Living Room Makeover Reveal

Living Room Makeover Reveal

  Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  We got hit by a nasty stomach virus this past week which left 5 out of 6 of us bed and toilet ridden.  But thankfully we are well on the mend and appreciate our good health all the more!  Update:  Make that 6 0ut of 6.:-( Before I get into the juicy photo dump (no pun intended):-) I want to take a quick trip down living room memory lane.   This is what the living room looked like when we came for a showing 3 years ago.  Not super impressive but had potential.   After we moved in, here is how I decorated the living room doing my best to work around a green sleeper sofa that I didn’t love.   Then we got wood floors at an amazing price and I added my bold DIY rug. The living room got an unexpected room-changing moment when a friend texted me inquiring if I would want her comfy but humble couch from her playroom (for free)!  After a lot of elbow…

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A New Rug for the Living Room

A New Rug for the Living Room

In my home decorating goals for 2015 I talked about getting a new rug for my living room makeover (more on why I’m making over the living room in a upcoming post) and to fit my budget I needed it to be under $150. Well, a few days after I made the goal I found a great rug for a great price online and pulled the trigger.  Remember how in my “Where to Find Deals on Rugs” post I shared that Rugs USA has lots of 75% off sales, especially around holidays? Well, on the last day of their New Year’s sale I found the rug I had been looking for. Drum roll…it is a 8×10 natural fiber jute rug.  This particular rug comes with a no slip backing so I didn’t have to buy a rug pad for it and it was only a not so whopping $113. It came with free shipping and arrived within a week of buying it.   via Rugs USA Natural fiber rugs are crafted from plant-based fibers such as Sisal, Seagrass, Jute, and Hemp tightly woven to create a rug.  I have seen these rugs everywhere in the design world…

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Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Hey Guys!  The kids/guest bathroom is done and just in time as our house guests arrive tonight! As with all of the makeovers I do this one is no exception it includes lots of budget friendly ideas and DIYs that I  can’t wait to share! Let’s refresh our memory of what the bathroom looked like BEFORE.  Very builder basic! And here is the AFTER! So let’s talk about the room and what each element cost!  After studying the inspiration photos I had for the room  I knew I wanted to paint the vanity green.  You can view all 9 of my inspiration photos, Here. I ended up trying and loving Behr’s Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel for painting the vanity.  I’m happy to report that unlike many special enamels this one only cost $32 for the gallon!  You can learn all about how to paint bathroom cabinetry like a professional, Here. The DIY board and batten wood trim treatment on the walls cost around $50 and creates a lovely backdrop that allows the colors in the room to really pop.  The upper section of the wall…

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DIY Spray Painted Lattice Patterned Rug

DIY Spray Painted Lattice Patterned Rug

A few weeks ago I was flipping through a magazine (I have a nice friend who recycles all her home decorating magazines to me):-) when I saw this ad below. via Horchow.com Umm, gorgeous and I want that rug were my exact thoughts!   After a bit more time gawking at the photo I hopped on over to Horchow.com to see if it was possibly in my price range. Initially I was teased by a few rugs that were decently priced but then I saw ‘mine’ and it was a mighty blow–for the size I needed (a 6×9) they were asking a whopping $1,899. Having seen a few posts here and there on blogs about crazy people painting rugs it had crossed my mind quite a few times.  Especially since we had lots of leftover carpet still rolled up in our garage from the hardwood floor installation.  My mind immediately went to how I could replicate this Horchow rug DIY style. Upon first glance it looked like the pattern would be way too complicated but once I took the time to really study it a light bulb went on! Another item or…

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Stair Runner Reveal and Tutorial

