DIY Quote Wall Reveal

The garage needed an upgrade, so I decided to epoxy the floors and paint a GIANT quote on one of the walls. Spontaneous, right? I spend so much time in my garage and it’s been an eyesore ever since we moved in, so painting this wall and redoing the floors was just the refresh this space needed, and I’m so happy with how both projects turned out.

I finished the DIY quote wall just before my kiddos went back to in-person school after a whole year of virtual school at home. We battle a lot of anxiety in this house, me included…and this quote really spoke to me for how I want to set the tone for them for this year. It’s not until we actually take that leap (and potentially fall) that we realize we can fly.

To watch the entire step-by-step, click HERE for the highlight.

Here is our garage before the makeover:

Before starting the wall, I found a color scheme I loved and wanted to use (by Lindsay Vaugn Designs).

I taped off the wall to prep for painting. STRAIGHT LINE PAINTING HACK: if you have textured walls, paint bleeds under the tape, so take caulk (or existing wall paint color), and smear it on the tape edge to fill in those gaps. When the caulk (or existing paint color) is on the edge, you will automatically get a straight line every time!

To transfer the quote from the paper (here is the digital file I used) onto the wall, I traced it lightly with an exacto knife so there was a faint outline on the wall. There are lots of ways to do this like transfer paper! To fill in the letters, I used a white sharpie paint pen.


To my kids: I know you are scared. You haven’t been in a normal class for a year and a half. I know how hard you work to battle and manage your anxiety, and I’m so proud of how brave you are. You’ve dealt with a LOT of changes this past year. Remember, the bravest people are those who are scared and STILL try. Reach out to the kid by themselves on the playground and be a friend. I know YOU feel like it’s hard to make friends, but chances are others are nervous too and you can be THAT friend to others. Be kind and find things in common. You got this!

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DIY Wood Kitchen Table

When I saw Studio McGee’s Iva dining table I knew I had to have it but didn’t want to spend the $4,200. I decided to take on the challenge of building this table myself because I really loved the designer look of it. There’s nothing better than a DIY solid wood table that’s kid-friendly, durable, and functional all in one.

Below I’m sharing how to DIY this Studio McGee table for your kitchen or dining room for only $200 using maple wood.

Here was our kitchen table before:

Step 1: the lumber from the lumberyard was only finished on 3 sides, so I cut the last side to size. When getting wood, make sure to check your boards and make sure they are straight!

Step 2: The legs. For my table size, I used 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 in board, but you can use a 2 x 4 or whatever works for your table size. I mitered one side to be a 45-degree angle, used clamps, wood glue, and screws to reinforce.

PRO TIP: save the sawdust from your cut wood to mix with wood glue and fill gaps later on in the project.

Step 3: Cut and build the legs like shown, or modify for your preferences.

Step 4: The tabletop. There are a few different methods for making a tabletop…glue-up, pocket holes, biscuits. I decided to try the glue-up method (I used Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue). Apply glue and spread on edges of boards (hurry… it dries fast!) and stick the boards together. I had all the boards laying on large clamps. After tightening the clamps on bottom, I added clamps across the top to help with bowing.

PRO TIP: To avoid bowing, alternate the grain so it goes cup up, cup down, and so on.

Step 5: Fill in the gaps between the boards with a simple homemade “putty.” To make the putty, use the same glue and the sawdust from the sawed wood. Mix it together and cover the gaps. Then, carefully use a sander to get the top totally flush.

Step 6: Sand, Sand, SAND!

Step 7: Attach the tabletop to the base by screwing through the legs to the top.

Step 8: Prep for staining. Be sure to start sanding with the lowest grit number and build your way up to higher grits like 220. Then add wood conditioner to make it less blotchy and more even.

Step 9: Choose your stain. DIY pro tip: Deconstruct the table to practice the stain on the bottom, so if I don’t like the stain it’s on the underneath part.

Stain 1 – simply white (to knock off the yellow color)

Stain 2 – weathered oak (started super light)

Trick for de-pinkifying: acrylic paint (color: tan with a green undertone) that cancels out the pink. Add a small amount of water, mix it up, and brush it on to knock off the pink.

Step 10: Apply the topcoat. I did 3 coats with a light 220 sanding in between. I like polycrylic in satin or matte or General Finishes Brand.

Drumroll, please…… the final table!

FAQ DIY Wood Dining Table

  • Where are your chairs from? They are old Target chairs I spray painted, but here are the ones that are almost exactly the same!
  • Do your knees hit the table legs while sitting down? Sitting down, the legs aren’t a problem. The chair can’t push in all the way, but it was a decision I made to fit the table in my small space.
  • Where are your floors from? Floors are Duchateu in Hailee, engineered wood. I love them and they have held up great.
  • What color are your kitchen cabinents? Our cabinent doors were custom sized and painted (to put on my old cabinent boxes) from Nieu. They are from the line Angela Rose Slim Shaker in Dream Dusk. You can find the doors HERE and you can use ANGELAROSE for 5% off your entire order.
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How Much Does a Kitchen Reno Cost

This post is sponsored by YNAB

So…how much does it really cost to renovate a kitchen you ask? Today, I want to break it down for you so that you can see what is possible for you for your kitchen, and how to afford it. The first thing to realize is that kitchens can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars all the way up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the best kitchen reno is the one that is in YOUR home and done in a way that YOU love and that YOU can afford.

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DIY Nativity Scene

I have always wanted to build a nativity scene for my front yard. This was the year it was finally was checked off of my list. If you want a more step by step tutorial I added a highlight bubble to my Instagram page showing off the detials of this project.

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