0 Just Sold: One house for two happy Camp-ers!

>> Thursday, June 28, 2012

A big congratulations to my friends, Jonathan and Beren, on their first home! These two have been such a joy to work with and I need for all of us to pause for a moment and admire how stinkin’ cute Beren’s chevron wrap dress is…


Congratulations to the Camps! So glad we found you the perfect home…and you know a couple is pumped about their first place when they can’t wait to spend a weekend moving in 100 degree temps.



0 Before Story: Friends make great guinea pigs

>> Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Now that I’ve been an official guest blogger for the fabulous At Home in Arkansas magazine for over a year—that’s a lot of DIYin’ folks!—I vote it’s time we mix it up a bit for my July post.


Day after day you see me piddling around my own construction site on Live The Home Life and month after month you see me rehabbing furniture for At Home’s blog, but for my next post in the works, I plan on taking a more hands off approach.

After each DIY/rehab/how-to project I post, I tend to get dozens of love-it!-but-I-could-never-do-what-you-just-did emails, Facebook comments and tweets. Last week’s DIY floor mirror was no exception.

So to prove just how simple it really is to recreate that stinkin’ mirror, I’m bringing in my good pal and super beginner DIYer, Meredith to show us how it’s done.



Craving a mirror of her own for her first home, I knew just how to wrangle her into my little experiment. Mere admits that she’s no handy gal but is excited to take on this DIY…with a little guidance from yours truly and a glass or two of wine.



0 At Home in Arkansas Guest Post: Hob-Knobbin’

>> Monday, June 25, 2012

With all the before and after projects happening around my house/construction site, every now and then I pick up on a few tends among my trash-to-treasure transformations. Nearly every diamond in the rough undergoes some form of the deep cleaning/sanding ritual that we do-it-yourselfers know all to well, but another DIY theme that keeps popping up in my projects is the use of pretty little knobs to add a smidge of spice.

Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?…

The simplest update on the list comes in the form of this darling (yet still kinda boring) little table. Nothing like a porcelain knob to help this table step it up a bit.


My very first furniture flip to hit the blog-o-sphere, this once decrepit dresser was transformed into shiny chic buffet with a few coats of glossy red paint and contemporary knobs.

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Not too long after I moved into my little fixer upper, I decided that the mailbox needed a facelift in a major way, and a few lettered knobs direct from the aisles of Hobby Lobby got in on the action. Using a power drill to make evenly spaced holes, the knobs gave the freshly painted mailbox the edge it needed.

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And then there was the time I couldn’t stand the sight of the original knobs on this dresser. I thought they looked cheap and weird and just had to go…


Until I gave the piece a fresh coat of paint and decided that I actually liked the little suckers.


And there we have it. The tale of my construction site one knob at a time. It’s amazing what a big impact these little cuties can have. Until next time, happy living!


0 Just Listed: 4816 Kavanaugh in the Heights

Fresh on the market! 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and walking distance to all of your favorite Heights shopping and dining hotspots.


Beautiful hardwoods and a spacious living room for entertaining…


Two dining areas…


And an awesome retro-inspired kitchen with gorgeous stove!


Such a great house for $229,000! Click here for more photos and information and to schedule a time to take a look at this home in person.

Happy Monday!



7 DIY Floor Mirror Wrap Up

>> Friday, June 22, 2012

The past few weeks, my master bedroom has been receiving a lot of love. From the mannequin-stand-turned-faux-lamp to the recently framed fashionistas and now a DIY floor mirror, this spot has been hot on the DIY bandwagon. My master hasn’t received much attention in the longest, so it’s high time this space gobbled up a little TLC.

I’m super excited to top of this week with the after shots of the DIY floor mirror I’ve been working on for the past couple of days. Let’s dig in…

Earlier in the week, I rounded up a simple mirror from Walmart and all of the supplies I needed to kick this project into high gear…


Then it was out to the carport to get busy. I started by measuring the wood and knew I needed two 48” and two 12” boards cut at a 45 degree angle on each end. I used the miter saw I bought myself as a little birthday happy a couple of years ago to make the cuts, but if you aren’t ready for such commitment, Shanty 2 Chic used a much less expensive method. You can also just have the hardware store make the cuts for you for practically nothing.


Once the cuts were made, I lined up the boards to make sure they fit together and used a staple gun on the corners (of what would be the backside of the frame) to hold the boards in place.


A thin bead of Gorilla Glue along the seams for added support—a little goes a loooooong way—and a quick coat of dark walnut stain…


Once the stain was set, I flipped the frame over and used a little mirror adhesive and a bit more Gorilla Glue to mount the mirror to the back of the frame. Let dry over night and I had a fancy pants new floor mirror to add to my master bedroom for just $35…




0 Material Round Up

>> Thursday, June 21, 2012

The first and most basic lesson of DIY 101 is to gather all of the supplies you need for any project on the frontend. Nothing ruins DIY fun faster than having to make multiple trips to the hardware to store to pick up parts and pieces. I’m guilty of not always following that rule and jumping feet first into a spur of the moment project, but for my mirror revamp, I decided to be good little handy girl and follow the rules.

One boring wall mirror?…Check! I went with a frameless mirror so that I wouldn’t have to pry the mirror from the frame, but if your mirror is not as naked as mine, follow Shanty 2 Chic’s guide to de-framing your mirror.


18 feet of 1 x 8 white wood?…Got it!


Liquid nails, gorilla glue, wood stain and a staple gun?…Everyone’s here so let’s do this already!


Here’s hoping I can pry myself away from Real Housewives of (name that city) to check this mirror makeover off of the ol’ to-do list. If all goes well, there will be after pics for you tomorrow. Fingers crossed and praying to the DIY gods.



0 Knocking Out a Knock Off

>> Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I’ve been itching for another DIY project and ever since I spotted Shanty 2 Chic’s super simple full length mirror DIY, I can’t stop dreaming of the day I too can have a perfectly perfect full length mirror knock off that I’m entirely too cheap to pay $200+ retail for. Not to mention, it’s also becoming increasing more difficult to coordinate outfits without the proper mirrors to assist, as evidenced by a recent attempt to send a friend a picture of her bridesmaid dress with shoe combos. Ankles could have (and probably should have) broken.


Naturally, this mirror DIY was the perfect fit.

Step 1: Find cheap-o mirror to spruce the hell out of.

After a solid 10 minutes spent in the mirror aisle of Walmart trying to match mirrors to their corresponding price tags, I settled on this lovely little beveled beauty. With a little makeup and the right accessories she is going to rock the Rehabilitation Station.


Check back soon as I get busy giving this mirror the sass it deserves. If you want to follow along, grab a mirror and let’s do this!



0 Rehab Cravings

>> Tuesday, June 19, 2012

All day everyday, I’m in search of furniture flipping inspiration. Fortunately since most of my waking hours are spent popping in and out of houses, this Realtor stumbles across all sorts of inspirational finds around every corner. Like this preciously simple vanity update in a house I listed last week. Gorgeous in a grey & white bath…


And a big hug and high five to my pal Lyndi at NWA Foodie for her suggestion via tweet that I give Joy Ever After’s DIY palette table a whirl. So perfect for a patio or screened porch!


And Lord help me, can’t nobody save this girl when Pinterest gets involved. A few of my favorites that I’ve collected on my Furniture Flipping board.





Love them. All of them…




Need in my life pronto…flowers included…


So much decor porn, so little time.


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