Master Bath Updates

The 2013 House Tour is done and as promised our master bathroom has gotten some much need updates. Here are a few real life before shots.
Master Bath BeforeMast Bath Blank SlateOur primary need for this space was additional storage. Although we have a lot of cabinet space our counter space is pretty limited. Since the sink is a stand alone, we usually end up with a mess similar to this.Master Bath Messy CounterYikes.

After some searching we purchased 3 of these shelves from IKEA and 2 now hang above the laundry hamper and toilet.

Master Bath with shelvesMaster Bath New Towels

Master Bath with Organization

The third one we cut down to fit on our existing cabinet and is now my ‘getting-ready’ station. Check out that clean countertop!
Master Bath Organized

Last but not least, we added a small hook for my bathrobe!

Master Bath RevealMaster Bath Robe Hook

Have I ever told you a pocket door separates the master bathroom from our bedroom?

Pocket Door on BathoomYup, she’s a beaut.

2013 House Tour: Part 3

The Front PoarchHello and welcome to the final installment of our 2013 House Tour here at The Front Poarch! Last week I showed you the front of our house and the new sectional we found on Craig’s List, not onto the rest of the house!

Just off the entryway, is the main hallway . . .

House Tour Hallway Entry. . . which got a major face lift this spring. 2012 House Tour Hallway

House Tour HallwayOff the hallway you’ll find all 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

House Tour Hallway LayoutThe guest bath is up first, do you remember the plaid wall paper?2012 House Tour Guest BathThe look of this bathroom changed drastically when we removed the wall paper, textured and painted the walls. We also created a custom sign and more recently, reupholstered the vanity stool and made some DIY Dipped Votives.

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The blue curtain and rod got replaced by this DIY Bubble Shower Curtain and after Christmas I also made some custom driftwood art.

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The office has gotten some major organization, although still lacking a real design direction.

2012 House Tour OfficeHouse Tour OfficeMy sewing corner is up and running and I finally have a permanent home for my Silhouette and my new computer!

House Tour Sewing CornerHouse Tour Sewing DetailsHouse Tour Craft CornerThe guest bedroom got a lot of attention when we first moved in and probably went through the least amount of change in the past year.

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We did add a few pieces of original art and the ever-increasing globe collection.

House Tour Guest RoomHouse Tour Guest Room DetailsI had to hunt for a decent picture of the master from last summer, that has to tell you something about how much I wasn’t a fan of it. The theme continues, tan tan and more tan.

2012 Hour Tour MasterJust before summer started, I redid the entire room including painting a stripe all the way around the room. . . .
House Tour Master BedroomHouse Tour Master Dresser. . . painting this hutch to create a reading nook and creating a custom jewelry displayHouse Tour Master Reading NookLast but not least, the master bath!

2012 House Tour Master Bath

After we took down the wallpaper and painted the bathroom, not much has changed but be sure to stay tuned because big updates are coming next week!
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That’s all for this year and I can’t wait to see what big changes the 2014 tour will bring!

2013 House Tour: Part 2 The New Couch!

The house tour continues and today I have a story about how we got a new couch. . . again!The Front PoarchLet’s review, in the summer of 2012, our living room looked a little something like this.

2012 House Tour CouchTan, plaid and more tan.


We bought a new couch off of Craig’s List,  updated the legs and and painted. As I began to photograph the house for the house tour it looked like this. She was a beauty and I was perfectly content.
House Tour Living RoomUntil I saw this couch on Craig’s List the next day and was instantly in love.

House Tour New CouchIt’s a non-white sectional that is the opposite with the lounge arm on the right instead of the left which means that you can now see our beautiful curtains and look out the window!

This caused a good bit or rearranging to take place and here’s where we ended up!

Houe Tour New Cross Wall

House Tour Media ConsoleHouse Tour Candy Buffet

2012 House Tour Living RoomHouse Tour New EntryThe reading nook is still holding strong and most recently received a renovated foot stool!

2012 House Tour Reading NookHouse Tour Reading NookTour of the rest of the house is coming next week!



2013 House Tour: Part 1

Man oh man where has the summer gone? I’m in Sipapu, NM this week running with our last camp of the summer and afterward I’m looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation!

