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}

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?

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}

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}

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

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...]

{peppermint striped candlesticks}

peppermint striped candlesticks | simplykierste.com

Can you believe it is the 10th of December! Yikes, how did that happen?? Well, we're back with another amazing Blog Hop. Peppermint is definitely the flavor of the season and it is also our theme for the month. and since I'm a tad bit obsessed with all things peppermint, I was thrilled for this month! I made some darling Peppermint Striped Candlesticks, and I can't wait to share them with you! We've got lots of peppermint flavored treats to share with you as well as some darling peppermint inspired crafts! Be sure and visit all the blogs to check out the details on their peppermint project. We'd love for you to pin the collage below, check out my (project) and then go see all of the other … [Read more...]

{it’s a wonderful life chalkboard printable}

it's a wonderful life chalkboard printable | simplykierste.com

Okay, so I might be a *little* addicted to chalkboard printables.  I can't stop!!!  I just love them for the holidays especially, and I keep thinking of things I want to do. So...here's one from one of my favorite holiday movies, It's a Wonderful Life. It's perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas...or pretty much the whole year! Just click on the image to open it up, then right click and save to your computer.  You can then upload it to a photo center to get it printed! It's sized to 16x20, so you can get any size up to that. Enjoy!!! … [Read more...]

{sneak peek…little boys’ bedroom}

boys room | simplykierste.com

The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy around our house...we decided to move several of the rooms and bedrooms around to accommodate our sweet baby Caroline, who really needed a place to call her very own.  We did it all in a couple of days, but now the decorating is to commence!  I knew at some point that this switch would be made after we moved in a year ago, so I hadn't really done much with decor in any of the rooms, but I'm so excited to really start putting them together. I'm focusing right now on my little boy's room, and we recently finished their bunk beds--which I LOVE. They're whitewashed, and not stacked directly on top of each other, which my boys love because one of … [Read more...]

{grapevine & ribbon wreath}

grapevine & ribbon wreath | simplykierste.com

I pulled my favorite fall/Halloween wreath out of the attic to hang on the door, and I found that it had not survived since last year. :(    I took what I had on hand to make a new one, and I'm so happy the results! This is SO easy--and fast--and CUTE!  It took less than 10 minutes to thread the ribbon through the wreath, and another 10 to make the pennant, making it a project you can do in less than 30 minutes. You can change the colors and design of the ribbon for any holiday or season, making it an extremely versatile. Here's how you make your own!!! {supplies} -grapevine wreath -1.5 inch ribbon, two coordinating colors -hot glue gun -felt -Silhouette flocked white … [Read more...]