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How to Create Landscape Beds For a Patio Makeover

How to Create Landscape Beds For a Patio Makeover

This post is brought to you in part by RYOBI Landscapes for our Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge!  All opinions are that of Thrift Diving! 🙂 I never really thought much about how to create landscape beds. When we moved in 6 years ago, our home already had landscape beds, thanks to the previous homeowners […]

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The Real Reason I Blog & How I Got Started

The Real Reason I Blog & How I Got Started

Months after moving from our 2-bedroom condo into this 4-bedroom home I carried around a nervous ball of dread in the pit of my stomach. I distinctly remember my husband and I walking in the neighborhood one afternoon with our (then) 4- and 1-year old that chilly fall day, wishing I could share with my […]

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How to Add Vintage Clay Mold Appliques to Furniture

How to Add Vintage Clay Mold Appliques to Furniture

This post is brought to brought to you by Iron Orchid Designs (IOD). All opinions and projects are my own! 🙂 Post contains affiliate links which help support Thrift Diving. Thanks! I’ll admit–I was a little nervous about using these DIY clay molds from Iron Orchid Designs. You know how it is…any time there’s a […]

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How to Use a Pressure Washer to Deep Clean

How to Use a Pressure Washer to Deep Clean

Last year I attempted a patio makeover. And while it was pretty dramatic, it’s nothing compared to the major outdoor overhaul I’m doing this summer for my patio makeover challenge! (<~~Sign up there!). This summer, my hands ache from pulling 10,000 weeds…my back feels like I’ve been beaten with a pillowcase full of bricks…and my feet feel […]

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The Best Vintage Shop in North Carolina: Class and Trash Review

The Best Vintage Shop in North Carolina: Class and Trash Review

A couple weeks ago a reader sent me a picture of an awesome headboard she had found at a vintage shop in the Outer Banks, North Carolina called Class and Trash. Funny, because I headed down there myself for a week-long vacation with 13 members of my family. And know that I couldn’t wait to check out […]

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Gardening is Grueling and 8 Other Things I Learned While Working Outside

Gardening is Grueling and 8 Other Things I Learned While Working Outside

Recently I ran into an old friend and, feeling self-conscious about my chipped, dirty nails, I felt the need to quickly explain away why I was looking such a hot mess.  I told him I was working on my patio and yard for my Outdoor Overhaul Patio Challenge (thus, the reason I was a hot […]

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Join the 30-Day Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge!

Join the 30-Day Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge!

My friends at RYOBI Outdoor are sponsoring our Outdoor Overhaul Patio Makeover Challenge this month! A huge thanks to them for partnering with Thrift Diving to make this happen! I should totally be embarrassed to show you my outdoors. But I’m not! You have seen equally shocking “BEFORE” pictures here on the blog: crumbs littering […]

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Power Tools 101: What to Buy and How to Use Them

Power Tools 101: What to Buy and How to Use Them

The post is brought to you in part by RYOBI Power Tools, with whom I partner! All writing and opinions are my own, though. If you’d have told me three years ago I would be writing a Power Tools 101 blog post, I would have laughed in your face. Aside from holding a power drill, […]

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BEFORE & AFTER: Boy’s Blue Accent Wall Bedroom Makeover!

BEFORE & AFTER: Boy’s Blue Accent Wall Bedroom Makeover!

I thought people were pulling my leg when they said that it takes years to pull a house together. “Years?? Come on…you’re kidding, right?” I thought we’d move into this old 1973 home, being the young, zealous, excited new homeowners that we were, and just….renovate. Yep, remove all that wallpaper…paint this wall and that wall…and really turn this […]

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How to Use Stencils: A Complete Guide

How to Use Stencils: A Complete Guide

It looks complicated, but it’s really easy to learn how to use stencils on furniture, walls, and fabric. Show me a plain piece of furniture and more often than not I’ll think, “Turquoise!” followed by an excited, “With stencils!” You can’t go to some big box furniture store and buy a piece of hand-stenciled furniture. […]

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