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Results found for "do it yourself"

  • Do-it-Yourself Retreat, In this room I made all the pillows and the headboard.  I cut the headboard out of plywood covered it with a faux tooled leather and made bamboo accents tied with a rough twine.  The art to the right was made from an old frame sprayed gold.  I put a velvety red backboard on it and cut and aged gold paper squares and arranged them in a falling pattern.  The window treatment was a Bali blind sheer curtains and mini-bamboo lights along.  Accents a few beautiful tropical flower pieces. , Bedrooms Design

    Do-it-Yourself Retrea...

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  • SK's Warm Living Spaces, Other Spaces Design

    SK's Warm Living Sp...

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  • Baby Gate From Reclaimed Crib, How to make a baby gate for a large opening from a reclaimed crib!  Looks better then commercial gates!
For a detailed tutorial check it out at our website:, Nurseries Design

    Baby Gate From Recla...

    9 photos, 581 Views, Flag

  • Our First Welcome, Other Spaces Design

    Our First Welcome

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  • My Penny Backsplash, Inspired by penny floors from "Living Off the Grid" on Facebook, this is my approximately 6000 pennies worth of kitchen backsplash I installed July 5-7, 2012. , Kitchens Design

    My Penny Backsplash

    10 photos, 33,368 Views, Flag

  • Updates, I've added some things to my living room. A new painting, a bookcase, and a new table., Living Rooms Design


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  • Tranquil Master Bedroom, Our master was a creation of my inner designer. I have ocean blue for the paint color, ***(EXACT COLOR: We used ULTRA interior latex midtone base 41-1215 paint in eggshell. The color is 53D-4 Serene Stream) We purchased the paint at a local home improvement store, called Menard's. ****accompanied by a 4 post modern meets traditional bed, matching chest and side table. I selected a white modern sofa table for added flare then refurbished an old piece of furniture and made it into a media cabinet. I selected interesting eclectic pieces for accessories. I have an extremely modern ceiling fan, and side table lamp. The white carpet came with the home and I would love to have dark African cherry wood floors., Bedrooms Design

    Tranquil Master Bedr...

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  • First timer do it yourself Centurty Old Renovation, Bathroom Granite counter top. French Door with faux stain glass treatment on door windows. Tile Floors. All Kohlers fixtures. Over counter  and center of the room lighting., Bathrooms Design

    First timer do it your...

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  • Patio Bar, This is our new outdoor bar on our covered patio. Built ground up by my husband, he's so handy. He also did the electrical and plumbing. The lower counter is painted wood with an epoxy sealer. Teh upper counter is venetian gold granite with a blue glass tile backsplash. Not shown is the continous lighting under the granite counter. It is a continuos rope light that goes into the cabinets to light the interior., Other Spaces Design

    Patio Bar

    3 photos, 499 Views, Flag

  • better pics of budget kitchen, I found some better pics without the bucket of plumbing fixtures, Kitchens Design

    better pics of budget k...

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  • Open it Up!, 70's kitchen to Chef's Utilitarian, Kitchens Design

    Open it Up!

    11 photos, 157 Views, Flag

  • Butlers Pantry, New Living room floor and New Butlers Pantry, Kitchens Design

    Butlers Pantry

    1 photo, 293 Views, Flag

  • Feminine Home Office Redesign, Read more about this design and the process at
, Home Offices Design

    Feminine Home Office...

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  • Our Do-It-Yourself Great Curb Appeal Home, When my husband and I decided to purchase a foreclosure as our first home we knew it would mean a lot of work, but despite our lack of any previous home improvement experience we were ready to roll up our sleeves and jump in!

The homes exterior was the last thing we decided to work on.  Before, our house was definitely the sore thumb on the block.  Everything was overgrown and flat worn out.  Our brick looked tired and the forest green shutters were decidedly outdated.  The landscaping was overgrown and poorly done.  Everything blended together to create one big eyesore!

Now everything looks clean and fresh!  Instead of screaming neglected it feels well-taken care of and inviting.  We painted the existing trim, garage door, front door, shutters, and porch rails.  We removed the partially there and partially missing spindles, added a beautiful wrought iron swing and some wicker furniture.

With the help of my mother's green thumb we created some gorgeous landscaping that included color!

Now when people drive by they stop and look for a GOOD reason!  We just found out that we will be getting a new roof shortly too!!  We are looking to install a slightly darker shingle when it's completed I'll be sure to post new pictures :), Home Exterior Design

    Our Do-It-Yourself G...

