Spring backyard patio decorating

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I’ve always stood by my claim that summer is the best season of all. But, I have to admit, spring does give it a good run for its money. I love spring for many reasons, but mostly because of all the possibilities it brings with it.

This time of year, our family likes to talk about all the fun things we want to do outside when it warms up, including heading to the lake and hitting up our favorite ice cream shack. It’s also the time of year I get inspired to put the back patio in party order.

This year, I wanted to keep it simple and spruce up our back patio by adding some budget-friendly color and texture. This space was looking rather sad after another long, Pennsylvania winter.

I decided that a rug and some new garden planters would provide the most impact without costing me a lot of money or time. I headed over to the new At Home Store in Mannassas, Virginia, to see what they had in stock for outdoor decor. (This store is not too far from where I’ve been spending the past several weeks on a business-related trip.)

This is the first time I’ve ever been in an At Home store. Oh wow. If you’re like me and you brake for shiny things, you will need to go into this store with an iron-clad game plan. I could have easily spent several hours – no days – looking at all the home-related deliciousness.

Actually, I could have spent several hours alone just perusing the Outdoor Decor Collections  in this store. 

Huge, huge, huge selection of home goodies for any budget.

I settled on this rug and two, large metallic planters for the back patio. The 5’x7′ rug from the At Home Patio section of the store was $49.99 and the planters were $69.99.

I spent a few hours scrubbing the porch and cleaning up the patio furniture, windows and siding. Then I added my new decor.

It’s amazing what a little elbow grease and budget-friendly decorating can do for a backyard space.

Have you done any outdoor decorating yet this year? I’d love to hear ideas you’ve got planned this year for Outdoor Entertaining.

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Bedroom before and after at the flip house

Hello friends! Over the past week and a half, I have been working overtime at the flip house, which means the poor blog has taken a back seat. But today I’m here to share with you a bedroom before and after. This room at the flip house – especially the carpet – used to be a total nightmare. Now it makes me smile every time I look at it.

I chose to stage the space as an office because it is the gateway to the upstairs master suite. And I also took the after pictures before I rehung the doors in the room, so keep that in mind. 😉

Let’s take a peek at the before, shall we?

Bedroom-2-before

Below is a snapshot of this desperate DIYer on the night I hauled out all the 60s-style carpeting in this room by myself. I admit, it was an endeavor I would be happy to never repeat again. The dust alone nearly killed me because, well, how much dust can a carpet accumulate since 1960? A lot, people. A whole lot.

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The main work I did to renovate this room – besides replacing the flooring – involved texturing the walls and ceiling; rebuilding the interior of the closet; painting the walls, ceiling and trim; and decorating.

I chose this smooth, roll-on texture* for the walls and ceiling to even out any imperfections in the plaster. I love this product! There are different types of roll-on texture you can buy. I prefer the smooth finish because I’m not a fan of heavy texture, just a subtle effect.

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For the wall color, I chose Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray. I had the color mixed up in the Valspar Signature paint (eggshell finish) line from Lowe’s. It’s more affordable at $32 a gallon, yet I find it gives a really professional-grade finish.

I painted the ceiling white and added an inexpensive 50s-style fixture to match the period of the home.

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After texturing, painting, cleaning, replacing the light, outlets and switches, and having new carpet installed, I was ready to add the finishing touches to this room.

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My budget – as always – was extremely tight, so I stuck with no and low-cost furniture and decor options.

I found a cherry table for under $10 at a thrift store awhile back. When I bought it, I wasn’t ready to refinish it yet, so it went to the basement.

Desk-before

This table looks so good now in the flip house I’m relunctant to let it go with the house. The coolest part about this project is that it was super easy – and quick. All told, it took about two hours of work total. Seriously.

Step 1: I used a scrub pad and some Rust-Oleum® deglosser to “rough up” the surface. The deglosser I used was left over from a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit I had on hand after my bathroom vanity makeover. I’ll be using the rest of this kit to transform the cabinets at the flip house. Stay tuned for that project coming soon.

Rust-Oleum-deglosser

Step 2: I thinned with water (by about 15 percent) a bit of Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray and loaded it into my paint sprayer. I sprayed on a coat of paint and let it dry. This process took about 15 minutes total. A paint sprayer certainly makes light work of furniture and cabinet painting. (I use the HomeRight® Finish Max.) After about an hour, I applied a second coat of Aged Gray with the sprayer.

Rust-Oleum-chalked-paint

Step 3: I applied a coat of wax to the piece to seal the paint.

Step 4: I used some elbow grease and a soft cloth to rub off some paint in select areas, giving the piece a custom, aged patina.

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Chalked-paint-closeup Rust-Oleum-Chalked-paint-closeup

I am so pleased with how this desk – and the room – has come along. As far as the rest of the decor in the space, I stole from my house and the basement to complete the look. No money spent there.

I also used leftover door casing from the front door we replaced and some leftover spindles from the front porch build to build a fun ladder for storing blankets.

Old-door-frame-ladder

I love repurposing pieces of the old house into the projects I do. It preserves the history – and memory – of the home.

What do you think of the transformation?

Bedroom-before-and-after

If you would give this makeover a thumbs up, I would love it if you would hop over to the Rust-Oleum Creator’s Studio and vote for my desk to win the Thrift Store Challenge. Thanks in advance for your vote! 🙂 You can vote HERE.

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Kitchen plans and progress at the flip house

Hello friends! Things are wrapping up on the upstairs master suite at the flip house and the two bedrooms on the bottom floor are this.close to being done. That means I’ve had the opportunity to dig into the kitchen remodel a bit. Wow, is that a huge undertaking!

Today I wanted to share with you the plans for that space and the progress so far.

Here’s a peek at what I started with:

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The cabinets are in good shape. They’re just a bit outdated. I’m salvaging them and adding some molding to the doors and a few coats of fresh white paint to make them look like a million bucks. I also had the idea to turn the upper cabinet that blocked the kitchen from the dining and living areas into a lower peninsula.

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Here’s what the space looked like a few days ago:

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It always gets worse before it gets better, right? Matt got the upper cabinet secured to the floor and cut to the same height as the rest of the floor cabinets. He also added a toe kick – made out of 2x4s – so the cabinet would appear exactly like the others and the doors wouldn’t be too close to the floor.

Now this piece is ready for its backing and a countertop (coming soon). I’m adding about 10 extra inches of countertop, creating a bar overhang where I can tuck in a few stools. I can’t wait to see how this thrifty salvaged piece turns out!

Here are a few pictures of things I’m incorporating into this kitchen remodel:

white kitchen

White cabinets with Shaker-style molding

Subway tile

Subway tile backsplash

Chalkboard wall

Chalkboard wall

My budget for this kitchen renovation is $1,300 and I am going to try really hard to keep from going over budget on this. I’ll let you know the exact dollar figure when it all shakes down.

Are you as excited as I am to see how everything turns out? 🙂