Bedside Table Redo

The thrill of finding a piece someone may call out of style and turning it into something beautiful is beyond fun to me. A few months ago I was browsing around a local thrift store and spotted these two large nightstands.. They looked like mini chest of drawers. I loved the hardware. Seriously, I’m always a sucker for cool original hardware. Just can’t say NO to it. Sorta out of style? Yes. Workable in some way? Also, yes.


Standing in the thrift store, my mind began to race; thinking how can I make these look fabulous in my bedroom?


1 – Painting the entire piece.

2 – Painting just the shell and leave the drawers original.

3 – Change the hideous laminate top.

I decided the piece had enough options to be workable. I snagged the mini chests for $23 each. Once I was home, we placed them on either side of the bed and decided we would try the third option of changing out the top. We felt some white wood planks would be pretty.

This is where sweet Aaron came in to help!!😏(Such skillzzz) With his powerful muscles he ripped the ugly laminate top off just like The Hulk. 💪🏼Just kidding.. The top was held with four screws so he just unscrewed the top off.

Next, he took 1x2x8 common pine board from Home Depot and cut each plank to the length of the nightstand. After placing each board side by side horizontally he nailed them into place with his nail gun. Note – if you don’t have a nail gun, you can always use regular nails and embrace a “rustic look”.

Finally, I grabbed some white paint and a paint brush and gave the tops two coats of paint. BAM!! We were done and had some awesome/unique/thrifty nightstands with MEGA amounts of storage.

For now, I love the way these nightstands look beside our bed. Later I may try painting the rest with chalk or milk paint but as of now I’m embracing the warm wood tone in contrast with the white top.

I truly hope this blog post encourages you to make pieces your own! Get a bargain and see what YOU can do to make it an original piece. This whole project from start to finish only took us a couple of hours and it was enjoyable! Thanks so much for reading my blog today!


DIY Green Bundle

Spring is here! (Almost) I was needing to add a little green on a plate wall in our dining room. So, here’s what I did!!

What You’ll Need –  

Jute String 


Green Picks


Step 1

Cut strips of lace into squares. I’m not one for measuring.. way too scatterbrain for that. But I’d say about 12″ squares. My lace squares turned out to be more of a a rectangle.

Step 2

Fold the lace in half and bunch it around each green pick.

Step 3

Then secure the bundle together by wrapping a little jute string around and tying a little bow.

Step 4

Time to style it!! These little bundles can look good anywhere! Style a few with a tray on the coffee table, lie one on a dresser, or hang them on a plate wall like I did! I chose to hang mine upside down on Ironstone plates.

This easy DIY only took me a few minutes the very first time! Hope it inspires you!!


Karlee Bowman



Bedroom Update Decor

Hey buddies!! So I needed a little refresh in our bedroom!! Nothing big.. just using what I already had and adding a little bit!!


My bedroom inspo came from my favorite pass time – books! Often Aaron and I read in our bedroom before bedtime. I wanted to embrace that little pass time with specific elements in the room!

What we did:

I switched up the headboard a little! I’ve had the large gray fence headboard for a bit. (You can read more about it here) So I added another layer of fencing.. a white picket fence. Something about a picket fence reminds me of a fairytale so it was right on board with my inspiration!

Next up, we changed out our bed side table. You’ll be able to read more about that DIY soon!!

What’s a reading inspired bedroom without a little book garland? I made a thick garland out of old books. It’s rather large… & buddy, let me tell you it took a minute to make. I spent hours making this book garland but it paid off because I love how it’s swooped across the headboard!

Next, I changed up the bedroom mantel! Remember – we’re talking book inspired, right? Well, I spotted these old picture/painting at an antique mall the other day and immediately it took me to a historical fiction book. I felt I could get lost in the pictures just as I get lost in a book.

By swapping out some pillows that were in other places of the house, I freshened up the look by using things I already had!

We’re enjoyed these little updates to our bedroom!! Thanks so much for ready this blog post today!


Karlee Bowman 

DIY Florals on a Stick

It’s time to add those florals and greens to the home and kiss Winter bye bye. Here’s an easy DIY to add Spring life in your own home!

I found inspiration for this easy DIY by browsing Pinterest  late one evening.

