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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With outdated hardware and a yellow-ish finish, all of my bathroom vanities needed a makeover.Seeing what an ordeal it was to paint my kitchen cabinets with oil paint,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 called gel stain( here is the one I used). *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…

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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…

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-…

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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…

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My Light and Airy Living Room Transformation

To appreciate the current state of my living room, let's take a look at how it began. Pretty depressing huh? Between the popcorn ceilings, dingy paint and dark trim there were definitely no happy vibes here. I actually remember doing the final walk-thru of the home before we offically closed on it. This room smelt weird and lady bugs had infested the place. I got a sick feeling in my stomach. What the hell was I thinking when I put…

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Brick Fireplace Makeover

While I have plenty of DIY projects to share with you, I wanted to start with my brick fireplace makeover. One of the most popular questions I get from family and friends is how I went about transforming the brick. Here is how the fireplace looked when we first purchased our home.   While I like many types of brick, I didn't like the undertones in this variety. The outdated, brass surround certainly didn't help. I removed the  surround and…

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My First Interior Design Post

Hello world! This is my first blog posting for designingvibes.com Please bare with me as I develop and upload helpful content.My goal for this site is to inspire and inform. I intend on uploading home improvement diy posts including source lists for all products involved in my designs as well as step by step guides to our home transformations. With time, I will also include furniture transormation diys. Check out my current home tour with transformation photos here . With…