Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

Easy wood Christmas sign

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!

I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't.  I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!

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DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know!

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Farmstyle Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

Farmstyle wood fall signs + free Silhouette cut files

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make!

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Outdoor Nautical "Eat" Sign | simplykierste.com

Nautical outdoor “eat” sign

 Amanda, from The Tale of an Ugly House is here today, sharing this adorable outdoor "eat" sign!! 

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With summer finally here I've been looking for fun decor items to spruce up our backyard. We love to entertain and grill out. It's been really fun adding some nautical touches here and there to our outdoor space. I love how this sign turned out. We have it sitting on our grill prep/ buffet table. It's super easy to make and very inexpensive! Here's what you need to make your own rope sign-

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Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign | simplykierste.com

Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign

Making a lemonade stand has been on my list...pretty much forever.  The last few years we've been so transient that it wasn't really an option--with no where to store it and moves coming up.  Even though all of our things are in storage right now, we did keep out the chop saw so that we would be able to build things for our new house.  With summer parties and entertaining on the horizon, I decided it was time for a lemonade stand.  I'm calling it a lemonade stand just because I'm not sure what else to call it, and also because it makes it sound cuter, but it will mostly be used as a outside serving station. I added a few features, including a reversible chalkboard sign, and decided on a color that will make it perfect for all of my outdoor entertaining!!

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5 tips for painting & decorating unfinished frames | simplykierste.com

5 tips for painting & decorating unfinished frames

full of cute printables inside cute frames. I love using these MDF frames with fancy edges because they are customizable and it's easy to change out the picture. I love decorating with pictures of my family and since we have young kids I am constantly putting new pictures in.

5 Tips for Painting and Decorating unfinished frames.  Tips for styling your favorite DIY frames.

First of all you can get these unfinished frames at most craft stores. I ordered a bunch from Cut it Out Frames and then let them sit in a drawer for almost a year! There's no need to be afraid to paint these frames. It's so easy!

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How to plank a piano & a chalk paint piano makeover | simplykierste.com

How to paint a piano & add wood planks…a piano makeover!

So, I planked my piano.  YES, I did! I have been wanting to paint my piano for a very long time.  Years, in fact.  I don't know why I've hesitated, because normally I paint anything and everything I can get my hands on. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that the last couple of years we have been moving around a lot--three states in a two and a half years--and now that our new house will be finished in a few months, our temporary living situation will cease. Hallelujah! I haven't been able to really do any projects or decorating for years, and I'm more than ready to start digging into my mile-long list so they'll be ready when we move in.

Project #1?  The piano.  It's one of the few things we kept out of storage. We might be sleeping on futons, and we don't have a real kitchen table, but we have a piano! As a pianist, it was never really a question if it was coming with us or not, and now that my kids are playing too, we found the space. It's actually the piano I learned to play on, and it has a lot of sentimental value.  It just needed major makeover--mostly because it just wasn't my style, and the wood was an orange-y color that didn't go with anything. So I decided to go all in--not just paint, but a update it with whole new look that would match our new farmhouse-style home. When I think farmhouse, I think of planked wood.  I'm kind of obsessed.  But really, how much more perfect can you get?  So, yes, I planked my piano. And I LOVE it.

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Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

Easy painted flag window

I've been in withdrawals over the last year. Since we moved to New York, all of our things have been in storage while we build our house, including my collection of old windows.  I haven't ad a chance to go looking for more, so when a friend very kindly gave me a few of hers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them.  Making  a painted flag window has been on my list forever, and I want to use it not only for holiday decor, but on a regular basis in my home.  Not sure where yet...but somewhere!  It was super easy to do, and I LOVE it!

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Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp tutorial | simplykierste.com

Pottery Barn inspired vintage lamp

So excited to have Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House here today, sharing this ADORABLE lamp!  
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My husband and I have recently been transitioning our son's room from a nursery to more of a big boy room. My son, Charlie has been over the moon to see all the new things coming into his room. One item that I just couldn't settle on was a lamp. I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for when I went to the big box store. While flipping though a Pottery Barn Kids magazine one morning, I saw this adorable vintage truck lamp. Given that Charlie loves cars and trucks, it was perfect! The price however was not. $130 for a lamp for a two-year old was a bit much for me to spend. My mind immediately started brain storming. I remembered Hobby Lobby had a great selection of metal cars and trucks. So off to hobby Lobby I went!

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DIY Ampersand Sign & Tutorial | simplykierste.com

DIY ampersand sign tutorial

Hello! It's Jes from Mommy Envy and I'm back and sharing this easy DIY ampersand sign tutorial with you! Lately I've been obsessed with black and white home decor. I love how classy it looks. Black and white can be rustic, modern, or just about anything you want it to be!

DIY Ampersand sign tutorial

This sign came together really nicely and I was surprise how easy it was. I am in a couple Facebook groups of people who share their vinyl projects. I joined them to get ideas but it has been a motivator to use my machine more. Here's my step by step tutorial on making this wooden sign.