What You’ll Need

Jute String

Faux Florals/Greens



First thing, I went to the yard and grabbed a stick. You need to chose one by the length you need. If needed, go for larger and break off the sides to the exact length for your space.

Hang the stick from a wall, mantel, or favorite bulky cabinet like I did. Any large rarely used piece of furniture would work.

Time to hang some flowers! I began with the faux flowers. I tied the jute string to the top part of the flower stem and then tied the other end of jute string to the hanging stick. (I really hope this makes SENSE!! 😂)

Tip – I staggered the length of the jute so each string would hang at a different height. 

Next, I hung the leafy greens. If you look closely, you’ll see some of the greens are hung upside down just to add variation.

Finally, I took the scissors and trimmed any excess jute string.

That’s all! I probably made it sound complicated but truly it’s VERY EASY!! This would be nice for any home decor, baby/wedding shower, birthday party or wedding. You could use any faux flowers you would like! Tag me in pictures if you use this idea because I would love to see!!

Thanks for reading,

Karlee Bowman

February Living Room (Valentine’s Day Decor)

Flowers, chocolate and pink. February is such a fun month. I wanted to add a few fun romantically blush touches around the living room. Since our home is mainly neutral it didn’t take much. Here’s what I did!

Blush Pillows and Plush Blanket

I had a light pink pillow and blanket upstairs in a room I have for my little sister when she comes to visit. I brought those downstairs.

World Market had some pretty blush velvet pillows for $9.99 so I grabbed a couple of those too!Pink Flowers

I already had several pink faux flowers in clear vases from previous springs. Although one is bright pink and the other is blush, clashing colors is cute for Valentine’s Day decor in my opinion. I put them both in a metal basket on the coffee table.


DIY Paper Heart Banner 

Next step, hanging some little paper hearts from the mantel. Read more on the DIY by clicking HERE!

A Touch of More Pink 

Finally, I added to the metal basket on our coffee table a few little pinkitems I already had around the house. One being a vintage floral print I found at an antique store years ago. The other being a pink milk glass wedding bowl I bought when I was about 15 years old.

Okay, so that’s how I added a few Valentine’s Day touches to the living room without spending too much money. Look for blush pink items around your own house. Look in your Spring decor box and grab the pinks. Also, if you have a young daughter, shop her room! Hope this blog post inspires to bring romantic touches to your own home!


Karlee Bowman

Cheap & Easy Valentine’s Day Banner

Grab some old paper books from the thrift store and get to cutting some hearts for an easy easy cheap Valentine’s Day banner. Here’s how I made mine!

What you’ll need – 

Jute String 


Hole Puncher 

Old Books (Any old novel will do.. careful not to use an antique book though!)

What to do – 

1 – Rip out some pages from the old books and begin to cut heart shaped pieces. I trimmed paper hearts to all different sizes to add size variation.

2 -Snap some holes in the hearts with your hole puncher. I punched holes on the side edge of each heart.

3 – Cut a line of jute string. Make sure you cut the string to the exact length you want the banner to be.

4 – One by one, place each heart on the jute string and tie a knot securing exactly where you want the paper heart.


You can hang this banner just about anywhere. Here’s a few ideas – across the mantel, above the kitchen sink, over a bed or drape it flat across a coffee/dining table.

This is a good craft to include the kiddos!! Let them cut the hearts and make memories together. Hope you have a WONDERFUL Valentine’s Day!


Karlee Bowman 


Spooky Flying Bats Dining Room Décor

Halloween is nearly here so I decided to play in the (fake) spider webs.🕷 🕸 Honestly, this was my very first time decorating for Halloween and I had a blast! 🎃 I was inspired to bring elements of the outdoors inside on this project.

What I used –

Tree Limbs (Our backyard)

Clear Fishing Wire

Finishing Nails

Fake Spider Webs  (Target Dollar Spot)

Paper Bats (World Market)


What I did-

We hung tree limbs from our ceiling with clear fish wire and finishing nails. Our goal was to make the tree limbs to look abstract around the chandelier.

Next, I intertwined the fake white spider webs into the tree limbs. The webs looked better more stretched out. 🤗 🕸No tape needed, I just wrapped/draped the web around.

Finally, it was time to add the paper bats from World Market. 👻 So I added those all around the limbs and webs.

