Outdoor Bench Makeover & Best $15 Sander Around

Outdoor Bench Makeover & Best $15 Sander Around

I had all intentions of writing and sharing this post last week and then life happened (namely the stomach flu, sinus problems, writing a post for another website, 4 kids, a puppy, and a kitten).  At last I am here and I truly appreciate your patience!:-) (The kitten is the easy one). Today I’m sharing a trash to treasure makeover.  It all began on a sunny afternoon as I was walking (or was the puppy walking me?) to the bus stop to gather my children off the bus.  As I got closer to the bus stop I noticed a neighbor (the dad of my son’s friend) carrying a leprous bench to the side of the road. Knowing that trash day was the next day I asked him if he was getting rid off it (always best to make sure in order to avoid an awkward situation).:-) He said yes and so I asked if I could take it and fix it up.  He answered in the affirmative and was even kind enough to carry it…

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Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  This week I’ve started putting together an inspiration board (or mood board) for my upcoming laundry room makeover. If you aren’t familiar with what a mood board is– it is basically pulling pictures, paint colors, flooring samples, tile samples, furniture pieces etc. together in one spot to see how they all look in unison and to gain a clear vision for where your space is going. You can do this with actual physical materials or you can use the computer to get a virtual representation. Here are some examples of both kinds of mood boards   Real Life via Studio Mcgee via Studio Mcgee   Virtual via Young House Love via Young House Love Mood boards are fairly simple to make. 3 Steps to Creating a Mood Board 1. Search for Inspiration.  Pinterest and Houzz are great free resources for decorating inspiration.  I have Pinterest boards for each type of room in the house and when I find a space I like I pin it to that…

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BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

I look forward to our local Parade of Homes every year and this year is no exception (16 builders are participating this year so lots to see)!  You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to attend the media tour of the Parade a month before it is opened to the public (it opens to the public September 3rd- September 17th). I had so much fun touring the homes that I wanted to share the experience with you!  You will see in the pictures that the homes were in varying stages of readiness.  Some homes were fully decorated (most weren’t yet) while others were still drywalling and installing flooring. I think it was pretty neat to see it in progress because it made the bones and architectural details of the home stand out even more. I will be sure to point out some of the common trends I saw amongst the homes. Let’s begin with my two favorite exteriors!  The contrast between light and dark colors really makes them pop.   Two cool ceiling features!…

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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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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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38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

The past several months I’ve been compiling a list of paint colors that I would call the best Go-To-Paint Colors around right now (and likely for very many years to come). I wanted to give you the cliffs notes version to paint colors!  Sometimes the number of paint color options can be enough to make your head spin (in rainbow colors)! It might sound easy enough to pick a paint color but then you have a billion different hues with a billion different undertones and intensities.  It makes me feel anxious just talking about it.:-) This post is meant to help save you time and headaches from paint color option paralysis by giving you 38 tried and true beautiful paint colors to begin with rather than millions! I hope it helps!!  Please feel free to ask questions and if you want to share your favorite go-to paint colors in the comment section I would love to hear them!   38 Beautiful Go-To Paint Colors WHITE 1 Behr Pure White–  This is what I use for all of my trim,…

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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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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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