How to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling with Cypress Wood

Cover a Popcorn Ceiling with Cypress Wood

We chose 6-inch v-groove cypress boards to cover the popcorn ceiling. Cypress is light, flexible, dimensionally stable, it takes finishes well, it’s easy to cut and has a lot of color variation. The most common type of wood we found being used on ceilings was yellow pine. We thought about it but in the end we decided for our project it would be a little too … well, yellow. Plus, we chose pine for our floors and we wanted warmer, browner colors up top to contrast with the floors. We found just what we were looking for at Thomas Lumber in Cumming, GA. Being a family run mill in operation for 87 years, they know their stuff. The nice Thomas folks answered all of our questions and gave us some great tips.

Tips for DIY Hardwood Floors Installation

Tips for DIY Hardwood Floors Installation

The Retreat Remodel updates have been few and far between. We’ve been working on it. But working on it and then having time to edit pictures and write about it are another thing altogether. We’re finally to a place where we can catch up a bit, so I’ll be trying to share more about our… 

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How to Make Lemon Cups

How to Make Lemon Cups

These cute little Lemon Cups are so easy to make and perfect for many celebrations like ladies luncheons or teas, pool parties, baby showers, bridal showers. There are so many great occasions where these would be that extra special touch that always adds to celebration. Fill them with a light sorbet, ice cream or fluffy dip for individual treats. Easily make them ahead a day or so and keep covered in the refrigerator to wait until party time.

Easy DIY Red White and Blue Party Decoration

Easy DIY Red White and Blue Party Decorations

As Memorial Day approaches with the 4th of July right behind, you need fun, quick and colorful decorations to show your national pride! This bright and easy DIY Red White and Blue Party Decoration takes only a couple minutes to create. You’ll have a fun addition to the celebration in no time.

How To Dry a Wet Cell Phone

How To Dry a Wet Cell Phone

Once I gathered my wits about me I tried to enter my pass code. Lights flickered for a moment then black screen. I thought it was hopeless so I got back into the canoe and stayed out 3 more hours or so. When I got back I attempted to charge it, nothing. I told the family about my dead wet cell phone. My wife, Amy, and our daughter insisted that I put the phone in rice. So I did. I left it overnight. The next morning the phone seemed to take a charge but the screen was quite blotchy. I powered down, put it back in the rice and left it another 24 hours. Now, two days later, the phone is fully charged and I’ve used it all day without incident, and the remaining blotchy-ness is gradually going away.

Easy Homemade Body Scrub Recipe

Easy Homemade Body Scrub

This Homemade Body Scrub recipe is quick, easy, fun, and best of all, it can be personalized using your favorite fragrance(s). You can add your own favorite fragrance or fragrance combination with the use of essential oils. A few of my favorites are lavender, grapefruit or lemon, and coconut. Or what about a grapefruit coconut combination? Lovely!

Gift Ideas for the DIYer

Gift Ideas for the DIYer

If you’re looking for some gift ideas for the DIYer on your list, here’s a collection of to consider. The right tool always helps any skilled DIYer. You’ll find the prices range from stocking stuffers to big item gifts. I hope it helps you find something or trigger a thought for another gift for the DIYer in your life.

The Retreat Remodel No.1


I’m excited to begin a new series here on She Wears Many Hats dedicated to remodeling and all things DIY, called The Retreat Remodel. Recently we purchased a mountain getaway that we’re remodeling from top to bottom, side to side, inside, outside, and upside down.

Color My Powder Room — Part 2


Our Glidden room project is finished! Well, almost. I still have some pictures and artwork to hang, maybe add fun accent rug, and there’s one more piece of wainscoting we’re trying to hunt down, but the biggest part of the improvements are done.

Which glass is mine? Clever drinking glass markers.


I’ve found that the majority of what I’m loading and unloading are drinking glasses, and not because we’re consuming large amounts of liquid, but because no one can remember which glass is theirs, so they get another one, therefore a menagerie of drinking glasses can usually be found at our house. That is up until now. I think I’ve found the solution.

I found it on Pinterest.


Are you on Pinterest? I am. Sometimes maybe too much. It can be quite addicting. I’ll pop on there to find an idea for plantings for a new flower bed, then end up wanting to make paper flowers because, ya know, there may be sometime I need to know how to make paper flowers. (They’d make a cute centerpiece for Easter, wouldn’t they?)

The Best Window Cleaner ever.

best homemade window cleaner

Ever since moving into our home 5 years ago, we’ve battled trying to get the exterior of our windows clean. They just never looked crystal clear. There was always a filmy residue and often chalky streaks. We tried a variety of window cleaners from homemade to store bought concoctions, as well as using newspaper instead of paper towels with not much success. That all changed a few days ago when we learned of the best exterior window cleaner ever.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard


A chalkboard, conveniently placed in the heart of the kitchen for everyone to access. I’m pretty handy with things, but I’m also blessed with my own handy man, Randy, who also serenades me with song, and can do a mean shadow puppet on the fly. Handy Randy took charge of this one for me. I told him what I was thinking as far as size goes, and that I wanted a simple chalkboard without a frame, nothing fancy.