Best DIY Projects

I often wonder why I didn’t become a food or fashion blogger because the amount of time one DIY post takes is SO long (however, I’ll be the first to admit you don’t want any of my recipes or fashion advice)!  I am in the middle of two fairly large DIY projects, and it will be awhile before I can post anything about either.  So in the mean time, I thought it would be fun to share what I consider my best (and more recent) DIY projects!  


Best DIY Project - Elegant wall treatment

This project was a result of wanting to give my family room an entirely new look. The DIY paneled wall treatment makes such an elegant statement. I do not claim to be a woodworker, but I am pleased with the result and spent around $300. Go HERE for the full tutorial!  


DIY Project - Board & Batten

My boys’ room recently had a major makeover, and you can see all the furniture details by going here.  I wanted to add a statement wall in the space, so I created this board and batten wall.  It was built solo one afternoon, and (since I had everything other than the MDF board) this project cost me less than $100!  The full tutorial is here.  


Best DIY Project - kitchen remodel

My husband and I tore out our old kitchen and completely remodeled the space in 9 weeks.  Read all about that DIY journey here!  It was definitely my craziest and biggest DIY to date.  I am so proud of what we accomplished, but I don’t think we will attempt a project of this size and scale anytime soon…  


Best DIY Project - Painted Tile Floor

Our laundry room also serves as my crafting/DIY room, so it sees a lot of wear and tear (and lots and lots of paint).  There was already paint everywhere, so adding a little more paint wouldn’t be a big deal.  Here is the full tutorial on painting tile floors.  


Best DIY Project - Installing a farmhouse sink

Installing a farmhouse sink proved to be one of our harder DIYs.  I really was clueless how much goes into installing on – including building a base for the sink.  All the details of this DIY can be seen here.

And stay tuned – I promise there are more great DIY project tutorials coming your way.  

Good things come to those who wait! 🙂

Go create something!

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Installing a Farmhouse Sink

Installing a Farmhouse Sink

We recently remodeled our kitchen and installed BLANCO’S IKON 33 APRON sink in white and wanted to share our experience with installing a farmhouse sink.

Installing a Farmhouse Sink

If you’re not familiar with my blog, we recently finished our DIY kitchen remodel.  You can follow that process from the very beginning by going here.

This was our sink before, and the cabinets were an “L” shape which really restricted traffic flow.

We replaced those cabinets with an island (which opens up the space) and added a gorgeous farmhouse sink from BLANCO.

The kitchen design plan included a farmhouse sink without us realizing all that goes on behind the scenes when installing one. This is the sink cabinet we assembled.  For a traditional sink, the counter typically supports it.  However, a farmhouse sink needs to be installed before the counters.  My husband and I looked at our base and sort of scratched our heads for a bit…

After a ton of online research (blog posts and youtube videos) and conversations with an engineer friend, Steve felt confident to tackle this project. He created a table support using 2x4s.

We also had to cut the front of the sink.  This was stressful because we had one shot.  BLANCO sent a stencil with the sink which helped us know exactly where the stencil should be and marked it.  Then we went back over it with masking tape and marked it again (luckily we could see our line through the masking tape).  The masking tape helps with a sharp, clean cut.

Steve used a jigsaw to cut the front of the cabinet.

After the cabinet front was cut, we sanded and sanded for the perfect fit.

Unfortunately, I ended up sanding a little crooked, but Steve was able to fix my mistake.

All the building and cutting and sanding were worth the effort because our sink is absolutely gorgeous!

The BLANCO IKON is the first apron front sink made of natural granite composite, SILGRANIT material.

This material will not scratch or stain, and is hard-wearing while being easy to clean.

The sink comes in both 30 and 33-inch options as well as four colors – anthracite, cafe, metallic gray, and white.

For increased functionality, there is also the optional Floating Grid available.  It handles the weight of pots and pans and can also be used as a trivet on the countertop.

Thanks so much to BLANCO for their partnership on this kitchen remodel.  Our farmhouse sink is the centerpiece of the remodel, and we fans of BLANCO.  We recently made over our laundry room, and you can see all the details on that HERE!

Go create something!

Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home.

*This post is a sponsored post by BLANCO.  I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.