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DIY Mid Century Modern Hoop Chair Knock-Off

Mid Century for Less- DIY Tutorial for Painted Patio Chair

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DDL readers know that when I’m not blogging about all things cloth diapers I’m working on my home.  I love decorating for less and so far I’ve paid more attention to the inside than the outside.  When Big Lots had a super sale on their patio furniture I decided I was going to buy the mid century style “hoop” chairs I’d been eying.  I figured I had nothing to lose.  The chairs had SO MUCH POTENTIAL but the tan was womp womp.  One trip to Home Depot later and I was ready to JUMP IN.  I’d never painted the webbing on a patio chair and wasn’t sure how it would turn out but let me tell you… I’m a GENIUS.


All it took was 1 can of paint to make this chair live up to the shape it was given. Thank you Big Lots… thank you Home Depot.  New “mid century modern inspired hoop chairs” can be several hundred dollars.  No, mine isn’t perfect but it has the look I love at a price I can handle.

Supplies Needed:

  • Chair to Paint (mine is the Wilson and Fisher papasan chair from BigLots.  It was only $16 at my local store for summer clear out but you could apply this technique to any similar chair with nylon webbing.)
  • 1 Can of Spray Paint (color for webbing)
  • 1 Can of Spray Paint (black for covering mistakes, optional)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Saran Wrap
  • Old, Clean Paint Brushes 

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DIY Mid Century Modern Hoop Chair Knock-Off


DIY Instructions:

It is as easy as it looks but I’ll walk you through how I did it and what gave me the best results.


Prep your surface!  Starting with clean, dry chairs, tape off what you don’t want painted. As tempting as it was to paint the whole thing I really wanted a two-tone look like the $250 chair shown above. I used small pieces of tape around the curves. I also used strips of saran wrap to cover the legs and the rod behind the seat and taped those on.  I tapes off the back as well, but not as carefully, in order to paint the back too.

Start Painting!  Use your chosen color of paint. I picked one that says it works with plastics because the webbing is a nylon, not canvas, and I wanted to be sure it bonded. Start spraying but do a light coat all over the front and even the back side. It won’t look even after 1-2 light coats and that’s ok. Using your paint brush stroke everywhere you painted. This step after each coat is what I think made it come out so nice.  My first chair looks more “painted” than my second because I only brushed on the last coat.  My last chair looks like it came from the factory in that color!


You will want to do 3 coats on the front and 1-2 on the back. Brush after each coat. Let dry between coats.  (the above image really shows the mistakes I made before touching them up!)

Painted patio webbing

Touch-up time!  When you’re satisfied with the look and it’s dry remove the tape and wrapping. Here is where you may find some mistakes and that’s ok! My tape pulled up in some spots leaving me with paint on the metal. Oh boo! If this is the case it’s fixable. Take black spray paint and a paint brush. Spray some paint onto the brush tip and touch up where needed.

Fake Mid Century Patio Chairs

That’s it!  You have stylish chairs for way less than most modern patio furniture.  These chairs would look amazing in other retro inspired colors too like an orange or a darker turquoise.  I used Ocean Mist.  The total cost for this project (both chairs) was $38 with the new paint color!   I already had a can of black paint. Hurry over the Big Lots before they sell out of these fun chairs until next summer!

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3 Years in- Rosas Home Tour 2015

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In July 2012 our family made the move to Florida after waiting in limbo 6 months for our home. We had previously lived in Syracuse, NY for 5 years and that’s where our two boys were born. Prior to that we lived in Charlotte, NC and that is where we both went to college, met, and fell in love (if you want to be romantic). Our 8 year wedding anniversary is coming up this month too; crazy to think of the states, the kids, and the adventures from our married life.

Hello Summer!
Our home has become a bit of a hobby obsession for me. We bought a “fixer-upper” that is still in need of fixing. As a matter of fact, we found out this week that we have to get our entire home re-piped due to a leak under our foundation. Not welcome news, and I’m scared of the wall busting that’s going down next week, but being that our home was built in the 1970’s it’s not a TOTAL shock. I figured I should take updated photos before the pipes come out!  Look back on the progress of the home.  2014 Update, 2013 Update, and 2012 Before Photos.

Entryway- Features my latest find- a Broyholl Brasilia barcart with danish blue tiles found for $200 at a local thrift store.  This is my favorite spot in the home and never fails to make me smile (when it’s clean).



Sunken living room- My latest, frustrating DIY project is featured in this room- the three light tension pole lamp that came from a monthly vintage market, Brocante Market, at their July event.  The sailboat painting was also from that market at another event.



Lane Perception table

Husband’s Office- This room is boring but I didn’t want to leave it out.  He gets to do his thing in here and… it shows.



Laundry Room (Also old images. nothing has changed here)


Kitchen- (these are from last year, nothing much has changed enough to take new pictures)


Recreation Room- This year we added a wall unit purchased from Craigslist that has become home to my husband’s growing vinyl collection.


