Category: diy

Master Bathroom: Progress Report

Last spring my husband and I claimed a $500 gift card we won from a Facebook contest, courtesy of Hickory Point Bank. Almost a year has gone by, and I’m ready to share some progress…

Bathroom BEFORE_and_AFTER copy


The clawfoot tub was left in our basement by the previous homeowner. The inside was in great condition, but the outside was a mess. I cleaned up the inside, wire brushed, sanded, and TSP’d the exterior before priming and painting.

feet copy

I originally wanted to paint the feet a crazy, fun color, but the hubby shot me down. My compromise was a two-tone look with metallic gold balls 🙂 Alex and I did all the floor and wall tiling ourselves. It’s hard, tedious work, but we saved a bundle by doing it ourselves.


One of my favorite things in this room is my tub shelf my dad made me. He does such beautiful woodwork and it’s so special to have a custom piece made with love and detail. Thanks daddy!

fox shower curtain

I fell in LOVE with this fox shower curtain from Society6 and I had to get it!

ikea cart

With the clawfoot tub I don’t have room for storing shampoos and such, but this cute little rolling cart from Ikea does the trick!

full bathroom

We still have the other half of the bathroom to do with the vanity and sink, closest, and laundry nook, but I’d say we got a pretty good start. A big thank you to everyone who voted for us to help get the $500! Stay tuned for a full reveal…I’m not making any promises for how soon that will be!

♥ miss marlene

DIY Clip-in Hair

I’ve been know to rock clip-in hair extensions from time to time; I have a few sets of neutrals, and plenty of bright colors too. People always ask how I make them, so I decided to share my process in a new YouTube video! I hope you all enjoy and good luck with your new hairdo!

This video shows you how I create custom, inexpensive hair clip-ins. This is such a fun way to change up your look without breaking the bank!


♥ miss marlene

Dresser Makeover

Now that my dining room is all finished, I can start sharing some photos and projects that went into this room! I had this old dresser sitting in a junk room for years. I really didn’t have a plan for it, but I just wasn’t ready to part with it.


I’m happy to say it found it’s purpose! It was in pretty good shape; all it needed was a light sanding, TSP, and a few coats of paint. The best thing about this dresser makeover…I didn’t buy a thing. The dark grey is some leftover paint from my bedroom, the light grey paint is they same color I painted the dining room ceiling, and the knobs were extras I had from my wardrobe makeover. The silver paint is liquid leaf; you can find it at your local Hobby Lobby or Ace.


I wanted to do something fun on the sides, so I used some faux tin made out of plastic. We have tin ceilings in our home, I thought this would be a fun way to incorporate texture into a furniture piece.


And finally, the top of the dresser had to be durable. This area of the dining room has a bar vibe. I decided to sand and stain the top to match the wood floors the hubby and I refinished. I love the way this turned out and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room! 


Don't throw out old furniture! Give it a new purpose!


♥ miss marlene

DIY Furniture Legs

Create custom legs to personalize any piece of furniture in your home! This project is so simple and takes no time at all!

Create custom legs to personalize any piece of furniture in your home! This project is so simple and takes no time at all!

I have been working on my dining room now for a while now (stay tuned for final reveal). In one corner I’m adding this cool golden yellow chair and thought I needed some sort of companion piece. Online at Target I found this cool, cheap ottoman. I really wanted the grey so I ordered it for store pick up. Apparently they only had the lid! So I asked them if I could at least have the grey lid and then I could pair it with a black base. Be jelly of my cool two-tone ottoman!

I found my furniture legs at Menards; they were about $2.50 each. I also got my table leg plates there for about $1.65 each. First, I spray painted the base of the leg gold to cover up the silver look. Once it was dry, then I painted the wooden part a fabulous jade color that I’m obsessed with right now!


To put together, all it takes is screwing on the plates, then twisting in the legs! BAM! You are all done!

custom furniture legs

♥ miss marlene

DIY Lap Desk

Just in time for back to school! This super cute, no sew lap desk will have your roommates crushing!

Just in time for back to school! This super simple, no sew lap desk will bring personality to your work space!

This no sew lap desk will bring flair to your work space!

Step 1:

Measure and cut out the craft foam. I used 2″ foam and cut it approxamitly18″ x 10″, but you can cut it to whatever size you’d like.

FYI- The wood lap desk can be found online at Home Depot.

