Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Taking Stairs from Carpeted to Stained Hardwood

Hello! I’ve been excited to share this tutorial with you because it has made such a big impact in my own home and for under $100! My stairway to the upstairs is the first thing you see when you come into our house. When we moved here it had the builder-basic carpet stairs with oak railings.  This isn’t an awful look but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. BEFORE   The first thing I did was paint the hand railings dark espresso and the railings white  (HERE is the tutorial on how to do this step which is SO worth it IMHO)!   PROGRESS     Next I got so disgusted with the carpet  on my stairs that never seemed to look clean no matter how much I cleaned it that one day I just started pulling it up (I’m not an impulsive person but once in awhile when it comes to home projects it happens).:-) My youngest was around 1 years old at the time so I still wanted some padding on the…

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My Living Room Makeover Reveal!

My Living Room Makeover Reveal!

Hello!  I think I’m as ready as I’m going to be to share my living room makeover.  I truly believe there is no one way to decorate just A LOT of varying styles and opinions so you really can’t go too wrong if YOU love it. BUT I have to admit I’m human and sometimes I worry too much if my photos are “good enough” or if you will completely hate the way I decorated my home. It helps me to remember that even if you aren’t loving what I did with a certain space that you will at least hopefully be inspired by the money saving ideas I share. So… before we moved into our house and a few years after, our living room was the dining room.  After living in our home for a few years it dawned on me that (because of the location and shape) our dining room would make more sense at a living room and vice versa! Here is the dining room before we moved in.   And here it…

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DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Ottoman/Stool

DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Ottoman/Stool

Hello!  Today I am over at Remodelaholic sharing how to create your own ottoman/stool!  I was inspired by Ballard Designs version pictured below.   via Ballard Designs   Ottoman/Stools are so versatile!  They can be used as extra seating. via Sita Montgomery Interiors Stored under a console table. via Houzz Combined together as a coffee table. Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC via Houzz Used as foot rests. London Bay Homes via Houzz   And seating around a table. Photo by JayJeffers via Houzz I love all the ways I’ve seen them utilized in the design world! Come on over to Remodelaholic to see how my DIY version turned out, to get step by step instructions to make your own, and to get another little sneak peek of my living room (although I’ve restyled the shelving since).:-) Hoping you have a great rest of your week!!:-)

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Beat up Table Turned Beautiful Farmhouse Table

Beat up Table Turned Beautiful Farmhouse Table

I recently helped my friend, Heather, transform her beat up kitchen table into a beautiful farmhouse table.  Her 13 year old daughter is obsessed with the Fixer Upper show and Joanna Gaine’s style.  She asked if I would help her daughter with a project she had found on Pinterest where Diana from Our Vintage Home Love had taken off the top of their existing table and replaced it with a farmhouse-styled top. \ via Our Vintage Home Love My friend, Heather, had a sturdy table with beautiful legs but the tabletop had taken a beating over the years with four young kids. With all of the screws under her table we thought for sure it meant we would be able to remove the tabletop however after taking a good looksy underneath we realized the top was going nowhere! As I was thinking about what to do the idea came to me…why don’t don’t we just install the wood planks right over the existing table top! So that’s exactly what we did! Before And the Afters…

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A Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover for Lolly

A Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover for Lolly

I’m excited to share Lolly’s bedroom makeover today!  Lolly is a friend who I’ve been helping makeover her house one room at a time. We started with the Powder Bathroom, then the Laundry Room, and now her Master Bedroom.  All of these makeovers have been done on a budget! I do the interior design planning and Lolly does most of the DIY.  It has been fun for me to see how her hard work has been paying off!! Here are the before shots.         And now the After!               There are several ways we saved money on this makeover.  To begin, the drapes were only $5 per a”panel” (they are made from flat sheets).  Hanging them 2-4 inches from the ceiling is a trick to making drapes look more expensive and the ceiling appear taller!     Lolly bought the bench at a stager’s sale for only $45 and the chandelier at a garage sale for $10.  It was super brassy.   We spray painted the…

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The Secret to Painting Tall Walls

The Secret to Painting Tall Walls

Hello!  I hope you all had a great week!  I have my friend, Cindy, here with me today to talk about how to paint extra tall walls! Cindy works as a part-time handy-woman and she is goooood!  In fact I hired her to help me paint my 2 story entryway a couple of months ago. I held the ladder and helped move it around etc. while she was the brave one who climbed the ladder.  Here is a bad phone photo of Cindy helping me paint my 2 story entryway.   Since helping me paint my foyer she has gone on to paint two other 2 story spaces. We worked together to create this tutorial for you on how to paint 2 story (or super tall) walls like a pro! Take it away, Cindy! **************************************************** Everyone loves a beautiful home with tall ceilings and lots of light, but when it comes time for a new paint color those tall ceilings can pose a problem. Most people end up hiring an expensive painter to tackle the…

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DIY Orb Ceiling Light Fixture

DIY Orb Ceiling Light Fixture

Hi guys!  Today I’m going to show you how I made the silver orb ceiling light for my sons bedroom makeover.   I’ve been a sucker for orb lights for a couple of years now.    This beauty was one that I fell in love with a couple of years ago when at a wedding reception.   Orbs are especially a great option in rooms that have a lot of linear lines like boxes and stripes.  The circular shape provide a nice contrast but is still clean and crisp. My friend Erin suggested the light below for my son’s recent bedroom makeover and I instantly loved it.  It is from Shades of Light.  The cost is $159 which is not horrible and I considered buying it for a little while. via Shades of Light   But the more I thought about it the more I became pretty confident that I could DIY something like it for a lot less. For the light part I used an old pendant (similar to the one below) that I…

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Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  This week I’m excited to share my youngest son’s “big boy” room makeover reveal!  My son is almost three years old and was ready to move from his crib to a big boy bed!  Can you tell he is proud of his new big boy room (or maybe he is just wondering if Mom is ever going to stop taking pictures of his room)?:-)   As a reminder below was his bedroom as a nursery.   And here is a photo of the bedroom before we moved in.   And here is the now!   The bed was free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it.  It sat in my basement for a couple of years until we were ready to use it.   It had some screws showing and was kind of plain so I decided dress it up with some DIY faux drawer fronts.   I think it gives it a much more “expensive” look.   The knitted blanket at…

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The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

Hello!  In the design course I’m taking right now I’ve learned that it is ideal (but of course not always possible) for each room you decorate to have an architectual feature.  Possible architectual features include fireplaces, woodwork, archways, beams on ceilings, crown molding, a bay window, built-in bookcases and the list goes on! Here are some examples! The ceiling woodwork, unique windows and window cabinets, and custom island. Photo by RLH Studio via Houzz   The built-in entry storage cabinetry and french doors. Photo by DLH Inc via Houzz   Woodwork above the mantel, fireplace, built-in bookcases, and the woodwork on celing. Photo by Alyssa Lee Photography via Houzz   The wood trim on the walls, crown molding, and coffered ceiling. Photo by Craftmaster Homes via Houzz   The alcove space, the wood trim on the walls and the trim around the front door. Photo by Tim Barber Ltd Architecture via Houzz   The upper arched window, the vertical planking on the wall, the wood trim above the stove and on the wall and refrigerator, the custom island, and trim…

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