• Fall Home Tour - Outdoors
  • Seasonal & Holiday Crafts
  • A $25 Goodwill Upcycle
  • A Budget Stenciled Backsplash (Under $150)
  • The Impact of Wainscoting
  • A Chair Reupholstery Tutorial (For First Timers!)
  • Stencil Tutorial and My Closet Makeover
  • How to Paint Leather Furniture
  • A Broken T.J. Maxx Table, Revitalized by Paint!
  • Front Door Transformation with High Gloss Paint
  • My First Chalk Paint Project
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818 Square Feet

Ok, so. We're excited to revisit the basement again. Remember--this is Mr. Snazzy's space where he has free reign to do his own thing, and I'm only gently steering some of the outcomes, isn't that so nice of me? ;-) I put together a slideshow so you can see our progress. We still have a lot planned, just haven't executed it all yet. The big but. It's easy to get overwhelmed by this space. 818 square feet of emptiness is what we have been faced with, (818 square feet nearly represents my entire living space in my previous house). We stepped away from the basement primarily because we had a total difference of opinion mental block on how we wanted it to look. When you accumulate pieces over several months, sometimes you lose your way. I often refer back to this post to remind myself of where we were going with this at one time. But now, it's gettin' real. Starting With First Impressions:  The Stairwell I've written articles before about decorating large, empty spaces over … More...

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DIY: Vinyl Wall Appliqué

  If  you’d like a quote for your own vinyl wall art, just email us! We are slightly fanatical about our music. I mean, I love music–but my husband is a truly. Obsessed. Audiophile. When I say “obsessed” I mean, he’s insufferable. And will play music (sometimes the same song) for a month until everyone […]

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DIY: Buffet Upcycled with Metallic Paint

This post is sponsored by Modern Masters, I received paint and supplies from the Metallic Paint Collection in Warm Silver.   In the store where I sell my upcycled furniture creations, customers have been enjoying a variety of bold color palettes with specialty finishes. Turquoise and red seem to be the predominant color choice, with […]

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Tile Printing Tutorial (for enlarging images)

Tile printing is an essential ingredient behind many of my DIY projects at home.  You will see me reference this in my Ballard Designs Monogram Art, an image transfer on my T.J. Maxx table, my enlarged horse art, and you can also use it for the free Halloween silhouette downloads. What are the Reasons I […]

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Wedding Catering with a Twist of Ragtime

What better way to say “thank you” to friends and family than with a great meal at your special event. Our wedding theme evolved into “vintage–with a twist of ragtime”, so I found ways to add vintage touches throughout my venue– even in the food presentation. Vonderhaar’s Catering honored my theme and made it all […]

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15 Painted Furniture Project Ideas

The easiest and least expensive transformation is a furniture transformation. As I sit through another game of Catchphrase or Uno, my mental Rolodex is assessing what furniture remains in my house that I want to paint (or strip). Admittedly I love painting furniture, it’s such an easy way to breathe new life into an item […]

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DIY: Industrial Lighting Upgrade Over the Mantel

This post is sponsored by National Builder Supply and my opinions are my own. I was compensated with product from Kichler Lighting.   Above: My new Kichler Braelyn Pendants, from National Builder Supply. We LOVE them! I would have never guessed that ten years after building my beloved home that I would be so nitpicky over it’s […]

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My House: Before (2005)

Let me start by posting some pictures of my house in 2005. Now when I say that my house was “a white gymnasium” you’ll understand.   See how empty it was? And look at the little girl in pink wearing the Bob the Builder hardhat. That little girl, her brother and this blank canvas were […]

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Ballard Designs-Inspired Monogram Art

Above: My DIY version of Ballard Designs Monogram Art. $1.00 + I used extra paint supplies I already had at home.  Below: Ballard Designs original = $169.   Found on the Ballard Designs website. Do you ever stop and think to yourself, “My house doesn’t have enough FONTS”??? Yeah, same here…in fact, I may be […]

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Seasonal DIY Projects That YOU Can Do!

Tile printing is an essential ingredient behind many of my DIY projects at home.  You will see me reference this in my Ballard Designs Monogram Art, an image transfer on my T.J. Maxx table, my enlarged horse art, and you can also use it for the free Halloween silhouette downloads. What are the Reasons I… [Continue Reading]

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Materials: A fake pumpkin from the dollar or craft store, white latex paint, paint brush + printed images from The Graphics Fairy: Today I pulled off a Pinterest project that doesn’t involve large machinery, power tools or heavy lifting! Just needed a little inspiration from some amazing blogs that I recently stumbled upon. I was… [Continue Reading]

Seasonal & Holiday Crafts

Keep reading, I’ve brought you my own little DIY project along with some seriously gorgeous fall eye candy from 26 other bloggers in the “Best of DIY” –we have even collaborated and opened our own Pinterest Board! Keep scrolling down to the bottom of this page to see more fall inspiration!  Even if you don’t… [Continue Reading]