Meanwhile, it’s time again for the annual house tour and even I am in shock of how much has changed around these parts in just over a year! Because I’m always up for a trip down memory lane, I thought we’d do a little ‘before & after’ with the tour from 2012.

The Front Poarch

2012 House Tour PorchWowza. See what I mean? Let’s see, in the past year we’ve created a seating area on the porch, hung some new bird feeders, created not 1 but 2 pieces of garden art and given that sad looking pineapple a pop of color! The patio has gotten new planters, a water hose bin and new house numbers (1 of which has gone missing at the moment. . . .). Personally, my response to these changes was quite delightful as it was quite similar to what I had pictured.

House Tour EntryHouse Tour Outdoor AccessoriesAnd the front door?

2012 House Tour Front DoorIt got replaced in December and a new wreath this Spring!

Hour Tour Front DoorThe entryway got a new coat of paint along with the rest of the living room.

2012 House Tour Entryway

And we made this wall into a chalk wall!House Tour EntrywayHouse Tour Open to the Living RoomThis little eat-in kitchen nook has gone through some drastic changes!

2012 House Tour Kitchen TableWe updated the bar, completed the kitchen gallery art and built some eat-in seating after we painted the entire kitchen.

House Tour Eat-in Kitchen

Across from the kitchen table, we added a screen door to our pantry and did a little bit of yarn art as well as adding this sweet command center.

House Tour Pantry

Remember that dreamy recipe nook?

2012 House Tour Recipe NookIt underwent a pretty drastic renovation and is now put to great use!

House Tour Recipe NookHouse Tour Recipe StationHere’s another reminder of the beautiful wall paper that used to grace our walls.

2012 House Tour KitchenI’m constantly amazed at what a few coats of paint can do!

House Tour KitchenHouse Tour Kitchen AccessoriesLast but not least, the dining room. I’ve even forgotten how tan everything was!

2012 House Tour Dining RoomWe colorblocked our walls and picked up this awesome vintage buffet from my grandparents house.

House Tour Dining Room

I also tried my hand at hanging un-framed art and it took not 1, not 2 but 3 attempts!

House Tour Dining Room 2Most recently, I created the Happy Day art installation and I love how it brightens up the room!

House Tour Buffet More to come soon because don’t worry, right in the middle of photographing the living room we decided to buy a new couch!




The Small Project Series

Do you ever start a project but never finish it because it’s so small? I do. All. The. Time. I can tackle big projects like there’s no tomorrow. Paint a dresser? Colorblock my dining room? Done and done, but cut and stain a piece of trim for my kitchen desk? Not done. Not done at all.

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So today I’m starting a new series call the Small Project Series and first up is my front door. . . . the back of my front door to be exact. If you’ll remember I painted my front door and then it sat in the garage for a few months waiting to be fitted and hung. In the meantime we painted the living room and well, the colors were too blue – too close for my taste.

Painted Door 1

We also replaced the locks so the old holes needed to be filled and sanded.Painted Door 2So this week, nearly 2 months later, I busted out the paint and got this small project done.

Painted Door 4

Painted Door 5

Ahhhh.. . . . . .much better.
Painted Door 6Have you tackled any small projects lately? I’d love to hear about them and feature them here on the Small Project Series! To make a submission, email a link to your blog or photos with explanation to Be sure to put SMS in the subject line.



A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.


In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Maid Easy offered a good house cleaning option. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

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Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!

Spring Project

Have you ever decided to work on a project. . . . and then not done it? As in, had a plan, made a list, then procrastinated. . . .for 6 months . . . .and did absolutely nothing . . . . yeah, I did that. Last fall. I was supposed to work on the back yard and well, things are still looking pretty bleak. Let’s just take a look around, as you look out our back door, the back left corner will hold our spring garden.

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The center part of the yard has lots of dead trees. . . .

TFP Garden 3. . . . and the back right corner isn’t looking much better.

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Yikes. Looks like we have our work cut out for us.

In the name of accountability and of actually getting something done this spring, I’ve decided to share my plan with all of you.

