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✨WORK BENCH PROGRESS SHOT✨I can finally stop dragging my table saw around, always trying to get it out of the way. It’s ...
03/12/2022

✨WORK BENCH PROGRESS SHOT✨

I can finally stop dragging my table saw around, always trying to get it out of the way. It’s so convenient to have this on wheels as a miter station with a custom built extension for the table saw.

Lots of caulking, sanding and painting to do, but I’m so excited to use it already!

✨DIY HERO contest is open for votes✨ This   I’m participating in the   and would love your support. I have big dreams an...
03/08/2022

✨DIY HERO contest is open for votes✨

This I’m participating in the and would love your support.

I have big dreams and only your support can make it possible!

Winner is determined by the number of votes. Please go to the link in my bio to vote

https://diyhero.org/2022/mahjabeen

Voting ends on March 24th

This little paint project was so fun to do! Z refused to keep this shelf in his room unless it was painted blue. Blue is...
02/28/2022

This little paint project was so fun to do! Z refused to keep this shelf in his room unless it was painted blue.

Blue is clearly a favorite in our home!

Happy Monday, friends!

✨IKEA Lack Hack✨This was a simple   with the   - also an easy  . All I needed was a 2’x2’ plywood for the top, some twin...
02/21/2022

✨IKEA Lack Hack✨

This was a simple with the - also an easy . All I needed was a 2’x2’ plywood for the top, some twine and a little magic with paint and stain.
Base paint: Atlantis Pearl by
Stain: Red Mahogany by
Got both these from

Do you have a space in your home that makes you smile every morning?For me it’s our   — I have a thing for clean, white ...
02/11/2022

Do you have a space in your home that makes you smile every morning?

For me it’s our — I have a thing for clean, white spaces and this morning view brings the clarity I need to function through the day. Not to mention the natural light it gets that’s so important for your mood.

Oh, and the epoxy table I did last year, has a new space to live now 🥰

Share your favorite spot in your home in the comments below.

Happy Friday, friends!

✨Floating Shelf Reveal✨The shelf is up and the powder room is finally looking so much better. Sometimes all you need is ...
02/07/2022

✨Floating Shelf Reveal✨

The shelf is up and the powder room is finally looking so much better. Sometimes all you need is small details to bring the space together!

Tell me what you think in the comments below!


✨Towel Holder Reveal✨This was such an easy scrap wood project that helped to add some warm tones to the powder room and ...
01/24/2022

✨Towel Holder Reveal✨

This was such an easy scrap wood project that helped to add some warm tones to the powder room and goes really well with the recent toilet roll holder addition.

What do you think?

✨TOILET ROLL HOLDER REVEAL✨Toilet roll holder in the powder room is done! This is exactly what I had imagined it to look...
01/16/2022

✨TOILET ROLL HOLDER REVEAL✨

Toilet roll holder in the powder room is done! This is exactly what I had imagined it to look like and I love a little bit of warmth it helped to add.

What to you think?

✨TOP 10 POSTS OF 2021✨I’m glad all my favorite projects were your favorites too!Here’s to hoping next year is better for...
01/01/2022

✨TOP 10 POSTS OF 2021✨
I’m glad all my favorite projects were your favorites too!
Here’s to hoping next year is better for all of us. Bring on 2022!
Happy New year, my friends! 💕

🎉🎉

✨CONSOLE REVEAL✨She’s finally done! Can’t believe I made this from scratch! It took me almost nine months to get this pi...
12/24/2021

✨CONSOLE REVEAL✨

She’s finally done! Can’t believe I made this from scratch! It took me almost nine months to get this piece done with lots of pivots. There was so much to learn in this process. Also the first time I made drawers!
I’m so glad I redid the top, because it looks way better than I had imagined!
I won’t be able to properly decorate this space until after the holidays but I wanted to share the final piece since it took forever to get here! Thank you for following along and your patience while I took my time to figure this baby out! You are my people! 💕
What do you think?
Swipe to see all the stages it went through!

Console paint color: Atlantis Pearl by . I got it from

✨ORC FORMAL LIVING ROOM REVEAL✨Better late than never, right?I am exhausted and a bit disappointed that I couldn’t make ...
11/24/2021

✨ORC FORMAL LIVING ROOM REVEAL✨

Better late than never, right?
I am exhausted and a bit disappointed that I couldn’t make it within the deadline, but the important thing is, it’s done and I DID IT!

