I’m bringing another DIY!  You can my May DIY here.  I’ve taken on a new interest in creating great spaces in my home as well as updating my home on a budget of course.  To stay within that budget, I’ve taken a liking to DIY’ing and have had some great results in doing so, in my own opinion.

Doing it myself is not something that comes naturally, however being creative is.  The patience and time it can take to complete one task can become a little overwhelming especially in a time where most everything is instant.  I began my DIY’ing with small task, in baby steps, beginning with one project/room at a time.  This helps to stay within my budget as well as evaluate my next steps and avoid the overwhelming feelings and cost that can come from taking on huge projects.


For June’s DIY, I reupholstered a chair to create a reading/sitting space in my bedroom.  Creating a reading space in my bedroom was part of the bigger picture project of updating my bedroom which I’ll discuss in a later post.


I purchased this chair from the Habitat for Humanity Store for $15.00! In selecting this chair, I looked for a chair that was fairly simple to disassemble, made of real wood (easy for staining), had a good cushioning (replacing cushion can be costly) and was cumfortable. This chair met all those requirements!


I then disassembled the chair. To disassemble I simply unscrewed all the screws under the seat and the seat came right out.  As for the head/back rest, I had to pop out the wood circular fillers and then unscrew.

Once taken apart, I sanded the chair to get the brown wood stain off.  If I was going to paint the chair, sanding wouldn’t have been necessary but I wanted an Ebony stain to match our bedroom furniture.

Following the sanding, I stained the chair with two coats of Ebony stain which cost about $10.00 for the brush and stain.

While I allowed the stain to dry overnight, I selected the pattern for the reupholster and reupholstered the seat and back rest.  The fabric for the reupholster was purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon which made 1 yard plus $8.37.  In addition I purchased some fabric flowers for $7.99.


Once the stain dried, I put the chair back together and placed the chair beside my window because I love natural lighting, and wanted to create a good working, reading, sitting space in my room.


In addition to the chair, I added a side table I had gotten from Habitat for Humanity about 3 years ago that was sitting in my attic.  I originally purchased the side table for $10.00 which is faux wood panelling and had a dated wood stain.  I spray painted the table black.  I also added a $.49 basket and $.99 glass vase from the Salvation Army.  The mirror was laying around the house so I added it behind the table to make the room appear larger.

I’ve loved the space since creating it!  I’ve sat in this space while blogging and also sit in this space and have my morning coffee.  Collectively, this space cost me less than $50.00! My master bedroom upgrade is now totaling less than $70.00 which include the fan from May’s DIY!

Have my DIY’s been helpful?  Would you like to see videos?  Do you have a DIY or would like to begin DIY project, if so please share?



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Hello GDTH followers!

I’m back At least I’m trying to be.  I think I came to a point were I realized that I bit of more than I could chew with all the hustling I had going on.  As a result my focus become more about the most lucrative hustles and less about GDTH.  However, I’ve discovered my balance and hopefully I an return to a normal routine and consistency.  In addition to being stretched way too thin, I also lost my writing motivation, as I had pretty much been successful eliminating my credit card debt, I know longer had interest in writing about it.  Hence my most recent post that have less to do with money and more about other aspects of my life.

Now more about this post!  I’ve realized that my creativity extends beyond writing and doing hair.  I’ve also noticed that when my motivation or inspiration diminishes in those areas it begins to BURST in others!  In addition to discovering my creativity in other areas, I’ve also decided that I wanted to create a home that has more of my family’s touch on it as well as functional spaces that we can enjoy.  I mean why not, its this home that is consuming most of my paycheck!  With that being said, I’ve started on my quest to create those spaces, beginning with our bedroom ( which I’ll share one complete) and decided to upscale some of the items we already had instead of purchasing newer ones.

One of those items was our ceiling fan! The mister and I originally picked a fan from Lowes.

Lowes fan

 This fan from was priced at $134.00.  Although, we could afford it why not save $100 plus dollars and update my fan myself?  Which is exactly what I did.


First I removed the fan and disassembled it.  I then cleaned it.  After I cleaned all the pieces (which were caked with dust)  I let them dry in the sun for about 30 minutes.

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Afterwards, I spray painted the metal pieces with Rustoleum, metallic spray paint in Soft Nickel. I applied about three coats letting them dry outside about 30 minutes a piece before applying the additional coats.

more spray paint spray painting IMG_1684

Once completely dry, I reassembled the fan!  I also purchased updated light covers to match the new more modern look.  The task all day from taking it down to putting it back up, but was totally worth it!


For my first DIY what do you think?  Is your creativity reflected in other ways?  Would you like to continue to see GDTH DIYs showing how I’m saving money redecorating my home?

Life’s Lemons: How I’m making lemonade.

