Meet Amy: the French Country Dining Table

My heart goes pitter-patter whenever I see an example of the rustic elegance that is the french country look.

I’ve kept my eye out for a harvest table or a similar dining table but the huge price tag makes it far out of my budget. 

Then I found the perfect piece to re-make into my ideal table.

It’s a easy, simple process that any one can do. If you have an eye for that french country look click through to find out how you can bring it into your home on a budget.

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Making Holes in the Wall

They say first impressions are lasting. The most commonly used door into the house happens to be the one on the side.

The front door isn’t used by anyone unless they are trying to sell you something, or delivering sushi… The side door entry needed some heavy remodeling.

Out came the sledge and down went some walls. Check out the full impact after the jump.

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Painting a Fireplace

We`ve all seen them, the fireplaces with the red brick facades.

Although my house was built in the 30`s someone treated it to this lovely addition sometime around the 50`s. Unfortunately I don`t appreciate it as much as they must have.

Even more unfortunately I don`t have the money (or time) at the moment to completely re-tile it. What`s a girl to do? Bring out the trusty paint pail of course. Click through to check out the temporary (but satisfying) solution.

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How to Make a $200 back splash for $30

The ledgestone look is everywhere now.

It’s rustic and full of texture.

I love the contrast it gives to the smoother more refined finishes in most bathrooms.

I don’t like the price tag that comes with it.

Here’s how we got the look for our bathroom back splash for a price tag any budget can afford.

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Stripes for the Hovel

Basements are notoriously unappealing.

The lack of height in ours isn’t helping any.

But we put in a little effort and painted out the floors in some fun stripes, and were actually surprised by what a difference they made.

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House Tour: Part Two

The second half of the original or ‘before’  house tour.

Really with only 590 square feet who would think it needs two parts?

Click on through to check out the ‘before’ living room, bedrooms, bathroom and basement.

Plus a few ‘during’ shots to show that things really do get better.

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House Tour: Part One

Here is the house in all of its original glory.

Dated walls, floors, counters, cupboards, bathtubs, and paint.

But there is potential there, I swear it.

You just have to look under all the other layers… lots and lots of layers.

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