DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams {Part 8}


Hey guys!  I took a little break from my home renovation series, but I am back today with Part 8.

 house transformation series

If you missed the previous 7 posts in this series, you can check them out by clicking on the links below:

Part One:  Our Exterior

Part Two:  Our Addition

Part Three:  Kitchen Makeover

Part Four:  Guest Bathroom Makeover

Part Five:  Office Makeover

Part Six:  Master Bedroom/Bath

Part Seven:  Boys’ Rooms

Today, I am going to show you the progress we have made in our den!  It has been a looooong work in progress!

You can see the where our den is located in the picture below, and how we made changes to the rooms to the right of the den to make room for our new addition.

Our House Plans


 So you can see in the picture below how we began to tear down the wall in the dean.  The white door led to the old bathroom (which eventually became a part of our master bathroom.)


Once the wall was completely torn down and the doors to the bathroom and bedroom “walled in,” it began to look like this…


We also installed new hardwood floor in the den (for the second time,) but that’s a whole other story! :)  

(The first time happened HERE.)


One of the biggest changes we made to our den was our Fireplace Makeover.

This is what it looked like the day we moved in…



This is what it looked like after my talented hubby built a new surround on it…(you can see that we also painted the back of our front door to match the fireplace.)


 And this is what it looked like after my talented friend, Layla, styled and photographed it.  :) 



Truthfully, since our den is still a “work in progress,”  I’ve never taken pictures of the whole room.  But I have written several posts that show parts of the room, so I will share those now.  

I showed you some of the room when I did my first coffee table makeover...


Here is a sneak peek of the other side of my den this past fall when I showed you my second coffee table makeover


You can see that I added a large jute rug to this space.

The corner to the left of my fireplace has become my favorite spot in the den because of this sign!


I got it from Between You and Me, and I adore it!  

You can see it again here in my Christmas Home Tour…


To the right of the fireplace is our front door, and I showed you a little industrial coat rack I made for that corner in this post….


Like I said, this room is a work in progress!  We are actually working on building some custom shelving behind our love seat, and I hope to have that ready to show you by next week.  I will try and take some wider shots of the room at that time.  :)

I still have two more posts left in this series.  The boys’ bathroom and our future plans for our home.  Yay!!


I also wanted to tell you about a special facebook event this week!


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Wednesday, March 25th at 8:30 pm (EST)

We will briefly discuss the hormonal basis for this symptom complex and then give practical solutions THAT WORK for balancing hormones the natural way.

You will not want to miss it! The videos and graphics will be available ONLY for those who RSVP by joining the event.

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch in the Cottage of our Dreams (Part Five)


When I started this series, I wasn’t exactly sure how many “parts” there would be, but it seems we are already up to FIVE!  Whoop!

Let’s keep going!  :)

house transformation series


This small 11 ft x 11 ft room is to the left of our guest bathroom.  It was Eli and Adam’s room when we first moved in, and then it became a junk room when the boys moved into the addition.

Here is what I am talking about…

office makeover



I knew when we converted this room into my office, that I wanted a lot of desk space and window seats under the windows.  So I showed my ideas to Cy, and he brought me dream to life!  (I love that man.)  You can see how we began building it HERE.


custom window seat

And more of the building process HERE.

custom diy desk

We gave everything a fresh coat of white paint…

It was looking better already!

diy custom desk

Once we finished the desk, it was time to add upper cabinets!

diy cabinet makeover

We reused some of the cabinets that we had left over from our kitchen makeover and added some open shelving in the middle of them.

diy cabinet makeover

You can see the whole tutorial HERE.

diy cabinet makeover

For the space below the cabinets, I built a large burlap memo board.

burlap memo board


I am so glad I did this!  I use this memo board like CRAZY now!  To see how easy it was to make, click HERE. 

burlap memo board


Below my desk, I had Cy build me a cabinet, and I turned it into a file cabinet.

diy file cabinet

I attached a metal file holder to a piece of wood that slides in and out of the cabinet.  You can see how I did this HERE.

diy file cabinet


I also made new cabinet doors for the old kitchen shelves I hung above my desks and the window seats.  You can see the complete tutorial of how I made them HERE.

diy cabinet doors


And you can see how I made my window seat cushions in less than five minutes each by clicking HERE.

diy window seat cushion

One of my favorite projects in this room was turning the old bedroom closet into my craft closet

closet makeover

This space has been a life saver!

craft closet makeover


It was even featured in an organizing book!  Yay!

craft closet




I also love my HUGE command center calendar!  It’s on the wall to the left of my craft closet.

giant command center


My most recent pictures of my office were taken when I did a makeover on a chair


office chair makeover

Believe me, my desk does not look this clean, nor do I always have fresh flowers on my desk.  :)  Although I wish I did!  

office makeover

This chair is not longer in my office.  :(  The boys broke one of the legs while twirling around in it.  Oh well!  Good thing I only paid $6.50 for it at Goodwill, right?!

