Confession: I used to think trays were an unnecessary part of decor. Unless they were truly used to carry items, I saw them as impractical. But when I created a tray for my last bedroom makeover, I became a convert. I discovered trays are much more practical than I’d once thought and I now have four in my home.
Trays are a wonderful decor item as they help corral loose items and can be used to showcase other decor, like part of a vignette. My main purpose in creating one was to add color and pattern that complements my living room makeover.
Read along to check out how I created my tray and how you can do the same!
NOTE: In updating my site to reflect my new name, The DIY Homegirl, this post gave me some wackiness while editing. So I had to repost this as a brand new blog. This makeover was done in 2011, but it’s still pretty fly!
Completing my kitchen’s decor has been an ongoing project for quite some time now. I actually tried out a few different color schemes before deciding a mostly white palette would be best. And boy, was it.
I won’t lie, this makeover was a challenge because I live in an apartment and can’t alter the cabinetry. But I did find a way to visually alter the cabinets without doing any harm. Find out how I completed this kitchen makeover after the jump.
Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.
Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.
Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.
My inspiration for this makeover was my fantasy bathroom: a relaxing oasis, complete with an outdoor shower, nestled deep on a tropical island. In this getaway, I would be surrounded by lush foliage and warm bamboo.
My other goal for the bathroom makeover was to do this as cheaply as possible. This meant using accessories from my closet stash, making over existing items, and using thrift store items. I’m proud to say I spent less than $150 for everything.
Read along to see how my bathroom went from Ohio to Oahu in this island-inspired makeover.
My island bathroom makeover is in its final lap of completion! I’m currently painting some artwork to coordinate with the tropical theme, so be on the lookout for a super before and after post soon.
In the meantime, I’d like to share the most extensive part of the makeover: revamping a ho-hum, cheapo wall mirror. You can buy these mirrors in any department store or could even score one in a thrift store for less money.
Check out what cooking utensils I repurposed for this makeover after the jump!
Has a smell or odor popped up in your home from seemingly nowhere? Recently, I noticed this funk coming from my bathroom… but I assure you it wasn’t anything bathroom-related.
One night I came home to this sour, metallic odor from the bathroom. Pretty weird combination, right? Because of how it smelled, I assumed something had gone wacky with the plumbing. Even though everything was still working properly, the smell wouldn’t go away.
I tried everything to mask the odor. No bueno. I sniffed around various spots in the bathroom—the sink, toilet, or shower. Still nothing. One day, something told me to smell the bathmat, and that’s where I found my mystery odor.
Continue reading to see learn more about my latest DIY fail— a wood bathmat.
This project was created while pondering ways to “save” a favorite poster. I haven’t used this poster in a while because I grew tired of the frame I’d been using. The frame was really cheap and didn’t even frame the print properly. So I rolled up the poster and tossed into my decor arsenal closet.
Finally, I came up with an idea on how to give it a new life: distress it and attach it to a canvas. Before embarking on this project with the poster, I tested it out with a magazine photo. (My favorite poster is in the final stages of this makeover, so stay tuned!)
Find out how you can easily reinvent a favorite poster, print, or even a magazine photo with my tutorial after the jump. Continue reading →
This makeover had to be done with just the right shades of pink that would coordinate with the brick walls of my balcony. Pink can be a tricky color to decorate with in an adult space. Ironically, my muse for this makeover was my favorite animal as a child: the flamingo.
I really dig sunbursts, but have stayed away from making my own because it’s been such a popular DIY project. Sometimes I’m a rebel like that, not doing something just because it’s trendy.
One day, while pondering ways to re-use some dried leaves, it hit me that the leaves would look great fanned outward—and so the natural sunburst idea was born. I really love this project because it’s not your typical sunburst creation & because I’ve been on a kick with DIY rope decor projects lately.
This sunburst is very easy to make and involves repurposing some rope and dried leaves. Its natural aesthetic will complement many decor styles, from tropical to shabby chic. Find out how to make this natural sunburst after the jump.
Creating a sacred space for myself has been in the books for some time now, but due to moving, it got pushed back. And I’ve also been slacking on my meditation practice. But not anymore, thanks to this lovely area I carved out in my new bedroom.
Read along to learn how I created this and the symbolism of the elements I chose.