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Long day of good food and sun = worn out! I’ll edit this post and share what I did this week tomorrow but if you’ve had a chance to DIY this weekend, let’s see it!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Edited: Remember this bistro set I snagged for $15 at a yard sale? It was ivory and rusty.

After some sanding, I used spray primer.

Then, I was going to do something fun and crazy but after some thought, I decided to make it match the existing patio furniture and to put it under the grape arbor for extra seating closer to the patio.

Our patio furniture looks like this. Aged bronze:
I gave it a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint:

And then, I used the gold leaf Rub-n-Buff using a dry brush to create the gold markings that my other patio furniture has.
A little goes a long way!

And came up with this:



Side by side, before and after:

The Rub-n-Buff is awesome. At first I used a rag and learned that a little goes a long way so then I applied it with the dry brush to get the aged bronze look. I can’t wait to try it on another project. The coverage is amazing. I think it’d be perfect for creating a French Provincial look since it covers so well. We have a bedroom set that look like this:

and it would be perfect for the same effect! It’s permanent and dries really fast.
I love the metallic sparkle.

More to come! I’m working on cushions and throw pillow covers for all of the patio furniture along with something else pretty for the grape arbor seating area. :)

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DIY Wall Monogram and a Bathroom Update

Kathy from Wheatfield Wonderlings is sharing two DIY projects with us today! A beautiful bathroom update. LOVE the colors, decorating accents and that vessel sink! Here is her post:

Bathroom Update

After living in our home for 3 years, we finally got to updating the bathroom
Here it is before and after

The shower curtain is from here
Top 500 SAT Words Shower Curtain
It makes great educational bathroom reading!

Vanity before we painted it with 3 coats of black paint
Here it is after

We learned how to cut and edge granite!

Ebayed vessel sink and facuet

We still have to replace the light switch cover with a white one, otherwise it is done!
Love it!

And a large “W” for her living room wall. I love personalized wall art and I’m jealous of their awesome jigsaw skills! Here is her post:

I needed something on the wall in the living room.
So I found a font that was swirly enough.
Printed it out on a transparency, put it on the overhead projector
Projected in on a piece on MDF. (My newest favorite medium)
Cut it out with a jigsaw and sanded it.
Painted it with a textured Stone paint
My husband & son nailed it to the wall.
While making it and attaching it to the wall, the big fear was breaking it. Fortunately, that did not happen, thank goodness.
Just what the wall needed!

I love both projects, Kathy! Fantastic job! Thank you for sharing!

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Have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend! I’ll be back Sun. evening to post the DIY Project Parade. Today is The DIY Show Off‘s 1 year blogiversary! Let’s celebrate next week with coming up on 350 posts and nearly 2000 followers!
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Master Bedroom Makeover – Suburban Spunk!

One of my favorite features – Real room transformation reveals! Take a look at what Suzanne from Suburban Spunk did with her master bedroom. Boring to beautiful! Here is her post:


Master Bedroom Redo Reveal

It’s been a long time coming but our master bedroom is D.O.N.E. I’ve taken my time with the room, used plenty of thrift store treasures and DIY projects to finish the look. It was completed on a tight budget (as usual) and has become a room the we love to be in.

BEFORE: Boring Beige

AFTER: Relaxing Style
(please ignore the lamp on the right…ran out of ribbon and haven’t had time to go get more yet)

Don’t you just love a DIY upholstered headboard? So pretty! What about the beautiful curtain detail? The pretty coordinating wall art and scrabble tile art? LOVE it! She has a post with more details if you’re interested in the ‘behind the scenes’. Click here to check out more!

Thanks for sharing your relaxing and beautiful master bedroom, Suzanne! :)


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Mirror turned Chalkboard

I love this project (but click her button to check out more too!) from Crystal at



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You’ll be looking for yard sale mirrors (me too!)! Here is her post:

Ugly Mirror From the 80′s Turned Chalkboard

Remember this ugly duckling from a the post I did a couple of weeks ago? I was undecided if I wanted a message center or a chalkboard. Well, I went with the later. I had also fully intended to sell this one, but it turned out so well I kept it for myself. Lucky for me the place I bought it has a twin. So, I’m going back over there tomorrow to pick it up.

