Texas State of Mind
Create high-impact style on a budget, with the help of a creative mom of four who fills her small Lone Star State home with big country charm.
Texans are known for their self-reliance, and Jill Woods is no exception, harnessing her creative ingenuity to transform the three-bedroom Crowley, Texas, home she shares with her husband, Derek, and four sons, into a stylish, serene space—without straining her budget.
In the kitchen, Jill kept makeover costs low by updating the cabinets with a little paint, new hardware and a lot of elbow grease. “I painted the cabinets myself when I was pregnant with my third son,” she says. Derek added headers and crown molding to give the cabinets a custom look, and the couple installed wood-look laminate floors for warmth. They hung beadboard as a backsplash and used it as wainscoting in the living room as well.
Jill got even more creative in other areas of her home and employed a different form of wainscoting in her sons’ room. “The wood on the wall is fake board-and-batten,” she explains. “We just attached wood trim to the wall and then painted it and that part of the wall white. It’s easy and cheap and totally changes the look of the room.” The white contrasts beautifully with blue-gray paint on the upper part of the wall and sets the stage for the unique beds she made for her sons out of pallets.
In addition to her eye for thrifty materials, Jill also has a creative flair with inexpensive fabrics. The curtains in her sons’ bedroom, for example, are made from drop cloths accented with a strip of burlap. She also used burlap to turn a discounted hot pink storage cube into an ottoman for her sunroom. “I re-covered it with a burlap feed sack and made a top for it,” she notes.
If she can’t reupholster an unattractive item, Jill has another solution up her sleeve: paint. She revived a dull brown velvet-covered yard-sale chair by painting the fabric a soft gray that works perfectly in her master bedroom. “If you go to a craft store, they have different mediums you can add [to make paint work on fabric]—it softens it so it’s not crunchy,” she explains.
So what does all that ingenuity and hard work add up to? A lovely home where the whole Woods family can make memories that last a lifetime.
Give your home big style on a budget with tips from a creative, bargain-hunting mother of four whose small home is loaded with country charm.