When you do what I do, part two!

October 28, 2016

So I've been at this blogging thing for nine and a half years now and it makes me SO happy when my readers take the time to email me a nice note or thank you. It really means the world to me. I especially love when some of you send me photos of projects in your home that I've inspired. It is a thrill to see so many of you making your home yours and I get giddy seeing your results.

I like to share some of these occasionally and today is one of those days. I'm blown away by your talent! Mary sent me photos of her kitchen -- she was inspired by ours and shared this before photo (I think our kitchen had that some wallpaper when I was a kid!):
kitchen reno before wallpaper

The after is so dramatic -- just gorgeous!: 
dark tile that looks like wood

Can you believe that floor is tile? I've seen this stuff before but never seen it look quite so real. That's amazing. Of course I love her light gray planked backsplash, pretty cabinets, beautiful vent hood and those lights...she knocked this room out of the park! 

I loved this area with the long breakfast bar as well, what a great idea: 
built in breakfast bar

I can't get over those floors! Thank you for sharing these Mary!

Holly in Washington shared this wall of built ins that ours inspired: 
wall of bookcases with desk

Her's was a family affair too -- her father and brother-in-law helped out. I LOVE that she incorporated a desk into this wall!

Kate was inspired by our built ins as well and look what they created!:
large wall of built ins with desk

Look at all that custom storage! Love! This one has two desks -- the combination of function and form always makes me happy. 

Michael in Arizona sent me photos of his awesome built in project too. They had this niche that so many newer homes have: 
what to do with large entertainment niche

Those are difficult to fill up sometimes, right? Well just look what he created in that area!: 
built ins in large niche

Doesn't it look like it was always supposed to be there? He did an amazing job on this, I'm so impressed. 

Stephen and Samantha had a long wall in their dining area that was a perfect spot for a wall of bookcases: 
dining room wall of built ins

See how well these work with a table? I always say we could easily add a dining table back into our library and it would look lovely. 

And last but not least, Stacey sent me the before of her living room:
living room before

And the gorgeous after!:
DIY wall of built ins

She hadn't had time to decorate them just yet when she sent the photo but goodness it is so warm and cozy even without accessories and books -- I love this room! 

Aren't these awesome? You all blow me away with what you create! I am so honored that I've inspired so many of you. It's a pretty amazing thing. If you've tackled a project that was inspired in part by something I've shared, I would LOVE to see it. Send me pics and I'll share them here sometime in the future. 

You can see my DIY kitchen renovation and all of the projects here
two toned kitchen renovation

And the DIY bookcases in our library (formerly the dining room) with links here
Thrifty Decor Chick DIY built ins 

Have a great weekend my friends! 

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  1. Thank you for posting these inspiring projects by readers! My new stainless steel range is sitting in the garage and I am planning a coffee station to the right of it that uses your wooden shelf and iron bracket idea. I love that look for contrast with our sleek new range.

  2. Oh, I totally didn't think of adding the desk into the wall of shelves. I SO need to do this in my office. Thank you!!

  3. Wow. Those are some fabulous transformations. I know so many can relate to you as you keep things real and for the most part a budget. And, one of my favorite restaurants here in Atlanta has bookshelves filled to the brim with books in the dining area. So warm and inviting.

  4. Do you know what tile Mary used on the floors in her kitchen? They looked like wood floors to me.

  5. I want to know more about Mary's floors. Details of brand, style, etc would be great. it's beautiful!

  6. I would love to know what color of grey that Mary used on her contrast wall.

  7. i love your blog and home but the main thing that I have been encouraged to do is to tackle projects in stages. I've always stalled because I couldn't start until I had everything in place - time, money, materials etc. But just this week I stripped wallpaper off just one wall in my lounge. I have wanted to redecorate for over a year now but kept putting it off until I saw your loft space makeover. I realised that I didn't have to turn the whole house upside down but could simply do one wall at a time. So thank you for helping me get over my all or nothing mentality. X

  8. So often I stalk your projects, but don't take the time to comment. You have such talent......and energy. I'm not sure you even realize how much you inspire others. THANK you!


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