TV Credenza Makeover


This post brought to you by Faultless/Bon Ami Company   . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. I hate ironing, therefore I love starch. Anything to get the job done quicker and keep it crisper longer. Starch isn't just for ironing! I used starch to hang some gold polka-dot burlap fabric along the back of our TV credenza. That, along with a little spray paint for the handles, really dressed up our free/hand-me-down TV credenza. We took out the shelf and wiped everything down. Starch makes burlap shrink, so I wouldn't cut your piece to size before ...

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That Giant Space Above the TV


I'm kind of an obsessive re-arranger. It is one of those things I do. I've been that way as long as I can remember. Me and my bestie would rearrange our rooms and make plans to decorate it on a shoestring budget monthly. Oh, and I was 11. So it comes as no surprise that the living room just got rearranged again. Love this gallery wall surrounding the TV. With a few tweaks, the gallery wall stayed, but the TV left. I picked up this giant frame at Goodwill. I popped out the art, painted the frame and used the staple gun to attach chicken wire. I found the chicken wire at ...

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My Coffee Story


This is a sponsored post. I remember my first "coffee". I was in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!). I tried a french vanilla cappuccino. I was tired, it was cold and it smelled so good. Totally commercialized, sugar/chemical laden dessert that bares very little resemblance to coffee, I know! But that is where it started. One day I picked one up and was waiting until I got to class to enjoy it. As I was crossing the street, my foot caught on one of the supportive legs of a construction sign and I fell. My cappuccino spilled all over me and everywhere and I had ...

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Handmade Gift Idea


This is a fun handmade gift idea for you favorite little reader, the book lover in your life, your child's classmates, the librarian or for teachers to give to their students. Today, I'm sharing with you my literary classics book tote and bookmarks--a perfect fit for our handmade gift category in the #DesignSpaceStar challenge. I used this design to create this cute little literary classics tote. If you were giving this as a gift, but were looking for more--it would go great with the gift of books, which might just be the best gift ever. I used each of those designs ...

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DIY Trick-or-Treat Halloween Tote


I'm participating in the #DesignSpaceStar competition. Creations are my own original artwork. Affiliate links are included. Creating a tote has to be one of my favorite ways to use my Cricut Explore™. You can get totes at the craft store for dirt cheap and use them for a million things. I have been creating printables for my blog and sharing them with you for years. It has been so much fun to take those creations and see them in a new light. The first printable I ever offered was this Halloween Printable and now I'm rocking it on a cute Halloween trick-or-treat tote. If ...

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Creating With Your Children’s Work


I first shared Quinn's tshirt with his handwriting on the blog a bit back. Today, as part of the #DesignSpaceStar competition, I'm going to share how you can get your child's handwriting on your own creation. My team is working on fall projects and this shirt seems like the perfect Cricut project to kick off back-to-school. To create with your child's work make sure that their work is clear. Have them write or draw with a permanent black marker on a clean sheet of white paper. For our project, we held our phone over his paper and snapped a picture with our phones. We have a ...

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Porch Makeover Details


Yesterday I shared how we made and hung our very cool number sign as part of our porch makeover. Today, I want to share the details of this project. When we first looked at our house 7 years ago all I saw was wrought iron vines and grapes. I almost didn't even set foot inside because I couldn't get past this. It made the house feel dated and like something meant for a grandma. Ironically, the entire house was dated, but I loved the neighborhood and immediately had a vision. Over the course of 7 years we have taken down walls, gutted the kitchen and bathroom, tore up carpet, ...

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Porch Makeover Reveal & How DIY Street Number Sign


This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine. The very first thing I said when we put an offer in on our house was, that porch needs a makeover. Nearly seven years later--it finally got one! The wrought iron completely dated the house and that carpet was atrocious. I don't know how we let it go for so long. I mean, we made over every single room, the backyard, etc., so it wasn't like we were just twiddling our thumbs. I cannot help but kick myself though, because MAN what a difference! There a lot of projects from this little makeover I am anxious ...

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I Made A Pillow


There is a phrase lately that I have been a little bit obsessed with. Let them be little. Lately I feel like everything is about more. Kids start school younger, go longer, and there seems to be this push for them to know more. I'm all for learning, but right now I just want to let them be little. This means that the floor is often littered with Legos, blocks and action figures. It means that we listen to the Frozen soundtrack on repeat and if our TV is on it is PBS Kids. It means that the watercolor painting is just as important was an A+ on a math test and the cool trick with ...

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A DIY Shirt With a Special Touch


I am so excited about this project. As soon as I finished I texted a picture to my mom and my friend and anyone who would listen. Now let me start by saying how blessed I was to invited out to Utah to meet the fine people at Cricut and get a sneak peek at the new Cricut |explore. Crazy inspirational. I was dying to get my hands on a machine. In a way it is almost overwhelming, because there is so much this machine can do. I didn't even know where to start. I want to make everything!! As soon as I got my log-ins for Design Space (still in Beta mode), I had to make something. I was a ...

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