DIY Budget Kitchen Makeovers – One Project at a Time

Doing a whole kitchen makeover can change your day to day life, quite literally. It can also drain your bank account. Fortunately, if you take it one project at a time, you can break the budget down for each DIY project and in a short time have a completely new kitchen! We went out and found projects to help you makeover each major component of your kitchen space, while creating a custom high end … [Read more...]

10 Easy Storage Hacks All Around the House

Whether you live in a large home or a small one, there never seems to be enough storage, right? These easy DIY storage hacks will help you get and stay organized all around the house. They are clever and fast solutions to the clutter and chaos that can overwhelm your decor and your home. Set a goal to put one of these in place once a week, and before you know it, you will have gotten the art of … [Read more...]

Creative DIY Bathroom Vanity Projects

Remodeling a bathroom comes right behind a kitchen with home projects that pay off, but it can be expensive to get a look that isn't builder boring. One of the most expensive purchases when remodeling either of those rooms can be the cabinetry. Lucky for us, if a bathroom redo is in your future, you can save some serious cash and make your bathroom look high end custom with these DIY bathroom … [Read more...]

Do It Yourself • Modern Christmas Cone Trees

When we started our Christmas decorating plan for this year, we knew we wanted to go with a Winter Wonderland Glam theme. We come across and feature so many amazing bloggers with their original ideas for Christmas and holiday projects, but we were looking for something this year that would elevate the modern look of our new home, but still maintain the Christmasy feel that is so important to us. … [Read more...]

Easy Holi-DIY Projects from the Best Bloggers Around!

Welcome to TBD's picks for EASY holiday projects from the best bloggers around! Our favorite holiday projects from our favorite bloggers, so you will always have a one stop source when you need a quick and simple DIY fix! (And who doesn't? It's the HOLIDAZE!!!) Yep, I know, getting a little crazy with the play on words... but hey, we're excited! (photo above from 'Home Trends' and their … [Read more...]

All That Glitters : DIY Holiday Projects with Sparkle

Ok, I really don't love glitter... but I do, it's kind of a love/hate sort of thing. Pro : It's gloriously glam, and a really cheap way to add sparkle! Con : The fact that every time you touch it, it ends up all over your face at some inconvenient time later that day (or week!) is annoying. But at Christmas, that same annoying quality becomes festive and fun... go figure, right? Nothing says … [Read more...]

Glamorous Gold DIY Decor Projects

One of the strongest design trends over the past couple of years has been metallics, and gold is back in a big way. Glam and glittery, it adds elegance and a modern vibe all at the same time, updating a tired space without changing the color scheme. Whether you want big drama or just a touch of sparkle, there is a DIY gold decor project that will add an element of glam to any (or all!) of your … [Read more...]

Top DIY Rustic Christmas Decorating Ideas

One of the most beloved decorating styles at Christmas would have to be rustic. Something about the memories that this type of decoration brings to mind is at the core of what Christmas is all about... Times gone by where family, simple things and spending time together were more important than the latest cell phone or hash-tag this and hash-tag that. They make us feel the warmth of the season, … [Read more...]

Romantic Decorating Ideas • All Around the House

Romantic decorating means so many different things, but most of us can agree, we can't get enough of it! Anything that makes you feel like you want to snuggle up with your loved ones and spend a rainy afternoon, or makes you dream of far away places and travel, or convinces you that today is best spent in bed, all of that qualifies. But so also does just a warm feeling you get when you look at a … [Read more...]

DIY Bathroom Decor & Storage

We just moved into a new house, but it doesn't seem to matter, does it? You always need more bathroom storage! And could a bathroom ever be "too pretty"? I think not. ;) So we start this post out with high hopes that all of us will find at least something to make their bathroom space more the retreat that we all deserve to have. Organized, and drop dead gorge! Our featured photo below, is a … [Read more...]

DIY Fall Leaf Decor Projects

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and I really get a warm fuzzy feeling from seeing all the amazing fall decor ideas on Pinterest. (Have you seen our Fall Decorating Bloggers Home Tours post? Be prepared to swoon, and then immediately feel an overwhelming need to make hot cocoa.:)) Problem for me is that I love fall decor with a natural, back to nature vibe. It's kinda what the whole season is … [Read more...]

DIY Jewelry Organizers

After a recent move into a home where we finally have plenty of room to store everything, all I seem to want to do is stay super organized! After all, why ruin a beautiful home stuffing every crevice full of "stuff", right? So one of the first things my daughter Rachel and I wanted was a way to keep our jewelry organized. (Might be because of the tangled mess we found our things in after … [Read more...]

