$78.42 Living room Makeover!

Some DIY’ers have magic powers and can transform a room on an unbelievable budget.  That’s what Elizabeth from Southern Comfort did. $78.42 to be exact.  WOW!

Here is her livingroom before:

Here is her post: 

Living Room Project Breakdown

This was the best and the worst project I’ve ever done. I say that because I had a vision in my head, but trying to get all those visions into the room was hard. Especially having such a short budget. The most expensive thing in this room was the floor lamp. But we’ll get into that later.

I started this project the last week of May. It’s now July. When I say I’m done, I’m really not. There are still some things that may need a teak here and there. I swear a home is never really complete is it? 🙂

The first project I tackled was the fireplace. Here is a shot of what it looked like before it’s facelift. Not bad per se, but not what I wanted either. John and I had this ongoing “battle” over what to do with the fireplace. I wanted to paint it white, he liked the natural wood color. After many discussions, we did decide to paint it (since most homeowners like white now-a-day and it would increase our resale value, since this isn’t our forever home). This is what sparked the living room makeover. John was leaving for a business trip to Salt Lake in late May. I decided I would surprise him with a new room.

So one evening, one of my wonderful friends (thanks Emily!) came by after work and we got started on painting it. I primed it with some Kilz before painting it. I used Behr’s Ultra White paint. Here it is now.

Beautiful. And yes, John loves it.

The next project I did was the couch. I needed to update the pillows in a bad way. Our couch is a hand me down, and as much as I love it, it is beginning to show its wear. Since we can’t replace it yet, I knew I could give the pillows a little help. So I took the original pillows (as you can see in the first picture) and took off their covers. I knew I wanted a beachy, fun print, so off I went to the fabric store. I found exactly what I wanted.

I thought I liked the rust brown one because I’m in love with the texture, but it doesn’t work in the living room so it will be used in another room someday. But the one on the left was PERFECT. It was pricey at $26.99/yd. which is way out of my budget. Luckily, it was on sale that weekend and I had a coupon (score!) I swear the stars were aligned that day. I ended up skipping out of the store with 3 yards of this fabric for only $7.99/yd! I still can’t believe it. It ended up being the perfect fabric for my pillows. The green pillows I made from some leftover fabric I already had. Perfect.

We exchanged the oversized coffee table for another one we had upstairs. Since the “big box” as we admiringly call it was just a little too large for our small living room, we exchanged it with one we had in storage. It opens the room up and since you can see the floor underneath, does make the perfect place for Maggie to beg for popcorn. 🙂

The mirror above the fireplace I repainted. I used it as a child above my dresser for years. Come to find out, it’s a hand-me-down from one of my Gram’s dear friends I knew as “Grannie Ruth” who died in the 1990’s. She was 88. The mirror was Grannie Ruth’
s mothers!

Project number 3 were the sitting chairs. I moved a couple of our chairs from the kitchen into the living room. I inherited them from my grandparents. They were made after my Dad’s dad decided to have new chairs made out of some wood from our family farm back in the 80’s I believe. I love the history behind them. When I first got them they were little worn and tattered so I re-covered them in a red stripe to match the kitchen, but I knew I wanted them to be beachy for this room. Hmm. I have seen all over blogland amazing curtains and pillows using painters canvas from hardware stores. So I headed to Lowes, grabbed some for myself for only $4.99 I slipcovered the chairs. I didn’t take off the original red stripe, I just slipped the canvas over it. Looks just like linen and gave me the look I was visioning all along. If I need to move them to the kitchen for holidays or guests, I just take off the canvas. Voila.
The adorable pillows in the chairs I found at Goodwill for $2.99 each.

That awesome glass jug was found in my grandmothers house while we were cleaning it out. After a good wash it was perfect. You can’t really tell in the pictures, but it has a subtle blue/ seaglass look. Beautiful.

