Guest Room Re-Do: took 2 hours and cost $11.99!

Time for another “old house” update. If you’ve been following my house posts, you’ll know that we’ve been slowly updating a Montgomery, AL 1960’s house we purchased in October of 2013. Today I want so share my super frugal guest room update with you.

We have three bedrooms (and we have three boys!) so I had been using this room for the two older boys. They all decided they wanted to bunk together in the same room, so…wow! Now I have a guest bedroom!


Here is a true  “before” picture from when we first purchased the home.

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We painted the room a pretty light blue and updated the hardware and light/outlets covers right away.


These days, if you stand still in my house for too long, you just may get painted! I decided that the headboard of my guest bed needed the kind of help a little paint and distressing could provide. I had some paint left over from my distressed couch project, so I didn’t have to spend a penny on paint this time. I gave the headboard a good sanding and then two quick coats of paint.


Guest Room Headboard1


Guest room headboard2


After some distressing…

Guest bedroom distressed


I had been wanting to get a mirror over the dresser, so I made a trip to Good Will and got this one for only $11.99. It had good bones, but looked much better once it was painted and distressed! I sanded it and then taped off the mirror before painting:


guest mirror1



After the first coat of paint…

guest mirror2


After the paint dried on both of these pieces I used sand paper to do the distressing. I then used some low-grade steel wool to rough it up a bit more. It even added a very slight blue hue, which I loved in my blue room!


Final touches in the room: I gathered a few things I wasn’t using well in other areas of the house: a letter “A” that had the same coloring and shimmer as the lamp, some seashells, a clock, etc. So fun! And so cheap.


Here is the final product!

Guest room 2


Guest room

My DIY Distressed Couch Project!

old couch

The wooden sleeper couch pictured above was given to my husband and I the first year we were married. It was in good used condition ten years ago and has had lots of use since then! It is solid wood and VERY heavy. Nevertheless, we have moved it with us everywhere we’ve been: four states in ten years! My husband has been after me to get rid of it, but I just haven’t been able to let it go. Yes, it’s worn, but it sure is handy when we have overnight guests, and…we own it! I didn’t want to have to replace it.


Our solution: the old couch had to be painted. My inspiration was a “media stand” (formerly a dresser) painted and distressed by a local gal. She painted the dresser pictured below in flat Country White (purchased at Walmart).


Media Stand


We moved the heavy couch outside and I began sanding it with an orbital sander. The sander made the job much quicker than I was expecting! Still, it took a solid hour to prep the wood for painting.



With the sanding done, we moved the couch back inside (for some reason I didn’t feel like painting in 98 degree weather!) It took me a few hours and two coats to get the job done. Not gonna lie- it’s a bit of work, but so worth it!




Here is the couch with two coats of paint. It looks fine, but it’s going to look much better with a bit of distressing…


painted couch


With the painting done, we worked together to do the “distressing.”  The orbital sander came in very handy again.  Total time spent on the distressing was about one hour.




The couch is done! I love it and can hardly believe it’s the same piece. The white obviously lightens the couch, and the distressing matches the media stand on the opposite wall.


distressed couch


distressed couch 2


No more dark, dated couch on my gallery wall! What a fun, fresh look! I love it, and the best part? It only cost me $10.94 – the cost of the paint!


new couch

See more of my fun, low-cost DIY projects in our “new” home here.


My Low-Cost Gallery Wall

Time for another house update!

I’ve been wanting a gallery wall for a long time. When my mom came to visit last fall, we decided to attempt it. Neither of us had ever designed a gallery before, but we got lots of inspiration from Pinterest.


I don’t have my receipt from Hobby Lobby, but I used a 40% coupon to purchase a small frame, and the clock and cross were both 50% off. I already owned everything else we used to create the gallery wall. We began trying out arrangements- lots of arranging and re-arranging, believe me! We placed larger pieces in the center and tried to keep the edges even in size and color. We painted a few of the wooden frames to fit the color scheme.


