Stylish Drawer Liners

Guys! I’m finally organizing my desk! I’m not brave enough to show you what my drawers looked like before today but take my word for it when I tell you, it was scary.  I wanted to get in organized with some drawer organizers. While on the hunt for the perfect organizers, I found the most perfect wrapping paper and well, as they say, the rest is history.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I think drawer liners can be a super cute aesthetic touch to any piece of furniture. Of course, I’m sure there is some purpose for them other than just being darling but let’s face it, I like darling, so that’s why I decided on drawer liners for my desk.

Since we all like darling, why is it that true drawer liners just aren’t? One of life’s great mysteries. Until one of us comes up with the perfect line of gorgeous drawer liners we’ll just have to improvise… with wrapping paper.

Yep, wrapping paper ya’ll! So pretty, super cheap, and will take you less than 20 minutes to line 5 drawers!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I found my striped wrapping paper from Marshalls. Does this not have Chelsea written all over it? Nautical feel? YES PLEASE!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

So to make the drawer liners all you need to do is measure the interior of your drawer. Then, measure your paper to the same size. Measure multiple times you want it to be nice and snug.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Cut the paper to size. (Please don’t tell my sewing friends that I was using my fabric rotary to cut paper. I’m pretty sure that would get be banned from the sewing club!)

By the way, I have the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. The measurements for the interior are 20.5 x 11.5.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Lastly, you want to secure the paper drawer liner. I did this quickly by using double sided tape. Double sided tape works well because it’s not permanent so if you ever want to remove it you can without a ton of effort.

How to Line Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Once I was done… literally 20 minutes later I did a little happy dance because really, who doesn’t love some beautiful blue and white stripes. Then I continued on my quest for desk organization…

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Mission complete. Now I’m off to line every drawer in the house… or take a nap.

Happy Monday!


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Sofa Searching

I’m on the hunt for the perfect sofa.

We’ve had our couch for about four years now. We bought it before we even had a home to put it in and I was set on having a sectional…in dark brown. It wasn’t necessarily the worst idea ever as much as it just doesn’t work for us anymore. My style has changed plus we now have a toddler!

Since we’ve haven’t had our sofa too long I looked into just getting it reupholstered. The color is too dark and the fabric isn’t very forgiving when my two year old smears her yogurt hands all over the cushions. :) I called a half a dozen local places and was shocked and horrified at how expensive it is to reupholster! The cost would have been just a bit over what we paid for the couch. I had no idea reupholstery was so pricey! I thought about reupholstering the sofa myself for about five minutes, or even sewing a slip cover. Then, I started looking around at different sofas and thought I would save myself the trouble (and needle pricks).

So the sofa searching begins…

neutral sofa


My first instinct is to go with some classic and simple like this neutral.

Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofas


Then, I want to be brave and go for something with more character like this chesterfield. I am dying over this chesterfield guys.

Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofas


The modern look and clean lines of this concave arm modern sofa caught my eye and I can see myself loving this beauty for a long time. And the color and texture of the fabric will be much more compatible with my child and her messy nature.

Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofas


Similar to the other concave arm sofa, I love the lines. I think I like the three cushions as opposed to the two and this color is stunning as well.
Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofasvia

The uptown modern sofa isn’t my typical style but I’m so drawn to it. I love it but I think it would be challenging to work it in my home.Sofa Searching - 5 beautiful sofas


When I started looking for a sofa my first instinct was to go snag the IKEA Ektorp slipcovered sofa. I know, it’s white – I was unsure about that too. Do I really want to constantly be washing slipcovers? I could always go for the Svanby Gray slipcovers but they are a bit darker than what I would like. It’s on the list while I think it over.

So which is your favorite? Do you have a sofa you love? Please please share!!

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DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

Earlier this week I told you about my trip to Hawaii. I’m still dreaming about it. Since I couldn’t bring the beautiful beaches back with me I thought I should do something to bring a little bit of ALOHA into my house in the form of this hand painted wood sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

I started sprucing up my powder room a few days ago when I realized I’ve had the same decor in there since my first house almost eight years ago (#didijustadmitthat #suredid). I’m planning on a colorful beachy style so I’m starting it off with this aloha sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The sign. It is just three wood planks glued together and secured using another small plank and some finishing nails.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The color combo. These colors are just samples that I had in my garage from previous projects. I wanted a colorful and beachy look and I love the coral, yellow, mint combination.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The process. The process of making the sign was really simple. Pretty much just paint brush strokes of the different colors all over the board. I started with coral. Note: If I did it again I would start with the lightest color and move on to the darkest to prevent wasting any paint.

*Make sure to allow for drying time between colors*

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Take the second color and randomly brush on the paint to fill in some of the blank space.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

With the third color fill in the rest of the blank space. At this point you can also paint over any space where you feel like one color is too over powering. You want to really concentrate on the middle section as that is where your lettering will be.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Using transfer paper I placed the vinyl lettering on the painted board. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the vinyl lettering. The font is KG Eyes Wide Open.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Then I painted one coat of white paint over the entire board. After the paint dried I peeled off the vinyl lettering to reveal the perfect multicolored sign.

DIY Painted Sign

It’s just so cheerful and is a gazillion times better than that old powder room decor. I can’t wait for the rest of the space to come together. But seriously, can I just have a multicolored hand painted wood sign for every space in my house now? This was way too fun!

Happy Friday friends!


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10 Tips To Spruce Up Your Rental

Happy day friends, I’m so glad you are here!

Can I tell you something? Something really exciting? I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Military Spouse magazine (!!!!). The article  published this month and it was amazing to see my words there in a magazine! If you are a mil spouse but sure to pick up the June issue of the magazine at your Commissary or exchange!

I was thrilled to write about decorating ideas for military base housing. I’m passionate about it.  After the article published I realized how much that crosses over to renters AND homeowners too.

Spruce Up Your Rental: Here’s TEN of my favorite decorating tips that will make your home feel more yours.

ten decorating tips for renters

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame

1. Fill Your Walls With Things You Love

Hanging things on the walls is my number one way to make any place feel more homey. Don’t be afraid to put nails in the walls. You can spackle later. Hanging your favorite photos of your family or places you’ve been allows you to tell a story. You want your home to tell the story of your family and all of your adventures. Wall art isn’t limited to just photos. There are many options for wall art such as framing fabric you like, or even framing a vintage map like I did.

