My house is not a "sparkly" house. Most things are cozy and frankly a little worn down. However I like my dining room to have a little shine and pizzazz. I'm always looking for new candle holders to add to my tablescape, unfortunately that can add up quick. I've been fooling around with some DIY wedding decor and stumbled across ways to combine glass vases and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. This super easy DIY yields awesome results and the combinations are endless.
I recently undertook a "room of doom" challenge on Instagram. It involved tackling that room (we all have one) that is out of control. I decided to tackle my "office." At least that's what we'd always intended it to be, an office/guest room. It has ended up being a storage shed for our camper equipment, an extra closet, a craft room, a recycling bin, and many other things, but it has not been an office or a guest room. I've long said that the trick to getting stuff done around the house is to throw a party or invite a guest. We have a guest coming in February, so the need for an actual guest room become unavoidable. As part of the makeover I swapped out the curtains. I am trying to do this makeover for as little money as possible. Drop cloth curtains are all over the decor community, so these are not new, but if you don't know how to do them..here ya go! They are super easy, super cheap, and very versatile. Here's what you need....
Sometimes I get the urge to create. I just have to do a project. I had already set aside time this weekend to make bookshelves for our living room, but the below zero temperatures, snow, and wind decided to get in the way of that. So with the prospect of facing a few days of being snowed-in I knew I needed another project to keep me busy. So I did a little challenge. Change something in the house, using only the supplies that I have on hand that could be completed in a few hours. I was washing the dishes and it came to me....backsplash! If you have some paint and a few hours, here's how to do it...
Barn doors are everywhere, I'd say they're having a moment, but let's be honest, they're having a whole hour! I knew I wanted to add them somewhere in our house, but I also knew that I wasn't going to pay the hefty price tag that they came with. The closet that is sort of part of my dining room and sort of part of my kitchen and sort of it's own area finally bothered me enough to update it, and it was the perfect space to add this element! It only cost me $20 to update them. I think it's definitely a good bang for your buck.
Why isn't there such a thing as a marble fridge? There should be! Or maybe there is and I just don't know about it yet. Have you ever seen an RV fridge? All I can say is why? WHY? They are usually some kind of oaky yellowish brownish wood. Yuck. I have seen lots of people paint them with much success. My friend Sarah actually painted hers with Chalkboard Paint which is a super cute idea. I had this marble fridge idea in my head and I just wanted to try something different. So this happened. It cost me $7 (including the paint). While this is an RV fridge, you could use this same technique on a dorm fridge, an old built in panel fridge, or really anything that you cant to cover! It's fun and affordable and the possibilities are endless.
This is one of those DIY projects that can be addicting because there are so many possibilities. They are also really affordable. I definitely went through a phase where I was making them all the time. Which was great for our table tops, but not so much for storage. If you're looking for a fun, quick DIY project, or a great gift, these are super easy and fun to make!
When I first moved into my house, the floors were orange. Yep, you read that right, orange. Don’t worry they were tempered by the red countertops. What can I say, the 70’s were a weird time for decor. I knew I couldn’t live with them for long. I’m kind of a hot mess the majority of the time, so I need my house (at least in terms of decor) to be calming. Orange floors don’t do that for me. I quickly painted the cabinets white and did a faux marble top counter. Next up were the floors. After a lot of research, I decided to use a peel and stick vinyl. Some people were horrified when I mentioned this, as they were picturing the vinyl tiles of old. I ended up doing my dining room, kitchen, and bathroom in peel and stick vinyl, you could say I’ve become a bit of an expert. I assumed when I did the camper floors I would use them again, but the previous owner had partially installed a floating laminate wood floor. BF loved the particular look, so rather than cover over it, I found matching flooring and one Sunday my dad and I did the camper floors.
I will say that both types of flooring are easy enough for a beginner and both give you a great finish, depending on what you are looking for. There are some differences, which I’ll get into, and I would use them depending on the situations. I am in no way a professional, and the opinions that follow are just based on my own experience. I just know that I hemmed and hawed about what to use in my own home, and this information would have been helpful to me.
This is the easiest DIY and it makes a big impact. Blanket ladders have been all the rage lately. They’re rustic and cozy. They add height and texture to a room. They are also ridiculously overpriced for what they are; pieces of wood screwed together.
Like most DIY’s this started with me seeing what I wanted in Pottery Barn and deciding that I could make it for (much) cheaper. If you have 20 minutes to spare you can make this too!
In perfect kitchens in perfect homes, dishtowels (or tea towels) are not actually used for drying the dishes or for...well for whatever tea towels were meant to be used for. However I do not have a perfect kitchen, and my home is far from it as well. I mean cute Instagram photos aside...we live here and we have dishes that need drying and spills that need cleaning up. Despite laundering them, I go through towels quite frequently.
In addition to needing them for practical uses, I think dishtowels can be a fun way to decorate for the seasons and all kinds of events. I love funny quirky sayings and pretty patterns alike. I always see ones I like, but I can't justify spending money on them when they get pretty beat up. Sometimes, I have an idea in my head of one that I want, but can't find it in the store. You know where this is going, it only made sense to find an affordable way to make them myself. So here it is, for around a $1.15 you can make endless possibilities of towels!
I'm fireplace obsessed. I've been known to have them (real of not) in every room of my house. I've gotten pretty good at the fake fireplace game over the years. In fact, my #1 "wishlist" item when purchasing a home wasn't hardwood floors, or granite counters. It was a working fireplace. When bf brought the idea of purchasing his grandfather's home to me, I loved the idea. Having a home that while a fixer-upper, had family history intrigued me. Bonus: It has not one, but two fireplaces! I've been known to have a fire anytime the temperature drops below 50 degrees (which is most of the time here in New England). Despite the two working fireplaces, I wanted one in the dining room as well. We already had this electric fireplace and used a $20 fix to make it look like a real wood stove. Seriously, we fool people all the time.