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We've teamed up with True Value DIY Squad members to share their home improvement know-how, creative painting techniques and experience through these helpful DIY tutorials. Read through their ideas, tips and inspiration to help you tackle your own projects.

Apr
1
2015

Create Your Own Wall Art

I think this is the easiest yet most ‘wow factor’ project that I have tackled for the True Value DIY Squad. As an interior decorator I go into a lot of people’s homes, and one common trend that I see is a big problem with artwork. Either a home owner has nothing up on the wall or they have bad artwork reproductions on the wall that were picked up at big box retailer. Artwork is a wonderful thing, and it should be personal to the home owner. It's a great way to show people what you love and your style. The main problem clients have with artwork is that it can be a high ticket purchase and people tend to get shy with actually making the purchase when it's something that's purely decorative and not a piece of furniture that they can utilize.

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Apr
1
2015

Fountain Refurbish for Spring

Many years ago I purchased a froggy fountain while attending a garden festival. I had never really liked the bluish-black color of the fountain, but he was just too cute to leave behind that day.

Over the years, I've used him outdoors for summer parties on the deck. Occasionally after a party, I would leave him out for a week or two to enjoy before tucking him away for the next party.

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Apr
1
2015

DIY Industrial Hanging Pots

Hi! It's Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers! Since the New Year I've been busy working on our new family room (you can see peeks of it here), and I'm finally in the stage of pulling all the little details together and filling blank wall space. During our inspection we learned that there are several pipes running behind one of the walls in our family room and were advised not to hang anything on the walls in that section. Eeek! If I can't hang anything what do I do? So I decided to hang something from the ceiling!

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Mar
2
2015

How to Start a Spring Herb Garden

Hi there! Kimberly from A Night Owl here, sharing some tips on how to start your own Spring Herb Garden!

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Mar
2
2015

10 Cleaning Tips For People Who Don’t Have Time To Clean

Wonder what brought about the term spring cleaning? I guess it is a way for us to get rid of all the cobwebs that winter brought…open the windows…smell actual fresh air and get back outside. There is this renewed feeling when you see the grass starting to grow again and the flowers start to bloom. It's a time to clean up and get on living and come out of winter hibernation. I thought it would be a good idea to give some quick tips that might make your spring cleaning that much easier so that you can get on with life that much quicker. I think the key to spring cleaning, like anything else, is to enter it with the right mindset. Be in a good mood and ready to work and when you're done you will feel that much better and ready to tackle anything! I am also attaching a handy printable that you can use as a great reference throughout the spring season. 10 things to do in 10 minutes that will keep your house neat and tidy and make deep cleaning that much easier. When you can stay on top of things you end up spending less time cleaning which is always a good thing!

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Mar
2
2015

DIY Dresser Revamp

Years ago, in what seems like another life, I worked in a buying office for a big home goods store based out of New York. Along with carrying items like bedding, towels and dishes they also carried bigger items like bedroom furniture. It was the time of the bedroom set, so when Jon and I first moved in together we used my discount to pick one up. It came with the bed, two nightstands and a dresser. Slowly the set has been dismantled and the only thing left in my bedroom was the dresser. It was expensive and well made so I always felt bad getting rid of it, but it wasn't my style anymore. I knew I needed to update it in order to be happy, and as I was walking the aisles of True Value I had an aha moment and knew exactly how I could update it.

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Mar
2
2015

Prepping Your Spring Garden

This time of year I start dreaming of the beauty of spring. The anticipation of being outdoors back in the garden really helps get me through the last bit of grey, dreary weather.

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Feb
4
2015

Beadboard And Bathroom Hooks

Hey everyone! Allison here, from House of Hepworths. Today I'm going to share a DIY project with you showcasing how to make a space more functional while updating the aesthetic value as well. One of our bathrooms doubles as a bathroom for our daughter and for guests, so we wanted to make the room more useful. To do so, we decided to add a row of hooks along the wall to hang up bath and beach towels, robes, and the like. This will be especially beneficial for about 9 months out of the year here in Texas, when it's usually nice enough outside to take a dip in the pool.

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Feb
4
2015

Bathroom Revamp

Living in a little cape has its challenges. One of the main challenges is the teeny tiny main bathroom. It's a 4ft by 9ft space, and we have re-vamped it three times since moving in.

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Jan
6
2015

DIY Industrial Shelves

Hi there! Kimberly from A Night Owl here, sharing an easy, stylish and functional addition for your bed or bath, these DIY Industrial Style Shelves!