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2. Paint

Just because you are in a rental doesn’t meant that painting is totally out of the question. Many places now allow renters to paint with the stipulation that it must be painted back to the original color. It may be worth it to paint one room or even one wall. If you are going to be in your home for a few years it can be a great investment of your time and money. Be sure to stick with colors that aren’t too dark and be careful not to spend a bundle on the paint or supplies!

How To Make A Striped Accent Wall Without Paint3. Temporary Wall Treatments

Even if you can’t paint, there are other ways to get color on the walls. You can get vinyl decals, removable wallpaper, or even fabric for walls. Vinyl decals come in a variety of options like polka dots and stripes. All of these are great ways to get pattern and color on the wall. The best part is when it’s time, it just peels right off. You know I love temporary wall treatments because I wrote a whole post about it.

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4. Hang Curtains

Most base housing doesn’t exactly have the most eye pleasing window treatments. You can cover those vertical blinds you despise by simply hanging curtains. They don’t have to be pricey. You can get a package of two panels white curtains from Ikea for less than $10. Even if white isn’t your color of choice you can easily spruce them up by painting them, adding a trim (like I did in Peighton’s room), or even sewing on a band of colorful fabric.

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

5. Be Bold and Paint Furniture

You can bring color into your home without putting it on the walls. One of my favorites ways is by painting furniture. Painting furniture allows you to make a statement without permanent changes to the house. It also can be very inexpensive if you find a good piece second hand. I painted an old dresser found for just $25 and turned it into a dreamy mint nightstand.

Create A Custom Chalkboard to Hide Eyesores. Awesome Idea for Renters!! via

6. Hide What You Don’t Like

You can hide awkward spaces easily by covering them with a curtain or a piece of fabric. It will hide the eyesore while adding a bit of color and texture. That’s not the only way to hide what you don’t like. I have an awkward cut out in the wall that connects the kitchen and living room. I covered it with an oversized chalkboard making a focal piece for my workspace.

7. Display Collections

Displaying your collections can really make your house feel like home. Items that you’ve collected over time and have significant meaning to you should always have a place in your home. I love decorating with my vintage jars and displaying my favorite vintage rolling pins.

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8. Use Rugs To Hide Ugly Floors

If I could only have one accessory for the rest of my decorating life it would be rugs! Especially in base housing where the floors are less than desirable most of the time. They work to not only hide ugly floors but define a space. I rounded up some awesome and affordable rugs in this post.


9. Change Up Lighting

If you are going to be in a house for several years you don’t have to  just live with the boring and outdated light fixtures. Changing the lighting is a small way to make a big impact. With permission you can change out the fixtures. Can’t change the fixtures? Take heart, there are other options! Check out how Amy created a drum pendant light  cover up to go over her current light fixture. It’s easier than you would imagine!

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10. Outdoors

My number one way to give your porch a more welcoming look is to put something on your door! You can DIY a wreath in an afternoon. Make a craft party out of it and invite some friends over. If you prefer to leave off the wreath, try some colorful potted plants. April added some beauty by repurposing thrifted pots and planting beautiful flowers in them. That’s budget friendly and beautiful!

Small things that make a big impact whether you’re in a rental home, home for now, or forever home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even a lot of time. With a little effort and some creativity you can have a home full of character that represents your family; one where you will enjoy all the time you spend in it no matter how long or short that is.


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IKEA HACK – DIY Upholstered Headboard from the IKEA TARVA bed

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Get ready to pin ya’ll! You guys are going to want to save this tutorial for later! I’m spilling all the details on the DIY upholstered headboard today!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Remember a month or so ago, when I shared my inspiration for Peighton’s room? I had this beautiful bed picked out but it was WAY out of my price range.  I had also put together a collection of awesome IKEA bed hacks that totally inspired me! So I decided to do IKEA bed hack of my own and do a DIY upholstered headboard in pink!
DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva BedAnd since we already had the IKEA TARVA bed in Peighton’s room – I wanted to just go ahead and use it but zhush it up with a pretty headboard. The IKEA TARVA bed is relatively cheap, just $70. They have an even cheaper wood bed (around $30) available but my store was completely out of stock, so TARVA it was.

Products We Used:

Jig Saw

Electric Staple Gun ( I like this upholstery staple gun)

Wood Glue

Hammer and Nails

Rubber Mallet

Large Piece of Ply Wood or MDF (size will vary. Measure the wide of current headboard for proper width +desired height)

1 Twin Sized Egg crate Foam Padding

2 yards of Fabric (Canvas – I used this Fuchsia Fabric)

2 yards of quilt batting

Fabric Glue

Brass Nailhead Trim

First thing is first – Iron your fabric – it will be a total pain but it’s going to be worth it to get nice smooth lines.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

First you’ll need to decide the shape of your headboard. I googled “Upholstered Headboard” and scrolled through thousands of images before deciding on my shape. I wanted something I could easily free hand. For the design, I grabbed a brown paper bag, carefully pulled it apart into one long piece, and then folded it in half. Then I traced half of my design starting at the fold. Once it was perfect I cut it out, unfolded it, and laid it on my piece of wood to trace.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once I was happy with the traced design, Matt got out the jigsaw and cut the wood along my traced lines created the headboard shape.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Not bad!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Note: If you are buying an IKEA bed specifically for this purpose don’t put it completely together! We had the bed for some months before taking on this task so we had to remove the headboard to attach the piece of wood.

Next, using wood glue attach the piece of wood to the front of the TARVA headboard. Use clamps to hold the two pieces together.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once the wood glue is dry, you can secure it with finishing nails.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Next is the padding. Cut the padding to the shape of your headboard. And use fabric glue to attach the egg crate padding to the front of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the padding is on, you can add the layer of batting. Using your electric staple gun, pull the batting taut and staple to the back side of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

The front of your headboard will look like this. It’s ready for the fabric.

