DIY I Love You Sign

Learn How To Make Your Own I Love You Sign

Perfect for a proposal, Valentines Day or any day you feel like celebrating love!


Hey, everyone! If you’re interested in how Jimmy made our I love you sign when he popped the question, then please keep reading.

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • 1/2 inch thick wood, Size pends on how big you want the sign

  • In pencil the words are written out “I Love You”, you can even use a stencil

  • 100 Christmas Lights

  • Black Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Drill with 5/16 drill bit

  • Sand Paper

  • Ruler


1. Print and cut out the I Love You  printable. Lay on top of the wood and trace using your pencil.

2. Grab your ruler and mark a dot every 1 1/2 inches along the pencil lines of the letters.

3. Using the 5/16 drill bit, drill holes at every mark along the I Love You letters. Then sand the wood until it’s smooth.

4. Using your paint brush grab the black paint and cover the surface of the wood.

5. Flip the board over and stick one Christmas light bulb in every hole.

And that is it!

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Repurposed Wood Picture Frame

Easy DIY Rustic Picture Frame

Skill level: Easy

Loved creating this really easy repurposed wood picture frame.  We live not too far from the beach and at times Jimmy and I would go either for a run or walk by the beach. One day I came across the piece of wood that was flat but had what I call “character” and thought this could be used for something down the road. Well, that project I would use it for was to create a wood picture frame. Please keep reading if this sounds like an easy and awesome idea. This project makes great for any gifts or home decor, happy crafting!


  • Repurposed wood, or plank of wood size of your choice
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Hammer
  • burlap
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue
  • Pictures of your choice
  • Carpet nails
  • Acrylic Paint color of your choice
  • Paint brushes
  • Stencil


  • Grab your wood stain and paint brush and stain the wood with the color of your choosing. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area
  • After the wood has dried, next grab the burlap and pictures, this is where you will want to glue the two onto each other
  • Next, place the Picture with the burlap onto the wood plank and take the carpet nails and hammer them in accordingly. The carpet nails add an extra touch of rustic to it, don’t you think?
  • After the pictures are settled, grab your stencil, paint and paint brush and you may write a saying if  you have room or the names of the people in the pictures, just like what we did. This is your project do whatever sparks your fancy!
  • Let it dry and that my friend is it!

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One Year Anniversary In Our Renovated Old Home

WoW One Year In Our Old Home!

We can not believe we have lived in this awesome house that we get to call HOME for one year. It is so crazy to think we purchased our first home back in February 2015, and shortly after began the renovation process. Seven long months later we moved in.

Like any homeowner, there are always tons of projects left to do, but taking it day by day is our motto. We have a lot more stories and projects that we would love to continue to share with all of you. Below are some great memories and projects that we would love to share with you, in honor of our one year anniversary!!!

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So crazy to think that we spent so much time renovating and now we are living and enjoy the fruit of our labor. It was totally worth it and if you’re in the middle of your home renovation, don’t worry there will be a light. So keep trucking along, you can do it!!!

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DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

DIY Nautical Deck Themed Decor

New Deck Makeover Part Two

Continuing from our first deck makeover reveal we were able to make a few more Nautical Themed Decor and repurpose old Lanterns from our previous home. If interested, then please keep reading.

Nautical Themed Deck

Lanterns- Can be purchased at Christmas Tree Shop, Pier 1, & Pottery Barn

DIY Nautical Pillars-

Nautical Pillars

Coffee Table Decor :DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls

For Step By Step instructions for where I learned how to make my DIY Nautical “Faux” Glass Floats from Foam Balls, please visit Crafts By Courtney.  Bowl was purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop


Nautical Wine Coasters

DIY Nautical Rope Coasters

Wine Glass Charms – Can be purchased at our Etsy Shop

Wine Charms

So in NY the weather has been hot and lovely this entire Summer. We’re hoping it holds up for at least the rest of September. This way we can enjoy our lovely deck a little bit longer.

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DIY Nautical Rope Coasters


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So since now that we have an awesome deck, it is now time to decorate. Jimmy and I are going with  the nautical theme, hence the title of the blog post. Nothing says nautical like a set of DIY rope coasters. Right?

This DIY rope coaster project just like most of our projects are super easy. However, I seem to have found a way to burn myself a few times with the hot glue gun. Do not let that stop you, because they are too awesome not to do them! 



