On the Market

September 3, 2013 in Building and Repurposing

Welp, it’s official – my house is for sale… and with any luck, in a few weeks my house will be sold. I’m cautiously optimistic and hoping everything goes through. We already had one buyer hiccup, but that’s been ironed out and things are moving forward again. Keep your fingers crossed please!

In the meantime, I thought I’d kick off my Back To Blogging posts with a short photo tour. You’ll see some familiar projects and some others that are brand spanking new. Tutorials to follow of course!

Without further ado, here’s a look at my little abode. Fair warning – some of these photos are a bit grainy because my realtor snapped them. Isn’t it funny how some people think to take photos from angles you’d never imagined?

Front Yard

Front Porch

My front porch got a minor facelift – freshly painted grey and I built new stairs. Yep. Me. All by myself! I wanted to ask for more than once, but I pushed through and was SUPER proud when it was all said and done. I’ll give you a run-down on the good, the bad and the ugly in the coming weeks.

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Former projects pictured: Coffee Table Makeover  |  Tripod Lamp  |  Gallery Wall  |  Dog Gate

When you come through my sunny yellow front door, you step right into the living room. I’ve always loved the high ceilings and skylights!

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You’ve seen this room many times of course. (Maybe because it’s my favorite?)

Here’s a look back into the living room, taken while standing in the dining space:

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Former Projects Pictured:  Water Street Driftwood Sign

That lovely neutral Mexican blanket was one of my tourist snags while vacationing in Cabo earlier this year. I adore it!  (…and yes, I was the crazy girl buying a blanket on a 95 degree day!)

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Previous Projects Pictured:  DIY Silhouette Prints  |  Kitchen Table Makeover  |  Grain Sack Chairs  |  Board & Batten

Walking through the living room, you’ll find yourself in my now very sparse dining area. For most of my time in this house, I had built-in banquette seating that was only 99% finished. I never blogged about it because I fell into the bad habit of using it as-is and never TOTALLY finished the project. DIY Blogger FAIL. J Now that it’s gone, I wish I had more chairs. That banquette was GREAT storage though!

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Previous Projects Pictured:  Antique Cutting Board  |  Butcher Block Island Makeover

This picture is snapped from waaaay back in the corner behind the table. No really… I couldn’t have sucked any further into the corner!  That butcher block island has been a savior and much-loved extra counter space in my living room. I love that I can pull up a stool and work on crafty projects while having a front-row seat to the TV in the living room.

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Previous Projects Pictured:  Mason Jar Pendant Light  |  Mason Jar Soap PumpMilk Crate Wine Rack (Just out of sight)

I’ll definitely miss the high ceilings and open floorplan in this house. For a little cottage-style house, it sure does feel big… to me!


Standing here, looking into the kitchen… now turn 180 degrees and walk forward and you’ll find yourself looking at the doorways into both bedrooms.  The third closed door goes down to the basement.  First, the master bedroom:

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Previous Projects Pictured:  Union Jack Nightstand  |  My First BUILD Project EVER – Ana White Spa Bench  |  Do What You Love Sign

This is a room I never showed enough! There are several tutorials to come!

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Previous Projects Pictured:  Chalkboard Calendar  |  Milk Crate Shoe Organizer

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I’ll also miss the walk-in closets. What a handy little house!

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This modest master bath got a recent facelift thanks to my awesome Mom and sister, Christy!  Don’t know what I’d do without those gals! I’d probably still be twiddling my thumbs  trying to decide which project to tackle first so I could get my house on the market!

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Previous Projects Pictured:  Industrial Stool Makeover  |  Workbench Makeover  |  Bathroom Makeover

The guest room doesn’t really look like a guest room these days. It’s actually morphed into my project space! Would you believe that door on the right is ALSO a walk-in closet!? Man!  There’s another large closet in this room that doubles as an optional main-floor laundry space, but I opted to use it for a home office for the first year when I actually had a guest bed in this room… and eventually it became craft overflow (we all have those spaces, right?  RIGHT?!)

I’ll spare you the details of my basement. It’s a partially finished space that I barely made a dent in. My greatest contribution to the basement was painting the red ceiling white. Yep… mind-blowing, huh?


Previous Projects Pictured: Wine Bottle Tiki Torches 

Stepping outside, you head through my gate and into the privacy-fenced backyard. Clearly I’m not good at growing grass…   (Hangs head in shame)  In my defense, my dogs were also anti-grass… they did their best to run hard and fast and beat every blade down.

I’m proud to say I built that raised cedar garden bed… and three years it’s still standing strong! Sadly I didn’t plant anything this year. I had some herbs come back on their own, but I didn’t want to baby a garden knowing I’d be moving in the peak harvest time. (Is that selfish?)


This great awning is what keeps my basement bone dry in a storm. Love!  My awesome Dad set the posts and built the roof. Then I started tackling the railing after he left. Turns out 2 hands might not be enough… I also enlisted the help of my right foot… but was still dropping screws. Big Guy to the rescue!  He was nice enough to brave one of the hottest days of the summer and sweat-through some DIY. (I pay him in cold beverages!)

That building you see in the background is my AWESOME shed. It’s huge people. REALLY huge. It has French doors and is fully insulated. I always wanted to deck it out Better Homes and Gardens style and make an amazing outdoor oasis… but well… my house didn’t come with a money tree.  As a first time homeowner, I can definitely say you buy a house with dreams of amazing renovations… and then you realize those things cost money. #grownupproblems

So that’s my house – not perfect, but perfectly me!  I can’t wait to show you some projects in the coming weeks… and hopefully celebrate on my closing date!

