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13th Aug2014

Living Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently posted our dining room makeover reveal, and now I am finally ready to post our living room makeover reveal!  I know. I know. It took me long enough! As a reminder, what seemed like a hundred years ago, I posted the introduction to our new home.  I didn’t know it would take years to finally fall in love with my living room.

Here is the room before.

Living Room Before

Since we have moved in we redid the floors and painted the interior. For this room, we painted the walls a bright white with a grayish tint.  We removed the carpet and refinished the floors in cement with an epoxy overlay.  We also got new six inch trim as well.

This is the view from the front door.

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Here is another angle.

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We found some great pieces including these fun wood cubes with rollers for our coffee table.

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I also got this metal tiled media console for our entertainment stand.

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The TV console matches this eight foot vintage metal tile mirror we bought during our architectural salvage hunt in Los Angeles.

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I filled the room with things I have collected like vintage books, a globe my best friend gave me (yes it lights up!), and a ball jar that we use as a memory jar.

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This is a view from the second floor.

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We also replaced the lighting with these fun metal orbs with a crystal chandelier inside.

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Here is another view.

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Lastly, this is the view from our dining room! What do you think of my living room makeover reveal???

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01st Aug2014

Door Decoration: One Basket Four Ways

by Dinah Wulf

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I LOVE it when I find a great deal. I bought this hanging basket at a massive sale price at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store after the holidays last year.  I thought it would be a great base for a hanging door decoration for the front door of my house. I have used it three other times so far including:

This time, I made a few simple and quick changes using the materials from the above three door decorations to create a whole new look.  I kept the burlap, lace, and address numbers from the radiant orchid themed one I made most recently.  I just used a little craft paint and a foam brush to paint the front of the numbers white.  I left the back and sides lavender. What is great about these wooden numbers is that you can constantly change them to fit any holiday color scheme.

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I went to Michael’s the other day and all of their summer items were 70%-80% off. I found these adorable clip-on burlap butterflies. I clipped some onto the front.

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I also added a few to the straps of the wreath. These were such a great find for less than a dollar a piece.

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I used the flowers from my four leaf clover and L-O-V-E door decoration and mixed them together along with more butterflies.

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Here is the final look! I spent less than $5 on the butterflies and everything else I already had.

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In case you missed them, here are the other three hanging door decoration ideas I used for this one basket:

29th Jul2014

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

Just like me, one of my best friends can’t pass up a good deal.  After the Fourth of July, she found some patriotic red, white, and blue frames for three dollars apiece. But there was one problem. They don’t match her décor in her home.  She brought them to me and I did a quick and easy makeover so that she could hang and use them in her home. Here is my Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover. Here are the frames before.

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They were a little beat up as well. Not too badly. It was still a great deal.

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I used 1) a little sand paper, and 2) less than one can of metallic gold spray paint. The materials included were still cheaper than the original costs of the frames.  I used the sand paper to smooth over the blemishes as well as the dark lettering.  I didn’t want to prime the frames first because, well, I was lazy.  So lightly sanding the dark letters was the next best thing. You CAN opt for primer on the red and blue frames because they are so dark, but it wasn’t necessary.

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I sprayed about three light coats on a tarp in my back yard. Of course, I had to change the pictures before I gave it back to her, so I printed some black and white photography.  She can take them out and insert pictures of her family, but I thought it looked nicer than the strangers dressed in Fourth of July garb!

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I can’t wait to give them back to her after this mini makeover!

In case you missed them, here are a few more frame projects I’ve done makeovers on!

28th Jul2014

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter got a new loft bed in her room and we had to rearrange her furniture.  That also meant that I had to move her fabric Duck Brand tape shelves. The wall was blank and empty so my best friend from Simply Creative Ways gave me a Kids Artwork Display Idea. The two of us both have these frames left over from parties we have done; mine from my Tea Party by the Sea baby shower and hers from her Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party.  

There are so many great wood cut outs available in craft stores, and that just makes my life so easy! Here are the frames before.

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With a little craft paint, I painted them some vibrant colors that matched her room.

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I found these rustic metal clips at Michael’s for about $3.00 for four. I simply hot glued them on. Hot glue works really well and is sturdy.  I tested it out, and was able to change the artwork in the frame very easily.

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Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

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Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

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Mia and I chose some of her favorite pieces of art that she has done in preschool and we hung them in her room.

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She told me she titled the dinosaur one, “Dinosaur with Ear Pickers”. They are supposed to be bones, by the way! She cracks me up!

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Here are a couple AFTER Photos. Now we can display her artwork over the years instead of piling up in my closet!

