Footprint Stool

Apr
06
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footprint stool | simplykierste.com

I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]



QUICK SPRING CLEANING LIST

Mar
25
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Quick Spring Cleaning | simplykierste.com

Spring is coming, and with it comes the itch to throw open the windows, start wearing ballet flats and...get clean and organized.  It's also a really busy time of year, so if you're on the hunt for a Quick Spring Cleaning List, I'm your girl!  I do have an in-depth spring cleaning list that I love, and if you want a totally thorough list, you can check that one out.  However, if you're short on time,  I've got a quicker version that will help get your home in tip-top shape! I've chosen seven items that will cover the basics, and if you tackle just a couple of them a week, you'll be done in a little over 3 weeks! Your house will feel so much better, and so will you.  If you have more time, … [Read more...]



EASY MASON JAR SPICE CONTAINERS

Mar
19
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Mason Jar Spice Containers | simplykierste.com

Oh, how I love an organized drawer!!  My spice drawer has been making me crazy lately.  They were all in there neatly on their sides, but the different sizes and round shape made everything roll around and cause chaos.  ☺ I decided that this week was time for a long and overdue makeover, and of course I turned to one of my favorite things to help me out...mason jars!  They are the perfect size to fit in the drawer, and with the cute labels on top, it's super easy to find which spice I'm looking for. I love these Mason Jar Spice Containers! Isn't that lovely?  It seriously makes my heart flutter. I used 4 oz. quilted jelly jars , so they would fit in my drawer. I also love the … [Read more...]



DRAB TO FAB PLAY KITCHEN TABLE

Mar
17
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Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use.  So, I sprayed it white, and called it good.  Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer.  It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running.  I LOVE how it turned out! The top of the table had a groove around the edges, creating a big square directly in the … [Read more...]



Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart {Perfect for SUPER SATURDAY}

Mar
06
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DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

I'm in charge of the Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart. LOVE them!! I've planned many of these, and when it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider: 1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???) 2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that … [Read more...]



Installing a Sliding Barn Door…How Easy is it?

Feb
17
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diy sliding barn door | simplykierste.com

I'm kind of obsessed with barn doors.  Actually...I want my own barn.  ☺  That's going to have to wait though, since I'm a farmhouse girl living in the city, so I make due with cute barn doors scattered throughout my house.  I've wanted to make a sliding barn door FOREVER. When we did the "great room switch" a couple of months ago, my girls moved to into what had been the office. The doors were glass french doors, so they needed to be switched out, and a sliding barn door was exactly what was needed. Sliding barn doors have been around for quite awhile, and I've seen many different versions and tutorials.  There are just SO many  to choose from, and honestly, it starting to feel a little … [Read more...]



{barn door baby gate}

Jan
14
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barn door baby gate | simplykierste.com

Baby Caroline started crawling (sniff, sniff) a couple of months ago--much earlier than I expected her to.  It's so funny--with my first baby, I couldn't wait for him to crawl and walk, but by now I realize that mobility comes at a price.  :)  We have stairs in our house, right in the kitchen area, and where we spend the majority of our time.  At the bottom of the stairs is tile, and if she fell, it would really not be good.  I want her to learn how to do stairs--I think it's important-but only if I'm right behind her to catch her.  So...it was time for a baby gate, and what could be cuter than one made from a barn door? Yes! I love love love it! You'll see the black ties around the … [Read more...]



{using a curtain rod to hang a bunting}

Jan
08
12
curtain rod bunting | simplykierste.com

I love curtain rods. They are good for so many things in addition to actually hanging curtains! I use them along with curtain ring clips for all of kids' artwork in our reading room, I use one to hang Christmas stockings on the mantel, and I use them in my decor. It's the perfect and simple solution to hanging a bunting...just about anywhere! In the nursery, and in my girls' room, it looks adorable and is a darling focal point of the entire room. {LOVE} It's SO cute over Miss Caroline's crib!   The awesome thing about using a curtain rod is that you can adjust it to whatever size you need--short, long, or extra long. I was able to fit it to the exact size I needed over the crib.  About … [Read more...]



{a chalk paint review: kitchen stools makeover

Jan
06
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chalk paint review | simplykierste.com

Even though it's been around for a long time, chalk paint has especially been a trend for the past couple of years, and has been gaining in popularity around the blogosphere. As someone who paints a lot of furniture, I'd wanted to try it for a long time, but really wanted to wait for the perfect project to come along first. Finally, I found THE project.  Eight kitchen stools that belonged to our old dining table--the one before the lovely farmhouse table we use now--that I really wanted to use around our big island were just begging to be refinished.  Six of them would fit...perfect for our kids! Once I decided on the project a few months ago, and was searching for information, I saw a … [Read more...]



{before & after laminate dresser makeover…drab to fab!}

Jan
02
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laminate dresser makeover | simplykierste.com

We have been in dire need of dressers since we moved to Texas last year.  When we built our previous home, we had walk-in closets in every room with built-in drawers and shelves that completely eliminated the need for dressers.  Well--that wasn't the case in this house, and I've been trying to track down dressers for each room since we moved in.  A few weeks ago, someone gave me this dresser, and even though it wasn't my my style at all, I knew I could give it a dresser makeover and it would be just the thing for my girls' room.  Plus...it was free, and who can argue with that? I can make anything work if it's free!  ☺It happened to be a laminate surface, which is absolutely possible to … [Read more...]