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By Kate Riley July 3, 2015

Holiday weekend hellos! What a busy week it’s been for us, home improvement from sunup to sundown and I.AM.BEAT. There is caulking and paint all over me but with it comes the satisfaction of many completed projects.

So far we’ve installed nine light fixtures, three window treatments, painted two bathrooms, and brought in help to install a range hood and appliances. Finally my two tile backsplashes are complete and I’ve also reupholstered four thrift store chairs, but wow am I exhausted from all activity during these project filled days in the desert. Bring on the holiday weekend I say. I’ve taken a lot of pictures of the upgraded spaces and I’ll share in the upcoming weeks. This weekend we’re entertaining family then headed home back to California for a quieter July, which I welcome.

Here’s a quick roundup of some favorite spaces and projects spied around the web in the continuing Best of the Blogosphere series. I so want to come over and enjoy Erin’s colorful and cozy deck makeover at House of Turquoise.

deck makeover house of turquoise


Transform IKEA Borgsjo bookcases into built ins with doors and lights with Avery Street Design blog.

diy ikea billy built ins


Carmel at Our Fifth House finished a pretty kid’s bathroom makeover, oh how I love that mini hexagon tile!

   bathroom makeover our fifth house


Hack an IKEA Billy bookcase into a bar table with Refresh Restyle, clever!

ikea hack bar table


Build swinging barn door style closet doors with Dream Book Design.

diy barn door


Follow Jamie’s tutorial to make an easy window valance with Gorilla tape and insulation board. 

diy valances


Disguise your air conditioner with a DIY louvered screen by Kim at the Kim Six Fix.

diy louvered air conditioner screen


Build a rolling grill station for summer cookouts with Jen at House of Wood.

diy grill station


Make large wood dice for outdoor summer games with Blue I Style.

diy wood dice


Use a paint brush to create a brushstroke market umbrella with Lovely Indeed.

brushstroke market umbrella


Create a graphic DIY grid planter with Amy at Homey Oh My!

diy grid planter


Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July, we will be swimming and BBQing and watching the local fireworks show, I’ll be back on Monday to share some pics of the new tile in the master bathroom, it’s so very fabulous.


  1. Thank you so much for being so sweet and including our Barn Doors. We had so much fun making them, and hope others use and love the tutorial! You are the best!!

  2. Those dice are really cute…but I’d just spring for the C&B ones at $60!!!

  3. I love these tuquoise ideas. The distressed bar table my favorite one! Thanks for sharing these diy projects in my favorite color.:)

  4. What a treat to be featured with this company! Thank you!! Every project is so cute…those hex tiles have been calling my name (if we can ever manage to get our powder room built!) Hope you had a wonderful 4th!!

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