Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Budget-Friendly Home Decor Fabric

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I’ve busy working away on my home goals for the New Year.  This week I’ve been installing “crown molding” trim in the foyer and hallway and I’m getting excited about how the space is taking shape! Here is a little sneak peek! Today I want to share with you where I go to find budget-friendly home decor fabric! If you follow my fabric board on Pinterest you may already know I have a slight obsession with fabric.:-)  When a fabric speaks to me I can’t help but speak back and it usually is something like “Hey baby, I want you”! Don’t know why I have this connection with fabric but I can’t deny it.:-)  So, basically i just try to stay away from it, unless I have a project that calls for fabric (it truly is a blessing I’m so practical/thrifty or I could easily become a fabricaholic)! So what do I consider a good price per yard for home decor fabric?  My frugally-minded self…

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Free Abstract Art Printables (and Week 5 ORC Update)

Free Abstract Art Printables (and Week 5 ORC Update)

For those who are new to the blog I’ve spent the past 5 weeks remodeling our basement rec room/playroom as a participant of the One Room Challenge. I can’t believe we only have one week left!!  So far I’ve painted the walls, repurposed some diaper boxes, built a wall storage system, shiplapped a wall, reupholstered an ottoman, created some “I love you” wall art, and made 2 large pillows. This week was another busy week.  First, we hired someone to fix the electrical problem we had downstairs and to install 6 cans lights in addition to the florescent tube lighting we already have (yay, for more light in the basement!!!) After that was completed a friend and I installed 4 wide beadboard panels onto the ceiling.  I still need to patch holes and do A LOT of trim work and painting to make it look beautiful but beautiful the ceiling will look!!   The hanging chairs I mentioned ordering in the last post arrived and they are now hung (the kids are already enjoying them…and I may or…

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Easiest Ottoman Slipcover Ever (and ORC Week 4 Update)

Easiest Ottoman Slipcover Ever (and ORC Week 4 Update)

Hello!  How was your week?  It’s been busy here.  I have some littles who are excited out of their mind for Halloween.  Tonight is their trick or treat night and I still have a little bit left to pull together for their costumes (this year we have a skeleton, army soldier, tinkerbell, and a puppy). This week I’ve been plugging away on the basement playroom makeover and have been able to get a few projects completed. First, I made this cute, large “I love you” wall art (tutorial to come) inspired by an “I love you” sign I spotted on Pottery Barn Kids. I also ordered some “hanging chairs” for the room for only $24.99 each.  There was a time in my childhood (I think I was around 10) where my older sister and I would use graph paper to design our dream rooms.  I remember mine had steps in it so that the room had different levels and it always had a swing.:-) via Ebay Although this is by no means a swing (the wall will be right behind…

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Gersby Bookcase IKEA Hack

Gersby Bookcase IKEA Hack

Hello! I love a good Ikea hack and I’m so excited to share one with you today! I’ve been admiring Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs decorative storage systems for years! via Pottery Barn via Pottery Barn Kids Whether they function to organize shoes and coats and backpacks in an entryway OR toys and crafts in a playroom or craft room it doesn’t matter–I love them all!  I haven’t met one I haven’t liked but I also haven’t met one that I can afford. Unfortunately, these organizing beauties come with a hefty price tag.  The one below was the inspiration for this Ikea hack costing $899 for the set of 3 and $399 for just one compartment! via Ballard Designs Sadly, they are too expensive for me.  Since I already turned my hallway closet into a “mudroom” I don’t need one for the entryway but I’ve been dreaming of a decorative storage system for our basement playroom (and boy does it need one). A Glimpse of our Hallway Closet turned “Mudroom”:-)   In mid-Summer I got a chance to stop by the Ikea…

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Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Hi Guys!  I’m popping in this weekend to share a delicious recipe and some cozy design inspiration!  Temperatures outside plummeted this week and it got me yearning for my favorite chili (as well as my couch, throw, and design magazines)!  My husband was introduced to this recipe by a college roommate–it was a family recipe. 5 years ago my husband signed us up to bring a pot of chili to our church’s Chili Cookoff.  I told my husband that since he signed us up he would need to be the one to make it!!:-)  He was actually excited about it because he had an idea to add a bit of barbeque sauce to the already awesome chili recipe. The Chili Cookoff was held on a Friday night so I decided I would go ahead and make it since my husband would only have time to swing by from work and pick us up.  I added the bit of barbeque sauce trusting my husband wouldn’t lead me astray. Well,  I  we won the Chili Cookoff that night!!:-)  Out of 30 pots of chili 6 judges concluded that ours was the best!…

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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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How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

Hello!  Today I’m here to teach you how to paint a bathroom cabinet/vanity like a pro! I just completed my kid’s bathroom vanity and I am so happy with how it turned out. This was my 5th bathroom vanity that I have painted and I have finally found a product and system that completely rocks! This was by far the best experience and since practice makes perfect better I want to save you the trouble of doing it the less effective ways and allow you opportunity to get the outcome you desire the first time you try! For years I have been trying to find a paint product that gives the look, feel, and durability of being professionally done. I’ve wanted a smooth, glossy, no brush mark look and a smooth, hard enameled feel. I have experimented with lots and lots of paints products and methods but I never felt any of them were “the one”. So, guys, I have found “the ONE” (and no this post is not sponsored in any shape or form)…

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3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

Hello Friends! Right now I am gearing up to makeover my kids’ bathroom and have had a fun time searching for inspirational spaces.  I am looking to create a kids bathroom that is both stylish and fun.  Here are 9 Inspiring Kids’ Bathrooms that I found that fit that description! 1. via Pottery Barn Kids 2. via 2 Little Superheroes 3. via Pinterest 4. Tamara Mack Design via Houzz   5. vis BHG   6.  via Pinterest   7.  via Young House Love   8. All Design via Houzz   9. via Pinterest   In analyzing these photos I have pinpointed 3 elements that all of these spaces have in common and which I will make sure to employ in my kids bathroom makeover!   1.  First, is the use of a bold color.  If you scan through the pictures again you will observe that all of these bathrooms had 1 and sometimes 2 bold colors.  The pops of colors in these pictures included  deep blue, green, turquoise, aqua, yellow, and pink.  I am thinking about using green in…

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DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

Happy Friday!  I was planning on sharing all the details and photos of our new floors today but then life happened!  It’s been a crazy week getting the kids back to school and finishing up the floors! And of course the night after the floors got finished being installed our refrigerator had a pretty major leak resulting in about  5 ft x 5 ft of the wood floors needing to be replaced.  Fun times (Boohoo cry)!  So I’m hopeful by the end of next week there will be a lovely wood floors reveal post.:-) Today I want to share with you a simple step by step tutorial to making a bed.  To clarify I’m not talking about the kind of bed making that refers to sheets and comforters being tucked in just right.  I’m no Martha Stewart and half the time probably don’t make our bed (and a 100% of the time I’m about sure I don’t make it the proper way)!  I am speaking of making an actual wood bed which is something I never thought I could do. Well, until I found Vintage Revivals tutorial…

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