Bad Ideas by Brooke {Never Paint a Couch}


I was had. I believed the tutorials. They said things like, “It went so fast,” or “It was a lot softer than I thought it would be.” Liars. {I’m sure they are lovely in real life, just for the record}. I bought this couch for $35.00 because I wanted a cute little couch for my office. It was the perfect size, and the tufted back had me at hello. Although I have reupholstered before, I thought painting the couch … [Read more...]

Sprucing up for Spring: DIY Plant Hanger


It’s finally Spring time, and if you are like me, you are SICK and TIRED of Winter this year. Let’s hope that this year never repeats itself in history and just let it go. If it makes you feel better, you can sing the song from Frozen at the top of your lungs {don’t knock it ‘til you try it}. With Springtime, comes sprucing up your home and you can’t forget Spring cleaning {dun, dun, dun}. It helps when you have a … [Read more...]

How to get a green Spring lawn fast!


Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and the color green was on everyone’s mind. So, speaking of the color green, why not turn your yellow yucky winter lawn into a lush dark green fairway!?! My husband Dan is a PRO when it comes to making our lawn a dark healthy green. I have heard it dozens of times from our friend and neighbors, “How does Dan make your lawn such a DARK GREEN color!?!” There are many important steps to … [Read more...]

Portable (and custom!) Time-Out Rug for Toddlers


Hi friends! I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos! If you aren’t familiar with my blog... my husband and I have twin girls. Twin TODDLER girls. Drama City. Let’s just say they’re very ‘spirited’ and strong-willed. As parents we’re learning to choose our battles. And with regards to discipline, since they aren’t quite old enough to understand ‘loss of privilege’, we’ve embraced the Time Out method for now. I would like to … [Read more...]

Industrial Furniture Painting Technique! {EASY as 1.2.3.}


One thing I can promise you is that my house is not boring! I bought these IKEA barstools almost a year ago with this tutorial in mind. But, for some reason, I kept putting it off! Plus, I didn’t know if my vision would actually work so it took a back seat on my to do list.  I caught a wild hair the other day and glazed all four of these barstools in less than 30 minutes. So, when I say this tutorial is as easy as … [Read more...]

United States Barn Wood Map


I am soooo excited about our new barn wood map that Dan made for me! The guy is a freakin’ rock star on the jigsaw. I could have tried this one myself, but his skills are bar none. We started out with a barn door from my sister Natalie. Thanks sis. {You have actually seen this barn wood before…we used it in Jill’s house to make the sliding barn door}. But don’t you worry, if you don’t have access to barn wood, you can … [Read more...]

DIY Vintage-esque Starburst Mirror


Gooooooooood MORNING my friends! Beth here from Sawdust and Embryos... and as always, I’m overjoyed to be here! My husband and I have been working away at our twins’ big-girl room in preparation for the day they’re throwing themselves out of their crib. Seeing as they’re 2.5, that could happen any day. So far, we’ve built and upholstered their mini fainting couch / toddler beds, stenciled the Herringbone Accent … [Read more...]

How to Install Molding Boxes


Good morning and HAPPY MONDAY!  If you are new to All Things Thrifty, WELCOME!! If you are a seasoned reader, you know that we have been steadily adding molding to our house for the last four years. In my opinion it has added TONS of character to our home. So, today, I’m going to show you step-by-step instructions on how to add molding boxes yourself. Although most of the pictures are of my handsome and handy hubby, I … [Read more...]

Decorating with Books {How to recover books with paper}


I am obsessed with decorating with books lately. I am decorating above my kitchen cabinets right now and I’m using books in several spots, and I’m totally digging it. I created these cute little books by taping decorative paper to the outsides. It was a super fast project, and they make me happy every time I look at them. {That signifies a successful project in my opinion.} All you need to complete this project … [Read more...]

DIY Topography Artwork


Mornin’ friends! Beth here from Sawdust and Embryos! I hope you have an exciting DIY-filled weekend planned! If not, I have a fun little project to inspire your creative juices to get flowing! On our gallery wall, I’m always looking for things that are sentimental or have a story. I don’t remember how the idea came to me, but I decided to make some wall art of the topographic surface of our acreage for Nick’s birthday … [Read more...]