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  • Our Do-It-Yourself Traditional meets Rustic Kitchen...did we mention affordable?, When we bought our first home, a foreclosure, we were excited and a bit nervous at the daunting task of a complete remodel!  Plus we knew we didn't have the money to hire professionals to do the work for us.  While we had no previous home improvement experience we were confident that we could conquer the mess that was our house!
The kitchen was the BIGGEST project we undertook.  The previous kitchen was the one space we planned to completely take down to the studs and replace, and that's exactly what we did!
I found a picture in a magazine of a kitchen that I loved and we used it for inspiration while adding our own special twist.  We replaced the dated flooring and fixtures, and removed the boring cabinetry and forest green laminate counter tops.  While the country red backsplash may LOOK like tile it was actually wallpaper...YUCK!
Now we love our hand-glazed maple cabinets with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures.  We tied in the stainless steel appliances which were a must for me and I believe it all contributes to a very cohesive feel.  The new tile floor and backsplash both compliment the cabinetry without being “too much”.  Our gorgeous backsplash was a STEAL at only $8.00 per box of tile and we used 3 boxes making it a total cost of only $24!  
We added recessed lighting getting rid of the ugly florescent fixture and bathing the space in warm light that is enhanced by our neutral wall paint (Remmington Gray by Benjamin Moore…it never looks gray to me, more like a tan but they call it gray!).  I made the window treatment using fabric from Hobby Lobby keeping costs low.  Additionally we went with a FX180 counter top that is GORGEOUS and again, lower in cost :)  Adding a gas line for my amazing gas stove was actually quite simple and easy since the home already had gas installed for heating.  
I desperately wanted to rework the layout to include a bar-height breakfast bar and it turned out great!  The b-board adds nice interest to the cabinetry and the bar gives us so much counter space while also creating the perfect spot to sit and chat while cooking or to grab a quick bite.
Anyone who says that you have to spend a fortune in order to get a great kitchen is totally wrong.  If you're willing to invest the time you can save a lot of money!  We did a lot of bargain hunting and definitely saved a bundle!
, Kitchens Design

    Our Do-It-Yourself T...

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  • Our Do-It-Yourself Come on In and Stay Awhile Living Room, When my husband and I decided to purchase a foreclosure as our first home we know we would be rolling up our sleeves and doing a lot of work!  The fact that we had zero home improvement experience made it something of a daunting task!  But, after several months of hard work we are so proud of our beautiful new home.

Our living room was one area that we wanted to feel warm and welcoming...a place that people would want to take off their shoes and stay awhile in.  Before it was...dingy at best.  The dirty worn carpet definitely didn't invite guests to take off their shoes!  The walls were covered with markings and even a few BB pellets!  Everything just looked plain worn out :(

While we are not 100% finished the improvement is already HUGE!  

We installed real Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors that immediately warmed up the space.  Because the living room is open to the dining room and kitchen areas we wanted to keep a cohesive paint color throughout and used Remmington Gray by Benjamin Moore (although it never looks gray to's clearly TAN!).  However, we did the stair wall in a gorgeous soft green color that matches our new foyer paint.  New oil rubbed bronze fixtures throughout and recessed lighting all add to the warmth of the space.  

Putting a mahogany bamboo shade on the french doors helped them to feel more apart of the room and even a great focal asset!

LEFT TO COMPLETE:  We have plans to add a iron & wood stair rail to the stair wall that will hopefully create a safe but very aesthetically pleasing focal and we are contemplating adding a corner fireplace to the wall opposite the french doors!  Feel free to share your thoughts or ideas on these options :), Living Rooms Design

    Our Do-It-Yourself C...

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  • Fireplace amazing transformation., Fireplace is now painted, the grout is not finished and we have not sealed the stone yet. We replaced the cedar shingles on our fire place with a stone., Living Rooms Design

    Fireplace amazing tra...

    7 photos, 2,012 Views, Flag

  • Leah Joy's Modern, Elegant Nursery, We just finished creating our little girl's nursery. Leah Joy Vienna Martin is due on April 11th, 2010 and we were so excited to start this project!
We wanted a space that didn't scream KID'S room but something that we would also LOVE to spend time in. 
The theme was modern elegance and the colors were pink, black and white!
We are SO pleased with how it turned out!
Enjoy!, Nurseries Design

    Leah Joy's Modern, E...

    10 photos, 1,793 Views, Flag

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