Using the same technique, making sure the fabric is nice and taut staple the fabric to the back side of the headboard. I found that start on one side and moving up the side of the headboard was the best way to get the least amount bunching. Going around the curves, make a few snips in the fabric on the back of the headboard to allow you to pull the fabric as tight as possible.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

A note about nailhead trim. This was my very first project using nailhead trim (way to be adventurous right?). You’ll want to use a ruler/yardstick to keep it straight – I didn’t and wish I had. Also the trim bends and turns so you don’t have to cut each piece as you move along.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Every few “nailheads” there is one with a hole where the actual nailhead hammers in. Use a rubber mallet when hammering in these guys and be gentle, the heads can pop right off if you hammer too hard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the nailhead trim was complete we simply placed the headboard back on the bed.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

This DIY upholstered headboard ended up being a great day project for us and ended up saving us a small fortune! Now we get the luxurious and sophisticated look of a fabulous upholstered headboard at just a fraction of the cost! That’s winning if you ask me!!

Thank you so much for visiting today!! Have a great weekend! xo

If you like this project, check out the full room reveal here.


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Little Girls Bedroom [Source List]

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I’m so glad you all are enjoying Peighton’s new room! It’s definitely my favorite place to be right now. Sometimes I just want to go sit in the chair with my feet up on that adorable pouf and pretend it’s my room. If you missed it – you can catch it here.

Here at Making Home Base I like to really challenge myself and make every project or every room as budget friendly as possible. We almost never buy anything new and when we do it’s usually on the cheaper end of the market, like IKEA. Peighton’s room was really no different. I managed to pull off this complete makeover for around $300. Almost all of the big furniture was DIYed or we already had it so we didn’t purchase any high dollar items. Then the accessories and details were found on the cheap or also DIYed.

If you’ve been interested in where everything in the room came from – then today’s for you! I’m going to share my source list for pretty much everything in this little girls bedroom! Plus you get a little close up of some of the details – which I love.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl


Animal Prints – DIY (tutorial coming soon) but frames are from IKEA

Upholstered Headboard – DIY (tutorial coming soon)

Polka dot sheet set – Land of Nod

Duvet Cover – IKEA

Pink Pillow with the gold ribbon – DIY (let me know if you are interested in a tutorial for this one and I can share it)

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little GirlDrapes – IKEA but I added the pom pom trim

Yellow/Gold Rug – RugsUSA

White Shag Rug – RugsUSA

Floor Pouf – Target

Velvet Pink Pillow Cover – IKEA

Book Shelves – IKEA

Baby Doll – Land of Nod

Also, The Cat At Night is Peighton’s absolute favorite book, if you have a little one who loves animals scoop up this book!

Decorating A Small Bedroom for a Little Girl Lamp Base – Target

Lamp Shade – Target + added pom pom trim

Pink and White Tray – IKEA

Potted Plant – IKEA

Pink Agate – Home Goods

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

Gold Dog Silhouette DecalsWalls Need Love

Decorating A Small Bedroom for a Little Girl

Geometric Watercolor Art – Home Goods (awesome deal at $19.99)

Giant zinc “2″ – Home Goods
Little girl's bedroom

The brass deer – thrifted

Pink and gold Prints – DIYs from gift bags found at Home Goods

Pink Boxes – IKEA

Zinc “P”  - Local gift shop

White Horse – Dollar Tree

That’s about it! If you see something that I didn’t mention just comment below and I’ll be sure to share. Stay tuned for tutorials of the DIY projects this week!



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Decorating A Small Bedroom – Little Girl’s Room

It’s makeover reveal day!

Y’all, I am so excited about this space! If you recall a few weeks ago I shared the before of my daughter’s room. I was really nervous about decorating a small bedroom because we need lots of storage without feeling cramped. The room was half nursery/half toddler’s room and lacked character. Well, all that has changed now!

When I was preparing to decorate her small bedroom I wanted it to be a space that she could grow into, something cute and girly but still a little sophisticated. I played around with a lot of different color schemes before settling on the bright pink with gold accents and it turned out to be perfect for this space!

Before we jump into the new look let’s take a quick peek at what it looked like before.

P's room before

Yikes right?!

Now for the after!

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl


This whole room truly was a labor of love. This space is a very small bedroom so I wanted to add a lot of color  and texture to take the focus off it’s small size. The first thing we did was paint the room. As you can see in the before, the color of the room did nothing for the space. It was really bland (which is what you would expect in a rental). We made the decision to paint the room a beautiful shade of gray. To help me with color selection, I used the Chip It!® tool, which instantly transforms any picture into a paint palette using more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors. I decided on SW 7023 Requisite Gray, it’s from the Softer Side Color Collection in the HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams collection. Don’t you love it?

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

On one wall we opted for these fun doggy decals instead of painting.

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

P loves dogs so it was the perfect fit for her space.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

RUGS! I couldn’t wait to throw down a rug to cover up the gray carpet. love this yellow trellis rug. It has a hint of gold that ended up being perfect for the look I was going for. I layered it with this white shag rug that was already in her room. I think it gives it a more luxurious feel.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

And this little diva needed a fabulous bed to go with her new space! I can’t wait to show you how we DIYed this upholstered headboard!

Pink and white girls room

And can we talk about that pouf? I found it at Target on clearance and the colors are perfection.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

We ended up using the same dresser and just painted it again. I’m super attached to it because it was the first piece of furniture we bought for her when I was pregnant so I hope to keep it for many years to come. The color is SW 7004 Snowbound. I thought it might be too big now that she has the twin bed but I think it works nicely.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

And check out where the mint nightstand

ended up!!! She got placed in here after I started making changes in my master bedroom. I didn’t want to use it in the master, but I also wasn’t ready to get rid of it. I’m so glad I didn’t because it fits in perfectly in the little girl’s room.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

It’s officially my favorite room in the house. Peighton, if you’re looking for me I’m probably hanging out in your room ;)

Thank you so much to Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring this makeover. It’s the perfect little space for our little lady.

For more beautiful home eye candy, you can follow Sherwin-Williams on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. Sherwin-Williams is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky winner, all you have to do is tell me, what room would you make over with Sherwin-Williams?

Click here for the shopping source list, also check back for Tutorials for the DIY headboard and more!

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Why I Bother Decorating A Rental Home

Today’s post is for my friends who live in rentals. For those mil spouses who aren’t crazy about that hideous carpet in their base house. I’m sharing my story of frustration, and how I came to accept our situation. I’m sharing why I bother decorating a rental home.

