Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

A few months ago I shared the plans of my friend’s kitchen makeover on a budget.  I promised I would give you an update on their progress once they had painted the walls, kitchen cabinets, and added trim on the area above the cabinets (the soffit)! Well, they did it and I’m here today to share their progress so far! First here is a reminder of what their kitchen looked like before they got started on the makeover.   BEFORE   Here is the progress! PROGRESS   I had suggested a light gray color (specifically Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) for the walls, however, the hubby loves color so color they got! BEFORE   The black arrow in the picture below indicates that they will be replacing the countertops next (probably to a black countertop) and the gray arrow shows that a backsplash will be installed after that (probably a marble one). PROGRESS   My friend was nice enough to write out all of the steps she took to get from the Before to the Progress.…

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One Room Challenge Week 5- One Week Left!

One Room Challenge Week 5- One Week Left!

Time is flying and we are already down to 1 week left in the One Room Challenge.  I am feeling the stretch to get two rooms completed so I am going to keep it short today to ensure I can get them both done! This past week I’ve been at the sewing machine quite a bit sewing up decorative pillow covers for the master bedroom and for my daughter’s room.       I also received the chairs I ordered from Amazon this week (you can get them HERE, affiliate link).  I bought two for my bedroom for only $180 each (which includes shipping)!  It is always a little nerve-wracking buying something like a chair online when you can’t sit in it and try it out. via Amazon Thankfully I’m really happy with them.  They look so much more expensive and although I would only rate them a 3.5 out of 5 for comfort (5 out of 5 for looks) I think that they will get more comfortable with time (sorry for the bad phone…

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The One Room Challenge Week 4

The One Room Challenge Week 4

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I dropping in today to share some of the progress I’ve made on the two rooms I’m making over for the One Room Challenge! First I wanted to share a lamp makeover I did.  I have had these matching lamps for years that I bought from Homegoods for my family room sofa table.   Although I’ve loved the shape of them they have always been a bit short for space.  After finding some better scaled ones (at Homegoods again) I decided to use these in my master bedroom makeover. However, they were not the right color for my bedroom.  So this week I painted them. Before At first I thought I wanted the lamps to be gold so I took off the shades and taped the electrical parts and spray painted them gold with THIS spray paint (affiliate link). I didn’t end up liking the gold color with the room so I decided to paint over them in gray.  I used some gray sample wall…

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One Room Challenge Week 3- DIY Ceiling Beam

One Room Challenge Week 3- DIY Ceiling Beam

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week and that you are getting good weather where you live!  Spring has sprung here and I am so in love with the beautiful blossomed tress and low 70’s weather (wish it would stay forever)! It’s been a very busy and productive week on the bedroom makeovers for the One Room Challenge.  I’ve ordered lots of things for the rooms online and have worked on two main projects this week (they thankfully turned out just how I hoped which of course doesn’t always happen). First in the master bedroom I built and installed a ceiling beam. It’s a bit massive but with the size of the room I think it works. Building a ceiling beam is quite easy to do! Supplies I like using the boards above because I’ve found them to be less warped then other boards. 2- 1 x 6 pine boards 2- 1 x 8 pine boards Nail Gun/Air Compressor –  If you’ve never used a nail gun don’t let that scare you I have…

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One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

Hello!  I hope your week has been going well so far!   This week has flown for me! Today marks the start of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Each April and October she challenges designers and bloggers to makeover a room in 6 weeks and to share the progress each week in a “link up” on her site. I participated about a year and a half ago when I made over our basement rec area. I’ve decided to join in again this round.  And I think I may even try to do two room makeovers at the same time!  Overly ambitious I know but I figure even if I only finish one room at least it will give me the push to have worked on the second room too. So the first room makeover I’ll be doing is our Master Bedroom.   As you know I’ve been thinking about starting this one for awhile.   I even made a new headboard  for the room several months ago after buying a much taller…

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How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  Today I’m looking forward to sharing an easy way to update or change the appearance of undesirable or outdated wood furniture. I’ve noticed that gray weathered wood furniture has become very popular as of late! via Target A friend/client recently asked me to help her refresh her family room.  As part of the refresh she bought THIS Storage Cube Organizer (affiliate link) to replace a too small console with no storage. It’s from Amazon for $83. Since the console had a gray weathered finish we decided in order to tie room together that it would be great if the end tables on each side of her couch could have the same finish. Her current end tables had an orange-y oak top and an rubbed oil bronze iron base.  To save money (and because I love making over furniture) I suggested we try to re-frinish the tops of the end tables in the gray weathered finish and she agreed! Here is the BEFORE: And now the AFTER: This took…

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24 Arm Chairs Under $250

24 Arm Chairs Under $250

Hello! I wanted to pop in before the weekend ended and share some of my favorite arm chairs for under $250. As part of my upcoming master bedroom makeover I plan to add two identical arm chairs (auto correct changed it to arm hairs):-) to the room. Nice sturdy arm chairs are usually a good $500 plus so two could cost you over $1000! I don’t have that kind of money to spend of chairs right now so here are some less expensive options that caught my eye. Note: About 90% of the chairs below come in several different color options so if you like the shape of the chair click on it and you should be able to see what other colors it comes in.   Click directly on the picture of the chair you like to see it’s price and info! (Disclosure-  Any chairs linked to Amazon are affiliate links meaning I receive a very small percentage of the sale if you purchase from my link.  Thanks!)     I’ll be back next…

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To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

One of the easiest ways to save money on artwork for your home is to create your own.  It can be hard to find artwork that speaks to me personally and that comes with an affordable price tag. There is no other more personal wall decor than something you’ve created yourself.  It is extremely satisfying to be able to decorate your home with your own artwork. Today I’m going to share a couple of new paintings I did this past week in hopes that it will inspire you to consider (if you haven’t already) trying your hand at it. As usual I first found some artwork that inspired me and that I wanted to try and replicate.  I’m not an artist by training so I go into it knowing I’m not going to be able to paint it exactly the same but that I will use it as a direction to go in. I recently came across this artwork on Sarah’s blog, Life on Virginia Street, and loved it.  It has both a cheerful and…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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