A Project Fifty Years (Plus Two More) in the Making

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

midcentury modern plastic decorator panels turned window hangings via MakelyHome.com

I have a healthy skepticism of DIY products that promise the moon and the stars.  Even though I know that it’s completely bull headed, it’s always hard for me to believe that there are really such big advances in things like paint or glue.

So, imagine my feeling when Elmer’s approached me to do a review of one of their premier glues – ProBond Advanced.  Yes, the same Elmer’s that makes the school glue that I probably ate 30 years ago.  They asked me to create a mixed materials project that showcases ProBond Advanced’s ability to bond wood to metal, glass to concrete or ceramic to drywall. I generally make it a practice to not make projects just to make them (ain’t nobody got time for that!) – even if someone wants to pay me to do so.  This time, though, I did have a mixed materials project that had been on the back burner for some time, so I decided to give it a go.

Now for some history on this project.  Back in May of 2012 (yes, almost two years ago!), my friend Pam of Retro Renovation sent me an email and told me to go see a guy here in Austin who had stumbled across a bunch of brightly colored plastic decorator panels from the 1960s (Pam wrote a post about them here, where you can find more details about their history and more pictures of the different patterns and colors of the panels). The guy’s father-in-law is a picker who got his hands on an unopened box of these beauties in an old Pennsylvania warehouse.  I bought three of them from him – two are blue and have a bottle design and the other is green with a bubble design.  He told me to lay them flat so that they wouldn’t break (they are a little brittle from age), so I slid them underneath my bed.

And they were there until a few weeks ago.  Seriously.




Filed Under: Create Your Decor, Giveaways & Product Reviews, Project Gallery 17 Comments



The Big Mistake

Oh, my gosh, y’all.  I have such a typical Lindsay story to share today.

A few months ago, Emma got invited to her very first birthday party for a friend her own age.  She was absolutely thrilled and talked about the party for days on end.

She planned and planned about what we should buy for a gift for her friend (she first decided to buy a Kindle Fire, but I had to talk her down to something more in the $10 price range).  I finally took her to Target to buy it and she thought we needed to go to the party right then.  “Not yet,”  I had to tell her.  “The party is on Saturday and today is only Thursday.”

Fast forward to Saturday.  That morning, Emma woke up completely excited.  It was party day!  She put on her party outfit, after changing her mind a few times, and was ready to go get in the car.  “Not yet,”  I had to tell her.  “The party is after lunch, and it’s only 8 o’clock in the morning now.”

So, Emma planned some more.  She talked about what she was going to play with her friend.  She talked about how much her little friend would love her gift.  Was it time to go yet?  “Yes,” I finally got to say.  “Let’s go!”

Emma held the gift in her lap for the entire car trip to her friend’s house.  She couldn’t wait to play and celebrate with her friend.  She was as excited as any 3 year old could possibly be.

When we pulled up to her friend’s house, I feeling of panic washed over me.  The party had started 15 minutes previous, but there were no other cars there.  There were no balloons or decorations.  In fact, it looked like the family itself wasn’t even home.

I grabbed the invitation to the party out of my purse.  I had the right time, the right location…but the wrong date.  The party wasn’t until the next Saturday.

Needless to say, Emma didn’t take the news very well.  My sweet, joyous little girl turned into a weeping, wailing mess in 10 seconds flat.  She was absolutely crushed, and it was completely my fault.  All of her planning, dreaming and excitement was ruined by Mama overlooking one very important detail.

Why on Earth am I telling you about this?  To embarrass myself?  To make you feel sorry for Miss Emma?

No, way.  It’s because this story applies so well to decorating.

Ignoring your wall color is like showing up for a birthday party on the wrong day via MakelyHome.com

(Not Emma, but might as well have been.)




Filed Under: Decorate Your Home, Giveaways & Product Reviews 16 Comments



20 Ways to Use Your Steam Cleaner – and a Chance to Win Your Own!

20 best uses for your steam cleaner via MakelyHome.com

I am obsessed with steam cleaners.  In my adult life, I’ve had a big carpet cleaner, a few steam mops and a handheld steam cleaner.  My husband, Tom, would roll his eyes every time a new one came home, but I thought I needed all of those different types of steam cleaners for different applications.

When Tom came home from work last week and saw yet another one in the house, he said, “Lindsay.  Really?”  Yes, really!  Between HomeRight’s new SteamMachine Plus and original SteamMachine, I can get rid of all of those other ones.  The SteamMachine Plus is a steam mop that has many attachments – including one for carpet! – and a handheld unit (like a Dust Buster) that pops out of the mop for quick tasks, like steaming garments.  The SteamMachine is a much larger unit with a larger tank for your larger projects.

I have plenty of uses for both of them.  Here are 20 of my favorite uses:




Filed Under: Decorate Your Home, Giveaways & Product Reviews, Real Life with Lindsay 411 Comments



How to Clean an Oven Without Chemicals

How to Clean an Oven Without Chemicals via MakelyHome.com

Today is the day that I let you into a secret part of my life – the inside of my oven.  It is gross.  Gross, gross, gross.  We really don’t use it that often since we cook mostly on the stovetop, so I just kind of ignore it.  We’ve lived in this house for almost 6 years, and it’s possible that we’ve never cleaned it.

I can’t believe I just admitted that to the world.  It’s horrifying!

How to Clean an Oven Without Chemicals via MakelyHome.com

Surely I’m not alone though, right?  There have to be other ovens that look like mine.  I’m going to keep telling myself that.




Filed Under: Giveaways & Product Reviews, Project Gallery, Real Life with Lindsay 11 Comments



Win a Mohawk Home Area Rug

Win a Mohawk Home area rug at MakelyHome.com #ilovemymohawkrug

I don’t show my living room very often on the blog.

Why?  Well, until just a few weeks ago, it was builder’s beige.  And anything that’s builder’s beige is dead to me.  So, my living room has been neglected.  Sure, it is clean and comfortable – but it was beige.

It WAS beige.  We’re going to address what I mean by that in the next few days.




Filed Under: Decorate Your Home, Giveaways & Product Reviews 37 Comments



How to Make a Midcentury Modern Inspired Two Tone Dresser

how to finish a midcentury modern inspired two tone dresser via MakelyHome.com

When we last left my DIY midcentury modern inspired dresser, my husband Tom (who built this dresser from scratch) handed it over to me for finishing.  When he left for work the next morning, he said, “Don’t ruin it.”  Oh, great.  Thanks for the vote of confidence!  I think he was only half joking.




Filed Under: Create Your Decor, Giveaways & Product Reviews 11 Comments