How to Shiplap Your Walls

How to shiplap a wall

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 […]

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6 Easy Home Improvement Ideas that Cost Nothing

It’s no secret that my husband and I are frugal people. This especially goes for all home improvement tasks, as we first seek to DIY. If the task is something for which we’re unfamiliar, we put Google to good use and research like crazy, or we watch several YouTube tutorial videos in hopes of gaining the necessary knowledge to perform the task. There have been several occasions when the home improvement task requires a professional, but even in those cases we do our due diligence to find the best-priced professional without sacrificing quality. Frugality at its finest! Related: –How to Frugally Decorate a Brick Fireplace –Top Money-Saving Methods for Decorating –Paint Projects to Do this Weekend –How to Create the Ultimate […]

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DIY Paint-Dipped Plant Stand

Such a fun and easy DIY project for this weekend!

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. […]

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Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating

8 Ways to Save Money on Decor

I love Home Goods just as much as the next person. They always have the best statement pieces and the prettiest décor items. And while Home Goods and other similar home stores may not be overly expensive, you can usually get the same look for a fraction of the cost. That is, as long as you don’t mind putting in a little extra effort. There are, of course, times when you can’t DIY something and have to buy new. That’s why I’ve created an all-encompassing, money-saving-strategies list for both the ‘buy-new’ times and the DIY times.  Related Posts: -DIY Buffet Makeover -Easy Hacks & Ideas for a Cozy Home -How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace -19 Simple Things to Do […]

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Baby’s First Easter Basket Tutorial

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 […]

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Easy Hacks & Ideas for a Cozy Home

Love these easy, budget-friendly ideas

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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DIY Buffet Makeover

Love this buffet & detailed tutorial!

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 […]

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DIY Baby Letters Under $10

Make DIY Baby Letters for 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 […]

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