Product Review: Mirror Frame from MirrorChic.com

One of my more popular posts on Rise and Renovate is our DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame, which was part of our master bathroom makeover. It was a super simple, super cheap project that instantly upgraded our builder-grade mirror. Well, last month I was contacted by MirrorChic.com to try out one of their custom mirror frames! MirrorChic.com makes pre-cut and custom mirror frames for builder-grade mirrors. They also promise an easy DIY installation!

While I’m partial to my own framing method, I thought it would be fun to try their product and compare the two.

*MirrorChic.com sent me a custom mirror frame in exchange for this review. While I was given a free frame, all opinions in this post are 100% honest and 100% my own!*

Since all of my builder-grade mirrors are already framed, I asked my parents if they’d like one of their mirrors framed and they jumped at the opportunity! They were NOT disappointed…

mirrorchic.com before and after

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Our Woodsy, Adventure-Themed Baby Shower!

The countdown is getting REAL, friends! In just 6 short weeks, Baby Rissler will be earth-side. I can hardly wait! Last weekend my wonderful family threw me a woodsy, adventure-themed baby shower – it matched my nursery! I wanted to share a few pictures from the event because it was SO cute and they really pulled it off!

Adventure Themed Baby Shower Decor & Food

My mom stenciled “Life’s an Adventure” on the burlap banner. I might see if I can re-use it in my nursery!

adventure-themed baby shower decor

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Fall-Inspired Front Door Hanging for Under $11

So I have a kind of weird confession: I have a soft spot in my heart for Wal-Mart. Growing up in a town of 7,000 people, Wal-Mart was our only department store. The closest legit shopping mall was 1.5 hours away, and it was usually more convenient to go to Wal-Mart for groceries than one of the other grocery stores in town. I went to the same Wal-Mart almost every week for the first 18 years of my life. I have a lot of fond memories grocery shopping with my mom and walking around there with friends – yes, that’s what you do for fun when you’re 16, living in a town of 7,000 people, and it’s -20 degrees outside.

Now that I live in Arizona and there are a million other shopping options besides Wal-Mart, I STILL choose to go to Wal-Mart for everyday stuff. It feels so familiar and I do feel like I’m getting the best prices. So earlier this week I decided to browse through the craft section (which I’ll admit, is usually pretty crappy). I was pleasantly surprised at the supplies and was inspired to make a fall-inspired front door hanging! Plus, the whole thing cost me just $10.86!!!

Front Door Hanging - Final

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DIY Fall Decor: Stacked Signs with 2×4’s

Okay guys, I’m taking a small reprieve from our barn door project to bring you an easy and fun DIY project! We have a lot of small-ish 2×4 ends leftover from the barn doors, so I wanted to find a way to use ’em up. My first project is a set of fall-inspired stacked signs! They were really easy, inexpensive, and a fun way to bring more fall decor into my home!

DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, I don’t actually have hayrides or a pumpkin patch in my house. “Apple Cider” is pointing to my pantry, so I suppose that’s appropriate. LOL

Anyway, let’s hop to it!

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DIY Barn Doors Part 2: How to Build Barn Doors

Hiya, friends! Today I’m excited to share Part 2 of our latest project with you – how to build barn doors! We’ve been in full DIY mode and it is SERIOUSLY paying off. Can I let you in on a little secret? This project has only cost about $250 TOTAL – compare that to about $400 per barn door at home improvement stores! *angels singing*

Last time I talked about how to prep your doorway for barn doors, which is a crucial step in making the finished project look professional. If you’re taking on this project, don’t miss that step!

Planning the Barn Doors

Before we started building, we had to decide on a design! Duh. 🙂  This involved some MAJOR Pinterest-ing, where I finally stumbled upon this design from @themodestfarmhouse and fell in love!

Aren’t they BEAUTIFUL? Simple and clean with a classic barn door look. Perfect for our loft. Now came the fun part – how we were going to make them!

