Washtub Planter

Washtub Planter | simplykierste.com

Spring has definitely sprung and the abundance of beautiful flowers in the garden is proof! Appropriately enough, our theme this month is flowers and we've got 10 amazing flower theme ideas.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects for flowers that I did about four years ago, and still use every year.  I LOVE it! I love this old washtub. I love it in the fall especially, full of pumpkins, and stacked with cornstalks on my front porch. But I loved it so much, that I wanted to be able to use it year round, and decided a washtub planter was the perfect thing! I poked a few holes in the bottom for drainage, filled it with potting soil and flowers, and then made a cute … [Read more...]


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...]

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

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...]

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...]

{ruler photo ornaments}

ruler photo ornaments | simplykierste.com

 The 10th is here! The best day of the month!  With Christmas coming (HOORAY!!!), and trees sure to go up in just a couple of weeks, we were excited this month for the theme to be Handmade Ornaments. I can't wait for you to see my Ruler Photo Ornaments--they're going to be perfect on my tree...and as gifts too! There are so many fun & creative ornaments to choose from-- felt, glitter, vintage goodness, bright & cheery, traditional, child-oriented, and more!  You're sure to find one that fits your tree theme--or a new theme you want to start! We’d love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all of the other fabulous projects created by some of my blogger … [Read more...]

{turning a frame into a tray}

turn a frame into a tray | simplykierste.com

Do you have an old frame that needs a makeover?  Or perhaps a you have one that you came across at a thrift store or garage sale that you love, but aren't sure what to do with?  I have a solution for you...one that won't you take long, but that will give it a whole new look and purpose!!! I absolutely love turning frame into trays!  They're darling used as an actual tray, or as a base for a pitcher of flowers, like I have in the picture above.  It's seriously so easy, and you all know I'm about simple and inexpensive ideas! I love the idea of chalkboard paint on a tray...leaving cute messages on it when you're delivering breakfast in bed, or as part of your decor for the current holiday … [Read more...]

{burlap wreath + old window}

burlap wreath + old window | simplykierste.com

There has been a blank space above our bed that I've been dying to fill in, and finally this past week I hung up something I LOVE.  Burlap Wreath + Old Window = Perfection! Isn't it lovely? This burlap wreath has been on my "to make" list FOREVER, and now I'm not sure why I put it off for so long!  I want to make another one for my front door...it will be perfect for fall. *Note: I used more burlap than the amount she lists on her tutorial.  Maybe my loops were bigger, or I had more of them, but I wanted to mention it.  I found 7 yard rolls at Michaels for $9.99, paid $5 with my 50% off coupons, and used two of them, equaling 14 yards. I'm a collector of old windows, and I have … [Read more...]

{fireplace makeover using airstone: before & after}

fireplace makeover | airstone | simplykierste.com

This post was sponsored by AirStone.  All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. Please see full disclosure below. ----- When we bought our house the end of last summer, I knew right away that I wanted to re-do our fireplace.  I did not like the small tiles--they just weren't my style at all.. However, it's awfully hard to justify spending money to change something in a brand new house, and I wasn't sure when we would be able to do it.  So...when I was given the opportunity to try a new product called AirStone, I JUMPED at the chance. The results are amazing...I LOVE LOVE how it turned out!!   What is AirStone?AirStone is an innovative, ultra-light product that transforms a … [Read more...]

{chalkboard & fence post family home evening board}

Family Home Evening Board | simplykierste.com

Every Monday night is a special one at our house...it's Family Night, or Family Home Evening as we like to call it. We put everything on hold, and don't put anything else on the schedule.  Everyone stays home, and we enjoy some really fun and quality time together as a family.  We do have a structure, not only to stay organized, but to also give each member of the family an opportunity to contribute.  We sing songs, have a simple gospel lesson from the scriptures, pray, eat treats, play games, have a talent show (you should see some of the crazy talents my kids have, lol!), and do some kind of activity--whether it's playing games, going on a walk, bike ride, or to the park, bowling, going … [Read more...]

DIY Shutters Clipboard

DIY shutters clipboard

We have lived in this house for a little more than 6 months, and I FINALLY put something up on my girls' wall!  When we found out we were expecting this baby, it put all of my decorating on hold, as we tried to decide where kids would go, and if rooms or bedrooms would be switched around.  I didn't want to do anything to any room, until I knew it was staying put!  Just this past week we made final decisions, and I was able to start with some darling shutters that I refinished, and turned into a clipboard for my girls' bedroom wall.  It turned out to be the perfect thing for that wall, and they are so excited to be able to clip up their favorite pictures and artwork.        I ADORE old … [Read more...]