Front Door and Stairs Makeover
Published March 23rd, 2014 6:51 PM
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I love a good refresh and I love it even more when I can pull off a quick inexpensive project. I gave my front porch a whole new look using paint! Paint is one of the cheapest, easiest, most impactful ways to change your home.
Hello everyone!When we built our home I was on our back porch staining the wood ceiling planks and clumsy me spilled a new can of wood stain on our BRAND new concrete!!! 🤦🏻♀️So 3 years later I am finally fixing my mess up. We have tried using all sorts of concrete cleaning products, but have had no luck!Inside of our home we did acid stained concrete downstairs, so we decided to do the same process on the porch. I honestly wasn’t sure how this would turn out on aged concrete, but I love it 😻!It may seem a little overwhelming since there are several steps to this process, but it’s actually very easy!You can click here to see a short video of each step!WARNING⚠️ Acid staining process will vary depending on your concrete finish, age of the concrete, and build up! If you are planning on staining your concrete using this tutorial, I would recommend testing the stain on a small hidden area first. You will also get different variations depending on the brand of stain you use. I have used different stains and have found that majority of them have the same results. Please take the time to research acid stain and watch other tutorials prior to performing.⚠️
My front curved staircase is the first thing you see when entering my home. The staircase was the reason I fell in love with my house initially but keeping carpeted stairs cleaned and vacuumed was a giant frustration. After looking into replacing with wood, I decided on tile. A hardwood replacement would have been far more expensive and required additional tools. I wanted to create a statement look and love Spanish tile detail. There are a lot of options for tile, but in the end I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on high end tile for the stairs. I ended up buying my black and white tiles from Lowe's for $1.29 per tile and the larger tiles ran about $30 per tile from Home Depot.
It's spring and I'm eager to work in my flower beds!! One of the projects on my to do list is to make a trellis for my Rose bush to climb on. Every year my Rose bush produces long runs and they always end up going behind the deck or up the foundation headed for the siding.I normally end up cutting the runs off and its a never ending cycle all summer long. So this year I will be able to use my new trellis and hopefully enjoy more blooms!This trellis also would be amazing for a veggie garden as well!
...okay remember my post on my linen closet organization? Well I promised a post on how I made my shelf covers and here it is.We only have one linen closet in my small house and it was CRAMMED. Not at all functional.So I got to work organizing it- for a reminder you can see that post here. And also as a reminder- here is the before of my terrible linen closet.
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.
There are a zillion other things I should be working on, but in true procrastination style, I decided to decorate my Master Bedroom Door at the top of the stairs. It actually got an entire makeover! Come see for youself what a little TLC ad creativity can do.
This DIY Bi-fold Closet Door Makeover really transforms my old craft closet bi- fold doors into pure Luxe!! This closet door makeover is a simple change that really updates the age of the room and I LOVE IT! These old doors take a "blast from the past" and are easily updated and made modern with several coats of paint.
*This post was sponsored by Basic Coatings, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.My home is a super dated split level that was originally built in the late 60s with an addition built in the 90s. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dated features, but specifically a ton of orangey oak throughout the home. This is most obvious on my staircases so I decided to modernize the space using these three easy steps.
Find the easy tutorial on Dagmar's Home.Every time it rains, I had to move the wood furniture on our porch to the center of the porch and cover them with plastic tarps so they wouldn't get ruined.That not only doesn’t look nice, it’s also just annoying!We were not able to enjoy the porch like we would like to because I was constantly moving things.So I came up with the perfect, inexpensive solution: add curtains on the sides of the porch that I can pull out when it’s raining!I made them with $10 shower curtain liners that look like fabric.They have been working like a charm for 2 years now! They have not ripped, and when they get dirty, I can throw them into the washing machine.
My brother-in-law planted a small grape plant in his backyard and wanted a trellis structure behind it for the grapes to climb on. He asked me to design and build it in the corner of his garden. After going through some designs, we decided to go with a corner arbor. When the project was complete, I created PDF plans on how to build a DIY Corner Arbor with a Bench that includes a trellis for the grapes to grow on.For more info and printable PDF visit my website at TheDIYPlan.com
In this post I will show you how to get a vintage finish on painted furniture. There are several applications that you could use to achieve an antique look, however there is one that i find to be the easiest.
Find out how to build your own outdoor concrete table this summer to get a Pottery Barn style on a budget.
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
It always amazes why one post is pinned thousands of times and others are rarely pinned. I have two posts that are continually pinned day after day. This one is pinned approximately 3500 times a month for years. It is still one of my most popular posts of all time. INSTALL WIDE BASEBOARD MOLDING OVER EXISTING NARROW. Updated and Revised Post With New Product Listing: With so many room makeovers going on, I see that it is being pinned more often than usual, so time to share my complete post and review again. REVISED NOTICE: The baseboard that I used is no longer carried by Lowes, but they do have another brand they carry that works the same way. Here is the link – – -https://www.lowes.com/pd/Orac-Decor-Orac-Decor-Baseboard-4-75-in-x6-5-ft-Polystyrene-Baseboard/5001173049.
