• DIY,  Green Living

    DIY Ottoman made from an Old Tire

    This is my favorite kind of DIY project, cheap, easy and environmentally friendly!  After updating my bathroom and closet, I needed to spruce up the bedroom.  I’m loving the bohemian look these days, so what better than a ottoman made from a repurposed material like an old tire?  A not so fun fact about tire disposal is that tires are one of the most problematic sources of waste we face today.  44 States have banned them from landfills, but the recycling process is expensive and almost always passed on to the consumer.  Tire DIY /repurposing projects could help, even if just a little….   What you will need: Old Tire …

  • Food

    Grandma’s Hot Fudge Dessert

    I don’t make a lot of sweets but during a historic winter storm here in Texas, it’s time for my Grandma’s hot fudge brownie cake.  This is the easiest, most decadent dessert you will make with pantry items you probably already have on hand.  Growing up on a ranch in Montana, this was my favorite, especially since she and my mom served this with fresh cow’s cream straight from that mornings’ milking from my dad’s cow (named “Brown Sugar” ).  No milk cow?  No worries, it’s just as good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. In a medium size bowl, combine the following: 1 cup flour 2 teaspoon baking…

  • DIY

    Master Closet Makeover

    I have a large master closet, but unfortunately a bigger closet can just be a bigger mess.  I was in need of some serious organization! Before Pics:     Step 1 – Prepping your space I started be going through my entire closet and divide into three categories; keep, donate, and sell.  Then I removed the items that should not have been in the closet to begin with, like the stationary bike.  I had ordered hardwoods a few years back that matched my bedroom flooring.  So after the flooring was installed and room painted, we started to work with each side of the room as far as organization.   Step 2…

  • DIY

    Dress Up your Knobs

    During my guest bedroom makeover, I debated whether or not to try and use some Ikea furniture that had recently been cast off from my girls’ rooms.  The dresser and bedside table were not in horrible shape but nothing special….   Notice the small standard black knobs that come on most IKEA dressers (above), this is what I used to make a big difference in the overall look. Step 1 Remove the knobs and consider painting the base color of the dresser/bedside table.  I chose a deep green and used spray paint, but you could also use chalk paint.  These aren’t wood so I would not recommend using regular paint. …

  • DIY

    Laminant Stairs Upgrade

    Quarantine 2020 has turned into Home Renovation Quarantine for the Kleiber’s.  We replaced our entire second floor carpeting with laminant flooring.  Then we were faced with the dillema of what to do with the remainig front and back stairs.  The front curved staircase , pictured below was tiled (see link for project details).   I really like how the front tile staircase turned out but it was labor intensive and a bit expensive for our backstairs.  So we agreed that laminant stairs was a good option, using the same material we had used on the upstairs flooring.   Here’s how the second floor laminant looks:   Backstairs: Step 1 – Start…