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15th Jul2014

Apothecary Jar Collection Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

Apothecary Jar Collection Centerpiece

I have a massive dining room table. It’s eight feet long and cannot be folded down because it’s glass. We actually found the base, an old metal work bench with wheels, at an architectural salvage place in Los Angeles. You can see more pictures of it on my dining room makeover reveal. That being said, when I have a centerpiece on the table, it too has to be kind of massive! So, today, I wanted to share one that I whipped up, my Apothecary Jar Collection Centerpiece.

You can kind of see how massive my dining room table is in this photo, but I swear this photo doesn’t do it justice.

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I found the most AMAZING deal at Michael’s for this wall mirror. It was discounted 60% off and then I had an additional 10% off coupon on sale items as well! Woo hoo!!!!! I used it as a tray for this table. I also have a collection of vintage books, so I used them as levels for my apothecary jars.

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I filled each jar with some vase fillers, and some collections, and added it little chalkboard tag on them so that I can easily change the contents inside.

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I thought this was perfect for any holiday because I can simply change the contents with colorful things like Easter eggs or Christmas ornaments for each holiday. Nice and simple!

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Here are some other centerpieces I have tried out in the past:

On a side note, this winter forest may be one of my most favorite apothecary jar displays that I have done!

19th May2014

Half Bathroom Makeover Before and After

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I wanted to share with you some Half Bathroom Makeover Before and After photos. I have had this bathroom finished for some time but I have hesitated to put up photos because there is no natural light in there! So bear with me, I’ve edited the photos as best as I could!

Let’s start with the floor. Here is the floor before. The wall was a neutral tan color with standard baseboards and tile flooring.

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We decided to remove the tiles and refinish the existing concrete for a more modern look. We also chose higher baseboards with a neutral gray color wall.

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This are the mirror and lighting fixers before.

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I simply spray painted the mirror black.

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We also updated the lighting fixtures (please excuse the glare!).

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As far as decor goes, I found this Target mirror at Goodwill for next to nothing.  Although I liked the blue, it didn’t match my décor.

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I decided to spray paint it metallic silver and hung it behind the bathroom door.

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This was a photo of a side table I posted on Instagram (I’d love it if you followed me!! I post a lot of thing on there that I don’t on Facebook and on the blog).  I found it for $7.00! It is sturdy and the perfect size for bathroom storage.

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I sanded it, painted it, and added new hardware.

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That’s it! I hope you like my mini half bathroom makeover before and after photos! In case you missed it, I’d love for you to check out my dining room makeover reveal.

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23rd Apr2014

Three Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Three Year Blogaversary

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! It’s my Blogaversary! On my One Year Blogaversary I had published 266 posts. On my Two Year Blogaversary I was over 500. This year I am at 769 on DIY Inspired and 140 on Inheriting Our Planet…. GEESH! Not to mention all my articles at GMC Trade Secrets and Earth911.com! I have been a busy girl! Those last two years on my Blogaversary I wrote about my most popular posts. This year, I think I’m going to re-cap my personal favorite posts of all time.

It’s so fun to look back at all the things I’ve created. I honestly didn’t know I had it in me. I recall being surprised that people wanted to work with me (I still am honestly). Now I can say that I’ve worked with Home Depot, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Martha Stewart, and Aol! What the??? Isn’t that crazy? I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, to see what comes next in my blogging journey. Anyway, let’s get to my faves! Here we go!

I have to start with a couple posts that revealed two of my favorite rooms in the house. The first one is my Dining Room makeover reveal. I was so excited about this one because it was really my first full transformation, floors, walls, furniture, and décor.

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The next one is my Craft Room Tour. It’s probably the room in the house that I spend the most time. It inspires me to create and I am so lucky to have it.

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As far as individual projects go, I really love the Repurposed Cabinet Door turned Jewelry Storage.

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I also love walking in my front door and seeing this Radiant Orchid Address Wreath I made.

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One of my most FUN posts was a Mystery Box Challenge I participated in for Krylon.  I was given six items plus spray paint and I had to create something using at least four of the items. I ended up making a Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set.

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As far as holidays go, I loved this pumpkin centerpiece I did for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.

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This was my absolute favorite Halloween project, an eerie DIY Halloween wreath that I made.

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During Christmas time, sometimes it’s the simplest things that I love the best, like this Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars.

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In the parties category, I did a few fun ones, but again, a simple one I did in a jiffy took the cake.  I love this Pretty in Pink Play Date I did for my daughter and her two best friends.

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I know it’s not Inheriting Our Planet’s anniversary, but I feel like I have to add a favorite from there.  It would have to be the mini upcycled Easter baskets I made out of those infamous red SOLO cups. They were SO fun to make that I couldn’t stop!

