Garage Door Refresh

As I was doing my yearly cleaning of the siding on my house, I noticed that my garage door was starting to look really dingy, even after I cleaned it, and I knew it was time for a refresh!

After cleaning, I wiped it down with a liquid sanding solution and let that dry, and then refreshed with white paint. It took 2 heavy coats of paint to get even coverage across the texture of the garage door, and I made a lot of effort to do a neat job around the seals on the edges, so it ended up being a much bigger project than I had anticipated!

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Fall Decor Refresh

This last week, I decided that I had enough of summer and was ready to update my decor to fall. Starbucks did launch the Pumpkin Spice Latte this week, so clearly I am not alone in my feelings.

I went with a “greener” fall look this season, adding in more faux greenery instead of the traditional branches and orange leaves. Since most of my decor is neutral to begin with, I just added in a few pumpkins and a cozy plaid throw. As we approach halloween and thanksgiving, I’ll layer in a few more pieces, but for now I love the subtle fall look.

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Yearly Home Maintenance Schedule by Season

Owning a home is practically a full time job in itself. I often joke that I work harder on the weekends than I do during the work week just working on my house. But, a little maintenance every week can help save you from a costly problem down the road. I’ve compiled a list of must-do activities, by season to help you stay up to date on basic home maintenance.

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Ikea Hack: Stone Topped End Tables

I’ve written before about my Ikea hack end tables, but I thought it was worth updating the post! I’ve had these cheapie end tables for years and wanted to refresh them without a big investment. I thought maybe I could find some type of hardwood flooring that I could cover over the tops and went to look at my local home improvement store.

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Simple, Cheap Home Style Hacks to Copy Now

A lot of people are intimidated by decorating their space because they don’t feel like they have the means to completely refresh a room. Furniture, decor, rugs are all expensive and a huge investment, especially to buy all at once. There are a lot of easy ways to embrace your current space and make it look and feel intentionally designed without breaking the bank.

See my favorite simple and inexpensive style hacks below:

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Home Remodel: Before and Afters

One of the ‘before’ photos of my livingroom remodel project popped up in my memories on facebook recently and it was really fun to remember starting my crazy remodel project. I tend to always think about what project I want to do next, and get discouraged that I can’t afford everything I want at this very moment. Its easy to forget about how much work I have put into my home, and the fact that I sacrificed a lot to invest in it and pay off my mortgage. Even if its still a work in progress, it’s still something I am really proud of.

I don’t think I’ve ever shared where my home started when I bought it, so here’s a little trip down memory lane:

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