The reason I blog (and love blogging) is to inspire others to try to do what I do. Not only for women to experiment with a tool and try something out for themselves, but just for everyone in general to love their homes and make them more “them” -- no matter what home they’re in.

So I LOVE getting photos from readers sharing the projects they’ve done that were inspired by one of mine. Of course it’s not always the exact project – I’d be thrilled if you hung a picture on the wall for the first time. Go ahead and send me a picture of that too. ;) But these are some that were inspired by specific projects I’ve done.

My DIY tufted headboard is king-sized and cost less than $100 to make:

DIY tufted headboard

I don’t think I have a full shot of it against the dark gray wall and I’m not going to make my bed this morning to take a picture so this is best I’ve got:

gray paneled wall

;) Have I mentioned I hate making the bed?

Mario used the tutorial and created this navy and white beauty for less than $60!:

DIY headboard instructions

Gorgeous! It’s hard to see but it’s tufted with navy buttons too – so pretty.

Lauren wrote all the way from Australia and shared her gorgeous version:

modern tufted headboard

I’m going to see if I can get a better shot from her but I had to share it because it looks SO good. The rectangle shape and all those tufts give it a more modern look.

I hear from a lot of folks who use my bookcases made with kitchen cabinets as their inspiration:

DIY built in bookcases

Vicky’s husband made a similar set and they turned out so well!:

DIY built ins with beadboard

I LOVE the shelves trimmed out in the same stain as the butcher block and the beadboard on the backs. You can see more of their version on her blog here.

Tammy emailed me with her version recently and I fell in love with it. So many homes have the fireplace in the middle of the wall like hers:

white brick fireplace

Using the cabinets as bases they created a really beautiful wall with lots of storage:

fireplace with built ins

She did such a lovely job decorating too!

A lot of you get the guts to tear your carpet off your stairs after you read how I did the same to mine: painted risers stained treads stairs

Those are some of my favorite emails. ;) Jen has a very similar stair layout to ours and they look SO good: stained stairs

Oh my – I will never tire of painted risers and stained treads. Classic.

She did the same wall treatment as mine on her big walls that are hard to figure out:

molding squares on wall

She sent this to me near Christmas by the way – she’s not decorating this early. At least I don’t think. ;)

Spray paint is one of the EASIEST and cheapest ways to update fixtures, accessories, whatever. Lynn saw how well the spray paint held up on my outdoor light fixtures:

spray painting outdoor lights

And decided to try it out on her shower fixtures! Whoot!!:

spray painting faucet

She sanded, primed and then sprayed them oil rubbed bronze and said they are holding up well – at least as long as it had been since she emailed me. Lynn said she also let them sit out in the sun to “bake” after she sprayed them – good idea. I love how she used the rock tiles in her shower too!

Goodness, this kind of stuff makes me all puffy and proud for you all. LOVE it. I try to keep track of your projects that you send but if you’ve emailed me one and I didn’t share it, let me know!

Have you tried something inspired by a blog? If you have be sure to let them know – it’s such a huge compliment to hear from you! :)