Make your house a home by maintaining it and decorating it on a budget. Learn how to fix-it-yourself (or give up and get a good deal on a professional when necessary)!

Create a poster-sized picture frame for $7

You can easily elevate the look of a poster by putting it in a poster-sized picture frame. But picture frames that size are so expensive. What’s a person to do? DIY, of course. đŸ˜‰ My husband got some free posters from a few Sporting KC soccer games a few years ago. They had been rolled up and stacked in the guest bedroom closet for a long time when I discovered them. No joke, my husband is a crazy huge Sporting…

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Create a keepsake Christmas card ornament

Make a keepsake ornament out of your Christmas cards

This Christmas card ornament will solve your Christmas card pile troubles in the most wonderful way. Every year, we get loads of Christmas cards in the mail. It’s truly one of my favorite things to receive these from friends and family! I even put them all on display in our open kitchen so I can see them and add a festive feel throughout the holidays. But then, when the holidays are over and it’s time to take everything down, I…

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Transform Your Bathroom with Paint

Transform Your Bathroom with Only Paint

You can completely change the entire look of a room in your home simply by changing the paint on the walls. Conveniently, it’s also one of the cheapest things you can do to change up the look of your home! In fact, painting a room can often be just a weekend project! I was visiting a good friend over Labor Day weekend. She had moved out of state about a year ago and I was finally getting a chance to…

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Make your own farmhouse table - part 2

Make Your Own Farmhouse Table for $75 – Part 2: Finishing the wood

So you now have a farmhouse table with unfinished wood. (If you don’t and want to make your own, get instructions here. Or if you have any project with unfinished wood, read on for simple instructions to finish it.) That table wood definitely needs to be finished before use. Otherwise, you’re going to stain or scratch the table with things that you did not want to stain and scratch it with. Like food, crayons, water rings, milk, any liquids soaking…

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Skip the plumber and easily replace your tub spout on the cheap

When you’re trying to save a little cash and keep on a budget each month, you find ways to maintain your home in frugal ways. For example, I had never replaced a tub spout before, but by golly, I was going to try it- and it turned out to be so easy! Everyone should be doing this themselves. We went quite a few months with our tub spout’s diverter stuck in the shower position. We tried using CLR a few…

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Safely remove black mold

Safely remove black mold from your subfloor

I recently replaced the flooring in my parent’s master bathroom without any prior experience. If you’d like to read how that went, you can find the details here: Installing peel-and-stick vinyl tile in bathroom Since the first bathroom went so well, my parents wanted me to replace the flooring in their guest bathroom too. Of course, every project is a little different and this was no exception. I used a utility knife and flat head screw driver to remove the wood…

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restore a rusty metal bathroom shelf

Restore a Rusty Metal Bathroom Shelf for $5

This project idea was hatched when we had to remove the metal bathroom shelf above the toilet to prepare for installing new flooring in my parents’ bathroom. By doing so, it became clear that the silver metal had seen better days. The bathroom shelf was really rusted in places, especially along the shelf poles. In all honesty, it looked like it needed to be thrown away and replaced.  However, it’s not unusual for an over-the-toilet metal shelf unit to cost…

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5 steps to remove old linoleum

5 Steps to Remove Old Linoleum from Your Bathroom Floor

Is the flooring in your bathroom old, outdated, and showing wear and tear? Is it peeling up from the floor, bubbling from water moisture, or stained? Do you dream of getting new flooring but can’t justify paying thousands to get it done professionally? Then I have good news for you. Because this is another project that you can totally do yourself, and while sticking to a small budget. We’re talking less than $100/bathroom, depending on the size. From start to…

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