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Outside Door Makeover + Front Door Paint

Outside Door Makeover

Last week I showed you our small backyard makeover, that included a new flagstone and reclaimed brick patio, a new lawn and our simple landscaping with flowers and vegetables. One part of the yard that was still in need of attention was the garage man door. You see this door from the yard and it had never been painted, so I gave it a simple makeover with the new Front Door Paint by Modern Masters.

This door needed lots of attention. My plan was to do the following:

  1. Remove plywood from back of door
  2. Cut glass to fit as replacement for a missing window in the door
  3. Patch holes in door with wood fill
  4. Prime and paint both sides of the door
  5. Cover windows with window film
  6. Cut board to fit on back of door over windows

For any makeover, even one as simple as an exterior door, you need to see before pictures. The door was an off white color and was missing a window. The previous owners thought it would be OK to nail on a piece of plywood to cover up the missing window and just paint over it from the outside. It wasn’t exactly the look I was going for.

Front Door Paint

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Handy Finds for Painting Projects

If you are looking for tips on painting or want to find great products to for the next time you open up a can of your favorite color, you are in the right place.  My monthly Houzz products picks is a very popular collection of my favorite items for painting. I chose my all-time go-to paints and those brushes and supplies that I use whether I’m painting walls or furniture.

Favorite Painting Picks

Come join the discussion and maybe you will find a new brush or top coat to try out! See the article here.

City Backyard Landscaping Ideas

City Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Although things were moving a bit slowly with our backyard makeover and the flagstone patio installation was all we could work on at one time, I’m happy to report that all of the items on our makeover plans have been completed! Since the patio was first on the list, and it’s now done, our next projects were to redo the landscaping and get outdoor furniture. Here is what we did, so you can see some city backyard landscaping ideas and what we accomplished in our small outdoor space.

Last we left things, we were growing grass and that all of that came in. We recently put on weed and feed because the clovers were taking over and things are looking much less like a dirt pile and more like a yard. Here was the before.

Backyard Before

After we removed the brick edging, reconfigured the landscape, removed plants we didn’t want and planted grass, here is the space now.

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