Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

  On April 1, I offered a prize in my Newsletter to the first person to email me with their fave project from my website with "I Love DIY" in the subject line.   Pam said, "My favorite is the rod you put between your kitchen cabinets and hung the bird cage and sign." She was referring to my OUR KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER project. She responded 1 hour and 26 minutes after I sent out my newsletter. Congratulations, Pam! You are the winner!   I gave her a choice of colors for her prize: light blue, gray or teal, but didn't tell her what her prize would be. The project, a painted mason jar planter, is done and I will be sending it out to her this week.     A Simple Continue reading

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Have you ever seen before and afters that seemed too expensive to duplicate? I have. Too often we look at what others do and decide we could never do it ourselves.   It only took 3 1/2 years, but we finally did it.     And we did it within our budget, in our own time, in our own way.   You can too. What room do you want to flip?   Our green carpeted gold sponge painted master bedroom is finally a hotel quality guest room.   This was the original master bedroom, but we decided to keep it for guests. We took the other side of the top level and plan to renovate it into a master suite - some day.     We kept the green carpet Continue reading

Hobby Lobby Hack – or so I thought!

Hobby Lobby Hack – or so I thought!

I thought I was going to do a candle holder Hobby Lobby hack...   I've been admiring a few pieces of decor in a friend's house and finally asked if I could do some hacks on her home decor. Check out a picture of my friend's candle holder - I thought it was from Hobby Lobby but when I asked if I could do a (afflink) Hobby Lobby Hack of her candle holder, she told me it was her own DIY project!  I was surprised (not because she I didn't think she had it in her, but because it was so Hobby Lobby-ish).   I actually had looked around (afflink) Hobby Lobby to see if I could find it in the store to see how expensive it was so I could do a cost comparison of "Store vs. DIY!"   Here is her candle holder Continue reading

From Trash to Treasure – Update old brass decor, don’t toss it!

From Trash to Treasure – Update old brass decor, don’t toss it!

I told you about the cast off treasures I got from a friend in my first From Trash to Treasure post here. Here are brass pieces that NO ONE wants.   After painting the brass finishes with my dark walnut satin Rust-Oleum spraypaint, I decided to mix and match the parts to make new pieces.  Brass decor isn't very popular these days, but there is no reason we can't update.   When I painted this one, (pic above) the paint didn't settle in the grooves, giving it dimension. (It's OK to go ahead and think I planned this.)        I put the painted brass on my kitchen island to dry in the warm kitchen (negative 10 degrees in my garage where I painted it).  Each time I passed Continue reading

5 Simple DIY Christmas Decoration Projects for December

5 Simple DIY Christmas Decoration Projects for December

  Making your own holiday decorations is a great way to deck the halls with friends and family. There's no need to waste money on store bought goods when similar and oftentimes superior products can be crafted in the comfort of your own home. Getting the family together to create holiday decorations creates a sense of togetherness, and the beautiful end result speaks for itself. If you love Christmas and DIY crafts, the following holiday project ideas are sure to satisfy your creative urges. Wrapping in Style Photo by PermaCultured via Flickr When we think about Christmas decorations, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the tree, but what about the gifts? Wrapping gifts with style turns your presents into an extra decoration in your home. Continue reading

November’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest – Take a Seat!

November’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest – Take a Seat!

Once again I have entered a furniture flippin contest.   November's Fab Furniture Flippin Contest challenge is called "Take A Seat" sponsored by Minted. Each contestant was given free fabric from Minted to complete the project. Minted fabrics are designed by independent artists who design a pattern and then enter it into Minted’s ongoing design competitions. Designers submit, and the Minted community votes to tell them what to bring to market. You can check it all out here if you’re an artist or would like to vote.   I chose the fabric Herringbone Incomplete by Lehan Veenker for the chair and pillow and Arrowhead by Paper Dahlia for the accessories. I wanted to put together a color scheme that would go with the Continue reading

Cabinet Door Chalkboard – EASY DIY

Cabinet Door Chalkboard – EASY DIY

Chalkboard DIY - Crazy Easy   Here is the promised cabinet door chalkboard easy DIY from my fall porch. Seriously, this took me less than 5 minutes.   Not everything you see is a difficult to achieve as it seems. Sometimes it's crazy easy. This is one of those.   Here it is on my porch:     I started with a clearanced kitchen cabinet from Menards. I paid $3. I bought three of them all in different colors.   I would have painted it using chalky paint, but it was already painted! I can deal with that...     I pryed out the little plastic hinge thingys and used that spot to hang it from my ladder by Continue reading

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

  I've got a quick how-to for you because many have asked about the ladder I have on my porch. It's rather simple, mind you. Like 15 minute simple.   Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle   While at my DD and SIL's home renovation they ripped off their deck-ish type of backyard railing. Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:   Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.   This is my DH - and if you can read his mind, he's thinking... "Here she goes again, getting me to haul off more crap for some future project."     One can of Continue reading

DIY Tub Tile Installation – Guest Post by Ben Lamm

DIY Tub Tile Installation – Guest Post by Ben Lamm

How To Install Tile Around A Shower or Tub   Does your shower or tub surround look tired or out-of-date? A new tile surround adds an instant update and increases the value of your home. Fortunately, this is a project that you can do yourself if you know the method and have the right tools. I decided to ‘try this at home’ and the results were impressive - if I may say so myself!   Here’s a step-by-step guide of how I tackled the project:   Step 1: We Planned the Project Before we began, we needed to decide what tiles we wanted and how many we needed. Traditional 4-inch square tiles and larger subway tiles in neutral shades of white or gray never go out of style, so that was one option. We also Continue reading

Upcycling Trash?  Repurposing?  Double Duty-ing?  Thrifting?

Upcycling Trash? Repurposing? Double Duty-ing? Thrifting?

It's a way of life. Or, maybe it's an obsession. I suppose it depends on who's describing it. Upcycling trash isn't as bad as it sounds. We throw away so much trash. We can't upcycle it all, but why not some? Good for the environment (I'm not a tree hugger, just responsible.) Good for the pocketbook (It's rewarding to save a buck!) Good for you (It's fun to own original creative works of art and one of a kind decor!) Here are some examples from my recent post Craft Room Closet Makeover. Old Box Springs - cut them off and use to hang projects on a wall. (I've seen them hold candles too.) Ningxia Red packing materials turned paint Continue reading