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Bridal Shower Invitations

bridal shower invitation
(Disclaimer: We have partnered with the Etsy Shop, digibuddha, to bring you Casey’s Bridal Shower Invitations. All opinions shared are our own.)
Casey’s getting married in less than 3 months!! After over ten years of dating her handsome high school sweetheart, Casey is taking the plunge and marrying the love of her life (Check out their amazing engagement photos here and here). We can’t wait to shower this bride-to-be with all the love, glitter, and gifts that she can stand. And later this month, we are doing just that… showering Casey with a Mint, Gold & glittered Bridal Shower. And as always, we wanted to keep you all updated throughout the process. To kick things off, here’s a peek into the gorgeous shower Invitations from the amazingly talented best friends behind Digibuddha.
How adorable are these?! Girly, fun, and so different than Casey’s wedding theme.. I mean I wouldn’t want to steal her thunder (and creative ideas) right before her big day. #MaidofhonorNONO
The duo behind this shop is RIGHT ON trend. You have to check out their amazing work- like +2,000 paper items to choose from…. each item cuter than the last.

This is the color scheme the bridal team is trying to follow for the big par-tay… we’ll see how it turns out. We thought “mint” and “peach” will be fun touches to incorporate into the colors, decor, and even into the signature drink choices. Mint? Peach? Sounds like a classy girls’ night out, right?
We had such a great time working with the owners behind Digibuddha because they were crazy talented, so timely, and open to ideas and personalized requests. Take these marriage advice cards for example. They just “got” what we were trying to do and came back with a proof that seemed to mirror exactly what we wanted. We stuffed these little tickets into the envelopes alongside the invite itself and can’t wait to see what Casey’s favorite ladies have to tell her about a happy marriage.
The shower is a “no wrap” or “display” shower, meaning guests can save the money, hassle and time it takes to wrap their gifts by bringing them unwrapped. We will then display the gifts for everyone to look at throughout the evening, leaving more time for the bride to enjoy everyone’s company rather than wasting time opening gifts while no one pays attention. (Let’s be real here, I can’t be the only one that doesn’t pay attention… can I?) Anyways, the Marriage Advice cards can accompany the gifts so we know who gave what and can document that for the bride’s records/thank you cards. And as an added bonus, we will compile the handwritten pieces of marriage advice for Casey to treasure throughout her happily ever after. I mean how amazing will it be for her to have the ingredients to a happy marriage from her mom, grandma, favorite aunts and best friends…. forever? I see DIY project written all of that…
So yea, Casey’s glamorous party in the making. And because this amazing Etsy Shop made the invitation process so EASY, I have a lot more time on my hands to create some DIYs in honor of the big day. This is my first rodeo as a “maid of honor”, so if you have any gold and glamorous shower ideas for the future Mrs. Finn’s big day… email me!! 😉 Seriously though, please?
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  1. Lauren Goodwin

    I’m doing a gold/pink paris themed for my girl friend. For favors, I’m taking wine glasses (dollar tree!) and glittering the stems and of course filling the glass with chocolate.

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    I’m doing a gold/pink paris themed for my girl friend. For favors, I’m taking wine glasses (dollar tree!) and glittering the stems and of course filling the glass with chocolate.

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Allen + Roth Patio Makeover

Patio After 3

(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Lowe’s to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own because even without the sponsorship, we heart Allen + Roth and that’s why we have their lights in every room of our home)

A few week’s ago, we gushed about one of our latest patio makeovers and shared how making over someone else’s space is not always strictly sunshine & smiles. Tackling someone else’s space means choosing products that reflect someone else’s style, which is where the love-hate relationship of taking on spaces outside our own homes lies. Love that we get to step outside our typical style and play with colors, patterns, and general looks that may not be our “norm”. Hate that we have to step outside our typical style and play with colors, patterns, and general looks because heck… what if they hate our decisions?! #PlaybookProblems

Thankfully, the love-hate relationship of this patio makeover turned out to be filled with SO much LOVE and ALL sunshines & smiles (knock on wood!). I’ll explain the details in a sec, but first… come check out the stunning transformation of this warm & sunny patio.
Pato Before 1

Patio After

Patio Before 2

Patio after 2

Patio Before 3

Patio After 3

Patio Before 4

patio After 4Is it just us or did you just get the sudden urge to crack open a cold one, kick up your feet and relax? Sorry about that, especially on a Monday and all. But seriously, can you believe it’s even the same space?! We still find ourselves scrolling through the before and afters thinking what a huge difference some amazing new furniture and a lot of fabulous color can do. We love how much coziness and flavor the bold pops of warm color and rich furniture has brought this family’s patio. For a family that spends a lot of time socializing and relaxing on their patio, we could not have been more excited to reveal the new digs to these very grateful homeowners.

