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The closet that wasn’t a closet

The closet that wasn’t a closet

Everyone has at least one space in their home that they don’t know what to do with, for me it was a closet. It can be the weird space under the stairs or the strange corner of a kitchen that no normal furniture fits in. For me, the strange space is a small, only semi-functional closet. The doors are not tall enough, the space too small, and the ease of access is a big fat no. It needs a change….

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Updating a Filing Cabinet

Updating a Filing Cabinet

Sometimes a little TLC is all you need. I found this old filing cabinet at my local thrift store and just saw so much potential with it. It had good bones it just needed a little TLC. I started by removing the handles and other metal hard wear.  The key hole lock was the only thing that seemed to be cemented to the darn thing so I left it alone.   Then, I gave the whole piece a light sanding…

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Refinishing Some Thrifted Dining Chairs

Refinishing Some Thrifted Dining Chairs

Why buy when I can DIY!   A few weeks ago my mom and I were walking around Goodwill and we spotted these matching dining chairs. At only $4 bucks a pop how could I say no! It’s not that I don’t have chairs already in my dining room; it’s the fact that my chairs are wimpy, and having some sturdier chairs is a necessity at this point. Now don’t get me wrong- these chairs were in pretty amazing shape…

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Refinishing the basement stairs

Refinishing the basement stairs

As I started fixing up different areas of the basement the final project to tackle was the basement stairs. The old paint is worn off of the stairs and they just always look dirty, even after I clean them. It actually ended up being a really easy project and only took about 2 hours from start to finish. I have leftover white paint from the walls and paint from the floor that would make the whole basement all come together.  …

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Refinishing the basement sink

Refinishing the basement sink

One of the first things you see when walking down into our basement is the giant and ever ugly cement basin sink. The way our pipes drain through the basement sink means getting it replaced or gone altogether just couldn’t work. I sat on the floor looking at the sink wondering, there has to be something I can do to make this look better! Then, I got an idea. I started by giving the sinks legs two coats of matt…

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Updating the basement windows

Updating the basement windows

When your new homes basement is mostly finished it can leave you wondering what to tackle first. The basement in our new home is “finished” meaning we could easily hang out down there if we wanted to but just don’t for a couple of reasons. It looked old and neglected and I wanted to change that. I repainted all the walls, doors, and the cement floor. The windows were a whole other level of hot mess. Eventually they will be…

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Restoring a cedar chest

Restoring a cedar chest

Finding the old and making it new   This cedar chest was found at an estate sale I went to with my mom just to look around and kill some time. We both fell in love with this piece when we saw it. It’s all solid cedar pine and still has that soft pine smell when you open the lid. The inside is in perfect condition but I couldn’t say the same for the outside. I knew I needed to…

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