Our Deck, Before & After


If you've followed my blog for a while, you will notice that some of our DIY projects have slowwwwwly evolved. We love to take our time and curate, collect, repurpose and build our way to a better space. Our deck has been no exception.  "Design definitely doesn't happen in a day" Our summers are short. And while I could repurpose my little heart out and be uber practical, in three short months I always seem to run out of runway. Overthinking, planning and not working fast enough leaves us spinning our wheels. We've found ourselves in this debacle for too many years, only to neglect our beautiful deck once again. In May, I decided to change that. I challenged readers (and myself) to participate in a #30DayFlip outdoor space challenge. Well, the truth is - readers totally rocked … [Read more...]

More than just a rug…

Detroit Michigan 2014

* This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com * Today's guest blogger is my stepdaughter, Kaitie. She's setting up her gorgeous apartment in Motor City, Michigan and I wanted to include her in this campaign. We're entering the phase of life where she's outgrowing her post-college hand-me-down furniture and we'd like to start helping her upgrade her space to suit her own personal taste. It's her birthday this weekend, too! The big 2-6! Happy birthday, Kait! Love you...Dad & Jeanette Detroit, Michigan, 2014 I live in the land of the twenty-something; the land of plaid shirts, man buns and the lingering smell of American Spirit cigarettes. It was a long series of events which led me to this 19th century penthouse suite (read non-air conditioned dust trap with awesome views) in Detroit’s … [Read more...]

DIY Workshops are Back!

DIY Workshops

Back by popular demand, I'm resurrecting my DIY workshops. This chalk paint workshop was a big hit with 23 registrations. To be notified of my future online workshops, subscribe here.    Topic: Chalk Paint Workshop, "Let's Talk Chalk Paint" When:  July 26th at 9:00 pm (recorded) Where:  View recording Cost:      Free! Click to Register / Attend session   Topics covered:   My favorite chalk paint Prepping surfaces Techniques I use Additional effects and mediums I use Home made chalk paint recipe Finish coats Get notifications for future DIY Workshops, sent right to your inbox: Hope to see you tonight! … [Read more...]

Budget outdoor decor hacks…

My Summertime Outdoor Hacks || by SnazzyLittleThings.com

This post is a contribution to the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. As a blog hop participant, I was asked to write about some of my backyard "hacks" and the design decisions behind my deck transformation. Check out the link to learn more and for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Today I thought I'd share a little more detail about our deck transformation and how we chose items to create an outdoor oasis. Summer is short, so investing in new furniture and accessories every year just doesn't make sense for us. Cooler temperatures have made this area much more enjoyable, and now that we're using it more, decorating has been so much fun. I'll share my sources with you along with several DIYs that we have tackled to transform this … [Read more...]

Lessons from Miss Mustard Seed

Milk Paint Basics by SnazzyLittleThings.com

Milk Paint Basics Last year, I had the honor of attending a hands-on workshop with Marian, the owner of Miss Mustard Seed. I took diligent notes as Marian spoke. Until this class, I personally struggled with using her paints and I wanted to know more. So here are some of the tips she shared with a room full of eager students, like myself.  It was so awesome to see everyone's projects and different outcomes, but I was honestly starstruck and just honored to be there. Everything I learned from her class helped me achieve the final finish of our wedding "altar" below, which was a vintage-looking mantel that we built new, painted, distressed and chipped it to make it look like an original architectural salvage item.  Our wedding altar--our first "build" together :) … [Read more...]

DIY: Potting Bench for $75!!

DIY Potting Bench by SnazzyLittleThings.com

DIY Potting Bench Total Cost = $75 Time to Make: 1 Day Confession:  the ONLY planting I've done is myself in front of the TV watching Friday Night Lights reruns with an occasional glass of wine. So until this rain subsides, we can't finish staining...so the only thing I can do is show you just how crafty my husband is and to start sharing a parts list with you. Underneath that lid is nothing short of genius. This build is modular, with lots of inside storage, removable sliding trays. But for now...just admire it along with me... ...between raindrops. On our deck , we are challenged with a lack of function. A telltale sign of this is when I often see all of my guests gravitate inside rather than spending time outdoors. We knew we could benefit from a "serving area" where we c … [Read more...]

