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Transform An Ikea BILLY Bookcase Into A Stunning Kitchen Pantry

Ikea provides affordable and good-looking options for remodelers on a budget, and here’s how to make your money go even further! While designing our kitchen, using Ikea cabinets, we needed a large pantry for our family. The cost of the coordinating Ikea pantry unit exceeded our budget, so I decided to wander around Ikea for a while and figure out an option. That’s when the BILLY bookcase came into view! It’s estimated that every five seconds, one BILLY bookcase is sold somewhere in the world. Pretty impressive considering the Billy series was launched in 1979. Historically, these bookcases have become a home for books and chotskis to be displayed, but these days, they can be transformed into a myriad of functional furniture/storage pieces. You can find…

Give Your 1960’s Ranch Style House A Facelift For Under $100

Not content to pull into the driveway of a boring looking 1960’s ranch house anymore? These inexpensive changes can transform your cookie-cutter ranch and make it a modern mid-century joy to come home to! Same, same, same… All  ofthe other houses in our 1960’s tract home neighborhood had terracotta brick, plastic shutters, and a small cement porch with twisted iron railings, that jutted out inconveniently from of the center of the house.   Every other home in our neighborhood was an equally dreary version of ours. Most of our home improvement budget was earmarked for a kitchen remodel, so it would take ingenuity to transform the exterior of our home. Fortunately, I’m a penny pincher, and knew I could make this facelift dream a reality!…

How To Install A Painted Plexiglass/Acrylic Backsplash In 6 Easy Steps

My husband and I recently remodeled our mid-century home’s kitchen. We easily made the decision about which type of cabinet and countertop materials to use, but we went round and round trying to select the perfect backsplash. I knew I did not want a tile backsplash. They require exhaustive maintenance and trends like “subway” or “Moroccan” tile pass quickly, so you’re left with a dated look in just a few years. Scrolling through Pinterest, I discovered some beautiful painted glass backsplashes, but the prohibitive cost and challenging installation drove me to look for other options. We both loved the look of the glass though, so we decided to find a way to make it work! As we researched our options, we came across some examples of…

Create Instant Curb Appeal With These Modern House Number Ideas

The pizza delivery driver slowed to a stop, trying to make out the address of our home. Unable to read our house numbers, he drove off with our pizza. Tired of receiving cold pizza, I decided to update our seemingly invisible house numbers, and headed off to the home improvement store for supplies! Here are some unique house number ideas I’ve found. They are not only eye-catching, but will immediately improve your curb appeal without breaking the bank. On the house: In the front yard: On the mailbox: Make sure your pizza’s delivered hot. Pura vida, Penny    

How I “Tiny Housed” My Full-Sized Life In 7 Short Days!

“Would you take 3 bucks for it?’ the man said holding my stunning McCoy vase. It had come to this, all of my collectables, dishes, utensils and appliances lay out like lava on the kitchen counters, the result of a huge cabinet eruption. This was the final weekend before we moved to Costa Rica and our family of four could only take a few suitcases, so EVERYTHING else had to go. My husband had already moved to start working, so I alone had to get rid of a house and garage full of things I never thought I could live without; a chef’s kitchen full of my favorite things, a library of books I’d collected over a lifetime, 10 boxes of Christmas decorations, and craft/art supplies…

“Tiny House Your Full-Sized Life” · 7 Day Challenge

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. – Marie Kondo Tiny house living or downsizing may sound appealing, but if you can’t abandon your current full-sized life, you can still experience the joys of tiny house living. I moved back to the US two years ago after long-term tiny house living abroad and in just two short years back home, my drawers, closets, and life were bursting at the seams. I had innumerable decorations (otherwise known as stuff) out on display that needed constant cleaning and I’d begun replacing, rather than religiously repurposing or upcycling what I already had. As the amount of stuff increased, “clutter clusters” were spawned in almost every room. The materialism…