A little work goes a long way in maintaining and updating your space


I love taking something old, dirty or broken and making it useful again.  Working hard, saving money and improving your space is fun and rewarding, but also good for the environment (Say No! to rip and replace renovations).  Every piece of furniture repurposed is one less item in the land fill.  I would much rather recover a sofa or build my own shelves than buy new.  If you are not into that extreme of a project, you can make a huge impact with less work.

Consider the following:

1.)  cleaning and organizing your space - get rid of your crap....

2.)  painting - walls, trim, furniture or fixtures

3.)  adding updated window treatments like bamboo shades

4.)  add houseplants, they add a modern esthetic, are affordable, and help to clean the air


Here are some of my projects, ranging from basic home renovation, furniture overhauls to diy decor:

DIY Blogs

Modern Bohemian Headboard made with Shims

After replacing all the flooring in my upstairs, I was looking to update my guest bedroom decor.  I found a …
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New Dock Build

Building a new dock from scratch was a lot of work but well worth the money saved and time spent.  …
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Staircase MakeOver

My front curved staircase is the first thing you see when entering my home.  The staircase was the reason I …
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MasterBath Vanity Update

As we head into our 4th week of being at home, here’s my best attempt to distract myself and feel …
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Tiled Bath

Budget Bathroom Makeover with a Wow factor

I hope all of your are staying safe at home and finding productive and positive ways to spend your days …
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Creating the Perfect Kitchen Nook with plenty of Seating and Style

Creating the perfect kitchen nook takes some serious thought and planning. How much seating is needed, storage, lighting and style? …
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Old Mirror turned Statement Piece

Every time I walk down a beach, I can’t resist collecting shells that catch my eye….  which led to a …
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Spanish Tile House Number Plaque

Looking for a creative way to display your home’s number address on your house?  Consider making a plaque with tiles.  …
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Painting vaulted ceilings

I had put off painting my main living area for 15 years because of the 19 foot ceilings.  I consider …
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Create Modern Built-In’s for your Living Room

I have a serious color palette problem, it’s brown and it’s everywhere in my house.  For example, my recent dining room …
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Finished Table

Dining Table MakeOver – from boring brown to WOW in a few hours!

I never realized how much brown furniture I had collected over the last 20 years.  This included my dining room …
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finished patio

Slate Patio Makeover

My back patio was in need of a makeover.  I had originally stained it but in high traffic areas, the …
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Finished cabinets with trim and pulls

Refinished Oak Cabinets

My oak kitchen cabinets are the original color of brown and looked really dated.  I know that white is a …
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home office

Home office white board – don’t sacrifice style for necessity

It’s a new year and it’s time to get organized.  I love reading how other bloggers / entrepreneurs keep on …
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Organized cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Interiors

I am in the process of slowing updating my kitchen and I started with my kitchen cabinet interiors. You may …
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Replace Old Inefficient Windows

During last summer’s internal renovation of our lake cabin, we held off replacing the windows because of the expense. This …
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Finished Mantel of Repainted/repurposed items

It’s national Recycling day-reuse and recycle for your next decor project

In honor of national recycling day, I thought I would share a quick update to my living room decor using …
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Fnished concrete vanity

DIY concrete bathroom vanity

My builder grade bathroom vanities have seen better days. When I looked into replacement options, I was shocked at the …
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finished concrete pot

DIY Concrete Pots

I should be cleaning or organizing something in my house, but my creative side won out for some much needed …
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diy magnolia garland

Beautiful DIY magnolia garland

My magnolia tree is constantly shedding it’s leaves all year long. Theses leaves are very sturdy, hard on the mower …
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Functional Christmas decor for a kitchen pot rack

Decorating for Christmas can become a little mundane when you put up the same decorations year after year.  I wanted …
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Vanity stool by chair

Dated vanity bench makeover

My old vanity bench, that I’ve owned for nearly 20 years, was dated and begging for a makeover.  It was …
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Hand made bathroom storage shelf

Latest DIY projects : hand made shelf and interior door makeover

Handmade bathroom Shelf I love all things handmade and try to stay away from manufactured products, as often as possible.  …
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Finished Vanity now tiled

Formica Vanity Tile Transformation

My friend was in need of some help updating her vanity. I offered to take off the pink formica and …
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Floating bedside tables made from old pallets

Using old pallets on DIY projects has gotten popular, but I hadn’t tried it.   When our new flooring was …
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Lakehouse Renovation

Complete Kitchen Renovation on a Tiny Budget

Yesterday I blogged about the overall cabin renovation, but today I thought I would go into the details for the …
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Lakehouse Renovation

Complete Cabin Renovation on a SERIOUS budget!

We are finally done with updating our cabin.  This was a big project with a tight deadline.    If I …
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Beautiful after pic of bathroom sink salvage

Bathroom sink salvage – you don’t have to add to landfills to have a beautiful home!

Before My husband and I are in the process of renovating a 40 year old cabin. We are trying to …
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Drab to Fab -Stylish Chair MakeOver on a Budget

Before After My favorite old chair needed help.  It had great bones and was absolutely not going to the landfill …
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Spring Planting and the addition of Rain Barrels

Spring has arrived in Texas and my flowers and garden are going crazy.  I have high hopes this year, with …
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Patio Shelves Make any Patio like an outdoor room

Patio shelves are a great way to make your patio feel more like an outdoor room.  I had the perfect blank …
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Stencilled dresser with hutch turned chalk board

I came across this dresser hutch combo and I thought it would make a good project piece.  My daughter was still …
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Front Door Make Over

Southwest facing front doors in Texas take a real beating from the sun and elements, mine especially!  Every year I …
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“How to Guide” for building modern industrial shelves

I’ve noticed the industrial modern shelves in many of our local restaurants and I think it’s so cool.  I wanted …
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Guest Bathroom refresh

(Before) My guest bathroom needed a refresh!  I am not exactly sure what I was thinking when we first moved …
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Handmade Stockings from recycled material

This year it was time for a change of style for our family stockings. I had saved the burlap gold flecked …
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Master Bedroom Redo with refinished furniture

Recently, my husband and I painted the master bedroom and replaced the carpet with hardwoods.  I found a great website …
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Composting 101

I attended a composting workshop a few weeks ago and learned the basics of creating your own compost bin, what …
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Under stove pull out shelves

Kitchen Organization

The storage area under my stove was always a mess and I struggled to find my pots that had moved …
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