Favorite Things: Outdoor Spaces


Today I've compiled a list of my "favorite things" including a source list of inexpensive outdoor decor that I've recently incorporated in my home. (Affiliate links are included in this post). It's taken a few years for me to finally focus on this area of my home, and I honestly forgot how much fun decorating outdoors can be. A year ago, I created an inspiration board of how I wanted this space to look, so I've been thinking about this for a long time. Finally, I've carved out time to work this space into our to-do list. I'm glad to be outdoors again. Here are some ideas for making your outdoor living areas more comfortable for you and your guests. Solar String Lighting {Source:  Newstyle Solar Lighting from Amazon.com} - affiliate link It was during our wedding reception last … [Read more...]

June REVEALS: Knock offs and Hacks!


Amazing Reader Hacks & Knock Off Projects {June #30DayFlip} Knock off projects (or hacks) seem to be a reader favorite around here, so just for you, I've created its own separate category on my blog. Here are all the projects from our readers in June. (See all "knock offs" and our previous"30DayFlip" projects). *** "Fornasetti WallPaper Knock Off - Rental Approved Art" by Jess with Domicile 37 Above: Jess's inspiration photo from Designer Wallpapers. Listed for $768.00.    Her version: Jess's project summary:  "Adding this faux wallpaper to walls adds interest to a space that was very bland. It is now my favorite place in my house. I love that it literally cost nothing and is easily removable. Love it!" -  see Jess's project tutorial at her blog, Dom … [Read more...]

WIN $1000 with Build.com

Kitchen Inspiration

Three years ago, I stumbled into the world of DIY and home improvement. I was a beginner with little skill, but I knew a lot could be accomplished with a little creative know-how. We flipped two houses, and made quite a few mistakes along the way, but through our mistakes we learned so much. The vast majority of our projects were achieved with a chop saw and a paint brush. One project lead to another, and before I knew it...we were tackling larger and larger projects. I became addicted to seeing the fruits of our labor, and we'd have several simultaneous projects going at one time. Here are some of my favorite "love it" moments since we started our DIY journey. Each time we completed these projects, we admired them for days. What a difference! So now it's time to focus, once again, on … [Read more...]

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Square Blog Training Consulting

Custom RSS Newsletters  |  1-Hour Blog Consultation  |  Book Your Appointment During the day, I work full time as an IT security consultant and software sales executive. Prior to that, my experience was a customer relationship manager in support of our large, Fortune 500 customers. I've done this for over 15 years and have spent many days turning unhappy customers into success stories. My job in a nutshell? To quickly cut through the minutia and ensure that the customer experience is positive, which in turns means, they become repeat customers that will purchase goods and services from me, over and over again. Our readers ARE our customers, and we want them to continue coming back to our blogs, over and over again. In my blog training and consulting business, I provide you the … [Read more...]

Free Printable All who wander…

All Who Wander Free Printable

All Who Wander Are Not Lost Amen to that! I've always loved this saying, "all who wander are not lost". So today I made my own printable and I'm framing this in a family photo wall that I'm working on. I'm enjoying the free trial at Graphicstock and creating all kinds of pretty printables, so as I create them I'll share them with you. Want to try your hand at making printables? It's easy. Click over to my recent post to get your own free trial, my suggestion would be to download ALL of your holidays, special event images and place them in a folder and use them at a later date! Click here --> All Who Wander Free Download | by SnazzyLittleThings.com If you want to win a free year of Graphicstock you can also enter the drawing in this post.  Enjoy! … [Read more...]

60+ Chalkboard Art & Furniture Transfer Projects

60+ chalkboard and image transfer projects

How To Create Your Own Chalkboard Art & Furniture Transfers Do you want to make beautiful chalkboard art but you're not quite sure how? How about painting a pretty image onto furniture? This is a great post for you--today bloggers are sharing their secrets along with 60+ examples of their own image transfer projects. You will be an expert with this DIY by the time you finish reading. Did you know--there is ONE common technique that most bloggers use in our image transfer projects? By following this tutorial, I will share this secret and hopefully remove the guesswork out of tackling this DIY. A video tutorial was also recorded November 16, 2014. (Available for subscribers).    Find beautiful royalty free images for your image transfer projects at Graphicstock (Get y … [Read more...]