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Before + After: Play Kitchen Remodel

Before+After Play Kitchen Remodel For Kids

This well-loved play kitchen was gifted to the boys by their friends Ana and Grace who had out-grown it. The boys LOVE playing with play food and we already had a bunch of it. And now that they could “really cook,” they were stoked.

Play Kitchen Remodel: Before

Structurally, the play kitchen is in excellent shape, it just got a lot of play time in it’s previous life! My husband and his brother (when he was visiting from the east coast) made painting it a SUPER FUN (jokes) Saturday activity. Thanks, guys! They took off all the knobs, burners, handles and doors then they painted the main structure white and all of the handles black.

Play Kitchen Remodel: During

After reattaching all the accessories, we let it dry for a few days. During that time I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the backsplash. Heather came up with the genius idea to do stainless steel subway backsplash to complete the bachelor pad look. I first bought real backsplash from Home Depot but it was way too heavy and we had no way to cut it to fit. So I googled until my eyes crossed. I finally came across these Art3D Peel + Stick Tiles. They were light but sturdy and will hold up the inevitable abuse that my wildlings will put it under. It wasn’t super easy, but I was able to use an x-acto knife and scissors to cut some tiles to fit for a real subway tile look.

Play Kitchen Remodel: closeup of backsplash

For the finishing touch, I put these tap-on lights in the microwave and oven. This was such a fun project and something my kids will use for a long, long time. (Pennant flags are handmade from Sharp Tooth Studio.)

Play Kitchen Makeover: After

Play Kitchen Remodel: After

What do you think? Let me know in the comment section!

Play Kitchen Makeover Before And After DIY: Brittany Garner Design

DIY, Freebies, Gifting

Printable Galentine Gift Wine Tags

pun wine tags free printable

Galentine’s Day is around the corner! We find it best to celebrate with brunch, great friends and lots of wine. We put together these DIY wine tags for you to use as you wish! If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is, you better watch Parks and Rec STAT!

Rad ideas on how to use these punny wine tags for the women in your life below!

galentine day wine gift

for your bestie

She deserves a bottle–or if she’s a mom, she deserves three. Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose´? Get her fave! For a big surprise: leave it on her porch and snapchat a photo of it sitting there to her phone as you leave. She won’t be creeped out, she gets you.

for your mom

No one gets you like your mom. She’s there for you 365 days a year. Show your appreciation for her by cooking her breakfast for dinner, sharing a sweet Moscato and watching You’ve Got Mail (all moms love that movie!)

will you accept this rose gift tag

a new friend

You know the one. You have a girl crush on her and want to hang out all the time but don’t want to freak her out. Give her a super casual bottle of Chardonnay with the punny hang tag and you’ll have an instant BFF.

The possibilities are endless!

CLICK HERE TO Download your Galentine Pun Wine Tags Now >>

Happy wine-ing!

free printable pun wine tags diy project


10 Minute DIY: Valentine Heart Garland

My life motto is work smarter, not harder.  I’m a Type A perfectionist, but I’m also incredibly lazy.  I love DIY and creating, but I try to choose projects that I won’t spend too much time on because when I get bogged down in the details the perfectionist comes out and I talk myself out of finishing.  Plus, I really don’t have more than, like, 10 minutes at a time to do any kind of crafting before I get discovered by “helpers”.

So when I saw this garland at Target the other day, I knew it was just the thing.  I loved that it was simple, I could add a little to it to personalize it and it was cheap.  At $3, I could risk making it into a disaster without kicking myself over wasting money.

Valentine Garland DIY

I had big plans for this little beauty, but they involved a trip to the craft store.  It’s been raining practically nonstop since the beginning of January here in Northern California and the thought of dragging two kids in the pouring rain to the craft store while I begged Isla to stay in the cart and not touch all of the shiny things sounded like torture in it’s purest form, so I scrapped those plans and dug through my craft stash.  I came up with lots of different ribbon scraps in reds and pinks.

Valentine Garland DIY

I cut them all into roughly the same size and tied them onto the garland string.  I used a hot glue gun to add the hot pink ribbon to the red hearts to give them a little variety.  Plus, I can’t pass up a good stripe.

If you plan to use tulle, make sure to bunch a few strips together to get the full, fluffy look.

And that’s it!  It’s nothing super fancy, but it’s just enough to make me feel creative and like I did something, but not too involved that I couldn’t clean up before Nolan was out of the high chair and trying to pull the hot glue gun down by the cord.




10 minute DIY for Valentine's Day


10 minute DIY: glitter pumpkins

10 minute diy for Halloween

This super quick and easy DIY brought to you by too many fights between my kids over whose pumpkin belonged to who. To tell them apart, I let them each pick the color of glitter they wanted and let them go wild. I’ll be cleaning up glitter for the next 4 years but I think it was worth it.


+ Cheap plastic pumpkin(s)

+ Mod Podge

+ Paintbrush

+ Loose glitter

step one: glue


“Paint” the mod podge on all the places you want glittered. We kept it simple and only glittered the face. If I had it my way (and four less small hands grabbing for the pumpkins) I would have glittered the whole damn pumpkin.

step two: glitter


Make the glitter rain! Make sure you put newspaper or paper towels underneath your work space for easier clean up.



Let dry completely (a few hours or so) and then gently tap off the excess glitter. Then you’re done! Easiest DIY ever and no more fights over pumpkins! 😉

10 minute DIY for Halloween