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Before I give these beautiful velvet pumpkins away, (hop over to Facebook to see how to win) I wanted to show you how cute they were on my DIY crates. Let’s pretend for a minute these are mine. The vignettes I create unintentionally are sometimes my best ones. Does that happen to you? Sometimes we… [Continue Reading]

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 Fall Home Tour Part I:  Outdoors  I love this time of year because everything seems so much more relaxed. It’s the calm before 9 months of extreme weather. And we are (almost) ready for it. Leave it to my son to sum up fall, in all the glory of his teenage eloquence: “Fall means dead… [Continue Reading]

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This simple Mason jar winterscape made it’s first appearance in my holiday home tour. My Masons were just sitting empty on my kitchen windowsill.  While shopping I picked up these cute little miniatures, a girl walking her dog and some greenery.. …and…I picked up some glitter.  No glue…just glitter and the figures… …I dropped the… [Continue Reading]

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I’ve been out shopping a lot as of late and I always gravitate towards the office decor department at World Market. I love their world traveler collection and have always loved old maps. I decided this looked too simple to not DIY, so I headed to the craft store. Same fonts were available so I… [Continue Reading]

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One of the earliest investments I made in my new house in 2005 was a gigantic, 10′ prelit Christmas tree. Over time I envisioned the tree being filled up with cute little craft projects that the kids would bring home from daycare or school. That first year the tree looked particularly sparse so we broke… [Continue Reading]

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 Download your own window silhouettes here. I am all about simple, seasonal crafts that get my kids stoked about the upcoming holiday. I love easy setup and tear down, and especially love to find ways to stay on my budget by working dollar store items into the mix. *************** So this year, I am thrilled to… [Continue Reading]

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    Need some inspiration for your front door? Here is one of the most complicated DIY tutorials you will ever witness–a framed boxwood wreath.   My new spring wreath + Front Door makeover + lessons learned. (Original inspiration courtesy of Down To Earth Style) So after a grueling trip to Michael’s and Target, this… [Continue Reading]

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Me, as a preggers Lucille Ball (hyperlink for the younger crowd that MIGHT NOT KNOW who Lucy is). (Above): Lucy and Andy Griffith hooked up!? Who knew?? We threw a big Halloween bash this past Sunday, and nothing helps a DIY’er understand her home better than watching the flow of 30+ people move about IN her… [Continue Reading]

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Click here to download your own FREE window silhouettes. All the images will be available soon! A couple of Halloween’s ago, I transformed my house into a haunted house in honor one of my favorite holidays. {This is the one holiday where your sophisticated home decor is trumped by FUN!}  So I had my son pose… [Continue Reading]

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If you’re new here, welcome to Snazzy Little Things, my DIY & vintage decor blog! Feel free to browse the many projects that brought me here today.  My site has primarily been focused on the evolution of my builder’s grade home, some hardcore remodeling and DIY. I was so flattered to be invited to participate in “The… [Continue Reading]

Holiday Home Tour 2013

Our year of improving our home…on an extreme budget!

Holiday Home Tour 2013

My Holiday Home Tour, 2013

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If you’re new here, welcome to Snazzy Little Things, my DIY & vintage decor blog! Feel free to browse the many projects that brought me here today.  My site has primarily been focused on the evolution of my builder’s grade home, some hardcore remodeling and DIY. I was so flattered to be invited to participate in “The […]

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Entryway / Foyer

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  Once my foyer had white walls, white vinyl floors, no molding or trim, no wainscoting, no curtains…and was a blinding sea of builders’ grade materials. This is the result of our remodeling efforts since 2012. Click links to witness each tutorial: painted black door, painted balusters and railings, new faux wainscoting, frieze molding at the […]

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DIY: Painting Stair Railings & Fixing Color Mistakes

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In this post you will witness my neurosis with color and getting it exactly right. During my recent stair railing makeover, I tried to step outside of my normal comfort zone and “warm up” my color scheme by bringing out the reds in my flooring. My house is an open loft style and the railing […]

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Ready for Fall: Outdoors

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 Fall Home Tour Part I:  Outdoors  I love this time of year because everything seems so much more relaxed. It’s the calm before 9 months of extreme weather. And we are (almost) ready for it. Leave it to my son to sum up fall, in all the glory of his teenage eloquence: “Fall means dead […]

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DIY: Ikea Butcher Block Countertops

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See entire kitchen transformation on HGTV.com’s “Rate My Space”! Total island remodel project cost = $470 Before I post my own tutorial, I recommend you take a look at This Old House Butcher Block Countertop Installation for a great step-by-step instructional. Why reinvent the wheel, right? Always on an extreme budget, I seriously wanted to […]

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DIY: Stenciled French Backsplash

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This project was featured on the Royal Design Studio website. This is my voluntary review of their stencils. I was not compensated with product. All opinions expressed are my own. I had a beautiful, unused stencil with a script version of the French sonnet, “Springtime in Paris” (it was originally intended for my sunroom curtains, little did I know […]

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