*After publishing this I realized that it’s not just the mil spouses that can feel frustrated by rentals. It’s other renters, it’s homeowners who might be moving soon, it’s all of us. So if you are feeling trapped and are just waiting for that next house to decorate. Read on.why I bother

1. Because It Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

I remember our first house after we got married. Matt was already living in Hawaii and I moved to be with him just two days after our wedding (we still joke that it was our three year long honeymoon). We waited four months on the “wait list” for a house on base. Living out in town was nearly impossible on the salary of an E-2. When our name finally came up on the list we felt like we pretty much hit the jack pot because not only was it finally time to have our own home but it was also brand spanking new. And for military housing, that was a big ol’ deal! I had big dreams of decorating that house. I remember saving every extra penny then spending it on “stuff” for the new house. I loved the process of making the house feel like “us” but in reality I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I had no idea what my style was. I thought I had to buy everything new. Now I don’t have a lot of regrets but if I could go back in time, I would have a nice long talk with myself and together, we would have returned every single thing I purchased. Since that’s not possible, I just learn and move on.

Now that I’ve discovered my style, I know that I like a collected over time look. Shiny showroom is just not “us.” I’m not sure if this taste has developed because I am cheap or if I became cheap because of my taste but it works out perfectly. I have found some of my favorite things in my home from thrift stores or craigslist. Like this chair I got for free or this night stand that we got for next to nothing.


2. Because Home is Where Ever We Make It

After our time was up in Hawaii we traded our brand new three bedroom house for a one bedroom apartment in Northern Virginia. Now I had too much stuff (because remember I went wild and bought everything you could imagine to perfect furnish my Hawaii home) and I didn’t even like most of it anymore. I felt frustrated. I felt like giving up. Why bother decorating rental after rental. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized that Home can be where ever we make it. The house itself is just a few walls in reality. Sure sometimes they come in the version of a brand new duplex or a stand alone bungalow but at the end of the day it’s not the structure that makes the home it’s the people who live in it. It sounds super cliche but seriously, I decorate my home for my family not for the house itself.

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3. Because I’ve Waited Long Enough

After that first house, where I spent too much money, and too much time, I thought, you can never make it feel like home, no matter how much you spend. I thought, just wait until you can BUY your own house, that will be home. Our fifth house changed everything. We moved into our house right after Christmas. It was a cute little bungalow on base and it wasn’t like anything we had ever lived in before. It was a single family home (very rare in the world of base housing – they are typically town house style with at least one other home attached to yours), that was built in the 1930s. It had original hardwood floors and brass hardware but the kitchen and bathroom had been renovated. I fell in love the moment I stepped in the door. It figured that we would only live there for six months. This home had so much built in character. I’m not sure if it was that the house was my taste or if I just finally got it but I finally felt the desire to just stop waiting. Decorating your home to reflect the people who live in it can change the way you feel. It did for me. And now,  almost eight years later (and two more houses later), this (rental) is home. I made the decision to stop waiting for better and realized that I didn’t want to look back five years from now wishing I would have just lived and enjoyed.

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4. Because I’ll be Waiting Forever

The reality is my husband plans to be in them military for 20+ years. That’s at least 11 more years of moving every few years and I don’t know what the future holds. If I wait for perfect, I will be waiting forever. Perhaps, one day we’ll finally settle somewhere but that place won’t be just perfect either. We have to make where we are home.

Christmas family photos

5. Because The People I Love Live Here

I mentioned that our fifth house was the one that changed everything. In the six months we lived there we experienced so much joy. We brought Peighton home from the hospital to that house. We became a family in that house. And I finally knew, all of these places – they are just the shell. What really makes the home is US, the family inside. Home is where we make it. Home is where my people are. I want my home to be beautiful for my family – that’s why I decorate. I want us to enjoy this place and it to be a reflection of us whether it’s a rental or not.

It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect To Be Beautiful


The Nester, a favorite blogger of mine, says “It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful.” Well nothing about this house is perfect but the beautiful thing about this house is that a family who loves lives here. And that’s just the beginning…

Where to go from here?

Check out How to Paint Your Rental. Or My Favorite picks for Affordable Area Rugs. You might also want to check out my ABOUT page to learn more about our military life.


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Little Girls Room Makeover Before and Inspiration

Ya’ll! Operation big girl’s room began with a “big girl” bed a few weeks ago. I still can’t believe my baby isn’t a baby anymore! I’ve decided to keep my mind off the fact that she’s a big girl, and I’m just going to throw myself into decorating her room and maybe by the time I’m done I will have accepted it. Ha. I started out by searching high and low for the perfect bed. After looking at dozens of beds I decided that I really wanted to do an upholstered bed in a nice bright color. Of course, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the crazy high prices so I’ve decided to DIY one. I found some awesome inspiration in these great IKEA hacks and decided to do one of my own. I purchased the IKEA Tarva bed in a twin and can’t wait to hack it. So that brings us to where we are right now. In the half baby half or little girls room.
P's room before
Her room is super small and is packed with furniture. We’ll be doing a bit of rearranging, for sure. I also plan to paint her room. Since we rent, and will eventually have to paint it back, I want to go with a lighter color that will accent the bold colors I have in mind.
I normally have a really tough time picking the perfect paint color. This time around, I used the Sherwin-Williams Chip It!® tool. It’s fabulous. It instantly transforms any picture into a paint palette using more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors. You can add the bookmark to your bookmark bar and whenever you are browsing the web, you can click the Chip It! bookmarklet and it will instantly give you a perfect palette of colors! You can also upload a photo of your own. So if you are already loving your decor but are looking for a new paint color, you can snap a picture and upload, and the Chip It!® tool will transform it into a custom palette of colors.

chip it tool


My favorite part is that you can create an account on the Sherwin-Williams Chip It!® website and save all of your palettes or ChipCards in one place.


Like I mentioned, I want to do a really cute and feminine upholstered bed as the main piece of furniture. I love this pink one from Overstock. I also found a few things that had colors schemes that I liked, so I used Chip It! to see what colors would work best.

lamp chip it

paint chip

I’m leaning towards a combo of two of these palettes, and I was really excited to see SW 2850 Chelsea Gray on one of the palettes! Sounds like it’s meant to be, no?