Master Bedroom- Nothing much is new here except the storage bench that had to move after we acquired the Bar Cart.


Master Bathroom- Ikea make-up mirror was added and a wall mounted hair dryer were the only changes here.


Boys’ Bathroom- We found a little Octopus at HomeGoods and my son insisted it come home with us.  We do love this little thing!


Boys’ Bedroom- Featured in a recent blog post, the boys have a combined room now.  I made them custom pillowcases.

Big Boys roomExpedit and other Ikea piecesLego Storage in a big boy room

The Golden Girls Guest Room- Using my Silhouette I’ve made custom GG pillow cases for the bed.  I’ve started adding copper molds to the wall but that just started this week and isn’t ready for new photos yet.


My Office/Studio/Diaper Museum- Also featured in an old blog post, this year I got my own office!  I needed more room to film and do photos.  It’s been a great help for my work and sanity.


So that’s the update!  Things haven’t changed too much since 2014 except the furniture has been moved around.  I’ve acquired some amazing new items from the thrift stores, flea markets, vintage stores, and Craigslist.  I’ve had a lot of fun finding new items on my thrifty hunts.  You can follow me on IG for more home updates and thrift scores.  @Kim_Rosas.



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Big Boys room

A Big Boy Room for Two Featuring Mario, Minecraft, and Lego!

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When I was little we lived in a 2 bedroom trailer and so of course, I slept in the same room with my older sister.  Not only that, but we shared a queen sized canopy bed that I had begged for.  It was frilly and had pink ruffled layers all around.  I know my sister wasn’t thrilled but I was the baby and Santa was good to me that year.  I have fond memories of my sister protecting me from monsters that lived under the bed and calming my fears each night.  She even walked me to the bathroom because I was too afraid to walk from the bed.

Big Boys room

Now I have two little boys who are sharing a room.  For us, this isn’t necessity.  They used to each have a room but it never felt that way.  The room with the big queen bed has always been home base and the secondary room was never played in or slept in.  Since this was the case I took it over as my office for filming and photography and the boys moved in together.  Lucky for me they have similar interests!

Expedit and other Ikea pieces

Even though the theme had been “Nintendo” the items go with a lot.  We also have an entire tower of Dino items from Everett, and a cabinet full of Lego creations and special “display” worthy items.  Minecraft is another big thing that is creeping (pun intended) into their room!

Lego Storage in a big boy room

Rather than buying bunk beds, a piece of furniture that makes me nervous, we kept the queen sized bed and they sibling co-sleep.  The standard stores for bedding that cater to young boys and girls don’t make bedding for queen beds!  We checked them all and came up short, or found them to be very expensive.  I knew we had stored a feather queen sized comforter somewhere in a closet so I hunted it down and purchased a queen sized duvet from Ikea.  I took the boys with me and they picked something they liked and of course, at $30, it was a great deal for us.

Custom pillow cases made with Silhouette for boys

I still wanted the bed to have a custom touch and to match the game “theme” we had going on from our old decorations.  Using my Silhouette Portrait (a die-cutter than can cut heat transfer vinyl and other items) I decided to make pillow cases that would give them each their own little space in the big bed and make it fun to go to sleep on THEIR pillows.  I took the boys shopping and they picked out this teal color sheet set at a bargain price from an outlet.    Fun sheet sets in bright colors are so hard to find!

Minecraft table

Using a font from dafont.com called Kemco Pixel I made my cutting template.  The Silhouette has a default cutting size that matches their cutting mat but with heat transfer material you don’t need a mat so I was able to extend the size in the settings, no longer restricting it to a small size.  I chose to have each say “Fletcher’s Side” and Everett’s Side” and cut the words into a black flocked vinyl.  Fletcher is so obsessed with “8-bit” right now that I knew he was going to love these!  I was right!

Ikea cabinet storage for Legos and Mario cross stitch

We use a lot of Ikea pieces in their room.  Most were Craigslist finds (the bed, the dresser and the nightstand were all from one person that we bought for cheap!) and the Expedit cases plus the cabinet were purchased new.  The cabinet was our solution for the many completed Lego sets our son has built.  We wanted a place he could put them that was safe and that allowed them to still be seen.  The doors beneath hide a big messy library of books.  No longer do we have open shelving that forces me to tidy them before having guests over.  The Mario cross stitch has graced the walls of every room my oldest son has slept in since he was a baby.  I started the project when I was pregnant with him and finished it when he was a few months old.  The pattern can be downloaded from SpriteStitch.com.

I love that the boys share a bed, it makes me happy that they have each other for comfort and company just as my husband and I have each other.  Since they co-slept (and sometimes still do when they need us) this situation works great for us.