Life's Lemons

I recently posted my 2016 goals and the mini monthly goals to accomplish them. To refer back to them click here.  More specifically, my goal was to fully finance out-of-pocket our home  renovation of finishing the upstairs to add an additional bedroom and full bathroom to total but not exceed $10k.  The monthly mini goal(s) to work towards accomplishing this was to get the permit, purchase the floor boards, and have the mister to install the floor.

Long sigh….

Well, I thought I would jump start that goal on Wednesday January 31, 2015.  I contacted the city to inquire about a permit and am informed that I would need to get permission permit from environmental health to ensure that the renovation can be accommodated by the septic tank and well that we already have.  “Okay!” That seems simple was my initial thought and I proceed onto the health department.

Well… I arrive and complete the application.  As the man, Bill, overlooks that application frowning and shaking his head he concludes with depressing news.  The septic tank will not accommodate and additional room and bathroom because the current septic tank only accommodates three rooms and up to six people.   To fully assess our property there is a $300.00 fee (nonrefundable).  If any accommodations can be made the cost could range from $3k-$10k placing the total for the renovation at $13k-$20k.  There is no guarantee that they can come up with a solution, although they try very hard, and if not they do not refund the $300 assessment fee, nor do they grant the permission permit to get the building permit.

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The upstairs renovation was only a portion of the home renovations we had planned to make to our home over time.  We would like to extend our bedroom to add a sitting area and an updated bathroom to include a tub, update our kitchen, and add a detatched two door garage/man cave.  The total of all these renovations could range from $50k-$100k.

This brings me to the lemonade making process.  Do we:
  1. Continue with the out -of- pocket renovation
  2. take out a loan to cover the unfinished attic renovation
  3. sell our home and purchase what we really want and can afford within our means

Financially, option one makes the most cents (see what I did). However, we needed the room finished yesterday and could potentially take close to a year as we plan to accomplish many goals based on our pay periods.  The plus is that we have contractors that understand and are willing to work with us.

Option 2, could provide quicker results that option 1, however we would not apply for the loan until I have eliminated at least three of the five cards I have left.  Hubby would eliminate all of them by June which is when we are considering applying for the loan if that’s what we did.

Option 3, is only being introduced because of the time and money that would be required for options 1 or 2.  We wouldn’t be able to place our home on the market until October 2016.  This would allow us to aggressively eliminate debt, maximizing our affordability and ability to manage a possibly larger mortgage.

Our plan is to talk with a realtor and/or mortgage lender about our options.  In the meantime, you guys are so financially wise…what would you do? What other options would you consider?

Our house, making it a home!

Our House,

October 2011 we purchased our first home!  It was a dream come true for our family.  The home met most of our needs, it had adequate (and expandable space), a big yard (that my husband now regrets), and was in a rural neighborhood.

Everything we went through to purchase our home was immediately irrelevant the moment we turned the keys to clean the home and move in!

Our Home was listed at $180,000!  It had not even been listed on the market when I discovered it driving past the home we had put another offer on and it fell through.  We offered $150,000 and it was accepted!

With the down payment assistance we received we actually ended up paying $126,000 for our home, adding $126,000 worth of debt.

our house making it a home
Hallway hard wood floor

Improvements we’ve made so far

  • Painting- we have painted the dining room twice, the bathroom twice, and our bedroom.
  • Floors- we added 3/4 ” thick floors throughout the dinning room, living room, hallway, and foyer of the home.  We also put a new floor in the kitchen (but plan on changing that again)
  • Back splash- we put up a DIY back splash in the kitchen.
our house making it a home
DIY back splash

Unfinished Projects

  • Dining room- in attempts to get our home ready for the holidays, we are focusing on the dining room.  I would like to add a gloss to my DIY buffet, purchase a dining room table, and find some curtains.
  • Office-  what I plan on using for my office was actually an added on closet to the room upstairs.  I now need a home office more than ever to stop crowding the kitchen table with all my “work stuff”
  • Upstairs- we have a huge unfinished upstairs.  Our plan is to finish it and move the older children upstairs and Baby Toddler Prince across the hall into his own room.
  • Foyer decorations.  Now that I have convinced my husband to move the fish tank out of the foyer I’d like to set up an intimate area that is welcoming.  I plan to incorporate DIY projects into this space for a “homey” like feel.

Even bigger projects to come (but without the debt)

  • New and updated counter tops-  we do not necessarily want granite, though they would be nice, just something that looks a tad bit more expensive that the dingy white yellow, plastic looking ones we have now.
  • Detached garage-my husband has some way too damn many toys, gadgets, and tools because he loves to work outside.  He really needs his own space. We would love to, and plan on, adding a detached 2-door garage with an upstairs man cave for him.
  • Extended master suite- Our room currently has a deck attached.  I would like to extend the wall to the end of the deck to add a sitting area in the room and have a bigger bathroom.  I still want the deck so I’m still trying to figure that out.
our house, making it home
back yard view

Have you purchased a home?  What updates, if any, have you done?  Any inexpensive decorating or DIY tips?