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Painting a wall mural

Adding a mural to walls adds so much interest to a room. This is a must see!

Here's some painting inspiration for you. Our master bathroom has been begging to be painted, just look... I have had this 'oops paint' in my paint stash {everyone has a paint stash, right?}, so I decided to get in to it and paint over the lovely petal pink with a jewel tone Tiffany Blue. It looked very nice, but I felt it go a lot further, so I decided to paint a mural. I chalked it on the wall first making sure I got the look and dimensions right. Then I outlined it with a mother of pearl paint mixed with a bit of white to make it more opaque. Filled it in with Modern Masters metallic 'Champagne' paint. Went over it again with the Champagne mixed with some white, to make it … [Read more...]

Updating your home DIY style

Keyless door entry locks are wonderful for so many reasons! I've never known anyone that did not like them!

This is a compensated post for Build.com I have done a lot of updating in our home we bought over 5 years ago; not because things were breaking, but simply to make it our own.  I am a home improvement DIY addict. To make it happen without breaking the bank, I often shop for the best deals or buy second hand.  I love to have the tangible feeling of something I'm buying.  But, in some instances I will have the tangible experience in the store and then purchase it online if I see a better deal.  This is what I did when I bought my front door lock and a couple of bathroom faucets. I ordered them online from Build.com.  I had the experience of seeing them and touching them at a store, and got … [Read more...]

Using and Reserving Social Media for your business

Where to start with social media

When you are starting out on social media for your business, it can be so overwhelming.  Which should I start with?  What will be the best ROI?  How much time will I spend on each site?  Do I have time for every platform?  Don't stress, it's okay not to jump on all of them at once and know what you're doing. Reserve your business name My advice to the business owner who is new to the whole social media 'thing' is to go to each one and 'reserve' your business name.  This way, when you decide that you're ready to tackle the whole social media world, you will have your business name congruent on all platforms.  Now this is in a perfect world, right.  If your business name is taken in some … [Read more...]

Dining Room Chairs … get a makeover

DIY Chair makeover - Craigslist is a great place to find furniture to makeover and give new life to

Another DIY furniture makeover. I bought these country style chairs and the dining room table for $30 off of Craigslist {of course!} with a plan.  We didn't have enough furniture to fill our home as we moved from a smaller house to one that is double the size. I thought they were kind of ugly, but there was certainly potential there.  So, I took off the cushion, painted the chair, recovered the cushion, and put it all back together again.  It contrasts nicely with the DIY hutch makeover that I did with a black base with blue as the main color. The chairs {and the table, whenever it gets done} are painted black with a blue base. What do you think? First stage I just made a quick pass … [Read more...]

DIY Hutch Makeover – Craigslist $25 find

Thrifted Hutch Makeover - This is an awesome cabinet makeover

Our 'formal dining room' needed some furniture to fill it, so I found this gem on Craigslist for $25!!!!!!!! DIY Hutch Makeover Commence! A personal goal I set for myself, well, for our home is to furnish the rest of it with Craigslist items or Goodwill purchases. We moved from a smaller home to a home over double its size, so we have had a few rooms to fill. You read right, TWENTY FIVE BIG ONES!!! It even has a light in it ... THAT WORKS!!!!! I love how it turned out.  Just waiting to find just the right hardware to finish the look ... What do you think? These 2 photos below is before it saw some Taradara action! HOW DID I DO IT? I removed the hardware and sanded the areas … [Read more...]

Goodwill Finds for the Home

Goodwill finds for the home

Although, I don't usually buy bedding at Goodwill, I couldn't resist this purchase. {that, and I drove straight to the dry cleaners to have it dry cleaned} I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color combination and the quilting detail on this bedspread. It works perfectly in our home.  With our walls, our carpet, our decor. I just fell in love with it instantly and thought I'll never find this quality of a quilt with these colors for a better price. Well, then again, no where, can beat Goodwill's prices, really! This is the sham. So, I'm going to tell you how much I paid because I know you want to know... The quilt was... wait for it.... $4.50 and the shams were.... $1.99 {for both} I bought … [Read more...]

How do you decorate your home for the holidays

How do decorate your home for the holidays

I LOVE decorating for the holidays! I love using the ornaments and decorations that my boys have made in the past and current year.  We also make a Christmas Craft at home as well that we bring out every year, too.  Who knows what it'll be this year, guess I better get a move on, hey! We're starting to really enjoy decorating the tree TOGETHER!  For those of you who have small children, I know you what I mean.  The boys are now 7 and 9, so they are a bit more responsible and 'careful' of the ornaments {mostly}.  Every year seems to get easier and easier to trim the tree and not have a heart attack! There are some very sentimental ornaments that I treasure like this one of M eating mud … [Read more...]