DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

I am slightly obsessed with wreaths pretty much anytime of the year. Green leaf wreaths are beautiful because they look great both as indoor and outdoor wreaths. Plus, they're fitting for really any season. Here are some beautiful green leaf wreath options: My DIY magnolia leaf wreath cost me less than $7 and a half hour of my time. I think it was time and money well spent! Related: -Timeless Tufted Accent Chairs Under $200 -The Best Fixer Upper Inspired Office Decor on Amazon –Easy DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial –DIY Board and Batten Grid Wall –How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace The good news is this DIY project is a perfect one for beginners. It's super simple and it is a fun craft to do with friends. TUTORIAL 1.GATHER MATERIALS For this project, you'll need just three things: -Hot glue gun, like this one -Grapevine wreath, like this one (You could use any style wreath that you prefer. I just happened to have one of these on hand.) -Floral leaves. I used this one and had a 50% off coupon, which made it only $6.50! I had bought two of them but didn't end up needing the second one so I returned it. 2.REMOVE ...
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Timeless Tufted Accent Chairs under $200 | Amazon Finds

Timeless Tufted Accent Chairs Under $200

You gotta' have a little tuft in your life. Am I right? Tufted chairs are timeless and elegant. Plus, they make for the perfect accent chair. It's just my husband, me, and my almost-one-year-old living in my home, but I always feel like I need more seating. We don't really entertain that much, but when we do, we always seem to have enough seating. Despite those facts, I still WANT more seating. I have found areas in my home where I could definitely make room for pretty tufted accent chairs! Related: -The Best Fixer Upper Inspired Office Decor on Amazon –Easy DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial –DIY Board and Batten Grid Wall –How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace –Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating Tufted chairs look amazing when used as accents in a living room, a master bedroom, as an office chair, and or even as dining chairs, in some cases. By no means are accent chairs cheap, but if you listened to my recent podcast, you'll know that I think it's OK to splurge on staple items in your home. I don't mind investing in nice accent chairs because they'll live in my home for a very long time and provide necessary seating in ...
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The Best Fixer Upper Inspired Office Decor Items on Amazon

The Best Fixer Upper Inspired Office Decor on Amazon

I am currently giving my home office a makeover. Last week, my husband and I tackled one of the projects on my office makeover to-do list by making a DIY board and batten grid wall. While I had a general direction for the look of my new office before tackling any of my renovation projects, including the grid wall, I didn't have an inspiration board created yet. Amid a few other office projects I have begun to tackle, I decided to make my inspiration board today! I have been perusing Amazon for some new decor ideas, and I'm happy to say I have found lots of inspiration. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of HGTV's Fixer Upper and I adore Joanna Gaines' design work. I tried to tune her in when creating this board so I could achieve a look similar to hers. Related: –Easy DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial –DIY Board and Batten Grid Wall –How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace –Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating Here's a roundup of my favorite Fixer Upper inspired office decor items that are all available on Amazon! Holland Bookcase - I loovveee...lurrrvvv...luuuvvv this bookcase. It's so much classier than a standard five-shelf bookcase. I just got the tiniest bit depressed because ...
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The Easy Way to Make a Board and Batten Grid Wall

DIY Board and Batten Grid Wall

I am so pumped about this DIY board and batten grid wall that *ahem* my husband made for me. He's the best. This accent wall is one of many tasks that's part of my newest project: to create an inspired home office space. Creating an inspired space in my home office is a tall order. I know I will spend many hours in this space, so I want it to be beautiful, calming, and inviting all while not breaking the bank. Related: -Easy DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial –DIY Buffet Makeover –How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace –Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating –6 Easy Home Improvement Ideas that Cost Nothing Before starting my office remodel, I made a comprehensive to-do list. Here's my progress so far: Design the new look, including color scheme and furniture layout Clear out as much of the furniture/stuff in the room as possible Paint all doors, door trim, baseboard, and window trim Paint my desk white Create a board and batten accent wall Get new hardware for my office door Patch and paint remaining walls Update my bookcase Get a lighting fixture for the ceiling Create an organized office closet Decorate As you can see, I'm only about half ...
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This tutorial is so easy and helpful! I can't wait to try it on my end tables.