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DIY Dinosaur Bookends | simplykierste.com

DIY Dinosaur Bookends

Today  I'm pleased to announce Amanda Becker, from Tale of an Ugly House, as the newest Simply Kierste contributor!!  I just know you are going to fall in love with her, her projects, and her style.  Don't forget to swing by and say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!! // DIY Dinosaur Bookends

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We recently built my son a toy organizer for his room. If your child is anything like mine, they have a lot of books! I wanted to keep a few of my son's favorite books where he could easily get to them but still keeping them organized. Being that Charlie is only two, his favorites are always changing! I searched for the perfect bookends. I found several cute ones, but none that really jumped out at me.

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Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden…AFTER!

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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I am in love.

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

 I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden's Red Delicious...Read more about my decision.) That pop of color makes such a huge difference in my kitchen, and I can't stop staring at it.  I love how it completely changes the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms).  Being in a rental can be frustrating when you can't paint walls, but freshening, brightening, and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits!

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Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden: BEFORE

This post is sponsored by  the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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We moved to New York from Texas just a little over two months ago, and since we were planning to build a home, we moved into a rental duplex and put pretty much everything we owned into storage.  Even though we aren't going to be here too long, I kept out a few things to decorate with, and to make it feel like home. Sometimes it's hard living in a rental, when you can't make any changes, or paint any walls, and even if you could, spending money on something temporary isn't what you want to do.  I feel that way about my kitchen. It isn't bad...just really white.  Everything.  The cabinets, floor, and appliances are all very white.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love the clean, crisp feeling of white, but with no contrast, it's just too stark.

 The good thing is, there's a way to brighten up any space with paint, even if it's not on the walls! Painting a piece of furniture adds a pop of color and even a focal point to any room.  I have decided to makeover the stools (also white) in my kitchen, and give them a pop of color.   Once we move, I'll still be able to use them in our new home, so it won't be waste of time or money to re-do them.

 Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

Project decided...now what color? What a dilemma!  Thankfully, there are some really awesome resources out there to help me (and you!) choose the perfect color.  Glidden has Color Palette pages that make the color selection process so much easier!

http://www.glidden.com/Color/Paint-Colors

Then there's Color 101 at My Colortopia. There's a whole team that's there to help you figure out exactly what you want, and what will look best in your home.  I LOVE that.  You know you want gray, but what color gray? There are just too many to choose from, and it can seem overwhelming when you're trying to decide.  Or maybe you aren't sure which color, and you're looking for inspiration?  Either way, they can help.

For me, I was torn between two different colors. I'm a red girl, through and through, and always have been.  Have you ever taken the Color Code Personality Test? Yep, I'm a red.  I have loved red for as long as I can remember, and have always used it in my home. My kitchen has some red accents in it already, and it's a great color that immediately adds a punch.  But...I love gray too, and thought maybe a color, but not too much color might be better.  I went back and forth. And back and forth.  And back and forth. I used both the Color Palette and Color 101 to help me come up with my favorite shades of both red and gray, and they were incredibly helpful as I pinpointed which ones I would use...if I could decide.

Finally, I went with my gut.  That's always best.

What color?

RED!!  I went with Glidden Red Delicious, and I think it's going to be perfect.

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

 Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

Can't wait to show you the final product, and my Kitchen Stools Makeover!

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath | simplykierste.com

Twine & Berry Fall Wreath

Fall is right around the corner, I can almost smell it. Seriously--I'm itching for the crisp mornings, fall leaves, visits to the cider mill and pumpkin patch, cozy sweaters, evening fires--I could probably go on and on. I'm also one of those girls that gets up fall decorations right on September 1st, because I like to eek out every last minute of fall.  Wreaths are an easy way to add decor to your home, and this darling Twine & Berry Fall Wreath is so simple to make!
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Personalized Baby Blocks | simplykierste.com

Personalized Baby Blocks

A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that's come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish!

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diy painted curtains | simplykierste.com

DIY Painted Curtains {Tutorial}

If you're a Pinterest lover like I am, then you've probably seen projects and wondered if they *really* would work. I felt that way anytime I saw DIY painted curtains--with stripes. I've always loved them, just didn't know how those stripes would actually turn out. Then one day, I needed new curtains for music room, and I just knew that stripes would be perfect for that space. When I started looking at striped curtains online, I quickly realized how pricey they were, and that I didn't want to spend that much on them. So...I decided to give painted curtains a try, and I'm SO SO glad!!!

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

Drab to fab play kitchen table!

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!
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DIY Ruler Growth Chart | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart

I'm in charge of our 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.  I LOVE them, and I knew it would appeal to a lot of people.  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 everyone doesn't have the ability, just may not have the experience.

3. It will have a wide appeal.

This ruler growth chart met all of those requirements, and best of all, it is SO SO easy,  Seriously.  It's also really reasonable--it's less than $15 to make!!

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diy sliding barn door | simplykierste.com

Installing a Sliding Barn Door…How Easy is it?

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.

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