The DIY Home

By Stephanie Swider | Simply Swider Blog Magazine

The trick to creating gorgeous window boxes

I love window boxes! I love the beautiful lush colors of the flowers hanging over their containers, so I knew the second we bought a house we needed …

$11 Pantry Makeover

All of those beautiful and organized pantries on Pinterest (like this one, this one, and this one) had me itching to get my hands on ours. When we …

Bright and Cheery Family Room

I can’t believe I finally get say this, but the <b>FAMILY ROOM IS DONE!!</b> This is the first room in the new house that we are officially calling a wrap …

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Painting Cabinets

Last week I shared with you our plans for our Master Bathroom renovation and if you remember, I mentioned that phase 1 of the plan (code name: Make …

Adding architectural interest with a painted door

Our french doors in the family room were very tired looking. They were a dingy white and the argon in many of the panes it starting to fog. Ideally …

How to to transform a foyer with Board and Batten wainscoting

For those of you who have been following along with this project on Facebook you know that we’ve been working on this project for almost 2 months and …

Subway Tile Back Splash in a Herringbone Pattern

Last we left off with the kitchen remodel we had installed all the new soffitts and crown molding as well as the new window, which meant it was …

There’s a ghost in our bedroom!

Well, sort of. We finally got around to painting our master bedroom this weekend and the winning color was: Gray Ghost by Olympic! It’s actually the …

DIY Cheap Frames for Engineering Prints

You know those amazingly large and cheap engineering prints you can get done at Staples? Of course you do. They’re all over Pinterest. Well I had 3 …

Custom DIY Subway Art with large custom frame

If you are not familiar with what subway art is than you have obviously been living under a rock (or don’t frequent Pinterest), but basically it is a …

How to create an Industrial Chic Foyer that will wow guests

If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably already know that we recently started on the foyer makeover project by tearing out the old moldings …

Creating custom butcher block countertops

<b>The goal: High end custom butcher block countertops</b><p>The day that was nearly 1 month in the making is finally here: the countertops are done! I won’t …

Fireplace makeover phase 3: Adding height

I’m so excited to finally announce that our fireplace makeover is complete! We rushed through last weekend to complete the final build out so that …

Pallet and Burlap picture frame

I am totally excited to finally share this project with you! I saw this gorgeous reclaimed wood and burlap extra-large picture frame from Iron …

Stephanie Swider

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How to dress up plain white vivan Ikea curtains with ribbon stripes

As Cody diligently works away on the foyer wainscoting, I’ve been finishing up some last details in the family room before the big reveal. One of …

Reclaimed wood moose head tutorial

<b>Update 1/3/2014: Our moose head now sits center stage in our family room on the recently refurbished fireplace in our new house.</b><p>I am so excited about …

How to age wood with paint and stain

This is the process I used to create the aged wood look of my reclaimed wood moose head and extra large pallet and burlap frame.<p>This is a quick and …