Recent DIY makeovers and projects

August 02, 2013

First up last month I shared how I tackled my first true floating shelves:

DIY floating shelves

These are great storage for some of the Bub’s Lego sets – I love having them on display but these also get them out of the way.

Next I shared the details on the powder room redo:

ikea hemnes vanity

I covered the sources and details for everything in the room, so if you had questions on anything it should be answered there!

I did a little organizing (and prettifying) in the dining room – those skinny little cabinets hold a TON of stuff:

dining room organization built ins

I’m so glad I decided to incorporate that closed storage in the built ins!

I shared more about our latest RV trip and the little cabin in the woods that we stayed in:

cabin in woods

Many of you asked the name of the cabins/RV park and it’s called Neshonoc Lakeside in LaCrosse Wisconsin. :)

Next up I showed you a FUN new DIY product – painters tape that comes in shapes!:

chevron painters tape

This is the first chevron in our house and it may be the last. We’ll see – I’m still not hooked. I do like this little touch of it though. It’s staying for awhile at least!

Next up I hope to use the wave version of the shape tape. ;)

I shared my plan for our mud room redo in this post, including some lovely inspiration pics:

white mud room wood floors


I was busy working on our master bedroom in July and I shared more about our new bed here and the how-to on the tufted headboard here:

DIY tufted headboard

I’ve made a few more changes in there since and I’m SO pleased with how the room is coming together! Our bed is still my favorite part. ;)

Last week I shared the ways I deal when cash is low. I’ve learned over the years it’s a horrible feeling and I’ve always had a few tried and true methods to keep my spirits up:

cleaning out the car I loved your thoughts too – there were some great ideas in the comments!

This week I shared how I’m not killing my hydrangeas anymore: how to grow hydrangeas

I’ve made a concentrated effort to learn more about them and it’s paid off!

So I’m excited about August! This month I’ve decided to do another “no spend” month. I first did this a couple summers ago and actually quite enjoyed it! I have so many projects that need to be finished up, so many spots that need decluttering, and I just enjoy trying to work with what we already have.

So this month I won’t spend any cash on DIY or decorating projects. I have one that we’ve scheduled that will probably happen, more on that later. But otherwise I hope to stick to only what we’ve got! I hope you’ll be inspired!

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  1. What a great idea to have a no-spend month! I think I'm going to do this, too! I think it would be fun to not spend anything on DIY/Craft projects and finish up some things around the house. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love when I have no spend months. It really is amazing what you can do with what you already have. Enjoy Haven and NKOTB. I saw NKOTB in DC in June and it was a lot of fun. Watch out for Donnie making out with random audience

  3. You have accomplished quite a lot already this summer. Love the idea of a no-spend month! Hope you are having a grand time at Haven!

  4. We just decided to do a "no spend" August too. Small world! Hope you have as much fun at this concert as the last one. :)

  5. I loved your no spend month posts last time! Thank you for bringing it back! It inspires me. :-)

  6. Going to check out that no-spend month to see what you've done! And looking forward to this month, sounds like fun.

  7. I actually love the chevron wastebasket! It's a really bold pattern, so I like how you toned the paint down by making it appear worn... not too much but just enough.

  8. I know you are having so much fun!! These are all great July posts. I had fun catching up. I can't figure out what color that is you finally settled on in your totally gorgeous powder room? Analytical Grey? Agreeable gray? it looks more tan on my screen. Just wondering - I mean rhetorical question: Can you even think about ever moving to a new house and leaving all this amazing work you have done??

  9. "Step by step... oooh babyy..." - You are going to have a blast! And right after Haven? I'm jealous.

    I think that a no-spend month sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see how you do it!

    Also, love your floating shelves. I want them! :)

  10. Such treasures are collected during our travel.


  11. You really accomplised so much in July. I wish I was that productive last month

  12. I really appreciated the wastebasket too. I think I am going to try something with the Chevron pattern just as a nod to what's trending. Anyway, I'm enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Where did you get the bedding? I love it!

  14. Ohhhh yeah. I just read this post and hey! I'm doing a spend-no-more-than-$5 August and getting around to a bunch of things I already had on hand, or getting creative with new projects with stuff from my stash. It really is a good idea.


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