The Process:

* Removed the mirror and replaced with plexiglass
* Painted plexiglass with chalkboard paint
* Primed the frame
* Spray painted it white
* Dry brushed it with dark stain
* Replaced the red velvet with burlap
* Let the frame dry, then distressed it with sander

This project took less than a day to complete and it was super easy.

Ready for the reveal? Big difference eh?

Isn’t that pretty? I love it! Thanks for sharing Crystal! You may also know Crystal from Olive Rue here she features projects from her French inspired image transfers which you can purchase in her Etsy shop. Here are some of the things you can create:

♥Pillows♥
♥ Tea Towels♥
♥ Totes♥
♥ Quilt Blocks♥
♥ Backpacks
♥ Table Runners♥
♥ Note Cards♥
♥ Framed Prints♥
♥ Scrapbooking, etc♥

I see a DIY project in my future!

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Beautiful Neutral Nursery

I received a letter and pictures from one of my readers about her beautiful nursery transformation. I love the orange bedding, the beautiful rug , gorgeous curtains and neutral wall and floor color. Here is her letter:

My husband and our family transformed our small office into a nursery for our twin sons.
They ripped out old carpeting, replaced and repaired bead board, chair railing, base boards, moulding and doors and windows and add crown moulding. They also painted the wood floors a high gloss blue.
We wanted an orange nursery, which we could not find bedding anywhere. My mother in law made the bedding and the curtains. We used my existing teak furniture, painted a bookcase, bought cribs from Walmart, a chair from nursery works and rug from West Elm. We used neutral colors on the walls so the furniture and bedding could be the focus. ~Shannon

Here is the before picture:

And here are the darling after photos:


Thanks for sharing Shannon! Your husband and family did a great job! It’s such a cute room for your twin sons!


In other related baby news (no – not that, not me!), I‘ve been taking monthly photos of my nephew and photos of my niece and wanted to share them with you because they are adorable and it’s another one of my DIY hobbies. I have the cutest photography practice models! These ones are my favorites. :) This one was taken lying on a blanket in the grass in the yard.

And this one was taken on the barn patio.

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DIY Project Parade

I bet you, like me, never ever get tired of before/after room transformations, right? Specifically kitchens since that seems to be hot right now and I’m not complaining! Ours is a hot mess and the more inspiration, the more kitchen makeovers, the more motivated I am to get to mine as soon as I finish up some other little projects. I feel like that’s the one area of my home that would make a HUGE difference. We have so much left to renovate in this farmhouse, but having that done would be a huge chunk of it. It’s the most work and one of the worst looking areas in this old house right now.

So, I wanted to share this kitchen makeover at Starter Home to Dream Home from last week’s DIY Project Parade. Again, it’s GORGEOUS! I’d give anything to have my kitchen look half this nice! Here is her post:

Kitchen Final Reveal!!! Picture Perfect

It has been a hard and long 2 months! Wow, I can’t believe it took us 2 months to get this thing finished. It is FINALLY DONE!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited to show all of you I had to post this before my big date tonight :)

BEFORE

AFTER

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the final result. Our projects ALWAYS come out BETTER than we had planned.

Remember how I originally had picked, and purchased, Tumbled Travertine as my backsplash? Well, my gut told me it was wrong, so I returned it and traded it for Porcelain, dark and contemporary tiles. LOVE IT!!! That was the best choice I made. And I am SOOOO lucky that Oregon Tile & Marble made the exchange, THANK YOU!

The Granite goes perfectly with our whole contemporary feel. Click HERE for my post on our DIY Granite Mini Slabs

My $10 Valances above my corner sink fit right in.

I am in love with my elegant Faucet that reminds me of Swan Lake. I can’t believe I actually wanted to return it. I have fallen in love with it more everyday. I got it at Lowes for $200!!

