DIY Faux Fireplace with mantel

DIY Faux Fireplace with mantel

You might have asked yourself, how do you make a fake fireplace? Is it hard to do? Well, this modern DIY faux fireplace that I designed is easy to build and something you can customize to your taste with any electric fireplace insert and with any type of tile surround. And since you build it like a piece of furniture, this DIY faux fireplace is perfect for homeowners and renters alike! ***Do...

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DIY Renter-Friendly Old Vinyl Floor Makeover

DIY Renter-Friendly Old Vinyl Floor Makeover

Looking for a renter-friendly way to give your entryway a makeover? Watch how I changed my entryway floor to give it a fresh new look without taking the original old vinyl floor off and without making any permanent changes! The new floor are made with ram board and include a beautiful compass rose design which I made using a Cricut Maker Machine, it was my first project using this machine and it...

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Home Office Lighting upgrade

Home Office Lighting upgrade

I recently gave my home office a pretty big makeover, which included changing the layout so that my desk would face the window. By attaching a two legged desk to the bookcases, it gave me a decent amount of desk space while at the same time leaving enough room to walk around the desk. I'm loving this new desk setup but the one downside is that the desk area inside the bookcase doesn't get as...

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DIY Coat Rack Light Fixture combo

DIY Coat Rack Light Fixture combo

My apartment has a tiny entryway - it’s only 3ft x 3ft and there’s barely enough room for the door to open! Even though I installed a mirror to make the space look and feel bigger and bring in some light, the space still felt pretty dark, especially in the evening since there's no light fixture. The dark color scheme also didn't help. So I came up with the idea to give the coat rack a new look...

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Home Office Ideas: Hidden Whiteboard with Barn Door

Home Office Ideas: Hidden Whiteboard with Barn Door

While I was redoing my tiny 5’x6’ home office set up, I wanted to incorporate a white board, but do it in a way that it could be hidden when I wasn’t working with it.  So I came up with this idea to build a multipurpose wall panel that would allow me to incorporate a track for a barn door that could easily slide back and forth to cover up the whiteboard. This meant I had to do a bit of...

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Small kitchen ideas: open-shelving mini makeover

Small kitchen ideas: open-shelving mini makeover

One of my most pinned projects is the tension rod trick I used in my kitchen to hang things above the sink - it’s a great way to keep things off the counter.  Another thing I did that totally upgraded my kitchen is to add under-cabinet lighting - it’s so much nicer to cook with good task lighting! The one drawback is that I used 2 different light kits - the one above the sink wasn’t as...

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DIY Test Tube Plant Propagation Station – Mother’s Day Gift

DIY Test Tube Plant Propagation Station – Mother’s Day Gift

Being stuck at home these days has made me get creative with what I have on hand. As I was looking through all of my left over materials from previous projects to see what I could make my mom for Mother's Day,  I came across 4" embroidery hoops, and test tubes. Then out of the blue, I got this idea for making a hanging test tube plant propagation station. It took a bit of MacGyvering, but I...

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IKEA chair hack: furniture makeover with a little bit of paint and fabric

IKEA chair hack: furniture makeover with a little bit of paint and fabric

This post was sponsored by Surebonder.  All opinions are my own. When I moved into my apartment almost 6 years ago, I gave my dining room a makeover complete with custom wall panels, lighting, and banquette seating. Since I was on a budget, I opted for an inexpensive dining room table and chairs from IKEA - I liked that it was all made of wood and that I could finish the table and chairs...

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DIY small office makeover – home office inspiration

DIY small office makeover – home office inspiration

You will get lots of DIY renter-friendly home office decor ideas in this video, including how to have a hidden whiteboard, and office organization ideas, especially if your office space is very small.  Here are some of the items I used in this makeover (most of the wood I already had): Pendant lamp: http://bit.ly/pendantlampwood Plug-in Lamp kit: http://bit.ly/pluginpendantkit ...

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