Roomspiration Highlights – Kitchens

The Roomspiration series was a ton of fun, wasn’t it?  I was honored to host the Kitchen edition which you can see at ROOMSPIRATION ~ KITCHENS

Thanks to everyone who participated!  I enjoyed a glimpse into the heart of your home!  Here are a few most visited/most liked links from the linky party:




Interested in seeing other specific rooms?  Visit the below lovely ladies! 

I had so much fun getting to know these talented ladies and their beautiful homes and seeing so much real inspiration from fellow bloggers linking up their gorgeous homes!


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Living Rooms:

View Along the Way

Guest Bedrooms:

Craft Rooms:

Dining Rooms:

Involving Color

Kids’ Bedrooms:
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful } 
Master Bedrooms:
Touch of Gray
Closet and Nooks:
The Blooming Hydrangea  
Laundry and Mudrooms:

The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off 
See all of my Roomspiration related posts HERE with links to the other parties too!

Roomspiration – Kitchen Edition

Roomspiration Blog Hop

If you’ve been following the Roomspiration series, you’ve seen beautiful and inspiring do-it-yourself entryways, livingrooms, bathrooms, guest rooms, craft rooms, dining rooms, kids’ bedrooms, nurseries, master bedrooms, closets and nooks, laundry rooms and mud rooms and now…welcome to the Kitchen Edition. 

Welcome to our kitchen makeover!

We’ve been working on remodeling our kitchen for almost a year and we’re almost done!  I had hoped to be completely ready for a true reveal but it’s still a work in progress. We’re still working on plans for the kitchen island, still have to finish baseboard trim, framing a window and the tin backsplash behind the stove but…take a look at how far we’ve come:

First thing we did was swap out single door…

Now:  French doors
(sorry – it’s so bright, I can’t get a good picture)

When we bought our home the kitchen had orange-oak cabinets, blue laminate countertops, dirty white walls and old worn vinyl flooring.


What we did:
  • Swapped out old single door for French doors
  • Granite countertops (Virginia Jet Mist)
(honed finish)
  • New instant hot water dispenser, articulating/sprayer and soap dispenser

  • Zero radius sink
Antique Distressed Java

  • Installed recess lighting, $5 thrift find – pot rack, new semi-flush mounts and dimmer switch.
  • Painted (True Value Easy Care Platinum/Color = Old Fashioned)
  • Pantry Door Clock tutorial

  • Entryway – this is where we enter our home for now. When we have a new front entry and when a new stand alone refrigerator and stand alone freezer are in the budget, this area will go away.  

(See the original house siding and where the kitchen was doubled in size sometime in the past by previous owners?)
  • Storage

Hopefully by the end of the year, it will be complete.  In the meantime, we love the changes we’ve made. 

Now it’s your turn to show off your kitchen!
Please follow these rules for joining in:
  1. Link up your kitchen below. If linking an old post, add the button to the most recent stating you’re participating in Roomspiration-Kitchens today or add it to your side bar for the next week. 
  2. All Roomspiration linky parties stay open through October 14th. 
  3. Follow the DIY Show Off and visit some of the links.
  4. Don’t forget! 
    Enter the $100 Better Homes & Gardens/WalMart gift card giveaway here!
  5. Copy and past the button code into your post or on your side bar to share Roomspiration – Kitchens with your readers.

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up or visit all of the links to beautiful kitchens.

Here’s the full Roomspiration schedule:

I had so much fun getting to know these talented ladies and their beautiful homes:
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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray

The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling

 The DIY Show OffAs you can tell, it’s been a very busy week so I’ll be taking this beautiful warm, sunny Saturday off from blogging and see you Sunday at the DIY Project Parade. Enjoy the weekend!

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Roomspiration – Laundry Rooms and Mudrooms

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Join in the Roomspiration by adding your own laundry room or mud room by linking up today with Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling and her gorgeous stenciled laundry room.
The Mustard Ceiling

I was getting all ready to do a post full of Pinterest inspiration but I think I’d rather keep it real today and show you our own home.  No! Not the laundry room. We hold the record for blogger’s ugliest laundry room ever so we’ll just keep that a secret until there is a makeover to show off.  
We have an area we call the “mud room” but it’s not really since no one really enters through these doors. What would you make this space? I think I’ll be looking for some seating to go in here…it’s sunny in the mornings.

