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Guest Blogger – Michelle from Dream Home DIY

Hey guys, I’m a blog hoppin’ today. Michelle from Dream Home DIY and I are trading places.
Without further ado, take it away Michelle! 

Hello fellow Pretty Handy Girl followers!
I’m Michelle dropping by from over at Dream Home DIY where my sweet, southern beau and I chronicle life’s unexpected (but all together charming) surprises as first time homeowners.

Between leaky master bathrooms on move in day…

…a complete remodel of our living room floor plan just weeks later
(to include a still-in-progress archway)…
…and a front porch revamp with no shortage of new paint and stain…
It is safe to say that we hit the ground at a dead sprint!
“Date night” now consists of us, plus that nice gentleman behind the paint counter at Lowes, hashing out the pros and cons of semi-gloss vs. flat or the perfect shade of teal. And a romantic evening at home involves snuggling up on the couch, dreaming of all the ways we’ll transform this quaint starter home into our Forever Home…the place our future children will take their first steps and where a lifetime of memories will be made.
Together, two novice DIYers fumble, laugh, struggle, and triumph as we take this stark builder basic house and fill her with love…oh, and lots of paint, new fixtures, revamped floors, remodels, craft projects, furniture makeovers and more. And on a budget that might make a poor church mouse cry.
On the horizon?
A fabulous kitchen remodel, master bedroom and bath reconfiguration, new decks, landscaping, painting, furniture construction and re-facing, future additions, garages and so much more!!
One project that holds a very special place in my heart, is the makeover a very special mirror, gifted by my dear mother almost 10 years ago. Each year, around my birthday, my mother would pull out the largest JC Penny catalog I had ever laid my eyes upon and thumb through the pages stopping in the home décor section. Flipping the book so that I was now in control, she would simply ask, “What would you like your room to look like this year dear?” 

Through the years my tastes evolved from pretty princess to bold neon polka dots, but on my 15th birthday I was ready for a “grown up room” and my sweet mother gifted me this mirror.

When we purchased our new home, I wanted that mirror to hold a place of honor and the newly painted hallway seemed up for the task. But it no longer fit into my décor sense. Nothing a bit of spray paint can’t fix, right?
With a coat of paint and bit of glaze, this special mirror was ready to hang.


Incorporating personal treasures is an amazing and important way to make an empty house your memory filled home. We instantly feel cozy and are constantly reminded of those that we hold dear to our heart.
5 replies
  1. Dave
    Dave says:

    This is really useful stuff, thanks a lot for the blog. I’ve been reading up on ways to improve my house valuation before putting it up for sale and these are the kind of money saving tips I’m after. I know that all the money in the world can get you that modern and luxury look but if you just want a quick patch up before putting your house on the market, you really only want quick and practical tips.

  2. Jo
    Jo says:

    I confess when I first started reading this post I thought it very sad that Michelle's husband had no head. ;o)
    But he and the dining room ceiling appear to have made a full recovery so that's OK.
    Absolutely LOVE that arch Michelle, and the mirror looks great… are those tin tiles in the reflection ? I really like the cream with the greeny/grey colour.
    Having done many of the same sort of projects myself I wish you good luck with all the work to come..
    I'm off now to see what you've done so far and look forward to following your progress in the future.
    Jo xx

  3. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Sounds like a lot of work and tons of fun. Love the arch and your porch is gorgeous. Your mirror is stunning, how wonderful to have memories for your new home. Hugs, Marty


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