Home Improvements

This past year has been full of so many up and downs. One of the most monumental highlights was the purchase of my new home. It is a fixer upper but it has been my pride and joy. I rented for four years and I learned to be content to rent. However, renting in Virginia can be very costly. Purchasing my baby has been the best decision I have made.

I am still considered a recent graduate (under 5 years) just being my career, so I am on a very tight budget. On the other hand, I have very expensive taste. So I am wanting a steak on a hamburger budget, but with the help of Pinterest I am able to accomplish this goal. I have finished most of the rooms in my home but some rooms are still a work in progress. I am a bit of a perfectionist so this has been very trying; but I am learning it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. I want to be able to live fully within the mess, with the imperfections.

I have many DIY projects because I am not afraid to find a good bargain and get a little dirty! Decorating the home is an adventure and a journey, a fun one! So come along with me and enjoy the ride.

My Finds:


I found this table at GoodWill for $30!!!! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I walked in and BOOM there was my beautiful table, missing only one screw.


My mom had these chairs on a old table set she wasn’t using anymore. I had the two end tables from my previous home.


I stained the table top wood stain and painted the legs and the bottom of the table with cream paint from Home Depot.


As you can see I have an open concept and my dinning areas coordinated with the living space. The only additional piece of furniture that was purchased was the couch. It is the Amalfi sectional from Havertys. I absolutely love that I was able to create a custom unique look to fit my individual taste.
This table came from Walmart for $50. It is a drop leaf table that is perfect for a small kitchen like mine!
The table was stained and the window seat is a bench from a local wood shop. It opens like a toy chest which is great to store canned goods and dry food products I do not have a pantry so everything that I had in my rental property pantry is in here. I had the pillows to add a little touch of my style 🙂
This was the kitchen when I first bought the home….
Here is the finished product! I did everything myself too. So ladies roll up your sleeves, you can do it. The cabinets were stained with wood stain. The backsplash is peel and stick from Home Depot. Each sheet is about $7. It is very easy to do; you peel the back sheet off and place it on the area desired. The countertop is not real granite because it is a true investment 🙂 I purchased “Instant Granite” from Amazon for $28. I still plan on purchasing a new countertop but this is a good alternative until I am able to afford the countertop of my choice.

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