Stair Runner Reveal and Tutorial

A month or so back I mentioned in one of my posts about wanting to tear up the carpet on my stairs. Well I did and project Replace Carpet with Stair Runner is done! Are you ready for some before and afters?? The Before– A boring beige carpet that was a magnet for dirt and cat hair.   The After-A fresh, clean runner protected with Scotch Guard   I’m super happy with how it turned out and the lightness and brightness it brings to the entryway. Before:   After: Big Difference, isn’t it??  (shake your head and nod, yes):-) As you may have noticed in the photo above our kitchen gets a lot of light and our front entry is 2-story with a window so it gets light but the hallway going to our kitchen is always dim. I always feel like when I invite guests over I have to take them through a dark tunnel (my hallway) and I feel the need to encourage them to “go towards the light, go towards the light”.   A project I plan to…

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Where to Find Good Deals on Rugs

Rugs have been on my mind as of late. Our hardwood floor installer made sure he told us lots of times that getting rugs for our new wood floors should be high on our priority list. He was a big advocate for using them to protect our new floors against water spills and other wood damage inducers. He was right, there are great practical reasons for having rugs in your home. I am right, when I say there are a lot of great impractical reasons to get rugs too!;-) In design rugs have the power to add texture, a pop of color, soften, make a room cohesive, or make a statement. Sasha Lanka via Houzz   Bear Mountain Builders via Houzz   Home Builders M/I Homes via Houzz For all rugs can do you would think getting them would be high on everyone’s priority list, however, one of the biggest downfalls of rugs that I have run into is that they can cost a pretty penny (Or more like 1,000+ pretty pennies). Over the past few years as I’ve searched…

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How to Remove Tile

How to Remove Tile

NOTE:  The new look is due to technical difficulties.  Thanks for your patience as it gets worked on!;-) Tile is all the rage in design and I can understand why.  It is a durable surface that makes a statement in bathrooms, kitchens, on floors, on walls, and even on ceilings(haha, j/k I haven’t seen in on ceilings but I wouldn’t doubt it happening).  I love tile!  I even created a post on how to tile a backsplash (you can view it here) but what can be troubling about tile is the quandary of how to remove it!   via bhg.com As I dreamed about installing our new hardwood floors I also simultaneously had nightmares about removing our 600 sq. ft. of 12 x12 ceramic floor tiles.  I couldn’t seem to wrap my mind around how these tiles were going to come up.  I researched and listened to people explain but much like my perplexity in comprehending how a plane can fly I didn’t quite have confidence that tile could really be removed with just a pry bar and a hammer! It was definitely one of those things I had to experience…

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5 Ways to Save Big on Hardwood Floors & New Floor Reveal

5 Ways to Save Big on Hardwood Floors & New Floor Reveal

From the moment I first saw our home I knew that someday (and I really hoped sooner than later) I would want to get hardwood floors that flowed seamlessly from room to room throughout the majority of the main floor.   I love these floors! Stonewood, LLC via Houzz   Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects via Houzz   Abbott Moon via Houzz Our main floor jumped around from carpet to tile back to carpet then back to tile and back to carpet again.  We have two halls  that run parallel to each other on either side of the staircase and it always bothered me that one of the halls was tile and the other carpet (I know, what a strange pet peeve to have).  Anyways, throughout the first year of living at our home I was determined to find a steal of a deal on hardwood or engineered hardwood floors as well as the labor to put them in.  Ha, no such luck! I saw some engineered hardwood I liked for as low as $1.69 once but when I called around to see how…

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Progress on the Floors & Inspiring Design

Hi There! It’s been a wild past 7 days and I’m excited to say I think we only have 2 more days left in the installation of our new floors. I want to share a little bit about what the week entailed.  And since the demo process is never pretty I’ll share some pretty inspirational photos at the end to make your eyes feel better.:-) The week has gone like this: Last Monday night- we pulled up the carpet and padding in the Dining Room and the baseboards. Moved all the furniture to the garage. Last Tuesday night- we pulled up the carpet and padding in the Living Room and the baseboards. Moved all the furniture to the garage. Wednesday night- our hired helper came and showed up how to demo tile. We got up all the tile in the foyer space. Moved all the Kitchen items to the Family Room. Thursday- our hired helper started laying our engineered hardwood flooring in the Living Room while we continued tile demo down the hall and in…

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