Celebrating 15 Years of Running a blog With My Favourite DIYs! | Thrifty Decor Chick

Celebrating 15 years of running a blog with my DIY and decor favorites!

I can hardly imagine it, however final week marked 15 years of running a blog at Thrifty Decor Chick!! I began this web site in Might of 2008 and would have by no means fathomed in one million years that it could develop into what it has. 

I’m past grateful! 

I began this weblog when our son was only a yr and a half — I had give up my full time public relations profession to remain at residence half time. I labored half time as an inside decorator once I began writing about DIY and decor, and fewer than a yr into running a blog I give up my adorning job to work from home. 

Running a blog is the proper mixture of my two loves — writing and DIY/adorning. 

Writing TDC has created so many wonderful alternatives, from being printed in print, TV and on-line to being featured on the Nate Berkus present. 

I used to be supposed to look reside on his present so many occasions, however the scheduling at all times obtained tousled. I am keen on Nate and am so grateful for his staff’s assist!

Years later, a bunch of my weblog mates and I created the Haven running a blog convention for DIY and decor bloggers. It grew to become an unimaginable success and I am SO happy with that occasion. It’s now beneath new possession, however these have been a number of the finest (and tiring!) weeks of my life. 

I’ve additionally labored with tons of of fantastic manufacturers through the years, and was so excited to win the La-Z-Boy Design Sprint a number of years again. 

Running a blog continues to take me out of my consolation zone, and I am actually, actually happy with what I’ve created! 

OK sufficient about that stuff, let us take a look at some tasks we could? I gathered what I contemplate to be the highest 15 tasks I’ve accomplished previously 15 years. I am positive I’ve left one thing out from all these years in our two homes, however I really feel like it is a fairly good listing! 

1. Eating room turned library constructed ins

Our eating room at our final home was an incredible, open area that was hardly used. 

Little did I do know that these DIY bookcases utilizing kitchen cupboards in our first home could be replicated so many occasions through the years! Since then I’ve seen numerous tasks utilizing my tutorial. 

My Dad got here up with the good concept to make use of UPPER wall cupboards because the bases to those constructed ins. This protects SO a lot effort and time: 

white bookcases blue backgroud

Here is a have a look at that eating room area earlier than the makeover:

gold and red dining room

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This was my pink and gold section. 🙂 

Utilizing the wall cupboards makes the bookcases an ordinary 12 inches as an alternative of the 24 inch depth of base cupboards. Base cupboards even have drawers that look extra like a kitchen or lavatory arrange. 

2. First household room 

This room noticed SO many adjustments through the years! 

Earlier than the largest transformation, we had an ungainly structure with a nook hearth. There was nowhere to comfortably place a TV and nonetheless have area within the room. 

So after residing on this residence for greater than ten years, we determined to knock down a wall between this lounge and the nook workplace. We repositioned the gasoline hearth towards the wall (as an alternative of angled), and the ultimate end result was a MUCH extra open and cozy area!:
peppercorn gray fireplace

That is the nook hearth structure we began with: 

family room with corner fireplace

I hate to not embrace our present household room as a result of I adore it so — it will get an honorable point out as nicely: 
couches facing each other

3. Closet turned e-book nook

This little closet redo is certainly one of my all time favourite makeovers! 

white shiplap walls
closet turned book nook

It was a easy linen closet earlier than, however we had loads of room for these things elsewhere:

linen closet with wire shelves

It is a actually cheap challenge (particularly whenever you use scrap wooden like me). When you’ve got sufficient storage and do not want the closet area, a e-book nook is such an incredible addition. 

It was one factor everybody commented on once they visited our residence. The nook was such a candy area for our son when he was youthful. 💙

4. Mud/laundry room combo

I nonetheless ADORE this area! I used to be hesitant to do a laundry and dust room mixture as a result of that room at our first home was at all times a catastrophe (keep tuned for that!). 

However as quickly as we realized how large this room was, I used to be all in! Now we LOVE having all of this performance in a single spot:

mud room bench with cubbies

This room began with nice bones:

fake marble large tiles

laundry room with folding table

5. Laundry room turned mudroom

This was a HUGE transformation and by far probably the greatest we made in our first home! 

beadboard mud room

Particularly contemplating what it used to appear to be! Yikes!:

black and yellow laundry room

This picture was not an exaggeration — it was at all times a catastrophe.

6. DIY TV leisure middle constructed ins

It packs tons of operate — with storage all alongside the underside, the bench we use as additional seating and the added lighting above. And naturally, the cabinets are an incredible spot to show some fairly objects: 

dark gray TV built in wall

We began with a clean wall 19 ft lengthy! I knew from the second we moved in that I’d construct one thing to fill this area: 

long wall before bookcases

Our basement has seen many DIY tasks since then, together with tons of image body molding and our darkish inexperienced DIY hearth as nicely: 

dark green electric fireplace build

7. Our first kitchen 

After I took on this kitchen renovation at our first home, it was by far my greatest transformation but! 

two toned gray white kitchen

Check out how this kitchen began out!: 

dark maple cabinets kitchen

Taking down the wall in our household room allowed us to shift all the things and opened up the areas tremendously! I used to be so happy with how this kitchen turned out. 