I had so much fun Accesorizing my new kitchen:

Got ‘em at Target

No, this knife set isn’t new. I just spray painted the wood Oil Rubbed Bronze. A quick fix for it to look sleek and new.


See the “old” knife set to the right?

I wanted to add some accessories on the top of my cabinets. Just because I can’t accesorize within 2 year old reach I had fun with this one! I still feel like I need to tweek it a little bit but I have time for that.

I added this plate for a POP of orange and to add some “Hawaii” to my life
I had to get that green in. Love that green.

I am just loving the look of my Kitchen Island Redo. It makes such a statement! Don’t get distracted my the kids playing on the floor…. hehe

Lets have some fun with before and afters:

BEFORE

AFTER

More:

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AFTER

And 1 more:

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It’s stunning. I love the color. That tile backsplash is my favorite but the pretty white cabinets, that light fixture, the beautiful countertops and gorgeous valances and accents…dreamy!
If you’re not familiar wi
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Starter Home to Dream Home, you’ll want to check it out. Beautiful home and awesome creative DIY projects!

And if you’re looking for a DIY project to inspire you, click the DIY Project Parade label on the left to see TONS to choose from! I can’t keep up. You guys are amazing! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your creativity! I’m honored that you share your ideas here! Thank YOU! Now if I can get the weather to cooperate with me, hopefully I’ll have something to share soon!
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Another Amazing Kitchen Makeover!

All of these gorgeous kitchens. Is it a hint? Time for me to stop procrastinating ours? Here is what I’m talking about. Kristina at The Purple Pea is sharing her amazing kitchen makeover. Here is her post:

The Kitchen Redo: COMPLETE

Last we talked I was slowly but surely self mutilating my wrists painting my kitchen cabinets. Well, lo and behold, I’m finally finished!

Lets revisit my kitchen…
Before:

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Horrible builder grade cheapy cabinets.

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As I expressed before, this was HARD. But in the end, it is completely worth it. Take a look!
After:

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These are the cabinets that were routed and glass was installed. I’ll teach you how to do that soon.

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Overall, this was the biggest project I’ve tackled and it was time consuming. I used the same technique as my craft room table. But I am a million times more happy about my kitchen that I ever was before. I’d love to install crown molding and replace the back splash at some point. But I sort of want a break from mini-renovations for a bit.

However, I’ve got some tips and tricks to share with you!

Stick around for:

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How to light the TOPS of your cabinets

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Tips and tricks for hardware installation

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How you (yes, you!) can have glass fronted cabinet doors too!

Kristina – it’s awesome and I’m looking forward to your tutorials with more much needed details on your beautiful cabinets! Thank you so much for sharing!

A Couple of Dreamers – Kitchen Makeover

Yes! Keep submitting your makeovers! I NEVER tire of seeing them! I need all of the inspiration I can get! Especially kitchens. The more I see DIY kitchen renovations, the more motivation I acquire to get to ours a.s.a.p. Here is another amazing transformation from Katie at A Couple of Dreamers. I’m pretty sure I have the same cabinets in her before pictures. Don’t they look beautiful in white? What about that open shelving? I love it for everyday dishes. Check out her beautiful countertops too. What an improvement! Here is her post:

As promised, I have before and after pictures of our kitchen today! The before pictures are in various stages of grossness including before we peeled the tile and after we started removing the texturing from the wall. And even though it is painfully obvious which are the before pictures and which are the after pictures, I will still label them!

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After:

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So, there you have it! What next? Who knows, we have so many choices!

Awesome job Katie! It is such a big difference and I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and for all of the tips. I can’t wait to get started! ;) Click HERE to see more details behind the scenes of Katie’s kitchen makeover.

