Of all the rooms in the house that I was itching to redesign when we moved in, the kitchen was actually at the bottom of the list. Although it shared the same outdated, questionable style as the rest of the house, I didn’t mind it as much as other rooms. Not only that, but kitchens are really expensive to renovate, so I wanted time to consider my options and what would work in the space before making any remodelling decisions.
But it’s been about two years now and I’ve slowly started to make small, budget-friendly updates to the kitchen, starting with the backsplash. Like many things in the house, the backsplash was stuck in the past, which wouldn’t be so bad except it wasn’t even well done….The floral pattern looks like someone stretched an image poorly in photoshop and stamped it on some tiles. Not cute.
Now, re-tiling the backsplash would have been my ideal fix, but unlike the bathroom (which required a complete teardown), the kitchen was not in bad shape at all. My approach to remodelling the kitchen is really gonna be polishing surface imperfections, ie. working on a real budget.
With that in mind, I made the risky decision to repaint the existing backsplash tiles. I say risky because I had no idea if the paint would even stick or look good. Thankfully, it turned out better than I expected!
Here’s how I repainted our kitchen backsplash for under $20:
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I can’t believe it’s taken me over a year to think of this, but I thought I’d make a post about how I get my hair pink. I get the occasional question about it and while I was trying to figure out how to do it on my own, I found myself doing a lot of Googling, with few helpful recommendations, so hopefully, you find this somewhat insightful. Continue reading “DIY Bleaching & Dyeing Your Hair Pink”
I had been stalking these vintage tiered cake stands on Etsy for a while but they were pretty expensive to get a really nice one, so I hadn’t pulled the trigger quite yet. Meanwhile, we were making our way through New Zealand for our honeymoon and stopped in a random little town to go to take a break and stretch our legs.
We stumbled upon this cute little shop full of new and vintage kitch, and lo and behold, the lady was selling tiered cake stands that she made herself AND do-it-yourself kits! They came with all the hardware, a drill bit and a photocopy of her handwritten instructions, all for under 20 bucks. Needless to say, I bought a kit immediately! Continue reading “DIY Tiered Cake Stand”
I love hanging art around the house and a lot of it, especially my own paintings, aren’t framed. I think there’s something really classy about framed art, although it definitely depends on the type and style of artwork, not to mention the decor style of the room.
I wanted to hang up my latest teacup painting and as luck would have it, I had a picture frame I wasn’t using that fit the size of the canvas perfectly. So I decided to save a couple hundred bucks and frame the sucker myself. Here’s how I did it!
After a recent excursion to one of my favourite secondhand haunts for used/vintage furniture, we came home with a couple of new dining chairs, one of which had some pretty dated upholstery with several unsightly stains. But it was only $20 and the wood frame was lovely, so we got it anyway with the idea that I would reupholster it.
I’ve never tried reupholstering before, but I think this was a great introduction to it. It was super easy to take the seat off, slap on some new fabric and make it look like a million bucks. Here’s how I did it: Continue reading “DIY Reupholstery”
I am not normally one to use planners or organizers. I’m a pretty organized person and if I need to remember appointments, I put them in my phone. I also write a lot of lists out the old-fashioned way ie. on pads of paper. But for 2018, I thought that I’d give having a daily planner a shot. Continue reading “DIY Planner”