“Fixer Upper” Show Fan? • How You Can Get that Look!

We love Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you are a fan of the HGTV show, "Fixer Upper", they need no introduction. If you aren't, then know that they are a talented husband wife team who help families buy fixer upper homes, and turn them into dream homes, on budget. And dream homes they are, especially if you are a fan of their farmhouse flavored, warm yet modern approach to design. The thing I like … [Read more...]

West Elm Knock Off Projects

We love us some West Elm. Like, really. On our trips into Seattle, it's one of our fav stops, right up there with Crate and Barrel, Kasala and Ikea. (And Ray's, for a glass of wine while watching the waterfront sunset!) But probably like many of you, West Elm prices can be a bit of a splurge. (Worth it for their tiny little textured bowls, which I collect like crazy. Thank you Steve, for still … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Redo a Backsplash (Right Over the Old One!)

When your kitchen feels outdated or tired, one of the best places a DIY'er can make a change is the backsplash. These 6 ways to redo a backsplash include ideas that you can use right over the old one! That means no messy demo, no risking damaging the drywall in an effort to tear out the old one, and a quick and inexpensive project. So use one of these ideas to make your kitchen look new again, or … [Read more...]

DIY Dollar Store Decorating Hacks

If you've never thought of decorating with dollar store finds because you thought it was kitschy, (or just plain cheap looking) then think again. These clever bloggers used dollar store finds and a few craft supplies to create DIY dollar store decorating hacks you can be proud to have in your home. So head out to your nearest dollar store with a list in hand, and spend some time making these … [Read more...]

DIY Under Bed Storage

When the closets are packed full, and the garage has no more free space, one of the best places you can go is down under! Under the bed, that is. These DIY under bed storage ideas are not only smart organizing, they are budget friendly too. And let's be real for a second... when you are working on a budget to decorate your home, nothing throws shade on all your efforts more than a bunch of … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Decorating

Yard sale season is in full swing, and there is no better way to get budget home décor items for your home decorating that also have personality and style. Here's how The Budget Decorator takes trash for little cash, and turns them into gold! Furniture Finds While finding furniture at great prices at a yard sale is a no-brainer, to get the best bargains look a little deeper. Furniture that … [Read more...]

Budget Outdoor Planter Projects

By now we all know our outdoor rooms count as much as our indoor ones. Especially during certain times of year! One of the best design elements you can bring to your outdoor rooms is the colors and textures of plants and flowers. Let's face it though, planters and pots from the nursery can add up fast. I seriously think it can be the most expensive part of outdoor living outside the hardscape! So … [Read more...]

Make a Perfect Boutique Hotel Style Bed

There is nothing that makes a bedroom look more luxurious or high end than a well made bed. It doesn't take a lot of cash to get a boutique hotel style bed, either. What it takes my friends, are the secrets. No lie, it's way more than making sharp corners! So we found some great blogs offering their tips for how you can make your bed look amazing every day of the week, every season of the year. … [Read more...]

Spruce Up Your Garden on a Budget

I love my garden, but there are certain times when I don't feel very inspired in it. While I never tire of new plants pushing through the soil in spring, or of fall leaves in all their colors, or even frost icing the edges of an ornamental grass, sometimes the whole space just needs a lift. It seems like over time, either we change our tastes, or the way we use the garden changes, or honestly, we … [Read more...]

12 DIY Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks

When we want to spend time outdoors, its natural that we want to linger on our patios, porches and decks. They are a natural gathering place to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family, or even for a quiet Sunday afternoon with a lemonade and a book. So it makes sense to want to make those spaces as nice as our budgets will allow! Don't relegate your outdoor rooms to be the last space you … [Read more...]

Paint Transformations – 5 Amazing DIY Makeovers

You have heard it before, a million times. Paint is the best weapon in a budget decorator's arsenal! But do you really believe it? We decided the best way to get people to really understand the magic and power of paint is to show you some amazing makeovers. These before and after's show you how dramatic and awesome the use of paint is, in decorating! Really, we can all do this. No power tools, … [Read more...]

DIY Shiplap Projects

If you follow the DIY world, chances are then you know all about shiplap walls. Joanna Gaines from HGTV's "Fixer Upper" and her website, 'Magnolia Market', (photo above) has made it a hot project for those of us trying to make the most of our homes on a budget. Don't yet know about the shiplap craze? Shiplap is basically a horizontal rustic wall paneling technique that was really popular in … [Read more...]

