DIY Hanging Wood Frames.

I would consider myself a moody decorator.  I change out throw pillows, move furniture around, put different art up not just seasonally but sometimes weekly all according to my mood.  And why shouldn’t I? People dress according to their mood, eat according to their mood, style their hair a certain way according to their mood.  I get that going out and buying a new a new pair of jeans is a little different than buying a new sofa just because your in the mood but still…

Remember a couple weeks ago I talked about my hallway gallery wall dilemma? I came up with a new solution that cost me under $6.00 per piece.

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I love hanging family pictures on the wall. They bring personality and uniqueness to a home. Instead of using traditional frames with glass again that will end up getting broken with three rowdy boys, I opted for something a little different…

I first needed some updated photos of my family.  I’m a wanna-be professional photographer.  The majority of pictures I take are with my phone.  I do have a DSLR Cannon Camera as well as tons of books and how to use it but I still shoot the majority of the time on automatic.  I find that when I’m trying to grab my camera to capture a “moment” I”m not worried about fooling around with lighting, settings, etc.

Last week I staged a very informal, organic photo shoot with my family.  No fancy outfits, no prep, just them, a white wall and my camera on automatic.  In fact, whatever they were wearing is what they got snapped in.

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My seceret weapon to making my pictures look somewhat decent is free online photo editing programs like PicMonkey or my favorite free phone photo app Aviary.

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Julia did a something very similar if you’re a fan of Photoshop.

I could have had them printed at a professional photography lab but remember, I’m a moody decorator.  Instead I went a really inexpensive route and had them printed at Staples on the Engineered Printing Paper (which I did here once before).  For $1.99 each they printed them 24 x 48.   That way if I get tired of them in a short time (or my 4 rowdy men find a way to ruin them) I won’t feel guilty having not spent a whole lot of money.

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The prints come on thin paper that is typically meant for things like blue prints.  To give them more stiffness and substantiality I used spray adhesive to attach them to a piece of poster board cut the same size.
Hanging wood poster frames are nothing new but I recently fell in love with them for visual uniqueness and affordability they give to a piece of art.
I was really inspired by these here, here and here.
Next, I picked up some window trim at my local hardware store for around $1.00/ft. There are a lot of other inexpensive options out there. After I put my projects together I kicked myself realizing the trim was almost the same dimensions as a large paint stir stick which is free…duh. (See my paint stir stick house numbers project). Next time.  I cut my trim down then used a Walnut shade to stain them with a rag.

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To attach the trim to my picture I flipped the trim over (wrong side up), then the picture (also wrong side up) and aligned the picture on top of the trim securing with a hand held staple gun.


I attached trim to the top and bottom of my picture, only the front side of the picture.  Next I attached two eye hooks to the top of my trim pieces and tied everyday twine to them which holds the piece up.

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I never pictured three little men in my life pre-children but boy, I’m smitten.

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You can’t beat $6.00 for a custom photo shoot, print and framing.
There’s so much to love about this project but one of the things I like best is the price doesn’t guilt me in to feeling like I can’t be a moody decorator when I’m ready to change it out in the not too distant future.

I used the same inexpensive framing idea to hang this piece by  Light and Ink above my mantel.

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I followed the same process to put together this piece however, I used trim pieces on both the front and back, top and bottom of print to give it just a little more polished of a look.

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I sandwiched the print between two trim pieces then attached a wood screw to secure the trim and print together.
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Had I framed this print it would have cost me a pretty penny because it is an unusual size and it would have had to be custom.
For under $10.00 I was to just use trim, a 6 screws, a couple of eye hook screws and some twine.
Tune-in to see what mood strikes me to change my mantel to next.

2014…Year in Review.

 I’m a day late for a year in review as 2014 has officially come and gone.
After taking a look back I’m surprised how much we accomplished.
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane…

We made a lot of progress to the basement in 2014.
The best completion was finishing a family room in the basement.


We also finished a basement bathroom to service the family room and guest bedroom (makeover coming in 2015):


The laundry dungeon was turned it in to a bright space that makes me enjoy doing laundry now (well, not really).

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Our basement mother-in-law apartment got some much needed love as well.  This basement apartment kitchen is 100 times better than the Mr. and my first three residences.


The apartment basement bathroom also got a pretty update using some budget-friendly finds.

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Upstairs, we had ALL our cabinets refinished and repainted by the worlds most amazing cabinet maker/refinisher.  They had a terrible paint job to begin with and didn’t last the 2+ years we had been using them so the refinishing was a much needed repair. This bathroom got a new shade of paint, new counter and new faucet.


2014 marks lots of growing men in our household.  They were quickly out-growing their room so instead of going out we went up with some built-in bunk beds.

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But the cherry on top was that we finally finished our master bedroom complete with a DIY wing bed and Herringbone Sharpie wall.

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Outside, our patio got a little facelift during a fun Style Challenge with Home Depot.


In other projects I helped my dad design a new kitchen space for one of his rental properties.


