the trick to creating gorgeous window boxes, container gardening, gardening, windows

The Trick to Creating Gorgeous Window Boxes

I love lush and beautiful window boxes, but every year for 6 years mine looked sad and stringy. Even with constant watering they always seemed to be on the brink of death. I almost gave up on them, but decided to give it one more go; and I finally succeeded in creating the perfect window boxes! So how did I do it? It was so ridiculously easy, I feel stupid for not discovering these two simple steps sooner.

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How to Make an Outdoor Cushion Cover Out of a Drop Cloth

My cushion covers were starting to look dingy so I decided to make new ones out of a $7 canvas drop cloth from Harbor Freight.

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A New Upcycle Idea for Old Windows!

Our backyard was pretty bland with no gardens and an old shed. We have big plans to gut the space and put in a pool, so we don't want to waste any time or money on permanent gardens or structures to spruce it up. I had some old windows laying around from our kitchen remodel, so I decided to turn them into faux windows with window boxes to brighten up the shed. Needless to say they are perfect!

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Carpet to Wood Staircase Reveal

After seeing all the beautiful wood staircase in the blogosphere we were convinced that we could turn our boring old carpeted stairs into custom looking wood stairs with an ebony handrail. We decided to start with our small kitchen stairs as a practice run for our larger foyer staircase. We made some mistakes and learned what worked best but the makeover came out so perfect that I can't wait to start on the foyer! Check out the log post to see more details on how we accomplished this project for $150!

lazy girl s guide to painting cabinets, diy, kitchen cabinets, painting

Lazy Girl's Guide to Painting Cabinets

I wanted to give my master bathroom vanity a makeover, but I was feeling rather lazy at the time. I didn't want to spend days sanding, priming, and painting. I came up with "lazy girl's plan" to completely transform my vanity with only about an hour of work time.

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Bright and Cheery Screened Porch Makeover

We loved that our house came with a screened in porch, but it had seen better days. We painted the posts and rails white, the ceiling blue, replaced all the screens, hung a new fan, and installed a new tile floor to create a bright and cheery space for the whole family. Next summer we will begin replacing the furniture so for now please ignore the dirty cushions. We'll also be replacing the windows and we're thinking about painting the vinyl siding.

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6 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Your Front Door's Curb Appeal

I've made no secret about how much I hate our front door, but it simply isn't in the budget right now to replace it. I decided to try out some cheap makeover projects to see if I could improve the front door's curb appeal; and I couldn't be happier with the transformation! Check out my blog post for more tips and details!

11 pantry makeover, cleaning tips, closet

$11 Pantry Makeover

During our kitchen remodel the inside of the pantry was completely ignored leaving it with orange paint, dark wood, and completely disorganized. I decided I wanted a bright happy space organized with baskets and coordinating labels, but I had zero budget to work with. By re-using left over paint and underutilized baskets, I was able to create my dream pantry for only $11!

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Reclaimed Dining Table

We wanted a square rustic dining room table which wound up being harder to find than we had anticipated. In the end we decided to just build our own. We were able to reclaim all the material except a piece of plywood and some poplar 1x3s. This was definitely a labor of love but it turned out wonderful!

how one blogger revamped her bathroom for free, bathroom ideas, diy, home decor, painting

How to Update Your Master Bathroom for Free

We have a grand master plan for our master bathroom that includes knocking down walls and lots of money. Until then, we decided to update the room cosmetically by spending the least amount of money as possible. By up-cycling building materials and using left over paint we have completely transformed the vanity area for free! Which fits perfectly with our budget!

Simply Swider- Stephanie
Simply Swider- Stephanie
About meI am a SAHM of two girls, a blogger, a reader, and lover of everything DIY,