When we moved in, it looked like this:

It’s off the dining room. We tore out that single door and installed a set of French doors…
We added a coat/shoe closet to an area that sat back beside the basement steps.
Mr. DIY installed slate tile. Isn’t it pretty?!
We recycled and framed a huge frameless mirror that came with our home…
and here are some pictures of how it’s looked over the last couple of years. I love to rearrange this area!
Then this…
Here it was last Christmas…
The orange chairs from the bedroom makeover (here) even sat in this ‘mud room’ while waiting for their debut in the guest room.
Come back tomorrow when I show you how it looks for fall. The DIY Fall Festival will start one day early this week (Thursday) due to the Roomspiration schedule and hosting Roomspiration-Kitchen Edition Friday!).

Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you over at The Mustard Ceiling today!

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Guest Bedroom Reveal and $100 BHG Giveaway

Remember when I set that crazy ambitious one week time frame for transforming the guest room? Ready for TONS of pictures?  Don’t mind me, I just love to “show off”!  😉
Before – early years
Before it was my office/craft room.  But it was always a mess. I moved that room upstairs so I can shut the door when needed and keep my project mess and work spread out.  The guest bedroom needed to be on the same floor as the guest bathroom
Here it is all emptied with baseboard trim removed and as you can tell, we tore out the nasty carpet when we moved in and moved on to other more important projects. 

My mood board was designed to include things we already had including thrift store finds. A mood board is always a great way to start a room makeover and helps to visualize and form a design direction. 
I painted the floor and painted an area rug look-alike (more details here)…
I painted the walls and installed baseboard trim as well as door trim around the bathroom door. .
Wall color is a mix of Dutch Boy “Lake Champlain” and “Aquamarine White”.
Trim = Dutch Boy Trim & Cabinet paint in ultra white.
The black chandelier + a little turquoise Rub ‘n Buff Turquoise by Bri…
And finally, the reward for all of that painting, I put the room together.
Thanks to Better Homes & Gardens, I warmed up the room for guests arriving this fall. I am participating in BHG’s “make your home guest ready for less” and was able to select $100 worth of BHG products at I was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful products, great quality and big selection!
Swap out old dusty shades for new BHG tapered  taupe drum shades 
to soften light and add a warm glow to the room.
Seating area is a great place to curl up with a hot mug of mulled cider and a good book. (Or a cat!)
Add a BHG gold chenille throw and relax!
Sweet fall scents make me happy to be indoors when it’s chilly outside.
BHG Fleur de Lis wax warmer is a pretty creamy ceramic accent…

(and glass insulator turned votive)
Better Homes and Gardens Delectables Wax Cubes, Set of 4
Pretty and fresh new guest towels make guests feel extra special.
A pretty BHG peony decorative pillow is the perfect touch to a cozy bed full of bigger pillows.
Now the room is complete (minus a few finishing touches such as caulking the trim, filling trim nail holes and touching up paint), some DIY wall art and decor and curtains!  Okay, that doesn’t sound near complete but it’s come a long way! What do you think so far? I’m loving how it all came together!
Before – view from the guest bathroom
Standing in the guest bathroom after and taking a look at the view now…
Before (see that unframed door)
New door trim and wall space to decorate…
View from the dining room before…
View now (don’t worry, a curtain will be put back up to ensure guest’s privacy).
A much prettier view!
More happy views of how it looks now (with more DIY decorating projects coming up!)…
Lalka claims the room as hers.

