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Use Adobe Illustrator to create an accurate and scaled layout of any room | especially great for kitchen remodels and bathroom renovations

Use Adobe Illustrator to Plan a Room Layout

Adobe Illustrator can create precise shapes so it’s perfect for planning a room layout, especially for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Planning the layout of a room is an important step in furnishing and decorating a room. It is absolutely essential in planning a room where the furnishings and f...
How to clean fireplace bricks | Getting all that soot, ash, and smoke residue off your bricks depends on using the right cleaner | Housekeeping

How to Clean Fireplace Bricks

Cleaning soot, ash, and smoke off fireplace bricks is possible and not too hard. You just need a cleaning product that is made specifically to clean soot and smoke stains. We’re renovating the wall around our fireplace. It had ugly, purple wood paneling and a tiny mantel. We took down the wood ...
Our home improvement goals: to replace a vintage kitchen that is falling apart

2017 Home Improvement Resolutions

Our home improvement goals for 2017 are ambitious, but if we work hard and keep up with our timelines, we'll get them done and have some great living improvements to enjoy. Last year we had three major projects we wanted to get done around our house: landscape the backyard, renovate the wall with...
Lessons learned while buying a fixer-upper

The Best of Simple Practical Beautiful 2016

2016 has been a year of growth and a lot of fun projects here at Simple Practical Beautiful. We landscaped the backyard, upgraded a few rooms in our home, threw some great parties, and made some fun crafts. Actually, there were a lot more crafts than I’d planned, but they were well-liked, especial...
How to restore furniture, like this vintage mid-century table, to its original beauty

Restoring a Midcentury Table

How to restore a vintage wood table, a DIY tutorial explaining how to strip off an old finish, clean and repair the wood, then add a stain and protective finish. I need to  make one clarification before I start with the tutorial. There is a difference between “restoring” furniture and “ref...
Use craft inks to create the deathly hallows design on any tshirt, or learn how to make your own design. Free printable pattern of the Harry Potter designs.

Deathly Hallows Shirt

Use craft inks to make a deathly hallows t-shirt or design your own customized t-shirt. Remember in my post about the Personalized Water Bottle Holders, I said I couldn’t wait to use my Crafter's Inks from Clearsnap on other projects? Well, here’s the first one! My daughter loves Harry Potter...
14 gift idea for the tech lover or technology expert

Gifts for the Tech Lover

12 innovative, unique, and affordable gift ideas for the tech lover this Christmas, including speakers, disposable flash drives, and a way to connect to your car's computer. My husband loves technology. He's always researching the latest innovation and the newest upgrade. As a tech lover, the stu...
Lots of great DIY gift ideas to make for teen gifts or tween gifts

14 Gift Ideas to Make for Teens and Tweens

A round-up of DIY gift ideas for teens and tweens that you can make and they will love. Now that my kids are getting older, the things they want for Christmas are getting smaller and more expensive. While Christmas shopping is harder, making Christmas gifts for them sometimes feels impossible. I ...
How to make Moana's necklace with hemp, and how to make a charm that looks like Moana's locket. DIY jewelry and a gift idea.

Moana’s necklace

Learn how to make Moana's necklace with hemp, and how to make a charm that looks like Moana's locket. A great DIY jewelry and gift idea. My daughter and I just saw Disney's Moana, and it was amazing. It has beautiful animation, a great adventure storyline, and fun songs. And Moana is a strong, ...
Great gift idea and which art supplies to include when giving an artist gift set

Artist Gift Set

Put together a set of quality art supplies to create the perfect gift for any artist or creative friend. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. For more information, click here. My daughter has always loved to draw and create masterpieces, but recently she’s outgrown her children...
Build a portable DIY artist easel with space to store paints out of an old wood suitcase

Make a DIY Portable Art Easel Out of an Old Wood Case

Make a portable artist’s easel that will store painting supplies from an old wood suitcase. An Old Art Case My daughter had this old case that she was going to get rid of. It had come as a kids’ art kit with things like crayons, markers, and colored pencils. The supplies were well-used and she...
A Hemp Jewelry-making kit is the perfect gift idea to give to any teen or tween girl

Give a Jewelry Making Kit

Create a jewelry-making kit to give to your favorite teen or tween this year. Include a good how-to book and lots of fun supplies. My kids have lots of stuff. Their room is full of stuff, and I feel like they are constantly getting more stuff to add to the pile. I don’t want to give them even m...
Use this free printable pattern to sew a water bottle holder, then personalize it with stamps and stencils. I great Holiday gift idea!

A Personalized Water Bottle Holder and a Blog Hop

A personalized water bottle holder makes a great gift for a fitness enthusiast, health-conscious friend, or anyone who carries around a water bottle. I’ve been trying to think of a practical, yet cute gift to make for my daughters for Christmas this year, and I noticed how often they carry arou...
How to make an old, broken toy, like a wheel barrow, into something new and custom-made. Great way to DIY a gift for a toddler or kid.

Fixing Up an Old Toy Wheel Barrow

Fix up and refinish that old, worn out toy instead of throwing it away. A trip to the hardware store and a little paint made this wheel barrow look like new. Years ago we bought a toy wheel barrow for my older kids when they were little. After a lot of use and a lot of time outside in the sun, th...
Tips and ideas for classy, elegant, and spooky Halloween decor and decorations

Classy and Tasteful Halloween Decor

Halloween decorations don’t need to be expensive to look elegant, spooky, and bring the Halloween spirit to any room. Here’s a few tips and tricks. This elegant, classic living room has been decorated for a spooky Halloween. By following a few simple tips, the Halloween decor works with the r...
How to refinish a music stand. With some paint and a little creativity, any musician can do this DIY project.

4 Ways to Refinish a Music Stand

Anything can be refinished, including music stands. Here’s four ways to refinish and update a standard black music stand into something more artistic. My daughters play the violin and viola in the East County Youth Symphony here in San Diego. It is a wonderful program that is offered tuition-fr...
How to cut and install dry wallHow to cut and install dry wall

Installing Dry Wall

We put up dry wall, mudded the seams, added texture, and painted our wall to make a beautiful new wall in our home. It’s work, but a great DIY project for any homeowner. This is the second post showing how we replaced wood paneling on our wall with dry wall. This post tells how we put up the dr...