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

shop this tote

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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??

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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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Throwing a Gender Reveal Party! It’s a…

The day FINALLLYYYY arrived!!! On Saturday we had our gender reveal party for Baby R, and I seriously felt like I’d been waiting YEARS! Okay, not quite, but since the beginning of June I’ve been Pinterest-ing like crazy, planning the decor, menu, and activities for the big day. I even made an Excel spreadsheet to stay organized – LOL! Anyway, the day finally arrived and I was oh-so pleased with how it all turned out! Oh, and beyond ready to find out whether I’m carrying a little girly or a little boy!

Gender Reveal Dessert Table

Gender Reveal Decor & Voting

I wanted to have a few activities planned for the party so our guests were entertained. When they arrived, I brought them over to the voting table to cast their vote! I created a poster with gender predictions based on old wives tales and let them cast their vote on a chalkboard. Which, PSST, I bought a few of those chalkboards for my wedding and I LOVE reusing them!!

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Chalk Painting an Antique Mirror Frame

I’ve heard from some of my family members that you can chalk paint pretty much anything. Seriously – my aunt chalk painted an antique scale and my mom chalk painted a cushion. I had only tried chalk painting wood furniture up until last weekend when it alllllll changed. Dun, dun, dun…….

My dear gramps passed away a few months ago and as my mom and aunts were going through his belongings, they kept texting me to see if I wanted stuff. Leaf blower? Sure! Bread box? Um… okay! An old mirror they always had from way-back-when? Mother Bird said I could chalk paint it, so I said, “OK! New challenge!” She wasn’t joking when she said way-back-when… she sent me this picture for proof – she was about 16 here!

Chalk Painting Antique Mirror

Cutie!

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Planning Our First Nursery!

In case you missed it, last month we announced we’re expecting our first babe at the end of November! And guys… I didn’t think planning our nursery would be THIS much fun!! It’s an excuse to put together a whole new room for the best reason ever. Eek!

Pregnancy Announcement in the Woods - Nursery Planning

We hadn’t thought much about our nursery during my first trimester, but now that I’m feeling semi-back-to-normal we’re checking things off our list! Even though we don’t know baby’s gender yet, we’re starting to work on the big-ticket items – like picking a room and finding furniture!

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6 Essential Steps When Painting Furniture

Alright, friends. I’d like to have a little chat about painting furniture… I have seen tons of tutorials and projects on Pinterest and I’m deeply saddened to see the results! Don’t be fooled by those posts that say, “No sanding or priming required!” Sure, skip those steps if you want your furniture to look good for less than 10 minutes.

Here’s the gist: Whatever way you do it, it takes work to paint furniture. So if you’re going to put in the effort, make sure you do it the RIGHT way! No shortcuts!

The hubs and I have refinished lots of furniture over the past year and (after some trial & error) here are the steps we make sure to take each time so we get a good finish that lasts.

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