Where are they now? HOME MAKEOVER

While I’m attend EVO 12 in Park City, I’ve twisted the arms of some of my Bloggy BFFs to write a guest post for TCB!  Gail is amazingly talented as you can see why I featured her way back when………. I hope to meet her IRL someday.

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I am beyond thrilled to be here today!  I adore Kim, and her little corner of this big ole blogisphere!  I believe Today’s Creative Blog is one of the very first blogs I followed.  Way back when I barely knew what a blog was.







Oh, I suppose I should introduce myself.  I got so excited that I forgot my manners.  I’m gail from My Repurposed LifeThis summer I will be celebrating  three years of blogging.  I started my blog on a whim after being inspired by great bloggers like Kim.  I literally woke up one day and decided to start journaling about my projects.   I taught pre-k for 19 years, I would still be teaching had the school where I taught not closed. I loved teaching, in fact I’m still teaching, targeting a  much larger audience that doesn’t need help with zippers and buttons.  All the projects on My Repurposed Life are full tutorials, telling you, the reader exactly what to do, and in some cases telling you what NOT to do.  I do all the trial and error helping you to not make the same mistakes I have.
I have made several changes in my home of 36 years over the last 3 years.  Because I am unemployed, and making it through life on my own, I work on a very tight budget.  So if you like to DIY on a shoestring, you will love My Repurposed Life.

Ugly Brick FireplaceThis is my fireplace as it had been for 25+years.  I was tired of the stone (concrete) mantel and hearth.  I was wanting something fresher and brighter.
white fireplaceDon’t you think the “after” is so much better?   This was my first major project, and I achieved this bright new look on my own for less than $150.00.    It was two years ago, and my ugly fireplace makeover still makes me smile

How to Paint Oak CabinetsThe next big project I tackled was my kitchen.   I literally changed this room from top to bottom.

How to Paint Oak CabinetsI started by painting my oak cabinets.  I also painted the vinyl floor. If you look closely you can see I painted my kitchen accessories with Stainless Steel spray paint.
Faux Granite Paint by GianiI added a board and batten backsplash, then later painted my blue countertops with a faux granite paint.  Not shown, I also painted my ceiling fan.

DIY Barn DoorsMost recently, I built and installed some barn doors using hardware from Tractor Supply Co.  My kitchen island is more of a craft station, I built it from a repurposed desk.

When I’m not working on updating my home, I’m busy repurposing unwanted furniture items.

repurposed dresser This repurposed dresser into a bench is one of the most searched items on my blog. It was one of my very first repurposes.

Repurposed Bed (bench)
Buildingbenches from repurposed beds has kept me busy over the last few years.

repurposed shutter-magazine holderLooking for something a little more simple? This shutter turned magazine holder with over 47k pins is by far the most pinned item from my blog.

I hope you’ve found something that inspires you to do it yourself, or think outside the box. If you’d like to know more about the woman behind all this work, check out my about meMaybe you’d like to see what others are saying about My Repurposed Life, or join the conversation on Facebook, and of course there’s always Pinterest and twitterOh, I almost forgot, I have a great weekly link party, Catch as Catch Can.  For a really quick glance at my past projects, check out my galleries, 1, 2, 3.
I’m so happy I got to stop by  Today’s Creative Blog to share My Repurposed Life with you.  Those who know me in real life will tell ya, once I start talking blog, I just sort of ramble.

Thank you Kim!





Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and InspirationDIY.com where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says

    I *love* your work, Gail!! You are truly inspiring. Happy blogiversary!! :)

  2. I Play Outside The Box says

    Gail’s blog is the first “Repupose” blog I started following…it’s the BOMB!! Love it! She never ceases to amaze me with every project she does!!! Everyone should subscribe to her blog!!! Off to subscribe to this blog too!

  3. katie from Sew Woodsy says

    Gail I love all of your projects!!! You amaze me with your talents!!!

  4. gail says

    thanks y’all…. you’re so sweet!

    Kim–hope you’re having a great time, and learning a lot!


  5. Sandra says

    Hi, I just found your blog through My Repurposed Life, and had to subscribe. Love it!!! I always love Gail’s projects, and I am looking forward to read many more of yours, Kim!

  6. says

    Hi! so glad to see Gail posting here. I love Gail and all her inexpensive DIY projects… Gail, you posted about some of my favorites you’ve done too…Especially your kitchen!

    This is my first time here. So glad meet you Kim! I’ll be back to see more, for sure.

  7. says

    I adore Gail and I love her blog. Gail’s projects are always done so well and very easy to understand.
    It was so great to be featured on her blog last week.


  8. says

    I love gail’s blog i just hope ill find the way to make such as nice things as she does from things people would think dont work any more

  9. says

    gail has done so many great projects and her home has come a long way, baby! love her mantle makeover the most!

  10. WendyB says

    I followed Gail here from My Repurposed Life. Can’t wait to have a look around! And great job, Gail! How you picked just five is beyond me. (Clever move, counting the whole kitchen as one.) You inspire me with every project.

  11. says

    I just love Gail’s blog. It was nice to see an update about her here. Skipping over to take a peek at how to turn a dresser into a bench. Very creative idea!