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  • How to Reupholster Bar Chairs- The DIY Wife

    How to Reupholster Bar Chairs

    Hi, all! I’m back again with a project that came about suddenly this week. My sweet baby is turning into a toddler. When he learned how to toddle, he could suddenly reach more, touch more and ultimately chew on more stuff. I keep a really close eye on him, so it’s not that big of a deal. Then, I noticed that he got ahold of our bar chairs. The bottom part of each cushion was starting to come off from him chewing on it. I wasn’t that upset about the bar chairs being chewed up, more worried about him ingesting the vinyl material from the seat. I needed to make an impromptu trip to get some new upholstery fabric, and reupholster my bar chairs as soon as possible. That should solve the problem!

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    This Free Database Can Help You Plan Your Next DIY Project

    Hi all! I’m back again with a quick question. Do you ever wonder which home improvement projects will make the biggest impact on your property value? I do! I would hate to fork out a wad of cash for a project, only to find out it didn’t increase on my property value. So which projects will have the most impact? Which one should I do next? Should I hire a contractor to do the project or tackle it myself? Will hiring a contractor cost too much? How much should it cost? My list of questions before planning a project seems endless. That is where Realm comes in. Realm is a new database that offers personalized insight into your upcoming home improvement projects, for free! I can’t wait to use it as a planning tool for my next DIY project!

  • Free DIY Project Planning Template

    Free DIY Project Planning Template

    Hi, all! I’m back to planning another project. It seems like I always have something on the back burner and I am just waiting for the time, money, inspiration or availability to get started. So, I do a lot of planning. I am a list maker at heart. Lists and plans help me get and stay organized. I find that it saves me time and money too. So, I thought I would share my free DIY project planning template with you.  It has stopped me so many times from running to the nearest home improvement store in the middle of a project! 

  • DIY Glass Etching. The DIY Wife

    DIY Glass Etching

    Hi, all! I’m back again with one of the most versatile crafts in my DIY arsenal. I love to customize glass pieces for a quick gift. Some of my previously customized projects include wine glasses, beer mugs, glass casserole dishes, glass vases, and glass candy dishes. I am currently etching a monogram in a glass canister. See how easily it can be done!

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    DIY Tile Kitchen Backsplash

    Hi, all! I’m back again with a relatively cheap kitchen update that makes a big impact… a DIY tiled backsplash! A nice tile backsplash can quickly make your kitchen look more updated and can be done in a weekend. When I installed the backsplash, I knew that I eventually wanted to change the color scheme in the whole kitchen, so I thought why not start now. I went with a backsplash that was more my style, even though I knew I would have to live with a mismatched kitchen for a few years. The countertops were updated later, in this post

  • DIY Laminate Flooring. The DIY Wife

    DIY Laminate Flooring

    Hi, all! I’m back again to talk about a huge project that me and the Mr. tackled a few spring breaks ago… Pergo laminate flooring. As you might already know, everything in our house was either missing (foreclosure) or contractor’s grade, when we bought it. Over the years, we keep updating small areas, on a budget. This particular spring break, we decided it was time to get rid of the ugly beige carpet in the living and dining room. First, carpet in a dining room is just wrong. Who wants that? Not me. Plus, with two dogs, the carpet was definitely worse for wear. Check out how we went about replacing it. 

  • Easy DIY Name Sign. The DIY Wife

    DIY Easy Name Sign

    Hi all! I was so excited to be due with my first baby in October 2020. A few years ago, I started a forest mural in the nursery. When I found out my baby was going to be a boy, I was very excited. The forest theme in the nursery would be PERFECT! I love the look of a wooden name sign for a nursery. Have you ever priced them out? They are outrageously expensive! I already had most of the tools and materials on hand so, I thought why not just DIY!

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    DIY Painted Mural Artwork

    Hi, all! I’m back with a DIY painted mural that I decided to do in my living room a few years ago. I have always loved the beachy feel of directional signs, and wanted one. I have a 2-foot-wide wall in my living room that was begging for a piece of art that was tall and skinny, enter directional sign. I thought about making a sign with wood, but wasn’t sure how to make it fit, then I thought about painting a mural. Why not paint a DIY directional sign mural?

  • DIY Utility Sink with Scrap Wood- The DIY Wife

    DIY Utility Sink Cabinet with Scrap Wood

    Hi, all! I wanted to share with you a project I did a few summers ago, on a whim. This particular summer, I was in the mood to do some home improvements, but we were strapped for cash. I decided that I would redecorate my laundry room with things that I already had on hand. Well, when we first moved in, the house had been foreclosed on, so we had to shell out a lot of dough for common things like blinds, a doorbell, shower curtain rods and shelves for every closet. We didn’t have a utility sink in our laundry room, but had an empty space for it with hookups. My father-in-law had one that he didn’t need anymore, so he gave it to us. It was old and needed refinished and didn’t come with a cabinet. After spending so much money on blinds and shelves when we moved in, we decided to make a cheap frame for the utility sink out of 2 x 4’s instead of buying a costly cabinet. And, there it sat, just like that for a few years. That is until I decided to put some makeup on that pig. 

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    DIY Picture Frame Molding

    Hi, all! I’m back with a combined project that made a world of difference in my entryway. We are talking about adding DIY wainscoting and trimming my ledge in pine. The amount of joy this project brings me daily is insurmountable. It brightened up the space, and elevated the look of my entryway and dining room. Sure, it’s a pain in the neck to keep clean with two dogs and a baby, but it looks so darn good. It’s seriously hard for me to NOT do it to my entire house! Check it out.