Summer is the time to get projects done! Well, at least for our family it is. Without any rhyme or reason things tend to slow in the Summer months of Oklahoma. For this reason it is quite possibly the opportune time to tackle a big home renovation project. From the moment I stepped into our … Continue reading Home Renovations and a Big Surprise
Well he did it. Mr Peter Cottontail came hopping through our backyard last night and brought with him the spirit of Spring! Buried in the overgrown blades of 2020, treasures are ready to be found and I ready for the hunt! In the spirit of growth and new seasons, we (Unpolished Gems) have decided to branch out into a local a retail store here in Oklahoma City. See some of our most recent furniture flips and Spring decor inspo from our little home...
Our first home renovation project complete! This process has been a true test of craftsmanship, design and patience. We have learned a ton, got some new tools in the garage, saved money by doing it ourselves and ended up with a stunning space, if I do say so myself. finally, we can unpack our pantry boxes and get organized in possibly the most multi-purposed, functional space of our little home...Tour our walk-in Pantry/Laundry room from start to finish.
Can you believe it, we made it to the conclusion of what has been, for many of us, the toughest season in a long while...or ever. Weddings canceled, PCS orders moved, deployments, sickness, deaths, unexplained pain, isolation, unemployment, etc. Some of you may know about my Pelvic Floor journey, but let's just say I have … Continue reading Deeper Freedom in 2021
Christmas is a magical time of year. People are inspired to invest a little more into the details of their home with the hopes of creating a warm gathering place for family and friends. For someone who enjoys decorating, Christmastime is extra dreamy because for one month I am not alone in my obsession with … Continue reading Farmhouse-Style Christmas
This year I am learning to be gracious with myself and recognize this home is in transition (very much so). We moved in about two months ago and are working tirelessly to renovate our kitchen, pantry/laundry room, and master ensuite, not to mention take down a load bearing wall in our living room (eek). With … Continue reading DIY Autumn Wreath
One of my favorite creative spaces is the middle of the botanical aisle. Be it real or faux floral, to me each stem carries such inspiration and beauty. As I am working on design and decor for our new home, I have noted a couple cavities of empty, dull space in need of something special. Faux … Continue reading 7 Tips For Creating A Floral Arrangement
Grace. What does this word even mean? I toss this word "grace" out to people like it's candy at a parade, without really understanding the magnitude of this small & mighty 5 letter word. The definition I memorized as a young Southern Baptist daughter was, "undeserved forgiveness." While I understood salvation was extended through grace … Continue reading Grace for a Perfectionist
One question I get asked rather frequently from ambitious DIYers is how to know if a piece is worth restoring. I am a big believer of "where there's a will there's a way." If I fall head over heels for a piece, chances are I am going to buy it! The reality of this impulsive, … Continue reading What Woods To Stay Away From
The first step to replacing an old wood veneer is to remove the veneer without damaging the wood underneath. If the veneer is extra old and flaky you can hammer a putty knife underneath the veneer and peel it up. Make sure to wear gloves as this wood will splinter! For more stubborn veneers, you … Continue reading How To: Replace A Wood Veneer