As you can see in the picture below, I added some wood blinds and a sisal rug.  For now, this space is officially done! I do have a sewing station on the other desk corner, but I haven’t taken any pictures of it yet.  I will try to do that soon and show it to you. 

office makeover

If you missed the previous four posts about our home renovation,

click on the links below:




Guest Bathroom


Thanks for stopping  by!

Come back tomorrow!  

We are headed over to the master bedroom in our addition! 




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Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Home Management

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Welcome to the last week of Organize Your Heart and Home!

Organize heart and home

This week, we are focusing on Home Management Organization.


THIS is the area of my home that needs the most help!  I am soooooo not good at keeping up with paperwork and keeping things organized in my office.   It is definitely not my “gift.”

It bugs me to death that I struggle so much in this area.  Last year, I spent a week in January printing printables and putting together binders for all of my important “home stuff.”  Those binders have basically sat on my shelves, unused, the entire year.  Ugh.

So I am spending this week getting my office organized again.  Here is some evidence on Instagram…

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I’ve been scouring the web for Home Management inspiration, and here are some of my favorite to get you and I going! :)


Jen from I Heart Organizing shares how she does her budget binder.  She also has links to a lot of other great info too!



 Here is another great post on a Home Management Binders

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I liked some of the simple stuff I found in this post at Modern Ms. Darcy.   There is a link to a book that I downloaded, and I am going to read soon.  I think I need it. :)




I really liked the idea of this simple chore chart, from Not Consumed, for my boys.  Right now, we do not have a chore system in place, and we are needing one badly.  I might give this a try by adding one more zone.  :) 



Here are some simple and doable tips to help you manage your time at home from Cloudy with a Chance of Wine.




This is one of MY FAVORITE organizing blogs, A Bowl Full of Lemons! There is SO much great information there!  You can find how to organizing your bills, organize your meals, and how to organize your cleaning schedule.  




Hope these ideas will help get your started on organizing your home!  I will be sharing my “mostly” organized office on Thursday instead of tomorrow. :)  I’ve still got a LOT to do in there!

Have a blessed day!


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DIY File Cabinet for my Office


Hey friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  We had a blast at BiWater farms on Saturday. Jonathan won the singing competition! yay! Smile

I will share some photos and videos with you in my next post.


Today, I wanted to share with you a file cabinet I made for my office.

diy file cabinet

But first, I have to tell you the original plan for the file cabinet.


When Cy built my custom desk in my office, I wanted him to build a bottom cabinet for me to hide my black file cabinet in.

diy file cabinet

We measured, and we thought we would be able to just slide my old black file cabinet in that bottom cabinet.  However, we when were finished with the desk, we tried to put my file cabinet in there, and it wouldn’t fit. Sad smile

It was off by less than an inch.  Ugh.


So then I knew I would have to come up with another idea.

I decided to make my own pull out file cabinet.

I’m sure there is a better way to make a file cabinet, but this was pretty easy, and works perfectly for me.

diy file cabinet


I attached some drawer slides from Lowe’s to each side of the bottom cabinet.


diy file cabinet

First, I screwed a 1×2 board to each side of the cabinet, and then cut some spacers to put between the 1×2 and the drawer slide.  I needed that extra space so the drawer slides could slide in and out easily.

Then I cut a piece of plywood for the base of my file cabinet and attached it to the drawer slides with screws.

{I’m sorry I do not have a lot of pictures of this process.  I did this mostly at night, by myself, and it was too difficult to take pictures.}

I added a drawer pull to the front of my base to make it easy for me to pull my files in and out.

diy file cabinet

I bought a $10 file holder from Office Depot and had fun getting my papers organized.

diy file cabinet

I haven’t attached the wire file holder to the base yet, but I bought some little plastic wire holders, and I am going to do that today.  Smile

diy file cabinet


I also plan on building another shelf above the file holder that will hold papers that need to be filed.  I will share that with you when I get it complete.