Speaking of kitchens – did you see Rachelle’sPhotobucket
kitchen in the Summer 2010 BHG Kitchens & Baths? I did a quick feature here and you can find her post here with links to more information. Congratulations Rachelle! I’m so exci
ted for you! You rock! I was also a little excited to see my blog listed as a favorite BHG inspiration on the same page!
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Dressing Up Outside

A pretty porch makeover by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.

Here is her post:

My front porch was in very sad shape. This is what the poor rockers looked like. They really need refinishing.

Restained and looking so much better. See the white chinese garden stool. That’s the famous one from Big Lots. It needs painting too, and the poor dead plants replaced.

This is what I used to transform the chinese stool.

First it got two different colors of green.

Then a little stain was sponged on for character. I finished it with 2 coats of Clear Gloss.

Ta-DA!!! New front porch. Much better.

A view to the front door.

The wreath got a little redo too.

Some pillows and a new fern, now this looks inviting.

Of course a little critter had to be added.

The stool is just the perfect size for a couple of glasses of iced tea.

Since we live in Arizona, of course we have desert landscaping, but the porch still looks inviting.
Beautiful job Marty! Thanks so much for sharing! I love how everything looks so fresh and pretty! I’ll even take some of that Arizona sun right about now. ;)

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Remember when I did my house number flower pots? (Tutorial here.)


I’m so excited that I’ve inspired someone! I got this letter with photos:

Hi Roeshel, >I have LOVED your blog ever since I came across it. I have been waiting for spring to arrive in the Rockies to attempt your house number project…we had a couple frost free days in a row so I decided to go for it! I used inexpensive plastic pots from Target and spray painted them, then free-handed the numbers/letters on and painted them in with acrylic paint. I’m waiting for my husband to build me a bench (on the to-do list for his new table-saw after the dog house is built) but I’m super pleased with the results – especially to make our house stand out a little in our military housing! Thanks for another awesome, easy-to-accomplish idea!

-Lara

Here are her pictures:

Thanks for sharing Lara! They look great and I love how you swapped out the pots for plastic ones. I do have some touching up this year after leaving mine out over the winter. (OOPS!)

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Wainscoting and Picture Frame Molding

I love this DIY project at Impatiently Praying for Patience! Here is Katie’s post:

Foyer…check!

One more project is complete…Hallelujah! So lets go back and remember how boring the foyer looked before.
Then we started to put up wainscotting.
Then we got the wainscoting up.
Then we got it painted.
Then last but certainly not least Mr. Genius finished the wainscoting for the rest of the foyer!!!!
Sorry about the bad photos…it started raining when I finally had a minute to take the pictures. Not that I am a photographer or anything but I do know that natural light makes it look so much better.
We…meaning Mr. Genius…put some more boards up the staircase. I like it even better.
I am really happy with how it looks!

I Love it Katie! Once I learn how to use the miter saw – I’m considering it!
Thanks for sharing your amazing work!

Do you think it’d look good here in my living room? Here is a picture of mine:


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Thrifty Treasures and DIY Plans

Here are my most recent thrifty finds. I grabbed 6 of these coat racks ($1 each). We built a closet in our back entry and these will work perfect there. I’ll keep you posted of the before/after makeover.

These chemistry flasks. 4 for $5.


Off topic, but my favorite thing about spring…fresh bouquets from the yard!
Back to thrifty finds.

Antique radio and clock:
A pretty mirror and a lace table cloth from Mexico:

We didn’t miss out on thrifty treasures by being in Mexico.
Playa del Carmen is a great place to shop with shops, flea market style with restaurants just a block from the beach! There is also a 30 min. ferry boat ride to more shopping in Cozumel! We did have to buy an extra bag to check in at the airport. :)
Souvenirs!

I really love these sinks but we didn’t bring one back. :(


Mr. DIY couldn’t resist the poncho, embroidered shirt and sombrero.

Linking up to
 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/

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Here is our upcoming list of DIY projects coming up.

1. Closet organization/makeover
2. Guest bedroom makeover
3. Fireplace surround build-up
4. Bistro set transformation
5. Dining room redo
6. Painting kitchen cabinets
7. Window box planting

Now, if only I could get caught up and finish something! Just writing this gives me motivation. With vacation, I have some of these projects started and in progress. Time to finish up and move on! :)


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DIY Project Parade and a winner!