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Jan
6
2015

Canned Goods Storage

We are in the process of upgrading our dated and not-so-functional pantry. The old, rusted wire shelving has been replaced with wooden shelves in a more user-friendly layout. Instead of wrapping the shelving around the entire pantry, we opted to leave the back wall open and create a narrow canned goods shelving system instead.

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Jan
6
2015

Budget Friendly Style: Roll-Up Window Blinds

I like to decorate with style, but most of the time “stylish” equals “cha-ching… cha-ching”. Instead of looking at that as an obstacle to decorating, I have found that keeping an open mind can lead to budget-friendly style where you least expect it.

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Jan
6
2015

Four Tips to Design a Budget-Friendly Curated Gallery Wall

DIY blogger confession time… although I’ve been at this DIY blogger thing for over five and a half years, I’ve never done a gallery wall. They looked too tedious and expensive.

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Jan
3
2015

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Ever since we moved into our new home, I spend much less time in my kids’ rooms since we have a first-floor master. I don't really need to go upstairs much unless I'm going up to chitchat or say goodnight. The other week I was in my daughter's room and noticed her jewelry all over the place and no organization at all, and I started to get the organizing itch.

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Dec
2
2014

Painted Steel Pail Christmas Tree
Hi there! Kimberly from A Night Owl here, sharing a fun DIY for this holiday season that you can do with just a few supplies and cans of spray paint, a Painted Steel Pail Christmas Tree!

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Dec
2
2014

DIY Fire Log Holder

For me, fall means leaves crunching, apple cider sipping and fire-crackling good times. To maximize the frequency of these good times, we recently created a cozy outdoor space with some new furniture and an outdoor fireplace. It is a great spot to land at the end of a long week… grab a favorite snack and cocktail and let the weekend begin! However, a storage container of some sort was needed for all the firewood. I searched and searched and then decided to build our own. This project couldn’t be easier - basic carpentry skills is all you will need! I love it because it is a bit modern, yet rustic. We are using ours outside, but it would be a great storage idea for inside too.

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Dec
2
2014

Industrial Holiday Décor Project

Hi! It's Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers! Who is ready for the holidays? I am! I know we all get used to the traditional red and green holiday décor, but I like to do things a little differently; I'm all about the neutrals and adding a few unexpected materials. Next time you are thinking about adding a few pieces to your seasonal décor, try heading to the hardware store instead.

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Dec
2
2014

Holiday Decorating with Paint

Hey guys! It's Allison here from House of Hepworths. Today I'm going to show you how to make a festive holiday candle centerpiece. It looks really classy and was so easy to make. Anyone can make this, I promise!

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Dec
2
2014

DIY Serving Tray Makeover

I have a before and after thrift store transformation to show you – one that I used a pretty amazing product to complete. Have you ever heard about or used the epoxy resin product EnviroTex Lite? If you have, then you know what an awesome craft product it is.

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Dec
2
2014

Holiday Decorating with Spray Paint

Hi y’all, it’s Monica from Monica Wants It! The holidays are here! I always get really excited to see all the new décor out at my favorite stores… until I see the prices. Then I get really excited to recreate it at home for way less. I’m obsessed with black and gold lately, so I decided on black, white and gold as the color scheme for all the holiday décor in my home. Plus, it looks great all the way through New Year’s Eve.

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Dec
2
2014

DIY Holiday Table Setting

One of the things I really look forward to this time of year is entertaining. Nothing is better than gathering friends and family around a table to celebrate, reminiscence and create new memories.

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Nov
4
2014

How to Paint Stripes

There is nothing better than an easy update that can instantly change the entire look of a room – it’s called the power of paint. While changing a color can significantly transform a room, going one step further and adding stripes to your walls can create some sophisticated interest as well.

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Nov
4
2014

How to Paint Neutral Over Bright Walls

Do you have a room in your home that has wild, bright or dark color walls? One that needs a new color to update it? In my house I had such a room… with not one, but two tones of neon green! I bet you can tell that this was once the room of a teenager. See the blocks of tan? That was the previous wall color. Bookshelves were mounted to the walls and not moved in these spots when the walls were painted neon green. Looks kind of like a checkerboard – and a nightmare to paint over with a light color.

