Family room under construction

I’m working on the family room and still so undecided on a few things so I wanted to make a list of some things I’m loving, things that are inspiring me:

BHG family room inspiration

Love the bold patterned curtains!

{BHG}

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Thrifty Treasures

My trip to the thrift store this week resulted in two Venice prints. A little more expensive than I’d normally consider ($10/each) but the retail price shows $40/each and they have an old world feel that’s perfect for the living room.  $80 for $20. Not bad.

living room wall decor

I needed to add some steel wire to the back to hang {tips for hanging pictures on plaster walls}…

wire cable for pictures

and now they fill a previously empty wall space:

living room

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Drop Cloth Headboard Tutorial

Don’t you just love a good Pottery Barn inspired DIY project? I’m so inspired when I see something not in my budget recreated for a fraction of the price and it’s rewarding. Stretching a budget further with more to spend in other areas or just the ability to have the same look when it’s not otherwise possible. Meet: Susanne from

Tenth Avenue South blog

Can you believe that her headboard is a do-it-yourself version, upholstered using a drop cloth?

A week behind the scenes at DIY Show Off…

A bit of a crazy week as usual around here. This isn’t a usual DIY Show Off post. I hope you don’t mind a little personal mid-week detour from a tutorial or before and after. I love reading when you share more than strictly DIY and since my projects are in progress and under construction, I’m sharing a little of what’s been going on this week in the DIY Show Off house.

1. As you know, I’ve been working in the family room. Here’s a sneak peek of where I am…aged turquoise goodness and beautiful rustic hardware:

teal French door

{details coming soon}

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Master Bedroom Makeover by See Cate Create

See Cate Create blog

 Cate’s master bedroom before was beautiful…

Um, yea. Believe it or not, this is before…

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Canvas Table Runner Tutorial

Dinner Time {canvas table runner}

canvas table runner

Materials:

DIY Project Parade – Peacock Feather Triptych Canvases

DIY Show Off Project Parade

I recently shared a tutorial for peacock feather triptych canvas art at the DIY Club and wanted to share with you here too.

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DIY Master Bedroom Makeover

You all know Jaime from  that's my letter blog

right? Well, in case you missed it or just in case you don’t ‘know’ her yet, I’d like to introduce you to a super creative, talented DIY blogger. She claims “All DIY all the time” and she’s not kidding.

She always has some amazing do-it-yourself projects to share and most recently, a truly awesome master bedroom makeover full of DIY projects with detailed tutorials on how you can give your room or even other areas of your home a fresh new low-cost look. Here are just a few of the before/after photos.

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

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Tissue Paper Pouf Wreath Tutorial

I’m taking a small break from family room painting to do some crafty fun today. I love tissue paper poufs but hanging them doesn’t always fit with my decorating. This is a great alternative and perfect for spring.

tissue paper wreath

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Sewing Room Makeover ~ RubyJean

 

Meet: Angelina from .

Her sewing room is a romantic, vintage dream. Prepare to fall in love.

sewing room before

A couple of weeks’ work was sacrificed but tell me this result wasn’t worth it? {I hear your ooohhh’s and aaahhh’s!}

sewing room reveal

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Spring Mantel & 3D Love Letters wall art

I love spring and we have been having some ah-mazing nearly summer-like weather with lots of sunshine and warmer-than-usual temps. Nothing lifts my spirits more than open windows, fresh air and no snow. It’s motivation to do-it-yourself (that’s a verb, right?) something pretty, colorful and fun. A spring mantel:

DIY spring mantel

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Subway Art Painted Floor Tutorial

How to paint a {subway art} floor:

Meet: Christine from

Planning a Room Makeover – start with a list

 

bookcases built in around a door

{House Beautiful}

When I’m getting ready to tackle a room makeover, I start with a list of things I want to accomplish, big and small. I like to put mine in a casual outline format in a notebook. No special order, just a collection of ideas, inspiration, design and plan.

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DIY Project Parade and Half Bathroom before and after

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As I was updating my home tour page, I noticed that I didn’t have a link to our half bathroom makeover. Why? Because I shared it on my very first blog and not here. So, time to show you the before and after transformation. One of my first projects. It evolves a little here and there.

blue glass vases

First, let’s take a look at the before picture. Keep in mind that previous owners foreclosed on this old farmhouse. It sat neglected and we lived with this room stripped completely for over a year (that nasty carpet and fixtures were gone)! Thank goodness for my ability to see potential, otherwise this alone would have had us running the other direction!

BEFORE

powder room before and after

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Pottery Barn inspired wooden ball chandelier

Meet: Jeanette from

Homa Style Blog

What can you do with 600 wooden balls, a tuna can, a vanity mirror and chandelier parts? Yes you’ve read those materials correctly! Unbelievable:

Jeanette made this Pottery Barn Wooden Ball Chandelier!

Pottery Barn Wooden Ball Chandelier

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Paint Project Wizard and Family Room Flooring Update

{Distressed antique java bamboo floors}

Next up on the family room renovation is choosing the plan to paint, choosing paint colors and a list of supplies. My Colortopia was really helpful in putting together a color palette for our family room last week.

The Paint Project Wizard at MyColortopia is a great tool for planning. I started with the My Colortopia quiz and inspiration tool. Just “drag” color palette to the Project Folder. There are also some helpful MyColortopia blog tips along the way.

paint project wizard

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DIY Peacock Feather Triptych

My daughter, Ali, recently scored three canvases at the thrift store for about .79/each. Then, after seeing a peacock triptych here, we decided to try our own peacock feather silhouette using the colors for her planned dining room.

dining room color palette

fabric swatch, Hawthorone threads

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Kids’ Closet Project

Hello! I’m Christina from No. 29 Design. Thank you so much to Roeshel for asking me to guest post. I’ve very honored since I’m still a newborn in blogland! I thought I’d share with you a project I’ve been working on and am happy to say it is done!

No. 29 Design
My boys closet got stripped of it doors a while back to make room for the Ikea Expedit I put inside. It has freed up the rest of the room to fit in two twin beds as well as plenty of play space. It stays organized and all those bins hold clothes and some toys. All in all it works great, except for the top. I can’t take the bar down which holds the clothes on either side. Seeing everything stored on the top shelf of the closet does not make me happy. I’d put more “stuff” but then I’d see that too, so I’m limiting my storage capability.

Introduction to Dumpster Diving

Redoux
Today Karen aka Good Time Charlie from Redoux has stopped by to share an introduction to one of her favorite hobbies.  She’s spent so much time peering into dumpsters that she’s developed some handy tips on scoring the best junk, with the least amount of effort.

Karen loves to restore and refurbish furniture and she’s so good at it! For example…

painted furniture and if lucky enough, even use pieces she finds on the side of the road, Craig’s list Free, or….DUMPSTERS!
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March 2012 Pinterest PinFest – Spring!

DIY Show Off Pinterest PinFest

It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month and time for the Pinterest PinFest. With all that Pinterest has going on, I’m only including images of my own projects today. You do have permission to pin my images. I’ve decided to change the party a little. New linky party rules detailed below.

spring decor

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