Make Your Own: Gourd Birdhouse


Before we launch into this project, I want to invite you to click over to My Mod Style and see the group guest post I contributed to today! Jessie matched us up with  Disney characters! So fun and super cute.
Okay- What a fun project this was!! I’d been seeing these cute gourd birdhouses at the farmer’s market for weeks and really wanted one. A few weeks ago I saw that one booth was selling just the gourds, so I bought one for $4 with the intention of making my own.

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Such an easy project for an afternoon. I had Andy help me with drilling the holes. First he drilled the hole for the opening. You don’t have to have this fancy attachment. There are other ways to do it, but this was just a quicker option and since I’m impatient, I went for it.

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He also drilled two holes at the top so I could thread some string through it to hang it from.

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And don’t forget to drill a small hole in the bottom for drainage, just in case your birdhouse gets water in it.

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You’ll need to clean out the inards of the gourd. I used a long handled wire brush to get it all out.

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Then take some sand paper to it and sand it until it’s smooth and you’ve gotten all the dirt and debry off of it.

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At this point you may want to soak it in some bleach water just to get it real clean. I didn’t feel that my gourd needed it so I skipped that step. I went right on to painting it. It’s suggested that you paint it a light color so it won’t become a ‘bird sauna’ in the summer. I chose a happy yellow- mostly because that’s what I had on hand.

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My original plan was to put two coats of paint on it. After the first coat, I decided that I really liked the look, so I left it.

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I used the back end of a paint brush to dot this little heart design near the doorway to my birdhouse.

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I used a large needle to thread some twine through the top to hang the birdhouse from.

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Your last step is to hang it!

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I absolutely love how it turned out! I may have to make a second one next year. We’ll see if it actually attracts any birds. If not, that’s okay, because it’s cute anyway.

Polka dots in the bathroom

I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.

Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.


I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.


Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.


I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.


The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.


I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.


And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.


Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.


Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.


Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.


Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.


Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.


Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.


Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.


Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.


So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.


I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!


Don’t you think that sometimes it’s the small changes we make to a room that can really liven it up?

*Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart

Basement bathroom remodel

I am in love with our new bathroom. What once was a dark, dank scary hiding place for spiders is now a great space!! There is still some small finish work that needs to be done and I’ve got the job of decorating but it’s pretty much ready to go.
As far as decorating- it’s a bathroom so I won’t be doing much more than some art on the walls, a shower curtain and bath mats. I’m going to keep it pretty simple because I already love how fresh, clean and open the room feels now. I don’t want to clutter it. I did buy THIS for the room, though! Got to have a little whimsy in there.

I’ve never really been that great with the play by play, so you’ll just be getting photos today. But if you want to know how we did something or what we used, ask in the comments and I’ll for sure get back to you!

I was a little late on starting to photograph this room. The real ‘before’ was a room with no drywall or plumbing hooked up. Andy hooked up the necessary plumbing as well as the ceiling fan and then he did the drywall and mud before I actually started taking pictures of the room.


You can see in this picture that Andy had already put the new tub in.


We painted the room with Behr Lime Light and I love it! I was worried it would be too ‘minty,’ but it turned out great.


We got this tile on clearance from Home Depot. It’s actually more gray than it looks in the picture. Lighting is terrible down there. We chose to tile all the way out in to the hall, and we’ll also be tiling the landing at the top of the stairs, by the front door.

I wish I could tell you exactly what this surround is for the shower. All I know is that I like it- it’s seamless and I can clean it by simply rinsing it off or wiping it down. Easy peasy! Andy’s buddy put it in for us, so if you want to know the deets, message me and I’ll get the 411 from Andy.
My favorite part. I love the new mirror and the light fixture. This mirror was $50 at Lowes and when we move from here I’ll definitely be taking it with me. It actually wasn’t our first choice- we thought it would be too big for the space. We bought one mirror and ended up exchanging it for this one in the end. We have to hang our mirrors high because Andy is so tall.

We chose to put in a tall cabinet to the left of the sink for extra storage. We bought the vanity and cabinet from Sutherlands. It was unfinished and Andy stained it this dark color. We bought hardware for it but haven’t put it on yet. I’ll show you more pictures when we finish that. The countertop with built in sink also came from Sutherlands. The faucet came from Lowe’s. The toilet paper holder was originally gold. Andy spray painted it silver.


Hard to get a picture of the whole room, but the bathtub is opposite the toilet. We are extremely happy with this project. It has turned out so beautiful!

Should I get a plain white shower curtain like this one or go for something with a pattern?

We don’t have a bath mat upstairs because Andy didn’t think it was necessary. I want to put one down here though. It’s always felt weird to me to step out with wet feet onto the cold tile. I bought this one from Target (which is actually more white than it looks on the site) but I’m not sure I’m sold. Any ideas?

Summery front door hanger diy

Hi guys. Today I wanted to share with you a little project I did a couple of weeks ago. I put it together as a housewarming gift for a friend of mine.


I picked up some red and yellow acryllic paint, cute scrapbook paper, red ribbon, wire to hang the flower from, and some yellow glitter.


I got these wood cut-outs from Wood Creations. They had a ton of things to choose from, but in the end, I gravitated toward the flower with the spiral center. I thought it was fun and summery and would look so cute on someone’s front door. Certainly you could cut your own wood if you had the right equipment and the time.

I started out by painting the spiral yellow. I also painted the edges of the flower red. I only painted what I knew would end up being visible on the finished product. Getting in between those petals was a little tough and you have to be careful that you don’t end up with big globs of paint in some places.