DIY-coastersPlus, we were super excited that we were able to add some personal, affordable pieces to their patio in order to make it feel even more like “home sweet home”. For example, these DIY Polaroid coasters are the perfect way to protect the table while also highlighting the family’s pride and joy, Griswold the basset hound.

patio OutdoorWe also DIY-ed the “Beer Garden” sign because the family mentioned that they call this space their beloved Beer Garden. We thought a formal sign was a MUST and DIY-ing helped keep the budget in check.

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A+R TableNow let’s talk about the most stunning part of the new patio, which also happens to be our favorite part of the transformation.  The furniture.

How amazing is this table?! I mean, the pictures don’t even do it justice. The color of the table adds such a rich look to the space and the material of the table is durable, sturdy and so on-trend. Outdoor RugBetween us, the whole set was assembled in under 20 minutes… like ARE YOU SERIOUS?! That’s almost unheard of in the crazy-frustrating world of building boxed furniture. Easy directions, large pieces, minimal screws….. need we say more?

Outdoor TableAnd to chalk one more thing up in the “win” column, let’s chat about how quickly this order was shipped. We ordered this Allen + Roth Table & Chairs on a Wednesday and the customer service department was calling us on Saturday to set up a convenient delivery time for Monday. Saaaayyy whaatttt, door to door service in less than a week? #neverseensuchathing

Allen Roth ChairThe cushions and pillows were also part of the Allen + Roth Patio line at Lowe’s. We heart all of the rustic colors and textures that this line has to offer. If we could coin the whole Allen + Roth “look” in two words it would be: Rich & Rustic… with “quality” sandwiched in between there. Plus, A+R isn’t limited to simply outdoor furniture. Like we mentioned before, Bridget used Allen + Roth for her light fixtures and Casey is eyeing a few A+R must-haves (stay tuned…).

Allen + Roth PillowBeer Garden Pallet

M SignThis “M” marquee was a $14 steal at HomeGoods. Pop of color + personal touch + weather resistant = winner!
outdoor grill apron

Allen-roth-flower-potThe ladder we found in the client’s garage and added it for the patio for some height & color. The bottom lantern was part of the A+R collection and so was the ombre pot. Both oozing with that “rich & rustic” feel.

LanternLadderAnd how about this basset crossing sign?! Of course we had to give another shout-out to the family’s favorite “child”. A DIY-ed pallet seemed like the perfect ticket. I mean, if nothing else, at least they’d love our work because of the basset charm.

Basset crossing DIY#Unimpressed

Basset Hound ArtThe wood I had lying around in my garage (it was actually what I used to cover my air conditioning unit throughout the long, Chicago winter), and the paint was an old sample I had in the garage bringing the grand total of this statement art to a whopping $0.00 + tax.

Patio Ladder

Patio AfterAnd to highlight the textiles from the furniture & cushions, we DIY-ed the rug using Casey’s previous tutorial. What a POP of color this rug brings without breaking the bank!

Dog-crossing-sign

bassethoundOverall, the amazing Allen + Roth furniture, the super-simple assembly, and the crazy fast/easy delivery by Lowe’s made this patio makeover all sunshine and smiles for these two rookies. And despite the unimpressed look on Griswold’s face… we know he loved it too! I mean, how could he not?!

Bridget and Casey Signature

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  1. Alumacovers

    Browse the cocktail menu to find your neighborhood’s specialty or other refreshing libations. The crowds are always merry, the grotto is always flowing, and, if the sun is shining, you should be there too.

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    Browse the cocktail menu to find your neighborhood’s specialty or other refreshing libations. The crowds are always merry, the grotto is always flowing, and, if the sun is shining, you should be there too.

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Office Gallery Wall Prints

free printables on gallery wall
Why always run out and BUY when there are just as many amazing resources for FREE? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Etsy and spend entirely more than my rookie salary suggests I should spend on Etsy, but I also love the challenge of trying to do it for less. Isn’t that what DIY is virtually all about? The hunt. The adventure. The personal touch. Whatever “it” is at the time, it’s always fun to get a look for less. In today’s case, “it” was my office gallery wall. A few months ago, “it” was the gallery wall in the laundry room. I love Etsy, but I also love me FREE. Today, free it is! I’m here to share my gallery wall prints, so you can get FREE too.
Ironically, first up in the gallery wall line-up is not a printable, but it was FREE to me. I made this string art a few years back with Casey. I was using it somewhere else in the house, but decided to give it some new life by adding it to the wall. Although it won’t be free to you, I can offer a free tutorial. #excusetheawfulphotos #babyblogrookies

Next up- this fun FREE printable from Classy Clutter. (Have you seen some of their makeovers? Amazing!!! You have to check them out, they are adorable & so talented)

Random Horn Hook- clearance at HomeGoods.

