Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

A few notes from our weekend and house projects...

Oh, boy, it's been a fun weekend. And past couple of weeks. Super busy, but fun. We've been completely surrounded by house projects, both literally and figuratively, and it's practically all I'm thinking about getting this house looking pretty! I know, there's no rush, but... I'm so excited.

So a few fun things to share from the weekend... we're moving along slowly but did an amazing project with my generous uncle who's a pro at building cabinets and shelving and such. He knows a guy who sells wholesale melamine, and he has great tools... basically, we got a great deal on a closet makeover and got exactly what we wanted!! And we were able to share the work, haha! I put together a design and we figured out how much melamine we'd need, and my uncle cut it and all. Here's a sneak peek--still have to paint some of the supports and fill the holes to match the wall, and may do a few other things, but...

So, uh, that's pretty amazing. That's just the right side; the left side of that awkward middle wall thing has two rails and two long shelves. It's incredible to have more usable space than we have clothing!! I want to keep it that way for quite a while.

Other things I've been up to?? Well, since it's the only room I know what color I want to paint, I went for it with the downstairs half-bath. Inspired by several of my pretty bathroom pins...

A couple weeks ago I taped off the walls and painted the top part dark, greyish brown. Painted the bottom glossy white to match the trim, and then we put up a chair rail trim--for a faux paneling look. Then my parents came out with tools and helped miter the corners, attach with glue and a pressurized nail gun, etc. Do all that stuff we don't have equipment for. Here's a "during"!

I'm still searching for the perfect stencil to get a wallpaper look on the top. Been on too many Michael's and JoAnns trips looking for one! We'll see what I end up doing.

Other house news? Well, just so you know, expect a lot of photos and quasi-tutorial based on my tufted headboard project... ;)

What a relief it was to get that done!! Finished that last week. Our bedroom is slooooowly coming together... but having the headboard was really critical.

Also this weekend, we did a lot of (somewhat fruitless) shopping for the things on our looong list... laundry basket, guest bathroom towels, knife drawer organizer, you know, all that little house stuff that is really hard to buy all at one place and time! I've had the list running in my brain for ages but now husband is paying attention, too, and after going to Target, Fred Meyer (like Kroger but has house stuff...), Home Depot, two Ross's, two Goodwills, Dollar Tree (drawer organizers!), and the grocery store with me this weekend, he's understanding--oh, wow, shopping can be really frustrating!!

Oh, but we also learned how to install a dimmer switch this weekend. Go us! And I made some pillow covers and FINally hung some things on the walls (it is so hard to decide and commit when we're still missing furniture!).
And took apart a chair. Oh, I can't wait to finish that one!!

Looking forward to sharing more "after"/finished photos with you, but until then, any DIY closet, stencil, or upholstery tips or links are welcome!! ;)


  1. Wow, girl, you are one a roll! Looking amazing. We are moving in two weeks (yikes!) so I can't wait to redecorate as well, even though our options are limited (we'll be living on a military base). I am really loving everything you're doing though! Can't wait to see more progress!

    1. Thanks! Goof luck moving and of course redecorating the whole place--it's so hard to do a whole house at once, I'm finding! ;)

  2. That headboard looks awesome, can't wait to see the finished product and all of your fun DIY projects along the way!

    1. Thanks! I'm excited to share but the rest of the room's not done yet, haha!

  3. I had trouble finding the stencil I wanted, too (well, one that didn't cost almost $40!). If you have a friend with a Cricut machine (for scrapbooking), you might think about buying uncut stencil sheets. I found 2 medium-sized sheets at Hobby lobby for about $4 (before the obligatory 40% off coupon). If you don't have a friend with a Cricut, I know my Michaels sometimes has days where you can use theirs for about $5. Or you can be brave and try cutting out your own...Good luck!

    1. Wow, good to know you can sometimes use Michael's machines!! I've thought about making my own stencil but don't trust myself to cut right... but that would be a very fun and impressive DIY!

  4. awesome blog, love it!

  5. I'm so excited for you to have the closet done! And, That photo of you with the tufted headboard= SO AWESOME. Love it.

    1. Haha, thanks! I cannot wait to share the closet pics--it's so incredible to have enough shelving!

  6. i love the headboard!! i've been thinking about what to do for mine, maybe that is the answer!




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