Easy DIY Chalk Paint Tutorial

My side tables are complete! I am so excited to share with you the transformation of two side tables I bought for a whopping $12 each. I am slightly obsessed with finding frugal furniture pieces for my home that need some TLC. I love having the ability to make these finds look exactly how I envision them. I don't hate the incredible cost savings either, which I'll detail later in this tutorial. To give you some background, I have been searching for end tables for months and months. In my living room, next to my gray sectional, I had one white tray table that I was looking to upgrade. Instead of paying a fortune to get the look I wanted, my goal with this project was to revamp two old side tables into high-quality, expensive-looking pieces. Related: -DIY Buffet Makeover -How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace -Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating -6 Easy Home Improvement Ideas that Cost Nothing For months, I searched for side tables on Craigslist, Facebook groups, and our local Habitat for Humanity. Nothing. Then, last week, I decided to take a peek at the furniture section in Goodwill after I dropped off some old clothes. I couldn't believe it! I ...
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How to Shiplap Your Walls

A note from Marly: I'm so excited to share this post with you about how to shiplap a wall. My friend Melissa over at Brown Dog Vintage recently created a shiplap accent wall in her master bedroom. It looks absolutely stunning. Take a peek at the tutorial below to see how you too can achieve this beautiful look. Enjoy!  This post was originally published on Brown Dog Vintage. Shiplap –  It’s on fire right now in the decor world and with good reason.  It’s timeless and classic.  It goes hand in hand with farmhouse style and I’ve been patiently (big fat lie – no patience here my friends!) waiting to add some to our builder grade house.  I’m in the process of updating our master bedroom and I knew this would be the perfect place to add a shiplap accent wall.  Check out what we did and how we did it on a budget! Related: -How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace -DIY Buffet Makeover Let me start by saying this is not a complete overhaul of our room. You can read more about our plans here. When I redo a space, I have to figure out how to get the most bang for my buck ...
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Paint projects to do this weekend

Paint Projects To Do This Weekend

I am an avid painter. In fact, I usually opt to repaint or refinish a piece of old furniture before I even consider buying something new. It's not because I love painting, but rather because I like a good deal. I firmly believe that it's possible to have beautiful furniture without paying outrageous prices. A little paint can go a long way. One of the techniques I use to score frugal finds is to utilize sites like Craigslist and Facebook yard sale groups. Fun story: Awhile back, my husband and I were looking for a double oven for our home. Do you know how much double ovens cost? A lot. There's no way our frugal selves were going to pay full price for a double oven. So, we searched on Craigslist for weeks and weeks, probably more than a month. One day I saw a posting for an almost-new stainless-steel GE Profile double oven listed for $625. I thought, could it be? Could it really be? Turns out, yes, it was legit. But, it came with a caveat. There was another interested buyer and if we didn't get it that night, it would be gone the next day. That could have been a fib from ...
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Such a fun and easy DIY project for this weekend!

DIY Paint-Dipped Plant Stand

Here in Maryland, Spring is in the air. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is plant flowers for the season. I was going through all of my gardening tools and accessories when I came upon a trio of old plant stands I had bought several years ago. The paint was chipping and they were beginning to rust. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to restore the beauties so I could enjoy them all season long. I am a firm believer in reusing and up cycling, especially if the project only requires a few coats of paint. It's a great way to save money, and if you do a good paint-job, your item will look brand new. Plus, you can customize the item by choosing a paint color that aligns with your personal style and caters to your space. It's no secret that I tend to opt for earth-tone colors, so it's unusual that I chose to use orange as the dipper color. Why orange? Well, I first determined where I wanted to place the plant stands. I have an area in front of our house that was looking a little bare, so I figured this would be the perfect area for ...
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Easter Basket Tutorial

Baby’s First Easter Basket Tutorial

Your baby's first Easter is such a special time. They're only going to have their first Easter once. I was debating for awhile if I was going to make a 'first Easter basket' since my daughter is only six months old and won't really know what's happening. When I thought about what to use as a basket filler, I realized candy wouldn't work because she doesn't eat candy yet. As I kept thinking about it, I decided she HAS to have a first Easter basket. She just has to! I was determined to make my daughter a beautiful Easter basket without spending a fortune. I never like to spend too much on anything - mostly because I know I can make anything beautiful without breaking the bank, and so can you. To fill her basket, I decided I would use some items I had around my home as well as some newly bought items I knew she would need in the near future. I spent around $30 on new items, reused other items from my home, and had the crafty materials in my stockpile. HERE'S MY 'REUSE ITEM' LIST: The 'basket' (I actually used an extra off-white storage bin I had lying around the house) A few Easter eggs (I had ...
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Love these easy, budget-friendly ideas

Easy Hacks & Ideas for a Cozy Home

I love decorating and updating our home. I, of course, want my home to be beautiful, but I don't want to spend a fortune to make that happen. Through creativity and budget-friendly hacks, I'm able to consistently update my home frugally and tastefully. I hope some of these ideas inspire you! (DIY Whitewash Tutorial here) (DIY Buffet Makeover Tutorial here) What budget-friendly tips and tricks do you have to update your home? See more home inspiration by touring my home ...
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