BEFORE & AFTER | DIY Gold Chevron Wall & Small Room Makeover


ISPYDIY_chevronroommakeover4You all know how much I love a room makeover! So when ALDI reached out and asked if I wanted to partner up to transform a space with decor from their store, my first response, “I didn’t know ALDI had home decor!” Then they told me about the ALDI Finds section and its seasonal items, including decor and organization products that I could use to turn my blank room into a budget-friendly haven! I accepted the challenge and was excited to transform the one undecorated room in my house into a super sweet room that would be perfect for a guest, a teen or could inspire a dorm room or bedroom in a first apartment. And the timing was perfect because my little sister is visiting from Europe for a couple weeks and it’s the perfect guest room for her 🙂

I started with a blank slate!

I knew I wanted to create another DIY painted wall, so I came up with the idea of painting it this light pinky beige and drawing on a pattern with a gold sharpie paint pen! Head over to my IGTV for a video tutorial of how I created it. I takes a *little* more measurement then my last freehand design, but I give some tips in the video that speeds up the process (this wall took about 2 hours to draw on the pattern)

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Then it was time to decorate! First I started by picking my items, sticking with neutrals, mostly grays and tans, with a couple pops of pale pink. Before putting everything in the room, I stopped by the ALDI Finds section, with $50 in my pocket to spend, for just a couple more items to round out the room. I scored some of my favorite items in the room: the wood clock, “Out of Office” hat, gold scissors and desk set, plus the flowers and some succulents! I got home and gave myself an hour to decorate the space and I JUST LOVE how it came together!! It’s so fun how the wall and clock patterns play off each other, and how inviting and cozy the soft colors and textures feel in the room. And can you believe almost EVERYTHING in this room is from ALDI (the bed, comforter, lamp and books are the only things I already had). The rug! The bedding! The “marble” side table! The ottoman! The macramé wall decorations! Even the details like the coffee cup, letter board, diffuser, and candle!  All ALDI and all under $185 , which is amazing if you are looking to do a room makeover on a budget!

ISPYDIY_chevronroommakeover1ISPYDIY_chevronroommakeover3  ISPYDIY_chevronroommakeoverISPYDIY_chevronroommakeover2List of items with prices below!

– Huntington Home 5’ x 7’ Berber Area Rug – Tan $19.99
– Huntington Home Full/Queen Royal Plush Blanket – Coral $9.99
– Huntington Home Full Sheet Set – Grey $7.99
– Huntington Home Faux Fur Pillow – Grey $7.99
– Welby Ultrasonic Diffuser $14.99
– Welby Essential Oil Assortment $4.99
– Huntington Home Wall Tapestry in Macrame $9.99
– Huntington Home Felt Letter Board – Black and Natural $4.99
– Huntington Home Bolster Pillow – White $9.99
– Sohl Furniture Folding Tray Table – Marble with gold legs $9.99
– Sohl Furniture Foldable Storage Ottoman –   Pink $9.99
– Sohl Furniture 3 Tier Metal Rolling Cart –  Cashew $24.99


All these items will be in stores in the ALDI Finds section starting July 10, so run out, grab some pieces to give your room a makeover and send me a pic!!

This post was made in partnership with ALDI. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors!



BAYVIEW BARNHOUSE | LOFT Before + After with DIY painted wall


The loft in the Barnhouse is done! I am so excited to have this work/hangout/craft space that I can work on my website, cuddle with the pups and be creative in. One of my favorite things about the loft is the painted wall above! I was feeling inspired so grabbed a foam brush and started dabbing paint on the wall and came up with this (watch the process unfold on IGTV here)! It was crazy to see how many of you recreated the same pattern on your walls, and how amazing they looked. If you try it make sure to sent me a picture!!! Now on to the rest of the loft… lets start with the before…

The wallpaper wall and carpet had to go! And we removed the chimney on the lower levels because it cut right through the kitchen, so it had to come out up here too. Then we were left with a wide open space!

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After we drywalled the space it was feeling to stark (you can see it here) so I wanted to add paneling to the back wall. And initially I was planning on just using this as hang out space, but after I thrifted a desk and bought a work bench, I figured the space was big enough for working, relaxing and crafting!

