Well, hello friends.  I made it to Day 2 of the 31 Days Blogging Series!  Impressive, huh?

Day 2:  Do it yourself  aka: DIY

This might be one of the biggest money savers of all time when you're decorating or updating your home on a shoestring budget.  Hiring a contractor can be super-duper expensive, usually doubling if not tripling the cost of your job after buying the supplies.  Doing things yourself will really save you lots of money.  Even if you don't think you're very handy, some things are worth trying.

An overwhelming job Mr. Chic (my hubby) and I took on was staining our dated oak stair rails and banisters.  This job was not fun.

Not fun might be an understatement.

In fact, it was a huge pain in the booty.  But, the results were awesome.  The stairway is one of the first things you see when you come in our front door and staining the rails really updated the look of our home.

Because we have an open stairway with lots of railing exposed this job would've been a couple thousand bucks.  This is one of those jobs that the supplies were cheap and you would be paying all labor.

You can read about the whole process HERE.

Stain your oak stair rails

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