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OK, so I probably could make this list a lot longer because I had so much fun this year! I really can’t wait what the next year brings!

27th Mar2014

Shabby Chic Office Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have been a busy girl making some fun things for my friend’s shabby chic office makeover. As a recap, she wanted a colorful shabby chic and Anthropologie inspired office. These ideas and projects are also perfect for a home office or craft room!

I started off by making some pretty Inspirational Wooden Signs from cut outs I bought at the craft stores. Be sure to check out the full tutorial! Here is a picture of the four that I made.

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My friend had a sheet of BOLD laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she tries to review daily. She wanted them displayed, rather than just a piece of paper with all of them written on it. I made her this Bird Cage display with some of the BOLD laws framed.

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I also rewrote them in different colors and fonts for her to display on the wall and put them on some pretty off-white patterned scrapbook paper.

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I added magnets to some clothespins for any notes or reminders she has to put on a metal magnetic board.

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I also got her a chalkboard and some chalkboard jars to help her stay organized. The colors were perfect!

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I also made her a matching lace and fabric scrap bunting for her to hang in her office.

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In case you missed them, here are the links to projects I have done for this makeover!

18th Mar2014

Easy Shabby Chic Office Display

by Dinah Wulf

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I love how this turned out and I want it for myself! I’d love to display it in my craft room. BUT, I made this for a friend and have to give it up. One of my best friends is a very successful business woman. She is SO good at her job. Partly because she constantly tries to stay inspired. She asked me for help in creating a brighter, shabby chic, and colorful office space and so one of the things I made her was this Easy Shabby Chic Office Display.

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I also made these wooden inspirational signs that I thought turned out fantastic as well (does it sound like I’m tooting my own horn because I don’t mean too… I just REALLY like them! Ha!). Not only can both these projects be used for a pretty office space, but they can also be used in a girls bedroom, a home office, or a craft room (anywhere really)!

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I found this bird cage organizer at Kohl’s and thought it was perfect for what she had in mind. She gave me a list of BOLD Laws that she follows. They are inspirational quotes that she often reflects on (more on those in a later post). 

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She wanted to display them in a clever way so I printed a few out in different fonts. I used gray striped paper and framed them in some dollar bin frames from Michael’s.  I love those dollar bins!

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I simply stuck them in through the wire so she can move them however she would like and still have room to use the organizer and clothespins for other things.

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I can’t wait to show you all the other things I did for her shabby chic office! Stay tuned!

17th Mar2014

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m loving spring and I’m so excited to partner up and sponsored again with Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores®! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I have been anxious to make something incorporating the 2014 Spring Trend Radiant Orchid for my home. I decided on making a DIY Spring Door Decoration.

Jo-Ann Shopping List:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Orchid Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Spring Inspirations Flower Assortment
  • Safety Pin
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks                  

Instructions:

First, I painted my house numbers a beautiful orchid color with acrylic craft paint and let it dry.

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Next, I layered the lace on top of the burlap, and hot glued the dry painted numbers on top.

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Here’s a close up.

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Wrap it around your grapevine basket and secure it with a safety pin.  I don’t like to glue it because I like to change my basket each season like this and like this.

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Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® has the most beautiful selection of artificial flowers. I chose three different ones for my arrangement to fit the Radiant Orchid theme.

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Aren’t they pretty??? Next, arrange the flowers inside of your basket…

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… and hang it on your front door!

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I absolutely ADORE it!!! Now I really want to make something else in radiant orchid!

This review is part of the Jo‐Ann Fabric And Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

04th Mar2014

DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover

by Dinah Wulf

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One of the things that I can’t change every easily in my home is my entertainment stand. My décor in my home has been changing slowly and the one thing that seems to be a little of an eye sour is my entertainment system. I can’t afford to buy a new one to go with my new style so I decided to give it a little of a face lift. Here is how I made my DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover.

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I went to my fabric stash and started looking to see what I had to work with and I found a white duck fabric which was perfect. Duck fabric can take dirt and stain easily. I know that is something I look for in a fabric when I use it on my furniture especially having kiddos.

I then measure the top of the entertainment system. Remember to wash your fabric first or it might shrink in the wash and you will need to make a new one all over again.  I cut the rectangle fabric.

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I then cut four strips of fabric and sewed it to the rectangle piece.  As you see below I lay the fabric over itself a little to make pleats.  I did not hem the edges because I like the raw edges and the fray look it has.

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I cut a piece of fabric and wrapped it around the poll of the T.V. stand and secured it with safety pins. The reason I did that was to make sure I could remove it later on if it needs a wash.  Now I have a cute slipcover for my entertainment system.

