guest cottage

Use a storage or coat cabinet as a room divider to create an entry - black, white and wood farmhouse cottage entryway
DIY Home Decor

Creating an Entry Using a Cabinet as a Room Divider + Our Guest Cottage Update

If you live in a smaller home, you’ll know that having a lot of storage options in your house is really important. This is especially true in entryways where things tend to get dropped off and piled up – having a good entry storage system in place is always helpful! But what do you do if you don’t have a closet or a wall near your entry? Let me share with you one great solution, and how we tackled this problem in our guest cottage.Continue reading

Painting a small home simply white
DIY Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities

How to Paint Your Home with Kids Underfoot + Our Guest Cottage Update

Well, my muscles have never been this sore, but we finished painting our guest cottage! In case you missed it, we decided to turn the old garage house we lived in before we built into a guest home. My parents will be our first guests this summer, so we have a limited amount of time to get the whole thing clean and updated before they arrive. Plus – we’re on a budget! Today I wanted to show you our progress and also share some of my tricks to painting your home when you have children running around. It can get complicated, so I want to help ease your mind if you also have that situation going on!Continue reading

Spray painting kitchen knobs is an inexpensive update
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint #12MonthsofDIY

If you tuned into my blog last week, you’ll know that we’re working on a HUGE project right now: turning our old garage house into a guest house! You can read all about that right here. We don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on this renovation, so I’m busting out all of my favourite DIY tricks. One of my favourite ways to update almost anything on a budget? Spray paint! I love the stuff. It’s so easy to use, and it can make a huge impact on a decor item. This week, I used it to quickly and inexpensively update the hardware and light fixtures in our guest house! Let me show you my spray painting tricks, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see 11 more things you can do with spray paint from my blogging friends.Continue reading

A black & white farmhouse country cottage decor mood board
DIY Home Decor

Mood Board: A Black & White Guest Cottage – Our Newest Small Space, Budget Renovation Project!

When we first bought our acreage 10 years ago, we lived in a small cottage that was converted from a four-bay garage package. It was 880 square feet, and it was small, cozy and perfect for the two of us. When we had our first baby, the “garage house” was still perfect for us. After we had our second baby, we were ready to think about building a larger home. That’s how Our DIY House came to be, and you can read more about that right here. Meanwhile, we’ve been pondering what to do with our old garage house that’s still on our acreage. It’s been vacant for almost three years now, and so far we’ve used it for storage. When the news came that we would have guests at our home this summer, we realized that we had the perfect job for our old garage house – it’s to be a sweet little guest cottage! I’m really excited about this rather large project. My parents will be the first guests, so I want to make sure they’re comfortable in our little garden suite this summer. Let me show you the plans we have for our guest cottage, and as I write about this project, I hope to give you a ton of ideas about how to renovate & decorate a small space on a budget.Continue reading