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DIY Barn Doors Part 1: How to Prep the Doorway

Happy September, friends! I am so stoked for this fall – we are almost there!! As you may have seen on the Rise & Renovate Facebook or Instagram, we’ve been working on an exciting new project: BARN DOORS! We have a loft upstairs with double doors, and we’re replacing them with two barn doors. There are a few different stages of this project, so today I’m excited to share Part 1: Prepping the doorway!

Now, you can’t just slap up a couple barn doors and expect them to look Pinterest-worthy (unfortunately, lolol). If the doorway already had doors in it, you’ll need to take them off and make it look like they were never there! This includes taking off all the existing door hardware and smoothing out the sides and top panels so it looks more like a walkway than a doorway.

Prepping a doorway for barn doors - Wall Before

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Now Open: Rise and Renovate Etsy Shop!

Happy MONDAY! While I don’t particularly love Mondays, I think they’re great for big announcements. And today,  I have a huge, exciting, pretty-looking announcement…

Introducing the Rise & Renovate Etsy Shop!

Over the past month and a half, I’ve been hard at work creating lovely designs for mugs, totes, throw pillows and prints! All things I proudly use AND love in my home and I’m through-the-roof excited to share them with you in my Etsy shop!


Etsy Store Opening - Totes Vintage Bag

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Adventure Nursery Sneak Peek!

Happy FRIDAY, peeps! I think Friday is a great day for a…. MINI REVEAL!!! Now listen here, our nursery isn’t 100% done, but we have tons of decor up, lots of furniture in place, and I think it’s a good time for a little sneak peek!

We’ve made a ton of progress on our adventure nursery over the last 6 weeks, including…

  • Installing crown molding
  • DIY-ing lots of decor AND hanging it on the wall
  • Ordering the rocker and super-soft, plush rug
  • Sewing our own valences

K, ya ready??

Adventure Nursery(check out the bottom of this post for links to all decor!)

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26 Fall Decor Pieces You Need from Amazon

Guys… it’s MID-AUGUST already. Are you hearing me?? Do you know what this means??

via GIPHY

FALL. PUMPKIN SPICE. SWEATERS. BOOTS. LEAVES. ACORNS. PUMPKINS. Oh, did I say PUMPKIN SPICE?????

Fall is JUST around the corner and I’m already thinking about my fall decor. I spent a small fortune on fall decor last year, so this year I’m just looking for a few things to spruce up my collection. I loved the centerpiece I made last year from Hobby Lobby stuff and can’t wait to get that out!

So this week I decided to pop on to Amazon to see what autumnal treasures I could find. Let me tell you… I was NOT disappointed! I found tons of cute stuff that I want to show you (that’s all rated 4+ stars, because I’m picky!). I’m also loving Amazon for 2 other reasons right now:

  1. Free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime (on most stuff)
  2. It’s still 100 billion degrees in Arizona and going out is not incredibly pleasurable, especially at 24.5 weeks pregnant

Take a stroll with me through all my favorite fall decor Amazon finds and some ideas to get your home in tip-top fall shape! Lots of wood, lots of warm colors, and lots of foliage!

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How to Make Colorful DIY Chevron Arrows

We’re almost through July, peeps! It’s funny living in Arizona – this is the time of year where we stay inside most of the time because it’s SO. HOT. outside! I’m not opposed to that, since I’ve been busy, ya know, growing a human!

I’m now on Week 22 and Baby R is the size of a coconut! Time is FLYING by!! As I mentioned in our nursery planning post, I decided on an adventure theme for our little boy’s room. I think this theme will be easy to play around with if we have a girl in the future.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been making huuugggeee strides in our nursery! One fun (and impactful!) project I want to share with you is a set of DIY chevron arrows, inspired by this pin. They add a fun pop of color and are pretty simple to make! Plus, the set of arrows cost us less than $20!

DIY Chevron Arrows in Nursery

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