DIY Dining Room Hutch Make-Over

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I have wanted a hutch since we got married 10 years ago, but refused to pay the average price of $1200. My goal price for finding a used one was $200 so when this one popped up on Craig’s List for $150, I was thrilled!


I knew I would need to paint it and change out the hardware, but I loved the size and style of it so much, I was willing to take on my first furniture re-do!

After some cleaning, this is what I started with.

hutch untouched


I did a lot of research and took advice from crafty friends, and decided to skip the stripping and sanding of the hutch and just purchase some Annie Sloan paint.  Online craft sites (and my friends) assured me there was hard labor involved using this paint.  I just had to test it out for myself!

The closest place to my home to get this paint is Delightful Digs.  I headed on over and the ladies were so helpful showing me the different colors, examples, styles they had in the store. I decided on the white paint and also picked up some wax. The total was around $60…the most I’ve ever paid for paint. But they assured me it was worth it and would be a relatively painless process.  They also made sure to tell me to call with any questions.  A+ service for sure!

I went home and got to work on painting the hutch.  My husband had already taken off the top doors for me. We were unable to take off the bottom doors since the hardware was stripped and old. Dealing with the hardware was actually the hardest part of the whole process!

After my first coat of paint I was thinking, “This DOES not look like the pictures on Pinterest!”.

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But I kept the faith and kept painting.  When I was done with the second coat of paint, I started feeling a little more confident.I had read online to water down the paint a bit to make it last longer and I think if I had not done that, the piece would have only taken 2 coats. However, since I did add the water, I had to do 3 coats.  After the 3rd coat, I used some normal latex paint on the inside.  Why you ask?  I wanted to make the inside “pop” and also match my dining room wall. I was a little worried about using the latex on the Annie Sloan paint, but there were no issues at all!  I was super pleased with the end result.

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Then came the waxing.  I was very nervous about this process. There were all kinds of techniques I found online and I decided to just grab an old t-shirt, and get to work.  It went on easily and was super easy!  My one piece of advice would be to wear gloves. I had a difficult time washing the excess wax off my fingers. I am still shocked at how easy the whole project ended up being!  Finally we added the doors back on and new hardware. I couldn’t be more happy with the final product!  Redoing this hutch took me a week but that’s because I only had small amounts of time to work on it each day. If I had one entire day of no interruptions, I could have easily have finished it in one day.  The Annie Sloan paint dries incredibly fast so you don’t have to wait very long to apply second coats.

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All in all, I spent about $100 on paint and hardware making the total cost of my new hutch only $250!  Now my only problem is figuring out what I will paint next!

Beach Wedding Reception Decor: Beach Centerpiece

beach wedding decor

I remember planning our wedding and looking everywhere for beach wedding reception decor.  Both my husband and I love the beach and would have loved to have had a beach wedding.  Unfortunately, my hometown doesn’t really have venues to support a beach wedding with a bad weather back up.  So we opted for an indoor ceremony and reception. However, I had these great glasses as centerpieces and filled them with the stones pictured and floating candles.  When I spotted these starfish in the craft store, I just knew they would make a perfect centerpiece for my dining room table….or for anyone looking for beach wedding reception decor!  It was super simple to put together-literally taking me just 5 minutes!

Beach Wedding Reception Decor

Oversized glass from craft store (I used a 50% coupon and got mine for $9)

glass beads
Glass stones ($ Tree purchase)
Starfish from craft store (I used a 50$ coupon and got these for $5)
Glue Gun

1.Hot glue one starfish to the base of the glass.
2.  Add glass stones
3.  Place remaining starfish in the stones for your desired look

That’s it!  Super easy and you have a centerpiece for your beach themed home or beach wedding reception decor-all for $15!

Homemade Valentines Gifts-You Can’t Erase Our Friendship!

eraser valentine

Valentine’s Day is only a week away and many are looking for homemade Valentines gifts.  Here is one easy idea!

Homemade Valentines Gifts:  You Can’t Erase Our Friendship


Erasers ( I got 24 of them for $3 at Target)
Double Sided Tape


1. Type up your own card with the phrase “You Can’t Erase Our Friendship”.  Add some spaces and then type or write “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

2.  Tape the erase in between the 2 sentences.

3.  Have your child sign their name.

If you’re looking for other ideas, check out Valentines Day Gifts for Kids!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest.

