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    DIY S’mores Box

    We have a super fun backyard project in the works and will be adding a firepit with a seating area.  And I know the FIRST thing we are going to want to do is roast marshmallows and make s’mores.  I recently got a Cricut, and I’ve been DYING to use it for a project.  So I thought I could use some scrap wood from my projects and create a fun little s’mores box! Once I finished building the box, I painted it, added some cute handles, and started cutting my labels.  It was SO easy.  I was totally intimidated at first with the Cricut, but once I got started it…

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    Pantry Remodel- Builder Grade to Butler!

    As soon as I finished our mudroom built in’s with a secret door to our pantry, I knew the pantry deserved a glow up to match the marvelous mudroom!  Our pantry was a builder grade pantry with standard shelving.  I wanted to make it more functional, create more space for storage, and hopefully a system to keep things more organized! This is what the pantry looked like before: My first step in any process is to use Sketchup to determine my plans.  This saves me trips back and forth to the hardware store, and helps me think out my creative ideas before I actually start building. Before I even started…

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    Pocket Hole Basics for Beginners

    Before I started DIY projects on my own, I had never made a pocket hole in my life.  I’m not sure why, but they were incredibly intimidating for me.  However, after I made my first project with pocket holes I was literally addicted!  Now I use them in almost every project- I try to find excuses to use them! The only tools you need to make your pocket hole is a Kreg Jig and a drill.  There are a few different models of Kreg Jigs, from extremely basic to deluxe.  All models work well to make pocket holes, but I would suggest making your selection based off how often you…

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    Simple DIY Projects for Beginners

    Over the past year I have developed a passion for DIY.  Honestly, it was about this time last year that I picked up my first power tool and started building all by myself!  I’ve gained so much confidence over the past year in myself and my ability to do projects without help- but I still remember how overwhelming it was to start.  My best advice is to find a few simple DIY projects for beginners and just START.  I promise, with each little project you will get more and more confident in your own abilities too!   One of the hardest parts of starting is knowing which tools are worth…

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    Best White Paint Colors for Your Home

    It’s no secret that I love a bold accent wall, fun wallpaper, or a splash of color- but can you really beat the freshness and crispness of white in your home?  We have several areas of our home white- most recently, our new mudroom built ins.  I love the brightness that white brings to a room, and the blank slate it provides.  You can add absolutely any accents, decorations, etc without having to worry about it clashing!  Today I’m so excited to share the best white paint colors for your home!   When I started painting in our home, I didn’t realize how many “white” paint colors there were!  And…

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    Balloon Garland Guide

    Balloon garlands are a tradition for every birthday in our home! They look so fancy and fun but are actually pretty easy to throw together! Here’s all you need to make your own balloon garland! Balloons- I like to get a variety of sizes – 12 inch, 10 inch and 5 inch. Colors are all up to you and your theme! Balloon Tape – This is the secret! String Small clear command hooks First Determine your color scheme. I’ve done a variety over the years. Colorful, ombre, rainbow, and monotone. All are beautiful in their own way! If I’m doing multicolor I just try to keep from having the same…

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    The Best Pantry Organization Products

    I’m currently in the process of transforming my builder-grade pantry into the butler’s pantry of my dreams!! You can follow along with the process on my Instagram account @huntersofhappiness I’ve started moving all of my food into all the new storage containers that I purchased and have had so many requests for the links- I think a blog post will be the most effective way to organize them all! Here’s everything I got!   OXO Good Grips POP Containers The OXO pop-top storage containers were by far the most highly recommended and best reviewed! I got multiple sizes and still wish I had gotten more! I purchased the 4.4 quart,…

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    Arched Board & Batten Transformation

    The board and batten in Gracie’s room was the my first DIY project exactly one year ago. I did completely on my own. It is what helped me realize what I was capable of and totally got me addicted to power tools. I’m excited to upgrade it and give it a little extra, unique flare!!! This is where I started with Gracie’s bedroom: And I transformed it to this: I am so proud of this room- it was exactly what I envisioned and I’m so proud to say that I did it myself!  But, a few months ago I was inspired by some architecture I saw and KNEW I had…

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    Mudroom Renovation

    I’ve been dreaming of our mudroom renovation for months and it’s finally done! Complete with custom built lockers, new door, and shiplap! Mudroom Before: Here is the plan for the mudroom: Vertical shiplap Custom built in lockers (I use Sketch Up when making my designs) Upgrade our door that goes into the garage New light fixture BONUS- Secret pantry door- I’m so excited for this! If you’ve been following along in my stories you’ve seen the vertical shiplap fiasco of 2021.  Basically I tried to do shiplap the “cheap way” and save a few bucks. I quickly regretted the decision when I realized how much extra work I had gotten…

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    Seasonal Entry Table Decor

    One of my favorite areas of my home to decorate seasonally is our entry table.  It’s one of the first things you see when you enter our home, and I love to make it inviting.  Plus, it’s so fun to freshen it up each season! First of all, I like to start with a blank slate.  This set up works for in between seasons, especially throughout the summer months. Typically, I leave these 3 main elements when changing out seasonal decor- baskets, lamps, and the mirror.  Then, I add in elements for each season- colored blankets in baskets, garland, vases, florals, etc. Let’s take a look at some of the…