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

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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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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.