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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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From Country to Craftsman: Planning a Kitchen Makeover

From my teenage years on up, my friends would enlist me to redecorate their rooms. Most times this just involved rearranging furniture, reorganizing, and reusing items they already had. But I loved helping them breathe new life into their space and relished each opportunity.

Fast forward to today, where I’m manifesting those passions into becoming an interior designer (back to school next year!). When my parents asked for my help in making over their outdated country kitchen, I was glad to assist. This is the first large-scale makeover I’ve been a part of, so I’m quite excited.

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Continue reading for details on how we came about this plan and the items we’ll use to create a stylish yet comfy kitchen.

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Me Pick a Paint Color for My Dining Table

Your mission, Mr./Mrs. Blog Reader, should you choose to accept it, is to help me select a paint color for my dining table.

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Am I the only one who has immense indecision when trying to pick colors?! That’s why I need your help!

I have a vacation that starts in one week—what better time to work on my blog and tackle a furniture painting project. Last year, I painted my vintage tanker desk a lovely teal; this year, I will be painting a pedestal table top (a far easier project!).

Continue reading after the jump for more info to consider for the color and to check out pics of my adjoining rooms.

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Plain Jane Wall Mirror 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.

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Check out what cooking utensils I repurposed for this makeover after the jump!

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Reinvent a Favorite Image: DIY Distressed Art Tutorial

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!)DIY Distressed Poster Art Tutorial thumbnail canvas magazine photo image print cardinal patina texture Mod Podge paint sandpaper decor accessory deckle edge

Find out how you can easily reinvent a favorite poster, print, or even a magazine photo with my tutorial after the jump. Continue reading

UPDATE: Contact Paper Kitchen Makeover

Last year, I did a cheap makeover of my rental kitchen. The most dramatic portion of that makeover was updating the kitchen by using white contact paper on the cabinets and drawer fronts:

Previous Kitchen Makeover with Contact Paper Before and After rental apartment cabinets drawers cupboards

The biggest reason for using the contact paper was to balance out the funky colored/patterned counters. It also really opened up the space and modernized it. Even the maintenance guy was impressed!

Two months ago, I moved and finally had to remove the contact paper. So how did that work? Continue reading for my final analysis of the project.

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My Perfectly Pink Balcony Makeover

A few months ago, I decided to re-decorate my outdoor space with a new color scheme: pink. pink coral salmon red black white patio balcony outdoor space makeover container garden flamingo tropical Indian brick   patio chair folding table painted tray henna candles votives lantern sisal rope coasters mandevilla duck canvas fabric paint box cushion cover envelope pillow cover quatrefoil

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.

Read along to find out how I achieved the perfect shade of pink for my brick balcony, check out my new container garden, and how I coordinated everything with a tropical and India-inspired style.

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How To Give Your Bedroom a Mini-Makeover

What do you do when you’re itching to change up your bedroom but are limited on time and/or money? Give the bedroom a mini-makeover.

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My bedroom previously experienced a major makeover, but I decided to give my new bedroom a mini-makeover after recently moving. Even the smallest updates make a difference and help refresh the energy in a space. Continue reading to learn my tips for giving your room a mini-makeover & to check out my new and improved bedroom…

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Entryway Makeover: Before and After

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My entryway desperately needed a makeover. My apartment doesn’t have an entrance that is distinct from the rest of my space, so the entrance had to be done over in a way that made it shine, yet still felt airy and light. It also needed to be functional and organized.

Continue reading to see what I used to create this clean, simple entryway makeover.

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Work in Progress: IKEA Rast Dresser Makeover

Note to self: cut yourself off from painting anything with drawers. Seriously. If you hear me talking about another dresser or desk to make over with paint, contact me, stat.

I started this project of painting two IKEA Rast dressers about a month ago. Almost every piece of furniture I’ve made with over with paint has had drawers.

Drawers=more planes=more sanding=more painting=more work=less fun.

Here’s a close-up shot of them so far:

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My weapons of choice: Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Sterling (flat), Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in White (flat), Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss.

This round of furniture painting has taught me a few lessons. Continue reading after the jump to see what I’ve learned through this process.

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