Hi, I’m Serena! My mission with this blog is to inspire you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home using paint, power tools, and thrift stores. When I bought my old 1973 four years ago, we had no furniture and no skills when it came to taking care of our house. I walked around for weeks feeling uneasy and overwhelmed about trying to turn this old house into a cozy, pretty home that my family could be proud of. Over the years, I have taught myself how to paint, strip, and refinish thrift store furniture, as well as how to use power tools and how to remove toilets, put up crown molding, and other home improvement projects. As I learn, you learn. My goal is for us to transform our home together while flexing our creative muscle. (Find out more about this blog).
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Most Popular Projects!
Right here you’ll find my most recent DIY projects! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel where you can find the video tutorials that go with each project!
Dressers and Side Tables
Typically I love white bedroom furniture. It just looks so fresh! But these projects below are definitely not white! Ombre is always a fresh idea, too. Why not try lining some fabric to the front of your nightstands, like I did below? Upholstered headboards are always a great design feature!
Desk & Shelves
I have to admit that I always have trouble finishing a room in my house. I started my 30-Day Room Makeover series where my readers and I commit to transforming a room in our house in 30 days. It’s hard! But with a deadline and a group of people working on their rooms at the same time, you’d be surprised how much you can get done! We usually do outdoor makeovers in the spring, a “June Room” makeover in the month of June, and a Naughty or Nice November room makeover for the holidays! Considering signing up to join us for the next 30-day room makeover challenge!
Reupholstering a chair is intimidating. Especially if you’ve never done it before! Check out this video I did (7 Tips for Easy Chair Makeovers) to help get you started:
Every now and then I like to roll up m sleeves and get a lil’ crafty. My most popular craft is How to Make a Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper! You can watch the video HERE.
Tables are my favorite kind of project! You can paint them, strip the top, decoupage paper, add custom tiles to table tops…so many options! See some of my table projects below!
Who doesn’t love an awesome lamp?? They bring light into a room and help set the tone. Make your own DIY pendant lamp by following this video tutorial:
My Most Popular Articles
I don’t do just projects. I also write articles! There’s plenty here to enjoy! My favorites are: 10 Questions You MUST Ask Before Buying a House and 10 Comebacks to Rude Insults About Thrift Stores! 😉
Home Improvement Projects
Whether you want to paint a brick fireplace, put up crown molding, or remove or install a toilet, there are a lot of home improvement projects you can do yourself. Paying professionals to do these projects adds up! The more you can do yourself, the more mone you save. Check out these home improvement tutorials!
For the Kids
Doing projects for kids is so rewarding! It gives you an opportunity to be even bolder than you normally would with your own pieces of furniture.
Sometimes it’s a paint sprayer. Sometimes it’s a steam cleaner. But these things get the job done in half the time!
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