Christmas mason jar soap dispenser & gift jar {with free printable tags}

Christmas Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Gift Jar | simplykierste.com

Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts! Oh my goodness, how I adore stripes!  And red stripes?  My favorite ever!  It's festive and perfect for the holiday season, and so cute on a kitchen or bathroom sink.  If you're looking for cute ideas for hostess, teacher, neighbor, colleague, friend gifts...these are fun for anyone! I also took one of the striped jars and filled it with Christmas candy (I used the … [Read more...]

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

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

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 … [Read more...]

Easy painted flag window

Painted Flag Window | simplykierste.com

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! I'm already trying to figure out where I'm going to permanently put it in our house, but for now, it will be perfect for my patriotic decor … [Read more...]

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden…AFTER!

Glidden® DUO® Paint and Primer Interior Satin

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- I am in love.  I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden Paint'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 transforms the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms).  Even though we're renting right now, and can't paint walls, freshening, brightening and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits! Painting and refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do, and one of the easiest (and least expensive ) ways to … [Read more...]

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden: BEFORE

Kitchen Stools Makeover with Glidden | simplykierste.com

This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine. ----- 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, … [Read more...]

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...]

Drab to fab play kitchen table!

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...]

Christmas 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! I really love the striped and polka dot pumpkins I made this fall, and I thought the stripes would be perfect for the peppermint theme, and to add to my Christmas decor.  I was right! I'm in LOVE with the red & white peppermint stripes! I made a set of three--a stripe, a plain white, and a … [Read more...]

Ruler Photo Ornaments

ruler photo ornaments | simplykierste.com

Aren't rulers just so charming? I just love them as an ornament, and they are the perfect frame for pictures of  family and loved ones hanging on the tree!  These ornaments are super easy to make, and really cost effective.  They make perfect gifts! I also made a version that uses my chalkboard Christmas printables, and I adore them too! I really love handmade ornaments, and 90% of the ones on our tree are handmade. It's so fun to make them personal to our family, and seeing them year after year brings so many memories of the years before. These Ruler Photo Ornaments are perfect for that! {supplies} -yardstick -stain -hot glue gun -cereal box or chipboard -mod podge -drill and … [Read more...]