But for now, I am enjoying being just a little more organized in my office.


diy file cabinet



And I am still love my huge Command Center in my office.  If you missed that post, click HERE.

giant wall command center




Have a blessed day, friends!

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How to make your own cabinet doors



Today, I am going to show you how to make your own cabinet doors!

Okay, so I am very proud of this project because I made them 100% by myself.   Smile






how to make cabinet doors

You know that I have a very handy husband that likes to help me with most of my projects, but this one I tackled all by myself.

We re-used and installed the cabinet shelves from our kitchen makeover, but we had to make new cabinet doors so they would match throughout the office.

how to make cabinet doors

I  needed to make 9 cabinet doors: 4 upper cabinet doors, 1 lower cabinet door, and 4 window seat doors.

To save money, I bought a 4 x 8 foot sheet of MDF board from Lowe’s for approximately $37.00.

We had the employees at Lowe’s cut the MDF board into 9 pieces using the measurements we gave them for each cabinet/window seat door.

That made each cabinet door approximately $4.00 each, minus the trim pieces.

Not bad, huh?!! Smile

how to make cabinet doors

To decide where I wanted to place the trim, I just used our level that was about 2 1/2 inches wide.  I laid the level in line with the edge of each side of the door, and drew a line.

how to make cabinet doors{You may decide to attach your trim at a different distance depending on the size of your cabinet doors.}

So then I was left with lines on the doors that I could use as guides as to where to install the trim.

how to make cabinet doors

I used my chop saw to cut my trim pieces at a 45 degree angle, then glue and nail them to the doors.

how to make cabinet doors

how to make cabinet doors

The picture below shows you what it looked like before I installed the last trim piece.

how to make cabinet doors

Some joints will come together better than others, but get as tight of a fit as you can.  Then just use some wood filler to fill up the nail holes and joints.

how to make cabinet doors

Then sand the filler smooth after it dries, and you are ready to paint your doors!


how to make cabinet doors

I used this paint to paint my doors…



This is my favorite paint, and I used it on my kitchen cabinets as well. It is very durable!

I hung the doors on my window seats with some oil rubbed bronze hinges from Lowe’s.

how to make cabinet doors



I looked online for some oil rubbed bronze cabinet latches, but they were too pricey.

So I bought some inexpensive gold ones from Lowe’s, and spray painted them ORB.

how to make cabinet doors

If you push the screws into a card board box, it makes it easier to spray paint them.

how to make cabinet doors

Then I added the latches to the front of my window seats.  I LOVE these window seats, people!  They are probably my favorite part of my office space! Smile

how to make cabinet doors

I also bought some ORB knobs from Lowe’s for my upper cabinets.

how to make cabinet doors

It am so glad I have some space in my office to hide my “uglies.”  These cabinets hold a lot of my “stuff” that I don’t want everyone else to have to see.  Smile

So that is it!

Not too bad, huh?

how to make cabinet doors


I think my cabinet doors look great, AND I saved a ton of money!  I was able to make all 9 cabinet doors, including the hardware, for less than $100.  Yay!

Stay tuned for the next project in my office!

Coming soon…Smile

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DIY Upper Cabinets for my Office–Part 2



Hey friends!  I wanted to show you  more work we have completed in my office.

I already showed you how Cy made custom desks and window seats for my office. 

diy office desk

So today. I am going to show you how we made the upper cabinets above my desk.

I was hoping to fill the one wall without windows with some cabinets where I can store a bunch of my stuff.

We had some cabinets in storage that were left over from our kitchen renovation.







So we decided to use two of them for my office.  We hung them on each side of the wall.  We took the doors off because I wanted to make new ones to match the doors on my window seats and file cabinet door.


diy office makeover

We left some space between the cabinets so we could create some open shelves between.

diy office makeover

We had some great wooden shelves, {that we took out of our closet when we did our craft closet makeover} that we used for the open shelves.

diy office makeover

We also used some trim pieces that Cy had leftover from some jobs he had done to trim out the shelves.

diy office makeover

So up until this point, we hadn’t spent a dime on  these cabinets!!  Yay!


diy office makeover

The only thing I had to spend money on was wood filler and white paint.

diy office makeover

After I filled all of the nail holes with wood filler and sanded it smooth, I used my Home Right paint sprayer to paint everything white.


I was loving how my office was finally starting to come together!


diy office makeover

But I still had to make new cabinet doors for my cabinets and window seats!  I will show you how I did that next week!