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Nov
4
2014

How to Grout and Seal Tile

We recently completed our boy’s bathroom renovation which included adding a tile floor. The tile floor almost didn’t happen because I was so afraid of the cleaning and maintenance aspect.  While tile is very durable, I was coming from a pretty bad experience. You see, our last bathroom had small square tiles that dated back to the 1960’s. They were very worn, and the grout in many areas had crumbled away or was terribly stained. Having two small boys added to the challenge and nightmare of cleaning it. I was ready to go the solid sheet vinyl route when I stumbled across a fantastic deal on white marble hexagon tiles. I loved their classic look, and they would give the space so much more character. But once again it was a small tile which meant lots of grout to keep clean, and it was WHITE marble. What is harder to keep clean than white marble? I talked with our contractor, and he explained that it would just require grouting and sealing it properly to ensure easy maintenance. I did a lot of research, and he was kind enough to offer up his years of experience grouting and sealing tile.

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Nov
4
2014

How to Replace a Doorbell

Recently, while sweeping leaves off the front porch, I noticed my old doorbell ringer was looking pretty sad. After 20+ years it was time to consider replacing it.

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Oct
1
2014

Make your own Chalk Paint (DIY refinished end table)

End tables are a dime a dozen at tag sales…and they are the best way to test out your painting/refinishing skills. Folks worry all the time… “What if I paint it and don’t like it!?!” but when you start out with a beat up $10 table, there should be no worries in your mind at all! Just go for it! Chalk paint is all the rage because of the weathered finish it gives to painted pieces. What I love about it is that it’s hard to mess up. There is no need to be perfect…the look you are going for is imperfect—sounds perfect right?!? (perfectly confusing??) Ok, this is how easy it is to make your own chalk paint with any latex (water based) paint that you may have lying around.

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Oct
1
2014

Outdoor Solar Lighting

Hi Everyone! It's Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, and today I'm talking about outdoor lighting. Now, I know what you are thinking, 'But, it's SO expensive' and 'But, I would have to hire someone to do the wiring!' Well, you couldn't be more wrong. Installing outdoor lighting can actually be really easy and inexpensive and still make a huge impact.

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Oct
1
2014

Exterior Home Painting

Never underestimate the power of paint. However, today I’m taking paint outside the home and writing about how to revamp exterior spaces with paint. The process is a little different than interior painting since it requires a bit more prep work, but it is even more rewarding - in my opinion - than interior painting.

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Oct
1
2014

Winterizing Garden Beds

As the days get cooler and shorter, I’m sad to have to say goodbye to my garden. This past summer has been an especially great growing season. With each year, I learn a bit more about my garden; what grows well, what to avoid and simple tips to keep it thriving. One of those tips involves properly “putting your garden to bed” for the winter. By winterizing your garden, you are ensuring a strong foundation for next year’s plantings as well as protecting the plants you already have. I know you may be tired after a long growing season of weeding and watering, and you might be wondering… “Can’t I just leave it and deal with it in the spring?” Trust me, with a few simple steps and a little sweat equity now, both you and your garden will be much happier come spring.

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Aug
23
2014

Update Bookcase with Crown Moldings

I have always been a fan of custom built-in bookcases but have been intimated by their price and the skill required to create them. However, about a year ago I enlisted the help of my father and a few other skilled family members to help me transform a few bookcases into a custom entertainment unit. I was thrilled with the results and learned that a little paint and crown molding goes a long way.

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Aug
23
2014

Garage Organization

As a household who loves to DIY projects nearly every weekend, it’s a little shameful that our garage has been a disorganized mess lately. Take a look and see for yourself.

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Aug
23
2014

Deck Maintenance

The addition of a deck is one of the most popular home improvement projects. A well-designed, well-built deck not only expands the outdoor living space of your home but increases the property value as well. Whether you choose wood or composite decking, the truth is both require some form of general maintenance to ensure a long lasting, safe, sound structure. Decks take the most abuse of any surface around the home. From heavy foot traffic to year-round sun, rain and snow, they must be maintained, protected and able to withstand constant harsh elements and abuse.

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Aug
23
2014

Fall Clean Up

Summer was a blast, but now fall is swiftly approaching. Don't forget to prepare the outside of your home and yard for the coming months by following these 5 tips:

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Aug
23
2014

Painting Your Door

I live very close to my parents, so I pop over quite a bit during the week. Every time I go to their house I'm met with this wooden door in a brick/terracotta shade that has been like this for decades!

