Category: DIY

DIY: Complete Kitchen Renovation Under $5,000

As I mentioned yesterday, we renovated half of our kitchen and liked it so much, I convinced Chris it was a good time to get the other half of the kitchen done combining sales, cash back rewards and keeping it all within our budget. I budgeted higher than I normally would for certain items, as I knew we wanted to splurge a bit on the oven and sink, as well as not buy the most basic of countertops and other items like we did in our townhouse.

I refuse to go into debt for any project, so unless we’ve squirreled away our nuts, we don’t do these projects without cash on hand. That’s how we save a great deal utilizing all the rewards available. The timing worked out that Chris loves projects and without something on the horizon, it was pretty easy to convince him to keep going and finish the other side while I worked out the financial end.

First, we had to remove the old cabinets and appliances. We had two gas lines coming into the kitchen, so Chris had to close one off under the house which we plan to reroute at a later date into the family room for a gas fireplace.

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DIY: Studio Backdrop Stand with PVC Pipes for $20

When I was asked to put together a white background for an indoor winter photo session for my first ever and longest client, I was a bit nervous, but I was going to rise to her request!

I usually shoot newborn portraits indoors, and other portraits outdoors (aside from my own personal shoots). When it comes to backdrops, I’ve used them often with newborns, but easily draping them over furniture to set them up. This was new, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Spend hundreds on a metal kit, sandbags, etc.? I wasn’t sure how often I’d use it, so I didn’t want to go down that route just yet. I do however wish I came across this idea years ago, because it’s totally going to improve my newborn photography setup now.

DIY Backdrop Stand out of PVC Pipes for $20

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