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I’m Back!

September 1, 2013 in Get the D-Tails, Snapshots

Say you’ll take me back.

I know – I disappeared. I didn’t tell you where I was going. I didn’t tell you when I’d be back. It was just something I had to do. You see – you’re so good for me, but I don’t know how to have just a little bit of you in my life. So I had to stop. I had to walk away. I had to make myself do other things.

…and for that –


But guess what – I’M BACK!

…and I have SO much to share!!!

Can you believe it’s been FOUR months since I blogged?! Insane, right! So much has changed since then and it seems only right that I give you an update on the good, the sad and everything in between. So sit back, scroll on and pop some popcorn for the next chapter in my life.


Let’s start with the sad… that way we can end on a positive.  It’s hard to share so let’s just get this over with…

Roxy Girl


I said goodbye to a friend of 16 years on May 16. My little Roxy was so sweet and unbelievably loyal. It’s hard to believe I’ve had her for over half my life. I can’t even begin to say how much she is missed. Heaven is so very lucky to have her. Pardon my brevity on this topic – it’s still not easy to think my little Bink-Bink is gone. I know many of you loved her too. Such a sweet face – and a big heart to match.

Inhale… exhale… Okay – one more tough one –



Sly is no longer mine. He’s now giving lessons and being leased at a local barn. It was a tough decision, but one I had to make. I miss him… and I miss having that ‘outlet’ on a bad day. For those of you that ride, or have ever ridden, you know how therapeutic it can be. He was a cranky boy, but he was MY cranky boy. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but we found a way to make it work. I wish you luck Sylvester… and I miss you.

Okay – enough of all that before I have to take on Kleenex as a blog sponsor…

Let’s talk about all of the GREAT stuff that’s happened in the last four months.

Let’s make this short and sweet so we can get on to the REALLY big news at the end!

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Wait – Who’s that?

I’m no longer a blonde! What!

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Yard Sale

Christy came to visit and helped me hold an epic yard sale. Three years of a hoarder blogger living under one roof… well let’s just say this girl amassed quite the pile! Special shout-out to the lady that single-handedly bought over 1/3 of my ENTIRE sale. (No joke – she made three trips with her minivan!)

Side-note – the picture above cracks me up. I look like a giant next to her!

Side-note 2 – we had matching Home Depot aprons to hold change, extra price stickers and sharpies. Same-Sames!



I took a much-needed week-long vacation with the Big Guy and two great friends.

…and a few other short trips along the way – Mom’s lake house for 4th of July, Big Guy’s hometown a couple times, Denver for a long weekend, Orlando and Jacksonville for a work conference and fun weekend… and there’s a chance I could be forgetting some places. This summer has FLOWN by.

But the REALLY big news….


That’s the reason why I had to disappear. You see – I’m a professional procrastinator. – and blogging is the perfect distraction. I had to focus on getting my house on the market and (hopefully) SOLD!

My house was on the market just under three weeks when I had my first offer. I’m happy to say that offer is still moving forward… and just this week I also received a backup offer. EEEEP! So it sounds like sooner or later (hopefully sooner than later) my house will be SOLD!

So where am I headed? Not far… just closer to all the fun stuff!

Will I buy? Not right now. I’ll rent for a year and see where I’m at next fall. I’m a little bummed to know I won’t be able to just whip out a crow bar and tear down some shelves or install board and batten on a whim… but I’m sure I’ll have more than enough projects to keep me busy! – and of course I’ll blog about everything along the way!

This week I’ll share a mini-house tour from when it was as clean as it’s ever been. Be warned – it’s not magazine ready… just home-buyer ready! (Because let’s be real – no one really LIVES in the rooms in those magazines)

You’ll see sneak peeks of project tutorials and updates to come. That’s right! Just because I wasn’t writing about my projects these past few months doesn’t mean I wasn’t taking pictures as I worked so I could share them with you later!

Until then – Follow me on Instagram (@craftedniche) for project sneak peeks, life updates and nonsensical foolery along the way. …and feel free to scroll back and see even more photo updates on Instagram from the last 4 months.

And lastly –

Man, it’s good to be back.dana red signature 400



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Tripod Lamp – Yes Please!

April 22, 2013 in Building and Repurposing, Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

For my 30th (gasp, did I just admit that) birthday, the Big Guy completely, TOTALLY surprised me. I never saw this gift coming, but I love it oh. so. much.  He’d probably rather hide in the wings and not get credit, but I must give credit where credit is due. He’s the whole reason why my amazingly AWESOME tripod lamp is now sitting in my living room.

Yes – I love lamp. THIS Lamp.

I’ve loved tripod lamps fo-eva… but you know THIS GIRL wasn’t going to shell out hundreds to buy one from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I mentioned to Big Guy sometime last year that I was on the lookout for a tripod that I could make into a floor lamp. Unbeknownst to me, he started hunting! Several lost eBay auctions later, he scored one!!! …and then completely surprised me on my birthday!

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He did the dirty work… making the lamp was the easy part! My tripod has a round opening at the top… and I’ve been hoarding holding onto a lamp kit for a while. (shocker)  It just might be the easiest lamp kit ever… Just unwrap the cork until you have the diameter you need. That’s it!

I fed the cord through the hole, slapped a shade on it, plugged it in and sat back with a big smile on my face. I LOVE LAMP.

…and what’s a lamp-lovin’ blog post without a canine-clad-collage. (self-awarded two gold stars for that alliteration!)

Tripod Lamp Collage

Sorry ceiling fan light… You’re so 2010. I’m moving on… to my tripod lamp.

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