The first Wednesday of every month I love teaming up with my friends Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles, Pam of Simple Details, and Kris of Driven By Decor with a new home and garden category to dig into, and it’s even more fun to have a guest host to share yet another perspective. Today we’re beyond happy to have Brooke Christen of Nesting With Grace joining us! If you haven’t met Brooke and her blog her you will love them both, especially after you see this ingenious light hack that is one of my all time favorite “do-able DIYs”!
Thank you for hosting with us today Brooke!
I adore this topic – where to spend to get the most bang for your buck!! Who doesn’t love to do that?! Let’s dive right in!
PAINTING INTERIORS DOORS BLACK (OR GREY OR GREIGE!)
PAINT is hands down the GREATEST bang for your buck – it is truly transformative both physically to your home, and in how it makes you feel! I have painted every speck of walls and trim in this house and ridding it of the dated orange oak was beyond gratifying. After a couple of years I painted the first floor doors black to give our cookie cutter house a little spunk and make it feel just a little different than the rest of the houses around us.
Our living room before….
and now (after our Christmas tree came down when one little corner of our house was empty but gloriously clean! It’s just crying out for a moulding project, don’t you think?)
4 wall colors later, I ended up with Simply White on our walls and that too has given new life to our dated abode (even with that foyer tile hanging on for dear life!!)See more of Simply White throughout the house here.
The black doors definitely give this house that is bereft of architectural details a little interest. For less than a gallon of paint for 10 doors, a HUGE bang for the buck! Check out this beautiful door color that I can’t get out of my head.
PAINTING GARAGE OR BASEMENT STEPS
Another dramatic way paint changed a part of our house – our garage steps!
For the cost of one quart of porch & floor enamel in “Cilantro” (that also covered the adjacent mud room floor) the happy factor of this spot that we use every single day is exponentially increased!
USING PEA STONE FOR A PATIO OR WALKWAY
Years ago Mark and I went to Italy and one of my favorite nights began with a glass of wine under the stars on a small vineyard’s pea stone patio. It was so beautiful! I started noticing pea stone in decor magazine photos of European villas and landscapes, and catalogs like Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn, and grew more and more enchanted with them through the years. You can imagine my delight when I first started planning our DIY patio and firepit area and discovered that pea stone is one of the most affordable materials to use for an outdoor space!
We spent less than $200 on the pea stone; along with renting a sod cutter to remove grass, garden edging, weed preventative landscape fabric and tools our patio came in right around $400.
The spirea and ornamental grasses are starting to fill out the space, and eventually we want to add cobblestones to the perimeter and a tree that would add some dappled light to the edge of the patio.
You can see all the steps to DIY a pea stone patio and build a stone fire pit all right here.
Giving new life to old or dated furniture is such a great way to stretch a dollar, and often you end up with a piece with more character than you could have found in a furniture store.
Our dining room table started out in Germany; it was brought back to the States by a US Army soldier in the late 60s. I had been searching for the perfect table, new or old, for 2 years when I bought it off of Craigslist from his son. The top is solid oak with two leaves.
I stripped and stained it to a walnut finish, and then a few years later stripped, stained and limed it into it’s current state.
I love it’s patina and that it has history – and it also can seat 12, 14 if we squish, and that makes me happy!!
Check out a few more ways to get some serious furniture bang for your buck.
ADDING FRESH GREENS OR FLOWERS TO YOUR SPACE
I was going to make my #5 about how adding simple white linen curtains from Ikea to our kitchen slider made the space instantly feel about a millions times more pulled together, finished and cozy, (so consider that a bonus!) but what really jumped out at me from a lot of my pictures of our home is how much plants and flowers bring to a space!
Don’t wait for someone else to buy you flowers if you love them! Buy them for yourself!
Even the bathroom benefits from some fresh greens or a plant!
Flowers and greens are the best bang for the buck – especially if they’re picked right from your yard (bonus points for viney weeds that are not poison ivy!) Free always fits in the budget!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Visit the rest of the MFF crew for more great ideas!
I’ll be back here tomorrow with all the before and afters of the amazing Bloggers Heart Habitat project from January!