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Stay crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

19th Feb2014

Printography: Tips for Hanging Pictures

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to be sponsored by Printography today to share with you my Tips for Hanging Pictures. I received a beautiful bamboo mount 8X8 photo of my daughter the other day.  I chose this picture because it sums up her age at this moment in time… mismatched clothes because she has to pick out her own, messy hair because she won’t let me put it in pig tails anymore, and arms raised with a huge smile so happy for her new found independence.  She’s such a ham!

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The Printography site is so easy to navigate and order. It only took a few minutes for me to place my order.  When I received it, I was so excited, because the quality exceeded my expectations. Now until March 2nd, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED!

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Anyway, I wanted to create a photo gallery way of family photos. I did a black and white photo gallery and my new bamboo mounted photo of Mia is an awesome pop of color.

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General Height Guidelines I have learned:

  1. For hanging photos above a couch, measure 10” above the back of the couch.
  2. For hanging photos on a hallway wall, measure up from the floor 5-6 feet.
  3. For hanging photos on a dining room or living room wall, measure up from the floor 4-4.5 feet.

My Tips for Hanging Pictures for a Home Gallery Wall:

  1. I decided to stick to three types of frames only: black, silver, and wood.
  2. I used mostly black and white photos because I thought it made it look more modern.
  3. I used a variety of frame sizes: 8X10, 5X7, 4X6
  4. I kept one vertical imaginary straight line all the way across the wall and placed the photos above or below the line.
  5. I used a photo mat for some of the photos which created a little more dimension.
  6. Social networking sites are a great resource to get family photos if your collection is lacking.
  7. Photo wall adhesive strips are DEFINITELY the way to go when hanging ANY picture frames.  No holes!!! You can get them at several retail stores. It also makes it easier, because you don’t have to worry about aligning a nail and frame hook.
  8. Lastly, arrange all of your photos and take pictures of them to help you choose the right arrangement. 

Here is an example of my arrangements. I did this a few times until I was satisfied.

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Here is the final one more time.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips! Don’t forget, you can receive 15% off of your order by using the PROMO CODE: DIYINSPIRED on Printography!

06th Feb2014

Dining Room Makeover Reveal

by Dinah Wulf

FINALLY! I have a room reveal! This month, will be our two year anniversary in this house and I have yet to do a room reveal.  I’ve shared our cement floors and our mantel makeover and a few painted rooms here and there, but today I’m really excited to share my dining room makeover reveal. 

Here it is when we first moved in. Nice right?

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And drumroll please…

Here it is AFTER!

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It’s a little more modern with the cement floors and six inch trim.  We also went with a dark gray accent wall. Here’s the other side.

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My husband and I went architectural salvage shopping and bought an old metal workbench with wheels for our table and we put glass on top. Please feel free to ignore the child safety bumpers on the corners. To balance the hardness of the metal, we added tufted upholstered chairs with a floral pattern. I was going for an industrial chic type of feel.

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On top of the table as a centerpiece, I have a cake stand that my friend Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box made.  I put some antique books, burlap hydrangeas and a little ceramic quail I bought at Goodwill inside.

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This is the view from out front door. We painted the column a bright white and added molding to the bottom to match the trim.

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I also added a bar area for entertaining.

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On the wall next to the dining room table I added some shelves and a fun folding table I bought at Home Goods. It’s a great area for extras when entertaining. I used it as a salad bar once!

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That’s it! I hope you like it! It’s a very eclectic style that fits both my husband and my personalities. We love it and enjoy using and looking at it every day!

21st Jan2014

Easy Valentine Front Door Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I love sales! I found this hanging grapevine basket at Joann’s on sale for $8.49 from $29.99. Score! I thought I could use it for my front door and easily change it up each holiday.  Today, I am sharing an easy Valentine front door decoration that I made.

Materials:

  • Grapevine hanging basket
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Pink ribbon
  • Love sign
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Safety pins

Here is a close up of the basket.  I saw them during Christmas and liked it but I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars on it.  Even with my 40% off coupon, I couldn’t do it. Yes… I’m THAT cheap! But nine dollars… that’s 70% off!

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I bought a roll of wide burlap ribbon and safety pinned it so that I can easily take it off for St. Patrick’s Day when I change it.

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I hot glued a pink ribbon and a “love” sign made of MDF. I originally had the intention of painting it, but once I saw the white, I liked it. Since my front door is black, I thought the white letters would pop better.

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Now, I’m not a HUGE fan of fake flowers and plants (unless their crafted out of paper… or duct tape!) but I couldn’t resist when I saw these. Oh! And I bought them in green too for March (they were on sale too!).

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Pretty right? I put them inside my basket and had a pretty and easy Valentine front door decoration in literally minutes!

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I already can’t wait to change it up for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. 

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