Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

By using both chalk paint and Behr paint this bedroom furniture went from outdated to shabby chic gorgeous! Great bedroom ideas for budget makeovers.

Since I seem to be one of those distracted bloggers that can't keep all the balls juggling in the air I have to tell you I never finished sharing our budget bedroom makeover from last year. Yes, last year! I used to be so organized as a stay at home, homeschooling mom of five. For heaven's sake. WHAT HAPPENED? Life happened. The … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home

Chalkboard paint ideas are a hot decorating trend in everything from home decor to parties and organization. Fun and ingenious ideas to get you started!

Do you like following the latest decorating trends? Or are you more like me? You kinda slide into them while you're discovering  your own personal style? Some trends tend to hang around for years and some vanish before they really even get started. What does this mean for you and I? To me it means I should only grab onto those ideas I … [Read more...]

7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners

These 7 easy chalk painting tips for beginners will liberate you from perfectionism and get you hooked on the latest and most fun way to paint furniture and home decor accessories!

True confession here. If you aren't familiar with my blog you may not know one simple truth: I am not a painter. My husband is the painter extraordinaire at Marty's Musings. He is a painting contractor by trade (until this happened and then it happened again) but there is one kind of painting that I AM an expert at. Chalk painting. You know … [Read more...]

Behr DeckOver Product Review and the Million Dollar Question

Readers wanted to know if the Behr Deckover restoration product lived up to claims of longterm wood coverage. These DIY homeowners are back with an update.

Behr Paint provided compensation for this post but we have loved and used Behr products for years! Last summer my DIY hubby restored our 20+ year old back deck with an amazing product from Behr Paint.  Since then I've received more questions about that post than any other. The most frequently asked question was how does the Behr … [Read more...]

Picture Frame Front Door Wreath

Create a warm welcome for guests with this easy and inexpensive front door wreath using a repurposed yard sale picture frame, silk flowers and wooden sign.

I love to craft and DIY while I turn yardsale and curbside junk into beautiful treasures for my home. But I do have a confession to make. Since blogging is now also my job being creative is sometimes a necessity, not a luxury. That can sometimes put extra pressure and stress on me to come up with the "latest and greatest." I believe God … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Make Money on a Yard Sale

5 practical tips on how to make money on a yard sale while clearing out excess stuff! Includes where to hold it, what to sell, pricing, promotion and morel.

It's yard sale season and I'm back with more of my great tips! I live for this time of year that feeds my DIY and creative soul while saving us money. A few months ago I posted on how to tell whether that perfect buy is trash or treasure and the top 10 bargains to keep an eye open for when yardsaling. I have been committed … [Read more...]

Ranch Style House With a Front Deck

See how these DIY homeowners planned and converted their 1950's ranch style house into an updated home with terrific curb appeal and a fabulous front deck.

Last year we had our dream deck built on the front of our house. No, my DIY hubby Tim didn't build it himself (although he did build the one in our backyard and restored it last year.) We were able to find someone willing to build it for a daily charge and it was a great deal.  We haven't regretted spending the money paying someone … [Read more...]

Budget Decorating Ideas for the Deck

These budget decorating ideas for decks and other outdoor spaces will inspire you to shop yard sales, thrift stores and even curbside for inexpensive treasures to repurpose and update for a beautiful space you will love.

Do you love a good before and after as much as I do? What is it that we love? The ugly duckling picture of an unloved house/deck/piece of furniture dying for new life stirs something inside of us. Why does this fascinate us so? I think maybe it's because it gives us hope. And permission to dream.  Because … [Read more...]

Mix and Match Home Decor Ideas

Mixing classic elements with vintage, rustic and shabby chic is easy with these tips from Marty's Musings for something old something new. No expertise necessary, just have fun!

I think my DIY hubby would call me low maintenance when it comes to home decor (and maybe in many other ways, too!) In other words, I don't go shopping a lot to while away my free time (which is good because there's not much of that!) or just buy things because everyone else does. I'm learning to invest in some pieces that will … [Read more...]

Furniture Makeover with Chalk Paint and Fabric

With a little bit of chalk paint, fabric, creativity and hard work this furniture makeover goes from drab to fab! You'll never believe how great it looks!