BAM, and we’re ready for Halloween!! 😁 This little festive touch didn’t cost much money at all! 🤑 Side note – nailing sticks to our ceiling was definitely fun! 😂

Cheers to spooky decor, spider webs and pumpkin spice lattes.🎃

Thanks for Reading!!

Karlee Bowman

Desk/Before and After

Anyone else love before and after pictures? ☺️

Especially if it’s an antique desk with original hardware??😍 

I found this beautiful desk from a fellow picker friend. He sold the desk to me “as is” and let me tell ya, it needed some love! 😷 Example- the kinda love you give when you’re scrubbing the inside of drawers with vinegar.


This desk was my Saturday night project piece. 👍🏻 It kept me busy/productive while my husband Aaron worked.

When purchasing a piece, I always like to take a step back and decide what it needs.🤔I envision the piece in someone’s home and how it needs to look. Then I decide what I’ve got to do in order to make my vision a reality. I determine if my vision involves paint, polish, wood wax and/or new hardware.

Given the character and rough shape, I immediately knew this pieces needed paint! After examining the hardware, I knew those were a keeper and they would contrast well with white paint.

So I painted the desk white and distressed the heck out of it to expose some of the original wood.😍

After screwing the handle hardware in the drawers, this desk was finished! Goodness, it turned out beautiful! ☺️ I hope it makes the perfect space for someone to study, hustle or write!

Btw – I’ve had several readers ask me to blog more about redoing furniture. So there it is! As always, thanks for stopping by!!😉

Karlee Bowman

5 Random Facts About the Chicken Coop 🐓

Well, we finished building our chicken coop! Finally. We began this project on Memorial Day. It took us a little while to build it because: A- I was being picky. (Imagine that!😜) B- We were building it between our many jobs. (We take our hustle seriously.😉)

Regardless, I’m beyond excited to have it finished. We plan on getting the chickens within a few weeks. We’ve (Aaron) has been doing research on what type of chickens to get and why. 👨🏻‍💻 Soon I’ll be writing about why we chose a specific breed.



Honestly, I wish I could provide the plans we used for this chicken coop but Aaron made it up as he went..

However, I’ll point out a few interesting facts.

1 – The foundation of this structure is built on random rocks and bricks we found around our property. 😂

2 – The entire project cost around $800. (Yikes, we went over budget for sure! 🤑)

3 – We installed windows to allow the coop to air out when needed! 👃🏻😷

4 – The door was a splurge! 😍 It’s an antique door from a local vintage shop.

5 – The wood siding is actually wood that’s typically used for fencing. We just snipped the “dog ear” edge with a Jig Saw.

I recently shared on Instagram the the brief history of our home. It was built as a farmhouse in the 1920’s. So us having chickens and possibly more farm animals restores some of the awesome history!

Stay tune to hear more about our chicken journey! 😘

Thrift Painting Makeover

Recently, I’ve learned about another treasure you can find at thrift stores!! Beautiful paintings!! 😍 Yes, all that time and love someone invested into a painting ends up at a thrift store. 😕 Sad, but good for me, right?

Helpful Hint – Look for the paintings where you can get lost in the scene. For me, this is a scene of farm land or a cozy house.☺️

If you can stare at the picture and get lost daydreaming, buy it. 👍🏻 That means you’ll love it in your home.

Weeks ago, I spotted another beautiful oil painting at a thrift store for $11. It was lovely, but the wooden frame wasn’t doing much for it. I painted the wooden frame and the picture came to life!

Here’s how I painted the frame –

First, I taped the edges of the picture with painter’s tape I found in our “junk drawer”. (Random question – Does everyone have a junk drawer?) 🤔

Second, I lightly coated the frame with Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalk Paint. Even though I taped the edges of the painting, to not get much paint on the tape because I didn’t want any chalk paint soaking through.

Finally, once the paint is dried I went through with sandpaper and lightly distressed the frame to show the wood. This trick adds a little character to the frame and helps blend in the chalk paint.Tada, it’s beautiful!! Here’s another $5 painting where I painted the frame.👇🏻

Also, here’s another canvas I found at a thrift store for $3.👇🏻

To read more about thrift store finds click 👉🏻 here

Btw – Here’s the link to the chalk paint brush I ALWAYS use 👉🏻 here