Step 1

Step 2:

Paint your wood lap desk however you’d like; I went for Rust-oleum’s Safety Yellow. I thought an enamel paint would be more durable. Enamel paints can ruin your paint brushes if not cleaned properly with Mineral Spirits. If you don’t want to get into that, just opt for a cheap chip board brush that you can toss afterwards. If you decide to go with a craft paint, I would clear coat it for protection. Let the paint dry.

FYI: I didn’t paint the both sides fully. On the bottom, I only painted that parts that would show. I thought the glue would adhere better to the unfinished wood better than a painted surface.

Step 2

Step 3:

Cut your fabric, fold, and pin in place onto foam. Setting your fabric with pins before you begin gluing lets you play around with how you want to fold the corners. Use the E6000 glue to glue your fabric to the foam. Once that is dry, use the E6000 glue to adhere the fabric covered foam to the wooden lap desk.


Step 4:

Use the hot glue gun to attach the trim to complete the look.

Step 4

And there you have it! It’s that simple to make a custom lap desk! This would also make a great gift to someone off to college, a blogger friend, or your bestie who just landed that new job who’ll spend hours in front of their laptop. I’d LOVE to see your version! Drop me an email at missmarleneblogspot(at)

Bring personality  to your work space with this DIY lap desk!

This post was inspired by the fabulous team of A Beautiful Mess! 

♥ miss marlene

Mary Poppins Party

I moonlight as blogger and entrepreneur, but my day job is working in a marketing department with 7 lovely, smart women at Springfield Clinic. We basically run like an in-house ad agency to our organization. This year we sponsored Mary Poppins at The Legacy Theatre and as part of our sponsorship we received a private showing the eve before opening night! I was put in charge of the event details and décor, a task I welcomed with excitement. The night was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

Mary Poppins Party

Above is the basement of The Legacy Theatre with assorted round and cocktail tables.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

I designed these floral arrangements in square vases that were slipped into cardboard boxes that I had Miles wrap in a brick pattern to mimic a chimney. The metallic, spikey floral pick I found at Hobby Lobby was the perfect “chimney sweep” with a touch of black spray paint.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

The photo backdrop was inspired by this tutorial by A Practical Wedding. I put our fluffy clouds in front of some blue curtains I found at Target.

This Mary Poppins Party was fun, colorful, and full of magic!

This is my hilarious cubemate and me…you should follow us. She was a big help that day! Thanks girl!

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Banner

With the paper banner spelling out “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the strips of fabric hanging below, these two banners added the perfect touch of whimsy to the space.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.

I really loved putting this event together and I’m so blessed to have a job where I can put my creativity to use!

♥ miss marlene

Want more party inspiration? Check out the Party Time archives!




Give a Unique Wedding Gift

Wedding season is here. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with wedding photos and well wishes to brides and grooms! So what does that mean for us, the guests? Scouring through pages of wedding registry to find the perfect gift for the lucky couple (in your budget, of course). Don’t get stuck in a giving rut, give them a unique wedding gift they really want!


Get inspired by the couple’s registry list! I like to pick a few items in the same category to make it feel cohesive and tell a story. My cousin registered for some outdoor items such as this big red cooler. She also had camping chairs on her list, but they were out of stock. Camping chairs and a cooler…that tells me they like to spend time outside, so I decided to go with the outdoor recreation theme.


Give a unique wedding gift that the bride and groom really want!

I put together a custom picnic set that included dinner plates, appetizer plates, cups, plastic silverware sets, a bright picnic blanket all packaged in a red rolling cooler off their registry list. If you decide to go with items not originally on the list, try and keep them at the same place that the registry is hosted. That way, if they don’t need it, they don’t have to drive all over the place to exchange or return. Happy shopping!


How to give a unique wedding gift!

♥ miss marlene

$500 Bathroom Makeover

My husband and I moved into our home over 5 years ago and still haven’t tackled our upstairs bathroom. We entered into a contest to win a $500 gift card courtesy of Hickory Point Bank and won! With this money, we can make our vision a reality- including refurbishing an old claw foot tub the previous home owners left in the basement! Of course, I’ll post the DIY process here on the blog!


Before Bathroom

♥ miss marlene

DIY Necklace: Get Your Crystal On

Last year while shopping in downtown Nashville, Tennessee,  I came across this fun, quirky shop called Earthbound Trading Company. I’ve always wanted a raw crystal necklace, but the one’s I’ve come across are super cheesy and plastic. So I bought a little box of mixed crystals and made my crystal necklace with some supplies from my local Hobby Lobby.

DIY crystal necklace

crystal necklace

♥ miss marlene