It’s that time of the week!
I’m all refreshed from vacation and ready to dive in to DIY again!

First, the winner of the CSN giveaway is

Congratulations Pam!

Now, let’s get inspired!

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The DIY Show Off

If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:
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  2. Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
  3. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
  4. If you notice your link has disappeared - please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.



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A Little of This, A Little of That – Retro Rocker Re-do

Sarah at A Little of This – A Little of That claims this is her first furniture makeover. I don’t believe it! She makes it look so easy and it’s beautiful! The fabric is gorgeous and I love the new black frame! I’ve been scouring the thrift shops, estate sales and Craigs List for an easy first project with no luck but this is certainly inspiring!

Here is her post:

Retro Rocking Chair Re-Do

I am so happy to share my recent furniture re-do with all you guys! I have had so much fun breathing some new life into this VERY retro rocking chair!

Here she is in all her glory!!

Where did I find this lovely?? Canton, TX of course. The best outdoor flea market ever.

How much did I pay? $40. Not back considering the potential this chair had! (potential I saw, and the hubby did not. He was like….”ewww”. But, he DID let me buy it!)

I LOVE THE LEGS on this chair. It’s what first caught my eye!

DO NOT be scared to re-upholster something! It’s a “figure it out as you go” kind of thing. Every piece of furniture is different. Just take it apart, and go for it!

First, I removed the seat cushion. It was simply screwed in on the bottom. Remove the screws, and then pull out the cushion.I had to have my hubby remove the seat back. Quite a bit of pulling and yanking was required.
I then lightly sanded the whole chair, with circular sander thingy (I know nothing about tools obviously….)
Sprayed it with some primer. (sanding and priming are optional, but make it look so much more finished!)

I then gave the chair a few coats of Krylon Black Satin (forgot to take a pic. sorry!)

Next I re-upholstered the seat cushion.
Here are the EASY steps to do this.

  • Lay fabric on the floor, wrong side of fabric up.
  • Center seat cushion on the fabric
  • Using a staple gun, staple one edge of the fabric
  • Go to opposite side of cushion and pull the fabric TIGHT and staple that side (ex: if you staple the left side of the cushion first, do the right side next)
  • Finish stapling remaining 2 sides, making sure fabric is tight the whole time
  • When you get to the corners, make sure you neatly fold the fabric

(kind of like wrapping a present)

I then tackled the padded seat back. There is really no right or wrong way to do it I discovered.

Here’s what I did:

  • I re-covered the existing seat back using the same steps as above
  • I made my own cording to go around the edge of the seat back using cord
    (can buy at any craft store) and leftover fabric from this project.
  • I stapled in the cording all around the seat back opening
  • I then stapled the backing right below the cording (this chair has an open back, so you can see the fabric)
  • Next, I stapled the seat back cushion in place.
  • I rolled the lining up over the seat back and hot glued it down to hide all the staples (all 4 sides)

Here is the finished product!

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?

(I made the little throw pillow too)

Close up of the fabric (that matches my master bedroom bedding PERFECTLY!!)

I’m in love………………..

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AFTERGREAT job, Sarah!!! It’s gorgeous! And it gives me hope! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Sarah is a talented DIY’er! Head over to her blog,


to see more DIY projects. Here’s a sneak peek of her most recent too. Wow!
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After:

Guest Blogger – A Penny Saved

I‘m finally back home but still adjusting to actually being home so one of my favorite creative DIY’ers and bloggers, Britt from A Penny Saved has shared an easy but amazing before and after transformation. Thanks Britt! I love the new blue/gray/green accents and they make a huge difference!