So here’s the plan:

1. Paint the room a nice neutral color

2. DIY an Upholstered Bed

3. New bedding

4. Hang Curtains

5.  Hang shelves

6.  Hang gallery wall/art work

7.  Accessorize

Of course, I’ll be doing all of this on the cheap because you know how much I love a thrifty project! Stay tuned because I will be sharing all the details! It’s going to be great!

To celebrate, Sherwin-Williams is giving away a $50 Sherwin-Williams gift card! To enter tell us in the comments, what room would YOU makeover? Be sure to check out Sherwin-Williams on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration.

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Furniture Makeover – Print Center from a Media Cabinet

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

I am soooo excited!

I finished a MUCH needed project and I’m sharing it with you today. It’s a before/after, furniture makeover, upcycle all in one.

My new Print Center from a Media Cabinet

DIY Print Center

Since I got my new desk my printer and Silhouette have been stashed in my dining room. I would have to pull it out, place it on the dining room table just to print. It got old fast. I had a vision for a print center where I could store my printer, Silhouette, and accessories. before and after print centerThen a few weeks ago while pursuing our (new) favorite thrift shop I spotted this old media cabinet. It wasn’t anything special but it was a perfect size and I knew I could make it just what I needed in a print center for my workspace.

Before getting down and painting this bad boy, we had to take off those doors. The cabinet doors came off, and we filled the holes with a little wood filler. Gave the whole thing a nice good sand and got ready to paint.

Chalky Paint Americana_edited-1

This project was a little more fun then usual because I got to try out a new (to me) paint line by DecoArt. The Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. It comes in tons of beautiful colors with lovely names like Everlasting and Yesteryear. For this project I went with a light gray, Yesteryear and a fresh white, Everlasting.

DIY Print Center Makeover

The paint goes on really smoothly with great coverage.

We ended up adding a shelf inside for extra storage and drilled a couple of holes in the back for cords (not pictured).

Chalky Paint Furniture Makeover

For protection, I brushed on Americana Decor Creme Wax.

Chalky Paint Creme Wax

The Creme Wax isn’t like anything I’ve used before. It has a creamy liquid consistency but blends beautifully. A little tiny bit goes a long way. I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to “regular” wax after this. I love it.

Furniture Makeover Print Center

This furniture makeover turned out better than I imagined – it’s the perfect print center for my workspace. It allows me to keep my print/cut tools handy without taking up valuable desk space.

If you want to try out the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint it is now available in Home Depot and Michaels stores. It is also available for purchase online at

You can also visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information or check out more DecoArt Chalky Finish projects here.

For more furniture makeovers check out:

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

The Mint Nightstand

DIY Accent Table From A Wire Basket

DIY Accent Table

Two Toned Nightstand White and Wood

The Two Toned Nightstand

Linking up to some of these parties: Savvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life, Not Just A Housewife


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Spring Home Decorating Ideas – Parade of Homes


Hi guys! I’ve been working on a lot of SPRING decorating (and a ton of other projects). I’ve teamed up with 13 other home bloggers to bring you all beautiful spring home decorating ideas, inspiration, and just beautiful Spring Home Tours. All week long, there will be home tours galore. It’s going to be amazing, I promise!

Decorating for spring home tour

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the Spring Parade of Homes with my own little spring home tour!

You guys know that we are a military family and we currently live in base housing. What that means is that our house is as basic as it comes. Decorating this space is definitely a challenge but we are doing a pretty good job at making it a home.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

On the front door you’ll see this spring floral door hanging. It’s the same one from last year.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

My favorite part is the chalkboard tags that say “Hello Spring.”

Indeed. Spring, you’re my favorite!

Spring Fresh Mantel

I wasn’t quite ready to put away my faux boxwood wreath so I brought it inside and hung it up above my faux mantel. My mantel area is the first place that gets spruced up seasonally.

Fresh Flowers for Spring

This little brass dear was a flea market find for my daughters room but I’m borrowing it for this spring mantel. It’s so cute! And my favorite thing about spring is fresh flowers. My favorites right now are fresh cut ranunculuses and these pink ones are the best.

Mantel for Spring

Spring Home Tour Wall Art

Next to the mantel I switched out the normal photos for some spring inspired wall art. I love the flower ampersand that I got from Etsy. The butterfly art was a quick DIY I plan to share later this week.

Spring Home Tour Mantel

Spring Home Tour Simple Centerpiece

My dining room is still a work in progress so I’m only sharing a couple little glimpses. I love these paper mache eggs. I originally planned on painting them but I’m digging the rustic look so I’ll keep them as is.

Teapot Vase Fresh Flowers

More flowers. I put a bunch of yellow ranunculus in my white tea pot for a fun punch of color.

Spring Home Tour Pillows

Pillows and blossoming branches bring a bit of spring into my living room. This is the room I struggle with the most. I’ve talked about it before.  My sofa is so dark so I’m always trying to keep the pillows and accessories light and airy to counter the darkness of my sofa. I love these blue damask pillows I found at TJ Maxx. It’s just the perfect balance of light and bright for spring.

Spring Home Tour Living Space

And for a bit of bold, I layered this coral accent rug overtop my jute area rug.

Master Bedroom For Spring

You know that I’ve been working on my master bedroom for awhile now. I’m so excited about how it’s coming together. It’s looking so light and bright. I’m really loving it.

Spring Home Tour Bedroom

These pillows were a Target find from a few weeks ago. I love the navy and gold together.

Master Bedroom Spring Tour

I’m still on the hunt for a bedskirt, the perfect rug, and a colorful throw.

Spring Vignette Spring Home Tour

I have more greenery in the bedroom for a spring-y feel.

Spring Home Tour Fresh Flowers

On our bedside table, there’s some more fresh flowers in a few jars placed on an empty photo frame tray.

That’s it for my Spring Home Tour.

I hope you found some spring home decorating ideas here but that’s not all! There are two other beautiful homes to see today! And even more throughout the week!

Spring Home Decorating Ideas

Thrifty and Chic Lovely Etc. Making Home Base

Spring Home Decorating Ideas

The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / The Blissful Bee

Bigger Than the Three of Us / Cuckoo4Design / Just a Girl and Her Blog

Rain on a Tin Roof / May Richer Fuller Be

An Inviting Home / Primitive and Proper / Place of My Taste

 Linking up to some of these parties: Savvy Southern Style


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Custom Chalkboard to Hide an Awkward Cutout

Yesterday I shared my IKEA desk and how it’s looking with my new workspace. I didn’t talk much about that giant chalkboard though. Not because I don’t love it but because there was more to the story. It’s a cover up!