  • 2x Ashland 0.2 in. x15 ft/7mm x4.5 (roll of sisal/hemp/jute rope or any other kind you prefer) made 6 coasters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

If you want to take it to the next level below are additional supplies:

  • Stencils or pictures for the images on the coasters
  • A black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching, if you are using pictures to look at to make your image.
  • A small paintbrush
  • Plastic/paper plates and old newspapers. This is to be sure to protect whatever you are working on from the hot glue, paint, and shedding (if any; mine did because it was natural jute) from the rope. Do not use anything that you wouldn’t want to be ruined!!
  • Sealer. I used Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray


1. Set-up all of your supplies in your area, make sure the hot glue gun is hot and ready to go.

2. We felt it was easier to glue as we went and remember the golden rule, LESS is always MORE. You will want to pinch the beginning of the rope and make sure it’s secure because if that center piece comes apart it will look bad and well the rest will not be secure. So no pressure. 🙂


3. You are going to continue to repeat the second step until you get the coaster the size you want. We went around about 6-7 times. Once you get towards the end, just use your scissors to cut the rope and finish gluing. We put a dab of glue on the tip of the end piece to seal it down.

And just like that another easy project completed!

Optional Step:

4. Once all coasters are finished, get out your paint, a small paintbrush, your choice of stencils or pictures (you can print pictures from the computer). If you are using pictures, you will also need a black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching on the coaster), and a plastic/paper plate (to put the paint on for use).

5. Once you are done sketching the picture, it’s time to start painting! Only use a bit of paint at a time and work slowly. 

6.Repeat the same steps on the other coasters while letting the finished ones dry.

7. After you’re finished and they are all dry, it’s time to spray the sealer. Use this outside!! You do not want this smell all over your house! On both sides of the coasters, spray a couple of coats, letting it dry 15-20 minutes between each one.

8. On the bottom of the coaster, you may want to put a coat of regular mod podge to help seal in the shedding more. 



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New Deck Makeover

New Deck Make Over

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Hello, Everyone! So were going to have this New Deck Makeover be the first of what should surely be many set series posts.  In this post will talk about the new deck and all of its beauty. The other posts in the series will capture the decor inspiration and where we shopped for those lovely pieces. So with no further ado lets begin.

What a deck! (That’s what she said )We decided to higher a contractor  to tackle our new deck makeover project. A lot has been going on, so we had decided to higher a contractor and these guys banged out the deck in a day and a HALF. Yup, a day and a HALF! We are super excited to enjoy the rest of our summer and fall months on this beauty.

It’s All About The Trex, No Wood

When re-doing your deck we highly recommend going the Trex route. This may cost more upfront, but in the long run totally worth every penny. Think no splinters & less maintenance. This extended deck was a long time coming and  we knew it was going to be extended once the house was bought.

Anywho, you must check out the before and after pictures below! Our deck makeover was a complete success. Our tiny deck prior was made out of wood and seemed to host a lovely family of bees. It was very annoying, to say the least, to open our back door and to be in fear that one would get into our house EEK! The deck needs some small finishing touches cosmetically. One of the projects, we are planning to add a sink and counter space for the BBQ area. That of course, we’ll share with you all as it happens. 


Inspiration Behind It All

Below, you will find some of the pictures from Pinterest that have inspired us ( All pictures have been linked back to their original post). You can follow our board to see what else we great ideas we have in store, here.

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Jimmy and I can not wait to start decorating (well I am excited lol) and create a relaxing cozy spot for all of our family and friends. Definitely, need to plan a BBQ and give this deck some attention it so rightfully deserves. 

Still currently shopping for patio furniture, throw pillows, coffee table ensemble, and lanterns. When decorating any room of our house we not only have a Pinterest board but, we actually make a real inspiration board. This is where will print out pictures that we like or from magazines and fabrics. This organizes our ideas and brings to life what we want. we prefer a pin board so you easily move pictures around, however; lately, we’ve  used an oaktag because we had it on hand and did not want to take my other ideas off for our MBR.

Inspiration boards are so useful and handy. We will share a post on how to make a board and the best way to stay true to it while shopping!

So far we purchased our couch (we took full advantage of the fourth of July sale) at Walmart and the Hampton Bay pergola at Home Depot. The two pieces go together so well! (No payment was received by Young Couple Old Home, all products mentioned are our recommendations only.)

Thank you for reading, stay tuned for New Deck Makeover Part II of the series.


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Throw A Fun and Easy Fourth of July Bash


Today we’re doing things a little different. Today it’s all about the party! Fourth of July that is!

There’s something extra special about festivities that happen around the Fourth of July. This season we’re dreaming of an outdoor get-together that’s simple to pull together. Stars and stripes? Obviously. Red, white, and blue palette? No doubt. Easy, stress-free, and kid-friendly? You betcha!

We’re going to share with you some great ideas from our family BBQ par-tay  in case you want to plan your own party.

The day was full of our favorite American foods and all kinds of red, white and blue. We started out with the appetizers, American flag pizza and Red, White and blue chips. Totally American.


Always important to have you Patriotic decor out and about… We had flag themed plates, napkins and toothpicks. There were also the American flag mason jars that we made (which can be found here) and wine bottle decor..(Tutorial Coming soon!)

What’s a fourth of July party with out a little sangria, right?  We made sangria with fruit cut out into a star. We used a star shaped cookie cuter. A sure total hit! #Protip Definitely set-up a beverage center,this way you can enjoy the party and your guests can help themselves


When it comes to the food RED>>> WHITE>>> & BLUE is always the fun and ultimate way to go.

