Bedroom Progress & $100 Ace Hardware Giveaway


This one’s for Mike.


In the two-plus years that I’ve been blogging he’s put up with a lot.


Starting with the chaos. Rooms torn apart. Half painted. Half finished …


for months on end.


Then there’s the rolling ball of tarp that moves from room-to-room as I tackle new projects. Okay, more like contemplate new projects. And procrastinate as I struggle with paint colors. And fabrics …


and indecision …


all the while the giant blue ball of tarp waits impatiently in the corner of the room. Taunting me.


And we can’t forget about the dining room table. A table that’s used more for my projects and Etsy shop orders than dining.


But finally …


finally …


I’ve found a way to leverage the blog to reward my husband for his patience!


You see, when it comes to DIY around the house my domain includes paint brushes and nail guns and caulk guns and sewing machines …


but the drill?


That’s all Mike. He’s my go-to when it comes to the finishing touches. The hanging of shelves and pictures and drapery hardware. And up until a few weeks ago, that entailed lots cords and outlets. Which was cumbersome. And inconvenient. And awkward.


So when Ace Hardware asked me to visit my local store and find something ‘unexpected,’ I found mine in the power tool aisle. Sure, Ace is all about home maintenance and repair. But I tend to think of Ace as nuts and bolts and hammers and nails …


you know, manually operated tools …


not power tools.


And when I saw this Dewalt cordless drill at my neighborhood Ace Hardware for a special deal of $99.99 with my Ace loyalty card …



I knew it would be perfect for Mike.


And can I tell you that he was genuinely excited when he saw the box? And when I put him to work in our (fingers crossed) soon-to-be-finished master bedroom, he happily grabbed his shiny new official looking cordless drill to hang the hardware for the new drapes I made …




(I hope Mike doesn’t mind the shot from behind …)


And when he was done with that task, I asked him to hang a new full length mirror outside our master bath …



… which is a misnomer; there is absolutely nothing masterful about our bath.


Now I’m one step closer to finally finishing our bedroom …



a two-plus-years-in-the-making project!


Thanks Honey!


As for the review, Mike tells me the Dewalt cordless drill I found at Ace Hardware was perfect. It comes with two rechargeable batteries that offer hours upon hours of drilling time. And it’s really easy to handle and super lightweight …


perfect for our drapery rod and mirror hanging drilling needs.


And Ace Hardware would like to give you a $100 gift card to find something unexpected at your very own neighborhood Ace …

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!


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This post was written as part of my partnership with Ace Hardware as a member of the Ace Blogger Panel.  However, any and all opinions are my own.



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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    I like the color of your curtains. Sounds like everything is coming along nicely
    I sure could use that gift card as I need paint for some projects I would like to get started on.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

  2. says

    I love ACE–it’s right up the street. I could walk if I had to. Like if it was snowing like gangbusters and I needed something. I would spend $100 on gardening stuff, just in case we ever see warm weather again.

  3. Susan M. says

    In the middle of a kitchen reno and next up is painting of the cabinets. Can I tell you how much I am dreading it?IIII Thanks Ace for the opportunity — my fingers are crossed!

  4. theresasea says

    I hope to re-paint our master bedroom. I wanted a soft blue, and ended up with an overwhelming baby-boy-nursery-blue. Yikes.

  5. Susie Lavender says

    I need to paint: the front door, the entire downstairs, my bedroom, daughter’s bathroom, daughter’s room (she painted 2/3 of one wall and quit), and the hallway upstairs…….

  6. Stacy Brown says

    I’m painting the whole interior of my house this spring it’s been just white far to long can’t wait to get started and using your blog and with help and tips from my local Ace Hardware store I shouldn’t have any problems getting it done the right way and the results should be beautiful .

  7. Laurie says

    My husband’s ‘Honey Do’ list is growing longer every day–from painting a living room that hasn’t been painted in 14 years, to replacing the lovely (kidding) laminate kitchen counters! Spring can’t come soon enough!

  8. Robin W. says

    My kitchen is going to be the next project – and it’s a doozie!!! Great post and your hubby is the best!!

  9. Danica H says

    I am doing one room at a time, so an Ace hardware gift card would definitely get me started & keep me motivated!! **crosses fingers**

  10. says

    I love your post. We too are doing some remodeling/redecorating at our home of 12 years. If I won the Ace Hardware $100 I would experiment with paint and brushes. These new colors are just gorgeous. Then I would share it with everyone on my blog and my pinterest page at greatfull dazeez. I love before and after photos! Please keep sharing!

  11. Cara W says

    We moved a few months ago and recently discovered that we cannot find our screwdrivers or hammer. That would be the first things I would buy. I might also buy an electric drill.

  12. says

    We are buying our first home with very little money that we have we are having a hard time doing renovations on a budget..Love the color of your walls …I would love to redo my kitchen and my theme is believe it or not apples with Mason jars I just love the to use them and love to use them for decoration

  13. Joni Giancola says

    Love Ace and I’m almost finished-except for the paint-with my sewing/craft room, with a big thanks to my hubby, who decided I needed it more than he needed a Man Cave–he’s enjoying the living/dining room back to what they were made for….

  14. says

    I’m like you… I’d use the gift card to get something for the Brawn of the operation. But I can’t make cute curtains, do they sell seamstresses at Ace?

  15. Tami V says

    I have lots of improvements including painting that need to be done. The $100 gift card would be a huge help!

  16. Cara Harmon says

    If I win the $100 gift card I would get as many mason jars as I wanted and then I would use the rest for some paint and a few other things I need for crafting :)

  17. Shelly says

    Nothing like getting the hubby a new toy to encourage him to help out with the DIY stuff :)
    We just bought our first townhouse and the DIY projects are endless that we need Ace for!!

  18. Dana Nichols says

    An Ace gift card would be so nice! I need that mason jar tea dispenser! And some paint and some supplies to paint my living room

  19. Debbie W says

    We’re painting our house room by room. Perhaps my hubby will finally get the “install new wood flooring” off of his honey-do list.

  20. says

    I love the airy, pristine feel of the bedroom! As to Ace Hardware, I’ve received good advice and service and ordering there. I think it’s time I owned my very own cordless drill, which I would probably hide from everybody in the house–because the cordless drill in our house is sometimes not where my man-with-a-drill expects it to be (oops on behalf of everybody in the house). I would keep it charged always, and figure out how to drill curtain brackets into woodwork; my man-with-a-drill often has to use muscle as well as the benefit of the power drill to get drapery brackets into the tight spaces of a window corner.

  21. Lisa Matarazzo says

    I think I would by paint for my living room – even though I’m in the middle of redoing my bathroom. It’s hard to know until I walk into the store – I may go in the store with a plan, but if something else comes to mind when I walk in the door – I have to go with it……….

  22. Denise A. says

    Our local ace also sells a great selection of garden supplies and plants, so I would get plants to start my spring vegetable garden

  23. barbara n says

    My local Ace always has everything I need. I am planning on painting my guest room and would use the gift card to pay for the paint!


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