Home Decor

Sitting Room Plans for 2017

I mentioned in my last post that I usually like to focus on one room every year and make it over and presentable.  It’s a fun hobby of mine and a nice overall house goal to always have in the back of my mind.  This year, our makeover room is our front sitting room…here it is in all its glory!   This is the first room any visitor will see when they come in the front door, so I’d like it to look presentable and welcoming. This room is technically a dining room, but we currently don’t have much of a need for a dining room.  So we are keeping it as a sitting room and making it useable and comfortable.  Right now, it is literally our […]

Sitting Room Before


Master Bedroom Progress in 2016 5

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I’m working to re-do our master bedroom.  Re-do isn’t really the right word…rather, I’m fixing all of the mistakes I made when we first moved in and thought I was a designer and could make bold choice.  *purple accent walls* cough *yellow gold curtains* cough cough I cringed every time I walked into our master bedroom and knew it was one of the first rooms I really needed to put some work into and make it over in a way that I really loved.  I pinned SO MANY pictures on my Master Bedroom Pinterest board (and still pinning to this day!).  It’s one of my favorite time-killing hobbies.  But, a designer I am NOT, so it takes a ton of visual inspiration […]

Master Suite Makeover: Making the Bedroom Into A Calming Spa-Like Retreat 2

I’m making over our master suite into a calming retreat! I want to walk into this room at the end of a long day and feel relaxed. I want to feel all the stresses of the day vanish when I step through the door.  I want it to help me sleep better.  I want it to be cozy and serene. When I first started working on our master suite 3 years ago, I was going for purple and gold…so clearly I was crazy back then.  It was not a good look.  I knew it then, but I didn’t want to accept it. My intentions were good, but now I know that I’m not a professional interior designer and I really don’t have the skills or […]



That Time I Painted My Curtains Black 2

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…



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 46

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, […]



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 […]

Thrifty Finds

I was never a huge thrifter before we bought a house.  But now I find myself stopping into thrift stores as often as possible.  I feel like the chain thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army are priced pretty high, but they have the best stuff.  We have a few smaller stores in KC that are considerably cheaper but much more hit and miss. Anyways, I had a couple of good scores this weekend.  Of course, everything I bring home must be thoroughly inspected by our security team: Gracie seemed especially interested in these thrift store finds.  Maybe they came from a house with dogs?  We may never know.  It’s quite the mystery. Anyways, this is what I scored: Multi-colored ceramic vase for $4.49.  This […]



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 […]