Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Eight months ago I wrote a post sharing my client/friend’s kitchen.  In that post I discussed some of the plans we had to give it a makeover on a budget!  A few months ago I gave you an update on it’s progress (you can see HERE)! And today I get to show you the After and I’m just a little bit excited!!!!!! As a reminder (or if you are new here) I’ve included some of the Before pictures.   BEFORE     The goals were a “white kitchen” with color (hence the wall color which is Sherwin Williams Watery), more up-to-date features, and a light and airy feeling while still balancing masculine and feminine elements. What do you think?   AFTER                               Looks like a different kitchen, right? I helped with the design decisions, cutting the tiles for the backsplash, and painting the table but other than that Kelli did the rest of the work and I couldn’t be more proud of…

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Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Happy Friday!  Today I have an interview to share that I did with organizing guru, Jane Stoller, author of “Organizing for Your Lifestyle”.   The title of her book caught my attention because it states Organizing for YOUR lifestyle (not Bob, Sue’s, or your best friend’s lifestyle).  I liked that the title acknowledged that we all have different needs when it comes organizing our homes because we all have different lifestyles.   I think that organization can be frustrating at times because we try organization systems that work for other people but fail for us.  After this kind of repeated failure it is easy to have negative thoughts about ourselves and/or about organization in general.   Over the years I have learned that an organized home is not created by a one size fits all method.  It truly takes thoughtful pondering of your family’s needs, personalities, activities, and time capabilities.  Only then can you develop organizing systems that work for YOUR life. via @designers_of_insta   Systems are steps or actions that you set up to get…

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Making a Case for Window Casings

Making a Case for Window Casings

Happy long weekend Everyone! I know my title for this post could be interpreted in two different ways so let me clarify.  Today we are not talking about making a physical case to store your window casings (trim) in.  I am sharing a step by step tutorial on how to case a window and why I think you should definitely consider doing this project!:-)   In preparing for this post I looked through all of the interiors I have saved on Pinterest and in my idea books on Houzz and almost every single window (about 95%) had white trim work  (casing) around the windows! I found this extremely interesting considering most homes these days are not built with window casings (I assume it’s a way for builders to save money)! via Cecyj Interiors   via Alice Lane Home via Brookes and Hill     There is a saying in interior design that states ‘design is in the details’ and this rings true for window casings!  Window casings although small in visual weight make a huge impact…

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A New Brick Step!

A New Brick Step!

I’ve been crushing on the classic beauty of brick porch steps for awhile now.  So timeless! Photo by C Kevin Coffey Dwellings  via Houzz   Highland Homes Inc. via Houzz When we first moved into our house there was no step up to our porch and I noticed quickly that the distance was too large especially younger children and older adults. So, I created a little make shift step out of concrete 8″x12″ slabs stacked on top of each other and called it good for a few years (pictured below). However as time has passed a slab or two cracked and I was ready for a more permanent solution.  I of course researched making my own brick step and although I was intimidated by the idea it looked do-able so I did it! HERE’S THE RESULT: Note: The black stuff in the before photo is not mold, it is dirt and debris from the concrete slabs that laid there for years. AFTER Because the concrete around the porch was already stamped into brick shapes I decided to…

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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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DIY Floating Bench

DIY Floating Bench

Hello!  I hope you doing well!  Last week I got in the mood to clean out my kids’ closets (all four of them) . It’s not something I get in the mood to do very often so I took advantage of this rare feeling and spent quite some time going through all of their clothes– putting aside clothes that don’t fit, have stains, or aren’t ever worn and organizing like a mad woman. It feels so good to have their closets organized again (we’ll see how long it lasts)! A couple of months ago I shared a bedroom makeover I helped design for my friend’s daughter.   One of the most fun parts of the makeover was creating a reading nook by adding a custom “floating” bench.  My friend’s handy husband built the bench for around $100.  Here are the steps he took to build the bench!   How to DIY a “Floating” Bench  Determine where you want the bench to go.  This was the perfect empty space for a little reading nook.  They did not remove…

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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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Tool Time with Tamara- Air Compressor and Nail Gun Kit

Tool Time with Tamara- Air Compressor and Nail Gun Kit

When It comes to learning how to use new tools it may seems like I am pretty fearless.  However, that’s not the case.  If it wasn’t for my determination in finding ways to save money in my quest to create a beautiful home then I would have never picked up a power tool. Power tools are a means to an end for me.  If creating a beautiful home on a budget is something you want to accomplish learning to use power tools will be a great asset to you too! Truth is everytime I’ve faced my fears and learned how to use a new tool I have felt empowered.  It’s a pretty awesome feeling to do something you never thought you would or could do! I think that’s why DIY can be addicting.  It feels so good when it’s all done to be able to say I made this!  I created this for our family and home and saved lots of money in the process (but let’s be honest in the middle of the project…

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I Painted My Tile…

I Painted My Tile…

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week! I can’t believe Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away!  I still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do.  How about you?  I’ve been doing most of my shopping on Amazon this year which has been wonderful not having to go out in the cold and crowds! Today I’m going to share with you my latest little project.  A few years ago I taught (HERE) how easy it is to install a tile backsplash.  I demonstrated the process as I put up a mosaic tile accent around my powder bathroom.     I’ve enjoyed the look but if you’ve been reading for awhile you know how much I love clean, white, fresh spaces.  Lately I’ve felt like all the earthy colors in the bathroom combined with not great lighting has made the bathroom feel dingy. I decided to freshen it up by painting the tile accent white. Here are the results!         Did you know you can paint tile??  I first…

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