Well, almost done — my faux plant delivery got lost and now it won’t come until after the holidays, but I couldn’t wait to reveal!
There are so many DIYs here, from all the furniture to wall art and even an upcycled decorative bowl. I will share all the details of those smaller DIYs, but for now, I’m just going to sit back and relax in this room with guests over the holidays!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

✨End Table Reveal✨I wish I could say final reveal—but I have a few things to finish up here. For now, I’m just so happy ...
11/21/2021

✨End Table Reveal✨

I wish I could say final reveal—but I have a few things to finish up here.

For now, I’m just so happy these end tables are both finally done!
If you were following my stories, you may have seen I had to pivot halfway because the initial design didn’t seem to work for the size I wanted. I’m so glad I changed plans because these work so well with the room, keeping to current shapes and style. What do you think?
Next up:
- Small end table
- Wall art

✨ORC WEEK 7 - End Table Progress✨I said no reveal, but who said anything about no progress? 😂Managed to get one of these...
11/12/2021

✨ORC WEEK 7 - End Table Progress✨
I said no reveal, but who said anything about no progress? 😂
Managed to get one of these beauties up for a progress picture before we left for our mini vacation.
I had to pivot halfway because the design wasn’t working for the size I needed. But I couldn’t be happier, because I found a simpler solution that would help maintain the shapes I have going in the space and still keep the focus on the coffee table.
These will be ready to pretty up when I return next week 🤞🏽
What do you think?
Next up:
Edge banding/ staining
Wall art
Finishing touches

Let’s hope we can make it happen! 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽

Photos from Mankanidesigns's post
11/12/2021

Photos from Mankanidesigns's post

✨ORC WEEK 5&6: Coffee Table Reveal✨Here she is in all it’s glory! I can’t believe I managed to pull this off. Took longe...
11/05/2021

✨ORC WEEK 5&6: Coffee Table Reveal✨

Here she is in all it’s glory! I can’t believe I managed to pull this off. Took longer than I thought, but I’m so happy how it turned out. The various tones are blending in so well and this tiny room is looking so much bigger and much brighter than before!

The curtains and cushions add in a nice pop of color. Let me know what you think.

Next up: DIY end tables

✨ORC WEEK 4: Frame Reveal!✨I’m running a bit behind, but here we are—the frame is finally done and up and I couldn’t be ...
10/25/2021

✨ORC WEEK 4: Frame Reveal!✨

I’m running a bit behind, but here we are—the frame is finally done and up and I couldn’t be happier with these additional warm tones in the room!

Let me know what you think!

Next up: Finishing the coffee table
Putting up curtains

✨ORC WEEK 3 - Coffee Table Progress!✨We’re already in week 3 of the  and the   is slowly coming to life. The structure i...
10/14/2021

✨ORC WEEK 3 - Coffee Table Progress!✨

We’re already in week 3 of the and the is slowly coming to life. The structure is ready (well, almost) and I can’t wait to pretty it up!

Next up: Caulk, sand, more sand, make it pretty!
Are you ready? Let’s go!

✨CONSOLE - PROGRESS✨Console frame is done - well, almost 🙈 I have to add support on the base and then some caulking and ...
10/08/2021

✨CONSOLE - PROGRESS✨

Console frame is done - well, almost 🙈 I have to add support on the base and then some caulking and sanding, before we get to the fun stuff!

Yes, I know this project has taken me forever and it’s not even done yet. But you know what? That’s ok. Sometimes you need to take some things slow. Life always get in the way, but as along as you keep going at your own pace, you are going to be just fine!

Thank you for being here through this (painfully) slow process. You are my people and I am forever grateful! 🙏🏽

✨ORC WEEK 2 - PROGRESS✨While there hasn’t been a lot of DIY update, here’s a   of the   and the gorgeous  . This corner ...
10/07/2021

✨ORC WEEK 2 - PROGRESS✨

While there hasn’t been a lot of DIY update, here’s a of the and the gorgeous . This corner is by no means “complete”, but a start that I’m happy with.

And were you here for the DIY I did earlier this year? I wasn’t happy with the way it looked, and I left it for a few months and today, when I looked at it again, I realized the mistakes I make with it has given it it’s own character and it’s meant to belong in MY SPACE. So here she is 🥰

Swipe ➡️ to see what this space looked like before 🙈

Next up: DIY coffee table

It’s    and this fall, I’m turning this eyesore of a living room into a space that is warm, welcoming and most important...
09/30/2021

It’s and this fall, I’m turning this eyesore of a living room into a space that is warm, welcoming and most importantly, looks like it belongs to our home.

