A little elbow grease

So I have unintentionally kept you guys in the dark through this whole home remodeling business. Probably because I was busy, you know, remodeling a home. But here is at least something to share! The exterior of my house is by no means done and pretty and where I want it to be. I mean, these pictures include a yard with a (freshly torn out sidewalk sized) gaping mud pit. If that’s not an appropriate description, I don’t know what is. But on this past beautiful Sunday I bought myself some paint and got a little pinterest creative by painting my shutters and front door, buying an adorable door mat and even whipping up a front door wreath.

Here is the house before. It’s a little hard to see a difference in the before and after because it was so bright, but the shutters are maroon and the front door is white.

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Now the shutters are black and the front door is a robin’s egg blue. I was a little nervous at how this would turn out, but I think it’s really cute and fresh! IMAG0931

I saw the idea on Pinterest of painting the house numbers in the center of the door and loved it. In theory, it was very simple. I just traced it on with a pencil and then painted it in with black paint. I found out through this project that I don’t have a very steady hand and painting precisely is not my specialty. The saying for my house has become, “oh thanks, it did turn out beautifully, just don’t look too closely.” So it only makes sense that the painted house numbers would go right along with that motto.

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That door mat is from Walmart by the way and it only cost me $12. Booyah.

And finally, here is the wreath that I “made.” It was so simple I almost can’t even say that. I bought some flowers, arranged them and went to town with my trusty hot glue gun. I had some extra burlap so I looped it around the wreath, hung a 3M hook upside down on the inside of the door and that was that. I think it cost me $13 total.

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As is obvious in this situation, a little bit of money and some TLC can make a big impact! I will work on getting some pictures posted of the inside of the house and some projects that I’m working on in the meantime.

Past Projects (home decor on a budget)

I have completed a few crafty projects recently that I thought I would share to possibly inspire you to channel your inner Martha Stewart.

First off, I came across a shower curtain at Marshalls for $15 that I had absolutely no use for because I already had a one, but I just loved the print so I couldn’t pass it up. So to keep myself from feeling frivolous and like a pack-rat, I decided to break out the sewing machine. I simply cut the shower curtain in half and put a seam on the sides and presto. New window panels for $7 apiece.

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Next, I wanted to recover some old pillows but couldn’t find the right fabric. One day while at Michaels Craft Store I stumbled across a set of Martha Stewart stencils (you might pick up on the fact that I REALLY love Martha Stewart) and craft paint that can be used on fabric, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make the pillows look the way I wanted. I made two different pillows using the design and color schemes of my desire.


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white pillow w designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I guess what I learned from these projects was to not let myself be held back by finding decor that fit just right, but to figure out a way to make it what I loved, and save a few bucks along the way!

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