Home Remodeling Projects | Tips for Sucess

Well, yes I am sometimes a crazy person.  Sometimes I take my home remodeling plans and throw them out the window.  Sometimes I spur of the moment decided to jump in late on a home remodeling challenge.  Its the $100 dollar room challenge again and I have decided a week into it to join in!  The $100 dollar room challenge was started by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry and I am so thrilled she started including other bloggers!


For this DIY home project, I have decided to do some updating in my Entryway.  I really do love the space, but I have always struggled with furniture arrangement and other design ideas.  Its a little lack luster and simple in every way possible.

Here is a recent picture.  I love it, but it needs some more style and character!

Want to accomplish your home remodeling projects? I've got 5 easy tips to ensure success in all your home decor and DIY projects.

I often get asked by people how I can plan, start, and finish my home remodeling projects without going losing my mind.  Well, who’s to say I haven’t.  (Insert evil laugh)  But I have had my run of stressful, horrifying, tear inducing home remodel situations.  

I thought maybe I would give you some of my steps that make my home remodeling projects easier, less stressful, and successful.

5 Steps to successful home remodeling projects:

  •  Do your research – There is so much information out there these days.  I cannot believe the difference form 10 years ago when I built my home.  I had dial up internet, and spent hours waiting for floor plans to load.  Not to mention that Pinterest was not much if any kind of thing at that point.   Search out rooms that you are drawn to.  You can search by the color of the room, the type of room, really practically anything.

Amazon is a great place to find the inspiration you need too!  Check out these entry decor ideas!

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Since my home remodeling project consists of making over my entryway for under $100 dollars, and I knew what style I wanted it to have, I looked for inspiration by searching out “farmhouse entryways” and “neutral entryways”.

Here are a few images that I am inspired by for my entryway remodel:

Source: Blesser House

Source:  @pine.and.burch


  • Create a budget:  My budget for my entryway remodel is $100 dollars, like I said previously.  I truly believe you can create a wonderful remodeled room on any budget and once you have this established, it makes it much easier to work on the next step.


  • Make a plan–  Once you have a collection or an idea of what you want the room to look like, make a list of things you would need to do to accomplish this task.  Since I will be remodeling my entryway for under $100 dollars, I will be coming up with creative and inexpensive ways to accomplish this.    Creating a mood board for your home remodeling project is a great way to make a plan.  Here is one for my entryway.

5 awesome tips to make home remodeling easier, more fun, and sucessful.


My home remodeling projects plan for my entryway is this:  update the walls with shiplap(yes I still love it), paint or refinish my vintage church pew, create a unique  space to hang coats etc, and add some real style while brightening up the space and of course, a fiddle leaf fig and some lavender.  

  • Give Yourself a DUE DATE for your home remodeling projects:  As a participant of the One Room Challenge for my Laundry Room Remodel and my Master Bathroom Remodel, and the $100 Dollar Room Challenge, where I remodeled my boys bathroom, I had a set date that it had to be done.  For the ORC it was 6 weeks, and the $100 DRC it was 4 weeks.  While this may seem extreme, it does one important thing.

It gives your home remodeling project a set time that it needs to be done!!

Have you heard of those home remodeling projects that took 6 months to a year or even longer?  That seems like a nightmare to me.  I am impatient, controlling, and need it done now!  Giving yourself an end date will help you to have it done in a reasonable amount of time.  Keep in mind that schedules and due dates do not guarantee a perfectly executed home remodeling project, but it gives you something to shoot for.

Another Example:  When we built our home, we were the Owner/Contractor.  I had the whole project planned out with a giant calendar on our apartment wall.  I had everything scheduled out, and it was to be done in 7 months.  But, life happens, shiz happens, and more important things come into play.  We still stuck to our schedule and were in our home before we needed an extension on our loan, but it definitely took longer and things did not go as planned.  

  • Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty-  Put those fears aside if you have never done any DIY projects or home remodeling projects.  Maybe you feel more comfortable having someone else install floors, or paint the walls.  That’s okay! Start small, create a painting for the space, or a do some kind of fun thrift store upcycle like I did for this home remodeling project.  You may not want to control the big projects, but you can certainly empower yourself by adding some personal home decor and DIY projects of your own.  If you are insane like me, you will want to do it all yourself, because A) you want to learn a new skill….and B) you’re too cheap to pay someone to do it!

I promise if you try to include these 5 home remodeling project tips into your next DIY project or room makeover, you will find that things are will run a little smoother, ease some of your fears, and empower you to accomplish home projects you might not have otherwise attempted.  

Now, its time for me to use these home remodeling tips on my $100 dollar room challenge.  Since I am super slow and missed the first week, I have my work cut out for me, but I have already acquired a few things including:

I am well on my way.  Now its time to take the planning and research and get to work.  I have a budget, a due date, and I am not afraid to get my hands dirty.

Don’t forget to pin it!

Want to accomplish your home remodeling projects? I've got 5 easy tips to ensure success in all your home decor and DIY projects.

Now check out my other blogging friends that are participating in the $100 dollar room challenge.  I cant wait to see their home remodeling projects.


Have a great day!

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  1. These are great tips to think about before you start your makeover. I can’t wait to see your final space because you always make things beautiful!

  2. This is list is perfect! I love having the deadline of the challenge. Not so much for me but for my husband! He will drag projects out forever and this Type A lady does not like it at all!!

  3. Great tips Sara! I wish we had any natural light in our entryway. It’s a total cave. I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on a Fiddle Leaf Fig yet. They are so cute but the only nursery around me that seems to carry them is always SUPER expensive.

  4. I’m loving your bench and your space is already fabulous, so I can’t wait to see what you do with it to dress it up. Great ideas and tips too. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. I’m so glad you decided to jump in, and luckily March has 5 Wednesdays, so you’ll get the same amount of time as the one in January.
    Love your tips for working on a space. I love these challenges because I actually get stuff done that might, otherwise, take several months… or even years, thanks to a deadline 🙂 Love your current entry, but excited to see a little added personality.

  6. These are such great tips to think of before you start slapping paint on a room! I also like to sketch out what a space might look like. That really helps me to visualize.

    I can’t wait to see how your space comes together!

  7. I love the style you are going for, white with natural elements, makes for a very bright and cozy home at the same time! Definitely something to save for later on together with a budget :-)! Thank you for sharing and that challenge is great! Looking forward seeing the result!
    Have a great weekend,
    Greets Kat

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