Kylie's dresser make-over:

It was officially time for my oldest daughter Kyla's room to get a makeover. Her bed was about 4 years old and some of the décor was from when she was 9 years old…. Shes 13 now so it's definitely time. I live for a good DIY home project so I was beyond excited to start transforming her room. 1st order of business: The dresser makeover

We both wanted all new everything for the room but we quickly realized with her expensive taste (not sure where she gets it from) the bill was going to be sky high. We started off by creating virtual visions boards. I love to do this because it gives everyone a visual of the looks, color scheme, & over all vibe that we're going for. I had Kyla start adding pictures of dressers that she was in love with. The dresser she fell in love with was a beautiful white dresser with gold hardware but the price tag was $1900! As I started to look for white dressers with gold hardware, all of the dressers that truly made my heart smile were expensive as heck. So I decided we would make her dresser & nightstand a DIY project.

I was skeptical at first because I recently painted my 6 year old daughters room and when I finished I told my husband I’m not painting another room… ever!! I'm just over it. Over how long it takes to prep, I'm over the process, I'm over getting paint in places it shouldn’t catch my drift. But I figured that painting a dresser should be super simple right? I mean it's just a dresser its not like its a whole room.

Side note/ Quick story: the old dressers were actually given to me by an old co-worker. At our old home kyla's dressers were in her closet so I really didn’t care how they looked. When I decided to re-do her room I noticed that while the dressers definitely look outdated they were in great condition, so I knew they would come out exactly how I wanted them to.

Items used

1) Small sand block (didnt really use)

2)Paint: Valspar cabinet & furniture oil enriched enamel (ultra white/tint base 1) 740150

3)Varathane ultimate polyurethane oil based (clear semi gloss)

4)Clear sheet of plastic (not pictured)

5)Paint brush (not picture)

Disclaimer: I used the sand block on the top of the large dresser for like 5 seconds, I didn’t see a difference & I was super thirsty to paint so I just started…

Kyla removed all the hardware from the dresser & I started to paint. Kyla painted the drawers and I painted the body of the dresser. We did a total of three coats. We did the same process with the night stand. My advice is that you should keep glancing at the area you previously painted to make sure there isn't any paint dripping. You don't want the paint to dry mid drip (if that makes sense) lol.

The process was simple, we painted it exactly how we wanted it to look. We made sure to paint in the same direction and made sure the paint was painted evenly. Once we were completely done and the paint was completely dry, we started adding small décor pieces to the dresser, my two year old grabbed one of the items and dragged it across the dresser and there was a huge scratch. Then I put a tray on the large dresser and when I went to move it there was another scratch. I quickly painted over the scratches and the next day I was back at Lowes lol.

I told them that I had just painted a wood dresser white (of course I had to show them the picture) and needed something to protect it. They pointed me in the direction of Varathane ultimate polyurethane oil based (clear semi gloss). This product gets painted over your finished project, it protects your paint job and it's also scratch resistant. It comes in a few different stains but I decided to go with the semi gloss. This product is a clear liquid that you have to paint on. As soon as I painted it on I quickly saw the difference, my dressers went from nice to niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Now the dressers are shiny and protected from all the little people in my house that don’t really value things like dressers.

Over all it took about one hour & 30 minutes to paint the dresser and 15/ 20 mins to add the additional coats. I'm beyond happy with the process and now I cant wait to paint the cabinets & update the hardware in 3 of our bathrooms. I know I have to pace myself....... one project at a time, still be a wife, still be a mom but these projects excite me and seeing the transformation unfold is truly rewarding. Since we’re in the middle of a pandemic and were going to be in the house most of the time I want all my kids to really enjoy their space

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures of this process be sure to visit my IG page @diymommyblog_ for videos of the process.

Room update:

the room is basically done we just need to add one more picture, get some blinds & decide on a rug, well we've already decided I’m just not ready to pay $259 for a rug. I guess these are Home décor problems.

Until next time.. xoxoxoxoxo

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Here are the deets for the sweet treats I prepared for my family the weekend of July 4th. Super easy, simple & cheap! I literally looked on Pinterest with the kids and we decided on three.

All three treats are perfect if your are hosting and want a display that looks as good as it tastes. All three treats are also perfect if your family is like mines and love to snack all day! I was super excited about bringing this creation to life because I knew it would look nice, it was budget friendly, & easy to prepare!! I also personalized the pails to match the theme. Hope you enjoy!

Starmelons & Berries

Items used

Red display tray: Dollar tree

Watermelon, blue berries, bamboo skewers: Giant eagle

blue pail: Dollar tree

Star cutter: Amazon

Styrofoam vase insert: Walmart

I started with attempting to cut the watermelon, I quickly realized that we need to invest in some good knifes (grown up problems)! Anywho, I cut the watermelon in circular slices so that the stars were thick enough to form a good looking star.(cutting the watermelon was definitely the most time consuming part. After the watermelon was cut I used the star cutter to cut out the stars, added berries to the skewers and put the star on top & then repeated about 15x

Berries & white chocolate tray

Items used


Blue berries

White chocolate pretzels

Display tray: Dollar tree

Red pail: Dollar tree

This display is super simple. Once you cut you the strawberries all you have to do is make rows of strawberries & pretzels to your liking the length of the tray. I played around with it a few times to get the look I was going for. I definitely think if I would have took my time and made sure the strawberries were cut at more of an angle the rows would have been straighter. I decided to place the red pail in the corner to separate the berries.

Smore Bar

Items used


Graham crackers

Hershey chocolate bars

blue & red pails: Dollar tree

display tray: Dollar tree

My oldest daughter put this display together. All she had to do was place the marshmallows on the skewers, break the graham crackers & full size Hershey bars in half and place them neatly inside the display tray.

Finished product! I placed everything outside and let the kids be kids!

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Updated: Jul 6, 2020

2020 has been draining! Not just a little bit but a lotta bit! Every time I look at the news or scroll through my social media feed its like an instant dark cloud comes over me. On this particular Saturday, I turned off my phone and soaked up some sunshine from my family.

Sunshine on a Saturday for me is sleeping in late, eating brunch @ 1 pm and creating something beautiful with my six year old daughter. We decided to eat lunch on the patio (classic cold cut ham sandwich & a good ole bag of lays potato chips) but we needed the perfect view because ya know eating at a restaurant is a thing of the past.

We wanted wanted a color scheme that was light, bright & happy.

Items used include:

  • Oranges, lemons & limes

  • Bouquet of assorted flowers: Kearns florist

  • Bouquet of daisies: Acme supermarket

  • Rose gold pitcher & glasses: Home goods

  • White pitcher (served as flower vase): Home goods

  • White serving dish: Neil Leeson decor floral

  • Black serving tray:

This was our perfect view while we ate, soaked up the sun and had some belly laughs. Even when lifes view isn't so sunny it's up to you to create the perfect view for yourself and your family. What do you other mommy's do to bring the sunshine to your family when life gets cloudy?

#DIYmommy #florals #familytime #outdoorliving #sunshine #createyourview #creatyourspace #wayfair #homegoods

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