How To Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions!

new years resolution

There are lots of New Year’s resolutions all over today. I have compiled some of my posts and other tools that may help with some of the most popular New Year Resolutions:

Getting in Shape:


Getting More Organized:


Spending More Quality Time With Your Kids:


Become a DIY Person:


Free Book: DIY Household Hacks: 40 Simply & Effective Household Hacks


I love when I see a round up of “hacks” to make my life easier!

Right now you can get the book DIY Household Hacks: 40 Simple and Effective Household Hacks to Make your Day Easier: (DIY household hacks, DIY cleaning and organizing, DIY cleaning, DIY books, DIY beauty) for FREE!

Cleaning can be a hard and tedious task, but it’s one that is easily taken care of with do-it-yourself household cleaning hacks. From your kitchen to your bathroom, cleaning can become easier and a little safer. There is no reason to use harsh chemicals that are not good for your house, your health, and even your skin. They’re a thing of the past when it comes to cleaning, as easy to use tips are readily available.

Stains are also often a problem, from blood stains to grease stains to permanent marker stains, but with these tips they be gotten rid of easily and effectively. Household tips are here to make your life easier, as too much of your free time is spent on cleaning. Even learn how to polish your furniture without having to worry about costly polishes, and other tips that will keep your living room looking clean and tidy for guests. Learn how to freshen your fridge, remove tough stains, and even get rid of clogs in your sink.

Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Ideas


Every year the boys give ornaments to Mommom but this year they decided everyone needed them!  That led me on a hunt for Homemade Christmas Ornaments Ideas!  If you’re looking for last minute diy gifts, these are it!

homemade ornaments

After searching the internet and Pinterest, we have managed to make the following ornaments-and they were easy and FUN to make! So, if you’re looking for Homemade Christmas Ornaments Ideas, here are some we made this year, and others we’ve made in the past!

These are very affordable-simple purchase a few paints for around 99 cents each and a package of Clear Plastic Ornaments!

Homemade Christmas Ornaments Ideas:

For the Beach lover:

beach ornament

Christmas Ornaments DIY :  Beach Ornament

For Christmas fans:

santa ornament

DIY Santa Ornament

candy cane ornament

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (diy ornament)

thumb print

Thumb Print Christmas Ornaments

For Elf on the Shelf lovers:

batman elf

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Batman Elf

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Self Portrait Ornament

For Minion fans:


Disney Frozen lovers:

olaf ornament

melted ornament

For LEGO lovers:

lego ornamanet

What are you homemade Christmas ornaments ideas?

July 4th Dessert Ideas: Patriotic Bananas

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Are you thinking ahead to 4th of July? My sons are already asking, “When do we get to see fireworks?”.  So the other day I helped them make a July 4th Dessert ideas-some delicious patriotic bananas!

I’ve got a lot more July 4th Dessert ideas coming up in the next month so keep an eye out!

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

banana ingredients

White Frosting
Red and Green Sprinkles
Popsicle Sticks


1.  Cut Bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.
2.  Cover bananas in frosting.
3.  Sprinkle 1/3 of banana with red sprinkles and another 1/3 with blue sprinkles.

If you like these patriotic bananas, you’ll love these:

4th of July Party Decoration

July 4th Dessert Ideas

4th of July Party Decorations:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks


Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

jewelry holder

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

Photo Frame
Thumb tacks

1. Locate a frame that has a nice big border (will look better) and remove the glass and any picture inside.

2.  Cut a piece of cork to fit inside the frame and insert it in, securing the back of the frame.

3. Insert thumb tacks into the cork in various places depending on what you want to be held.  This was perfect for some of my “chunkier” pieces that take up too much space in my jewelry box!

If you’re looking for some jewelry to hang on this holder, check out the Love, Mother, Forever Silver & Crystal Expressively Yours Bracelet for only $7.99!

mom bracelet

Easter Crafts For Preschool

Easter crafts for preschool

Are you looking for some fun and easy Easter Crafts for Preschool?  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite crafts and included them below for you.  The Thomas Easter Basket was one of my son’s favorite!

Easter Door Decorations

Easter Cupcake Decorations

Easter Flower Gifts

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

Uses For Egg Cartons

How To Make A Homemade Easter Basket (Thomas Easter Basket Craft)

Making Bubbles

Edible Bird Nests

This round up of Art and Craft Supplies may help you complete some of these Easter crafts for preschool!

Easter crafts for preschool

Easter Door Decorations

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I love decorating the boys’ bedroom doors for holiday so why wouldn’t I come up with some Easter Door decorations?!  This simple door decor took me minutes and since I had all of the materials around the house, it was FREE!  This Thankful Easter Bunny door decoration can easily be personalized by allowing your child to decorate the eggs, choose various colors of eggs, and even different colored bunnies!

