Design a New Kitchen Island for a Budget-Friendly Update

Kitchen island update with brown-tone stain and green surrounding cabinets

Replacing your kitchen island is a great way to give your whole kitchen an updated look. Design a new kitchen island for maximum function and new storage. Rethinking the kitchen layout We recently replaced our kitchen island, but we reused the existing island. Let me explain. Our 90s kitchen came with a kitchen desk. The […]

DIY Christmas Gift Tags Made From Wrapping Paper

DIY Christmas gift tags attached to gifts

Why buy gift tags when you can create these DIY Christmas gift tags to match your wrapping paper for a beautiful presentation under your tree? When I decided to wrap my gifts this year on a very cold and rainy day, I realized I didn’t have any gift tags that coordinated with my wrapping paper. […]

DIY Cordless Roman Shades

DIY cordless roman shade using mini blind hack

You can create custom-looking DIY cordless Roman shades with basic sewing skills and a mini-blind hack. Roman shades offer a convenient solution for tricky window situations. Because they only take the space of the window itself, they are good for small areas where drapes might be in the way. They also offer a great way […]

Upcycled Buffet Lamps

Upcycled buffet lamp shown on sideboard

With a little paint and some Rub ‘n Buff, these buffet lamps became the perfect addition to my antique sideboard. I recently replaced my beloved hutch with an antique sideboard in my dining room. The hutch covered most of the wall and didn’t allow the new wallpaper to show. My china filled the open shelves […]

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without a Complete Reno

Budget-friendly kitchen updates

You don’t have to gut your kitchen to achieve an updated look.  Full-blown kitchen renovations are expensive and messy to live through. Sometimes a gut-job is the only option, but if your cabinets are in decent shape, and you’re happy with the basic layout of your kitchen, there are options to update without a complete […]

How to Make a Simple Lined Curtain Panel

Table at window in cottage room with homemade curtains at the window

Sew a simple lined curtain panel that is the basis for a variety of styles The right curtains can make a room! They can be the star and set the tone for the space or they can serve as a backdrop to bring elements in the room together. You might choose a beautiful vintage floral […]

Refresh a Wrought Iron Table with a Faux Marble Top

Wrought iron table with faux marble top on deck

Restore a rusted wrought iron table base to it’s original beauty and add elegance with a new “marble” top If the term faux painting conjures images of rooms full of sponged walls stenciled with cute floral or fruit-themed borders ala the 1980s and early 90s, put away those leg warmers and flat iron that over-permed […]

Curating and Hanging a Vintage Gallery Wall

Framed vintage art on a gallery wall

How to combine thrifted, found and purchased frames and art to create a vintage gallery wall that looks collected and intentional Gallery walls are popular because they can provide an interesting and beautiful way to fill a large space. While there are no hard and fast rules for hanging them, gallery walls will appear intentional […]

Pouf Up Your Macramé Pouf

How to add stuffing to your macramé pouf for a like-new shape and improved function This pouf had lost its puff. It had been pulling double duty as a footrest and extra seating way  back when we were able to have so many guests in our house that someone had to sit on a pouf. […]

Quick and Budget Friendly Chandelier Update

How to use inexpensive materials to give your outdated chandelier a new look . . . and a bonus budget-friendly, but not-so-quick option This chandelier has great curves, but she’s not accessorized very well. The dated globes are heavy and dark. I thought I could give her an update by simply removing the globes, but, […]