I’ve spotted a few articles on the internet about how to make your own reusable sponges, so I thought I’d whip up a few for myself and try them out. I’m always looking for clever eco-friendly alternatives to household cleaners and supplies. Regular kitchen sponges are made from polyurethane foam, which is harmful to the environment, and they also harbor bacteria. These reusable sponges are a healthier choice and can be tossed in the wash when dirty. I also discovered they are easy to make and work like a charm! (Affiliate links included for your convenience. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See disclosure here.) supplies needed: cotton fabric remnantterry cloth remnant quilt battingupcycled vegetable mesh bag rotary cutter & mat step 1 – cut the fabric With a rotary cutter and mat, cut one piece of terry cloth, one piece of cotton fabric, and two pieces of cotton quilt batting, each measuring 5″ x 7.5″.
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
You know those inspiration pictures you see and you just have to have it or build it? That was to is project for me. I’m a plant lover and I had the perfect window for several plants but no room to have them. A plant ladder to hang plants off of was the perfect solution. This inspiration picture is everything, especially the dogs!
How to Faux Stain Furniture with Latex Paint If you want to stain a previously stained or painted furniture piece, check out this tutorial and video where I show you how to easily apply paint that looks like a stain with six color options. So everyone deals with stress in different ways and this year has absolutely been an “opportunity” to start some new hobbies for stress-relief. Most people have learned a new love for bike riding, working in the yard, or DIY projects. But once again, I’m not like most people… One Sunday afternoon in March, I decided to experiment with different stain options with my faux stain technique. My original Barnwood stain was a big hit but I wanted to give readers more color options. I sat down and started mixing paints and creating samples like the DIY version of a mad scientist. Before I knew it I had created over 3 dozen different stain samples and there were even more little bottles of paint scattered all over my kitchen table. Who knew this would be my best option to de-stress during the craziness of this year. And become I didn’t want to overwhelm you with TOO many options, I have condensed the options into the top 5 shades – 6 if you include my driftwood stain. This technique has never let me down on several of my own furniture pieces and I hope it will be of some use to you too! LET ME SHOW YOU: My tried-and-true stain technique for covering stained or painted furniture without strippingAn alternative to traditional stain that is reliable no matter the wood typeA “stain” that will easily cover wood imperfections like knotholes which means you don’t have to buy high-grade lumber for woodworking projectsHow I saved a ton of money by refinishing my damaged breakfast table top instead of buying a new tableA great technique to make metal garage doors look like real wood WANT TO SAVE THIS FOR LATER? CLICK HERE TO SAVE THIS PIN TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
If you love this project, grab your quick start DIY guide & subscribe to our blog!Do you have outdated gold mirrored closet doors that you’re dying to replace? Try DIYing it with this sliding closet door makeover. I’m including lessons I learned and what I’d do differently too!Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen countless DIY bloggers using electrical tape on their windows and French doors to either make faux window panes or cover the white window pane lines.I’ve also seen a few bloggers tackle sliding closet door makeovers by painting the metal frames.BEFORE
Aarrgh!!!! It won’t stop raining here! I know getting all of this precipitation is good to fight against the fire season and inevitable drought. The flowers I just planted are probably loving all of the moisture. But I am personally ready for some sunshine. I don’t know about you but I am one of those people whose mood is definitely affected by the weather. The good news is that there were enough breaks in the weather for me to get my latest project done and it has solar lights which most definitely is not sunshine but they are sparkly and cheerful and fun.Have you seen those lighted watering can displays all over Pinterest? I have really been wanting to make my own. I thought it was going to be a simple project but I did run into a few bumps along the way. There must be different types of solar lights that you can buy but I used a single 72-foot strand so I had to think about how to string the lights and where the solar panel was going to go. Anyway, after a little trial and error, I was able to figure out the project.When I started the area looked like this and I thought that I was going to spray paint the watering can and the planter, add some flowers, string the lights, and be done. In the end, the whole display got a lot bigger but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Last year, hubby cut down a medium sized tree in our yard. Thankfully, I had him save some branches for possible future projects, so this wood has been drying out for quite awhile now (you want dry wood for this project).We ended up redoing our little front porch and painting our front door, so I wanted a new wreath to go with the new look. That's when we thought to chop up that old wood and make a wreath! Best part about this wreath is that it's a perfect year round decor piece! You can decorate it for each holiday/season!Here's how we made it ....*Price is based off of the cost of the glue since we already had the circular saw, cardboard came from a box that was shipped to me, and wood came from our yard, so those items cost nothing.If you don't have a circular saw, you can use a jigsaw, chainsaw, handsaw, but those tools will either take longer or not give perfect straight cuts. We do recommend any diy'er to invest in a circular saw since it is used for so many different projects
On another one of my thrifting trips to Second Chance Thrift Store, which seems to be daily lately. I found this super cute little tray, it was plain and boring but I had an idea! Right before I stopped at the thrift store I was at Ocean State Job Lots (a discount store here on the East Coast) and I found these Patriotic paper placemats, it had 4 different Patriotic designs. I had never even heard of such a thing, how did I not know about paper placemats?! They are so fun and can be used for so many things! Did you know about them? I knew that I wanted to add one of these placemats to my thrifted tray! Let’s get started on this DIY thrifted flag tray!