5 Practical Tips on How to Choose Flooring for Your Home

If you've been following along with our kitchen remodel (read about the conversation that started it all and how to save thousands on any big home improvement project) you've seen some pretty ugly pictures of our 1950's ranch style home.  The original "honey do list" that started us on this journey began with a project as … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

We all want to save money, right? I'm the queen of pinching pennies, but you already know that don't you? Remember the time I used an old step ladder for a side table with shelves? Or when my DIY hubby took a closet door and made a headboard out of it? I love a good bargain. Free is even better! So you have to know our kitchen … [Read more...]

Cheap and Fast DIY Valentines Day Banner

30 years ago Valentine's Day a pretty young girl with twinkling eyes pledged her heart to a dashing young man with long blonde locks and a guitar in his hands. Their romance began on stage in a dimly lit theater and a sweet marriage ceremony included a sentimental love duet. Make of our hands one … [Read more...]

How to Make Easy Wall Art with Scrapbook Paper

    Recently a reader told me the one thing keeping her from creating a little bit of pretty in her home was lack of inspiration.  She said she simply couldn't seem to conjure up something to make a difference in any of the living areas in her home. Oh, sweet friend, I understand! We just gutted our … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Cheap and Easy Winter Mantel

The post "5 Tips for a Cheap and Easy Winter Mantel" is sponsored by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own. Anyone else feel the January blues coming on after the busyness (and maybe the stress) of the holidays? You have high hopes for goal setting and fresh starts but when you look around your home you see remnants of Christmas … [Read more...]

5 Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

  Christmas is over, the new year has begun and it's time to regain control of your home! But how do you do that? You want a home that is both beautiful and functional but there's stuff everywhere! Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the thought that no matter how much … [Read more...]

Small Ranch Home Kitchen Remodel: The Dream Begins!

It all started with one little question.  If you could dream a little, what would you think about.......? Have any of you wives had that same kind of conversation with your husbands? Just a little "thinking out loud" kind of wondering? For my DIY husband and I these talks always seem to center around our home, mainly because … [Read more...]

5 Deck Decorating Ideas on a Budget

One of my favorite parts of summer is time spent outside on our front deck. I know my readers love learning how to decorate without spending a lot of money so here are my 5 deck decorating ideas on a budget! This year I kept waiting for my DIY hubby to ask what kind of flowers I wanted him to pick up on his daily jaunts to the home improvement … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let's play "You Know You're a DIY'er When . . ." . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people's trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint and Fabric

  I would love to say that all our DIY projects turn out exactly as I envisioned. They don't.  But that doesn't keep me from trying and experimenting and hoping. This furniture makeover project was definitely on the experimental side! I thought I knew what I wanted but couldn't quite get it to … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

I'm not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we're just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on. So we won't talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I'm just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog! Our … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this extremely ugly dresser with potential I found on the side of the road back in December. It was such a busy time of year, with my husband's two surgeries, the birth of our first grandchild and all the normal Christmas activities.  One Saturday as I pulled out of the driveway and … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I'm in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Bedroom (for Practically Nothing!)

  When I shared my master bedroom makeover a couple of weeks ago I told y'all it was a budget makeover where everything except for one or two items  (and I mean EVERYTHING) was either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down. Now hopefully y'all know I'm a painfully honest person (just ask my family) but I thought … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Tablescape

  I had this wonderfully sentimental, perfect table setting post to show you all last Friday. Then the computer ate it. Buh-bye, sayonora, adieu, adios, and it was gone. I may have even cried a few tears over it. Okay, maybe a lot. I'm not telling ~smile~ But then, miracle of miracles, it came back.   And then the … [Read more...]

DIY Shower Tile for Amateurs!

Disclosure: I was given product from Bondera Tile Mat Set to use in tiling our shower. The opinions expressed here are my own (or my husband’s!) ***Edited: 3 1/2 years after installing, the Bondera Tile Mat Set has held up amazing and our shower still looks great! Just to refresh your memory, my DIY hubby shared a great tutorial … [Read more...]