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How to Make a Table Taller

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I have a small table that I bought 5 years ago on the local classifieds for about $25.00. It has been in my living room until a recent remodel, when I moved it into the kitchen/dining area. Even though it is a bit small, it fits my little family (single mom of two toddlers) perfectly. And because

23 Must-Read Tips on Preparing Your Home for Its Sale

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I was getting ready to sale my home. Life circumstances changed but I had it on the market for four days and received 2 good and one excellent offer. So the following steps did work! I’ve taken multiple real estate courses. I’ve also been doing a lot of research and asking trusted experts for tips on preparing

DIY Fabric Wall Art

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Last fall I was redecorating my guest bedroom downstairs. I needed inexpensive wall art and saw a fabric project on an online decor website. I decided to try it out. It is about as simple and inexpensive as ‘DIY’ gets. For the materials, I found 6 matching frames at a garage sale for $5.00 total.  I found a bunch of fabric remnants, yards,

DIY Memory Foam Side Table Toppers

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I found these darling side tables at Deseret Industries for $15.00 each. They sold them to me as a set for $25.00. I went to JoAnn’s and bought 4″ memory foam to top them. I made sure to use a coupon because memory foam is pricey. Then I went to Home Depot and picked up

How to Save Thousands on a Bathroom Remodel

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Most DIY bathroom renovations cost upwards of $10,000.00—especially when they include new plumbing and installing a shower, tub, vanity, toilet, and flooring. Here’s how I did mine for under 9% of that figure. The guest bathroom needed an entire ‘gut remodel.’ There was no tub, shower or plumbing for it. And no flooring. Everything was outdated and old. This is the

How to Save Money Renovating a Bathroom

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According to houzz.com the average bathroom remodel can range from $3,000 to over $100,000! The average inexpensive DIY bathroom remodel is about $5,000. Here’s how we did ours for 10% of that. When we moved into our home, there was ugly vinyl flooring, an old toilet and countertop, and the vanity was broken. We wanted

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Master Bedroom

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  Today I’m continuing on with my renovations series. I’m about halfway through. See below for the link to other before-and-afters. This is the master bedroom ‘before.’ There was water damage, so sections of the subfloor had to be removed and replaced. This is after the subfloor was fixed: with carpet, paint, furnishings, and decor. It seems

11 Inexpensive Quality Home Decor DIY Projects

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You don’t have to spend a fortune decorating your home beautifully. Below is proof of this! Check out these amazing ideas of how you can create quality home decor items inexpensively. 1.   Frame Fabric– This is such a gorgeous idea. I have a bunch of frames I picked up at a yard sale. Now I

How to Paint, Decorate, Furnish, and Light a Dining Room for Under $200.00

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I’m continuing my remodel series (finally). Sometimes as a blogger I get too caught up in new ideas and forget about the old ones I’ve started. I recently promised myself that I would continue on with my remodeling our home series… So, today’s feature is my dining room and how I was able to decorate

How to Install an Inground Trampoline

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Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved inground trampolines. We had them at my grandparent’s house and at their cabin. They were so easy to run on and off of, take turns on, and were super convenient for us as kids. When I was a teenager, we had an above-ground trampoline at our house. I

How to Spray Paint a Mailbox

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In my book that I cowrote, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom, I mention our mailbox that was falling apart. Instead of buying a new sturdy one at $130+ I decided to ‘Jimmy Rig’ it. Then last summer, while garage selling I found a perfect mailbox that I could fix up and paint

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Front Room

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Furnishing and decorating a front room could easily cost between $20,000-$40,000. Even on websites with ‘less expensive’ ways to remodel and decorate a front room, the cost for it were upwards of $15,000! Are you remodeling or wanting to decorate a front room yet don’t have $15,000, $25,000, even over $40,000 to spend, and you

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Living Room

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Making a living room comfortable and decorating it nicely doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Today I’m sharing how we renovated our family room from the caving in walls and part of a missing ceiling to what it looks like now for about $2,000. That includes new doors, part of a ceiling and walls, flooring, paint,

How to Paint a Lamp Post

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Our house is mainly white with blueish-grey siding and brown shingles. But our mailbox and lamp post are black and I really dislike the clash. So instead of buying a new lamp post, I decided to spray paint it. Please ignore our grass/weeds in these photos. We have been trying to revive our lawn since

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