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DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

How to make a DIY Magnolia Wreath

I made the easiest DIY magnolia wreath the other day, and I'm still amazed at how budget friendly it was to make. My DIY magnolia wreath cost me less than $7 and only a half hour of my time. I think it was time and money well spent. I'm not only a fan of magnolia wreaths, I'm a fan of almost almost all green wreaths. Green wreaths are beautiful anytime of the year and look great both as indoor and outdoor decor. Here are some of my favorite green wreath options: 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 This time around I was looking to get the look for less. So, I used inspiration from above to make my DIY magnolia wreath. This DIY project is a perfect for beginners because it doesn't require many steps or supplies. If you're looking for a simple and fun craft to do with friends, this is it! HERE'S HOW TO MAKE A DIY MAGNOLIA WREATH: 1.GATHER MATERIALS For this project, you'll need just three things: -Hot glue gun, like this one -Grapevine ...
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The Easy Way to Make a Board and Batten Grid Wall

DIY Board and Batten Wall in My Home Office

I am so pumped about my new DIY board and batten wall that *ahem* my husband made for me. He's the best. This grid accent wall is one of many tasks that's part of my newest project: to create an inspiring home office space. I'm well aware that this task is a tall order. But, I know I will spend many hours in my home office, so I want it to be beautiful, calming, and inviting all while not breaking the bank. I knew a DIY board and batten wall wouldn't be our cheapest DIY project ever, but I knew it would make a bold statement in my small and cozy office space. 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 ...
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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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Love this buffet & detailed tutorial!

DIY Buffet Makeover

UPDATE: I made over this buffet a second time! See how it looks now. I am so excited about this DIY tutorial! I adore this buffet and absolutely love how it turned out - just the way I had imagined. I only spent $75 on the buffet and had mostly all the other materials needed to do this home project. In this tutorial, I will break down the process in an easy-to-digest, step-by-step format so that you too can achieve this look with virtually any piece of wood furniture. Once you know the basics of wood working, you can apply your knowledge and skill to any wood project. My dad is a master with anything wood related. He actually owned his own woodworking business for twenty-some years, so as you can imagine, I have picked up a thing or two along the way. Fortunately, whenever I run into a woodworking related question, he's just a phone call away. Now that I have started tackling my own woodworking projects, I am able to take what I have learned, including my mess-ups and re-do's, and show you how to do it yourself without making the errors that I made. Many times a project like this seems intimidating, especially ...
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Light & Bright Dining Room Reveal

Light and Bright Dining Room Reveal

Hello friends! I am so excited to share with you my dining room reveal. I had been wanting to tackle this project for quite some time. Our dining room wasn't in bad shape, but I needed to spruce it up. I started with the walls. Painting makes a huge difference, but you know what makes an even bigger difference? Prepping the walls before you paint. We must've had 60 holes on the dining room walls that needed filling. So, one day, I took some time to fill them and then let them dry. I then sanded the parts of the walls that needed sanding. Once finished, I painted. After I let the paint dry, I did a second coat the next day. For the paint, I actually chose a different color than the rest of my house. My house is painted a light gray paint color. I chose to paint the dining room a light yellow above the chair rail and a soft white below the chair rail. The light yellow plays off my kitchen cabinet color, which is an off white. I really like the flow and break in color in the dining room. After what seemed like forever (a few days), I was ready to decorate. I ...
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DIY Baby Letters Under $10

There are plenty of beautiful nursery letters you can buy that are already painted. The problem: you'll pay upwards of $10 per letter. I made a simple, DIY version with six letters all for under $10. You can make these so easily, even if your painting skills aren't the best. Related: -Paint Projects to do This Weekend -How to Create the Ultimate Soft & Feminine Bedroom -10 Habits to Implement to Maintain a Clean Home -How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Paint colors. I bought three Apple Barrel brand acrylic paint colors that match my daughter's nursery color scheme: Dolphin grey, snow white, and cameo pink. I bought these for $0.50/per container at Walmart. Letters. I found all six letters in a bin at Walmart for a little over $1/letter. If you have been searching for some letters, you'll know this is super cheap. A foam paint brush, like these. TUTORIAL: Use the "foam brush part" of the foam brush to paint each letter the main color you want it. Let dry. Paint each letter a second coat. Let dry. Add the designs you like. You can use the end of the brush, the wooden circle part, and dot the paint ...
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