Here is her post:

I am a huge fan of the DIY ShowOff and all the great ideas that make their way here. It’s such an amazing way to share (and borrow!) crafty ideas and projects. Thanks for dreaming it up and pulling it off for all of us readers, Roeshel! I am very excited to guest-blog on such a great site and to share one little color tip that made a huge difference at my house:

We moved into our current house about a year and a half ago now. So far we really like it. It’s our first experience living in a less-than-seventy-year-old-house, so we’re loving the lack of maintenance and all the time a new house frees up so we can do fun projects. One of my only complaints about this house: the color scheme. Exterior and interior. We’ve pretty much taken care of the camel-orange color that was painted throughout the interior, so I decided to tackle the exterior.

It wasn’t bad looking, but I am very much a cool color person. The warm color scheme outside really messed me up because it just didn’t fit with our pretty much entirely blue-gray interior. I felt like I couldn’t really decorate the outside of the house with the silvers and blues I use inside at Christmas because they didn’t go with the beige and red. My red fall wreaths blended into the doors too much, and the yellow forsythia wreaths I use for spring made me think of McDonald’s against the red. Nevertheless, I thought it would be years before I could do anything about the outside, seeing as it was brand new paint and it would cost some major $$$$ to repaint the entire house.

Then one day I noticed that if you just looked at the main paint color without the red against it, it really wasn’t that beige. It was more of a creamy taupe. The red was just throwing everything off, making it look more like a warm color. I got really excited (and things tend to happen pretty quickly when I’m excited) so before I knew it (and before my poor, unsuspecting husband could make it home from work!) I had this:

It’s amazing how changing up an accent color will change the entire appearance of a house. The whole outside color scheme looks much cooler and calm. And my wreaths look so much better against the new blue-gray-green color.

Do you have a room/space/house whose color scheme needs a little tweak? Have you thought about just switching up the accent color to give the whole space a new look??? Might be a much cheaper, easier route than repainting the whole area!

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I will announce the winner of the CSN Giveaway in the next day or so! :)

Guest Blogger – Remodelaholic

Hey fellow DIY Showoffs!
I am so excited to be blog swapping with Roeshel today!
By way of introduction,

My name is Cassity,

and I am a Remodelaholic

(this picture is like totally H.O.T….. I couldn’t stop myself!)

…well at least I have a blog called Remodelaholic.

I am a wife, a mother and an Interior Designer by degree.

My husband Justin is a Landscape Architect and a “honey do” list genius!
My daughter is the light of our lives. She is often the reason and perfect excuse for
leaving my projects sitting around unfinished for as long as I want!

Halloween 2009 The Three Amigos

I love working on projects and the satisfaction it brings to see a job well done. We do a lot of re-purpose, reuse, recycle projects and we try to make them as accessible as possible so that you too can make them.

We are remodeling our third house. The thing is, we don’t like to spend a lot of money to get the look we want… Can I get an Amen? So, we are always trying new creative solutions. Then, we share them with you, with complete tutorials to make it as easy to recreate as possible.

On my blog you will find:

Tutorials, Design Plans and Ideas, Remodeling Ideas, Before and After, Holiday Ideas,
Recipes (and a linky party just for recipes), Weekly Linky Parties (Fridays),
Guest House Tours (Mondays), Featured Guest Projects

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Today I am going to show you how to make faux roman shades. I made these out of 1 twin sheet I bought on clearance for $2.00, old ribbon I have had for a while, left over Velcro and scrap wood from another project. It only took a few hours.

Anyway, this project has been done before in the blog-o-sphere. But I think that pretty much anyone who has made their own drapes has done this before including myself in this project back in 2005, before I even knew what a blog was… so there, I am not just a copy cat! Although I do love my cats, and my chickens.. and well you get the picture, moving on.

Here is a before:

The whole house has these 2″ faux blinds, and they are brand new and perfectly functional so,

I decided to keep them, but I didn’t necessarily want to look at them all the time.

( apparently that means I would rather stare at the blank brick wall that is my neighbor’s house…)

After:

Here are the instructions if you would like to try it out.