Stay tuned…


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Diane Sturms Pelley!!

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Giant Wall Command Center {for my office}



I am so excited to show you my project today!

I have been wanting to make a “command center” in my home for like fo-ev-a!

giant wall command center

The biggest goal in my life right now is to be more ORGANIZED!  In our last home, I finally felt like I had a handle on all our “stuff,” and then we moved. Sad smile

It has taken almost 2 1/2 years in our new home for me to finally feel like I am starting to get more organized.  It has been so hard to be organized when, for the past two years, our house has looked like this…

installing kitchen floor

And this….

removing the kitchen soffit

Oh, and this…

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Just looking at those pictures gives me the hives!


So I cannot tell you how grateful I am that I now have an office space in our home where I can get my life organized!

craft closet makeover

I’m loving my craft closet.

And I’m starting to enjoy my new desk space, even though it isn’t completely finished.



But more than anything else, I am loving my Giant Command Center.

giant wall command center

I am a visual person, and I need to SEE things all laid out to help me stay organized.

So I painted a huge square on my wall with Chalkboard Paint from Lowe’s.

Then I used some inexpensive 1×3’s to frame it.

Since I like to see more than one month at a time, I decided to create 3 calendar grids on my wall.giant wall command center

I used a large level and a permanent white paint marker to create my calendar grids.

I decided to color-code the events on my calendar with Chalk-Ink markers.  (They are like chalk, but like a marker too.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.)

giant wall command center

The boys LOVE that they have their own color.  I hot glued a little wicker votive holder to the wall and placed my chalk markers in them.  Now, each event on the calendar is color-coded for each member of the family!

I bought a $5.00 clear plastic folder holder from Walmart, and spray painted it blue.  Then I hot glued that to the wall as well!  Smile

giant wall command center

The metal memo board is also from Walmart.  I use it to jot down important things that I need to remember to do.  I also use magnets to attach any appointment cards to it.  The little memo pad is magnetic, so it attaches perfectly to my metal memo board.  I use the memo pad to make my grocery lists or jot down any errands I need to run that day.  I tear the paper off and take it with me!

Hands down, my FAVORITE part of the Command Center is the four clipboards at the bottom!

giant wall command center

I have had a HORRIBLE time keeping up with all of my boys’ papers from school.  So I created a clip board for each of them to keep all of their important papers.  It has already saved my life this school year!  (I put four nails in the wall and hung a clipboard on each.)

When they bring home important papers from school about field trips or important school dates to remember, I say, “Clip it to your board!”

Now we always know where to find their papers.  It’s so much better than being buried in a pile of papers on my desk, like they used to be!

So there you have it!

Do I look organized or what?!

giant wall command center


I wish the rest of my house looked this way.  Smile

Baby steps, people, baby steps.


Do you have a command center

in your home?


p.s.  If you missed my post from yesterday, I would greatly appreciate you going back to it and click on the links or pictures about Deer Park Waters.  That’s all you have to do.  It is a sponsored post in which I get paid by “clicks.”  Thanks so much!!


Linking this project to these parties:

Tutorials and Tips Linky Party at Home Stories A to Z

Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop at House of Rose

Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party

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DIY {5 Minute} Window Seat Cushion!



I am so excited to show you how I made the window seat cushions for my office in less than 5 minutes each!

diy window seat cushion

I had originally planned on sewing some cushions for my window seats, and I kept putting it off because I knew it would take me a while to do it.  So I was so excited when Christina from Christina’s Adventures linked up to my June linky party.  She showed how she made some window seat cushions for her home.

DIY Window Seat Cushion

After I read this post, I KNEW I was going to make my cushions the same way!  Thank you so much, Christina!


Here is a quick video to show you how I made it in less than 5 minutes!


Linking this project up to Tutorials and Tips link Party at Home Stories A to Z.

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DIY Office Desk and Window Seats–Part One



I have so much to show you in my new office room!!!

We have a done a ton of work in this room that I haven’t even posted about on my blog.

There is so much to show you, I am going to have to break it down into several posts.

So today, I am going to start with showing you how Cy made the wall to wall desks in my office.

I LOVE a lot of desk space, so I love having built in desks all around my office.

diy office desk


This is about a 12×12 foot room.  It was Jonathan and Luke’s room when we first moved into our home two years ago.  When Jonathan and Luke finally moved upstairs in the new addition, the office was a “junk room” and looked like this…

office makeover "before"

We started working on the closet in this room first.  Remember this project?…


Once I finished the craft closet, I couldn’t wait to work on the rest of the room!