This one is possibly my favorite. With a little washi tape, I stuck that bad boy right on the wall and cannot get enough. “You’re a gem…” I just love it. The watercolor. The geometric hints. The message. Perfection…all yours FREE!

The modern hexagons totally stole my heart. I love how this frame compliments the shapes and colors of the print. I added the metal “58” numbers and styled it a little different, but I just love the simplicity. You have to check out how Nalle added a little gold for a super creative edgy look.

This weather vane (?) was actually a $2 thrift store find. It used to be gold, and unfortunately, not a cute kind of trendy gold. An ugly, tarnished, off-gold. I added a little white & teal spray paint. Super easy, totally worth the two bucks.

This enlarged print came with our wedding package. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love it. Like I mentioned earlier this week, I was totally inspired by Deanne’s print and knew I needed to incorporate this preppy look into our home.

Both of the storage drawers on top of the desk were from HomeGoods. They are home to some office essentials, and the little boxes to the right hold all of our cords… separately. #lovethat
The wishbone on the bulletin board can be found here. But you have to check out how Jen used it in her gold & glamorous office gallery wall. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

And last but not least, the three prints that mean the most to me. I wanted to create three pieces of very simple art that reflects my outlook on… well, life really.

Work Hard. Be Kind. Stay Humble.
If there were three rules I hope to live by and stay true to, I hope it is these three simple phrases. And what better way to remind myself of these truths than through a constant reminder in our home?
And that’s exactly what I did. I created 3 printables and hung them in our office to constantly remind us to always….
1. Work Hard.
2. Be Kind.
3. Stay Humble. 
And because I heart you all so much (and owe these fabulously creative people who shared their creativity with me!), I decided to share these free printables with the internet world.. and of course, all of you. You can choose to print one of the quotes, all of the quotes or mix & match the colored and white version of the prints to remind yourself of the importance of work ethic, humility, and respect.
DOWNLOAD the black and white version HERE
DOWNLOAD the colored version HERE
I hope you enjoy! And a huge thanks for all of your support; absolutely none of this would be possible without you taking time to check in on us each day. You are amazing. Don’t ever forget it.
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P.S. My fellow rookie even printed one out for her desk area! Check it out!
work hard print in blue frame
 
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  1. daniellesig .

    Hi! I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEE the way you styled this wall above your desk! Looking to do the same with mine! I wanted to ask you where you got that wire file hanging piece from? I’ve been looking for something like that for mine!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks!! I got the wire organizer at HomeGoods. I love that it doesn’t take up valuable desk space yet holds so much of my office essentials in a “fashion-friendly” way! Thanks for stopping by… good luck with your gallery wall!!

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  1. daniellesig .

    Hi! I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEE the way you styled this wall above your desk! Looking to do the same with mine! I wanted to ask you where you got that wire file hanging piece from? I’ve been looking for something like that for mine!

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Office Desk + Gallery Wall Reveal

office desk
Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyy…. my two $6 Goodwill cabinets are living their happily ever after in my DIY office desk!
Remember what they used to look like?!
Pretty much like $6 Goodwill cabinets. Who knew they had such a glamorous road ahead of them? Check out their new digs…
Have I mentioned almost all of these wall printables were #FREE?!
Except for this one of course. This photo was inspired by this über creative duo and I could not be more grateful for their inspiration… love it! Thanks Deanne!
Did you catch the tutorial on how to make a hole like this for your cords… in 3 easy steps?
That bad boy is such a lifesaver! Plus, it cuts down on cord clutter and secretly hides everything!

I love it! (And really love that the project is finally DONE!). This space has come a long way from the original plan…

…and I am so dang thankful. Plus, with the $6 cabinets, the DIY desk top, and all the free printables on the gallery wall… this was one super affordable makeover! Tune in FRIDAY for the cost breakdown and the links to all of the art – FREE!
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PS. I know there’s a lot to cover & I’m always pretty awful at hitting everything. If you have a specific question… leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to Friday’s post. 
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  1. Rebecca

    Hi! I was wondering- where did you get those white drawers on the right side of the desk? Very cute office!!!

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    Hi! I was wondering- where did you get those white drawers on the right side of the desk? Very cute office!!!

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Domino Feature!

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This just in…we’ve been featured!

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…Not just “featured” but we’ve been named one of the 17 Best DIY Blogs! (wait, whaaaaaat?!). Don’t worry, we can’t believe it either. We find ourselves alongside some of our all-time favorite DIY-ers…. like crazy talented people that inspire us each and everyday.