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13 Inspired Cloth Diaper Storage Ideas

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Cloth Diaper Storage is one of the most exciting parts of planning a nursery!  You don’t need to invest a lot of money to create a beautiful set-up.   You can choose to organize your diapers by color, group your prints by theme, or organize by daytime and nighttime diapers or style!  Whatever you choose there are lots of ideas to inspire you thanks to DDL readers who have shared their photos for this post.

Beautiful nursery with cloth diapers on the wall

Using wooden crate style boxes on the wall Randi has made cloth diapers a part of the room’s decor!  It’s easy thanks to the gorgeous tones and colors in her stash of mostly GroVia diapers.   The empty, painted frames over the crib and a white French Provincial style dresser with a changing pad are a perfect pair.

Space saving cloth diaper storageSaving space can be a big concern in your nursery.  Sunny, a big fan of AppleCheeks cloth diapers, uses WayBasic cubes- lightweight and eco-friendly storage cubes- for all of her cloth diapers, wet bags, and wipes.  They offer several colors for a bright, cheery POP, or you can use all white.  Sunny is on IG as @msmcclurg.

ikeacartforclothNot gonna lie, when I started planning this post I knew I had to find an example of the Ikea cart, RÅSKOG, as a storage solution for cloth diapers.  It’s perfect for holding a full stash of diapers and accessories.  In the end I wound up buying one!  I paired it with a $1 metal bucket found in the dollar aisle of Target that holds a spray bottle for wipes and several cloth wipes too.  With three levels you can organize by style of diaper OR set aside one level just for your overnight diapers.  I tucked a changing pad in the bottom and have pulled it out to use on the rug (for a baby I’ve been watching) which makes this a perfect storage solution for those with little space to spare.  You can also wheel all your supplies into your room for overnight if baby rooms in.


To customize the cart just for cloth diapers I created a #makeclothmainstream vinyl decal and cut it using my Silhouette machine.

Numbered rustic storage for cloth diapers from Target


Ariel is a girl after my own heart! Her eclectic taste is diapers can be displayed proudly using a rustic/industrial inspired wall mounting storage container she found at Target. It has a lot of character and holds a good amount of diapers too!  PS- the world wants to know if that is a bacon print diaper in slot 6 between the Martin and Louis!  Shelf was $50 at Target.

Ikea for cloth diaper storage

Ikea is good to us! Katrina Lang uses an Expedit 4×2 shelf with wooden crates and wicker baskets for diaper storage. The shelf doubles as a changing table once you add a pad on the top. For those with a large stash this system works great and holds a ton of diapers!

Toy Story inspired nursery with custom shelving for cloth diapers
STAHP IT! A Toy Story inspired nursery! Ashley Wade has an awesome set up and her husband custom built the shelving for their storage needs! Impressive! They also use the drawers beneath for additional diapering supplies though there are plenty within reach for easy access right above the changing table.

Use a shoe organizer for cloth diaper storage

Now this is creative, space saving, and CHEAP! (I found a few 24 pocket versions from $8-12 on Amazon)  Natalie Holladay (another huge fan of AppleCheeks!) uses an over the door shoe organizer for her cloth diapers.  “The changing station is in my room, so it has to be efficient and attractive.” she says.  In case you’re wondering, she has fit 48 STUFFED pockets  (they’re doubled up).  Fantastic idea and so pretty to look at!  She’s @JustGnatty on IG!

Storage cubes for a large stash of cloth diapers

For the family with a larger stash Anna T Parido has found the solution! Above the changing table are hung several closetmaid mini cubes and inside each and every one is a Lalabye Baby diaper. Baby is not included with this storage system!

Cloth diaper storage for twins!

Here is a smart set-up by Kerstin McFeely for her twins.  She has also used the Ikea RÅSKOG for her diapers.  If I’m not mistaken the furniture with wicket baskets and drawers is also Ikea as are the little shelves with toys and books on the upper left.  A large 3 tiered basket holds miscellaneous items and a changing pad rests on the top of the dresser for now and can be removed later when no longer needed.

Cheap and effective storage for cloth diapers

A favorite of mine and one that will serve a good purpose without requiring any sort of installation or large investment is a set of plastic drawers that can tuck away in the corner or in a closet.  A 3 drawer set from Sterlite is all you need for a medium or small sized stash.  You can organize as you choose!  Devery has her Best Bottom inserts ready to plug in right up top for easy access.

Toy organizer for cloth diapers

Repurpose or purchase a toy storage unit for diapers!  A practical and attractice solution from Leslie!  She has her prefolds trifolded and filed away along with other baskets of covers or one piece diapers.  It fits in a closet and you can keep the door closed to prevent helpful babies from “unfiling” all the diapers at their leisure.

Refinished Armoire for cloth diaper storage

Heather refinished a beautiful and ornate armoire and made it her diaper changing station!  A new coat of paint, a changing pad inside, and voila!  She’s just building her stash but the drawers will be full soon enough.

