Before and Afters

Mantel Makeover 2.0

  If you didn’t figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change the look and feel of our entire room. And yes, you guessed it,

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Repurposed Changing Table: Before and After

Painting furniture is my jam. It’s easier than most people think and the results are always totally worth it. In this makeover, I took an old changing table that I bought for $100 and turned it into this functional yet trendy little entertainment center. It’s perfect for what we need

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Dingy Dresser Transformed into Kitchen Hutch

Furniture makeovers are one of my favorite things to do. Before I had kids I had a knack for finding great furniture deals at thrift stores and garage sales, giving them a facelift, and then reselling them for more. It is a fun hobby that has slowed down a bit

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How to Easily Update an Oak Mantel

Another victory against the oak monster infesting our home has been won. I found an easy way to update our living room mantel and couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’ve been following along for a while you know that my husband and I have been taking on projects

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Dramatic Desk Makeover (+ $100 Giveaway!)

It’s pretty safe to say that after this furniture makeover, every piece of furniture in my house is at risk of being painted teal. This is probably my favorite furniture makeover I’ve ever done. Before I jump into how I picked the color and fixed up the desk, let me

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Chair Changes

I love doing chair makeovers. Chairs are super easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores and are very simple to redo. I love the wow factor that can come from so little work and money. This furniture makeover is a little throwback to the days when I had

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An Easy Way to Update a Sliding Door Blind

Here is an easy update I made on our home that has made a HUGE difference. In the big downstairs room, we have sliding doors that walk out to our back yard. While I love this about our home I did NOT love the plastic panel blinds that dated the

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How to Refinish an Old Lamp

How to Refurbish an Old Lamp

It’s high time I introduce you to my dad. Although a former U.S. Marshal, I’ve always known him to be an artist and innovator at heart. From photographer to writer to architect/builder of our childhood playhouse, my dad is the most creative (and perfectionist) person I’ve ever met. He seriously

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Trash to Treasure: Readers’ DIY Makeovers

Today’s post is all about YOU. Several of you–some very talented and thrifty readers–responded to our Facebook call for before and after pictures of “Trash to Treasure” projects (aka T2T). You won’t believe how these women have transformed what I (not Polly, of course!) would have sold or donated long

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Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

As you’ve probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I’ve been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy when I start sharing numbers. Not sure why because I’m always itching

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Before and Afters of my New Home

I love taking before and after shots. As we’ve been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I’ve managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some of the things we’ve been up to! Entry Way: Put in

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Painting Oak Cabinets

One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It’s a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures of our new home, there was a whole lot of

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My Mediocre Bed Frame Makeover

Before I jump in, I want to acknowledge that you might be a little thrown off by this title. Yes, I’m calling it a mediocre makeover. It’s tempting to not post about things that didn’t turn out GREAT but I don’t want to filter all of my projects and make

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Mirror Makeover

   I inherited this HUGE mirror from my grandparents about a year ago. It’s been hanging above my couch for quite a while and has been begging for a fresh coat of paint for a long time. The original frame was kind of a golden, brass color. While it does

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Spray Paint: I Love You

I have a thing for spray paint. Particularly cherry red. Below is evidence that nothing is safe in my presence if I have a stock of spray paint in my garage. Antique Elephant Project Happy Bucket Antique Children’s Chair Mailbox Makeover Fun Little Box Makeover: I didn’t write a post

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Repurposed Cabinet Door Idea

Since my house is on the market, I’ve been looking for thrifty ways to simplify and organize all of our stuff. One major area that needed some TLC was the top of our fridge. It had become a dumping ground for all miscellaneous food, drinks, canned goods, and more. Not

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Wood Pallet Makeover

When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation. Take it away, Jessi! Ever since my church used pallets

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My Five Minute Spray Paint Project

Yes, I have a newborn and toddler. And yes, I somehow found time to do this little spray paint project. The thing is, I love to create. I love to see the potential in ordinary junk and redeem its value. So why the heck I am doing crafty projects in

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Stools with So Much Potential!

  Most people would look at these stools and think, “Gross.” Since they came from my grandparent’s house I wasn’t too grossed out by them but they were in serious need of a makeover. The funny thing is, once you’ve reupholstered a few things you start to look at pieces

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Grandma’s Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

Let the nesting begin! Ah, who’s kidding. I’m in a continual state of nesting whether I’m pregnant or not. This week’s warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0’s changing table. I prefer to use dressers as changing tables for a lot of reasons. I like that their

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Dyeing Baby Clothes: The Do’s and Don’ts

Since we only have one girl, the majority of our stuff is pink. Lots of pink. Tubs of pink. While we are thrilled to have a baby boy on the way, I realized that unless I want to dress him in pink and flowers (which I realize wouldn’t kill him,

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Cabinet to Bookshelf Transformation: Before and After

Ever since we found out we will be having another baby in April, I’ve been making small changes to our guest room with the intentions of turning it into a “big girl room” for my 1.5 year old. This past weekend, I finally got to work on a little cabinet

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Mellow-Yellow Bench Makeover

If you know me at all, you will quickly learn that I am a frequent Craigslister. I covered some tips on how to successfully sell your stuff on Craigstlist but didn’t talk much about buying things on it. That’s because I’ve done a lot more selling than buying. Well, as

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A Happy Bucket: A Spray Paint Makeover

A Happy Bucket: A Spray Paint Makeover

It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do, isn’t it? This darling little bucket has been at my parent’s house for years. My mom included it in a box to be sold at a garage sale but I managed to snatch it away before someone else saw the glorious

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Creative Storage Idea: Repurpose Old Diaper Boxes!

Creative Storage Idea: Repurpose Old Diaper Boxes!

With a little one around, it seems like we cannot have enough boxes and bins around for all her stuff. That is why I love finding creative ways to create storage around our house. At our most recent Sam’s Club trip, I picked up some diapers that come in this

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Thrifty Decorating Idea: Side Table with Stain Design

Thrifty Decorating Idea: Side Table with Stain Design

I stumbled on Let’s Be Crafty via a recommendation from a friend on our Facebook page. I was immediately impressed by this gal’s projects- particularly her Stained Tree Side Table. Check this out! With a little painters tape and some basic stain, she created an amazing design. There is lots of

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New chair with silhouette shape

Antique Children’s Chair Makeover

This chair makeover might be my favorite furniture makeover I’ve ever done so far. That’s a pretty bold statement but I can’t remember a piece starting out so rough and turning out so great! I stumbled on this chair at a garage sale a few weeks ago. I almost passed

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Mailbox Makeover

Mailbox Makeover

I love spray painting things. LOVE IT. It is easy, fast, cheap and gives big results. This is a project I’ve been itching to get to for a while. Our mailbox was beginning to show rust and was in much need of some TLC. Here’s what one hour of work

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Chair Changes

What is it with numbering things? Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is numbering a household item and making it look cool. I’m not quite sure I get it. What’s funny though is that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon without even knowing if I like numbering things. I wanted

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Jazz Up Your Storage Space

Jazz Up Your Storage Space

I’m a sucker for storage and organization units. I love finding creative ways to store junk. What started as an innocent stroll down the organization aisle at Target, resulted in me coming home with this. (The gift card was burning a hole in my pocket!) The unit didn’t stay that

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