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Now the Kitchen is my Favorite Color–and Not Beige!

Written on April 4, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

Colorful Kitchen | The Nerd Nest 1

When we moved into our house seven years ago, all of the walls were painted a light matte beige. This was not ideal (especially for cleaning up after tiny humans–matte is not my friend), but paint is expensive and a bit tricky to do with toddler charges. I also thought … Continue

100 Days of Project Progress

Written on March 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm, by

100 Days of Project Progress

The official The 100 Day Project starts next week on April 3 and I’m playing along! If you don’t know about the 100 Day Project, click that link and see what the founders have to say.

There are also some great podcast episodes to get your wheels turning:

Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium

Written on August 28, 2015 at 10:01 am, by

DIY Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium | The Nerd Nest

Lately all of my projects are involved and time consuming, so I really wanted something I could do in an afternoon with the kids. The hardware store in our neighborhood has a fun collection of succulents and the kids love them.

Even though it’s just about the most stereotypical blogger … Continue

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floor

Written on March 10, 2015 at 8:44 am, by

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 1

We’re finally done refinishing the spare room! Jake and I have been working on it in our spare time for months, and it is finally livable! If you need a refresher, here’s the before.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors | The Nerd Nest 2

The most time consuming part of fixing up this room was paint removal. I’ve already … Continue

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors | 5/52 Projects

Written on February 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm, by

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors: a little bathroom humor from The Nerd Nest

Our downstairs bathroom happens to be science themed–The Nerd Nest isn’t just a blog name. It’s also a pretty accurate description of our house. I had an idea awhile back to use periodic table tiles to spell out a little bathroom humor, but I wasn’t sure how I should work … Continue

Pillow Covers | 3/52 Projects

Written on February 1, 2014 at 5:00 am, by


Some projects take me FOREVER to complete from idea to execution. I’m totally okay with that: it gives me the time to save up for projects or change my mind for the better. But sometimes, the waiting is just silly. These pillow covers were a little on the ridiculous side … Continue

Plant Takeover

Written on January 23, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Indoor Winter Herb Garden | The Nerd Nest

Last November we packed up the garden, letting some of our plants decompose outside and bringing a ton of herbs in. They’ve taken over the house a little bit! I’m pretty proud of how many of them are still hanging in there, especially considering that our house doesn’t have … Continue

Kitchen Gallery Wall

Written on November 13, 2013 at 9:22 am, by

Kitchen Gallery Wall | The Nerd Nest

After having the components set out for over a month, we have our gallery wall up in our kitchen! Or our breakfast room, if you’re listening to the floor plan. Our house has a weird layout, we don’t know what to call things.

Kitchen Gallery Wall | The Nerd Nest

The gallery was built around a letterpress … Continue

Bootleg Gallery Corner

Written on October 1, 2013 at 9:08 am, by

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

I have tons of art to hang up on the walls, but having no budget for framing prints has been holding me back. Last week I decided that’s silly, and I went with taping the prints directly onto the walls with Kelly Purkey white washi tape. I’ll put them … Continue

Recovered Chairs

Written on September 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm, by

Recovered Chairs | Cover Fabric Dining Chairs with Plastic to Kid Proof Them | by the Nerd Nest

One of my September goals is to complete four non-scrapbooking craft projects this month, and I’m trying to prioritize things that I’ve been putting off and things I already have the supplies to make. I am the queen of putting things off. Sometimes it takes me YEARS to take a … Continue