Brilliant custom cloth diaper storage


Bringing it home is the image that was partially responsible for inspiring this post, first featured in the 6 Kinds of Diaper Stash Shots post.  Brittany Osia said that her husband custom built the shelves for her diapers.  I love this look and the horizontal diaper lines in bright colors!

Inspired yet?  There are a million ways you can organize your cloth diapers!  If you have a great idea share it in the comments or share a photo on Instagram and tag @Kim_Rosas, I’d love to see!  When considering your storage idea always keep safety in mind.  For large/tall dressers, armoires, and other furniture pieces that may tip over be sure to buy and install anti-tip wall straps to keep your children safe.  Store small pieces like Snappi’s and diaper pins out of baby’s reach.  Happy Decorating!

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How to Replace Cloth Diaper Elastics {Video Tutorial}

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Let’s face it, cloth diapers don’t last forever!  Eventually every diaper that has elastic will lose its stretch (become relaxed) and will need a new elastics to be as functional as before.  A diaper’s lifespan can be 1.5-3+ years before needing repairs; this will vary based on your washing/drying routine and the diaper itself.  If you need your diapers to last though multiple children replacing cloth diaper elastics is a skill worth learning!

How to replace elastic in cloth diapers

Lara, DDL contributor, came over and we filmed a 2 part video series on how to replace the elastics in cloth diapers! You’ll hear the noises of 3 children, 2 of Lara’s and 1 of mine. We tried our best to keep them entertained but in Part 2 you will find that Lara’s baby Autumn makes random appearances on her lap while she is at the sewing machine! Don’t worry, Lara is an experienced seamstress and does this often with great care taken to keep her baby safe.


The seam ripping is the most time consuming portion of replacing elastics (unless you are feeding through the elastic casings in certain brands like bumGenius 4.0).  Lara says she likes to rip seams while the kids are sleeping and she is binging on Netflix shows.  The actual sewing portion can take less than 10 minutes per diaper

Pull up a chair, sit your laptop or tablet next to your sewing machine, and start repairing those diapers!  With new elastics your diapers can last another 1-3 years or more!

In Part 1 Lara replaces the elastics in a Flip Cover.  The Flip has encased elastic with an extra strip of PUL over the top.  This same technique could be applied to other brands of diapers as well.

In Part 2 Lara replaces the elastic in an AppleCheeks envelope cover.  In this procedure it took considerably longer since the elastic was completely crumbled and in a million pieces but that process was cut out for your own sake.  This cover has back, stomach, and leg elastics and you’ll notice each step wasn’t left in the video to save time but once you have performed one side the same will be done to the rest.

Every diaper will have a different construction but the basics in this video should help you succeed with your own diapers! For those with pocket diapers with encased elastics, especially the bumGenius 4.0, you may be able to simply remove the old elastics and feed in fresh, bouncy elastic with safety pins and just stitch down the ends.  Diaper Wrecker has a tutorial to this end.    I’ve also heard and tried the simple trick in my 4.0’s of just clipping one side of the old elastic, pulling it tighter, and stitching it back for a QUICK but temporary fix.  Old elastic won’t stretch as far, if any, and new bouncy elastic is really the way to go if you can.

Watching Lara work her magic in person while filming the video has inspired me to try on my own diapers!  I’m so thrilled to have such an expert share her knowledge for DDL. Happy Sewing!

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The Trip to Home Depot for a Vagina-Like Tube

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I love the scent of Home Depot- there is something about the mixture of wood and paint that makes me feel like I’m about to get stuff done.  On this particular trip to Home Depot my objective wasn’t to buy things for improving my home… I needed to visit the plumbing aisle for a vagine-like tube.

cheerful african hardware store worker

The plumbing section wasn’t my first idea for this project.  After unpacking a Christmas gift mailed from Amazon that was protected with pockets of air it got me thinking… what if I could create a better vagina for use in my menstrual cup demonstrations?  I’ve always used a champagne flute but they are only tight enough near the stem to fit a cup, giving the impression in demonstrations that you need to go 2 knuckles deep (not the case).  Could I create my own clear tube using air filled plastic?  That would give more like real flesh and easy to pack.  Possibly…… but before I did that I decided to hit the Internet up for ready made products.  Maybe, I thought, there would be a model for educational purposes?

No.  For the record, googling “clear vagina tube” is not advisable.  I did find a product that was not designed for educational purposes that would probably work… but it was pricey and also clearly for recreation.  I could only think of the potential security threat it may pose as seen through my luggage and wasn’t too keen on the possible extra attention.  That’s all I will say about that one.  #dontgooglethatterm

What about clear tubing?  EUREKA!