Best Budget Home DIY Projects on Pinterest

We love Pinterest just as much as the rest of you. Yep, we're addicts. Is there anything you can't learn there? From how to get gum out of the carpet, to the best wedding ideas, to what country to travel to in April, to... well, our bread and butter, DIY projects! With the thousands of projects we see, we know it's really hard to just pick one. Like, really, really hard. So we thought we would … [Read more...]

DIY Baseboards, Molding and Trim

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look more upscale, substantial and well designed, then don't overlook how important your woodwork (or lack thereof) can be. Maybe you have great architectural detail in your home already, and all that your wood needs is a refreshing paint job or just a good cleaning to refresh the room. But chances are, if you're working on a budget, (and … [Read more...]

20 Best Budget Decorating Tips

Home decorating on a budget is totally doable! Get started with The Budget Decorator’s top 20 budget home decorating tips! Feature photo, above, from 'Good Housekeeping'. Paint your world. Paint is the cheapest, fastest way to dramatically change a room in just hours! This colorful living room by 'BHG' is a great example of how they used inexpensive furnishings and lots of paint to make this … [Read more...]

Quick Kitchen Makeovers on a Dime!

The kitchen is the hub of most homes today, and is the room we spend the most time in outside the bedroom! It deserves to be thought of as a style show stopper, and here are some quick and inexpensive ways to achieve that perfect kitchen decorating makeover without doing a remodel that could cost you thousands. Our feature photo, above, is a cottage fresh kitchen makeover by Cami from 'Tidbits'. … [Read more...]

Budget Bathroom Makeovers : Before and After

Doing a remodel or makeover on your bathroom is one of the best improvements you can make on your home, second only to a kitchen remodel. However, when the budget is tight, it's easy to avoid making any changes at all. Not only will your home's value appreciate with a bathroom makeover, your level of happy with your home will appreciate too! We spend a lot of time in that bathroom, let's make it … [Read more...]

Budget Beauty Storage Ideas

If you are anything like me, you could never have too much storage for beauty items. Ok I admit it, I am a little bit of a product junkie. But that does not mean my bathroom has to be cluttered and chaotic! Much as I would love to have a bathroom all to me and my lip glosses, it just doesn't work like that. At least, not in my family! I have to share the space with other humans, as well as my … [Read more...]

How to Install a Backsplash

One of the fastest ways to update and upgrade a kitchen or bath is to install a new backsplash. There are so many options these days, from glass mosaics, to classic subway tiles, to peel and stick versions anyone can do. Yep, it's a job, but it is one that can be done by us DIYers! So if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease, you could save hundreds of dollars and have a space that looks … [Read more...]

Easy Storage Projects with Up-Cycled Cardboard Boxes

Ok, so you have cardboard boxes laying around... Maybe it's after the holidays, or maybe you have a corner in your garage where the box heap grows with each Amazon delivery and Costco trip. The question is, can you do something with these, other than flatten them down for the recycle bin? Well, we have the answer for that... Turn them into cool, up-cycled storage! Have you even taken a peek at … [Read more...]

11 Creative Projects with Old Windows

If you are looking for creative charm in your DIY projects, then look to use an old window! There is something about windows with history that make us feel nostalgic... And let's face it... they don't make 'em like they used to! Whenever I use an old window in a project, I picture the family that lived in the home (a simpler time, of course!) looking out those windows during good times and bad, … [Read more...]

Classic Christmas Home Tours

Merry Christmas to all our readers! We have been drooling over all those classic Christmas blogger homes the past few weeks with the rest of you, so we decided to share a few of our favorites here in our classic Christmas home tour! Starting out with ours, of course. Ya know, we usually shoot for a creative theme that is just a little off the beaten path, like our Candyland Christmas of a few … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Dollar Store Decorating Projects

Ok, so your holiday budget is blown, you still have gifts to buy, and the decorating isn't done. No worries, we gotcha covered. These last minute holiday decorating projects come straight from the dollar store, so you can fish around for quarters in the couch cushions and head off to pick up your supplies! These bloggers show off some serious skills in the creativity department! Our featured … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

I love the Christmas cone tree trend... cone trees are and easy DIY holiday project that can be personalized to fit your home and your theme... oh, and they are CHEAP to make! They don't look cheap though, which is what we're all after, right?  Here are the basics... you create a cone from poster board, light cardboard or even decorative paper. (You could cheat and buy Styrofoam cones, but they … [Read more...]