  I would love to say that all our DIY projects turn out exactly as I envisioned. They don't.  But that doesn't keep me from trying and experimenting and hoping. This furniture makeover project was definitely on the experimental side! I thought I knew what I wanted but couldn't quite get it to … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I'm not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we're just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on. So we won't talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I'm just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog! Our … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure: Chalk Painted Dresser

This shabby chic dresser from Marty's Musings began as a curbside cast off before it was transformed with chalk paint and a little elbow grease! Check out all the DIY details!

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this extremely ugly dresser with potential I found on the side of the road back in December. It was such a busy time of year, with my husband's two surgeries, the birth of our first grandchild and all the normal Christmas activities.  One Saturday as I pulled out of the driveway and … [Read more...]

DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

  Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover. I'm in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things.  I'm a hoarder … [Read more...]

How to Make a DIY Fabric Rag Banner

This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

Have you ever finished a project, stepped back, sized it up and wondered what was missing?  I do that all.the.time. I am not a decorator or expert on anything home decor related, but I do know what I like and what I don't.  Discovering all that really matters is having a home that is both lived in and loved in has been … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know on How to Paint a Room

A professional painter shares everything you need to know on how to paint a room with great tips for the beginner wanting to save time and money.

I love to create something beautiful out of other people's roadside castoffs or yard sale bargains. But paint a room? Not so much! When we moved into our home 24 years ago I was assigned the closets. Those lovely hidden places that no one will ever see.  Kind of like Siberia for those that glop paint all over everything.  Yep, … [Read more...]

Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red?

Do you think some colors just can't be combined? Blogger Marty's Musings shows how to decorate with aqua and red and create a color scheme you'll love!

   This past Christmas blogging wise didn't turn out like I expected. I had lots of great ideas and even a lot of photos but no time to put it all together. (You can read the crazy story here.) I put together a beautiful aqua and red Christmas tablescape but blogging about it just didn't happen. (You can always pin it for next … [Read more...]

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet - Marty's Musings

  Disclosure: I was provided with product from Pfister but all opinions are my own. When we found out that my DIY hubby was going to have rotator cuff surgery in December he and I got on the ball and finished up the rest of the remodel on our very outdated kitchen. A few days ago Tim shared a tutorial on installing the … [Read more...]

How to Install a Kitchen Sink

How to Install a Kitchen Sink - Marty's Musings

  Disclosure: I was provided with product from Westside Wholesale but all opinions are my own. It's the start of a new year and I'm excited to share with you just a teeny sneak peek of our kitchen makeover. When we found out that my DIY hubby was going to have rotator cuff surgery in December, miss work for six months and not be … [Read more...]

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Top Blog Posts of 2014 - Marty's Musings

  Each year I try to pick a word that I feel God is pressing upon my heart. Just one word that will indicate an overarching goal or idea for the year. My word for 2014? Simplify.  Has the laughter ceased yet? What was I thinking with a word like that? It was an invitation for the insanity to commence. What did I think … [Read more...]

Perfectly Imperfect Christmas Home Tour

2014 Christmas Home Tour - Marty's Musings

  Why yes, I am a little bit late sharing my Christmas home this year.  What? You haven't heard the news? My DIY hubby had rotator cuff surgery and my first grandbaby was born the very next day, four weeks premature. Aiden James Baldridge weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and was ready to make his grand entrance! For this … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Candle Holders

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

  Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he's having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he's going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while. On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful. Yes, … [Read more...]

31 Days: 15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects

15 Easy DIY Christmas Crafts and Projects - Marty's Musings

When I started my series 31 Days to a Beautiful Home on October 1st I had no idea if I would finish on time, or even reach the finish line. Yet here I am! If you've been following along I'm so grateful for you! These last 31 days have been a labor of love. I've learned that I can reach beyond myself to achieve dreams that are just beyond … [Read more...]

31 Days: Simmering Homemade Poptpourri

Simmering Homemade Potpourri - Marty's Musings

When you walk into your home what do you see? Is it cluttered or clean? Messy or orderly? What sounds do you hear? Is it the sound of your beloved pets welcoming you home or the laughter (or bickering) of children? What do you smell? Pet odors or air freshener? Your spicy garlicky dinner or the scent of flowers? I almost … [Read more...]

31 Days: How to Stain Your Wood Deck

How to Stain Your Wood Deck - Marty's Musings

  I hope you've enjoyed following along on our journey as we've updated our 1950's ranch home with a deck on the front. If you haven't read the story you can start with Part One, go on to Part Two (where I rock a jackhammer!) and the deck reveal. Here's a reminder of where we started.   We don't have a garage so every … [Read more...]