OUR CLEANING SCHEDULE: A SIMPLE CLEANING SCHEDULE CHECKLIST [FREE PRINTABLE]

With three kids and a busy schedule, it’s hard to follow a daily or weekly routine. Keeping a planner and writing out our schedule has helped out a lot. When I [Audrey] used to work in a corporate office, I was in charge of scheduling many projects and maintenance. I thought to myself, why not for our own home.

We created a cleaning schedule to help us maintain our home and live comfortably. We are trying our best to keep our cleaning schedule consistent, and for the most part we have been doing very well. Below, we are sharing our free printable cleaning schedule template. This is a guideline to help you get started. Don’t think of it as a must do. Also, have other household members help you check things off on the list 🙂


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DIY Textured Wall / Faux Concrete Wall

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Finally! We are sharing our DIY textured faux concrete wall. We know we promised you a long time ago and we apologize. Running a small business and still having to do so much around the house got a little overwhelming. However, we are here doing our best and learning to adjust with all the new exciting things going on 🙂

During the holidays, we started a small home reno project. Our original plan was to build an addition to our master bedroom, which would have been a his and her walk in closet and office. Due to certain things, we had to change plans. We knew we needed more space after starting our small business and our kids didn’t need a playroom anymore. So, we turned the playroom into our new master bedroom and moved the kids into our old master bedroom. We were able to build a walk through closet and get the closet space we need, and the kids still get a good amount of space to play in their new room. The kids old room .. Of course turned into our new office/craft room. We are glad it worked out and we were able to save a lot of money by doing this.

We built a wall to separate the closet space and where our bed would be. We were going to just paint everything white, but wanted an accent wall with texture. We looked into many options from Venetian Plaster to Lime Wash Paint to Roman Clay and so on. We knew we wanted that concrete textured look. After many hours of researching, we decided to go with a faux concrete look using joint compound. It’s cost effective, easy, and it turned out amazing. This is definitely a weekender project and we are happy to share with you on how you can also create a textured faux concrete wall.

MATERIALS.

You will need:

INSTRUCTIONS.

  1. Prepare and clean your wall(s).
  2. Divide joint compound into three buckets.
  3. Tint + Mix three different shades with liquid cement color — Dark, medium and light.
  4. Starting with the darkest color, trowel a thick layer onto wall.
  5. Then, layer medium and light colors over the dark base coat. You do not need full coverage.
  6. With putty knife, add texture by overlapping random strokes.
  7. Let it dry for 24 hours.
  8. Optional – Use sandpaper to gently remove any rough spots.

Below is a 43 second YouTube video from Lowes Home Improvement on how to create a faux concrete wall. We used this quick tutorial to help us get an idea on how to start this project.

Lowe’s Home Improvement – How to Create a Faux Concrete Wall

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OTHER INSPO.

If this option does not wow you, we have put together a couple of other ideas and inspo where you can create a textured wall in other ways.

Lime Wash Paint


What is lime wash paint? Lime wash is a natural mineral based paint that creates movement and a subtle shade of texture. It is breathable and environmentally friendly. Below are some links to help you learn more about lime wash paint and where you can get them.

SOURCE – REMODELISTA

Photograph By: The Modern House

SOURCE – JH WALL PAINTS

Roman Clay


According to Portola Paints, Roman Clay “is an eco-friendly plaster finish ideal for smooth interior walls. Roman clay is smooth to the touch with a modeling marble-like effect, comparable to Venetian plasters but with a more subtle, organic appeal.” What’s great is that they also come in custom colors. Below are some links and inspo we found very helpful.

SOURCE – ANGELA ROSE HOME

SOURCE – BRE PURPOSED

Venetian Plaster


Venetian plaster is a term that refers to putty made from fired limestone combined with water. It is also more pricey and requires more work. Check out the links below to learn more about Venetian Plaster.

SOURCE – ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
SOURCE – THE SPRUCE

MORE TO READ – MODERN TEXTURED WALLS


We learned so much about all the different applications and methods to create a textured wall or faux concrete wall. We never knew there were so many ideas out there! We hope you found this blog post helpful and hope you’re inspired to create your own textured wall. If you are interested in learning more, we are sharing a couple of links below.

