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Stripping a Table, A Method for Lightening Dark Wood Furniture

Give furniture a new look with this simple method for stripping a table top. I’m sharing the best way I have found for lightening dark wood furniture (with no sanding necessary!) When I picked up this oak foyer table on Craigslist years ago, I loved the look of dark stained […]


how to stain a steel door to look like wood

How to Stain a Steel Door to Look Like Wood

Learn how to stain a steel door, even over existing paint. Easily get a wood look for your door on a budget with gel stain! Wood front doors are so timeless and beautiful. I was on the hunt to purchase one for our home. Unfortunately, I had a bit of […]


Over Washer Dryer Storage Idea: Mount a Hutch Top to the Wall!

When I was first working out how to make over our laundry room on a $100 budget, the largest dilemma was over washer dryer storage.  I love the clean look of wall cabinets with a hanging rod, so I went to Facebook Marketplace in search of an affordable kitchen cabinet […]


Vintage Chic Bathroom Remodel, One Room Challenge Reveal

Yay, Its reveal time for the One Room Challenge, and I am the biggest procrastinator…as usual! We have been 90 percent finished this bathroom for weeks. Here I am, putting on the finishing touches and writing about it…at the last minute! But, this year has been exhausting! I think we […]


Farmhouse Chic Bathroom Remodel, One Room Challenge Week 1

I am so excited to complete this bathroom remodel as part of the One Room Challenge! If you are hopping over from the ORC blog, Welcome! I’m Joy, just an average girl… creating a beautiful home on a budget, hoping to help others do the same! We have been saving […]


$100 Laundry Room Makeover DIY, Vintage Chic Laundry Room on A Budget

Yay! It is reveal day, and I am ecstatic. This month, a couple dozen talented bloggers completely transformed a room in their home for just $100. I love this challenge; it is such a fun way to get the creativity flowing. It is fulfilling and inspiring to see these beautiful […]


Welcome to Our (Tiny) Laundry Room, $100 Room Challenge

Today is the start of another $100 room challenge, and I am so excited to be participating in this month’s makeover! Erin over at Lemons Lavender and Laundry created this challenge. It is simple, yet SO powerful! Pick one room, and give it a transformation with just one month, and […]


Old Wooden Ladder Shelf, Simple Upcycled Ladder Idea

When we moved into our home, we found this old fashioned, somewhat rickety wooden ladder in our basement. So, what can we do with an old wooden ladder? At first, Jason used the ladder as a makeshift storage area to hang his Army uniforms in the basement. Once we made […]