Knobs, Pulls, & Finishes: Choosing the Right Hardware

Have you ever thought about the impact that hardware can have on a room? By hardware, I mean knobs, pulls, handles, faucets, and other things that are usually metal. They’re often overlooked but can have a massive impact on how your room pulls together (pun intended). Heck, they can be statement pieces if you let them!

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Our Bathroom Hardware Inspiration

When it comes to choosing hardware, we tend to pick brushed nickel because it has a simple, clean feel (and it just goes with everything), like in our guest bathroom:

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Faucet

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Our Biggest Adventure Yet!

Well HELLO there! Happy Spring, almost Summer! I’ve been a little MIA lately, and I’m only kind of sorry… because we have some really big, really exciting news! Can you guess? I’ll give you a hint!

Pregnant - Pregnancy Announcement

YOU’RE SEEING THAT RIGHT!!!! IT’S A BABY!!!!!!! A WEE LITTLE ONE!!!!!!!!!! AND IT’S OURS!!!!!!!

In light of this eXciTiNg news, I’m going to mix things up a little bit! I’m starting a new “category” on Rise and Renovate for pregnancy and baby – I’ll be blogging a bit about my pregnancy and lots about creating our nursery and baby-fying our house! The countdown to November 28 begins. Let the baby-bloggin’ commence!

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10 Easter + Spring Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Copy

Well hello, friends! We’ve had a crazy few weeks traveling to Italy, Germany, and England, but I’m back at it! March has absolutely flown by. Bring on April! Can you believe Easter is in two weeks? Mind. Blowing.

Alright, I have a confession. I find most Easter decor kind of hideous. For example, I very rarely find a cute, non-tacky-looking bunny. No joke, one time I came across this bunny at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to tell someone that I think it was meant for Halloween, not Easter.

Ugly Hobby Lobby Bunny
The Easter and Spring decor either have disturbing bunnies or, well, hideous colors! You can’t just throw pastels or brightly colored plastic eggs into any room and think it will look okay. Like this. Please never make this:


All that being said, I don’t usually decorate for Easter. Sometimes I’ll get some fresh flowers for spring, but that’s about it! But since I’ve been following some other bloggers this year I’ve been inspired! After seeing some nice, fresh decor, I decided to put up a few decorations myself and share some other Easter & Spring decor that’s inspired me!

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Bathroom Makeover #3 – the Biggest One Yet!

Ciao from (probably) the other side of the world! We are in Italy right now and I’ve been trying to get this post up for about 5 days, but WiFi has been so intermittent and shoddy that I’ve had a little trouble. But alas, here it is! PS – it is BEAUTIFUL here!!!

Us in Venice

Alright, guys. As you might know, we’ve been on a roll with our bathroom renovations this year! They all needed a serious facelift and we’ve finally finished our THIRD and FINAL bathroom! We started over New Year’s weekend with our master bathroom, in February we finished our guest bathroom, and just this month we finished our upstairs bathroom makeover which is what I’m revealing today!

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Refinishing Wood Furniture with Stain and Chalk Paint

I think 2017 is the year for makeovers for us! First, our master bathroom, second, our guest bathroom, third, these coffee tables! We haven’t had much success refinishing wood furniture over the past year, but I’m happy to report that this time was a success! It took a bit of elbow grease, but as you can see these coffee tables were in desperate need of a little lightening up:

DIY Coffee Table Before

These were hand-me-downs from my parents that kinda needed a facelift. I was Pinterest-ing awhile back and found an AWESOME project from Nifty Thrifty Mama where she put a new wood top on an existing coffee table. It seemed like the perfect solution for our coffee tables since I wanted to do a natural wood on the top and a clean white chalk paint on the bottom.

EXCEPT, we went to Home Depot to buy some oak wood, and it cost over $150!! Um, no thank you. I could buy new coffee tables for that much. And these aren’t even the nicest tables to begin with!