Custom Chalkboardhide an awkward cutout with a custom chalkboard

You know we live in base housing and there are many, many things in this house that I struggle with. I’m careful to show off the pretty parts here on the blog but in reality there are many things in our home that aren’t what I would choose if I owned it. I’m sure lots of renters feel the same way. I get really excited when I find small ways to make our house feel more like us. This was one of those big “SCORE!” moments for me. Another point for me in winning the decorating contest against the rental.

This house was built in the 70s and although it’s been renovated there are somethings around here that are straight flashbacks. One example, this awkward cutout in the wall that separates the kitchen and living room area. I think the idea behind it was to keep an open flow between the kitchen and living area but it just ugly and awkward.

Hiding an awkward cut out

It’s probably my number one least favorite thing behind the ugly gray carpet. I always felt like I couldn’t keep anything on the counter in that section of the kitchen because it would be an eye sore from the living room. I finally had the bright idea to just cover it up. I thought about doing some DIY wall art but I knew this would be my workspace eventually so an oversized custom chalkboard seemed like the perfect solution.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

I made this chalkboard using the same technique I used to make the DIY Framed Map and the Hanging Chalkboard except on a BIG scale. I used my favorite stain Minwax Special Walnut of course. This custom chalkboard measures about 48 inches wide. It’s really big! I think the total cost was somewhere around $30 which is really great for something this size! I love using it to write out my favorite quotes, verses, or long lyrics. It’s really inspiring to see meaningful words not just while working in this space but just walking by.

Hide an Awkward Cut Out

Doesn’t it make such a big difference? You guys!  This is just one example of ways you can make your home feel more like you. It doesn’t have to be anything HUGE or permanent. Sometimes you just need a little cover up.

Thanks for visiting with me today! If you want to hear more about how I got this workspace for less than $200 check out this post: My New Workspace.

I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life



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IKEA Desk and My Budget Friendly Workspace

Hello hello!

I’m so glad you’re here today!

Today I’m talking about my new IKEA desk and how I created a new workspace on a super small budget!
Ikea Desk My Budget Friendly Workspace for Less than 200 dollars

You all know that I like to do things on a budget. For me, living in rentals and base housing over the last almost eight years I never know when my office may have it’s own room or when I have to make a space for it in my living room like this space so spending a bundle is out of the question.

In our old house we had a little nook at the top of the stairs that was made the perfect compact office nook. This house doesn’t have anything like that. Since we don’t have a room that is a dedicated office I have to get creative when it comes to a workspace.

Since our living room is extra long we have a portion of it that hasn’t been used, making the perfect little area for a workspace.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

It all started with this IKEA desk. I’ve been through many desks in the last few years and this IKEA desk has to be my very favorite. It’s small but still functional. I love all the options there are when it comes to drawers and legs. I chose the Alex drawers with the Lerberg trestle leg. I wanted some storage to hide all of my supplies (ehmm… junk).

Small Work space on a budget

This chair has been floating around our house for years. It’s also from IKEA. I’d love to find a nice comfy upholstered chair for this space eventually but for now this one works.

Small Bright Work Space via Making Home Base

Since this workspace is technically part of the living room I had to find the perfect rug to define the space so it didn’t look like a random desk in the corner. I love this trellis rug from Rugs USA. It’s super comfy and the pattern is great.

Workspace on a budget via Making Home Base

Ah… accessorizing is my favorite part. I love this wood caddy from Home Goods. It’s great for holding envelopes and notebooks and other random supplies I might need within an arm’s reach. I also adore these little glass jars I got from the thrift store. I think they may have been candle jars at one point but I’m not sure – they are the perfect size for holding pens and pencils or little thumbtacks.

Small Work Space

And of course the biggest statement piece of the whole workspace is my oversized chalkboard! I’m going to share the details on that tomorrow. I have a secret about that chalkboard. Here’s a clue it’s not what it seems.

But here’s the breakdown on cost.

IKEA desk: Linnmon Desk Top: $15.99

Alex Drawers: $79.99

Lerberg Trestle Leg: $10

Rugs USA Trellis Rug: $83

Grand Total: $189

Less than $200 is not bad at all!

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I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern StyleMy Repurposed Life


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Two Toned Nightstand in the Master Bedroom

Our little master bedroom is finally coming together. Just a few more finishing touches and I’ll be showing it off here on the blog. This weekend we tackled a few things, one of them being a new nightstand! Last year I was really excited about my mint nightstand (anyone remember it?) and while I still absolutely love the piece of furniture itself it just doesn’t work well in our bedroom anymore. It’s still floating around the house and I will be sure to share where it ends up. The new nightstand is another painted furniture piece that came out way better than I ever could have imagined!

Two Toned White and Wood Nightstand

My husband found a little chest on craigslist for super cheap a couple weeks ago. It’s the perfect nightstand size so I knew right away that I wanted to use it in our bedroom.

two toned night stand before

Here’s the before. Not my taste at all but tons of potential. We even played “one of these is not like the others” with the handles. Can you find the one that doesn’t belong? Ha.

Matt did all the hard work and sanded it all the way down to bare wood. I loved the grain so I ended up staining the whole thing with the intention of keeping it all wood. We seem to always paint and I kind of wanted to keep something just wood. After the stain dried, I wasn’t really loving it. Then I saw this amazing two toned table my friend April from House by Hoff painted and I fell in love.

Two Toned Nightstand

I was feeling inspired so I thought I would give it a shot. I shared this photo on Instagram and asked for your advice. Stick with the two toned or go all white?

Two Toned Night stand

Most everyone agreed that two toned was the way to go and now that it’s all done I couldn’t agree more. The original hardware had to go. I picked up these really pretty ones from The Home Depot. They were brass. I loved the shape but not the color so I spray painted them white.

two toned nightstand

We still need a bed skirt and a rug but the nightstand makes a big impact don’t you think? I think it fits the space and feel I am going for.

White and wood nightstand

What do you say? Was two toned the right way to go on this nightstand?

