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November 8, 2016

Chris Loves Julia DIY: Planked Wall Tutorial

We have this wall in our living room that has stumped us for 3 years now. It has odd angles surrounding it, and is too close to the seating area to have something substantial like a credenza on it – we tried. But! It’s the perfect candidate for an accent wall complete with a wall treatment. We explored everything from attaching laminate flooring, to wallpapering, but found the biggest bang for our buck to be adding faux shiplap. The project can be done in a weekend for under $75 – including paint! Here’s what you’ll need:

5mm 4×8 sheets of poplar plywood: This is what you’ll use for your planks. It comes pre-primed and is available at [...]
 
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November 3, 2016

11 DIY Fall Decor Projects to Try this Season

Are you tired of never-ending pumpkin and gourd décor? Try something new this season and spice up your home with these great DIY Fall décor projects.
 
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October 31, 2016

How to Add Value to Your Home with Molding

Designed for function rather than form, many homes built today often lack personality and charm. The good news? Adding character to a home is easier than you might think. The solution may be as close as the molding aisle at your local home improvement store. Looking to add a value to your home with a little facelift?

Here are a few molding ideas and some inspiration to get you started.

1. Window moldings

In a newer home, many times windows are simply framed out with drywall or simple four-inch moldings. To add a little personality to existing windows, instead frame out windows with a six-inch pine board. Next, add a heading over the windows with an additional ten-inch [...]

 
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September 30, 2016

Five Simple Stamped Upcycled Silverware Gift Ideas

Making your own upcycled gift from a vintage silver plate is one of the easiest and most rewarding projects you can create. It looks so much harder than it actually is. All you need are a few tips on silver stamping and some simple project ideas to get you started. Each of these upcycled gift ideas were created with three supplies: silver stamping letters like these shown above, a silver stamping block and a piece of vintage flatware.

You can find these supplies online, in Etsy stores or even your local farm supply store. Ready to get started? Grab your supplies and follow along.

1. Silver Stamped Spoon Bracelet

To make this project, simply choose a word or phrase you [...]

 
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September 23, 2016

How to Create a DIY Floor Cleaning Solution

When your floors are clean, it’s almost as if no one sees them. But if the dog tracks mud through the house and your mother-in-law rings the doorbell before you have a chance to mop, your floors are on full display. Keeping your home clean without using dangerous chemicals seems like a challenge. Your home might look and smell clean after using manufactured products, but some of the chemicals you use could be harmful.

The chemicals and fragrances left on your floors after cleaning have a still unknown impact on your health. If you have to rewash your floors after cleaning them with chemicals to remove any residue, you’re doing twice the work.

Here are five safe [...]

 
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September 5, 2016

Building a Brunch Nook Part 2: Building and Accessorizing

Win a FREE Wine Rack for Your Home! Name First [...]
 
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September 2, 2016

Building a Brunch Nook Step 1: Picking the Perfect Place

Win a FREE Wine Rack for Your Home! Name First [...]
 
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August 29, 2016

Simple Creative Upcycled Gift Ideas

Silverware, dishes, and mason jars are a dime a dozen when you are a thrifter or someone who shops at frequent yard sales. They are fun to collect, display in hutches or kitchen counters, decorate with or use for extra place settings during the holidays. But have you ever thought about upcycling them? Create inexpensive, one-of-a-kind gifts with them? It’s as easy as combining function and imagination and thinking outside the box. Here’s a few upcycled gift ideas to get you started.

Leather-covered mason jars

Looking for an easy project to upcycle a mason jar? Why not add a little leather and create your own mug holder. All you need is a mason jar, leather cord, a leather [...]

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