Category: home

Living Room Makeover(s)

When Alex and I moved in our home, years ago, we signed up for a big, DIY to-do list. We didn’t know the first thing about home repairs and remodeling, but over the years we’ve learned a lot—and made a lot of mistakes along the way.

Here is a photo of what the living room looked like when we moved in.


And here are two photos of my first attempts to redecorate. I really liked the yellow at the time, but looking back—it was not my best idea.

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Now, I am love with my “new” living room! I went with crisp white walls and a black matte ceiling. We removed the carpet to tackle the hardwood floor underneath—that was a headache of a project. The previous homeowner decided to GLUE the carpet directly to the hardwood!

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The coffee table and cowhide rug are hands-down my two favorite purchases for this room. The cowhide I found on Amazon and the table I found at Recycled Records. The two of them together create layers of natural patterns and textures, which I love.

living room table

living room light♥ miss marlene

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.

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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!

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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!

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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

Birthday Fiesta!

In today’s world, schedules are packed and time goes by so quickly. So when you get the chance to celebrate with friends and family, take it! Having an adult birthday party may seem silly to some people, but really, it is just an excuse to get together for a night of fun. For my 27th birthday, I decided to have a fiesta complete with a guacamole and salsa off! There was plenty of yummy food, margaritas, and tequila to go around!


The hubby got me this adorable little teapot as a Valentine’s Day gift and my baby cactus fit perfect!

I found this colorful table runner here on Amazon!
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I purchased two of these large plastic papel picado banners here on Amazon for the dining room and photo backdrop.


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For more celebration inspiration, check out the Party Time archives!

♥ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

$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

On the Hunt: Architectural Salvage (St. Louis)

My hubby and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary with a little day trip to St. Louis. We’ve been watching a lot of Rehab Addict and she frequents these really awesome architectural salvage shops. I’ve been itching go to one and we found a place in St. Louis, Fellenz Architectural Artifacts. You could only find Fellenz Architectural Artifacts if you were purposely looking for it. There’s not good signage on the storefront, no website, or email address. However, when you do find it, you won’t want to leave.

Bill Fellenz

There are so many nooks and crannies in this place!! It’s packed floor to ceiling with doors, windows, tin, door knobs, fireplace mantles, woodwork, register covers. stair spindles, post, molding, and so much more! Everywhere you turn is something amazing; people just don’t make homes like they used to.

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We found a few pieces that we want to incorporate into a DIY faux fireplace mantle, but that project won’t be until later this year. Right now we are in the middle of renovating the dining room which I can’t wait to show you when it’s all completed! Stay tuned…


♥ miss marlene

$20 Wardrobe Makeover

DIY Red Wardrobe Makeover copy

In preparation for launching my online boutique and Etsy shop, I’ve been working on an office/studio space in my home. I knew I needed some good storage space, but I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted. I took a trip down to The Habitat ReStore and found this amazing wardrobe/cabinet for $20! With a little TLC, I knew this would make the perfect piece.

The only thing new I purchased for this DIY project was the chrome knobs that I found on clearance at Target!

chrome knobs from Target

I removed the stapled in material and replaced it with a mirror that I cut down from a full length mirror I already had. After hours of stripping, sanding, and washing down with TSP, not all of the red paint came off. I decided to leave it and stain over it. I actually loved how the hints of red paint popped through the Red Mahogany stain. Sometimes projects don’t turn out exactly how you image, they turn out better!

Red Mahogany Stain

wordrobe finished

♥ miss marlene