8. From carpet to wooden stairs

After the carpet was gone, I eliminated all of the tack strips and staples, then after a great sanding, I stained the treads and painted the risers white: 

wood and white stairs

This was a labor intensive job however I am so glad I did it! It was SO value all of the work. 

Here is the one picture I’ve of the carpeted steps earlier than the redo: 

carpeted stairs gallery wall

We liked the wooden steps a lot, we had the steps stained in our present residence as nicely. (Fortunately I did not must do the work this time!)

By the best way, I get requested on a regular basis if wooden steps are slippery. 

I nonetheless say that wooden stairs are means much less slippery than carpeted stairs. I can not let you know what number of occasions I slipped down ours earlier than I took the carpet off. 

Knock on wooden…I do not suppose we have ever fallen down our wooden steps. 

9. Two room lavatory opened up

This was one other one I am tremendous happy with. And in addition one other instance of creating your areas give you the results you want and the way your loved ones makes use of them!

Our son’s lavatory renovation in our final home was a labor of affection… goodness, I labored so laborious on this room. It was SO value it although — we completely LOVED the end result: 
farmhouse bathroom with wood vanity

Just about instantly after we moved into that home, I regretted going with the 2 room lavatory structure. You understand…those with the self-importance within the first half and the bathroom and bathe within the second room: 

two room bathroom before

It at all times felt so darkish and cramped. My dream for years was to take that wall down, and sooner or later I did simply that! It was AWESOME. 😂

10. Moody workplace constructed ins

The construct went means faster this time, and now I’ve my course of down pat: 

dark green office bookcases

My moody bookcases (Classic Vogue by Benjamin Moore) add a lot character to my workplace! And naturally the added storage is particularly essential in a piece area.

My workplace is spacious and stuffed with pure gentle, nevertheless it wanted some shade and heat after we moved in:

Take a look at how I constructed a big upholstered bulletin board on the opposite facet of the room as nicely. 🙂 

11. My closet transformation

In our final home my husband and I shared a closet, so I used to be fairly excited to get my very own area once we moved in right here. It had loads of room, however I knew instantly that I would must make some adjustments ultimately. 

The wire cabinets lined many of the partitions, however they weren’t very useful for folded garments. This was the norm (regardless of how I attempted to maintain issues organized): 

messy closet wire shelves
IKEA pax hers closet makeover

This closet challenge most likely made an even bigger impression than any others I’ve tackled through the years. I felt burdened and disorganized each morning once I walked into the previous room. 

The brand new closet has a spot for all the things, and the group calms my soul! 🙂 I completely adore it!

12. Fairly powder room

Oh how I am keen on this little area! 

dark blue floral wallpaper bathroom

I LOVE including extra daring touches in smaller areas like hallways, bogs and laundry rooms. Why not have some enjoyable? 

After we moved on this room was easy and plain: 

powder room with gray vanity

13. Patio with spherical fireplace pit

Now…I did not do the largest a part of this addition myself (I’d have if I knew easy methods to pour cement! 😁), however I’ve accomplished many of the adjustments since! 

patio with string lights above

Opening up our residence to household and mates fills my soul, so this area has been such a blessing. It is our little oasis and we’re so grateful for it!

The most effective half is the spherical fireplace pit space: 

round fire pit patio with chairs

That is how the patio regarded proper after we had it poured: 

cement patio with round firepit

Since then I’ve added tons of vegetation (I am doing a backyard tour quickly!), constructed that fireside pit and added the string lights throughout the patio (positively test this tutorial out if you do not have bushes on your lights!) as nicely. 

We adore it!!

14. Model new basement kitchenette

I nonetheless have not shared the ultimate reveal of our basement kitchenette, nevertheless it’s one other area I am tremendous happy with! It was an empty spot earlier than, and now we’ve a beautiful mini kitchen down there. 

We’re completely spoiled with it now and use it on a regular basis: 

bookcases on kitchen counters
long shelf above sink

The earlier than is fairly underwhelming, nevertheless it does present how far this area has come:

empty basement kitchenette

15. Taking advantage of our pantry

pantry with countertop space

framed recipes in kitchen pantry

The earlier than was nice, however I knew it might operate so a lot better! 

I at all times imagined extra of a “butler’s pantry” the place we might preserve home equipment and prep meals. The melamine cabinets we had earlier than saved loads, however something beneath waist stage at all times ended up piled excessive and unorganized:

melamine shelves in pantry

Now that we’ve the tall cupboards stuffed with pull out drawers, we retailer all of our meals plus most of our home equipment on this room. It is wonderful how nicely you’ll be able to make the most of the area whenever you add some customized touches!

Whew!!! It was laborious to provide you with solely 15 tasks, however I really feel like these are positively on the prime for me. Did I overlook any you’ll be able to consider? Please let me know if in case you have any questions. 

All of this may not be attainable with out you all — I am so extremely grateful to you for following together with my DIY escapades through the years! Running a blog is a dream come true for me, I couldn’t ask for extra. 

Thanks for a enjoyable 15 years and this is to a different 15 extra! 😍