Category Archives: Repurposing

Blissfully Bohemian Bedroom Makeover

There isn’t much that rivals the feeling of completing a room makeover. That feeling of relief, contentment, and accomplishment once everything is all set in place… priceless.

Of course, if you also have Multiple Project Personality, then you’ve already started a new project before finishing your grand makeover. (See Diary of a Home Office Makeover for more info on that.)

salmon Shrimp Toast pink rose gold silver champagne ivory cream white bohemian beachy shabby chic romantic decor accent wall bedroom makeover by The DIY Homegirl

Nevertheless, I’m pleased to announce my beachy bohemian bedroom makeover is finally done. Continue reading to check it out!

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Get Your Color On! Purple

Welcome to the latest edition of Get Your Color On!, my series that includes tips and examples in which you can decorate with a specific color. This month, I am featuring my product picks and other bloggers’ examples/projects with a color not commonly used in decor: purple.

purple radiant orchid lavender lilac violet fuchsia plum aubergine decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The DIY Homegirl

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Create a Unique Jewelry Organizer by Repurposing a Basket

Does inspiration ever strike you at a time that’s seemingly random?

One of my favorite pastimes is window shopping trips at consignment and thrift stores. Even if I have no intentions of buying anything, I like to check out the merch and see if anything inspires me. It’s a great way to spark the creative process.

On this shopping trip, I bought a wicker basket to use for storage. However, the idea came to me to instead use it for organizing my jewelry. This DIY organizer also serves as decor if your jewelry adds to the essence of your room.

DIY natural jewelry earring display organizer storage made with wicker basket repurposing cottage shabby chic bohemian bedroom decor thrift The DIY Homegirl

Continue reading to find out how you can also transform a basket into a jewelry organizer.

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Rainbow Roundup: DIY Crafts, Fashion and Party Ideas

This post is dedicated to my mother, who helped teach me of the importance of being an LGBT ally through her volunteer work with students. I miss you, Mom, and am thankful for your inspiration.

Ah, rainbows— while I know they’re just a scientific phenomenon, the sight of them always makes me smile.

This month, you’re sure to see lots of rainbows and not just because of the weather. June is LGBT Pride Month and many cities plan their Pride parades during this month. Pride Month has actually been a tradition that became nationally recognized 14 years ago, but I just learned of it this week.

So to help you celebrate the Pride festivities (or maybe you just love rainbows), check out this roundup of DIY rainbow crafts and projects after the jump!

DIY Rainbow Roundup by The DIY Homegirl LGBT Pride heart paper garland drinks layer cake fruit kabobs tie dye shorts glitter shoes button iphone case jello shots

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Living in a White Box: How to Create a Container Garden

Here in northwest Ohio, we’re overjoyed that it is finally spring! After an odd winter, seeing green pop back into the world feels so wonderful. Spring also signifies the start of the gardening season.

If you live in apartment or other rented home, chances are, you aren’t able to plant a garden right into the ground. No worries though, because you can still spiff up your outdoor space by planting a container garden. Continue reading to learn my tips on how you can still enjoy gardening in your rented home.

Living in a White Box decorating 7 tips on how to create balcony patio container garden by The DIY Homegirl

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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.

5 Tips for Creating an Inexpensive Gallery Wall by The DIY Homegirl

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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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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.

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Contact Paper Spice Jar Labels paint contact paper spice jars repurposing removable

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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Living in a White Box: Mini-Blind Madness

Welcome to my blog series, Living in a White Box! This series is all about how to make the most out of your rental home, AKA the “white box.” Many of us who rent cannot make changes like home-owners can, which makes it challenging to put a personal stamp on our space.

Today’s post is all about Mini-Blind Madness. This disease affects those of us who rent homes that come with mini-blinds, those of us who select blinds to save money, and those of us who use settle with mini-blinds because we lack inspiration. Symptoms of Mini-Blind Madness include frustration, boredom, and compulsive usage of mini-blinds for every window of the home.

Living in a White Box Mini Blind Madness decorating tips windows curtains blinds rods apartments rentals

Thankfully, there is a cure. Read along for inspiring methods you can use to treat Mini-Blind Madness plus tutorials on how to rid your home of this disease.

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