Home Renovation & DIY Projects

Carpentry, before and after, furniture makeovers, room makeovers, repurposing, refinishing, painting, refurbishing, restoring

Home Renovation on a Budget 

That’s me, working hard on a budget.  If I can repurpose or reuse something, I definitely will.  Never say you can’t do something.  That is why there are You Tube videos and Google!   I love to create, and that is what I have been doing lately… from Ikea Hacks to my two favorite – the farmhouse kitchen table and breakfast nook/banquette and the window seat and closets with barn doors.  I really don’t know what I’m going to get into at any given time.  Poor Dean never knows what he will see when  he walks in the door. 🙂


Small Laundry Room Makeover

I have spent the past week away from the TV and only appearing on social media to share on progress of some projects..... After I finished, I started reading what was being circulated and the amount of negativity circulating was astounding.  I'm not talking about...

Barn Doors and Window Seat

Hanging Barn Doors, Closets, and Window Seat DIY Project If you follow my Instagram www.instagram.com/jodieotte/, you already saw this hanging barn door and closet/window seat project; however, I was refraining from posting it to the blog until I finished, and I...

Dining Table Makeover

Oak Dining Table Makeover When we first moved into our home 16 years ago, we were searching for real wood furniture and ended up buying a big oak dining table and chair set.  I really didn't like it.  Dean didn't really like it either but we couldn't find anything...

Ikea Hack – Ivar

Ikea Hack - Chair to Bench Who loves an Ikea hack?  I DO!!! I wanted new benches for my front porch.  Ours were so old that one of the legs rotted off! I priced new benches.  I needed three.  I wanted wooden benches but could not find any that I liked within a certain...

DIY Laundry Bins/Baskets

DIY Rolling Rustic Laundry Baskets I know you all think I'm crazy because I never sit still... but I can't help it.  It's part of who I am.  I have to constantly be creating, from photography to home decor to gardening.  I need to be working with my hands and...

Furniture Makeover

All right - it's the new year.  Happy New Year everyone! I have some goals this year but I won't be sharing them until they happen only because once I discuss the exact goals, the novelty wears off, and I feel it is better to keep them private.  I can say I plan to...

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Cooking for Real Life

instant pot pressure cooker recipes

Horse Management Small Property

Horse Management on Small Property

DIY Home Projects

DIY home projects


Gardening small spaces

Backyard Chicken Keeping

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