My 3 Frugally Favorite DIY Sites

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My parents were do it yourselfers, it was part of their plan to stay under budget.  My mom was really handy at the sewing machine so my sister and I didn’t have store bought clothes until we were in middle school.  And you remember my dad’s DIY aerator shoes, right?  They are my greatest inspiration for finding a way to do things by myself (unless it’s sewing – I suck at sewing).

Anyway, aside from my parents, I have three people who inspire me every single day to nourish my frugally-DIY heritage.  These people are so awesome that you’re probably already obsessed too.  If that is the case, we can gush over all the cool things they’ve done, as well as all of the stuff we’ve done too. If not – you should meet them! 

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Ana White

I follow Ana’s blog like a religion. If I don’t look at it at least once a week, I get a little sad.  Ana so generously creates furniture plans for you and I to use for free.  Bookshelves, beds, hutches, entertainment centers, chairs, tables – the list is endless.  From building her own home – furnishings and all – to doing the same for her mother and mother-in-law – she is my ultimate DIY, budget–conscious idol.  Her catalog of projects have been my holiday gift guide for years, which reminds me, the holidays are coming up so… Do you want to meet up at Ana-White.com and start building gifts with me?

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Little Green Notebook

Roman shades.  I wasn’t privy to how pricey those suckers are, so when their greedy little price tag smacked me in the face, I nearly cried.  Suddenly I didn’t mind my hideously bare windows; that is until I found a post that would change my windows forever.

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Thank the stars and everything lovely for Jenny Komenda and her Little Green Notebook for revealing the secret of how to make custom roman shades out of inexpensive mini blinds.  I seriously owe her everything.  I’m going to make some new ones for the winter.  Do you want to make some with me?  

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Sweet Pickins

The ugliest of ugly furniture can be turned into something beautiful, and Sausha proves it.  The owner of Sweet Pickins is constantly taking old and ugly furniture and lovingly restoring it into something amazing and beautiful – she was even invited to appear on the Nate Berkus show to share her knack for furniture redos with the nation.  Sometimes when I need a little boost of DIY creativity, I visit here and just look at all of her before and after pictures.  Do you have a collection of thrift shop finds just waiting for a makeover?  I do.

Do you agree that these blogs are fantastic?  Where do you go to spark your frugal creativity? What are some of your favorite money-saving projects the you have done?

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My 3 Frugally Favorite DIY Sites

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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5 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Interesting list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Phammom says:

    I like, I usually use Pinterest just to get motivation.

  3. I love Ana White, but the others are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

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