Fixer Upper Friday: Easy DIYs To Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

I just got back from a pretty relaxing trip to Rochester and Ithaca, NY. The houses and landscaping were so beautiful up there that I got super inspired to make some changes when I got back to our fixer uppers. It’s always important for me to keep things budget friendly. While curb appeal can really break the bank, I found some super simple upgrades that I think give a lot of bang for your buck! Simple things like house numbers, pretty flowers, and painted front doors can make a world of difference. Here are some upstate homes that I thought were awesome. I hope they inspire you too!

Rochester Home

Landscaping

Rochester Facade

Curb appeal is about your home’s first impression — the face it presents to the world (and to you, when you come home every day). And while you may think of your home’s exterior as something that’s difficult to change without investing a lot of money and time, there are actually quite a few (really simple, DIY) things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal — many of them without even picking up a hammer.

For more inspiration follow the link below!

Source: 10 Easy DIY Ways To Power Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal | Apartment Therapy

Fixer Upper Friday: 5 Steps to Getting That “Fixer Upper” Style

So I just binge-watched the first two seasons of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. I suppose I’m a little late to that party, but I absolutely love that farmhouse style! I love the paint colors, the simplicity, and the character of all of the designs. Joanna, Chip, and their entire team are some super talented folks, so is it even possible for a novice like myself to get that look? I think so!

Here are five easy steps to help achieve that “Fixer Upper” style:

1. Start with a neutral palette with some subtle light paint colors. In almost every one of Joanna’s fixer uppers she uses neutral paint colors and brings brighter colors in with a pop here and there. This gives a nice simple, fresh, and clean slate for your design. [Though the picture above gives a sampling of Sherwin-Williams paints, Joanna just launched a new paint line this year to make the process even easier. Find it here.]

2. Mix your materials and textures. Joanna uses a variety of mediums and materials- wood, metals, leather, cloth, etc. Hardwood floor is almost always a design feature in a Fixer Upper house. Wood elements help your space feel warm and inviting. But don’t stop there…. Layer textures with a high-pile textured rug such as a jute. You can also bring in the warmth of wood with a piece of wooden furniture.

3. Use something architectural and unexpected as a decor center piece. Whether it be large shutters behind your couch or some old windows above your fireplace. This is my favorite aspect of Jo’s designs. I love seeing how she uses different architectural and industrial pieces so effortlessly in her designs. Items like these are found at antique festivals and shops. Your not going to find these one-of-a-kind pieces at your normal home decor store. The hunt for the treasured item is half the fun.

4. Use greenery. Nothing says fresh and clean like a vase of flowers or some greenery. These do not have to be living plants. Hobby Lobby has a great selection of faux greenery that fit the “Fixer Upper” style.

5. Declutter and find new uses for things you already have. All of Jo’s designs appear effortlessly simple and fresh. She does not clutter or over decorate- and almost all items have a useful purpose. Sometimes less is more. 

The “Fixer Upper” style is not something you can achieve over night. Although Jo makes it seem that way on the show. But hours of planning have been spent before she ever even steps into”design day.” This style takes time and will evolve over time. Just as it has with Joanna Gaines. If you look back at some of her first design reveals you can truly see how far she has came as a designer. But starting with these 5 basic steps will get you on the right path to your very own fixer upper!

All Images: magnoliamarket.com

Source: Plum PrettyHow to get that “Fixer Upper” Style: Design Challenge —

Fixer Upper Friday: Drop Cloth Curtains

Victorian Attic Window

So in the attic suite of our fixer upper #1, we’re lucky enough to have 8 windows that let in a ton of natural light. I love the natural light, but finding window treatments for these windows has been a serious hassle. I wanted to show off the character of the window (the odd shape of the window frame is to die for!), continue to let in natural light, while at the same time making sure that I had some privacy. That’s been a tall order as it turns out, but one thing was for sure. I could almost hear that these windows were screaming for linen curtains.

I absolutely love the look of linen curtains. The natural texture, the neutral color, and the design versatility win me over every time. The price, however, is a different story. I did a quick internet search for some fabulous linen curtains for the window above, and I was completely caught off guard by the price.

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$203 for one curtain panel?! A curtain panel that I would have to hem and stitch to suit the size of my window. No way. I determined that for that price, the neighbors were just gonna have to watch.

[SIDE STORY: My bedroom window directly faces the bedroom window of my teenage neighbor. One weekend, she randomly approached me while I was doing some yard work and kinda awkwardly stuttered, “have you been sleeping well?” Kinda creepy, no?]

So yeah, I really needed some affordable curtains that let the light in, but at the same time took privacy to the next level. I had no choice but to think outside the box.

Canvas Drop Cloth

It didn’t take long for me to find some awesome ideas on Pinterest. You guys are so amazingly creative! So many of you have been getting the look of linen for less by using standard painting drop cloths as curtains! Repurposing is totally my jam, and I immediately raced to Lowe’s and bought some drop cloths. The package above was only $5.98 and measured 4ft by 5ft. The cloth is already hemmed and ready to hang. Ugh! So perfect! Check out this close up of my new drop cloth curtains and compare it to the $200+ curtains below.

Drop Cloth Curtain

Here are the more expensive panels:

I am so happy with these curtains that I just had to share it with you guys! The natural light still floods in, and you really can’t see through them to watch your neighbors sleep (sorry, creepy neighbor chick).

Have you made any unconventional window treatments? Please don’t hesitate to share!

DIY Painted Leather Office Chair

Painted Leather Chair

So I’m still working on the renovation in fixer upper #2, and it’s a slower process than I had anticipated. Recently I’ve been switching around the rooms, turning the former walk-in closet into a bedroom, turning the former bedroom into an office, and turning the former office into the new walk-in closet. Sounds crazy, right? Anyway, everything’s come to a screeching halt because I’m completely obsessed with trying to find the perfect office chair.  I really like the feel and the texture of leather, but I’m not sure if the look of a leather chair is what I’m going for. Then I came across this wonderful DIY and I had to share. I had no idea that you could paint leather with such amazing results! This opens up a world of possibilities. There are plenty of places to find cheap, quality second hand furniture and with a simple DIY paint job, one person’s trash can easily become another person’s treasure! For the full tutorial, follow the link below.

Leather Chair

This little chair has been transformed more than once. I got it several years ago at Goodwill for $12.50. It was the style of chair I had been looking for, but not the color, so I made slipcover for it. You can read about how I did that, HERE. Well, the slipcover had worn out {thanks to my boys}, and I needed to do something different…

Source: Painted Leather Office Chair {Radiant Orchid} – Beneath My Heart