After the holiday season comes DIY season!

After all the excitement of the holidays are over the DIY season hits in my house!  We live in a snow state so winter is a great time to tackle indoor projects.  This year, with a new house, we have a LOT to do.  But one of the simplest projects that can make a HUGE impact is cabinet hardware!!!! I'm so excited to show you the new hardware I picked up at True Value Hardware.  I've been drooling over it for years and this new kitchen was perfect for it.

Here is he before.  The drawer pulls were custom made and very cute, but not our style.  Plus there were some missing.

And here is the after!

Since the old hardware was custom it was an odd size.  Which meant a little more work and the perfect opportunity to share some DIY skills with you!

What you need-
Your new hardware
Wood filler
Putty knife
Sand paper
Paint (we used EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One)
Screwdriver (we recommend the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver!)

Alright.  It's not a difficult task, but it can be time consuming if you need to change the orientation of your hardware.  First, remove all your old knobs.  Then fill the old holes with your wood filler.

It doesn't have to be beautiful to start.  Once it's dry you will lightly sand and paint over these areas.

Pick up your favorite brand of paint from your local True Value Hardware.  I prefer an eggshell finish. A paint and primer in one (like EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One) saves a lot of time also!

Once your holes are filled, dry, sanded, painted and dry again (this usually happens in the time it takes you to work your way around the kitchen so there isn't as much dry time as it sounds like) you are ready to drill the holes for your new hardware!  We prefer to use a cordless drill.  Choose the bit that fits the size of your hardware, mark were your new handles will attach and create your new holes.  Once this is done it's time for the big finish!

If your kitchen is like mine you have a lot of cabinets.  Which means a LOT of screwing.  You will find that in hard to reach areas (like on drawers) it's nearly impossible to screw your hardware on with the electric drill.  Which means the good old hand screwdriver.  Which is miserable right?  Not anymore!  This year we discovered the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver, a whole new breed of driver tools!  It's a ratcheting screwdriver which means you can spin it back to your starting point without backing your screw out.  It came with all the interchangeable screwdriver bits so it's an all in one tool! It's ergonomic design has a soft grip, the shaft has a magnetic catch and there is bit storage right inside the handle!

The driver is a 29 piece tool that includes 7 phillips bits, 3 slotted, 3 square recess, 4 star, 6 SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard to reach areas (this was the only thing we thought could be improved upon, there is no where to store the extension on the tool itself), plus the bit and case.  With a lifetime warranty this is a must have tool!  Available only at True Value stores and TrueValue.com

Enjoy your new hardware!  

This winter we will be tackeling our living room with lots of paint and maybe some new dry wall.  What's on your winter DIY to do list?


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Holiday Party Decor with Dollar General

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Galoshes and I had a very fun weekend!  We hosted a cookie exchange with some friends.  It was the first time we had invited these friends to one of our gatherings so we really wanted to go all out.  Luckily we have a Dollar General in our town (we live in a very small town) so it was easy to get stocked up with Dollar General Holiday décor and not break the bank.  Here are some of the images from the party preperations.

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We had so much fun getting it ready.Pretty much everything shown is from our local Dollar General Holiday décor section.  But there are some details you may not realize so I wil share them specifically!
  • The ornaments in the first image are on a cupcake stand on top of a cake stand.  The ornaments are from Dollar General, the stands I had already.
  • The little cardboard house next to the wine glasses are from Dollar General.  it was only $1! and my kids loved putting it together and playing with it and the little elves it came with afterward.
  • The ice bucket with the cranberries inside was made after empting a juice container form the Dollar General then filling it with water and using some soda cans to create the holes as it froze.  Fill the cans with water to keep them from floating then run it all under water to loosen after freezing.
  • On the table I places some light up packages (from Dollar General Holiday décor) as well as a thing of pens, aren't they fun!!!, and some little note pads for the games we had planned.  The pens were a HUGE hit, and at Dollar Genearal prices only a buck a piece.  The candy in the dish is also from Dollar General.  
While in the Dollar General Holiday décor section I found these rub on transfers.  They were supposed to be for ornaments, but I used them on the little bowl to dress it up a bit.
  • The labels on the soda and water bottle are also from Dollar General.  We couldn't resist them!  
Under the tree you will see a goodie bag for each lady that attened the party.  It was a great way to get our holiday gifts to our friends without having to track them all down and run all over.  Each lady got their bag on the way out of the door at the end of the night.
I hope this inspires you to have a holiday gathering of your own!  And check out your Dollar General Holiday décor when decking your halls!  And be sure to Like Dollar General on Facebook, I do!
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Holiday Art Display with Duck Tape®!

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It's December!!! Which at my house means lots of festive decor and crafts.  My kids are at that age where they really love seeing their artwork displayed (usually on the fridge) which is great, but I don't like a ton of clutter on my refigerator.  So I came up with a solution we are all very happy with!  

It started with this box of Duck® Brand duct tape with all the great holiday themes!  I have a million uses for it, but I am most excited about this project so I thought I would share the tutorial with you.  We made reversible magnetic frames for the kids' art!  Check out the final result-




It was super simple and you only need a couple supplies.  

  • At least two patterns of Duck® Brand duct tape (if you want it to be reversible)
  • Maganets (make sure they stick to metal on both sides, some maganets only have one magnetic side)
  • Scissors
  • A piece of paper to dertmine size (what ever size your kids normally draw on, for us it was standard paper)



I don't like to do a lot of measuring so I found laying the paper down and using it to determine the size of my duct tape strips was easiest for me.  I made each stip a bit longer so that I could trim the corners nice and neat.  Place the duct tape sticky side up and work your way around the paper.  



Once you have the full frame add magenets to the sticky side.  How many magnets you need depends on how large your frame is.  



Now with your second pattern do the same thing but with the sticky side down right on top of your first frame.  Sandwhiching the magnets in the middle.  The tape holds it in place.  


Then trim the excess on the cornes to make it nice and neat.  

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Now let your little ones test it out!  We found it was easiest for them to use if you put a small magnet on the art work to hold it in place while you put the frame on, then take the place holder magent off.  You can choose the side of the frame that goes best with each art work or your mood for that day!  


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