The bookcase in the corner was a gift from my mom’s dad. He passed away in 2002, but made this for me when I was a little girl for all my toys and books. My mom has been holding onto it for when I had my own house. The picture below kinda shows you how it looked before I painted it. I didn’t really want to paint it. I had this internal struggle with myself for a while it was “being tested” in the living room. Grandaddy made this for me with his two hands. For me. Thinking about me while he made it. How could I cover it with paint? But it just didn’t look right. So after a while, I decided to paint it. I wanted to love it in this room, not just like it. I decided to take the plunge, paint it and MAKE IT WORK FOR ME. And I’m SO GLAD I DID. I love it. It’s perfect, and maybe, one day, I can pass it down to our little one for their toys and let Grandaddy’s vision live another generation. I know he would be so proud.

Like I mentioned earlier, we did purchase the new floor lamp. I let John pick it out. He liked the square lines. I still haven’t decided if I want to switch out the shade for a drum one. Any thoughts?

As for the foyer, I reused the small table we already had. It was a gift from my Gram (mom’s mom) several years ago when she found it at an antique store. It’s the perfect small table for a tight spot. The basket underneath was a given to us (thanks Lyndi!) at one of my bridal showers. It’s been a real life-saver.

I shopped the house and found some picture frames that I placed beach pictures in. Love being able to shop the house and not spend a dime 🙂

The “E” monogram was a project I made back when we lived in our apartment. I bought the vinyl “E” and the wreath from Stampin’ Up. I’ll give the run-down on that project a little later since it’s pretty cool (and very easy to do).

The grand total of our living room cost us $78.42 including paint. Not bad right? I don’t think so. This comes to show that you can have a house that you love with a little patience, a little digging and some creativity.  

AMAZING!  Isn’t it?  Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful livingroom, Elizabeth and proving that making a big difference and pretty room doesn’t have to break the bank!
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Coffee Table to Bench

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I would have passed by this coffee table.  I don’t think I would have had the vision that lovepalmy had.  Here is her post:

We needed a bench for the bedroom where Mister can relax while getting dressed – his words not mine. I could not find benches under $200 (my budget) so I opted for the $25 option. Yes this was only $25 excluding paint, sweat and tears. There were no tears really just lots of excitement.
I got fabric at $3.99 a yard from Home Fabrics. This store is amazing!!! There is one by me so I get to actually dig through the back of the store. The front store fabrics are between $12.99 – $ 6.99 which is a much better deal than Hobby Lobby or Joanns.
Now the project!
Two inch foam, batting and fabric on plywood:
Isn’t it pretty!?  I love the black finish and that beautiful upholstered cushion.   I’d love this in my entryway.  Perfect for organizing some shoes or baskets and a comfy seat too but I had to laugh at her husband wanting a place to relax while getting dressed!  In our bedroom, it’d be more like a place for dirty clothes to relax until I picked them up for wash day!  
GREAT job, lovepalmy!  
Thanks for sharing your creativity and vision and amazing transformation! 

Pop over and get more details on how she rescued this chair and her other DIY projects!  HERE

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DIY by Billie Monster

I recently received an email from Billie introducing herself along with some links to her latest DIY projects.  I love making new friends and I love seeing creative genius.   She has some DIY talent!  