Our friends and family all got into the theme and helped out with the food making too. We had pasta salad, veggies, salad, fruit and  cake.

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Receipes can be found below:

Pasta Salad:  Note we did modify it a bit, but still so good! Also, deffinitly made too much pasta that day, you can never get the amount right?!

RED WHITE & BLUE SALAD OMG this was so good, the dressing was amazing!

Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs:  Modified this a bit… basically if you haven’t used Flavor God Seasonings yet, you are missing out! Google it and you can thank me later!!! (No pictures) sorry

We had a lot of fun and you definitely want to have activities for the kids. My sister-inlaw does not mess around she brought a bouncy house for the kids.


While the kids played, the adults played CORNHOLE, or as we like to call it BAGO! Tomato TOM-ATO

Outside Jimmy hooked-up out door speakers, this way our guests could enjoy the outdoors with some good music, good drinks and great company.


To SUM it all up:

  • Prep ahead of time when ever you can, this will help out the day of
  • Ask friends and family to help out with the food, your not a super hero and I guarantee they want to help out too
  • This is a DIY page and whats a DIY page without a project- make center pieces that are easy and fun like our wine bottle center pieces (it gives you a reason to have a glass of wine lol)
  • REMEMBER to relax and enjoy the ones who are around you


Young Couple Old Home want to wish you a Happy and Safe 4th of July!



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How to Make American Flag Red White Blue Mason Jars

A tutorial on how to make American flag red white blue mason jars.Pottstown Weekend Market

In honor of Memorial Day weekend coming up, we thought what would share an easy all American DIY project. Perfect for a BBQ centerpiece or even utensil organizer! Hell, it can be whatever tickles your fancy 😉

P.S this is also great for the 4th of July !

So let’s get to it!

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  • 3x Mason Jars – Purchased from Dollar Store
  • Acrlic Paint Red, White and Blue
  • Sponge brush
  • Fine Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Clear spray paint
  • Star Stencil- We used computer paper


We started by painting two jars white and one blue using craft store acrylic paint. Once the jars were painted, next was to make the stripes.


We used painters tape to create the stripes. #Protip: you may want to try using Washi Tape. Ran into a snag when we were removing the tape from the jars. This led us to use the fine painters brush to go in for some touch-ups. Not too bad, as we were going for that distress look.

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Next step… the making of the stars

We easily made a star stencil from what we printed onto the computer paper, not the most creative method lol.

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Last Step…. Yup, were at the home stretch! We told you it was easy, why would we lie????

Get your  clear enamel spray paint … and start spraying away! Obviously, spray 6-12 inches from the mason jars and make sure your outside or in a well ventilated area!!!

And just like that your done!!!

P.S: Let’s remember what were really celebrating … Memorial Day, a day to remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. resized_success-kid-meme-generator-completed-diy-pinterest-project-on-to-the-next-one-f32f21

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Create A Dressing Room With Ikea Furniture & Home Deport: Room Tour


Hello Ladies!

Welcome to Barbara’s dressing room aka my sanctuary. While Jimmy may have his two car garage workshop for his cars, I however; wanted my very own dressing room/make-up room.

It is still a work in progress like anything else when owning a home. For real, is a home ever really finished? Well back to the room at hand, still need to work on the decor aspect, but will definitely keep all who are interested updated.

Jimmy and I gave a up a spare bedroom to make this dream come true. So with no further ado, welcome to the dressing room!!DSC_0490IMG_4375











Where I bought the above:

Vanity: Ikea

Chair: Lexmod

Vanity Mirror: Vanity Girl Hollywood

You can learn how I made the heart Picture as seen above, here.

IMG_4384As you can tell a bit bare, working on this! ( And no, the labels are not printed on the chest, Photoshop this way you know how I organized)

Where we bought the three draw dresser: (Thinking about swapping the black knobs, stay tuned to see what I change them too 🙂)
Dresser: Ikea

IMG_4380 Really cheap and easy way to organize jewelry (rings, earrings, etc) use ice treys. Bought mine from the dollar store! (Love that PLACE)


Check out how we made our floor mirror here  


All Racks were from Home Depot.

SuperSlide 4 ft. x 12 in. Shelf Kit with Closet Rod

1Every dressing room can not be complete without a chandelier, am I right? Home Depot item, yup!

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Our Front Yard Make Over

Ahhh Spring has sprung and what better time to revamp our front yard than now, right? Past day or two we and with the help from our awesome local landscapers “Lawn Care”, we were able to spruce up the joint.

We’ll soon be posting a how to install window flower box to a vinyl siding house. Stay tuned! Definitely a great way to add a little extra something to the home. Don’t you think?

Check-out below the transition from when we first bought the house over a year ago to now. Also, take a look at our home tour page so you can see how we transformed the rest of our home here.



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