I just LOVE how the space functions now! It’s the perfect space for work, naps and watching movies on my computer. Cozy was key for the long narrow space, and two elements that added to that were the leather couch and oversized pouf! I have had this Nirvana Dakota Tan couch from Article for a couple years now, and it keeps getting better with age. The pups jump on it daily and the leather has never been punctured. Every time we curl up on it, you just sink in and it’s hard to want to leave! The Hira pouf is also from Article, and is so perfect for the space, because I wanted something that was easily moveable because the space is so skinny, but something everyone could put their feet up on. It’s huge! So if you have a big space that you are looking to fill I highly recommend!
I thifted this desk, and scuffed everywall trying to get this up the stairs, but it was worth it for the 20 bucks I paid for it! It actually came from a little restaurant on the corner, so I love having a part of the neighborhood in my house! I do all my work here while Griff oversee’s on this beautiful deep green velvet couch, that as Griff will attest, it QUITE comfortable! This pennant from McGee and Co fill perfectly in the space, and is a daily reminder that “Creatively take Courage”.ispydiy_loft2

Big Papi never misses a moment to shine  in front of the camera, ha!! I am just SO happy with how this area turned out. This is my little area where I learn new skills and display my crafts, like the pottery, and someday I will replace the thrifted art with my own!

The loft is really a mix of thrifted items (like the art, antlers, truck) and new items that feel old like the bed and the rug. But most importantly, everything is cozy up here! We added the panel wall a few month ago using this tounge and groove paneling, and painted it with Dusty Laurel Chalk Paint from Behr. And then I experimented by painting the vinyl  window black…which ended up being a fail…but someday I am going to try spray painting over it, which I hear should be more successful.

Article Nirvana Dakota Tan Sofa 
Article Hira Pouf – 
Article Chair  (currently out of stock)
Loloi Loren Rug in Sand/Taupe
Loloi Justina Blakeney Pillow
McGee and Co “Creativity Takes Courage” Pennant 
Amazon Lafayette Metal Bed 
Martha Stewart Box Plaid Quilt 
Kirkland’s Task Metal Lamp 
60 inch, 4 drawer Workbench
Wall Color: Dusty Laurel Chalk Paint and Swiss Coffee by Behr
Vintage: Art, Antlers, Vase, Trunk, Desk, Work chair
Old: West Elm Chair and Target side table, basket
DIY: Stump Sidetable

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BAYVIEW BARNHOUSE | Mudroom Renovation Before & After


The mudroom at the Barnhouse was the only space that was completely untouched during the renovation, because I was not quite sure the direction I wanted to take it. After living in the home for the last few months, I knew what I wanted to do and how I wanted the room to function, so I came up with a game plan. And then two of my favorites, The Home Depot and HGTV Magazine reached out to see if I wanted to partner with them on the room renovation, and I said “Heck ya!”. Bonus: the final space will appear in this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine!!

The before space was rough, lots of different siding and layers of paint. It looks like there were many band-aid fixes to this room right off the kitchen of our 1875 built home. The plan was to tear off the siding, replace with vertical tongue and groove boards, but leave the ceiling open, and really transform the existing space with paint! You all know how much I love a dark room (Behr Hostaleaf here, Black Evergreen here, and Blue Metal here) d but I wanted to do something different to brighten up this space off the kitchen, and fell in love with BEHR Doeskin Gray Interior Paint and Primer from Home Depot.  This gray color is perfection, it’s soft and inviting, with a hint of beige in the sunlight which brings a lovely warmth. If you head over to @ISPYDIY Instagram, I have the whole renovation process documented in the MUDROOM highlight, and it truly is amazing to see the transformative power paint has renovating this space!

This transformation is one of my favorites in the house!! Keep reading for the steps, then stop by my MUDROOM highlight and IGTV on @ISPYDIY Instagram! And check out the mudroom in this month’s HGTV Magazine!

LifeProof Fresh Oak 8.7 in. x 47.6 in. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Mascot Hardware Straight 4-1/2 in. Antique Brass Hat and Coat Hook
Feiss Urban Renewal 5.5 in. W 1-Light Dark Antique Brass Sconce
Varathane 1 qt. Dark Walnut Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain
KILZ Original 1 gallon White Oil-Based Interior and Exterior Primer, Sealer and Stain Blocker
BEHR Premium Plus 1 gal. #N200-2 Doeskin Gray Interior Paint and Primer – Matte
Varathane 1 qt. Matte Soft Touch Polyurethane (2-Pack)
1 in. x 8 in. x 8 ft. Premium WP4 /#116 Tonge & Groove Board
Wagner Control Pro 130 Power Tank Airless Stand Paint Sprayer
Knot-Ical 18 in. x 30 in. Hand Woven Coconut Fiber Door Mat
Citristrip 1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP


Check out all the steps after the break! 





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