REMODELISTA – Remodeling 101: Modern Plaster Walls, Six Ways

STYLE by EMILY HENDERSON – Everything You Need to Know About Tadelakt

STYLE by EMILY HENDERSON – Ask the Audience: What Do You Think About Textured + Limewash Walls

SONG BIRD BLOG – How to Paint a Faux Concrete Wall

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – You Can Actually Fake a Concrete Wall

Valentine’s Day 2021 | DIY + Home Decor + More

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Faux Peonies from Amazon | Candle from Madxson + Co. | Geode Coaster from Crafts by Channy

Flatware from Jazzupco | Dinner Plate from Target Opalhouse | Salad Plate from Target Project 62

We enjoy celebrating every holiday (when it’s possible) — small or big. It could be a simple decor piece on the mantel, baking something in the oven, DIY crafts, or a beautiful tablescape with family and friends. We found some great ideas to share with you that could be fun!

TABLESCAPE IDEAS.

Courtney from Pizzazzerie put together three tablescape ideas for Valentine’s Day. They’re all simple, but they all still create an elegant and fun vibe. Check out her ideas below!

SOURCE: Pizzazzerie
SOURCE: Pizzazzerie
SOURCE: Pizzazzerie

We put together a couple of links where you can grab some of these pieces (or similar) to decorate your upcoming Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day get together.

HOME DECOR + HOMEWARE.

Valentine’s Day home decor doesn’t have to be all about the typical red and pink hearts and love signs. Adding some light color to set the mood is all you really need. Our favorite colors this time around is terra cotta pink, rose / blush pink, taupe, and of course gold. Below are some home decor and homeware we think could be fun this Valentine’s Day.

DO-IT-YOURSELF.

If you’re feeling a little crafty, try one of these amazing DIY projects. We gathered a couple of links to share and hope they inspire you to get creative.

SUCCULENT VALENTINE by A NIGHT OWL BLOG

BLOOMING MONOGRAM DIY BY LULUS.COM

SOURCE: LULUS.COM

DIY V-DAY BRANCH TREE BY THE HOUSE THAT LARS BUILT

PAINTED MASON JARS BY KA STYLES

SOURCE: KA STYLES

Is Valentine’s Day one of your favorite holidays? Even if it’s not, we hope you’re inspired to start one of these DIY projects or even add some Valentine’s Day touch to your home.

DIY: Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Recipes

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Stovetop potpourri is an easy and natural way to make your home smell amazing in minutes, and your home more cozier. They’re also great last minute gifts you can put together quickly.

Below are some of our favorite recipes this holiday season. They will definitely set the mood and make your home smell like Christmas.

HOW TO MAKE.

  1. Fill pot with 3 – 4 cups of water.
  2. Add ingredients.
  3. Simmer over low heat.
  4. Add more water when needed.

TIPS FOR MAKING POTPOURRI.

  1. Simmer on stove for an hour or so.
  2. To reuse — Allow to cool, then refrigerate with lid between use and add water when ready to warm on stove again.
  3. You may reuse for 2-3 days, as long as ingredients are still fresh.
  4. Experiment different scents by using other fruits and spices.

Fall Blends: Apples, Pears, Cinnamon, and Cloves.

Christmas Blends: Cranberries, Oranges, Cinnamon, and Rosemary.

HOW TO GIFT POTPOURRI.

  1. Package ingredients in a jar, basket or cellophane bag. Make sure ingredients are whole and not sliced. Add a tag or notecard with instructions.
  2. If you would like to gift ready to make potpourri, you may dry your ingredients. Note: This process will add more time. We are sharing this link on how to dry fruit for potpourri — How to Dry Fruit for Potpourri.

MORE TO SHARE.

Below are links to other stovetop potpourri recipes we think you would enjoy. Check them out!




Home Reno Reveal: A Walk Through Master Bedroom Closet

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During the summer, we hired a general contractor, architect and engineer. We made plans to build an extension to our original master bedroom. Note — We have two master suites. We wanted a walk in closet and personal office space. However, things changed and we decided to turn the playroom (the second master suite) into our new master bedroom.

This was our chance to learn and build on our own. So, we decided to DIY!

Since we started a small business, we needed more space for an office and craft room. That is why decided to give up the playroom and have the kids move into our old master bedroom. We then take their old bedroom and turn it into our office / craft room. They can still have the same amount of space to play and store their toys.

BEFORE.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

A before photo of the kids playroom with and without toys. Our demo to do list:

  • Closet
  • Carpet
  • Baseboards
  • Trims

DURING.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

We ran into a problem after we removed the carpet. The floor wasn’t leveled. So, we had to self level. We used Mapei Self-Leveler Plus and it can be purchased at Lowe’s or Floor & Decor.

Once ready, we began building the wall for the closet and re-painted the room white.

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AFTER.

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We decided to purchase the PAX CLOSET SYSTEM from IKEA. It was affordable and easy to install. You can also design your closet on their website using their free Pax Planner.

