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Dog House Makeover

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dog house makeover When I bought my fixer upper, this fairly large dog house was left behind by the previous homeowner. Although we have two small pups, they are spoiled inside dogs, preferring the couch over a dog house.

If you follow my blog, you know that I like to reuse things as much as possible, so when the opportunity came along for me to try GAF roofing products, I knew right away what DIY project I would use them for –  for a makeover of this sad-looking dog house. Not for my dogs, but for the dogs at the local animal shelter. During warmer months, the shelter keeps several large dogs outside, but the area lacks shade and cover. I’m hoping this dog house will keep the dogs cool and dry.dog house makeover

As you can see, the dog house needed lots of TLC… especially the roof.

dog house makeover

The first thing I did was measure the roof.  Next, I went to Lowe’s to purchase all my roofing materials. This part was pretty easy since all the GAF Roofing Accessories were in one aisle, including shingles, underlayment, ridge cap shingles, and nails. I also bought new plywood and paint. dog house material

dog house makeover

dog house makeover

I started by removing the old shingles.

dog house makeover

The original roof was a mess. It consisted of plywood and shingles, and a second layer of thin plywood and shingles. All this needed to go.

dog house makeover

Basically, I took it down to the studs, haha. I cleaned the house and reinforced certain areas with leftover treated wood from my wood stash.

dog house makeover

Once the new plywood for the roof was put in place, it was ready for  the FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt.

dog house makeover


This gives the wood an additional layer of protection. Although GAF is customarily thought of as a professional product used by contractors, it can be used by the average DIYer. I never knew I could install an actual roof myself, but this was totally doable.

dog house makeover

For shingles I chose Timberline® Natural Shadow® in charcoal.  I recently learned that Timberline is the best-selling shingle in North America. It’s made with proprietary, granular technology. The best part – It looks good and is extremely durable. Just picture how many dogs will be able to use this dog house?! For many years. This makes me really happy.

dog house makeover

Once the shingles were up, it was time to add the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles. These offer multi-layer protection at the highest-stress areas of the roof.

dog house makeover

These are easy to use, since no cutting is required. Just use your hands to break them.


dog house makeover

When everything was done, I primed and painted the house a cheerful yellow color.


dog house makeover

Not only was this makeover fun to work on, I feel good knowing that this house will go to good use.

dog house makeover

And Billy couldn’t agree more.

dog house makeover

He and Teddy were the first to get a tour of the new and improved dog house.


Are you keeping busy with outdoor projects this spring? What kind of DIY project would you use GAF roofing on? 

Engineer Print Minimal Wall Art


Minimal Art


minimal wall art



Lately, I’ve been loving minimal wall art. I love the simple, mostly black and white elements like this large modern letter art I made for my son.

I needed a large piece for my living room, so I decided to make another engineer print in black and white (you can also get them in color). I went in my back yard and took a bunch of pictures of trees and branches.  The photos were edited and then uploaded to the Staples website, where I ordered a large engineer print for around $7. I explained the entire process here. The frame is DIY; super easy and inexpensive.

This was my inspiration.

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Via pinterest


Engineer prints are an easy and affordable way to update your art. You don’t have to feel guilty switching them out throughout the year. Who knows, by summer, I may want lots of colorful art on my walls.

Have a happy and safe Easter.

How I Updated My Kitchen On a Budget

Blocked In

My kitchen has come a long way in the three years since I bought our fixer upper. I wish I had more before pictures to show you just how dirty and rundown this place really was. Sometimes even I forget our home didn’t always look like this. Since I only had a small budget to work with, I did 99% of the remodel myself. The only help I had, was with hanging the drywall in the bathroom.

I want to share with you the upgrades I have done in our kitchen. These upgrades didn’t cost much, but they work for us and make the kitchen look clean and bright.

#1. Stained the kitchen cabinets

kitchen cabinets makeover

The first thing I tackled were the kitchen cabinets. I didn’t like the look of oak with gold knobs, so I stained them with my favorite gel stain. Three years later, the stain is still holding up great. I used the same stain on my bathroom vanity.

kitchen upgrades diy

#2. Updated cabinet knobs

new hardware

I updated the gold knobs with simple, silver knobs. The quality of these knobs is outstanding.

#3. Installed vinyl tile

kitchen upgrades diy

The floors in this house used to be horrible. Old, dingy carpeting, full of pet stains and cigarette smells, ran throughout the house (even in the kitchen). Under most of it were beautiful hardwood floors, which I restored.

hardwood floor refinish

The kitchen, unfortunately, didn’t have wood floors so I chose a vinyl tile. It’s super durable and easy to install.

vinyl floor

#4. Created a pantry

bookshelf to pantry

When my oldest graduated and moved out of her college apartment, we found these two generic bookshelves , left behind by college kids. When I saw the bookshelves I knew I could turn it into a pantry, which my kitchen was lacking.

bookshelf to pantryI added doors and knobs, which match my kitchen cabinets.


#5. Updated light fixtures

boob light

The “boob” light as well as the table got a makeover. I replaced the light with this black pendant.

pendant light

new pendant light

pendant light

The light above the sink was replaced with this $6 pendant. I love the simple design (and the price).



#6. Built a kitchen island
DIY Kitchen Island

A few months after we moved in, I built this kitchen island. It’s made with 2 x 4’s and gives us the much needed counter space.


#7. Made a new table top

DIY Kitchen Table top

Our old table worked fine in our old apartment, but wasn’t very functional for this kitchen. I built a new, larger table top but kept the legs. I then took the old table top and placed it on my island. Now I have even more counter space.


#8. Installed a backsplash

back splash diy

I added a board and batten backsplash made from leftover faux wood blinds.

#9. Painted the walls

kitchen upgrades diy

I painted the walls a light grey color – Moonshine by Benjamin Moore.

low cost kitchen upgrades