We spread art paper on the floor and placed all the frames exactly where we wanted them. Then, measuring the distance between frames, we marked the nail holes on the paper. Using a level, we then taped the paper to the wall and put nails in the wall exactly where the paper indicated.


Here it is…


gallery original



After living with the wall for a few months, I decided that it was just too dark for the room. It was also a little too large for the wall. I removed some of the smaller pieces from the outer edge and I used some white paint I had on hand to paint a few of the largest black pieces. It actually took two days because everything took a white to dry and needed two coats.


gallery wall 1




I am so pleased with the final product! It fits the space on the wall and the color scheme of the room so much better. I love the “family” theme and the use of both real pictures and art.



gallery wall 2


gallery wall 3


See more of my fun, low-cost DIY projects in our “new” home here.


How we “remodeled” our guest bathroom for less than $250

In October of 2013 we purchased a lovely home in the deep south that was built in 1960. The precious thing had barely been touched…since 1960. The bones were great, the yard was big, and the layout was just what we wanted. We squinted and imagined what could be, and we are currently in the process of painting, updating, refreshing, and re-doing. Lots of work, but so worth it!

I don’t intend to teach, because I’m no home remodeling (or decorating) pro, but I am excited to share the stories and pictures of transformation in each room and area of our home. I’ll update as often as I can!

This certainly wasn’t our first project, but I’m going to share our guest bathroom re-do. It’s not a true remodel, but I feel like it may as well have been! I LOVE the finished product!! The best part- the whole project cost us just under $250. total. amen.



Here are the only, “before” pictures I can find. Check out the wallpaper- gotta love it!

Very old bathroom 1

very old bathroom 2


very old bathroom 3



Okay, here are some pictures of the bathroom after we simply stripped the out-dated wallpaper from the the walls. We did that first thing when we moved in back in 2013, as well as covering the oil-based-painted cabinetry with a primer that was supposed to prepare it for latex paint. It didn’t work. The primer chipped right off. 🙁  We needed to scrape the primer and prep the surface to be painted with oil-based paint. We got discouraged. The bathroom just…….sat there……like this…..until last month:  {ugh}


old bathroom 1


old bathroom 2


Finally got up the gumption and we stripped the primer from the cabinets, prepped all the surfaces for painting, and got to work. I had been planning to paint the creamy yellow tile white, paint the cabinets dark brown and the walls a light rosy brown, but I was truly intimidated by the thought of painting all that tile. My mom suggested sticking with the yellow and painting the walls/cabinets gray- after all yellow and gray are very stylish these days!


We bought pebble gray paint at Walmart, a cute (clearanced) light fixture, as well as new, white switch plates at Lowes, yellow towels and a darling, fluffy rug and toilet seat cover at Target, white towels and a few things for the counter at Ross, frame and picture at Hobby Lobby, and updated hardware at Home Depot. The final price tag on the re-do? Under $250. And it seriously feels like a brand new bathroom! Check it out…


new bathroom 1


new bathroom 2


new bathroom 3


new bathroom 4


New bathroom 5


New bathroom 6

St. Patrick’s Day Deals and Freebies!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a link to my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board to give you some ideas for crafts and recipes to try on this special day. Enjoy!


Check out these St. Patrick Day Deals and Freebies to make your St. Patrick’s Day memorable.

FREE Apps/Books:

Amazon Appstore: Hidden Objects – Ireland Adventures & Object Time Puzzle Games FREE (Retail $0.99)

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Dining Out:

Honeybaked Ham: 2 lbs Traditional Ham or Turkey Slices for $17. Print the coupon here.

•IHOP (Participating locations only – Call before visiting): Where Green on St. Patrick’s Day and get a FREE Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes. 7am-7pm 3/17 only. $25 Restaurant Certificates for $4.25 with code: GREEN.

Sonic Drive-In: 1/2 Price Shakes 3/17.


Craft Ideas:

Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables (coloring sheets)


Retail Deals:

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Carter’s: 20% off Everything PLUS Free Shipping on $50+ with code STPATTY! Valid: 3/17.

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Thanks, My Memphis Mommy!



