Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5 Simple and Thrifty Decorating Ideas For Spring

Head to your local Goodwill, thrift store or church mission for a few of these thrifty finds, perfect for adding color and texture to your home for spring!

I meant to share this post yesterday, but it's been a crazy couple of days.  My week has been full of vet visits, sick kids, doctor visits and cleaning up a very flooded basement.  Yup, our basement flooded again, this time a broken hot water heater was the culprit.  At least the water was fairly easy to clean up (thanks to two wet/dry vacs and our new water resistant flooring) and the only carpet that was ruined and needed to be torn out was in my husbands office.  Looks like an office makeover is happening sooner rather than later. 

On the bright side, I scored a bunch of awesome Goodwill deals and was able to add a touch of spring to our entry for next to nothing.  

Thrifty spring decor in the entryway

I love shopping at Goodwill, yard sales and discovering new church missions.  They are the best places to find inexpensive and unique decor for cheap.   I recently spent an afternoon and hit up three Goodwill's in my area and was able to find some really great things, especially for spring. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

How to Give New Storage Drawers a Vintage Industrial Look

An easy way to give new and inexpensive wood storage drawers a vintage industrial look using paint and stain.

I usually go to Michaels with a project in mind and a supply list in hand.  Other times, I go solely to wonder up an down the aisles with no plan or direction.  The other week was one of those times that I headed to Michaels without a list or plan.  I had a 20% off your entire order coupon (you know you can't let those go to waste!) and was hoping something would catch my eye.  I picked up a few crafts for my daughter and was headed to the checkout when I spotted mini wood storage drawers.  I had never seen these drawers before and knew with a little paint and stain I could easily give them a vintage industrial makeover.

How to achieve an aged look with paint and stain

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

How to Master the Perfect Pillow Combinations

10 no fail combinations and tips to easily mix and match throw pillows like a pro!

I probably change, rearrange and mix and match throw pillows more often than anyone I know.  They are by far my favorite way to inject style and bring new life to our home.  I keep my spaces neutral, so pillows allow me to bring in lots of contrast, texture and patterns.  Remember, neutral doesn't have to be boring.  Varying the style, texture, shape and material helps keep things interesting.

Since I'm always moving pillows from room to room and couch to couch, I thought I would share my 10 favorite no fail pillow combinations and tricks to style pillows like a pro.

How to style and mix and match pillows like a pro

Monday, March 5, 2018

Take Two: How to Make Dollar Tree Carrots Look Incredibly Real

Turn Dollar Tree jump ropes into realistic carrots, perfect for Easter and spring decor!

Hello March, I'm so glad you're here! 

You bring birthdays, sunshine and the official start of spring.  You bring longer days, warmer weather and flower buds.  You brighten my mood and add a little bit of brightness to our home.  You bring  the start of a new month and another edition of Dollar Store DIY.  

With the official start of spring less than 3 weeks away, I thought it was the perfect time to share another version of my Dollar Tree jump rope carrots.   A few weeks ago, I let my Facebook followers know they were back in stock and I couldn't resist grabbing a few more for myself.   Last year, I painted them white to fit in with my everyday decor, but this year, I kept them orange for a little more realistic look.  

Dollar tree carrots turned beautiful spring decor
Not only did I get my carrots jump ropes from Dollar Tree, but I also grabbed a few of their artificial onion grass stems, making the supplies for this project super affordable and super easy to find. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Do It Yourself: Beautiful Staircase Board and Batten

Adding board and batten is the perfect inexpensive way to customize and add interest to a basic basement staircase.


You guys, I can't even tell you how good it feels to type those words.   Refinishing our basement stairs and adding molding has been a project I've wanted to do ever since moving into our home over 12 years ago.  It's also been one of those projects that I just could not get motivated to finish.  I was so unmotivated that I decided to proclaim on Instagram (to hold myself accountable) that I was giving myself two weeks to complete this half finished project.  I'm happy to report that I not only finished the molding, but I did it in less than two weeks and it looks amazing. 
bright basement making with board and batten

Sunday, February 25, 2018

How to Make Vintage Inspired Foam Board Signs

The easiest way to make affordable vintage inspired farmhouse signs without fancy cutting machines. 

Happy Monday!  I hope you had an amazing weekend.  I finished a few loooong overdue DIY projects and it feels so good to finally have them complete.  My dad also came over and drywalled the doorway between the kitchen and mudroom addition, making it a super successful weekend.    

Since I'm sure you guys don't want to be bothered with how to frame a doorway with drywall and corner bead,  I'll share a super easy DIY farmhouse sign instead.  No special cutting machines required.  Just a few inexpensive products and a little of your time.
An easy way to make affordable farmhouse signs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

8 of The Best Home Decor Essentials to Have on Hand

A great stash of home decor essentials allows you to easily rotate decor to create beautiful spaces in your home. 

If you haven't noticed by now, you'll quickly learn that I love rotating and changing out my decor.  I'm constantly moving around books, pillows, vases and greenery from one room to another.  Keeping a stash of home decor essentials allows me to switch up decor and create a whole new look with minimal expense. 
Eight must have home decor staples

I also keep our decor neutral (adding texture and contrast keeps it fun and interesting),  which not only creates flow in our small ranch home, but also allows me to easily rotate decor and update our spaces.

Wanna know what my favorite home decor essentials are?