How to Reupholster a Chair

We all have 'em. That old chair you can't stand to throw out, but also can't stand to look at! Either its fabric could win an ugly chair contest, or it is in such bad shape it looks like it just got rescued from a back alley. (And hey, maybe it did!) Whether you want to transform your latest thrift store find, or want to bring Aunt Rhoda's antique chair into this decade, we have all the … [Read more...]

Do It Yourself Cool Coffee Tables

A really cool coffee table can cover up a whole multitude of family room decorating duds... It becomes the focal point of the room, and takes the attention off less amazing pieces of furniture. How do you get a really cool coffee table without spending big bucks? Do it yourself cool coffee table tutorials from these amazing bloggers! So let's get started! Oh, btw, you can have a really cool coffee … [Read more...]

Awesome Ottomans • 10 DIY Projects

Ottomans are more than just a place to put your feet up! They are double duty furniture, working overtime as extra seating. Add a couple of trays, and they make a perfect coffee table! They are easily moved from room to room, or even to your outdoor spaces, and are easy to make! These awesome DIY ottoman projects are a quick way to add an updated element to your room, or to soften an existing … [Read more...]

How to Paint Fabric Furniture

Ok, so I've known about the idea of painting fabric for quite awhile now, it's kinda one of those arsenal tricks up the sleeve of a "budget decorator"... But not too long ago I ran across a painted fabric chair that blew it outta the water for me... And honestly, when I first saw it, I thought... "No way that turned out!" Turns out some really creative bloggers decided you could paint upholstery. … [Read more...]

Patio Perfection : DIY Projects

I am so inspired this year to turn our outdoor spaces into perfect outdoor rooms. However, saving for a wedding and eventually a major move doesn't leave a lot of room in our budget. We found some amazing DIY patio projects to help you transform that deck, porch or patio into perfection! Now the problem is just choosing one to start with! Our feature project above, is an amazing DIY outdoor … [Read more...]

Flea Market Flips : Before and Afters

If you are a budget decorator, you probably know your local flea market, thrift store, or yard sale circuit pretty well. If you don't, get familiar. Why? Because flea market flips and other such fairy tales are about to come true for you! Check out these tutorials for creating a piece of decorating art from someone's cast away furniture. A little creative elbow grease and some inspiration from … [Read more...]

DIY Restoration Hardware Hacks! (part 1)

Ok, let's be honest. If you have ever walked into a Restoration Hardware store, you have drooled, just a little bit. (If you haven't, check out their photo, above. Drooling now?) They have perfected a blend of rustic contemporary that few other retailers have, and we love it... but, we don't love the price tags! Now don't get me wrong, if I can afford it at some point, I have my eye on their … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

At the heart of budget decorating, or DIY decorating for that matter, is the makeover. Find a used piece with good bones at a thrift store, yard sale or flea market, and transform it into something  stylish and lovely. Paint is your number one weapon of course, but there are so many creative ways to makeover thrift store finds, we had to show you some of the best we've found! So scout out your … [Read more...]

DIY Ottoman Projects

Ottomans are not just for putting your feet up anymore! They are used as coffee tables, stools and decor... These DIY ottoman projects are so pretty, why would you ever put your feet on them? We have a ton of tutorials for you from some great bloggers sharing their projects, so let's get right to it! Our featured project, above, is a DIY coffee table ottoman, meaning it was made from an old coffee … [Read more...]

Furniture Arranging Tricks

Sometimes the most difficult home decorating decisions we make is how to place the items we already own. Placement of furnishings in a room can affect mood, the visual size of a room, and the functioning of the family. Being creative in arranging your room can also be a great way to set your living room apart from every other on the block! Here are some great easy furniture arranging tricks to try … [Read more...]

Chalk Paint Furniture Projects

Chalk paint (not to be confused with chalkboard paint) is one of the hottest products around for painting furniture and other decorative projects. Used widely by vintage and shabby chic decorators, I decided to check out why chalk paint is special, and how to use it. I'm glad I did. Chalk paint is so popular among vintage style decorators because it is easy distressed, can be used as a wash, and … [Read more...]

DIY Furniture Fixes on a Dime

Furniture is our most costly home decorating expense, but there are many ways to make your furniture the star of the show, without breaking your budget! Here are my top 5 furniture fixes on a dime! * Paint. Ok, that’s an obvious one, but did you know you can paint anything these days? Yes, even that hideous laminate bookcase from 1974. All you need is a primer made specially for non porous … [Read more...]