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Aug
23
2014

Painting a Concrete Garage Floor

Hi! I'm Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, a blog where I talk about DIY tutorials, home decor, crafts and occasionally a few recipes. I'm so excited to be on the True Value DIY Squad! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get started on an easy home improvement project? Today, I'm chatting all about Painting a Concrete Garage Floor.

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Aug
23
2014

Staining Your Deck

It’s summertime, and you know what that means: we're spending a lot more time outside grilling and just relaxing on our porches and decks. When summer arrived this year, I took a good, hard look at my screened porch and decks and realized they were all badly in need of some freshening up. We had many days of heavy rains at the end of summer last year that, along with all the trees that extend over my decks, turned the decks a nice shade of green/brown. Yuck.

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Aug
2
2014

Leftover Paint Storage

If you are a homeowner and tackle DIY and home improvement projects, then I am pretty sure you have a few cans of paint hanging around in your basement or garage that are leftover from previous projects.
 

I probably have more than most people since I write about paint for a living and save all the leftovers to use for touch-ups. Plus, when I need only a small amount for a project having a stash on hand saves time. I have even been known to make my own paint colors by mixing leftovers together, creating a truly custom color.
 

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Jun
3
2014

Simple Spring Yard Clean Up

I made it through the Polar Vortex and I'm so happy that spring is here. I'm looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, spring flowers and enjoying time outdoors. I know it was a long winter when I'm also looking forward to yard work! My newly thawed optimism made me realize that the spring clean-up isn't that bad. It just requires breaking it into a series of tasks and having the right tools for the job.
 

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Apr
8
2014

Green Laundry Tips

I want to talk to you about green laundry tips. Making a few changes is not only great for Mother Earth, but even small changes can help keep more money in your wallet. I know, because I’ve been practicing these tips for years.
 

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Mar
7
2014

Updating Your Entryway

I had put this space on hold for almost a year because it has always been a very tough space to decorate and organize. I focused on finishing the other areas we were renovating, and sadly used the back door as much as possible.
 

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Feb
4
2014

Five Easy Ways to Organize Your Pantry

If you’re anything like me, the start of a new year brings the urge to purge. This year cleaning out the closets and organizing the pantry were at the top of my resolutions list. After all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, my home was starting to reach red alert status on the clutter control scale. Since my pantry is actually a main thoroughfare of traffic in and out of my home through the garage, I decided to start there first. This room is the last one we see as we head out in the morning and the first one we arrive home to every day. Being greeted by a well-organized space is much better for my mood than coming home to a cluttered, unorganized mess.
 

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Jan
7
2014

Feeding Birds in the Winter

As you're cleaning up your garden and preparing your home for the colder months, take a moment to think about your neighbors. Yes, of course, your human neighbors. But also the birds with whom you share your garden. They provide a valuable service. Many valuable services, actually. They eat insect pests. They pollinate flowers. They entertain us with their antics. And in the winter months, they could use a little help from us in the form of additional food.
 

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Jan
7
2014

Make Small Spaces Look Bigger with Color

There are many ways you can make small spaces in your home look bigger by using color. One of the most obvious ways is through paint. I love the rooms in my home to feel light and airy, so I tend to lean towards lighter neutral colors. Neutral walls are a great base for a room because no matter how many times you swap out your decor, the walls always match.
 

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Dec
3
2013

Decorate a Mantel

We all love a roaring fireplace in the cold winter months, but they are typically one of the hardest spots to decorate. It’s a focal point in a room so you want it to shine, but it can be difficult to find the right mix of decor that works well in such a small area.
 

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Nov
2
2013

Prepping Your Home for Winter

Regardless of where you live, the cooling temperatures of fall is a great reminder to start preparing your home for the unpredictable winter weather ahead. While winter preparation is not the most glamorous job, the benefits of protecting your home and investments can help lower your utility bills and provide some peace of mind for the season ahead.
 

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Oct
1
2013

Fall Garage Clean Up

Fall is my favorite time of the year – I love every season, but it is all about fall in my house. Living is good, newness is in the air – fresh starts, cooler air, the nesting feeling that makes you love your house more and want everything in ship shape comes on strong. I like to get my house in order in October and I know I am not alone since spring and fall cleaning are rituals done by many of us.
 