In addition to all our room makeovers that kept us busy, we always made time for DIY projects.
Here are a few of our favorites:

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1. Two toned bench.
2. Brass plated stool
3. Hanging door stop


4.  PVC projects
5. Wood slat door mat
6. Tomato cage pot holder

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7. Two-toned stool
8. Magazine trolley

January 2015 marks us being in our Utah home for just about 3 years.  You may recall we came to Utah from Tucson, AZ and moved in an apartment while we went through construction on the house.  We pretty much started from scratch ripping everything out and starting completely over.  One of the most popular series we tackled in 2014 was a complete review of all the finishes we picked from marble counters to faucets to flooring.


Reviewing our kitchen cabinets.
Reviewing our kitchen counters.
Reviewing our kitchen appliances.
Reviewing our kitchen sink, faucet, message center.
Reviewing our wood floors.
Reviewing our concrete counters.
Reviewing our master bathroom (part 1).
Reviewing our master bathroom (part 2).

We had the wonderful opportunity of working with great sponsors this year.  Without them we wouldn’t be able to have such creative freedom to dream big.  We thank you all for being a fabulous audience that we get to share our projects with.  We have big plans for 2015 and look forward to sharing them with you.  Bring on 2015!



Staining then cleaning my rug with Bissell.

Thanks to BISSELL for sponsoring today’s discussion.

This is what happens when you’re trying to rush three kids and yourself out the door for a morning school singing performance.


An entire blender full of raspberries, spinach, pineapple and orange on my vintage Persian rug.

I panicked, grabbed a towel and started to try and rub it out which really just rubbed it in more. (I don’t think clearly in pressure filled situations).
This was the kind of emergency that needed attending to NOW.
Then I had visions of my kids in therapy as adults retelling about the time their mom decided her rug was more important than supporting her kids in their school performance.
So I threw in the towel (literally), locked the door and left a berry fruit smoothie to marinate in that beautiful rug for the next two hours.

This is no lie…when I got home a new BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner that I agreed to review was sitting on the doorstep.
What can I say? God works in mysterious ways.
Talk about timing.
I tore in to that thing faster than you can blink and put it to work.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the machine doing it’s thang on the rug…kind of hard to take a selfie while cleaning your carpets but here’s the result:


I had to go over it a couple of times and honestly I didn’t think it would work but there is absolutely no evidence of the smoothie having ever spilled there.
This is what the water looked like after the second go-over.


Yeah, that’s gross.

I was a little alarmed when I pulled this out of the catcher:


The instruction booklet did warn that this may occur on fuzzy carpets or rugs and they were right.


At first I thought the neighbors cat might have snuck in and I sucked him up by accident.
The Bissell has a spinning brush that acts like a comb brushing all the excess stuff that often sheds. It also has some serious suction. My dry vacuum comes no where close to pulling out the amount of gunk that the Bissel pulled out.
Now that I tackled that rug it was time to move on to my next little rug that I recently found at a consignment store.


I’m always a little leary about bringing home pre-owned rugs.
I’ve heard horror stories about people bringing home pre-owned rugs which was home to a colony of bugs. (Insert body shiver).
I was glad to bring it in and clean it immediately with the Bissell.



My new/old rug is a perfect welcome for my front door.

Last but not least our super-sized living room area rug. Gray is a tricky color. You’d think it would hide more dirt than it does but nope…every stain shows.


I first hit the heavy traffic areas with Bissell’s Deep Clean Pro solution and let it soak in for about 5-10 minutes.

Next I put the machine to work. I did a once-over on the entire rug, making sure to give a little more attention to the high traffic areas.




Bring on Christmas!

My honest opinion? I would highly recommend the BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner for the following reasons:

-It works. (If it didn’t I would have informed Bissell I couldn’t write a positive review and ask them if they still wanted me to publish my post).
-Use it the instant a spill occurs. You never know when you’re going to spill an entire smoothie on your rug and need a carpet cleaner in a pinch. With this machine you can do it yourself the moment you need to (or 2 hrs later).
-Flexibility and freedom. When you hire a professional carpet cleaning company you feel like you’ve got to have them clean every room in your home whether the carpets need to be cleaned or not. Having this machine gives you the flexibility to clean only those places you need to clean, when you need to clean them.
-Professionals only do a once-over. You know that old saying, “If you want a job done right you’ve got to do it yourself”? That applies here. This machine is a DIY’ers dream. After seeing how much nasty, dirty water I pulled out of my rugs after two go-overs I’m convinced that most professional carpet cleaning companies aren’t getting your carpets as clean as they could be. I’ve hired several companies over the years to clean my carpets. They normally put really harsh chemicals on your carpet, do a once-over and leave. This machine is a force to be reckoned with but you can go over your carpets and rugs as many times as you need to. No once-over and out.
-Money Saving.  I’ve paid as much on two visits for professional services that this machine costs alone.

Intrigued? Hop on over to their site to download a coupon and learn more about the BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner and BISSELL carpet cleaning formula with Scotchgard™ Protector .


I was given a Bissell ProHeat Upright Clearner and Cleaning Solution to review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.