I started with Amazon and even though I did have the measurements for both sizes of cups (41 mm and 45 mm respectively for my purposes) I didn’t want to risk buying a product that might not work.  The next time I logged into Amazon I had fun new suggestions…


As much as that soft and rubbery tubing for home beer brewing appealed to me there was nothing in the diameter I needed.  Plus I really just needed to try to make it fit before buying.

I packed up my two demonstration Diva Cups and went to Home Depot.  In the plumbing aisle I saw several contenders…. for once in my life I wanted things to be in metric but these were in inches so I did a quick google to match up.  A 1 1/2 in internal diameter would be perfect but there was only one way to check.  Suddenly a sales associate with only one arm (I see him all the time and have no idea the story behind it) comes up to me and asks jokingly “Making a hookah?”

So do I just say no and have him not believe me, because who else buys a large clear plastic tube of this diameter without a plumbing license unless they are making a bong-like object?  Or do I say “Oh no sir!  I’m making a clear vagina-tube for educational purposes.”

I went with… “No.  Not making a hookah.” laughs nervously “It’s ummm…. not that.  Something different… for educational purposes.”  more nervous laughter.  He asked if I needed help but I declined.  I really wanted privacy so I could insert a cup into the tube to verify size but between the one-armed man watching over my shoulder and the 2 other men actually there for plumbing supplies I knew it couldn’t be there and the longer I stuck around the weirder I looked.  I grabbed my pipe and went to another aisle for a few other things I needed for my home.  I must have walked around with that pipe for 20 minutes looking for an empty aisle but of course it was DIY weekend and everyone was in every frigging aisle.  I went back to plumbing to find a cap that fit in order to turn the cup around without spilling things and did find the perfect one, thanks to the one-armed man again.

I finally managed to get some privacy for me and my vagina tube.  I pulled the Diva Cup out and inserted it with no ceremony (poor tube).  It was a perfect fit.  Before I could get to the register I ran into my neighbors.  I wish I were kidding.  “What’s the big tube for?  You working on some stuff around the house?”  This is when I wish I were a good liar.  “No… I need it for an educational demo.”  They kept pressing on for details and I’m not sure when or how but I finally broke down and said it was to demonstrate a menstrual cup.

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My shopping list for Home Depot- Wood Filler, Wood Stain, Vagina-like tube and cap, firewood.

I’m not shy about cups but there is something strange about having this conversation with your male neighbor, his girlfriend, and her 13 year old son.  I wound up giving a demo right there in Home Depot while nervously sweating.  Yes I did.  His girlfriend had never heard of one and seemed intrigued so maybe I converted another one.

After getting it home I put in a practice cup.  It became apparent that I am not a smart person because my demo Diva Cup Size 1 has a hole drilled in it and the thing leaked.  I had to find another size 1 and both the Lily Cup Compact and Lily Cup standard fit, though the standard was the best.  (I just so happen to have several un-used cups around from videos)

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Obviously the tube was too long but I had to try it out! After a few minutes with the hand saw I had what is a manageable 4 inches of vagina-tube past the end of the cap. The average vagina is 3-4 inches so I was aiming for that to show. I might paint the cap pink for a touch of class and add a decal with her name. The only problem is, I haven’t named her yet. Vag-Tube? The Vagina 3000? Honestly, she needs a good name but I can’t think of one!


Why all the fuss over a vagina tube? Well, I need something that I can effectively demonstrate menstrual cups with for the 2015 MommyCon tour. I’ll be there as #vagangelist and a cloth diaper advocate. These demos really hit it home how effective a cup can be so to me this is just one more step towards menstrual cup world domination.  If you can think of a good name let me hear it in the comments!  I’m stumped!

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Modern pool table game room

Rosas Home Tour- 2014 Edition

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Lets talk about my house!  Longtime readers are familiar with the ongoing work I’ve been doing to the home my husband and I purchased in July, 2012.  To refresh your memory, the home was painted in 3 shades of pumpkin orange and needed a lot of TLC.  In real estate, location is king and because the home was on a beautiful street, right on the cul de sac, it fulfilled our dreams.  It has been an amazing two years in this home- lots of love and laughter, a ton of time spent riding bikes outside or swimming in the pool, and we couldn’t love it more.

Make sure you look at those before photos!  And please forgive the photo quality- I didn’t use a tripod for these and didn’t want to use a flash so they aren’t great quality.


Let’s start from the front foyer.  It might be my favorite room in the house because you get a view of our front living room and my beautiful couch, and our game room.


The foyer has a lot of my thrifty finds- the white chairs were found at a thrift shop for $40 each, the credenza was a Craigslist find, the wooden collage art was from a yard sale, the yellow signed lithograph was an estate sale find and the lamp was from the same estate sale.

Game/Entertainment Room

Next up is the “great room” which has now become our game room! (note the burnt out globe- we don’t have a ladder tall enough to change it so…. yeah.  One day.)