My $20 Mantle/Bookshelf Update

I love Christmas decorations, and I really dis-like taking them down in January. The house always looks a little sad and bare when the decs come down. I decided to use the occasion to spruce up my den a little! I have these wonderful built-in bookshelves on either side of our fireplace, and I have been using them to store…well, books. Very plain and boring, but functional! After a little over a year in our “new” home, I decided to tackle the bookshelves. My mantle needed help, too.


This is what the mantle and bookshelves looked like after the Christmas decs came down:

Bookshelves before


I headed to Pinterest and searched both, “mantle styling” and “bookshelf styling.” Lots of ideas there! I didn’t spend a penny, just took books down, moved things in from other rooms, arranged, and re-arranged. I put the DVDs and CDs on the bottom shelves in baskets that weren’t being used well in another room.

This was my first attempt, using only what I had in my house:


Bookshelves first try

I thought this was a HUGE improvement, but the look was much darker than I wanted. We have LOTS of books, and for the most part, their covers are very dark. I knew I wanted more white on the shelves, and Linda over at Mulberry House agreed that the shelves looked a bit cluttered.

While I was at Mulberry House, I picked up a set of rooster book ends ($12) and a white pitcher ($8). I especially l.o.v.e the roster book ends!!!  Here they are…




So, I took down more books, added my white Mulberry House finds, and moved in a few more white pieces from around the house. My goal is to eventually add white shutters to either side of the mirror on the mantle and re-arrange it a bit more. I also need to move the mirror up the wall a little. Here’s how the mantle looks for now…




And here are the bookshelves…


Final bookshelves


So, there you have my $20 mantle/bookshelf update! I’m loving it!!



Welcome Autumn: My DIY Burlap Wreath

Autumn Burlap Wreath

Happy First Day of Autumn!

I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Especially now that I’m living in Alabama where the temps have been in the 90’s (100’s with heat index) for the past month or two. The weather was in the 70’s all morning and I was extremely happy! The 10-day forecast is all mid-80’s. Never thought that would sound cool to me, but it does now!


To celebrate the first day of Autumn I pulled out some burlap I bought at Hobby Lobby with a coupon a few months ago. I also pulled out my wreath from two years ago– it was battered and in need of a total re-do. After looking at a few ideas on Pinterest, the wreath pictured above is what I came up- just using what I had on hand.




Burlap is my new favorite decorating accessory- it works especially nicely in the fall!


Welcome Autumn!

I’m so glad you’re here!!!


autumn wreath1


My Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Before

Last October my husband and I bought a home built in 1960.

Not much had been done to it since then, but the bones were great! We just needed to see past LOTS of old wallpaper and paint and bathrooms and a kitchen in much need up updating.


A fresh coat of paint…

The very first thing we did ( with the help of friends!) was to paint the whole inside of the house, top to bottom. That made a HUGE difference! Our expenses were: 1) paint (of course), 2) painting materials, 3) a wallpaper steam-remover (best purchase ever!). For around $1,000 we have a freshly-painted home. Not bad when you get a whole new look with just a coat of paint!


Now, on to the updates…

The least expensive room to update was the laundry room, and I’m going to share that project with you today. We stripped the wallpaper and painted it a nice, neutral color. Eventually we would like to get a stainless steel washer and dryer, but for now we’re using what we have!



I had this wonderful shelf we were given for our wedding almost nine years ago sitting in a corner with no place to go. I decided to get paint matched to a  “Laundry” sign I had purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby. We brought the sign to Home Depot where we had the color matched. I used a $1 paint brush from the dollar store and the whole project took only about 1.5 hours – start to finish!



And here is the finished job!

I love my new laundry room!




 Stay tuned for more updates!

Next up – patio makeover…



DIY Spring Pennant Banner


Photo Credit: My Blessed Life

I absolutely adore this spring banner made by Myra over at My Blessed Life. Even though I’m not very crafty, I think I could handle this project! Take a look here.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

Here’s a link to my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board to give you some ideas for crafts and recipes to try on this special day. Enjoy!



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