My Super Low Budget Kitchen Backsplash Makeover

For the last 3 years, I’ve dreamt about installing backsplash in our 1920s Craftsman kitchen. I, personally, have never loved the look of paint in lieu of backsplash, and I especially wasn’t fond of the orange sherbet hue that came with the house. For years, I imagined how I would install tile backsplash, but there…

Buyer’s Guide: Strollers and Accessories

My recommended baby strollers and accessories for infant to toddler and beyond, including single and double strollers, and the most amazing travel stroller on earth.

Converting an Office to a Nursery, Part 3: Furnishings

After dealing with the nursery windows and walls, it’s finally time to dive into the (most) fun part: furniture and decor! I was in an enviable situation in that I got almost all my furniture items as hand-me-downs, or repurposed furniture from other rooms, and ended up buying only a few small items. Because it…

Converting an Office to a Nursery, Part 2: Wallpaper

After completing the window coverings, it was time to move my attention to the office walls. They were painted an inoffensive, somber shade of green — way too serious for a baby’s room. I have a well known love for wallpaper, so I started ordering swatches with glee. My idea was to do a feature…

How to convert your closet into a bedroom

Author’s note: This post is from 2010, back when I was single, living in a studio in DC. This was always a popular post so I’m leaving it here, as it captures the spirit of what jkcoolmom is all about.   I like to tell people I sleep in my closet. Rents are rising faster…

How to stripe furniture with electric tape

So I got this wonderful vintage sideboard off Craigslist, and decided it was a little too “solid wood”-looking for my small dining area.  It just seemed to take too much visual weight, and the walnut clashed a little with my espresso dining table. How to make it look more whimsical and less traditional? Easy –…