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Check out all of the DIY projects and room makeovers at our current home in Toledo, Ohio. For a complete list of products, paint colors, and other materials in each room, visit our home sources page for all of the details.

Stunning Backyard Pool Makeover on a Budget

When we first toured our home, one of the really attractive aspects of the property was the large backyard and in-ground pool. While the landscaping wasn’t our particular style and there were some improvements needed, I knew that with a little elbow grease, we could tackle a backyard pool makeover on a budget!

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1960s Bathroom Budget-Friendly Makeover | Blending Fun and Nostalgia

The kids’ 1960s bathroom makeover is complete and I am so pleased with the result! This bathroom renovation began with an unexpected leak behind the shower tile and was not exactly planned. As a homeowner, these surprises can happen and sometimes you have to roll with the punches and work with what you can.

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Painting a Bathroom Cabinet DIY | Step by Step Tutorial

The existing vanity in our kid’s bathroom had seen better days and was in dire need of a makeover! A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to update a bathroom vanity cabinet on a budget. If you have a wood vanity that is in good shape this bathroom vanity makeover is a great option for you!

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Awesome 1960s Bathroom Vanity Makeover | DIY

One of my favorite DIY projects of the kids’ bathroom makeover is the updated vanity. If an existing vanity is in good condition, I would much rather give it a makeover instead of tearing it out! A new vanity can cost a lot of money and I knew we could transform this 50+ year old cabinet with a little bit of effort.

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Sherwin-Williams Likeable Sand (SW 6058) Paint Color Review

Sherwin-Williams Likeable Sand (SW 6058) is a stunning pink paint color that can be used as a neutral when designing a space.

I first discovered Likeable Sand while planning my daughter’s bedroom makeover. My daughter wanted pink walls, so we compromised with more of a muddy pink paint color. I wanted a pink that was less bubblegum and more of a moody pink that could grow with her.

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How to Paint a Shed Yourself | Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard, painting your shed is a great place to start. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform your shed into a beautiful and eye-catching feature of your outdoor space.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIYer, this guide will walk you through the steps to paint your shed like a pro.

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Ohio Shade Gardens | Best Perennials & Design Ideas

If you have a shady yard, you may think that having a beautiful garden is out of reach. However, with the right design and plant choices, you can create a stunning shade garden that thrives in low-light conditions.

Check out these 7 shade garden ideas for inspiration and tips on how to make your own backyard oasis.

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11 Affordable Unfinished Basement Ideas to DIY

Creating a functional living space in an unfinished basement is an incredible way to add square footage to your home! Today I am excited to share affordable ideas to create a beautiful unfinished basement on a budget. These DIY projects made all of the difference in our basement and it’s now a space that we use every single day.

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How to Hang Christmas Garland Outdoors with Lights

When it comes to Christmas lights, I prefer white lights outside and colorful lights on our Christmas tree. My favorite exterior holiday decor is the twinkling Christmas garland I hang around the top of our porch every year. Hanging the cedar garland and Christmas lights is really easy and I am breaking it all down for you in the tutorial below!

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Simple Tufted Headboard DIY That Looks Expensive!

This green upholstered headboard may be my favorite DIY project yet. I created this simple DIY tufted headboard for our guest bedroom and it completely transformed the look of our old platform bed. The beautiful green looks fantastic against the pale blue/gray walls and is really the focal point of the entire space. I have created a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow and create your own headboard for less than $200.

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Painted Nightstands & DIY Project | ORC Week 3

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week I continued to focus on the bed and nightstands, which are the main focal point of the room. To hide the old platform bed, I purchased a mattelasse bedskirt and it completely changed the look of the bed. I also purchased a white quilt so the green headboard would get all of the attention.

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Guest Bedroom Focal Point | ORC Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week I am focusing on the design of the guest bedroom / office focal point which will determine the choices for the rest of the room – the bed! For this makeover, I am pushing myself creatively and trying to make choices that are a little less safe. I will take you through my entire thought process below!

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Easily Make Scalloped Furniture with this Hack

I absolutely love the simple scalloped furniture detail that is having a moment right now. I recently gave my daughter’s bedroom a makeover with a Grandmillennial style and added the scalloped furniture detail with this easy IKEA hack. I am breaking down the entire process with this beginner’s level tutorial!

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How to Make Cheap Christmas Garland Look Expensive

The foyer in our house is very grand with vaulted ceilings and a winding staircase. It was one of my favorite features of our home when we first walked through it and I immediately envisioned it decked out for the holidays. Brand new garland from the store can cost a fortune, so this year I found creative ways to hang garland on the stairs for less than $20.

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How to Recover a Chair Cushion without Sewing!