So we cleared everything out and ripped up the nasty, stained carpet.  We were going to sand and paint the subfloor, but then we decided to cover it with Rustoleum’s Restore.

It’s a durable coating that is usually used on decks and outdoor surfaces.  It is an AWESOME product, but we weren’t crazy about it the look of it for my office.  Plus, we read on the box after we had already used it, that it was for exterior use only.  oops.  So we decided to paint the concrete with floor paint.  {We painted the floor tan AFTER we painted the desks and window seats.}

We are still not 100% crazy about it, but it is better than the nasty carpet.  It’s super easy to sweep up a mess on.  Down the road, we may do something different, but not right now.

After we finished the floor, Cy got to building me the desk plan that I had in my head.  He made me draw it on paper, and then he went to work!

Cy used 3/4 inch birch plywood from Lowe’s to create the desk tops and window seats.

diy office desk

The desk tops are supported underneath by 2×4 cleats that were screwed to the studs in the wall.

diy office desk

The next step was to attached the trim pieces using wood glue and finish nails.  You can use any type of trim piece you want for this part.

diy office desk

All of the edges of the desk were trimmed out with the same trim piece.

diy office desk

For the trim on the fronts of the window seats, Cy used 1×2 poplar boards.

diy office desk

He added ball feet from Lowes to the bottoms of the window seats, and under the base cabinet on the other side of the room.

diy office desk

He also added the 1×2 poplar boards to the tops of the window seats to create arm rests.

diy office desk

Then I filled all the nail holes and cracks with paintable wood filler.


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After the wood filler was dry, I sanded it smooth with 220 grit sand paper.

Here is what it looked like before we painted it.  This is the corner you see right when you enter the room.

diy office desk

Here is a look at the other side of the room…

diy office desk

The last thing we did was to paint the desk and window seats white.  I used my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer to get the job done.  It was amazing how quickly I was able to get the whole room painted!


diy office desk

So the bottom part of my office was finished, but I still wanted to add some upper cabinets to this space.


diy office desk

Next week, in Part Two, I will show you how we made some new upper cabinets for my office!

Stay tuned….

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DIY Wall Art


Hey Friends!

I cannot tell you how absolutely exhausted I am from Haven.  I slept in until 10:00 am this morning.  Yes.  I.  Did.

And I think I could take about a 5 hour nap this afternoon.  So as soon as I get my bearings back, I will share all of the Haven fun with you.  :)


Today, I am so excited to share with you a project that I just finished for my office/craft room makeover.

It’s a three dimensional picture frame, and it cost me less than 5 dollars to make!




I started out with some numbers that I had left over from my mailbox makeover.  They are the peel and stick kind.




I primed them with some spray paint primer so the craft paint I was going to use would adhere better.




Then I let my son, Luke, help me with the next part.  He loves to paint, so I asked him to paint all of the numbers in a bunch of different colors that I wanted to use in my office.



While he was doing that, I spray painted my picture frame white.  I got this frame at Goodwill for $1.50.



I removed the glass and the backing from the frame.  Then I used the original black cardboard backing as a template to cut a new, larger cardboard backing for the frame.  {This would help the cardboard sit back farther from the glass to help create a 3D effect.}




Then I glued a piece of leftover burlap that I had to the new cardboard backing.



I took all of the beautifully colored numbers that Luke painted for me and randomly placed them on the burlap until they looked the way I wanted.



Then I just peeled and stuck them to the burlap.   Smile

I added a little bit of hot glue to the inside of the frame so that the glass would stay put in the frame and not fall out.



Then I hot glued the new cardboard backing onto the outside of the frame back.



I loved the way it looked, and it would be totally cute to leave it just like that!  But I wanted my frame to say “Count your many blessings” in memory of my precious mother.


So I found this super cute design in the Silhouette online store that I purchased for 99 cents and downloaded.



I used black vinyl for the design, and once it was through cutting on my Silhouette machine, I transferred it to the front of the glass in the middle of my frame.




If you don’t own a Silhouette, I am sure that you could find an adorable vinyl sign in a store or online that you could use instead.  I’ve even seen some really cute ones at the dollar store.

It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but there is a definite 3D effect.




I love the punch of colors it adds to my gallery wall in my office/craft room.  {That I haven’t finished working on.} Smile




I love my new sign, and I love the reminder it gives me to daily count my many blessings!







Have a blessed day!

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