Collect your supplies:

Fabric

Ribbon (if desired)

Heat bond adhesive strip

Velcro, adhesive backing

1 x 2 (x window width+) pine board

Measuring tape or ruler

Iron

(drill and screws or small “L” brackets)

This project can be sewn or not, it is up to you.

Measure your window, decide the width you would like and cut your 1 x 2 to the proper length.

Cut the fabric to width of finished blind plus at least 2 inches and the finished length plus at least 8 1/2+ inches. (technically since theses blinds do not operate,

you don’t have to have the full length and it would be fine)

Finish all four edges, by folding the top and two sides over 1/2 inch,

then 1/2 inch again and either sew or heat bond the seam in place.

On the bottom fold it over 1/2 inch and then 3 inches and sew or bond in place.

Now move on to the tutorial images.

Any questions? … Bueller? … Bueller?

What do you think?

Thanks Roeshel for letting me guest post!

I hope she is getting nice and tan on vacation!

The DIY Project Parade

Hola!

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Make Room in the Bathroom!

Check out what Brittany from Superwoman did to take advantage of unused space in her bathroom. Genius and I’m so impressed! Here is her post:

Bathroom Closet- Demo Project

With all the remodeling projects I have undertaken, I have never done a demo job. Not once.
It was bothering me when I assessed the situation with my bathroom closet.
Remember when I remodeled it? If you weren’t around, check it out here.
Anyways, so this is what my closet looked like:

Oh how I hate this closet!
Senario:
I’m in the bathroom doing my makeup. The bifold door is open because, well, that’s where my makeup is! The hubby decides that he wants to get in the bathroom. See the door behind the bifold? Yeah, it would slam into the bifold.
Stupid….
Let’s look at the storage:
Don’t tell me that you don’t have at least one closet that looks like this. Aweful, just aweful.
More reasons to hate this closet: Wasted space!
Look at all that room!
Such a waste…
Sooo….it had to come down.
I took out all the shelves
Then the strips of wood came out.
I don’t have a picture of the wall being demoed (demo-ed?? demod…nope) but I’ll just tell you that it’s a pain to take down wall studs.
After everything was gutted, I put up the new framework.
Then the new supports were put in.
I decided to go with 1×4 boards instead of a sheet of plywood. One, because I already had quite a few 1×4 boards. Two, because I can’t cut straight on a tablesaw yet. Three, it would be cheaper in the long run.
So I primed and painted every….single….board.
Some boards had to be sent through the table saw to make a notch.
Then I started to assemble everything.
I found this on a trip to Hobby Lobby. I spray painted it, making sure not to do a full coverage coat. I like that look better. You’ll see how that turned out in a second.
I also found some cheap baskets at Walmart. They needed to be spray painted to go with the bathroom, though.
I also added bows.
I put up my metal scroll thing.
Like it? Me, too!
Then on to add the trim.
I already started to add the baskets to get a feel for what it was going to look like.
After repairing the walls, I was done!
There you can see the new tiling on the floor of the closet.
I hope everyone likes it!

Great job as usual Brittany! So functional, organized and it looks great too!
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Precious Nursery

Lauren from

has an amazing eye for design, DIY skills and decorating talent. She has the sweetest nursery makeover from top to bottom. Click HERE to see her original posts with details on what she purchased, links and the awesome budget. You won’t believe the cost breakdown. She rocks!

Here are a few pictures of the before and after:

Here’s where we started when we moved in:

Oh and picture a sports border in between the orange and ‘dinge’ colored paint. In our zest to remove it, we forgot to take a true before photo.

We (AKA the Hubster) did a lot of painting and construction, including new hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators, adding beadboard, and all new trim:

To get the nursery to this point:

So there’s a little bit of history for you. Without further ado, here is the (mostly) completed nursery:

I am sooo in love with our new window seat bench and cushion. It opens up for storage and is a comfy cozy place to sit and survey the neighborhood or read a book. I made the pillows myself (and I’m pretty proud of it too – I’m NOT a sewer by any stretch of the imagination) I think I’ll make a few more, but sewing is tough when you’re 39.5 weeks pregnant. The window seat cushion is also a custom piece from Jayna @ RockyTop Designs on etsy.

