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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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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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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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


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!


powder room before and after

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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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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

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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Beautiful Buffet Before and After

With a low budget family room renovation in progress, I need to give some old pieces a new look. As I’m looking through some creative projects, this gorgeous transformation submitted by Gabbi at Retro Ranch Reno is definitely an inspiration.

Gabbi removed all of the original hardware and sanded the surface to roughen things up for primer.

DIY Project Parade Linky Party

Welcome to the weekly DIY Project Parade Linky Party! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!  Updates:  This past week I shared a couple of projects…

before and after painted puzzle floormat

faux chocolate decor, Valspar spray paint

  • I’ve officially started on the family room. I’m working from top to bottom and this weekend, I started with the ceiling. Our bamboo flooring will be installed this week! This picture doesn’t show how truly bad it is. you can’t see the dingy walls, brass boob light, unpainted French doors, microwave cart with fish tank, mismatched furniture…it’s not a pretty sight but stay tuned for a floor to ceiling makeover, step by step.  {$100 Comfort Works giveaway

beach cottage, living room, neutrals

  • And you’re looking at my early birthday present from Mr. DIY. (Thanks, honey!)  What’s almost as good as a room makeover? A blog makeover! The DIY Show Off has a pretty new look and new design…in case you didn’t notice 😉 ! Woo hoo! We’re still tweaking a few tabs and things! A special thanks to Maximus & Ashley at! Not only did Max hold my hand through the crashed shared server and get the DIY Show Off back online, he’s the creative genius behind the scenes and Ashley created the new graphics but a familiar look. I LOVE it!

Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Show Off Project Parade

1. You must use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link:

2. Your post must be recent, shared at one DIY Project Parade only (not continuously) and be DIY related.

3. 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.
4. Or email your link to and I will add it for you.
5. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.
6.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week, featured on DIY Show Off Facebook or Pinterest. 

7.  Visit a few other links to make some friends and to collect some creative inspiration!

Fab Two Toned Furniture Makeovers

furniture collage

Martha from Leone Design is a mom, graphic designer and new blogger and I think she can add furniture fairy Godmother to her list.  Take a look at what she’s refinished and selling while I pretend this is my shopping cart.

This two toned dresser with hepplewhite pulls is gorgeous and such an inspiration.

dresser makeover

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Pottery Barn {knock off} Easter Eggs Tutorial

This tutorial is from last year, but I wanted to share it again since the the time is right. These Easter Eggs are still in the Pottery Barn catalog but they’re also super easy to do-it-yourself.

I fell in love with a Pottery Barn vignette as I often do. This one was for Easter. The PB one is pink but I wanted yellow.

Problem:  Silk flowers/branch, pitcher, 2 bunnies = $200 for seasonal decor!
So pretty much not going to happen on my budget.
However, out of budget inspires DIY projects.