Being third-time homeowners, we’ve done our fair share of DIY projects over the years.

Our first home was built in the 50’s and although the man we purchased it from had done many updates including adding gorgeous handmade wooden cabinets and crank-out windows with intricate wooden inlays (that he created himself), we still had our work cut out for us.

Needless to say it was the beginning of a future of do-it-yourself tasks around our home homes, and my love of power tools and freshly cut wood. This chic can build! hehee.

After three kids and living in a one bath home, it quickly became apparent that we needed an additional bathroom. At least one with an extra toilet and sink. I don’t know why but it seemed like everyone developed the same bathroom “schedule”. hahaa!

And so, the task of adding an additional half bath to our starter home was penciled to our list, as was a wooden privacy fence, wooden deck, storage shed, building a closet organizer for Derek’s nursery, tearing down outdated wall paper and some major painting. Yep, we were quite busy!

Project list #2

Our second home was a new build and although you start off with fresh and new EVERYTHING, there were still things we wanted to add — a brick paver patio, privacy fence, storage shed, lots of landscaping and a custom built-in natural gas fireplace (designed by the lovely ME).

BEFORE built-in fireplace #1!

This is Gina and I on her first day of kindergarten & before we built the fireplace in the corner behind us!

AFTER the built-in fireplace #1 was added…

It’s not a very good pic since it’s a picture of a picture.
This was before we came out of the stone age & bought a digital camera. haha!

Project list #3

And lastly, our current home (another new build) that we’ve lived in for just over 12 years. Here, we’ve built a wooden cedar deck, lean-to storage shed (that looks like it was built when the house was), added additional cabinets and counter space in the kitchen, tons of landscaping (plus added sod to our backyard), an additional finished bedroom, and a larger custom built-in natural gas fireplace. Plus, I’ve painted nearly every room in the house.

I wish I had photos of everything to share but unfortunately I don’t and couldn’t locate the photo of our newest fireplace that we built from a hand drawing I did. Yep, I’m naturally talented. Ok… and so is hubby since he helped. haha!

Oh yeah, we’ve completed lots of tasks over the years but as you’ve probably read here in some of my other posts, we’re planning to sell our home and move yet again. Hmm, could it be that deep down I love doing DIY projects SO much that I just want something new to do? haha!

Creating things with my hands is like therapy to me. Not only when building things around my home but through cooking as well. It gives me a chance to show my creativity — and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I really feel great pride in my work and it helps keep me busy. I LOVE IT!!!

Of course, as you can imagine, doing projects such as complete makeovers can be costly. It can also become overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to find just the right materials to do the job. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with Floor and Decor. This home improvement super-store is your one-stop shop for the best selection in tiles, and many other home improvement supplies like cabinets and sinks.

Floor and Decor also has the largest variety of low price flooring options such as porcelain, ceramic, stone, tile, wood, and laminate offered in the Columbus, Ohio area. If you’re not so savvy with tools or putting your ideas to actual completed projects, Floor and Decor offers free design services. What an invaluable tool that is!

When you visit a Floor and Decor location you’re sure to gain inspiration just from strolling through their huge showroom. They have SO much to offer families (in an affordable way) so you can create the home of your dreams — all with your own two hands.

Oh boy, I’m getting that itch again…. it’s about time for another DIY project. I can just feel it coming on. So, what will it be next? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Spring will be here soon and my creative juices will be flowing pretty strongly by then. hehee!

Why DIY?

Doing the work yourself can save you a ton of money, and the results you’ll see each and every day will be worth SO much more than if you had paid a contractor to do it. See the vision, draw it up and make it happen. Then reap the benefits later!

Want to learn more about Floor and Decor? “Like” Floor and Decor on Facebook, and follow Floor and Decor on Twitter. Get more inspiration by following Floor and Decor on Pinterest.

~ I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Floor and Decor. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. ~

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10 Responses to Save on DIY Projects with Floor and Decor

  • Agree! DIY is a money saver big time! We redid our basement last fall and most of the stuff we did ourselves, like laying down the floor, painting, sanding, patching, floorboards, Ceiling, etc.. and god, it is insane the money we saved! And it is easier than we think!

  • julieann r says:

    Wow, that’s a gigantic warehouse… I could certainly find something in that place to fit my decor.

  • Katie says:

    Girl you have WAY more guts than I do!!! We are both fairly good at basic home repairs but I would NEVER take on a renovation of any size. I think it would end in one of us killing the other with an electric drill!!! LOL!

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    Well, I can’t honestly say that we’ve never had our differences when it comes to DIY tasks. LOL… hubby tends to give up easy and I am one that has to finish a task or I’m not happy. So, I have to keep him motivated. In the meantime I can really get on his nerves, or he gets on mine. LOL

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  • Karen Hand says:

    I’ve never visited a Floor & Decor showroom, but after reading your review, I am excited about the prospect of doing so. We usually do all our own improvement projects and just recently completed laying the pavers for our patio, and of course, repainting the interior of our home. I am afraid though that visiting a showroom would stir my imagination and would want to do more DIY projects; however, the budget simply will not allow us to do that just now.

  • Megan says:

    Good for you – I’m not that talented, but I’m getting better at hiring people, at least! :)

  • Tami Vollenweider says:

    My husband would be in heaven their! We have done many projects over the years and now we have decided when we build we pick out,and let someonelse do the work!! I’ll have to keep Floor & Decor in mind,when we are ready!

  • Liz Ticona says:

    Love doing DYI projects. You not only save tons of money, but you can make something to 100% your taste with the satisfaction and gratification that you did it yourself! This warehouse is huge, I’d get lost in it, but good lost because i love everything that has to do with hoe projects :) I wonder if they are in FL too? I’ll research. Thanks for the review, can’t wait to visit them.

  • Jenn says:

    I love DIY projects. We rent but I do as much as I can justify. I love the fireplace you added, that is something I wouldn’t dare do without a mans help


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