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I painted the tree and the hand-me-down dresser for the nursery and added fabric leaves to the wall for a little added texture. We also replaced the wooden knobs on the dresser with white and metal ones (we couldn’t decide between white or metal, so we did both). It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint!

I really can’t find anything I don’t like. I love the custom bumper, the soothing color scheme, the little accents (that owl and fox are adorable!), the glider and the window seat. It’s all so pretty!

Lauren – thank you so much for sharing your awesome nursery makeover with us! I think that little Violet is one lucky little girl! Best of luck in the next few days. I’ll be thinking of you!

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Don’t forget about the FUN CSN giveaway! Click HERE to enter!
&
And I’m not too proud to beg for votes in the
Make Your Home Your Own Contest at Rejuvenation.
Please vote HERE! :) Thanks you guys!

Awesome CSN Giveaway and Some Daydreaming…

This giveaway is now closed. :) Better luck next time!
Check back for another great giveaway coming up soon!

I‘m so excited to be doing a CSN giveaway and the timing is just perfect! (1800+ followers! Thanks to my amazing friends!) You’re going to be excited too!

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First, let’s daydream! As you know I’m working on the dining room makeover and I am in fact choosing dining chairs from CSN but you’re also aware that we have a severe case of kitchen envy lately. Let’s just pretend that it’s next on our renovating list. It might just become reality! We definitely want a kitchen island. We have a rather large kitchen with lots of empty space in the center. Perfect for a kitchen island and Mr. DIY’s dream pot rack and prep sink. Have I ever mentioned he does all of the cooking because he enjoys it? I enjoy him cooking too. :)

So, I set about online window shopping for bar furniture and I think these are what we’d choose (yes, inspired by yet another DIY Show Off kitchen feature just the other day, click here if you missed it):

Or even these in white or sea mist…


I have 5 o’clock somewhere on the brain (see below)
Coastal Living 5 o’clock somewhere bar stool
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Now, back to the giveaway! CSN/allbarstools.com is generously giving away one of the following to a DIY Show Off reader! That’s YOU! Did you know that CSN has over 200 stores?! You will definitely find an amazing selection of everything! Don’t you think it’s genius of them to be so involved in our little blog world? It’s exciting!

#1 -The first prize to choose from is this cute cottage bench in your choice of yellow, green or blue. My only dilemma is “where to put it?” – I think it’d be cute in my mudroom/back entry way. I also have a spot in the kitchen or dining room for extra seating. How about at the bottom of the stairs? How cute would it be in the corner of the family room or at the end of the guest bed?

#2 – OR anything YOU choose up to $80 (a free shipping item) at any of the CSN stores. Here is the link: www.csnstores.com ! $80! Woo hoo! You could even put $80 towards one of the above mentioned bar stools!

#3 – How about this pretty eco friendly mirror that I think can fit a variety of different styles. I love the shape and texture.

Here is how the giveaway works:
  • The giveaway is only open to US and Canada residents for shipping purposes (sorry foreign friends!)
  • Leave a comment telling me which one you would choose (1,2 or 3) and where it belongs in your home. THAT’s ALL! Just comment to enter!
  • The giveaway runs NOW through Thursday, May 13th at midnight EST.
  • Blog or tweet with a link to this post and come back telling me you did so for another chance.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Friday, May 14th.
  • Be sure to include a way to contact you…it’s no fun winning if you don’t know about it!
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I also wanted to tell you that I am in official too-excited-to-sleep countdown to a Mexican vacation so while I have plans to blog from Playa del Carmen and Cozumel while Mr. DIY goes diving, in the event you don’t hear from me – I may be on the beach or climbing a pyramid and internet access could be limited but I will be thinking of you as always. And if I get a little goofy in the next week, the internet access might be limited but the frozen fruity drinks are not. :)