Do It Herself: Upgrading Your Space with Budget Friendly Home Improvements

I was fortunate enough to work with The Home Depot for the Do-It-Herself workshops last month. Our main goal is to help women gain the skills and confidence to be a do-it-herselfer with FREE monthly workshops giving step-by-step instructions and hands on experience to learn basic repairs and easy home improvements.

DO IT HERSELF PROJECTSAnd it got me thinking… what are some of my favorite Do-It-Herself projects I’ve done around my home recently?

white-kitchen-cabinets-black-appliancesWell one of my biggest Do-It-Herself makeovers to date (and also the least expensive) was a mini-kitchen makeover by simply painting my kitchen cabinets.

before and after kitchen makeoverThe bland builder grade oak cabinets were given a fresh start in bright white. Just a couple coats of primer and paint completely transformed my space for less than $100. We also added a backsplash and crown molding on the cabinets. Great mini-makeover ideas that make a big impact for a small price.

PietyCt77BR3And when I needed a new space to work double duty for my computers and crafting, I built a 10 foot long desk in our spare bedroom made out of stock kitchen cabinets. I just topped the cabinets with plywood and covered them in laminate flooring for a great faux wood finish.

craft room flor carpet tilesI even ripped up our old carpeting and installed Flor carpet tiles in my craft room. Yep, a big job for this girl but I’m so happy that I decided to tackle that project because it’s definitely eye-catching!

PietyCt77BRFor my Master Bedroom makeover I installed white washed faux wood paneling as an accent wall behind the bed. This really softened up the room and gave a great focal point against the black furniture.

laundry-room-makeoverAnother easy Do-It-Herself project that I completed on a budget this past year was our Laundry Room makeover. I simply added a bead board wall with hooks for hanging book bags and coats, stenciled our old washer and dryer, added two rows of wire shelving for storage and organization, plus gave the room a fresh coat of paint. Quite the transformation!

stenciled-washer-dryer1I’ve also done countless furniture makeovers, like this little accent table for my kitchen (one of my favorite transformations). Finding an old piece of furniture at Goodwill or on Craigslist is a great way to stay on budget for any room makeover.

wood-icing-accent-table-final1Also a simple coat of paint is one of my favorite Do-It-Herself projects to upgrade any space on a budget. My dining room makeover was a huge transformation going from a bright shade of red to a calming greenish blue called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.

dining-room-sea-salt-straightI’m still in love with the painted stenciled wall in my daughter’s bedroom.  Yep, it amazes me what a simple coat of paint can do.

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So, what’s one of your favorite budget-friendly home improvements that any Do-It-Herselfer can do?

Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop Project Challenge + GIVEAWAY

So, were any of you lovely ladies able to attend the Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop last night? The February project was a Pinterest-inspired project: framing a mirror with tile. Isn’t this awesome?

do it herself workshopI saw some amazing photos on Twitter and Pinterest showcasing the February DIH Workshop projects and was completely blown away! Check out Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick’s recap here.

And KPLR Channel 11 in St. Louis even did a new story on the local Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop here. You can see the video clip HERE.

Well in case you weren’t able to attend last night, you still have time to complete this project and enter for your chance to win BIG here on MY BLOG!

How big?
How about a $100 Home Depot Gift Card! 

100 home depot gift card

Yep, little ol’ me will be giving away a $100 Gift Card to Home Depot!

Just complete the DIH Workshop project, then document and post your photo to Pinterest using the hashtag #DIHWorkshop.

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AND HERE’S HOW YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
Just leave me a comment confirming you have pinned your project!

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And make sure you use the hashtag #DIHWorkshop when pinning!

home depot do it herself workshopI can’t wait to see all of the cool projects you guys are going to create. This contest ends on February 28th so make sure you get your project completed and pinned for your chance to win the $100 HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD!

I’ll be pinning all of the entries to my own Pinterest board:

Inspired by Pinterest: Framing a Mirror with Tile

And make sure you check out the Home Depot website for more information on the Do-It-Herself Workshops. They have one every month and it’s great to see women learning more about home improvements and repairs, don’t you think?