Modern pool table game room

We just added this gorgeous Brunswick Gold Crown II pool table to our collection.  Obviously, I care a lot about the items I put into my home, so adding a bulky pool table wasn’t something I was keen on.  However, my husband was determined to get one.  In fact, he wouldn’t shut-up about it.  For a year I’ve been researching modern pool tables and stumbled onto this line.  It is still made, however this particular table was made in the 60’s.  I found it for a more than reasonable price (if you Google it, I did NOT pay that price) and gave it to my husband for his birthday.  All the artwork (except our wedding painting) has been found at thrift stores and so was the record player cabinet (my husband is a vinyl enthusiast now and our collection is growing rapidly).  The overhead lights were from Craigslist.  My dying plant was from Wal-Mart…. hah.

The Kitchen/Dining Nook


Our kitchen drives me a bit batty… the cabinets and counter are not my taste but we are trying to make it work!  We replaced our old college era dining table with this amazing smokey lucite and chrome set from the 70’s.  I saw it on Facebook from a shop in Orlando and went to see it that day.  The seats had to be recovered so I chose a white vinyl.  It is easy to wipe clean since I have little guys.  The bar was also from Orlando but I bought it from Ebay!  We had been looking for a bar and this one was perfect- it really is a cool thing to see in person.  The light turns on when you open it automatically!  Notice that the stone planter from previous photos has been removed.  It took more effort and time than I want to talk about but having it gone makes me so happy!  No more random pile of rocks!

The Master Bedroom



Our bedroom only has a tad MCM (mid century modern) flair, the bed, the rocker, the armoire are more traditional items.  My armoire is so roomy that I’m sure I could never find a vintage piece to match the storage it has so for now it stays.  The nightstands are thrifted and refinished, lamp and long dresser are also thrift scores.  The dansk candle holder was my 6th wedding anniversary gift (iron) and hold 6 tapers.  My 5th anniversary gift (wood) was the large wooden lamp and his was the photo of the place we met in college, framed in wood of course.  None of our 7th gifts (copper) were decor related so they don’t get coverage.  I love how calm our room feels when it’s clean and that we have family photos all around!

The Master Bathroom


These are just photos of our bathroom taken after it was first painted, nothing else has been done since these were taken except that the door was replaced.  (hence the older watermarks and text from an older post).  It is small but it works.

The Laundry Room/Pantry


My laundry room project is complete and I even have a place to showcase a few of my “vintage cloth diaper” collectibles like the Sta-Puf advertisement.  I created sliding panels modeled after those sold at Ikea using curtains I found at the thrift store.  I placed a weighted metal rod in a pocket sewn into the bottom to keep it straight and we mounted them to sliders from Ikea.  We use our laundry room as a pantry since this home didn’t come with one!  The cabinets over the washer/dryer were found at the Re-store.  Even the paint for this room was a Craigslist find.

The Office 

The office hasn’t changed much at all since my last post.  It is technically a dining room but we wouldn’t use it so office it is!


We added a rug that is made from FLOR squares, I wanted a more custom size so this was a good solution.  I would definitely use them again and am thinking of adding more to my hallway to the bedrooms.  We also added the large map canvas.  The office is a mess but it is used a lot.  This is the “tidied” up version.  Usually there are papers everywhere…

The “Formal” Living Room

The front living room  (designed to be a formal but we use it as a real living room) brings us full circle, as you can tell from the first photo.  In fact, our kids run this path over and over.  It’s like a home track.


A lot of changes have happend in this room.  In fact, I don’t think there is a single piece of furniture in here now that was there in my last home update.  The sectional is something really special.  It belonged to my Great Aunt who lives in North Carolina.  She had to move from her home and so the couch went to me.  It needed new cushions and upholstery, not exactly what I was hoping to deal with.  My husband and I agonized over the color decision but wound up going with the color we picked first- 1 month after shopping everywhere else!  The upholsterer did an incredible job and I have to pinch myself sometimes- this beauty is mine!  The side table is a $10 yard sale score, the coffee table was from an estate sale, the vintage radio was from an auction.  Now lets talk about the credenza.  It’s one of the few pieces I’ve paid “almost retail” for but it was fate.  Our entertainment stand fell apart!  We needed something for our TV so I started looking- this turned up (in Orlando again… sigh) and it was the exact size I needed.  Apparently credenzas are standard 60″ or more.  Smaller ones are 1 in a million.  It’s a gorgeous piece of furniture and will be with us for a long time.  The rocker and stool/ottoman are reproductions I purchased from Zulily and not vintage.  The pillows are all from regular stores like TJ Maxx, Old Time Pottery, Ikea and Wal-Mart.  We placed a cat scratcher right where the cats from in from and it was really been effective in keeping them from scratching on the couch.

Guest bathroom

Guest bathroom… the only room in the house we totally renovated (and my ourselves!)


