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

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 8x10 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 (as in, click on Continue reading

Antique Night Stand Re-do

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 refused to give Continue reading

Thanksgiving Table DIY Projects – What will be on your table this year?

Thanksgiving Table DIY Projects – What will be on your table this year?

This is going to be a short one. I think a little munchkin I hugged on in church may have gifted me with her stomach flu. At least that's what my stomach told me all night last night and today. But I did want to connect as well as keep up on my 31 posts in 31 days. If this post stops in the middle of the sentence, you'll know I passed out on my keyboard. But don't worry, my DH is due home soon. I've been thinking about our Thanksgiving table this year and how to decorate it. I have my silver and gold painted maple leaves. So I searched the Internet for ideas. I want to start with color - lots of color. source source Here is an 8x10 print from Lindsay Letters that would dress up the table. I think I will do something similar on my chalkboard. source I'll be hitting Continue reading

10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

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 perfect pictures of themselves on their sidebar where they introduce Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

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 Jillian and I bought in Virginia, the F.A.M.I.L.Y. sign, a gift from my seester, Linda, and a picture of my grandsons with my Continue reading

Easy DIY Fall Kitchen Decor

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 Continue reading

Finding Fall Home Tours

Click on the banner above and start a 16 home tour that will amaze and inspire you. It began yesterday and I am excited to see all of the homes featured!   Continue reading

Using Words as Accents

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 pinecone 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 Continue reading

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 to Kohls and Ross to find accent pieces to pull it all together. We found a large clock that was 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 that tells you how we prepped and painted it. She used Rustoleum's Painter's Touch 2x Coverage Continue reading