Like how crazy is it to be in the same company as 4 of our all time favorites — John & Sherry from YoungHouseLove, Mandi from Vintage Revivals, Dana from HouseTweaking, or Kate from Centsational Girl. I don’t know how we snuck in there, but heck… we’re not asking any questions!!

Make sure you check out the list. We can guarantee you’ll be inspired and possibly even grabbing for your hot glue gun to get DIY-ing!

Here’s a sneak peek at the project we’re spilling our beans on in the series…

You have to read the sweet surprise that we cooked up for the post— let’s just say we’re bringing a little bit of the kitchen into Bridget’s office (cause we all know that any kitchen item will get a lot more attention in B’s office rather than her kitchen). Here’s the step-by-step tutorial.

And in case you missed it, check out our Ikea dresser in another Domino article (10 before-and-after DIY projects) right here.

But let’s be real here… NONE of this would be possible without all of you tuning in and cheering us on everyday. We cannot be more thankful for all of your love & support. It’s all of you that keep us motivated to stay in the DIY game.  Sincerely, thank YOU, each and every one of you busy people that take a couple minutes of your precious day to hear what we have to say. Heck, I think you’re the ones that deserve the award here.

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Chevron Bookcase

Chevron bookcase

Sometimes an old piece of furniture seems like it’s so ugly or plain that it has no hope for a successful DIY make-over. Take this bookcase for example.  

bookcase before

This bookshelf was a staple in my teeny-bopper bedroom. It held things that awkward pre-teen girls loved back then; like picture frames, Michael Jordan books and bug cages (yea… don’t ask).

Thankfully, this poor bookcase escaped the misery of being called home to grasshoppers and earthworms and graduated to my classroom. In my classroom, this shelf served as a place for my students to store their binders and any other supplies they needed during class. Although this shelf has had an adventurous life, it just hasn’t been able to find its inner glam.

I know she doesn’t look like she has a lot of potential, but don’t be fooled- looks can be deceiving. To bring out the inner glam that I feel like this old thing deserves, I decided to add CHEVRON to the backing.

To kick off the project, I removed the backing. Just like many successful make-overs, the poor thing had to strip down and start from scratch. #allinthenameofglam

chevron template

1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.
2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”
3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf using pencil.

chevron DIY

4. Tape every other chevron (warning: this part is tedious and a little time consuming)

Rookie Mistake: Make sure your tape is tightly secured to your surface… no one wants paint sneaking onto any areas it’s not welcome.

5. Spray paint (I needed 3 coats because of the dark color)

Give the paint ample amount of time to dry. You don’t want to start peeling the tape until you are certain that your piece is completely dry.

6. Take off the tape and admire your work!

DIY chevron

I was amazed at the pop of glam that these chevron stripes provided. I was even more amazed that some of the navy spray paint seeped onto the white chevron. With some tedious scraping, I created a more crisp, clean line.

6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf, dress her up and enjoy!

chevron bookcases

Who knew that this teeny-bopper bookcase could turn into such a masterpiece? I can’t wait for someone to come over and say… “Oh my goodness, I love this!”

I will reply modestly, “Oh, this old thing?” …and I’ll really mean it.
Chevron bookcase

This “old thing” had far more potential than it originally appeared to have. Don’t underestimate the potential of your “old things”. With a little creativity and lots of spray paint, there is no piece of furniture too ugly or too plain to makeover.

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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

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  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

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  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

    Reply
  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

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  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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Next Week’s Line-up & Breaking News!

We hope to keep our readers updated on what’s in-store for the upcoming week. To do this, we plan on posting our “On-Deck” projects on Friday afternoons. The On-Deck Projects will give you a sneak peek into next week’s DIY tutorials. Our first project will be up on Monday @ 7:00am!
On-Deck DIY Playbook projects
For this next part, you must imagine Casey reading in her “newscaster” voice. Got it?
THIS JUST IN…

We have some exciting “Breaking News” to share with you guys…we’ve been lucky enough to be featured in the Orland Park Prairie!

Orland Park Prairie DIY Playbook
The Orland Park Prairie is a local publication that residents in our hometown receive every Thursday. We were ecstatic when Heather Warthen reached out wanting to write an article about the DIY Playbook.  Heather also asked us to include a project to go along with the article, so we chose our scrabble tile coasters. We figured it could be a nice beginner project for Prairie readers, and they could use them for a St. Patty’s Day party!

A big thanks to Heather for such an amazing feature!
Orland Park Prairie Casey O'Halloran Bridget O'Connor DIY Playbook
If you’re an O.P. resident, we hope you’ll take a look at the article. If not, here is a link to their website.
We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend (maybe even filled with some DIY-ing?!) See you on Monday!
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