Texas State of Mind

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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.

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