Have a wonderful week!

I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style


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DIY Accent Table

I’ve been searching for the perfect accent table to go alongside my big comfy chair for the longest time now. I’ve seen several at Target and Home Goods that catch my eye but the price tags always make me cringe; and it’s been slow at my favorite thrift shops lately. Last week when I headed into Target for one thing (isn’t that how every story starts?) I spotted a wire laundry basket that a unique design. I immediately knew it was going to be my new accent table.DIY Accent Table from a wire basketCreating the accent table was really very simple and only required a few supplies. After purchasing the basket for only $9 I headed straight to Lowes to grab some flat black spray paint and a round wood top (additional $15). The wood round was located in the lumber section of the store with the other precut pieces.

Target Laundry Basket Side Table

I’m so glad that I have such a good relationship with spray paint. If not, I wouldn’t have been able to see past the blue color of this basket and this whole project would have never came to be. Friends, don’t be afraid to pick up a can of spray paint. It can change everything!

DIY Wood Top Side Table

First step here was to spray the basket black. I used this Rustoleum flat black. I didn’t want any gloss so the flat black was the perfect choice here.

DIY Side Table

It took several coats of paint to get every space of the basket black. I allowed it to try for several hours (it was a rainy day).

I didn’t take a picture of the wood round (blogger fail) but I just quickly sanded it and stained it with my favorite special walnut stain.

Rustic Side Table

To secure the table to the wire we used these little fasteners. My hubs had taken them off some other piece of furniture that we had thrifted and they ended up being a perfect fit for this.

Industrial Side Table

I used two fasteners with two screws each and that was plenty to keep the table top nice and snug.

Here’s a look at the finished accent table:

Laundry Basket End Table

It’s the perfect height and I love lounging in my chair and resting my coffee on my new table.

Basket End Table

Thanks for visiting with me today!

If you like this project you might want to check out my project gallery to find more inspiration.

Ps if you want to learn more about those yellow chair legs you can check that post out here.

I’m sharing this project to Savvy Southern Style.


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IKEA furniture: Customizing a Kitchen Cart

 I have such a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love IKEA furniture. I hate putting it together. I love their chocolate. I hate how much I love their chocolate. A few years ago, we bought a kitchen cart and I loved having the extra storage space but I hated how plain it was. After having the piece for over a year it just dawned on me a few weeks ago to actually paint it. Odd considering there aren’t many things that go unpainted around these parts.

customize ikea kitchen cart with paint

Customizing an IKEA furniture with paint.


Since we move a lot, I never know how much storage space I’ll have in the next house. Our house in Texas (two houses ago) had tons of kitchen cabinet space. Our last house seriously lacked in the storage area. We didn’t even have space to put our pots and pans. Insert IKEA furniture to the rescue. We got this kitchen cart to supplement some storage space for pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets. For years it sat naked (well maybe a little dust sometimes) until a few weeks ago.

blue buffet

First, I got the itch to stain the kitchen cart. I’ve been staining a bunch of stuff lately (see bathroom shelves, rustic shelves, chalkboard for proof) so I thought I better settle down or else I’m going to look around and see just a sea of stained wood.

How to spruce up basic IKEA furniture

I ended up compromising with myself and just stained the top. I loved the stained top because it’s really shows off the butcher block wood – so pretty. Then, I painted the rest a really beautiful shade of blue/gray (Behr Calligraphy).

Customize a basic IKEA Buffet

And because it appears that I’m monograming everything these days, I also added a white monogram to the top. I used the same techniques as I did on the monogram photo clipboard.

transform basic ikea buffet

The kitchen cart has a whole new look. It’s remarkable what a little paint can do to a piece of IKEA furniture. Between this and all the IKEA bed hacks from last week I’m not going to be able to stay out of IKEA.

Such a bummer with the yummy chocolate and all… ha who am I kidding??

I’m sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style and Best of the Nest


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DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard From Scrap Wood

Hi everyone!

Today I am super excited to be participating in Kristen Duke’s Decorating with Pictures Series. She’s got an incredible line up of over 50 blogs sharing their ideas and inspiring photo projects. For my project, I want to share with you guys the small gallery wall I put together for our bedroom and the DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard that I made for it. After you check it out be sure to pop over to Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke to enter to win the giveaway to Strawberry Mommy!


DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard From Scrap Wood

I had some 11×14 photos printed from our family photo shoot in December and when I ran to IKEA for some RIBBA frames I quickly realized their RIBBA frames don’t come in that size (they are slightly off at like 11.5×15 or something close to that). So instead of using this photo as I had originally planned I wanted to create something a little bit different that could accommodate a large photo but wasn’t your average photo frame. After a little brainstorming I came up with this monogram photo clipboard.

salvage wood photo clipboard

For this project I grabbed a piece of scrap wood that was leftover from making this hanging chalkboard. I dry brushed the whole thing with some white paint. Then I sanded it down in a few areas with fine grit sand paper to get the perfect weathered looked.

Then I hot glued a large bulldog clip to the board. (Make sure you test out precisely where you want the clip before securing it with glue.)

small gallery wall large photo clipboard

The monogram came as an afterthought really. I was going to put some sort of quote here but Silhouette was acting funny. One of those happy accidents, I suppose because I think this turned out way better. I created a stencil using my Silhouette on a 8.5×11 piece of card stock for the monogram and est. date.

monogram photo clipboard

I used a small craft brush to paint in the stencil. I used a dark blueish gray, the same color as the dresser that the gallery wall sits above. Only using one coat with very little paint, just dabbing it on. I knew I would want a distressed look so less paint is better for sanding. After allowing it to dry for several minutes I sanded it lightly with fine grit sand paper. I gave the whole thing a coat of protective wax as a finishing step.

small gallery wall with monogram photo board

Besides being absolutely FREE, my favorite thing about DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard is that you can easily switch out the photo! I love when happy accidents result in something so one of a kind and lovely, don’t you? I’m loving our new gallery wall space. If you want to see how I made the gold heart couple’s art check out that tutorial here.

Be sure to visit Kristen’s blog to see the entire Decorating with Pictures Series and enter to win the Strawberry Mommy Giveaway! And if you’d like to stay connected with me I’d love to have you follow along on Instagram or Pinterest!


