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Wood Beam Mantel DIY

Looking to add some warm, rustic vibes to your brick fireplace? A wood beam mantel is a great place to start. This DIY mantel makeover took only about 2 hours to complete and boy...did it transform the entire look of our living room or what?!   In case you missed it, see my detailed living room transformation post to see how we brightened and updated our living room here. Let's take a look at how this fireplace looked when we…

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Transforming My Bathroom Vanity With Gel Stain

With outdated hardware and a yellow-ish finish, all of my bathroom vanities needed a makeover.Seeing what an ordeal it was to paint my kitchen cabinets with oil paint, however, I was looking for an easy way out.Thank goodness I stumbled upon a new product from General Finishes called Java Gel Stain *This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on one of those links and buy something, I may receive a small commission, but you won’t pay a dime more. After some intensive…

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Bathroom Makeover DIY Under $800

My hallway bathroom was the first of three bathrooms we transformed. This DIY makeover was completed under $800. We tiled the floors with faux marble tile (grey grout), painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments, stained the vanity, replaced the toilet and vanity hardware, painted the counter-tops in white epoxy paint and framed the existing mirror. I refer to this space as "the boys' bathroom". I rarely use it, so I let the boys take over. I tried to…

No Sew Ikea Ritva Curtain Hack

Brace yourselves for this Ikea Curtain Hack tutorial. It's quite intimidating. It requires a hot glue gun, grey grosgrain ribbon and a pair of Ikea Ritva Curtains. See the attempt at sarcastic humor? This is actually one of the easiest diy projects ever. I ordered 2 pairs (1 pair for each window) of white, Ikea Ritva curtains online. I wanted to spruce them up a bit and make them pop. Inspired from some of the curtains at Ballard's Designs and…

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How to Paint Upholstered Furniture

I have still not taken an interest to the art of sewing and upholstering. Given my love for DIY home decor and interior design, I know I should but it seems a bit tedious to me. Anyhow, I had been holding on to an Eastlake Chair that has been in my family for years. No one wanted it ,so I decided to take it in and give it a loving home (even though it was not exactly my style). For…

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Simple, Neutral Fall Decor

    Without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of year. Living in the south, summers are so oppressive that I welcome the change of  seasons. I love the crisp air, the smell of pumpkin pie, the colorful leaves, Halloween and football of course. Usually, I go overboard trying to create fall vibes throughout the entire house, but this year I only added a few fall accents. Being 16 weeks pregnant with a toddler to chase after, I am…

Paint it Black-How to Paint Your Door Black

When I came across an image of a black door on Pinterest, a lightbulb went off in my head. You see, I had been contemplating if I should replace a dingy, white door in my kitchen. The door leads out to the garage and has a window. I was not crazy about the view of the garage through the window nor was I crazy about the bland, white paint on the door. I decided to be adventurous and paint my door black-…

Kitchen In Progress

Although the kitchen has come a long way, it is still a room in progress. I had so many great plans for the space, but a nagging little pain called a budget has somewhat slowed some of my momentum.  To appreciate it's transformation, lets view a picture of it taken the day we moved in. The warmth of the cabinets mixed with that of the walls is overkill. Got to love the ivy stenciling adorning the doorway.     Currently:…

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Transforming My Dining Room

In terms of design, the dining room has been one of the biggest challenges. I tweak and tweak, and something always seems off. As of lately,  I think I am finally getting closer to a finished product and praise the Lord for this revelation! Lets take a look at the original state of the room when we purchased the home. Beautiful wallpaper and hunter green paint below the chair railing with a stunning textured ceiling. . Im sure she was…