It’s pretty much a blank canvas. Everything other than the sofa needs to go. Lots of new additions and furniture builds coming up!

Who’s excited? 🎉🎉🎉

Did you know that September is paediatric cancer awareness month 🎗Two amazing mamas in our DIY community  and  have sons...
09/21/2021

Did you know that September is paediatric cancer awareness month 🎗

Two amazing mamas in our DIY community and have sons battling paediatric cancer and have put together this campaign to spread awareness and raise funds for childhood cancer research.

As a small part, I have decided to donate 50% proceeds from these limited edition wristlets designed by me for the cause.

The other 50% proceeds go to an education fund run by my family to help educate children from less fortunate families in Pakistan (more details on this in stories).

Stock is very limited. Please DM if interested.

Please visit the link in my profile if you’d like to donate directly to



✨SINK COVER REVEAL✨And she’s finally done! 🙌🏼This was a bit challenging because the sink is attached to the wall on the ...
09/07/2021

✨SINK COVER REVEAL✨

And she’s finally done! 🙌🏼
This was a bit challenging because the sink is attached to the wall on the left and I wanted to have a frame on top to give it a finished look (swipe to see). So glad I managed to do it!

Laundry room is officially complete!

What do you think?

✨SINK COVER PROGRESS✨ We’re getting there slow and steady! What do you think?Next up: caulk the joints, figure out the t...
09/02/2021

✨SINK COVER PROGRESS✨

We’re getting there slow and steady! What do you think?

Next up: caulk the joints, figure out the top sink frame, paint and add finishing touches.

I hope the long weekend helps to finally finish this small, but never-ending project! 🙈😄🤞🏽

Back home after a week to my favorite view! How was your weekend?
08/29/2021

Back home after a week to my favorite view! How was your weekend?

✨ORC FINAL REVEAL✨I still can’t believe I actually did this! ALL of it! This project has been a true labor of love, espe...
06/27/2021

✨ORC FINAL REVEAL✨
I still can’t believe I actually did this! ALL of it! This project has been a true labor of love, especially the stencil wall which took the longest and required so much patience.
I’m so proud of myself and extremely happy with the results.
I have a few minor things to do and add the utility sink cover eventually, but for now - we can call this complete! 😄
Swipe to the last picture to see where it all started from and
tell me in the comments what you think! 💕
Stencil :
Blue paint: In the navy by
Gray paint: Reflection by

06/10/2021

We’re in week 6 of () and while I don’t have a big reveal for this week, I wanted to take a moment and revisit all the hard work done in the last few weeks to bring our laundry room to life.
This is the first room I’m tackling from scratch and I had no idea what I was doing. I just had a vision and went ahead with it.
There were a lot of ups and downs and the slow stencilling process particularly required a lot of patience.
Truth be told - when I first put myself out there, I wasn’t even sure where I’d start from and how much I’d even get done, if at all.
But sharing it with you all, helps me stay accountable. I am also forever grateful for your support, which has helped me come this far.
I want to extend this support to anyone out there looking to start a project on their own.
If I can do it, so can you. Anyone can. Just pick up the damn tool and go! You got this!
We’re prepping for the counter top so stay tuned! And as always - thank you for being here! 🙏🏽

✨ORC WEEK 5 - STENCIL WALL DONE✨We are in week 5 of  ( ) and I can’t believe at 2am we were finally done with stencillin...
06/03/2021

✨ORC WEEK 5 - STENCIL WALL DONE✨

We are in week 5 of ( ) and I can’t believe at 2am we were finally done with stencilling this accent wall!
I doubted myself so many times during the process, but I had a vision for this space that kept me going.

If you don’t have a super active toddler at home, this may be a two-day project, but it took me over a week 😁

I’m so happy with how it turned out! Tell me in the comments below what you think! 💕
Next up - adding moulding and k***s to the cabinets, building counter-top and shelf. Let’s go! 🙌🏼
Stencil & color inspiration:
Stencil:
Blue paint: In the navy by
Gray paint on the other walls: Reflection by

@ Ashburn, Virginia

✨ORC WEEK 3 - NEW PAINT COLOR ✨We are in week 3 of  ( ) and this week we finished painting the laundry room. I throughly...
05/20/2021

✨ORC WEEK 3 - NEW PAINT COLOR ✨

We are in week 3 of ( ) and this week we finished painting the laundry room. I throughly enjoyed the process and most of you don’t know but it was the first time EVER I was painting walls! YES! Can you believe it! 🙈
And here we are with a beautiful blue for the accent wall. If you know me- it’s my favorite color but I have more windows than walls in my home and no where I thought a dark color like this worked (for now - possibly in baby Z’s room later 🥰). A few of you guessed the color right-you know me well! 💕
Swipe to check the other walls and the before in the last pic
Next up - put up cabinets and stencil the accent wall. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Accent wall color: In the navy by
Other walls: Reflection by