Planning something with this wall but first I want to rearrange the room a few ways.
Another view of the painted floor…
And where it meets the painted guest bathroom floor…
Flea market, thrift and junk store finds:  
  • wingback chairs $25 each
  • turquoise lamps $4.99 each
  • gold side table $10
  • awesome old trunk $15 
  • small walnut dresser $25
  • turquoise night stand $1!
  • accessories under $10:  painting above headboard, globes, vintage cameras, Van Gogh print, glass jars, small gold clock, old radio, old books, blue insulator turned votive, ornate gold mirror, ball of orange yarn, walnut caned chair, owl cookie jar, etc. 
I’ve added sheer panels (BHG) to the poster bed and started a gallery wall…

GIVEAWAY is now closed.
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Enter to win $100 Walmart Gift Card to get your bedroom warmed up for fall with Better Homes & Gardens! One (1) comment for each of these entries:
  • Since this is a guest room reveal and I’d love some feedback, please leave a comment with your thoughts on our budget friendly guest bedroom makeover. 
  • “Like” Better Homes & Gardens on Facebook. (!/BHGLiveBetter), thank them for the awesome giveaway @DIY Show Off and comment here that you’ve done so. 
  • Visit, check out BHG products and comment which product(s) you’d choose for your home. 

Share the DIY Show Off/BHG $100 giveaway for 3 More chances (leave a comment for each):

  • Blog (include link to post)
  • Tweet using #BHG @DIYShowOff
  • Facebook: Entering the giveaway @DIYShowOff  
That’s lots of chances to win!  Giveaway starts right now and ends Monday, October 17th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after! Good luck!
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Sharing at this fun party! I know – it’s a guest bedroom but it’s so much nicer than our master bedroom that after our out of town guests leave, we might just ‘move in’! haha! Join me in linking up to:
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Roomspiration Master Bedroom Edition with Rachel at Just a Touch of Gray 
YOU MUST SEE HER BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING MASTER BEDROOM SUITE ~ inspiration for my master bedroom when the time comes!

Remember to check out Roomspiration Closets & Nooks edition today too at The Blooming Hydrangea!
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Roomspiration – Closets & Nooks

It’s another fun Roomspiration day and this time it’s being hosted by the creative and lovely Angie at The Blooming Hydrangea! You must stop over to see her “cloffice”!
The Blooming Hydrangea

I only have this little entry way nook in our kitchen to share…

And now, my dream closet inspiration…

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I’d love to have this bedroom nook – so cozy!
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Favorite use of small space…
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Inspiration for utilizing a small area of our home (hopefully this winter)…

Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you there!
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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off


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Roomspiration – Kids' Bedrooms

I don’t have a kids’ bedroom to share but  pop over to see Roomspiration – Kids’ Bedrooms hosted by Aubrey at All Things Bright & Beautiful today! (Watch for it to be posted sometime later today.)
Here are some of my favorites recently submitted from DIY Show Off readers.  Visit the links to see more details and amazing transformations!


After: So pretty and colorful!
Two great room designs, befores and afters at 

Make Fake Flower Head Art

Make Personalized Letter Initial Pillows

And since I don’t have a kid’s room of my own to share, here are a few kids’ rooms (all images via Pinterest) that I love:


I’m also joining a fun new party for all things baby, tot, tween related!

Do you have a kid’s bedroom to share?  Head over to join Aubrey at
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }
and link up!
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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

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DIY Fall Festival (and Roomspiration – Dining Rooms)

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Jena from Involving Color is kicking off Roomspiration – Dining Room edition today. She’s the perfect host for the dining room edition. She has a gorgeous inspiring dining room!  With the DIY Fall Festival falling on the same day as Roomspiration – dining rooms, I dug out some fall decor and made the dining room mantel and buffet festive.

I’m also linking up to
Mantels at

The Lettered Cottage
A great place for Fall inspiration! 

I used a mix of traditional fall colors and added a bit of blue. I want to do something different for a centerpiece next week but for now, I’m working with what I could find in my stash of autumn.
Dining Room Mantel
The “pumpkins” are  .59 thrift store balls of yarn. 
 The pine cone candle holders are new.
Buffet (old vintage dresser)
More shots of our dining room. 
This wall before had an ugly door without character when we bought our home. 
Barn door track was a $30 Craig’s List find.  Glass door is original to the house, found in the barn.
Mantel is also original to our house, stored up in the barn rafters for years.
Just for fun, this was our dining room when we bought our home…
This is our dining room today. Quite a change! What we did:  Tore down ceiling tiles and put up dry wall ceiling, changed out light fixture (to be changed again one of these days), ripped out carpet and sanded/refinished pine planks and now new distressed wide plant bamboo flooring has been installed, swapped out ugly door for prettier one and changed the door trim to matching wider trim and of course – painted.  🙂

What do you think?  Do you decorate using traditional colors or do your own thing?