Once you install your cabinets and shelves, you will have a ton of unused pre-drilled holes. Ikea sells cover plates to fill in these holes. Here is the link — Variera Cover Plate / 100 Pack White.

We also suggest using their Click & Collect service. You can buy everything online and pick up once it’s ready.

For the handles, we purchased from CB2 and they’re on sale right now! They come in different sizes and colors. We went for the 6″ brushed brass. We absolutely love them and the quality is great.

Contour Handle Brushed Brass 6″

We are happy we decided to go this route. We learned a lot during the process and still got the closet space we needed, as well as the design. Even if you’re not building a walk-in/walk-through closet, you can still give your existing closet space a make over. Stay tuned as we work on new content on closet inspo and ways to give your closet a make over.

Also, we will reveal our faux concrete wall soon and a complete master bedroom reveal.

DIY Christmas Decor | How to Dye Bottle Brush Trees

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Do you need a fun, but easy DIY project for the holidays? Why not try dyeing bottle brush trees aka sisal trees? We’ve seen it all over Pinterest and we are sure you have too. So, we finally gave it a try. We had so much fun, that we are going to grab more colors and dye a couple more.

You can purchase them with color (will need bleaching) or you can try to find them without. We actually found a couple last year from Target that were ready to dye, but unfortunately haven’t seen them bring back this year. You can shop at your neighborhood craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Etc.) or purchase online from Amazon.

MATERIALS.

— Assorted Bottle Brush Trees / Sisal Craft Trees

— Bleach

— Glass Bowls and/or Cups

— Water

— Rit Dye (colors we used: wine and hyacinth)

— Paper Towel for Drying

— Rubber Gloves

— Hair Dryer (optional)

WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES.

STEP 1.

If you need to bleach your trees, fill your glass bowl with 2/3 cup warm water and 1/3 cup bleach.

Wearing your rubber gloves, submerged sisal trees in water until color fades to white. If you do not want the white snow, you can carefully rub them off.

It is also okay if they bend, you can straighten them out later.

Once your trees have lost all its color, gently rinse them in warm water and lay them out to dry.

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STEP 2.

Fill up a few bowls or cups with warm water and add your dye — You can go as light or dark.

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PHOTO BY: MADXSON + CO.

Wearing your gloves, dip your trees into the dye mixture and remove once you are happy with the color. If you would like to try the gradient look, dip your tree into your second dye mixture half way until you are happy with the color transition.

After dyeing, rinse under cold water and set on paper towel to dry. Once they have air dried, use a hair dryer to fully dry your trees (especially the center). Having it too damp may cause the center coil to rust.

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Now that you have dyed your trees, what’s next? We are sharing a couple of inspo below on how you can use your creation and add them to your holiday decor.

INSPO: HOW TO DECORATE.

We’d like to see what you came up with! You can share and tag us on Instagram – @madxsonandco #madxsonandco 🙂

Last Minute Minimal Halloween Home Decor 2020

HALLOWEEN IS FOUR DAYS AWAY!!! We have been so busy with home renovations and preparing to launch our winter and holiday candles, we lost track of time. Eek! However, we were able to gather some quick and easy ideas. If you are looking for minimal Halloween home decor, you’ve come to the right place. We are sharing a couple of DIYs and linking you to some of our favorite products. We hope you find this very helpful and that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!

WALL BATS.

Super easy and fun. Our kids enjoyed sticking them onto our barn door and in their room. You can do-it-yourself, buy them on Amazon or both! We bought a pack from Amazon because they were pretty cheap, good quality, and shipping was fast. Good news, some are even on sale right now!

120 Pack Halloween 3D Wall Bats

100 Pack 3D Bats w/ Spiders

60 PCS Halloween 3D Bats

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To do-it-yourself, you will need the following:

  • Printer (to print out stencil)
  • Black construction paper / cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or White Color Pencil/Crayon (to trace)
  • Double Sided Tape
Image Credit: One Good Thing

CLICK HERE for a different bat template.

PUMPKINS.

You can’t go wrong with pumpkins. Real or fake. Carve or no carve. There are a whole lot of ideas out there. We bought a couple of decorative knitted and raffia pumpkins this year from Target (our favorite holiday shop) to put around the house.

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Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Target

If you feel like being creative, you can always purchase real pumpkins and do one of these simple ideas we found on Pinterest.

Image Credit: Martha Stewart

Image Credit: Her Happy Home

Image Credit: Homey Oh My

HALLOWEEN GARLANDS.