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Shelves: Easy Bathroom Storage

At the beginning of each year I find myself cleaning, purging, organizing. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The new year is a fresh start for all of those things. Our little house only has one upstairs bathroom. It’s large in space but lacks any space for bathroom storage. When I say no space, I really mean it. The only storage options are the medicine cabinet and the under the counter cabinets. We don’t even have drawers! Sad. It wouldn’t be so horrible if two adults and one little girl didn’t have to use it every single day.

So one of my first projects of the new year has been to bring in some bathroom storage and get the clutter off of the counter.
Easy Bathroom Shelving For me, these shelves are for function. While I love how pretty they are, they serve a purpose. Bathroom Storage!
bath storage I didn’t do a full tutorial on the shelves because they are super simple. The brackets came from Lowe’s and were about $3 each. The actual shelves are just 2 ft pine boards stained in Minwax’s Classic Gray. That was my first time using a gray stain and I love it.
mason jar bathroom storageSince the shelves are for bathroom storage, I organized my makeup brushes in mason jars.
bathroom storage And filled the woven baskets with my make up. Which by the way is a huge step up from the little box I had all my make up on. I love these little baskets. They are decorative yet functional. One the lid is on them you would never know it was full with goodies.Gray bathroom shelving

Do you have an area in your home that lacks storage? How do you create functional storage while keeping a stylish look? You might also like my wood bathroom caddy. You can also find more storage and organizational ideas on my Get Organized Pinterest Board.


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Best of 2013 – Favorite Projects and Posts

I’ve been spending some time looking through the past year here on the blog. It’s amazing to see everything that happens in a year. While the bulk of everything that goes on here is projects, there’s a little life tossed in too. You can see so much growth in me, my photography (thank goodness), in my daughter (who was only 5 months old when this blog began), in everything.

The Best of Making Home Base 2013

If you’re like me you are wondering where the heck 2013 went to? It seems like yesterday I waiting on the pier for my husband to come home from deployment and now he’s been home for six months! Our daughter isn’t a baby anymore, she’s a real toddler, with spunk and so much personality. And in a year, our little military base house has come so far. It’s really becoming that home base I dreamed about when I started this journey, and this blog!

And since I’m reminiscing, I thought I would recap your favorite (most viewed) projects and posts from 2013.

It’s really interesting to see which projects “take off.” Some of them are some of my favorites too and then some of them are ones I almost didn’t even share but I’m so glad I did :)

You can click on the link below each photo to be taken to that individual post.

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

Mint Painted Nightstand

The Best Blueberry Muffins I've Ever Made

The Best Blueberry Muffins I’ve Ever Made

DIY Nautical Coasters Making Home Base5

Nautical Sisal Rope Coasters 

Embellished Mason Jar Vase for Spring

Embellished Mason Jar Vase

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame

DIY Rustic Framed Map

Heart patch sweater leg warmers

Sweater Leggings for Baby

DIY Wood Bathroom Caddy

DIY Wood Caddy

DIY Stenciled Arrow Pillow

DIY Stenciled Drop Cloth Pillow

Why We Painted Our Rental. Thinking about painting? Here's what you need to know.

How to Paint A Room In Your Rental

Cookies and cream frosting

Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe

You guys also loved my tips on Temporary Wall Treatments for renters and my ideas for Container Gardens.

Looking back, my favorite post is hands down the one where I shared my husband’s homecoming. The best day right there. And really, it’s been one incredible year and much of that is because of this blog and because of YOU. Thank you so much for reading, Instagramming with me, hanging out with me on Facebook, just and allowing me to have a place to share!

Going into 2014, I hope to share a little more about life mixed in with the DIY madness that is already here. I know I enjoy reading a little more about my favorite bloggers and getting to know them a little deeper than paint colors and projects, and I’d like to do that here.

On that note, may you have a happy and blessed New Year! I’ll be back after the 1st!

Want more end of the year round ups? Some of my favorite bloggers are sharing their “Best of 2013″ posts too! If you’re in the mood to be inspired, you don’t want to miss these posts. Check them out below.


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Holiday Pillow Ideas: Gold Sequins JOY Pillow

I have more holiday fun for you today.

In the form of something shimmery.

If you’re looking for holiday pillow ideas then today’s your day.

And because it’s no secret that I love shimmery things especially in Christmas decor, I made a pillow with gold sequins.

Sequins holiday pillowI love a festive holiday pillow, don’t you? You first got a glimpse of this pillow last week during my holiday home tour.

Joy Sequins Pillow

Here’s a quick step by step on how I made this festive “JOY” pillow. It’s nothing fancy folks so if you have questions let me know.

Festive “JOY” Sequins Pillow

Supplies: cloth napkins (approximately 20×20), 20×20 pillow form, sewing machine, thread, 3/4 yard of gold sequins, hot glue gun, hot glue, safety pins.

Joy Sequins napkin pillow Instead of cutting fabric, I went the easy route and just used two cloth napkins that I had gotten from Target. I think it was about $5 for four which was a steal.

joy pillow tutorial The first thing you probably want to do is iron your napkins. I skipped this step and it turned out okay once the pillow form was stuffed inside, but it still could have used a good ironing. Don’t be like me and go the lazy route ;)

Then, placing the wrong sides together, pin three sides of the napkins together and sew edges with a 1/2 inch seam. This will leave one side completely open for stuffing your pillow.

So here’s the deal: I used safety pins to discretely close the edge. Since this is a holiday pillow and only gets used about a month out of the year I wanted one edge open so I could easily remove the pillow form. If this doesn’t appeal to you, you can do the envelope pillow cover method instead and still have a removable cover, you just will have to grab and cut fabric instead of using cloth napkins.

diy joy pillow tutorialOnce your pillow cover is securely closed, start laying out your sequins getting the wording you’d like. Sequins can be a bit obnoxious so take your time :)

gold joy sequins pillow After laying out the lettering to my liking, I starting to run hot glue under the lettering. I didn’t glue the entire thing, just dots of glue every half inch or so, all the way through the lettering.

Joy Pillow

I love the finished look. You can’t even tell it’s a cheater pillow cover ;)

For more holiday pillow ideas check out my Christmas pillow from last year.

For more holiday decor ideas check out my holiday gallery here.


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