Easter Door Decorations:


Construction paper (various colors)
Scotch Tape

1.  Cut 2 circles, one small and one larger for the bunny’s body.
2.  Cut out 2 bunny ears.  There are many stencils online you can use for this but I just did it freehand.
3.  Create a sign that says “I Am Most Thankful For…” on your computer or just write it on the belly of the bunny with the marker.
4.  Draw a face on the smaller circle (bunny’s face).  Don’t forget the whiskers!
5.  Tape all the pieces together to form the bunny’s body.
6.  Cut out egg shapes and have your child tell you things they are thankful for in their life.
7.  Put tape on the backs of the eggs and allow your child to put them all around the bunny.  I also added some “grass” for the bunny to sit on.

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I was happily surprised that both boys picked some pretty significant people/things to be thankful for (of course games and toys were also included in the list).

If you like this Easter Door decorations, you may want to check out my sombrero craft or my snowman bedroom door!

Free Book: 25 Days To An Organized Home!

organized home

Who doesn’t want a more organized home?  I know I do!

Right now you can get the book 25 Days to an Organized Home Challenge: Revolutionize Your Life and Gain More Timefor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Join our 25 Days to an Organize Home Challenge, where you will learn the process for creating and maintaining your household organizational systems. Learn everyday tips and tricks for keeping your home organized, and create a stress-free, peaceful environment!

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

vday snacksI love Valentine’s day-it is so much fun with the boys! And who doesn’t love Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks?

If you’re looking to win someone’s heart or just make their day with some delicious snacks, this list will surely cure someone’s sweet tooth!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks


White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Spoons

Popcorn Hearts

Cupid’s Arrows

Homemade Gumdrops

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

Valentine Brownie Pizza

Valentine’s Day Neapolitan Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day Thin Mints

Valentine M&M Samoa Blondies

Soy Milk Truffles

S’Mores Mason Jar Valentines

Puff Pastry Pudding Hearts

Nutella Love Letter Pancakes

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tutorial

Heart Shaped Pizza


What are your favorite Valentine’s day snacks?

5 Benefits To Drinking More Water + A Water Intake Calendar

water glass

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to drink more water?  Whether you did or not, drinking more water during the day has many benefits!

5 Benefits To Drinking More Water

1.  Drinking water can help you cut calories.  Water has no calories-but sodas, juices, etc can really hide calories in your diet.

2.  Water helps you skin look better.  Dehydration can make your skin look dry and wrinkled but by drinking more water, you can decrease these effects.

3.  Water puts you in a better mood.  Research has shown that dehydration makes you cranky. Drink more water=better mood!

4.  Water can prevent Headaches.  I know when I have a headache if I drink some water it sometimes helps.  Research shows dehydration can cause headaches so drink up to prevent headaches.

5.  Water gives you energy. When you are dehydrated you will feel tired.  Most people turn to caffeine but a simple glass of water can really be the cure!

If you’re in need of a good bottle to refill with water during the day, check out these:

Camelbak Eddy Bottle

Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration Water Bottle with Meter, Blue

NALGENE Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle,Slate Blue

Here is a handy calendar to help you measure how much water you drink each day so that you can avoid dehydration!

Water Intake Calendar:

You can click the image or the link under it to print this calendar.

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Water Intake Calendar momondealz

And if you’re a runner who needs more water, don’t forget to check out my post on the Best Apps For Runners

Home Remedies For Children Coughs


My oldest son used to start coughing as soon as his head hit the pillow at nap and bedtime.  I did not want to give him cough medicine so between asking the doctor and searching the web, we came up with these home remedies for children coughs.

Here are some of the remedies we found.  The first 2 are ones that we use every single night.

1.  Honey.  We give our son a small squirt of honey right before bed to soothe his throat.

2.  Vicks Vaporub:We apply a small amount of Vicks to the bottom of his feet and cover them with socks (by the way, this has worked wonders during times of cold/sickness with my youngest as well)!

3.  Boiled water:  Boil water in a pan and remove from heat.  Allow to cool just a bit and then inhale the steam still left. This can help loosen any mucus that may be hanging around

4.  Lemon Tea:  Obviously you’ll want to use decaffeinated tea. Simply prepare the tea and add lemon.  You can also add honey!

5.  Eucalyptus Oil:  Rub on their feet and cover with socks.

Do you have a home remedy that works?

Please note, I am by no means a doctor.  These home remedies for children coughs are simply based on things I have tried or been told by others.

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