I conferred with my DIY Sage, AKA my mom, and she said the tables actually had a wood veneer underneath the paint, so we could strip it off and stain the wood. Hmmm… 🤔

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign: Iowa Roots

Heelllloooooooooo, friends! It’s a rainy weekend here in Arizona, which means it’s perfect blog-writing weather! And, omg, I am ridiculously excited to share my latest DIY project with you! An adorable wood sign, made using our new Cricut Explore Air 2, a little paint, and our reclaimed wood from Porter Barn Wood. It’s probably my most favorite sign I’ve ever made.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign - Final

My mom and I have made plenty of signs in the past, but we’re always looking for the best method to getting our designs onto the wood or canvas. We’ve tried transfer paper, cutting out and tracing letters, free-hand painting, etc., but it’s either a huge hassle or not the prettiest. So, on Thursday, we decided to go half-sies on a new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (they’re a little pricey, on sale at JoAnne for $250)! It’s this machine that cuts out text and shapes, as well as draws with a marker. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch. I’ll show you a video in a bit.

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Guest Bathroom Makeover – Check!

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Well, hello, friends! You’ve caught me on a great day, because it’s time for ANOTHER bathroom makeover reveal!!! This time, it’s a guest bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen our master bathroom makeover, you can check it out here. It’s pretty, and so is this one. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat! ?

Like our master bath, our guest bathroom was a big blob of tan.

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Before

Thankfully, this tan blob was short-lived. With a lot of love, caulk, and elbow grease, this bathroom tRaNsFoRmEd!!!

 Before

Guest Bathroom Before

After

Guest Bathroom Makeover - After, Vanity Shot

Did you hear that? I think that was the angels singing all the way from heaven.

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The Do’s and Do Not’s of Decoupaging + My Own Fail

Guys. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to try something new! With this adventurous spirit, I decided to try decoupaging some decor. I’d done it once or twice before so I assumed I was a pro. I assumed so wrong. ? Now I’d like to share my “Pinterest Fail” and my “Pinterest Win” and maybe teach you a thing or two along the way! My first idea was to design two prints and decoupage them onto 16×20″ canvasses. That doesn’t sound too hard, right? RIGHT?? Well, my frustration began when I started using my worst enemy, scissors. ✂️ ? ?

The Scissor Folly

I am convinced that I was absent from Kindergarten the day Mrs. Hegeman taught us how to use scissors. I’m pretty much incapable of cutting a straight line, so I thought I’d be “innovative” and show you an easy way to help you cut a straight line with scissors. I’m yet to find this easy way. ?

First, I tried putting a piece of painter’s tape along the line to cut, but the tape was crooked and I ripped my paper. Second, I tried folding along the edge to cut, but my fold was crooked. I ended up with this:

DO NOT: Try an innovative way to cut a straight line on your only print.

DO: Invest in a commercial-grade straight-edge cutter or a YouTube video with better tips. ?

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DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame for Under $10

Okay guys. If there were only one DIY project I could share with you, I think it would be this one. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. It involves the #1 thing you look at in the bathroom: your mirror!

When we were thinking about re-doing our bathroom, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I wasn’t interested in spending $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the “builder” mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so blah.

As I was searching around on Pinterest for bathroom makeover inspiration, I came across a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a fun home decor blog called Cherished Bliss. I pinned it knowing it would be something I’d actually come back to later. Would you guess that the mirror above turned into this one??

Okay, let me show you how we did it!

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DIY Master Bathroom Makeover – Bye-Bye, Arizona Tan!

Well, Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope 2017 has been treating you well! Ours involved giving our master bathroom a much-needed makeover. Seriously.  It was (what I like to call) “Arizona tan” city!

So, over New Years weekend we did some MASSIVE changes – painting the walls and cabinets, adding an accent wall, framing our mirror, and hanging some hardware!

Without further adieu…

Master Bathroom Makeover Before & Afters

Here’s our bathroom vanity before…

After!

Holy blue, holy fresh! Can you believe this is the same bathroom? I can’t. Let’s take another look.

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