10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

We downsized recently and have 4 boxes of old picture frames filled with my kid’s pictures. I don’t have much wall space in this new house, so I needed to figure out what to do with all the frames. Boxes and boxes of frames… Not only am I a Mom of Many; I am also a photographer. 15 8×10 frames of school pictures on one wall from my old house… various framed candids, family pictures, sports pictures, baby pictures etc. all over the other walls. That’s a lot of frames! After a bit of research online I have come up with some fab ideas to share with you. Actually I did this for me, but you are free to join the party. I encourage you to click on each original source to see the ones with tutorials and if you pin any projects, please do it from the original source … Read more

Antique Night Stand Re-do

What’s hiding in your basement? A couple of years ago I gave our daughter, Jillian, a night stand that had been a family heirloom from my husband Mark’s aunt, Aunt Emily. She had painted it white, but wasn’t happy with the results. I had a 2 1/2 week stay in Virginia with Jillian where we spent a week decorating her living room/dining room at her new place. This is one of the pieces we hauled out of her basement to try to salvage.   Newly married, in school, and on a tight budget, this had to be another “use what you have to save money but it’s gotta look good” project – right up my alley! Spray paint is an easy and cheap fix. The dark stain shows right through and the paint peeled right off where it had bubbled. We honestly didn’t know if we could fix it, but … Read more

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10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

I’ve given a lot of thought to my DIY projects. I search the Internet for ideas. The thing I enjoy the most is looking at other blogs that focus on home decor. But they can be my worst enemy at times too. Why? Because I don’t always feel I can measure up. The problem with looking at what other people do is I tend to compare myself with them – oh boy, that can be a big mistake if I’m not careful I can become discouraged. We will always find someone who can do it better than us. The key is to realize that and use their example as inspiration rather than let it defeat or discourage us. Some of the home decor blogs are amazing! They have perfect houses and perfect photography to share their home decor. Oh, and let’s not forget, they have perfect writing styles, and even … Read more

Grandma's hankies made into a valance {Love My DIY Home}

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor   As promised, here are the valances Lisa made from her grandmother’s pillow cases. What items to you surround yourself with to remind you that you are/were loved? I have my dad’s Bible on my living room bookshelf – the one he used right up until his passing, 28 years ago when I was 26 years old. It sits right next to an original The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln, an 1865 book, complete with an old fashioned wood spine and leather cover. Lincoln is one of my heroes of the past. On the bookself next to it is a copper bust of Lincoln, a gift from Jillian and Taylor. Yep, yep, do the math – I admit it – I’m O.L.D. I can see the candle holder my son, Andrew, bought me several Christmases ago, the Woodwick candle … Read more

Easy DIY Fall Kitchen Decor

Nine projects – one day. Add half a dozen more.   Try ths easy DIY fall kitchen decor – you will enjoy your kitchen more if it's pretty to look at.   Are you happy with how you store your kitchen goods?   This is how I kept my dry goods for years tucked away in my pantry – pretty unimaginative, I know.   Not being a "pink" person, I was glad to get rid of that bucket. What do you have sitting around that you hate to look at? There's nothing I can say about the baking soda. It is what it is. Enter the mason jars. Five dozen mason jars in varying designs allowed me to pick out some of the unusual ones to use for my kitchen fall decor.   Paint mason jar rings your accent color and then fill them with dry goods. Make use of … Read more

Use the word LOVE as a home accent {Love My DIY Home}

Using Words as Accents

Here’s a simple piece of DIY decor for you – use words as accents for home decor to add interest to any room. (UPDATED) In my guest room I want to create a warm cozy feeling, something that would reflect how we feel about our guests. There’s nothing like feeling loved! The “L” – second hand store for $1.25 The “E” – TJ Maxx for $5.00 The “V” – from Hobby Lobby, $2.00 after using a 40% off coupon. The heart shaped pine cone wreath is an old piece of decor that’s been floating around here for years. Here it is all put together: I want to paint one or more of the letters, but have not decided what colors to paint them. What do you think? I am going back and forth with color choices because I want to use some of the same letters to change it up … Read more

Front Room Transformation (Love My DIY Home)

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 to Kohls and Ross to find accent pieces to pull it all together. We found a large clock that was originally $150 on … Read more

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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 that tells you how we prepped and painted it. She used Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch 2x Coverage Satin Espresso. … Read more

Carla Aston Kitchen Makeover {Love My DIY Home}

Dramatic Kitchen Makeover

I found this dramatic makeover of a kitchen that went from drab to amazing on Designed with Carla Aston. Her story originally appeared several years ago in the Kitchens and Baths magazine. Her challenge was to take builder standard oak cabinets and make them look good.  Well, let me tell you, she did more than make them look good! Since I like to work with what I already have because I am frugal and try to be a good steward, I see this as a great example of how you can make drastic changes without ripping everything out and starting over. Here is the Before Picture of the Kitchen that is Wall to Wall Oak Cabinets.   Carla was right about the cabinets being standard. After 2 years of looking for a house to buy in our area, the before picture looks like many of the houses we went through. … Read more

Old Baby Dresser into Master Bedroom Lingerie Chest & Matching Desk DIY

OLD BABY DRESSER TRANSFORMS INTO MASTER BEDROOM LINGERIE CHEST   Get Creative With That Old Unused Furniture Don’t give that old crummy dresser away! A couple of years ago just after my daughter was married, she called me up and said, “What are you going to do with that old baby dresser I used to have in my room?” Translated, that means, “I need a dresser and I can’t afford to buy one. Can I have your old junky one?”   As a mom, you need to learn to read between the lines when you get those calls. Since I have an emotional attachment to that old thing, I told her, “Umm, I don’t think so.” She of course knows how to read in between my lines as well. She knew it meant, “I’m attached; I have no idea why I’d like to keep it, but you can’t have it.” … Read more