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Welcome to the 508th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Lots of inspiration last week. 


Wood signs are all the rage and here is one you can do for free if you have a piece of wood.  Love her easy step by step tutorial. 


7 DIY Wall Treatments that aren't shiplap.  You will want to make all of these.


These are some really great tips if you are about to move, or if you have just moved. 

Ok, let's see what you have for this week. 

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Dramatic Results from Cost Conscious Makeovers 
We've lived here 2 1/2 years now and a lot has changed. (We moved in the week before Christmas Dec.,2016)  We shared a timeline update at 1 1/2 years.  Time for a timeline update on all the changes after 2 1/2 years.


 When we bought this house we knew there were a few things that would need immediate attention in order for the house to function well for us.  Others were put on the back burner for a later date. Some projects would be considered Major and some only Minor.  

The first Major Project was the Kitchen.  
 This kitchen was really not very functional - way short on cabinets plus the range and oven barely worked. (2 burners out and oven 50 degrees off) I also didn't like the track lighting or the really worn white linoleum floors and Formica counters. Really builder basic and poorly designed.


  This makeover started just a week after we moved in. By February we had a beautiful functional kitchen that I still love.  By rearranging some existing cabinets and adding some new ones we were able to add much needed storage space and function while keeping cost at a minimum.  Careful attention to the details - crown molding, counters, backsplash, lighting - created a custom, designer look for the entire kitchen on a very small budget. (Check out the reveal post to see all the details, picture timeline #1 and picture timeline #2)
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I am by no means an expert or even have great photography skills.  I just got my first DSL Camera a couple of years ago and since then I have been studying what makes a good picture.  I have been fascinated with those fabulous glamour shots that just seem to draw you in.  You know the ones that just give you a hint of the room and yet seem to tell a story.

We have so may bloggers that are famous for their photography skills, so I have been stalking them.  I have also taken hundreds of shots trying to figure out what it is that makes these shots so interesting.

I think I have figured out a couple of things they all have in common.

Like this picture.  You have a hint of how the room is decorated and a glimpse at a really inviting chair.  This draws you in and you really want to see more of this room, however you have the feel and essence of this space with just this one simple picture.  It tells a story.

In all of the photos that grab me, that is exactly what they do.  They show you a tid-bit of a vignette or room and yet you get the sense and feel of the entire space. 
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Last week there were so many wonderful projects and ideas.  I loved so many of them.  Here are just a few. 

I love how the makeover of this card catalog turned out. 

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If your grill is like mine, it really needs some love.  Mine is full of grease that hasn't been cleaned off inside for a while and the grates are almost beyond cleaning.
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Every Makeover Has A Few GlitchesMost makeovers have a few glitches along the way, you know things that don't always work out as planned.  Our Hall Bathroom Makeover had only two, so that was indeed a miracle.  Everything fit, looked great and was wonderful except two tiny little things.I ordered a nice new medicine cabinet for the makeover.  The one we had was your standard small builder grade that was really bad.  I ordered a nice large upgrade that I have been seeing in all the upscale model homes.  
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Welcome to the 507th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Wow, you guys are totally crushing it.  I m so impressed. 


I love these gorgeous DIY Wood Lanterns 


Turn a candlestick into a fabulous Farmhouse Pedestal.  Check out her step by step tutorial. 


If you want to be the coolest mom in the world, then build this DIY Easy Barrel Train.
Ok, let's see what you have for this week. 

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Two 1/2 Years ago (Dec, 2016) we sold our house & bought our current home.  I just received notice from Zillow that our previous home had sold (May,2019)  It was interesting to see changes that the owners had made over the last 2 1/2 years.  The most dramatic changes were to the backyard.

  We had just done a complete makeover of that home from top to bottom, including our backyard.  The "Little Pool" in our backyard is what always grabbed everyone's attention and was featured in several magazines, and HGTV.  

It was a great place to cool off and relax, plus a fabulous water feature and addition to the back yard.




We had quite a few plants and trees in the yard. 




This is the view from the pool back to the patio.




Now I realize that everyone is different and likes different things.  I was just surprised to see that they removed the pool in the backyard.  That was one of the main reasons they liked the house.  This is what the backyard looks like today.  (Pictures from the Realtor Listing)


The entire back yard has been changed.  All of the plants and trees have been removed also.


 View back to the patio.

The house sold within a few days and I wish the couple that owned the house nothing but the best.  They had two large dogs and a new baby, so maybe this yard fit their needs better. 


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Amazing at all the talent out there and how you guys get so many fabulous projects done so quickly.

How to Replace Cabinet Doors For A Whole New Look   Perfect way to have a "new kitchen" much cheaper than replacing the whole cabinet.  Fabulous and economical.
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Budget Hall Bathroom Makeover

This was your typical builder grade bathroom.  Nothing fancy, just off the shelf cabinets and toilet.  No upgrades at all.  Useable, but not very pretty.  We added a few accessories and called it good for a while, but now it is time to upgrade a little.



We started by emptying the whole room out before our guys got here.  Boy does this look plain and naked.


Our guys arrived at 7AM and got right to work.  In nothing flat they had the whole room gutted. 

Before I could snap any more pictures, they were already dry fitting the vanity and had replaced some of the flooring.  They took some extra pieces that we had and wove them in to create a seamless look.
Then one of the guys was already cutting the hole for the new medicine cabinet


While he was doing that, the other one just about had the new toilet installed. 


The new medicine cabinet is much larger, so he had to rework the studs.


Just that fast, the new one was installed.  Nice upgrade on this one.  Next he started to fit the vanity in place.

A little over three hours from start to finish they were done.  Everything was caulked, painted, new baseboards and mirror hung.  Wow, time for me to finish cleaning a little and then add my accessories.   We have the standard bathtub surround that is totally builder basic.  That has to stay for a while, the estimates I've received so far to replace with a nice tub and tile surround is waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy out of my budget.  We're looking at $3800 on the cheap side and up to $6000 for anything upgraded.

Previously I had a painting hanging above the toilet, however I decided to add some shelves this time around.  Hubby uses this as his bathroom, so I wanted to give it a little bit of masculine vibe. 


I kept the counter really simple.

I love to walk through Model Homes and see what is new in the building world and I love to see how they are decorated.  One thing I have noticed is all the upscale homes are adding in really large, nice medicine cabinets.  Not those old small things we use to see.  I ordered one for this bathroom makeover and it is really fabulous.  (Yes we had to take one of the globes off so the door would open all the way.  I have a new single light fixture coming.)


The inside has shelves that can be configured in so many different ways. It also has a mirror on the inside of the door.  Since this is hubby's bathroom, he loves having all this space.


 I had fun with the shelves - just adding a lot of different accessories and a few of his toiletries.


Since there isn't a built in shelf in the tub surround, we added one above the surround to hold shampoo, moisturizer and body wash.


Sometimes it's the really inexpensive little details that finish a room off.  I found a cute brushed chrome waste basket and toilet brush at Ross.  Both around $14, so nothing expensive, but just the upgrade this room needed from the plastic waste basket that was here.


All in all I am really pleased with how the bathroom turned out. The entire cost breakdown is at the bottom of the post. 

I have to save up a while to replace the tub and surround, so for now this is a really Budget Friendly Makeover.  The new Vanity, toilet and medicine cabinet are fabulous upgrades.


Vanity $299 on sale 
Toilet $99
Medicine Cabinet $144.39
Round Mirror  $79.99
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Total $622.38


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