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Sep
3
2013

Painting a Door

My front door has been an eyesore since the day we moved in. It was sporting a flat coat of burgundy paint that was applied in a sloppy manner, so there was paint on the window panes, door knob and knocker. And there were places where the undercoat of paint was still visible. It wasn’t a great first impression when entering the house. So, I did what I always do – I painted it. First black, then a refresher coat of satin black and then I changed it to red for a photoshoot. The final coat of red paint was a disaster. With so many coats of paint along with bubbles of sap that have seeped to the surface…it was to the point where it needed to be stripped and refinished to really look good. Given the fact that you could see daylight in a few places through the door, I decided it was time to replace it. (And a better option than spending hours stripping away who-knows-how-many coats of paint!)
 

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Aug
1
2013

Great Gift Idea: Canning Jams

It's summertime! One of my favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of fresh fruits in our local grocery stores and farmers' markets. Here in Georgia, the "peach state" sweet, plump peaches are readily available this time of year. It’s been a while since I've done any canning but the thought of enjoying sweet homemade preserves all throughout the year was so enticing, I decided it was time to make like the ant, ala The Ant and the Grasshopper, and stock up for winter. It would be so much fun to surprise family and friends with a jar of homemade peach preserves this Christmas!
 

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Dec
31
2012

Chalkboard Art Wall

Today I wanted to show you how I turned the new chalkboard wallin the kitchen into a gallery wall to hold the Bub's artwork.
 

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Aug
22
2012

Late Summer Window Boxes

Well it’‹'s been the weirdest summer, weather-wise, that I can remember in a long time. It started out absolutely GORGEOUS, with lower temps and humidity – it was fantastic. And then Mother Nature went into fits and mid-summer was full of intense drought and wicked hot temps. I know many of you had the same.

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Jul
7
2012

Knockoff Sunburst Mirror

Well hello! I'm so excited to share this little DIY project with you all (y'all? Can I be southern for a moment?) Because it turned out JUST how I envisioned.
 

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Oct
21
2011

Painting My Room at Lucketts

After much patching, one coat of Satin True Value Easy Care in Owl Gray mixed at half strength on the walls and one coat of water borne semi-gloss Impervo paint in bright white on the trim, here is what it looks like...
 

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Aug
8
2011

A Rustic Table

Hello there! How was your weekend? We had a great one - guess WHAT? Stink Eye Sis got engaged!! :) So excited! So now we have a wedding to plan - how fun is that? We also continued to get some stuff done outside. Make that ME - hubby was out of town and I sweated out a third of my body weight (I WISH) and worked on some outdoor projects. Funny that the temps have "dropped" into the 80's and are a bit more bearable, but that coincided with humidity out the wazoo.
 

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Jul
11
2011

From Mossy to Beachy

Well, it's the end of July and I've just finished up my summer vignette in the foyer - welcome to my world. ;)
 

I've had most of it done for umm...weeks. Since May? There was one small detail I've been putting off all that time that I FINALLY just finished up. More on that in a smidge. I don't think I've ever really decorated with anything beach-inspired in our house...like, ever. Until now! It must have been the summer Pottery Barn catalog this year, because all of the sudden I thought that look was just lovely.
 

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Jan
1
2011

My Kitchen Counters

Before I get into my counters, I must share that progress was finally made in my half bathroom. Remember? The one that was a disaster and True Value came to the rescue? They've done their part, but it seems like life and my work keep stalling things on our end. It seems like there are always more pressing things to work on than a half bath in a house with two other toilets. Last night, those two functioning toilets fell to just one. The pipe that drains all of the plumbing from the upstairs was clogged and it was beyond our ability to repair, so we needed to bring out a plumber. I didn't want to miss an opportunity to get something done and suggested we have him install our toilet in the half bath while he was there. (It was complicated because of the new height added by the tile.) Surprisingly, my husband agreed and now we are back to three working toilets.
 

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    Be inspired to be clever. Cleverly Inspired shares daily doses of DIY, recipes and crafts all on a budget.

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    Design, Dining + Diapers

    Design, Dining and Diapers focuses primarily on design, DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom.

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    An insider look into my designer brain from peeks into client homes, how to choose the perfect size rug, great buys or just bits of my personal life.

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    Gorgeous Shiny Things

    Avid painter and DIYer who is happiest with a long "to do" list.

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    House of Hepworths

    Specializing in thrifty DIY renovations, crafts and decorating.
     

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    In My Own Style

    Enthusiast for all things creative, colorful and DIY.

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    Monica Wants It

    Monica is a DIY blogger living in South Texas who loves to recreate high-end/upscale decor with the tiniest budget possible.

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    Under the Table and Dreaming

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