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How to Install an Inground Trampoline

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

In my book that I co-wrote, 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

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

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

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. Below you will find steps to how to paint a lamp post. Please ignore our grass/weeds

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

The average kitchen remodel costs $25,000-$100,000 depending on location (including appliances). There are many ways to reduce this gigantic figure. Sometimes you do have to sacrifice quality for price but sometimes you don’t. In the examples below I will show you two kitchens that I have helped to remodel which have been done for tens

How to Save on Home Renovations

When we found my dream home. Although it was a ‘fixer upper’ it had a great floor plan, had many endearing features, matched up with most all of my ‘must-haves’ and ‘wants’, and was in the right price range. We had bid on another house shortly before we found our home but since it was a

Nursery Closet Organization and Decor

The nursery that I have spent a long time painting and the decorating was finally complete… except the closet was one ugly mess. It was so disorganized and cluttered that I didn’t even want to include a photo of it before its makeover. I wanted to do something cute with it that matched my nursery’s

How to Make a Crib Canopy out of Tulle

Making a crib canopy out of tulle is very simple, inexpensive, and quick. First, gather an embroidery hoop (mine was 8″ in diameter) and can be found here. Next, buy the tulle. I bought 54″ x 12 yards of it. I bought 12 yards to create a double layer. If you want to have a

How to Choose a Color Scheme for a Room You Want to Decorate

I have always had a passion for interior design. Since I was 3 years old I was remarking to my mother about details, colors, etc. She said she knew I had a gift when at age four I told her that the paper towels matched the kitchen perfectly. All of my life I have been

Native American Nursery- How to Save Thousands on a Nursery

Our daughter will be born end of November/early December and I have always wanted to do a Navajo/Native American style nursery for one of my children. With my son it wouldn’t have really worked out because of the carpet. I used the brown diamond Berber carpet as inspiration and came up with this blue, brown,

How to Paint and Stencil an Entire Room

 There are a lot of things you can do to make painting and stenciling more convenient, efficient, and not as messy. But before you start reading please know that the biggest part in painting is prepping the room right. If you fully prepare the room you are painting in, the project will go much more

How to Install Under-Mount Lights on Your Hutch, Cabinets, Desk, etc.

Installing under-mount lights can really update the look of your furniture, cabinets, and desk without too much time or expense. You will need a drill, screw driver bit, drill bit, measuring tape, pencil, hammer, and the lights (we got them at Home Depot but they can also be found here). 1- Take the lights out of the

9 Ways to Update a Hutch Without Repainting it.

You don’t have to painstakingly sand, prime and paint an old hutch in order to update it. My mom has gorgeous very large hutch. We are renovating her dinning room and wanting to update it.  We went back and forth on painting it or not, weighing the pros and cons. Ultimately repainting it was going to

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