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DIY 2016 - Space Planning Tips

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DIY 2016 - Space Planning Tips

As you go about the process of redoing a space in your home during 2016, you will want to think about space planning as part of that process. 

Oftentimes you can find yourself frustrated by a space that doesn’t live up to its potential. In all of these cases and more, space planning can save the day! Some people have a gift for space planning and can do it effortlessly. For others it requires more effort. Some don’t even try—they shove furniture against the walls and call it good. For good. I promise, if you use the tips below and put a little effort into space planning, you will enjoy your home a lot more. 

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DIY Projects 2016-Top 10 Tips to Paint Like a Pro

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DIY Projects 2016-Top 10 Tips to Paint Like a Pro

Getting ready to repaint a room or two (or, if you’re like me, three or four) to help spruce up your home as part of your new year’s home improvement resolutions? If so, you’re in the right place. After my many—and I do mean many—years of painting, repainting, and painting yet again, I've compiled a list of my all-time favorite tips to help ensure you get the results you want and save time and money in the process. 

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DIY Projects 2016 - Quick Paint And Finish Reference Guide

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DIY Projects 2016 - Quick Paint And Finish Reference Guide

Okay, we are to the point in this blog series where we get to talk about something other than budgets and research!  Yay!  As I’ve been known to state many, many times in the past (and will continue to do so in the future) there is no better, quicker way to freshen up a space and make it feel new again quite like a fresh coat of paint.  

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DIY 2016 - Five Proven Tips To Help You Choose The Right Paint Colors

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DIY 2016 - Five Proven Tips To Help You Choose The Right Paint Colors

Okay, you’re ready to paint, you have done your homework and know what kind of paint you need for your room makeover but how do you know what color to choose?  Well, this blog was so popular when I ran it last summer, I decided to give a repost here since it fits right in with what we are talking about.  Have a fear with choosing the right paint colors for your space?  If so, read on my friends…read on!

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DIY Projects 2016 - Getting Ready To Start!

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DIY Projects 2016 - Getting Ready To Start!

Okay, we’ve talked a lot about how to pick your projects and prioritize them as well as setting up your budget for those projects.  Now, it’s time to turn our attention to actually taking steps to get started!  Yay!  The number one most important thing you do before you actually start ANY project is your due diligence….what does that mean exactly?  Well, all it really means is doing your research.  Here is a list of some things that you may want to research before you begin your project:

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DIY Projects 2016 – Prioritizing and Timeline

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DIY Projects 2016 – Prioritizing and Timeline

Okay, blog #3 in this series.  Now that we have set up a budget (see blog #2), it’s time to go back to the project list (see blog #1) and prioritize and make a timeline.  What you want to do to start this part of the process off is to take a good look at what projects you are taking on this year, based on your budget, and create a timeline.  How do you do that?  Well the first step comes from your budget.  If you have only part of your yearly money available at this time, then you will want to look at your project list and decide what comes first.  How do you decide what comes first?  (Man, you sure ask a lot of questions!)  Just kidding….  Here are some things to ask yourself as you begin to piece your timeline together:

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A Guide to Project Planning in 2016

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A Guide to Project Planning in 2016

In a 12-part blog series, I am going to share with you ways to organize, prioritize, and complete home projects in 2016. This first blog will explain how to figure out what to put on your home imrpovement list this year!

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Redesign Ideas: The Thrift Store Challenge

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Redesign Ideas: The Thrift Store Challenge

I love digging around and having that aha! moment of finding the perfect thing. I love repurposing something someone else had grown tired of. I love making something pretty again. And I love the way it makes me feel to do my small part to reduce waste in a society that wastes too much. Okay, off my soapbox I must come. People often ask me if I use repurposed items and the answer is yes! All the photos in this blog are of upcycled items currently residing happily in my home. Think about your home, read on, and—if you dare—take the redesign challenge!

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Finding Redesign Gold: Thrift Store Edition

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Finding Redesign Gold: Thrift Store Edition

I talk a LOT about thrift stores, garage sales, and the like. I preach about the great items you can find at bargain prices and the many other benefits—finding pieces with personality, breathing new life into once-loved items, and being friendly to our planet. In this blog I’ll share some of my recent redesign finds in the hopes of inspiring you to “hit the thrifts” and begin a new relationship or rekindle a dormant relationship with sanders, spray paint and bargain shopping.

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Yes, You Can Find Extra Storage Space

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Yes, You Can Find Extra Storage Space

I know. You’re thinking no way. You think you’ve used every square inch of available space in your home. If you’re starved for space and think you’re already using every bit you have, I challenge you to read this blog and then walk through your home. With a keen eye and newfound knowledge, I’ll bet you can find some additional storage. 

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