5 Tips for Creating an Inexpensive Gallery Wall

A minimalist I will never be. The more to look at, the happier I am. That’s why I finally decided to create a long, L-shaped gallery wall in my living room.

Gallery walls are a great way to infuse uniqueness, art, and photos into a room. However, buying all the components can be a pain in the wallet. Read along for my tips on how to save money on your gallery wall and to see what I used to decorate mine.

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Mood Board: Coastal Bohemian Bedroom

Maybe the planets are out of alignment. Maybe it’s because of the seemingly endless winter we’ve experienced here. Something is off.

I’m considering decorating my bedroom in pink.

Because I realize how out of character this is for me, I’m treading carefully. Before slapping a rosy shade of paint on the walls, I decided to make a mood board first. Come check out more of this mood board and the rooms that inspired me after the jump.

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Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

Are you a student who doesn’t have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person?

One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it’s easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each.

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Making Monday Link Party

Welcome to the fabulous Making Monday Party!  This is the first link party that I’ve (co-) hosted! I’ve considered starting a link party, so I figured this would be a great warm-up. I hope you’ll join in the fun and link up your wonderful creativity!

 

This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you’re here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we’d love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
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We are officially starting off the co-hosting, better than ever Making Monday party! We have a fabulous list of members of the Making Monday family lined up to share with y’all all the way until JULY! If you are interested in joining this awesome group of people send us an email and we would love to have you be apart of it.This week our first co-host is Angela Conley of The DIY Homegirl!This DIY Rope Side Table is awesome! This piece is perfect for this spring and adding some fun to your new decor, or even a porch/patio!Be sure to check out The DIY Homegirl with all her social media and our Pinterest board to check out what Angela has found inspirational :)

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Lori has been busy, but not to busy to stop her Saturday tradition of Home Made Pizza. Check out this new idea she tried last week, Mustard Tomato Pie (Pizza).

I’ve been enjoying these spring days. Reed and I have ton of work that we are trying to get done in the yard, and we had a FABULOUS Saturday last week which included this new Drop Cloth, Rit Dyed Cushion.  

 

Here are the features from last week’s party chosen by Gracie~

This week we have some awesome cheap ideas to add some color to your life!1. Have some fun with Nail Polish Marbling like Sonnet from My Crafty Spot.
2. Lets get those spring flowers ready with some DIY Miracle Grow by The Lady Prefers to Save
3. And spruce up that kitchen with these Free Kitchen Printables from The Happy Housie
If you are one of our features PLEASE grab a button and share it on your blog!

 

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And don’t forget if you didn’t make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!

 

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Apartment Kitchen Makeover

When I moved into my new place in December, I had to set a gameplan for decorating. Having a blank canvas to decorate is both exhilarating and overwhelming! My plan was to decorate the rooms I use the most first. First up were my office and living room. Once I tackled those, I got to work on my kitchen.

It seems like the kitchen would be a pretty easy room to decorate, right? Just a few accessories and textiles? Not if you had my kitchen. Read along to find out what obstacles I met in my rental kitchen and how I overcame them.

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Get Your Color On! Pink

Come on, spring! If you’re in the Great Lakes area like myself, you’re also probably chomping at the bit for some spring weather. While we can’t change mother nature’s timing, we can start welcoming spring inside our homes.

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Read along to learn ways you can infuse spring into your decor with a color I associate with this season: pink. Check out DIY tutorials, inspiration, and my picks for decorating with this color. From blush to cotton candy to neon, you’re sure to find a way to enhance your space with pink.

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How to Make Over a Room with an Accent Wall… Plus My Living Room Makeover

One of the things I love about my apartment is that I can paint the walls. This is the first home in which I’ve had this freedom. Granted, I have to paint the walls back before I move, but it’s a small price to pay for a large, luscious expanse of color.

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When I first moved in, I wanted to paint every room! But when I considered the cost, time, and effort it would take to paint (and paint back when I’d move down the road), that dream got a little smaller.

No worries, I came up with a compromise: paint an accent wall in only one room. I chose my living room, since this is the largest room and would benefit the most from some color.

Continue reading to find out how I transformed my living room with an accent wall and my tips on how you can do the same.
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How to Make Chalkboard Labels and Stickers

You guys should know something. I love contact paper & shelf liner. It’s cheap, removable, and allows you to transform your decor easily.

So it should be no surprise that I’ve done yet another repurposing project with contact paper: DIY chalkboard stickers/labels. This chalkboard project is unique because the labels are removable, making it easy to wash or re-use the surface you apply them to.

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I created these labels to help organize my kitchen (namely my spice collection) but you could also use this tutorial for other chalkboard projects. Read along to find out how you can make these easy labels to help organize your home.

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How to Make Over Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Paint

how to make over kitchen cabinets without paint diy faux grasscloth burlap shelf liner rental apartment The DIY Homegirl tutorialWhen I moved into my new apartment, I was told I could paint the kitchen cabinets as long as I used a neutral color. At first, I thought this was pretty cool of the landlord and started visualizing a crisp white or a light, cool gray… something to really open up the small space.

But when I asked if they’d take some money off the rent for doing this, they said no. :( Dang. In spite of this, would all the work of painting still be worth it? And that answer was also no. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So I then set out to find a Plan B for revamping over these fugly two-toned cabinets. Read along to see what I ended up using to give my kitchen a cheap yet impressive makeover and how easy it is for you to do the same.

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