We Painted Our Old House

Wondering whether to get your house sided with vinyl or to get it painted One option is much more affordable AND more beautiful!

As many of you long-time readers know, we live in an old house. With 4 kids, we feel like we’ve outgrown it. But we are staying put. In fact, 2 and a half years ago, we were THIS close to moving. We even had a purchase contract on another house. But we had second thoughts… we love our old house. We’ve traveled down that road of buying a nice big house, and it got us into trouble. Instead, we were determined to make this one work. I was actually inspired by my


How to Pick the Perfect Mattress – and get Cheap Queen Mattresses


Mark and I have been married for 12.5 years now. Our mattress was a wedding gift and we’ve needed a new one for a LONG time. The only problem was our budget; we needed to find out how to get cheap queen mattresses and it seems like every store we went into wanted to charge us $800 for a bottom-of-the-barrel mattress. I admit it: I am a mattress snob! Our Sealy Posturpedic is 12 years old AND has an additional foam mattress topper. I’ve been having back problems and just assumed it


Budget bedroom ideas – My designer bedroom makeover for under $100!

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I am SO excited to share with you my Master Bedroom re-design that I’ve been working on the past two weekends.  First, let me share that we bought our current house 3 years ago and had never touched our bedroom until now.  It just was always the last item on the list, and since I am nesting BIG TIME I just decided to start painting it last weekend! First – let me show you the before picture (even though it’s a little embarrassing). There were a few major flaws in


How to make the Perfect Bed!


Disclosure: I love our new mattress so much that I am now an affiliate and receive commission for each mattress sold.    I only post on products that I love and support 100%, so my opinions are completely genuine and my own. I really believe this is a great mattress at a fantastic price! I LOVE to sleep! I also love to sleep some more  If you ask Mark about me and sleep, he will tell you that I sleep like a LOG. I never wake up to the kids crying (does that

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How to find inspiration to decorate on a tight budget

Do you live with a tight budget but still want to redecorate? Read this article about how to find inspiration for decorating on a tight budget!

I mentioned that I am re-decorating my dining room in my dollar store re-decorating post last week.  We are still in the process of completing it, but so far we have painted our paneling and have painted some furniture. Just to remind you, this is what it looked like before we moved the kids playroom into that back room.  I am SO excited to have my dining room table back soon! I always need to find inspiration for a room, it actually helps me stay within my budget!  If you are


How to EASILY Paint Over Wood Paneling

Are you wondering how to paint over wood paneling? There are so many posts found on google that make it so much more complicated than it really it. Here is a simply tutorial on how to paint it like a pro!

When we bought our house in 2010, there was A LOT of wood paneling… the foyer, the kitchen, the dining room and another room downstairs.  Needless to say, I’ve have to paint over wood paneling quite a bit in my house and have tried several methods.  The method that I’ve found works best is actually the easiest as well! And the picture above is the FINAL paneled wall in our house finally covered with paint!  This wall is part of a DIY series where Lauren and I are (slowly) redecorating


How to Make Wall Flowers for Under $10.00!

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You may have wondered where I got the wall art that I had up on the walls in my girls bedroom re-design. I actually MADE them with scrapbook paper, dollar store flowers, and doilies! The total cost of the project was right around $15.00. I was able to make all of the wall decorations for so little and they look fabulous! I found this post on how to create the flowers – which inspired me to make my own with a Scrapbook Pack that I got at Walmart for only $5.00.

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