Archives for August 2013

Front Room Transformation

Front Room Transformation

Blah...Boring....Antiseptic! The last two days I was in Virginia, my daughter Jillian and I pulled together all our furniture DIY redos, and roped Taylor, my son-in-law, into hanging the curtains, shelf, and travel posters. I used a couple of Pinterest ideas to make the jobs easier. I will post those in a couple of days. But for now, I want to show you our transformation. As you can see, the front room in the duplex consisted of three white walls with tan carpet, two windows and a door. Blah...Boring...Antiseptic! We found a used dining room table and 4 chairs in a local second hand shop for $200. That in itself brought hominess into the front room. Though we mostly used deco she already had, we went out Continue reading

Small Changes, Big Result – Furniture and Room Accessories Transformed

Small Changes, Big Result – Furniture and Room Accessories Transformed

I took an old deacon's bench to Jillian out in Virginia. After Taylor, my son-in-law, re-assembled it, he didn't like it in their front room, nor did I. But Jillian insisted it stay for memories' sake. She said, "I don't care that it's country looking, It's from my childhood and I like it." Her dad made it, so that was enough for her. Sometimes memories are stronger than decorator savvy. She doesn't decorate in country, nor do I any more, so we had to do something to make it fit. Here it is the "before" picture: So, since my mantra lately has been, "Just spray paint it," I will now show you the "after" picture - I'm sure it will be no surprise to you all! Click here to view the post Continue reading

Homemade Powder Laundry and Dishwasher Soap

Homemade Powder Laundry and Dishwasher Soap

One way I am able to save toward a DIY home decor project is to save money in other areas. One of those areas I've embarked upon is making my own dishwasher and laundry soap. I put it off for more than a year because I had no desire to cook the needed ingredients on the stove to make the liquid laundry soap or grate the bar soap to make the powder version. But since I found a way to add the bar soap without grating, I decided to give it a try. My daughter, Jillian, had an easy dishwasher soap recipe that was also powder, so we attempted both. The links to both posts are below. Check out Homemade Powder Laundry Soap - NO GRATING and Homemade Powder Dishwasher Soap for details. Continue reading