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…

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. ┬áIt 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 –…