BOTB 5.27.12

By Kate Riley May 27, 2012

Hey all, how’s your weekend treating you?  We’re busy busy with the Alma project kitchen remodel and the demo is done, now we’re getting ready to piece the new kitchen together.  There’s a lot of work ahead, cabinets and countertops and tile, oh my…   We have most of it under control and I should have a new kitchen to show you by mid-June, we’re all so excited!

Today is ‘best of the blogosphere’ day and Amanda and I team up every two weeks to bring you our favorite projects, ideas, and posts we spy out there in blogland.  Here’s the list, enjoy.

This is the most simple yet genius idea – spray painted mason jar lids transform this ordinary Target dresser and give it a mid-century modern inspired look, via Apartment Therapy

mid century inspired dresser knobs mason jars apartment therapy


Painted flags make statement headboards and Carmel at Our Fifth House proves it with this Union Jack pegboard headboard in her son’s room.

union jack headboard our fifth house


Who says potting benches are just for plants?  Why not turn one into an outdoor bar, like this one from The Creativity Exchange.  Cheers!

potting bench turned bar thecreativityexchange


Overlays overlays, how do we love you overlays!  Check out this IKEA Malm dresser upgrade by Jen at I Heart Organizing.

malm dresser iheartorganizing


With all the parties and gatherings you’ll be invited to, here’s a simple idea to doll up the dessert you bring (or serve as hostess) – these bendable fabric cake flags via Poppytalk.  

bendable fabric cake flags


Craft a statement necklace with a tutorial found over at Making It Lovely, perfect for adding a dose of color and style to your summer wardrobe.

diy statement necklace makingitlovely


Don’t miss a beautifully written post by Nester who recently visited Africa with the Compassion bloggers.  She eloquently relates the feelings that come with blogging about “first world problems” having experienced real third world problems in her post titled The {African} Elephant in the Room

the african elephant in the room


That’s it for this week folks, and thanks Amanda as always for helping me round up a few of these picks, you can visit with Amanda at her lovely blog Serenity Now.  If you’d like your latest project or post considered for this series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected].

Today we’re painting walls and installing cabinets at the Alma house, then driving out to the beach for some seafood at the coast, can’t wait!  

Enjoy your Sunday, 

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  1. I always love BOTB posts, Kate. It is so fun to see how creative people are. Hope you have a blast munching on seafood by the water… I’m not sure there is much better than that. :)

  2. We are completing a big landscape project ( all done by the two of us) along with a few small outdoor things-will be sending a few pix your way when it’s done! ♥ BOTB btw :)

  3. Wow! Thank you so much Kate and Amanda for featuring my outdoor bar! I’m thrilled and honored!! Have a fantastic weekend and good luck on the Alma project! I can’t wait to see the kitchen when its done. I know it will be amazing! Thank you again!

  4. BIG HUGE thanks for featuring my boy’s headboard!! Such an honor to be included among so many awesome projects! The mason jar lids are absolute pure genius! And I loved Nester’s post. Have a great day – seafood by the beach makes me miss home – enjoy!

  5. Yay! I love to see a Compassion post featured on BOTB! It is so good to balance the design dilemma side of blogging with what is truly important. Your coverage of the Alma project does that and adding a Compassion post brings in another dimension. I admire you for including posts like this, Kate. Thanks!

    • Thanks Hilary! I admire anyone who gives back to those in need in any way large or small!

  6. Kate, thanks so much for featuring The Nester’s post! I seriously just went down the wormhole of blog reading and read a million of her posts! What an inspiration she is, and I LOVE the way she told her story. Really puts so much into perspective. Thanks so much for sharing her story!
    Virginia @ LiveLoveDIY

  7. What wonderful projects! This is one of my favorite posts and I want to thank you so much for sharing such creative and fun ideas on your blog. You are definitely on my daily blog list!

    Thanks again,

  8. Hi Kate, I always enjoy your BOTB links and was particularly drawn this week to The Nester’s blog post and her other entries about her trip. She really knows how to put everything into perspective and inspired me to sponsor a child from Tanzania. I wouldn’t have known about Compassion without her post – and you linking to it – and I thank you very much!

    • Wonderful news Catherine! We’ve sponsored two children for a few years, and it’s wonderful getting their letters and watching them grow.

  9. Your bedroom was very beautiful. The flag of Great Britain and the bed are just so attractive. The bar stand was also very cool. You’re so creative.

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