Here’s my project list:

  • Remove dead trees and all other dead plants
  • Weed and seed the entire yard
  • Regularly water the yard through the summer
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Rid the yard of mosquitoes
  • Create a well-lit eating area
  • Build a fire pit with wrap around seating

We got a jump start a few weeks ago when Phillip tilled a garden space for me.

TFP Garden 1It’a a small plot, probably 4×6′ but I think it’s plenty to start off with.

TFP Garden 5My friend Katie also gave me this awesome vintage patio table.

TFP Garden 6The finish is mostly in great shape but It will eventually need to be sand blasted and repainted.

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It also has a hole in the middle for an umbrella but the part I’m most excited about are these chairs. They’ll hopefully have some new cushions in the near future!

TFP Garden 9So there you have it, I laid it all out so now I have to follow through. Feel free to ask me how it’s going or even come help me out on a Saturday afternoon! Do you have any big projects you’re hoping to tackle this spring?





Christmas Time is Here – Christmas Tour

Welcome to our 2012 Christmas home tour!

Our front porch is filled with paper hanging ornaments and a simple tree on a cabinet door.

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Our entry way is filled with my DIY Faux Mantle.TFP Mantle 10

Our Christmas tree has gone through a few small changes with the addition of a tree skirt ($2 blanket from Goodwill) and a backdrop ($3 blanket from Goodwill).

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Our dining room contains a simple holiday sign and my treasured Willow Tree Nativity scene.TFP Holdiay Tour 1

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As well as my star and lights centerpiece and. . .

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. . . this DIY Christmas Centerpiece.

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A Little Rearranging

Our living room has gone through quite a few changes since we moved-in in February. We’ve bought a new couch, updated the legs and I made new curtains but I felt like the room was still missing something: enough seating. I left a teaser on my Facebook page last week but we were able to acquire 2 church pews! Now I know what you might be thinking; church pews? Really? But stay with me here. They belong to Phillip’s boss and they’re on what I’m calling permanent loan to our living room. So when I hung the curtains, the room looked liked this:
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As you know, we really want to rebuild our fireplace so we thought we’d go ahead and flip the room to be oriented toward the one-day mantle. We began by clearing out the TV from the back corner. . .

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. . . and flipping the couch around.

TFP Pews 2I was instantly in love! We added 1 pew behind the couch and nestled our candy bar between it and the wall.

TFP Pews 3The 2nd pew went perpendicular to the couch to separate the living space from the dining/reading area.

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I was planning on making a cushion for each pew but I have to admit – they’re really comfortable as is! You can tell that these pews were likely in an auditorium with a slanted floor so now that they’re on level ground the seat back is almost reclining.

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After some more arranging and a little staging, here’s what the final product looks like! What do you think, love it or hate it?

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PS – maybe one day I’ll make an actual curtain for that door and take down that nasty curtain. Maybe. We can only hope.

Living Room Curtains

Our house is still quite a mess from our marathon of renovations last week but as promised I’ll have an update for you later in the week – the good, the bad and the ugly!

After we traded out our couches, the living room was finally starting to come together. I decided that the next major step would need to be curtains. (These curtains were in the living room but since I painted a few weeks ago, the fabric was just to close to the wall color.) For weeks I’d been buying sample fabrics and pinning them across the window until I visited our local Hancock Fabrics (Abilene’s only real fabric store) and stumbled upon this green and coral print. It was already on clearance for $14.95 and they were having a HUGE sale so I got it for 70% off of that. I bought the entire bolt!

As it turns out, even with the rest of the bolt, I still didn’t have quite enough fabric to cover my large windows. I started to brain storm other ideas and then it hit me, a color block would be perfect! I ordered a few yards of solid colored coral fabric and set to work using this tutorial from Alison at House of Hepworths.

The tutorial was great and gave detailed, step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) on how to press, line and sew curtain panels. Since I had 2 different fabrics, I stitched the pieces together after I ironed each piece but before I started to fold and iron the side seams. If you do this, be sure to iron the seam as well so it will lie flat!

The entire process took me a total of about 4 hours and before you knew it my living room went from looking like this. . .

. . . to this!

Pretty dreamy huh?

PS – Alison also has a great tutorial on how to make cheap curtain rods, which I used as well.