Link up! Inspire me! FALL DIY and decorating ONLY please!
The DIY Show Off
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!


•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example:

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

See the all and the latest Fall linky party at

The DIY Show Off

Remember to stop over to Involving Color to see some beautiful REAL dining room links!

Linking up here this week:  Tickled Pink at 504 Main  

Roomspiration – Craft Rooms

Have you been following along and participation in the Roomspiration series?  Today it’s Craft Rooms hosted by Shan from

You MUST see her awesome craft room! It’s so organized and pretty and you’ll drool!

My craft room/office combo is actually in the works. I’m in the process of moving my office/craft room upstairs (to be able to close the door when it’s a disaster) and create a pretty guest bedroom downstairs. I just emptied this room:

Before (although the twin bed has been gone for about a year)

Now that room is completely empty.  When we moved in, we removed the gross carpet and just live(d) with plywood.

(cleaning out in progress…)
The mood board I created is intended for this room! 
And there wasn’t a door on the bathroom!  We added one soon after we moved in and it’s time to add trim to this side of the door frame. The opening on the right used to be a walk-through closet. It’s now our laundry room. (Another project one of these days!)
Okay – enough about the guest room! Back to the craft room!

Most of my craft junk has been moved into our unfinished family room.  It looks like this…YIKES!  Where does all that stuff come from?!!!
Just keeping it real!  The family room is another project on our DIY list.

However, here’s where what I’m keeping is all getting moved to, everything in it’s place…

I‘m not quite finished and it’s all just moving, re-organizing, sorting and purging and using things I already had into a room that didn’t need re-painted at this time.  I still have to move my sewing machine in here. Nothing new in the room but it really needed organized and downsized and I love the way just a new location with old t
hings feels fresh and new, don’t you?

See more real craft spaces and link up your own at Family Brings Joy.

Next up = dining rooms on Friday at Involving Color!

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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off


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There are still 9 more prizes of flooring for your home! Please vote for your favorite room at Shaw Floors!  Cassity/Remodelaholic and I (Roeshel/DIY Show Off) would LOVE your help with votes and comments!  Someone has to win – we’d love for it to be one of our friends!!  Good luck!

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Roomspiration – Bathrooms

Isn’t the Roomspiration so much fun?! Have you been linking up and visiting the links?  I love seeing inspiring bathrooms – real homes, real functional spaces and transformations, don’t you?  Today I’m joining SJ at

She has a beautiful master bathroom reveal. 
We actually have 5 “bathrooms” in this old farmhouse which consist of a powder room in the unfinished basement (actually in the old scary original cellar part) which is only used because of convenient location when we’re down there working on a project. No, I won’t share that one with you at this time.  It’s clean with the exception of perhaps a spider because of it’s rare use.  When we get to remodeling the basement, renovating the small powder room be a part of the plan.

I‘ve shared these next two before, but I love that I can show you how they’ve held up and stood the test of time AND have a little motivation to clean for current photos.  🙂

On the first floor, we have a guest bathroom and a powder room.  These I will share with you. Both were budget friendly and serve as pretty functional use for us as well as guests in our home.

Powder room before was closed for business.  
We took everything out and started from scratch.
(Sorry this is so gross!  It’s aood thing we could see the potential in this old house – a lot of areas were disgusting.)
It was originally a closet back in 1927.
Now it’s light and bright and clean…

The first floor guest bathroom before was ugly but being a bathroom used by guests, I wanted to make it less of an embarrassment.  
When we bought the house (minus the carpet – yes, carpet)…
When we bought the house except there was no door there.
The painted and stenciled floor was a budget friendly waterproof solution until a bigger budget is dedicated to this area. 