If you’re participating in the ORC, please share your projects, would love to check it out :)

@ Ashburn, Virginia

✨ORC WEEK 2 - PROGRESS✨We’re working at a snails pace in the laundry room for the  ( ), but at least the shelf is off an...
05/13/2021

✨ORC WEEK 2 - PROGRESS✨

We’re working at a snails pace in the laundry room for the ( ), but at least the shelf is off and the yellow is gone. Looking forward to painting next and bringing this space back to life!

Also, it’s Eid today and it’s super low-key so here I am posing in my Eid clothes in the laundry room! Eid Mubarak, all! 😂

✨ORC WEEK 1✨And it finally begins! This is the first time I’m participating in the  ( ) and I’m so excited to take on ou...
05/06/2021

✨ORC WEEK 1✨

And it finally begins! This is the first time I’m participating in the ( ) and I’m so excited to take on our laundry room make over!
We have a lot of big plans - taking down the shelf, adding cabinets, counter top and smaller shelves. AND an accent wall that I’m most excited about!
My favorite part of the room is the window, which looks out to our backyard. This room gets a lot of natural light during the day and it just needs an uplift so we can actually enjoy doing the laundry 🤣
Are you participating? Share in comments which room you’re doing!
@ Ashburn, Virginia

Did you know April is National Woodworking Month? Well, I didn’t until a few days ago when my friend  reached out to do ...
05/01/2021

Did you know April is National Woodworking Month? Well, I didn’t until a few days ago when my friend reached out to do a project.
I love scrap wood projects and sharing one of my favorite projects I did a few months ago.
I wanted book ends for my kitchen to keep some cookbooks I use regularly. I made these from 2x4s and half dowels left over from a previous project.
Not only did I get to make custom bookends, they were also
Go check out what my friends are doing for National Woodworking Month!


✨PROGRESS✨ We have a console frame!My DIY world is a bit slow these days because, well life. Celebrating small wins help...
04/24/2021

✨PROGRESS✨
We have a console frame!
My DIY world is a bit slow these days because, well life. Celebrating small wins help me to stay motivated and keep moving.
This is a small progress, but it’s still progress I’m proud of. Trying to manage a full-time job with a toddler and finding time for yourself has not been easy.
So here I am celebrating my small win with you and forever grateful for your love and support 🙏🏽
@ Virginia

I’m so excited and nervous at the same time to start this console. This is special because I’m doing a lot things for th...
04/12/2021

I’m so excited and nervous at the same time to start this console. This is special because I’m doing a lot things for the first time.
✨First time building furniture from scratch
✨ First time using some new power tools
✨ First time attempting drawers

I’m not working with a plan but a vision in my head. There’s a strong chance it might fail, but I am willing to give it a try.

I’m ready to make some mistakes and learn something new everyday. Are you?

Let’s do this!

This is still my favorite morning view. Even though the coffee table doesn’t look the same with all the decorations gone...
04/03/2021

This is still my favorite morning view. Even though the coffee table doesn’t look the same with all the decorations gone - because well, baby Z 🤷🏼‍♀️ - but I still love the colors and how it all came together. I hope one day all the decor can be kept where they belong 😂. Until then, I’ll keep looking back at these pictures 😬
Tell me what’s your favorite view at home?

03/26/2021

✨PAPER MACHE BOWL✨

Do you love vintage looking bowls for styling shelves and coffee tables? Look no further!
Instead of buying more bowls, try this easy NO TOOLS DIY which also happens to be a ZERO DOLLAR DIY because you’ll already have all these supplies at home!
Supplies:
Shredded newspaper/paper
White Elmer’s hlue
Salt
Flour
Cheesecloth
Paint
Method:
1. Soak shredded newspaper in hot water for at least 6 cups of pulp. Leave it overnight.

2. Blend and strain pulp newspaper with cheesecloth to remove access water.

3. Add flour, salt and glue. Mix and knead like dough.

4. Cover a bowl in plastic wrap and start building.

5. Let it dry for 24-48 hours. Remove and bake at 150F for an hour to speed up drying.

6. Paint and style!
It’s a super fun activity for kids as well - baby Z and I made a second one too! 🥰
Tell me, would you try this DIY at home?
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