Not much has changed in the guest bathroom since my post on it.  I still love it so much!  DIYing the entire project allowed us to put more into the big ticket items that make this bathroom look much more expensive than it was.  First time visitors love it, and I get a lot of comments about it on YouTube videos it appears in.  The artwork ‘If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie wipe the seatie.” was custom from Etsy.  The octopus stencil was also from Etsy.  The toothbrush holder is actually a bottle drying rack from Boon!

Everett’s Room

Everett’s room hasn’t changed that much but it’s worth a look.


His dinosaur collection has grown quite a bit since we moved in.  His vocabulary is mostly dinosaur names, and don’t tell him that an Allosaurus is a T-Rex or he will not hesitate to correct your ignorance.  I also semi-permanently attached the building plates to our Expedit shelf for a nice place for him to build his Duplos on, an activity he still loves.  We got a new TV for Xmas from a family member so this was the only room the old one fit into.  Believe it or not they rarely watch it unless we let them watch a movie on it in bed.  All of his furniture is Ikea, and everything but the Expedit was bought from Criagslist for a STEAL.

Fletcher Room

Fletcher’s room has seen some revisions too!  (these photos have a different watermarks since I took them for a post about his room featured on OffBeat Families)


Fletcher’s room has a Mario/Nintendo theme that evolved from the cross stitch I made for him while I was pregnant.  Most of his furniture is Ikea, but the dresser was a thrift shop find that I painted.

The Golden Girls Room

And lastly- the Golden Girls Room.


Looks fabulous right?  This room flip flops between being a stately shrine to The Golden Girls and my filming “studio.”  I love my house but I do miss the full basement we had in NY- I was able to spread out my filming equipment and get away from the kids while I worked!  You can see it more put together in an older post.  

Wow… I guess that is it!  I covered everything except the garage, even though we did actually do some organization and added cabinets from Re-store in there for a workspace.  Seeing it all come together, even though it isn’t complete (in my opinion) has been fun for me.  In two years we have managed to fit in a ton of work on the home and make it our own.  As much as people dread buying “fixer-uppers” it gave us the ability to customize it fully to our taste and the home itself was priced right.

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make a breast pad rose bud bouquet

Bamboobies Breast Pad Rose Bud Bouquet

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This one is a very unique gift for your soon to be mom who is also going to be breastfeeding. It takes a practical item (reusable breast pads by Bamboobies) and makes it a centerpiece worthy gift!

make a breast pad rose bud bouquet

You can use any number of breast pads, I used half a dozen.  I did this post in a bit of a hurry and forgot to take a wide shot of supplies, sorry!  No time for a video for this one either.


  • Bamboobies Heart Shapes Breast Pads in Hot Pink or Light Pink
  • Floral Stem Wire
  • Green Satin Ribbon (wide, or wide and slim in same color)
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Lighter
  • Scissors
  • Bud Vase
Step 1: Make a Rose Bud

Before you begin making your rose bud make sure you have a piece of stem wire handy. Using the heart shaped breast pad, fold the bottom of the heart inward and make sure the colorful PUL waterproof side is facing out. Start rolling from left to right until you have the desired look. You can play with how you fold the point up and how you roll it to create different looks. (The Eco-Friendly Family did this craft as well and folded her pads completely different)

Rose bud breast pad

Step 2: Attach the Stem Wire

Attach the stem wire to the base of the rose bud by using one end and wrapping it around a few times. Use the stem wire to keep the bud closed so make sure it is tight. When you spiral you can pull the bud tighter towards the bottom.

Breast pad rose bud

Step 3: Make the Bottom Ribbon Cap

Using your green wide satin ribbon cut a small section (just a few inches) and snip out triangles to make zig zags. Next, take your lighter and lightly singe the edges. This will keep the ribbon from fraying and also make them curl and look more organic. Wrap this around the stem wire and glue the bottom of the ribbon to itself. Don’t glue anything to the breast pads!


Step 4:  Close the Ribbon Cap

This is the hardest part for me. Trying to start the ribbon that you will wrap around the stem and making it flow nicely from the bottom
“cap” you just glued. For the stem you can either use skinny ribbon of cut the wide ribbon you already have and singing the edge to prevent fraying. The best method was glueing the bottom cap ribbon to itself on the bottom, then glueing the start of the long ribbon to the cap.

Make a breast pad bouquet

Step 5: Wrap the ribbon tightly around the wire. You can intermittently add clue to it doen’t unravel. I tried to get the glue on the stem as well. Keep in mind that this only has to look good for presenting, not last for years, since the gift recipient will pluck the bud from the wire! Make a loop at the end of the wire, add a dot of hot glue, then finish wrapping. You can burn any loose threads off from the stem with the lighter.


Add your beautiful breast pad roses to a bud vase of your choice! They’re a decorative gift that looks great on a baby shower table.