The last two bathrooms in our home are upstairs.  One full hall bathroom and a dinky teeny tiny master bathroom. Seriously – you probably have a closet that’s larger.  Those I will not share until I have a pretty ‘after’ transformation to ‘show off’.  They’re both ugly, outdated and gross but one step at a time. Remember, we DIY and remodel as time and money allow. No debt.  So until a few main floor projects are completed, those will stay our little secret.

Let’s see what you’ve done with your bathrooms!  Head over to join us at

and link up your bathroom makeovers!

I’m also joining my friend Cassity today at

Reminder for Monday!

Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you there!
abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off


Fall Festival coming a little later this afternoon since both of these linky parties fell on the same day.  🙂

Reminder to head over to Shaw Floors’ Facebook to enter to win a new area rug or flooring for one of your rooms and to vote for Cassity and Roeshel.  We’d love for one of our e-friends to win (and in return, we’d love our coastal cottage room to win too!).  Good luck!

Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Roomspiration – Living Rooms

Another fun day of Roomspirations – Living Room edition hosted by Kelly at 
View Along theWay
I haven’t share much about our living room in a while.  Nothing exciting or new going on in there except my new Shaw Ikat panel rug (you can win one HERE – Hurry! Today’s the last day to enter!).  The rest of the room is a “working with what we have” while other more important projects are going on.  It’s comfortable and it’s where Mr. DIY, Lalka and I hang out in the evenings.  In fact, I’m sitting on the love seat right this minute as I’m typing this up. There’s a lot going on in our living room but we love it. 
Our living room that will undergo another DIY transformation again one of these days but not any time soon. When we bought this house, it had old nasty stinky carpet.  Walls were painted wallpaper.  First thing – out came the carpet and pine floors were sanded, stained and poly was applied.  Wallpaper was scraped and  painted.

After – you never see cat trees/posts/condos in magazines…but it’s real life for cat owners. I do love that hers is a neutral ivory fleece.
Because of the layout of the room – see the pictures where there is something on every single wall…the tv is most convenient over the fireplace for us and believe it or not, we don’t suffer from neck issues.  🙂 


After – French doors now separate this living room with another family room/library/office room (not even touched yet – another project for another time).  Sorry about the blinding lamp on the left…took this picture at night. (Lalka can usually be found at the top of Mt. Kitty.)

Before – scraping painted wallpaper over plaster walls. Not fun!


What do you think?  Now how about you?  Head over to the View Along the Way to see Kelly’s beautiful living room and join us in sharing your living room in the Roomspiration party!  Here’s the schedule for the rest of the linky parties. Hope to see you there!

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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Roomspiration – Entryways

Let’s get this party started!

What better way to kick off Roomspiration than with welcoming entryways, right?  Pop over, knock on a few bloggers’ doors by visiting Laurel Dawn at Abode Love  (her entryway is GORGEOUS!) and walk right into some inspiring entryway links.  
Technically, we don’t have a front door or entryway yet.  Previous owners enclosed the front porch/front door area and now it opens to the side.  We don’t use that entryway at this time, we use the set of French doors off the kitchen.  So, until hopefully next year when we knock out a wall in the enclosed porch and add a beautiful front door area and entryway, I’m bending the rules for me and here is where we enter our home and what currently qualifies as our front entryway…
I’ll be sharing the entry way area in our kitchen coming up soon.  🙂

And here’s another entryway, the second set of French doors at the back of our home…

This area has actually undergone some changes but it’s not finished yet.  Another day or month or couple of months. I’ll spare you the other two entryways because they are frighteningly ugly and it’s not Halloween yet!

Head over to join the fun and link up your entryway at

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Here’s the rest of the schedule so you can join the parade and see more home inspiration! I’ll be sharing some of our finished rooms that you’ve probably seen if you’re a DIY Show Off fan, but I’ll take some fresh pictures so it won’t be so boring for you. And if you’re a new reader…you’ll get a look at where I live.

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  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

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Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the