Welcome back to week 5 of the One Room Challenge! This week I have continued to upcycle second-hand furniture to fit within the design of my daughters’ vintage-inspired bedroom makeover. Last week I painted the vanity/desk from my MIL blue and it looks really beautiful against the warm pink walls. This week I recovered a bentwood chair found at an estate sale to fit within the bedroom design. I also tackled a quick paint project on the existing nightstand to balance the other side of the room.

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Painting the Walls Pink | ORC Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the Fall One Room Challenge! This week I chose the paint color and focused on painting the walls the perfect shade of pink. Check out the design plans for my vintage-inspired girls’ bedroom in the Week 1 blog post. Here is a reminder of what my daughter’s bedroom looked like when we first moved into the home two years ago.

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Eclectic MCM Living Room Makeover Reveal

We have made it to the MCM living room reveal and I am so happy with the finished product. Our living room is the first area that you see when you come into our home and I am really excited to have a finished space that reflects who we are. Over these last 8 weeks, I have bought a few new items for the room, reused materials that we already owned, and finally put some of my thrifted items on display.

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How to Lay Brick Border Garden Edging | Easy DIY

If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way to add some visual interest to your garden, consider using bricks as edging. Not only do they provide a clean and classic look, but they also help to define garden beds and prevent grass and weeds from encroaching on your plants. Here’s how to do it right.

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DIY Projects in the Living Room | ORC Week 5

This week of the One Room Challenge is all about budget-saving DIY projects for the living room. I have always been thrifty when it comes to decorating and this makeover is no different. The saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” definitely applies to me and I get such a rush out of creating something beautiful out of items that were discarded by others.

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Filling Your Walls with Unique Artwork | ORC Week 4

Filling the walls in a large room can be a little challenging for me. My goal is always to hang unique artwork that is interesting and doesn’t break the bank. Whatever I hang on our walls, I want it to feel like our family. For week 4 of the One Room Challenge, I am going to share some of the artwork I will be hanging in our living room and where I find them.

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Exciting Dark Blue Bedroom Reveal | ORC

The master bedroom reveal is here and it looks nothing like it did a few months ago! I love these 6-week challenges so much because they really push me to complete the projects in one single space. I often find myself bouncing around from project to project around the house, but when I really focus on one area, it is so worth it in the end.

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Master Bedroom Final Details | ORC Week 5

For week 5 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge, I focused on the design details. I have all of the furniture purchased and in place and I was excited to add our personality to the space. After living in our home for just over a year, we had identified the key areas that lacked function in our room.

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Updating Our IKEA Hemnes Dresser | ORC Week 4

In my week 2 update, I shared that I had purchased a pricey new dresser only to discover that it was way too small for our clothing storage needs. IKEA furniture has always held up extremely well in our home, especially the dresser units, so I decided to keep our current dresser but add some detailing.

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DIY Plans to Update Our Retro Master Bathroom

If you own a home built in the 50s or 60s, there is a good chance you have at least one retro bathroom.

Our home was built in the late ’60s and we have 3 original bathrooms! This month I am excited to tackle a budget-friendly makeover to our master bathroom! My goal is to highlight the charming aspects of our bathroom while adding more function for our family’s needs today. After living with this bathroom for the last year, I have identified a handful of quick fixes that will modernize the space and add efficiency.

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How to Spray Paint a Lamp Base | Easy DIY

Today I am sharing how to update a lamp base with spray paint.
I love the challenge of updating a space on a budget. Along with saving money, I enjoy finding new ways to use items that I already own.

This is exactly what I did when I needed a lamp for Thomas’ modern bedroom makeover. The original lamp was nice with a chrome finish, but I really wanted a black lamp in the reading nook.

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Affordable Laundry Room Design Ideas & Plans

The first big project in 2020 will be my laundry room! I am excited to take you through my laundry room design plans today and give you a tour of the current space. The plan is to incorporate big design into this space on a little budget! I am looking forward to this project because I love to get thrifty and creative in with home renovation projects. My goal is to spend under $300 for this entire makeover.

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Laundry Room Design Ideas and Inspiration

Laundry rooms are one of my favorite DIY projects because they are often overlooked and left as boring and uninspiring spaces. My first big project of 2020 is to tackle our dated laundry room. I have gathered a few of my favorite laundry room design ideas that are inspiring me for this budget-friendly project.

It is so refreshing to do a not-so-fun task like laundry in a beautiful space. While kitchens and bathrooms often sell the home, I believe that beautiful laundry rooms seal the deal.

Let’s get started!

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Ideas To Create An Organized & Functional Kitchen

Today I am sharing my favorite functional kitchen ideas to maximize efficiency and organization! When a kitchen is organized well, valuable time is given back to the homeowner. In the last 10 years, I have moved 8 times and have learned a thing or two about efficiently organizing my kitchen.

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