DIY


DIY Fabric Garland for the Nursery

We’ve been checking off nursery projects like crazy lately.  One of my favorite projects that I finally completed was a DIY fabric garland for the nursery. Not only was this project super easy and cheap, but I LOVE the result!  It takes a large portion of wall space and it only cost about $20 to make.  Here are the supplies I used: 6 yards of fabric in various colors (look for a 50% sale at JoAnn!) rope or twine scissors I found Little Miss Momma’s tutorial to be the most helpful.  Depending on the fabric, I either ripped or cut long strips of fabric.  Most of the fabric was easy to rip, but, for whatever reason, some of it worked best if I cut it.  […]

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Crown Molding Update & Nursery To-Dos 7

We finally finished getting the crown up in the nursery this weekend! Of course, no DIY project is free of mishaps and mistakes.  And curse words.  We made a few mistakes along the way that hopefully a little caulk and paint can cover up.  But all that really matters is we have a room of completed crown molding now! Before and after: We (well, Adam) still have to caulk the seams and nail holes and paint, but the hardest part is done.  I have a bunch of tips that I need to share because there was definitely a learning curve.  And since we don’t plan to tackle crown molding in the other two rooms for quite awhile (since we’ll be rather busy with a newborn […]


Two Cheap and Easy Light Fixture Updates 2

If you would have asked me a year ago to change out a light fixture, I would have laughed at you. But after living in our house for almost 2 years now (!), we’ve become pretty brave with simple DIY projects like changing light fixtures.  It really is much simpler than it looks.  And it helps that my husband did a majority of the work. haha.  BUT, I was involved in an assistant role so I got to see how things went down firsthand.  Of course, things will always go smoother with electrical projects if you turn off the power source first .:) The first update was the chandelier in our ‘dining room’. This room is pretty embarrassing.  It holds all of our old furniture […]

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That Time I Painted My Curtains Black 1

So remember that time I had gold curtains in my bedroom?  Well, I decided I hated them after a short time.  I tried dyeing and bleaching them to no avail.  Finally, I decided to just paint our old curtains black! I had a can of black oops paint that I bought at Lowe’s a couple months ago.  I briefly considered painting our French doors black (which may still happen eventually), but decided the office needed a set of curtains more than a set of black French doors.  So, the painting began… I gotta be honest, I was a little nervous during the process.  The curtain soaked up a TON of paint.  Each panel took one quart of paint!  That was the only downside of this […]


Office Makeover for $100: Before Pictures

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks slowly “making over” our office.  I’m using that term loosely because we wanted to do it on a budget, so it’s not a huge, drastic change.  But, we both think it looks much better.  And for $100, I’ll take it! We completed about 5 projects to makeover the office, and I’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks. You’ve seen most of these pictures before, but here they are again to remind you of the sad, sad state that was our office! Since this is one of the first rooms you see when you enter our house, I wanted it to look just a little better. I’ll be sharing our first project on Thursday!   Stay tuned…

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My Last 10 Pins

I love seeing what other goodies people find on Pinterest, so I’m sharing my last 10 pins today!  Follow me on Pinterest for more pinning fun. Tying balloons with tulle is so much prettier than regular ribbon.  Love it! Reminding myself to take out my fall decorations in a couple of weeks – these spray painted pumpkins are one of my favorite cheap and easy projects! Speaking of fall, I would love to carve our pumpkins this fall using a drill.  I love the result. A healthy juice recipe.  Not sure it can actually help you de-bloat, but I bet it makes you feel pretty good! Homemade coconut butter for a fraction of the cost.  Sold! I love the idea of bringing (free) outdoor elements […]


How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles 45

We’ve been on a frugal kick around our house, so I’ve been trying to do projects at home by using what I already have.  I have several fun using-what-you-have projects to share over the next few weeks!  Get excited.  And since it’s Monday and we’re all depressed the weekend is over, why not talk about decorating with wine bottles?!  It’s a pretty easy and cheap project, especially if you’re a wino like me.  Of course, the first thing you have to do is learn how to remove the labels from wine bottles! So, there are tons of ideas for how to remove the labels from wine bottles out there, but this is the way that worked best for me. Fill your sink with hot, hot, […]

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Thrift Store Table Makeover 6

That title is deceiving.  The word “makeover” is used loosely since I really just bought a can of spray paint and went to town on a grungy old thrift store table, as seen below in its sad little before picture.  It doesn’t look half bad since you can’t see all the smudges and dirt and grime.  But, trust me, it was pretty…grody (yes, I just used that word…bringin’ it back). And after 3 thin coats of Rustoleom’s Glossy Black, she was lookin’ pretty flossy.  Check it out for yourself: This table was $14.99 at Salvation Army.  Which, in my humble opinion, is kind of highway robbery at a thrift store.  Shoulda been more like 6 bucks.  But, ah well, I saw it and knew it’d […]


The $5 Garage Sale Mirror 4

Remember when I scored this $5 mirror from a garage sale a couple weeks ago? After your suggestions, I ended up going with a darker color.  I used Polyshades in Satin Black (it’s like an oil-based stain, but in actual colors, instead of wood tones).  I did a light sanding all over and then applied 3 coats of Polyshades.  It was SO messy (since it was oil-based) and I vowed to never use oil-based products ever again! I added it over one of the beds in one of our guest rooms.  It fills up the empty wall so perfectly! The wreath was a thrift store find for a buck.  And the little white beaded stick things (no idea of the name??), were a quarter each […]

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Ask the Readers: What Should I Do With This Mirror? 6

Remember how I mentioned our neighborhood was having a garage sale over the weekend?  Well, I was able to do a little shopping and scored this massive mirror for 5 bucks! Yes, that would be a $10 price tag.  I just asked if they’d take $5 instead and they said yes right away.  I was so excited.  This mirror is HEAVY!  Definitely a well-constructed mirror.  It’s also huge – about 3 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet (or 44”x28”).  It’s pretty simple, but I kinda like it that way.  Plus, I can’t get over the size for just $5.  Still so excited. I don’t want to spend any more than the $5 it cost to purchase the mirror, but I do have an abundance of […]