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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A QUICK $8 Family Room Transformation (or Maybe FREE!)

There is a small DIY we've been meaning to get around to since last summer after seeing it on HGTV, who else watches that channel?! Our house was built in the early 90's and though its previous owners took great care of it the only updating it has had was the granite counter top- which pretty much sold me on the house. 

Last summer my wonderful husband painted our orange kitchen cabinets white and that made a HUGE difference! We definitely saved thousands of dollars painting them ourselves compared to purchasing new ones. Right now I'm in the process of painting all the orange trim and window sills which is a tedious process but will be worth it once they're done. 

I love updating our house making it what we want because everything we do feels like an investment but sometimes I get a little bogged down with how long it takes. I really have a hard time committing to big projects which is why I usually have multiple ones going at the same time! The other week though I started and completed a project all in one evening which really only took a few minutes of my undivided attention- score! 

Remember when I posted about my 'Mantle Mayhem'? Did you notice the shinny gold details around the fireplace? Well they aren't there anymore! 

Best few dollars ever spent! Some of you might even have this stuff in your garage already. We used high heat primer and some engine enamel since those gold/brassy details get warm when the fire is going in the winter. We purchased ours from Lowes but I imagine you could get them at any hardware or hobby store. 

My husband was surprised to come home to the updated fireplace since he didn't realize how quick of a project it was. Those metal details just snap on and off the fireplace so once they are completely dry just snap them back into place! As always before you paint make sure to clean off any dust and dirt! 

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  1. what a great easy fix and it looks SO much better!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  2. Nice!! Amazing what a drastic difference a small change like that can make! I am like you in starting several projects but not completing any! Ha! My husband teases me that I'm a 90 percenter! :)


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