a girl who happens to love art, design and coffee

Billie Monster
Here they are:
There is something about finding an ugly, old piece of furniture that nobody wants and watching it become something beautiful with just a little bit of elbow grease. I thought it was about time for me to find my very own ‘ugly’ dresser to make-over, and decided to look for something with a mid-century modern style. I began making daily visits to Kijiji and Craigslist and eventually after several months, I managed to get my eager hands on what I thought was the perfect ugly dresser. Once I got it home and had a good look at it, I decided it was going to be a piece of cake to refinish. Of course, that was me being naive and forgetting about my lack of experience in this particular area!
The mid-century modern look with the cute little tapered legs at the bottom, plus it’s overall shape, seemed to indicate that the dresser was made in the 50s.  A stamp on the inside drawer confirmed it. I already loved it as it was – but I had my heart set on refinishing it. So, I headed over to Rona and picked out the perfect paint color – Expressions Gallery ‘Edamame’ 13D2-0 – along with everything else I would need, then headed home with a smile on my face. 
First things first, I cleaned out all of the old dust and cobwebs from inside the dresser. I also pounded in any old nails and staples that were jutting out. Then, to make sure anything else in the room didn’t get covered in dust, I either covered it or took it out of the room. Next, I put on a dust mask and began sanding. The surface had a kind of veneer top layer that had to be removed; it was some sort of paper-like material with a wood grain pattern. I thought it was strange considering underneath that was real wood. Sanding it away was a pain in the butt; it took incredibly long even with Jeff’s help. In hindsight, I should have rented a handheld power sander – grrr (a tip for anyone else attempting this!). Once it was all removed, I gave it a quick wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any accumulated dust, and did the same thing around the room. You would not want dust settling into your paint as it dries later on.
Now on to the painting, yay!

Materials I used:

  • Kilz Premium Interior/Exterior Water-Base Acrylic Latex Primer (white pigmented)
  • Expressions Gallery Interior Flat Finish 100% Acrylic Latex E-180 tinted to Edamame 13D2-04
  • two polyester/nylon paintbrushes in two different sizes, small roller, sponge brushes (you may not necessarily need all of these to apply the paint – use whichever one suits your project)
  • paint tray
  • Varathane Professional Clear Finish Clear Satin 1100
  • large plastic sheet (to cover your floor)
Painting is apparently pretty straightforward – even if you don’t have much experience. After doing a small amount of research online, you will come to the same conclusion. The most common advice is that you should make long, even strokes with the paintbrush for the best results. Another tip you might find is that putting a little paint thinner in your paint will give it a smoother finish. Even though I was trying my best to make the brush strokes smooth and consistent, I was still having issues with strokes appearing in the paint. After trying ordinary paint brushes, I tried a roller, which was slightly better but left a stipple texture that I didn’t like. My last option was the cheapest available – those little disposable sponge brushes with the wooden handles. Surprisingly they left the least amount of visible paint strokes as the paint dried, and ended up being the best choice.
I applied two layers of primer before I put on the first coat of green paint. Since I had used a white primer, I ended up putting on at least four coats of the green before I was satisfied with the color saturation. Do not forget to sand lightly between each coat, and wipe off any dust before applying the next. All I had to do now was put on the clear finish. According to Rona expert advice, I applied Varathane for the top coat and let that dry.
Ugly dresser was starting to look pretty attractive. The last choice I had to make was whether or not I wanted to re-use the original hardware, or find something new. I decided to use the ones it had since they were pretty snazzy and also because it would probably be next to impossible to find new hardware that would match the holes that were already there. So all I did was spray paint the existing hardware and the legs white – i
t took several coats, but worked out well in the end – as you can see in the photos!
I love ugly dresser – even though it’s pretty now.

AND I love this one too!

I needed a place to store and showcase the jewelry I’ve created before I put it up for sale on my Etsy shop, so I thought it would be a pretty nifty idea to repurpose an old picture frame I had lying around. After some Googling, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who had thought of this idea. I guess creative minds think alike!

What you need:

  • picture frame
  • stretched canvas/canvas mounted on a wooden frame (you can make or buy one)
  • sturdy fabric (mine was from Ikea)
  • quilt batting
  • staple gun and staples
  • paint brush
  • paint
  • sandpaper
  • u-pins, or other type of pin
  • plastic sheet to protect your work surface
First thing you want to do is remove the glass from your picture frame – you won’t need it. If you are going to paint your frame like I did, start by sanding it lightly to rough up the surface so the paint adheres better. Depending on the color of your frame and your paint, you may need to put on 2-3 coats until you are happy with the coverage and color. Set it aside to dry.
Now measure the length and width of the stretched canvas that you will be using as the insert for your picture frame. This is the piece you will hang your jewelry from once you are done putting everything together. Cut your fabric and quilt batting according to your measurements making sure to add a couple inches in each direction. If you don’t have a stretched canvas, you could just use something firm like cardboard to wrap your fabric and batting around; just secure it with glue instead of staples. Once your fabric is cut, lay it on your work surface so the right side is facing down, then lay the batting on top. Next, center your canvas frame on top of the batting – the canvas frame should also be facing down.
Now you are ready to secure the fabric to the canvas frame. Start in the center of one side by pulling the fabric and batting over the back of the wooden frame and securing with one staple. Do the same on the opposite side of the frame, pulling the fabric taut and stapling in the center. Repeat for the remaining two sides. You should now have one staple in the center on each of the four sides of the canvas frame.
For the corners, I just pulled and folded the fabric around carefully until I was happy with how it looked and then secured with a few staples. When you have all the corners secure, you can finish stapling the rest of the fabric around the frame pulling the fabric taut and stapling every couple of inches.
At this point you are ready to put your fabric-covered canvas into the frame. It will be snug, but should fit as long as you didn’t use a really thick batting or fabric. You can secure the insert to the picture frame on the back with staples or just use tape – like I did.
You’re done – flip it over, and check it out! Now you can dig out all your jewelry and start hanging it to the front. Just grab a u-pin and stick it in the fabric where you want your jewelry to hang from. U-pins are small pins that are commonly used in jewelry displays; I found mine on eBay. Alternatively, you could use regular sewing pins with colored heads on them. Just arrange them whichever way you like depending on the size of the piece you want to display. 
Boom, done.
Amazing, right? 
Billie is a new blogger so pop over and say hi and some encouraging words ~ I want to see more!

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Guest Blogger – Ashli from Maillardville Manor (Kitchen Organization)

Thank you so much to Roeshel for allowing me to guest blog here at the DIY showoff. I have never guest blogged before but jumped at the chance when Roeshel put the call out. Hopefully Niski gets better really soon, I am amazed at Roeshel’s ingenuity, the little Show Off undies and grocery cart, talk about making the best of a bad situation.
For anyone wondering who the heck I am. I’m the author of Maillardville Manor, you may have seen my computer/craft room submission here at the DIY Showoff a couple of weeks ago. I live in British Columbia Canada with my husband (who does all the heavy lifting here at the Manor and painting for that matter), and our dog Max (a 4 1/2 pound yorkshire terrier with an attitude). Maillardville Manor is about decorating, budgeting, pets, and eco friendly living, with a strong undertone of organization, and no where in our house needed more organizing then our small kitchen.
We have a good amount of cupboard space for a small kitchen, but we also cook a lot and those cupboards filled up fast.
We received a beautiful set of pots and pans as a wedding gift and we wanted to make sure they stayed beautiful. We didn’t want them clanging around in a drawer or cupboard getting scratched and dented along the way. Our little kitchen had no room for a traditional pot rack so we improvised using an Ikea hat rack and some S hooks. The result was a very functional statement in our kitchen.
The next item on our to tackle list was our pantry or lack there of one. We bought a plain jane cabinet from Ikea and purchased two Akuram glass paneled doors, voila we had a pantry. We lined each shelf with pretty green shelf liner and then neatly stacked our food inside (I say neatly because with glass front doors I’ve pretty much dug my own grave).
With our leftover shelf liner I thought it wise to line under the sink, we keep our garbage under our sink and enough said. Our garbage cans are from Ikea’s Rationell Series, as is the pullout shelf. We keep all of our cleaning products on that little pull out shelf (a.k.a. the best $20 I ever spent). The garbage and recycling bins fit nicely and leave just enough room for a few bottles of dishwasher liquid.
Our dining room barely fits a table and 4 chairs so the idea of a sideboard or hutch is a pipe dream to us. So we pared down and organized the rest, determined to make all of our dinnerware fit into one cabinet. We invested in like items, meaning all of our dinner plates are the same, so they would stack together neatly. Likewise for our side plates, and drinking cups, they all fit perfectly aligned, side by side. We consigned all of our mismatched wine glasses and invested in a set of crystal goblets and flutes. We chose white ceramic for everything because then matching wouldn’t be an issue, we could buy the pieces that fit our cupboard and not be stuck with a set containing matching platters or bowls that don’t fit anywhere.
To round out the kitchen I have two favorite products I love to use and display. The first is a drop in dish rack. We hand wash our knives and larger items and having the dishes drip dry into the sink and not on the counter was a $2.48 luxury I wasn’t going to pass up.
And second would be my two ceramic bowls with little ceramic lids, perfect for serving and storing. Both were from Target recently, however both were on clearance so I have no idea what their availability is like.
There’s our kitchen, what’s the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” well in our case a little organization keeps the metal health professional away. Anything to make the morning run smoother is worth my time and energy.
Thanks again Roeshel for having me here on the DIY Sho
woff, I hope you’ll come visit me over at The Manor and  as always well keep Niski in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Isn’t that refreshing?
Have you stopped by to see Ashli’s Home Tour?
Get inspired!
Thanks Ashli, for sharing your beautiful kitchen and organization tips with us!
I was inspired the minute I read it.  Mr. DIY was so thrilled (he does the cooking) because I went straight to the pantry and re-organized it all.  Once we get busy with the kitchen remodel, I’ll be using your post as reference!  🙂  Thanks for the motivation!
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DIY Project Parade

