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
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
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
Porch Decor Series Here’s an old watering can that was dented and scratched up that we got at an auction as part of another lot of “junk”. Just remember, “One man’s junk is another DIYer’s treasure.” I had Mark bang out the dents and I sanded out some of the flaking metal. I gave into my spray paint obsession once again and turned it into another porch decor piece. I love saying, “piece.” Sounds so artsy doesn’t it? Repurpose! Sometimes simple is good.
Re-purposing Old Chairs More on my Porch Decor series… Often when you buy things at auctions they offer a smattering of this and that hoping to snag you on one item just to get rid of a dozen others. Some days my husband announces he won an auction and lists the different things in the grouping. It’s not uncommon for him to submit a low ball bid just to see if he can win. (I think it’s a sickness we’ve both contracted!) There is usually only one thing he wants in the group. If he wins, he brings the whole lot home and asks me if I want any of the extra stuff. Recently he won an auction that had 3 old chairs – dusty grimy old chairs that would only be valuable to someone wanting to have a bon fire… or a DH DIYer (die hard do it … Read more
We recently moved from a larger house in Michigan that housed all 17 of us – yes, I said 17. I have 15 children. If you want to do a little reading on our family and my life these past few years, visit my family blog at: Mom of Many. Below you can see a picture of the last time we were all together in 2004. We weren’t able to downsize when our last 3 children moved out, or to put it less graciously, get rid of all the junk, because we had our house on the market for nearly 3 years. All our stuff we needed to get out of the house to improve the look while it was on the market went into boxes and were piled up in the garage. We had to put on the “face.” You know the, “Come look at our house – we … Read more
Hi there, Because we love our DIY home, I am here to share with you some of the things we’ve learned along the way. I’m married to Mark, nicknamed DH (Darling Hubby). We’re just normal people trying to be good stewards of our money while we create a home that not only is comfortable, and inviting, but affordable as well. We raised 15 kids – 13 special needs adopted, 2 homemade We are retired from full-time ministry where I taught for 9 years in the church school I homeschooled for a few years We live in Wisconsin, transplanted from Michigan I now teach furniture flipping online There is no reason to re-invent the wheel if someone else has already done it – so I share with you what I’ve learned here on LMDH. Sharing ideas is how many of us improve our homes and enjoy some of the better … Read more