Happy Friday everyone!!  Today I want to introduce you to Emily from Nest. Nesting. Nested.  Isn’t that the coolest blog name?  I discovered Emily’s blog at a blog party and you know what happened next…I developed a blog crush and asked her to guest post!    Without further adieu, HERE’S EMILY!!

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 space, 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 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 t.l.c. 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 repurpose 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 somethings you just have to splurge on.
Good luck with all your future home improvement/decorating projects!

See?  What did I tell you?  I have found a kindred spirit.  Thanks Emily!! 
If you’d like to hear even more from Emily, and YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO, visit her at Nest. Nesting. Nested!

By the way, if you’re a new blogger and would like to guest post on REINVENTED, shoot me an e-mail and we’ll talk!

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