Breast pad rose bud bouquet

Make a rose bud bouquet from breast pads

If you love this tutorial make sure you have a look at the cloth diaper sushi baby shower gift post.
Breast pad roses in a clear vase- baby shower gift idea

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Real or Fake- A Fun Baby Products Baby Shower Game

Real or Fake? A Fun Baby Products Printable Game

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It’s time for a new game to play at your next baby shower that doesn’t involve chocolate in diapers or sucking milk from a bottle!  Today moms are more knowledgable about baby products than ever before, thanks in part to social media and those dedicated product reviewers like the infamous BabyGuyNYC.  Not only that, but inventors are constantly trying to solve the struggles and problems parents face when raising babies.  Their resulting products can either become a new baby shower gift staple or a “what the heck were they thinking” product that makes you wonder if they ever even had a human baby!

To poke a little fun at some of these products I created “Real or Fake?  A Fun Baby Products Game” meant to be played at baby showers.  Hosts can download, print, and cut out the cards.    As a bonus there is also an online QUIZ if you are dying to try the game but don’t have a baby shower to host or attend!  While I didn’t make it explicitly about cloth diapers it does of course include them!  Play the online Real or Fake Quiz now.

There are two ways to play using your printed cards:

Real or Fake- A Fun Baby Products Baby Shower Game

Call and Answer as a Group: Have one person hold the cards and read the back (all text) side of each card aloud.  At the end of the reading they will ask the group “Real or Fake?” The group can shout their answers and the reader will announce if it is real or fake.  No one keeps score and everyone has a blast!


Call and Answer- Taking Score:  Still have a person hold the cards and read the back (all text) aloud.  All participants in the group will number 1-14 and write “Real or Fake” next to each number.  The caller will need to keep cards in order as they’re called out.  At the end, the caller will reveal the correct answers, whoever scores the most correct answers, wins.

Once you download the file you will need to print them- preferably on card stock.  Depending on your printer you’ll need to download one of two files.  File 1 is for printers that are fancy enough print front and back in one go (two-sided printers).   File 2 is a bit more involved, you will need to manually print the fronts then print the backs.  You’ll want to determine which direction your printer feeds to decide which way to lay the already printed fronts to be printed on the back.  If you’re totally confused take the files to your local printing shop and spend a couple bucks to have them print and slice ‘em up for you.

Printable Baby Shower Game

Once you have them printed, either use scissors to cut out the cards or a paper cutter.


Then all you need to do is have a great time laughing with friends. I won’t spoil the game for you, but I will say that some baby products should have remained in the mind of the inventor and some products sounds terrible but don’t knock them til you try them!  Don’t forget you can play it online too!


Click to download File 1PDF!


Click to download File 2 PDF!

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DIY Cloth Diaper Chalkboard Sign {Fluffin’ Awesome Decor}

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This project stems from my obession with DIY chalkboard signs several months ago for a public event I was co-hosting.  I wanted a unique, easy, and relatively cheap way to make a lot of signs.  In my closet I found and used foam boards for rectangular signs but decided to try out cardboard leftover from another craft.  I had a few cardboard circles used for cake decorating- one side is white and one is regular cardboard.

These signs can be used on your mailbox to welcome baby shower visitors, on the gift or food table, on the door, etc. It’s a versatile craft!

cloth_diaper_sign_parts copy

Supplies Needed: Step 1: Cut the Shape

Design your diaper. I chose a simple shape and utilized the circular shape to make this a lot easier than cutting an entire diaper from a large sheet of cardboard (which is something you can totally do too). Start by drawing where you plan to cut. I did 3 cuts total- one long and shallow curve at the top, and two curves from each side. Tip: Cut one side and use that piece on the opposite opening for symmetry.  I didn’t photograph this step…. sorry.

DIY cloth diaper signs

Step 2: Paint

Use the chalkboard paint to cover the brown side of the cardboard. You can only paint one side, the paint won’t cover the shiny, white side. I tried. Keep in mind that 2 light coats will prevent major curling of the wet paper, though it will still happen. If you glop it on thick you may get more curling.

Chalkboard DIY diaper sign

Step 3: Add Permanent Outlines

Once paint is dry, use the white permanent chalk marker to add decorative touches. I chose to add 2 snaps per side, a tab on each side, and some “stiching” along the legs.  I drew over the dried paint with regular chalk first several times until I liked the shape, then went over that with the permanent chalk marker.

DIY Chalkboard diaper

Step 4: Draw!

You may be more artistic than I am. My lettering and drawing skills are not great so I’m sure you can make a prettier diaper sign than I did!

Decorate a chalk diaper

Optional: Punch holes in the top to string ribbons or rafia through in order to hang your sign. Or, attach it to a stake and place in your yard to welcome guests.

DIY Baby Shower Diaper Sign


Instead of using the diapers as decor consider making it a baby shower game! Make several diapers and allow guests to design their own diaper prints!

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