Room for Improvement: A Few Home Improvement Projects

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Have you read Sara‘s Ditching the Dream Home, Loving the Home You Have? I love it because about her home, she says “Despite all the things I hate, I love it.” and that is exactly how I feel about mine.

I hate a lot of things about my house. I hate that I don't have the money to fix it up, all at once, but I love how the wait for extra cash forces me to find thrifty ways to carry out all the plans that I have for it.

Like Sara says, despite the things I really can't stand about my house, it's my home, I'm comfortable here, and so is my family. It's up to me to find ways to make it reflect us.

I'm following Sara's lead by tackling my home's improvement projects. 

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Here are some of the things that I have been working on…

There used to be a strange storage thing — I don't even know what to call it — in my hallway. It had doors, and drawers that didn't function so well. So I ripped them out, and turned the space into a little nook. See…

 

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I'm obviously not finished yet, but I thought I'd show you anyway because I wanted to stress that sometimes, somethings that irritate us, can be turned into something else. 

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Do you have weird spaces in your home that you don't know what to do with? Or have you found ways to make a negative into a positive?

 

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A simple wall art project can change the look of an entire room.

I am in love, love, love with the tree mural in Mindi‘s dream nursery. Aren't you?

I saw a wall tree in a magazine? A catalog? I can't remember exactly where I saw it, but I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I gathered a bunch of wood scraps I saved from a demolition project, and created one like it in my kids' room. It's missing a few branches right now, but you get the idea, right? 

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Do you paint? What would you create on your wall?

Oh the things you can do with a $30 pack of moulding!

I wish that I had a before picture of my kitchen cupboards to show you, but if you'll just close your eyes and imagine dark, orange-ish stained wood cupboards, in a kitchen with green, yellow, and orange carpet, then you'll kind of see what I mean.

The cupboards were fine, probably even beautiful during the 1970's. But, I wanted to brighten up my dark and tiny house though, so we spent just under $70 on a bundle of moulding, a gallon of paint, and construction adhesive, and turned our light absorbing cupboards into this…

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We just made simple miter cuts on the moulding, glued them to the cupboard doors, and painted them bright white. It was an easy weekend project. And as a gift, my artist friend took inspiration from my love of vintage lace, and painted silvery little details on my “new” doors. 

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I'm constantly adding projects to my to-do list, and so I want to know what some of yours are. What are your favorite home projects?

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Room for Improvement: A Few Home Improvement Projects

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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