Andy helped me figure out how to layout the two pieces of scrapbook paper so that they would cover the entire flower. We also had to make sure that the pattern on the paper would line up so our ‘seam’ would look as ‘seamless’ as possible. This was tough and although I loved the paper that I chose, next time I might choose something with an easier pattern to match.


I used a pencil to trace out the pattern. I then cut it out and layed it over top of the wood flower to make sure it all fit. None of the petals were the same size so this was a little bit of a challenge.


I used Mod Podge to attach the paper to the wood. Isn’t Mod Podge the best crafty tool ever? Afterwards I turned to my attention back to the spiral center.


I applied Mod Podge to that as well and then heaped a generous amount of yellow sugar glitter over the top. I shook off the extra glitter after it had dried a bit.


Then I used a glue gun to attach the spiral center to the main body of the flower. Almost finished! Andy helped me thread the hanging wire through and get it positioned just right. Wood Creations pre-drills holes for this purpose, which makes it really nice. We used the handle of our paint brush to make curly Q’s in the wire.


We put curly Q’s at the top of the wire, where it would hang from a nail, and on both edges to keep it from slipping out of the wood. I tied the red ribbon to the wire and let the ends hang over the front.

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And there you have it!


A super cute and fun, summer door hanger to greet visitors when they come to your house!

Bedroom Curtain DIY

Remember this fabric that Andy gave to me for my birthday? Well, I finally got to work and sewed it in to curtains for the master bedroom. Miss Mauney Moo wasn’t too happy that I was taking away her fabric nest. 


I had already measured how much fabric I would need for each panel so I set to work sewing the raw edges over. I always like to iron my edges over when I am sewing large sections. I used my measuring tape to turn the edges over a 1/2 inch and then again another 1/2 inch.


Then I sewed a straight stitch along each ironed edge.



I did this on all four edges and did not sew a casing or tabs. I had already decided that I wanted to use drapery clips on this project because I like the more contemporary look. You can see how the corners turned out; nothing fancy, just turned over each other.


While I was sewing, Andy worked on hanging the curtain rod.


Then I clipped the fabric on and voila!! Extremely simple sewing project that anyone could do.



We love them. They add a much more finished look to the room.


What do you think? Would you try a project like this in your home?

Some house updates_the marathon edition

Andy and I have been working hard to make our “house” feel more like our “home.” Part of that is remodeling and part of it is adding elements (ie furniture, accessories, art, etc) that reflect our personalities.

Last week we went shopping for new carpet for our master bedroom. Considering how long it’s taken for us to make decisions on other changes to the house, it was surprisingly simple to pick out the new carpet. In fact, the sales lady suggested it, we looked at it, looked at each other, and said, “We’ll take it.” It was perfect.

The new carpet will be put in this Wednesday. I also have some other things that I need to show you. Some old, some new. First off, I think it’s about time I showed you our new kitchen floor.

That’s Tundra IKEA laminate. We put it down ourselves and it was super quick and easy. So far we LOVE it.

Mauney loves it too:

Next up is the new duvet that I purchased for our king size bed. (Buying nice bedding for a king size bed can really hurt your wallet so I saved up for awhile and waited until what we wanted went on sale. I also used a coupon code and managed to rack up just under $100 off the original ticket price. Go me!)

Anyway, we went with the Parachute Duvet from West Elm. I bought it on last chance clearance and I’m so glad I did because they no longer sell it. Here’s a picture I found of it:


That’s not our bed. I have yet to get sheets and pillow shams for our bed, so I haven’t photographed it yet. Andy wasn’t quite sure what to think of my duvet plan, but he was willing to indulge me. We’ve been sleeping with it for over a month now and it is awesome. We both really like it, as it’s light weight but keeps us just the right temperate.

And while we’re on the subject of our new master bedroom, I’ve picked out some fabric for our curtains. It’s Premier Prints Annie Corn Yellow/Kelp Slub.


I’ll take another picture after I have them sewn up and hung. Lastly, I finally purchased some art for our kitchen. The black and white prints we had in there are going in the guest room because I’m doing a black and white color scheme in there. We wanted prints with some green in them for the kitchen. So this is what I got:

It’s a watercolor by Elena Romanova. Yes, it really is for our kitchen. I found it on Etsy a few weeks ago and have been crushing on it ever since. I hesitantly showed it to Andy and told him I wanted it for our kitchen. I completely expected him to laugh and say “No way are we hanging an octopus in our kitchen!”  but he loved it!! Yay. I saw that it was 30% off the other day so I decided to go for it.

Also, we did a little organizing project in the bathroom. Andy installed these sliding bins so that it would be easier for me to get things out from under the sink.

I no longer have to get down on my hands and knees and fish around in there for what I want. I just pull the bins out, and everything is there. It’s so convenient! I love it. One bin holds my hairdryer, straightener and curling iron. The other bin holds bottles of hair products and my makeup. These bins came from IKEA and they are actually meant to hold garbage cans but they worked perfectly for this project. We only got a couple to try out but we will probably pick up a couple more for other areas of the house now.

So that’s what’s new around here.



What is upcycling? Upcycling is another way of recycling. It’s turning unwanted items or waste items into something that can be used again in a new way. Here’s a few of my favorite upcycling DIY projects:

Cheese grater


Pretty new way to hang your necklaces


Fork into handle



Suitcase into cat bed



Shutter into mail holder



Broom head into brush holder



Reusable Swiffer cover



Books into bird house



Jelly molds into light fixtures


PhotobucketMason Jar into a soap dispenser



Globe into light fixture



Do your part in any way that you can!