Happy 4th of July!!!  I hope you had a wonderful long holiday weekend!
I LOVE fireworks!

I managed to DIY a little this week!  My daughter decided the night before she left for Germany that a passport/carrier would be handy since she was to keep it on her person all of the time.  I kept fearing that she’d lose her purse (she did lose her cell phone but luckily, found it) or that it’d be stolen.  So, we came up with…a place to carry her passport/money under her clothing.  I had everything I needed at home!  I love when that happens!  
  • Scrap fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Iron-on velcro

Here is my tutorial in pictures.  I‘ll come back and edit/add the instructions since I’m short on time right now. 

Very handy!  She wears it under her shirt but for picture purposes…well, you know.  Now, passport and money are safe.  🙂  The ribbon has a velcro closure so it’s adjustable.  Not bad for free and about an hour of work before she left the next day. 

*For those of you asking…here’s Niski, making the best of bed rest.  🙂  Thanks for your prayers!  Still being optimistic!

So...that’s what I’ve been up to.  What about you?  Feel free to link up!

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Master Bedroom Before and After

Amanda from Casa Brasi has done it again!  She recently made over her master bedroom and the result is stunning!

Here is her before:

Here it is now:

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful bedroom makeover, Amanda.  What a gorgeous place to fall asleep every night.  I’d never want to leave!  It’s very classic – I love it!  Magazine worthy and inspired by my favorite RH style. 

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For those of you asking about Niski, thank you for your thoughts and prayers!  She is hanging in there.  No change as of yet but we’re at least adjusting to the new routines.  She is adjusting well.  I am taking a bit longer to get accustomed to caring for a special needs dog but so far, so good!
Every time I read a thoughtful comment or get an caring note from you, I feel like I’ve been hugged and believe me when I say – I needed it.  Timing is always perfect.  Thank you!
Have a Happy 4th of July! 

Wall art or gift idea…

Kasaundra from Fishin’ with the Trouts created a beautiful easy DIY gift.  Here is her post:

I found a website that lets you design your own word clouds! You simply input the words you want to incorporate and input them as many times as you’d like that particular word large.  The downside is the site doesn’t have a way to save your art, but with a little help from the wonderful Brandon and Anna, I was able to have it printed up at Staples! The frame was one I already had on hand making the grand total of this baby shower gift $1.05!  I think it came out wonderful don’t you?!  If you’d like to try it go here.

Isn’t it awesome? Great personalized art and gift idea!  I actually have used wordle before and made t-shirts and stickers for my daughter’s band.  Lots of possibilities!  Thanks for sharing your creativity Kasaundra!
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