My First Guest!

As promised, Emily over at Nest. Nesting. Nested. agreed to be my first guest blogger!  We are each other’s firsts.  Isn’t that cute?

Wait until you see her home!  She is SO creative and crafty, and has created beautiful spaces on a very tight budget!  So without further adieu, here she is

Hi, I am Emily from Nest. Nesting. Nested.

I am a girl who loves, I mean absolutely loves, home improvement/decorating projects.  I, like so many others, am on a budget when it comes to decorating.  Over the years of trying to transform my home, I have realized that it isn’t going to happen overnight, especially when on a budget. All of my spaces have happened over time, one project at a time.  Two of my favorite budget makeovers are my kitchen/dining and my laundry room.

My kitchen/dining room…
The first thing I did in my kitchen/dining room was find a table, and a few weeks later, chairs.  I found the table for $80, and the chairs for $7 each.  The table was a shiny, awful brown, and the chairs were an old brown color in need of some tlc. In my past life, before DIY, I would have thought no way!  But now, I think…this could really turn out cute.  I sanded, stained, and painted the table that I once would have never even taken a second look at.  Now I have a charming, sturdy table and chairs that I quite like.

My framed plate display, also something I really like, was a mere $15 project.  I had the frame (I see frames like this at thrift stores sometimes for $5 or $6), just repainted it using a sample size of Martha Stewart’s “Heavy Cream” paint.  I found some cute vintage plates for $1 or $2 each at an antique store.  Bought some plate wires, hung my plates and frame, and now I have a cute wall display that didn’t break the bank.
My cabinets…
I painted and glazed them myself.  To make them look a little more expensive and custom, I simply added moldings.  I cut the moldings myself; if you don’t have access to a miter saw you can always buy your moldings at home depot, they have a miter box that you can use to cut your own wood.
I also made my own plate rack using round and square dowels…a $10 project!
My Laundry room…
Less than $350 total!

A few things that I have learned along the way to stay on budget while creating a space that I will love …

*Try to look at something for what it could be, not what it is.

*Always plan your projects out, and do your research.
I have had too many projects that I have done wrong, or rushed and had to redo
because I messed up, or it turned out sloppy. What a waste of money and time!

*Try to think of ways to re purpose items. Cookie jars turned into laundry soap containers,
a cute shower curtain or an old quilt made into pillows, etc.

*Paint! Paint is such a quick and easy way to change the look of a room, a piece of furniture, cabinets, etc.

*DIY, try not to hire out

*Don’t be ashamed to go thrifting. Some of my most favorite things
I have found at thrift and second hand stores.

*Know when to splurge. There are some things you just have to splurge on.

Check out my blog for tutorials on my plate rack, moldings, tiling & updating, painting, and glazing cabinets.
Good luck with all of your future home improvement/decorating projects!
All my best,

See!  Aren’t her spaces adorable?  Be sure to go and check out the rest of her blog.  And this is another reminder folks, today is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway to win something from my Etsy shop over at Nest. Nesting. Nested.  The winner will be announced tomorrow and I’m so excited!  Thanks again to Emily for appearing here on B & B’s Nest and thank you for the opportunity to host your June giveaway.  It was my absolute pleasure!
Go enter.  Don’t delay.  Man, I’m bossy today (*smile*).  Good luck everyone!



  1. Nice post! It was informative and humorous. Thanks for the tips!

  2. You have a lot of great ideas! I love that you found your dining room table and chairs for such a great deal! You did a fantastic job on your cabinets. Very well done!


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