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Newly Installed Ikea Kitchen

I'm renovating a 1979 split level and completely gutted the kitchen. Just completed installation of an Ikea Adel kitchen, along with Kashmir granite countertops. It's not quite finished yet, but I'm loving it so far. Stop by and take a peek at all the details!

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Beadboard Wallpaper

For those of you who haven't discovered beadboard wallpaper, let me introduce you! I discovered it 3 years ago (Graham Brown UK version) and haven't stopped using it yet. From bathroom renos, to ends of kitchen cabinets, to inset door panels in furniture, there are tons of use for beadboard wallpaper. I loved it so much I started selling it in my online shop, off my blog, Southern Hospitality. Here's a link to a bathroom project using it:

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Easy Method for Hanging Pictures!

Here's an easy method for hanging pictures, mirrors or any of those things that have 2 holes or hooks on the back. Those are so hard to hang straight and even. Step by step at my blog for all the tips using tape!

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DIY Tutorial for Board & Batten

You've seen board and batten all over blogland. Here's my version, in my new fixer-upper dining room. We used 1/2" MDF in 6" for the top and 2" for the battens. A nail gun came in handy and lots of white primer and paint. I love the results!

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Renovating a Fixer Upper House/Before and After Dining room

I'm so happy to be finished with the renovation of my 1979 fixer upper. Thought it would be fun to share the Before and After of my dining room, which is complete except for drapes. It was a long process, but it's nice to finally get to decorate and make it pretty after the renovation process.

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Snow Globe Glass Ornaments

This is a simple project to make out of plain glass ornaments. Add some pretty sparkly tiny ornaments on a bed of faux snow, add a bit of greenery and use them around the house or on a tree.

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Ripping carpet off the stairs

One of my favorite projects to date, ripping off old carpet, adding molding and painting my old stairs and adding a runner. I'm working on a 1979 house renovation now with stairs just like these and I've got some fun plans for them too. This time, I'm going to add pine stair treads and will paint them and add a pretty runner. Stay tuned for that one! In the meantime, this might give you some ideas if you have carpet you hate! I detest carpet on stairs.
For all the details, see this post on my blog:

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Painting interior doors dark brown/black

What do you think about painting interior doors dark brown/black? I'm trying to add some architectural details to my 1979 fixer-upper house & love the way the dark doors look against my lighter wall color. What do you think? Like the trend or not?
Paint is Valspar Fired Earth in Satin. 2 coats

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Update Old Stairs with Painted Pine Treads and New Risers

This is my latest project in my 1979 fixer-upper house. Just finished adding new painted pine stair treads to the existing rough lumber stairs that were under the old carpet. This is a fairly easy project and coming in around $250 for 25 stairs, really cost effective. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. I'll add a runner down the middle later on.

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How to Stencil Drapes

I saved a bunch of $$ by stenciling some Ikea drapes & dressed 3 windows in my bedroom for $75. Can't beat that! Here are my how-to's on the project!

Rhoda V
Rhoda V
About meI'm an avid DIYer and have been at it for many years. I'm also a thrifter and love saving money by hunting down treasures and fixing them up, repurposing them without breaking the bank. Anyone can have a pretty space on a budget! My blog documents my newest project, fixing up a 1979 fixer-upper house that I'll be moving into this Fall. My dad and I are doing most of the work ourselves and it is a true labor of love. I just may be more proud of this house than any other that I've lived it, sweat equity will do that! I have big plans to make it beautiful, all on a budget.