Image Credit: This Mama Loves
Image Credit: Vicky Barone
Image Credit: White House Crafts
Image Credit: Target
Image Credit: Amazon
Image Credit: Amazon

BLOGS TO FOLLOW.

Image Credit: Lady Decluttered

Image Credit: Sher She Goes

DIY Tassel Wood Bead Garland

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We love easy DIY projects that we can add to our home decor and this tassel wood bead garland is one of them. It seriously took us less than 10 minutes and you only need a few supplies.

Supplies Needed

  • Wood Beads
  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun (optional to secure rope/cord)
  • Wood Charm Pendant (optional to add to garland)
  • Wood Beads

There are many different sizes, shapes and colors to choose from, but if you’re going for the basic natural wood look … Below are a couple of links.

Amazon – Round Wood Beads

Amazon – Hexagon Wood Beads

Hobby Lobby – Mixed Wood Beads

  • Jute Rope or Macrame Cord

Amazon – Jute Rope

Amazon – Macrame Cord

Note: Depending on the type of bead you purchase, you should double check the jute rope / macrame cord size to make sure it will go through the hole of the bead.

Helpful Tutorial Videos and Links

We used the following resources to help us create this fun and easy craft project. We hope you find the following to be helpful, as it was for us.

Source: Factory Direct Craft Blog
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Upcycle Vases With DIY Ceramic Textured Chalk Paint

Over the weekend, we cleaned out our garage and found several vases that were old and not so pretty. So, we decided to work on a fun little project and upcycled those vases. We have been seeing the paint and baking powder method all over Instagram and Pinterest, so we decided to give it a try.

We were inspired by Collective Gen and her creation of “Trash to Terracotta.” She shares three different methods:

  • Terracotta Upcycle
  • White Washing
  • Ceramic Effect in Any Color

She provides full tutorials and you can see it by visiting her site.

Below, you will see our before and after using the DIY ceramic chalk paint method. Also, we are sharing a video by Collective Gen on how she upcycles her vases using this technique.

What You Will Need

  • Paint Brush (textured finish) or Foam Brush (smooth finish)
  • 1 Cup of Water Based Paint in Any Color
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • Stick to Mix
  • Plastic Container
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Photo By: Madxson + Co.
Source: Collective Gen

This is a great way to upcycle those unwanted vases, so you can finally use them in your home decor.

7 DIY Macrame Projects for Your Home

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Have you fallen in love with all the macrame projects on Pinterest? We sure have. It has been a new and fun project for us during this quarantine. So, what is macrame? Macrame is a form of textile made by knotting threads or cords in a geometrical pattern. It is also known as “the art of tying knots in patterns.”

We have researched easy DIY macrame projects you can start on and add to your home decor.

01 | Macrame Coasters

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These boho-inspired DIY macrame coasters give the perfect boho vibe to your home decor. It is also the perfect gift for friends or family. Each coaster took about 10 – 15 minutes. It is quite simple and easy. For step-by-step instructions, we are sharing the following link we used to help us create these beautiful coasters.

02 | Macrame Plant Hangers

Source: Macrame for Beginners

Macrame plant hangers have been pretty popular. We came across Marloes website – Macrame for Beginners. She shares several easy DIY macrame plant hanger ideas for your home. Which one fits your style? Check out the link below.

03 | Geometric Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

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There are so many different macrame wall hanging designs to choose from. One that caught our eye was the geometric design. We used three different color cords, two gold rings (6″ and 10″, but you’re more than welcome to choose your own size), and added macrame wooden beads. We found this tutorial on Pinterest to help get you started.

04 | Mini Macrame Wall Hanging Decor

Source: Bumi Art
Source: Made in May

05 | Macrame Ornament

Source: Lots of Knots Canada – Chantel Conlon

06 | Macrame Feather

Source: Shmuck Blog
Source: Cotton + Tree

We love how these macrame feathers give character to a simple glass jar. We are sharing some DIY macrame feather tutorials for you, so you can dress up some home decor pieces at home.

Decor Hint

DIY Macrame Bead Feather Leaf

The Flaneur Co

Jo & Judy

07 | Macrame Candle Cover

Where to Buy Materials

If you are not looking to order materials in bulk, we suggest looking into DIY Macrame kits. Etsy has a great collection and you can also find at your local hobby store.

Helpful Books and Websites

Below are a couple of websites that will help you begin your macrame project and provide some inspo.

Macrame for Beginners

Modern Macrame

The Spruce Crafts

The Design Twins

DIY Craftsy

The Wonder Forest

Decor Hint

We hope this post helps and inspires you to begin your macrame project. It is a great and fun craft you can add to your home decor or gift to friends and family.