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A Bright Organized Entryway — The Reveal


It’s here! It’s here! The organized entryway makeover reveal has come at last!

So I showed you yesterday how I went completely overboard with the amount of work I put into this. I mean who knew a 30 square foot space could take five weeks to complete??

Last night I came home through the refinished entryway for the first time and it felt SO. GOOD. That first impression of your home really is everything. It’s clean, it’s organized, it’s friggin’ pretty, and above all it’s not ARMY GREEN.

Enough talk, let’s get to the pictures.

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Renovating the Entryway — A Tale of Too Much Ambition

This post is sponsored by IKEA Stoughton, but all words/ideas/opinions are entirely my own.
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You know you might be a little too into IKEA when your DIY project leads you to punch yourself in the face, and your first thought is “still worth it.”

My simple makeover rapidly turned from an easy paint-and-furniture refresh to a partial gut entryway renovation. The sequence goes something like this:

+++ Remove the (poorly) built-in shelves and cabinets. The wall behind the cabinet reveals that there is original wood beadboard behind the army green mdf faux-tile panels.

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75 Modern DIY Ideas to Make for Spring


We’re under an expanding sheet of ice here in Boston but there’s good news — the first day of spring is next week.

I don’t know about you but I’m chomping at the bit for flowers and light scarves and sunny walks and flowers and sandals and flowers and longer days oh and flowers flowers flowers.

While we all wait for the weather to catch up to the calendar (stop rubbing it in, Californians, we know you’re ahead of us), I’ve gathered up 75 modern DIY ideas to make for spring.

Spring is in the air and it's time to start a new craft project (or 75). Check out these 75 modern DIY ideas to make for spring.

There’s drinks and decor and accessories and lots of flowery, planty crafts for us to fawn over. And bonus, the evenings seem longer now with all that extra sunlight so we can squeeze in even more making.

Floral champagne glasses — Delineate Your Dwelling

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IKEA Hack: Make Your Own DIY Copper Mirror

This post is sponsored by IKEA Stoughton, but all words/ideas/opinions are entirely my own.

It’s been 92 days since my last copper DIY.

Yes, I keep track of these things.

Never fear, I’m getting us our copper fix today with this DIY copper mirror that is also an IKEA hack, it’s like the perfect combination of crafting goodness.

You can turn any plain mirror into a DIY copper mirror on a budget using just copper leaf and a paintbrush. The perfect low-budget craft for a high-end look!

You can turn any plain mirror into a DIY copper mirror on a budget using just copper leaf and a paintbrush. The perfect inexpensive craft for a high-end look!

I’m so stoked to share this project with you, not only because I love how it turned out, but because it means…my entryway makeover with IKEA Stoughton is nearly complete. I’m just finishing up one more project, adding some details, oh yeah and assembling the furniture, then shooting and editing…well anyways it will be ready next week, yay! Read More


The State of the Blog: 2017 Survey Results, Naps, and What to Expect


Love this Scandinavian workspace makeover with white open shelves, plenty of storage for craft supplies, and a gorgeous DIY copper inspiration board.

WOW, thank you, THANK YOU for your survey feedback. I was overwhelmed by all the positive things you had to say, and by the fact that any of you even took the survey. It means more than I can say that so many of you are following along, coming back for more, and invested enough to take time for this little bloggy. You make blogging fun and I’m internet hugging you all so hard right now.

Ok, let’s dive into the 2017 survey results! I’m nerding out over all your answers. We bloggers like our stats. Like, 64% of you read Idle Hands Awake mostly on a desktop/laptop, which is how I prefer to read blogs too. And 40% of you have been reading for 1-2 years! That makes my heart so happy. But I don’t want to bog you down with all the little details — let’s talk about what YOU like and how it affects the future of the blog. (Spoiler alert: you like DIYs. I like DIYs. There will be more DIYs).

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