A Look Back at Redhead Can Decorate’s Best Affordable DIY Projects


I have 2 EXCITING reasons to take a look back at Redhead Can Decorate’s best affordable DIY projects today…the first one being that it’s that time of the month where I join my favorite Thrifty Style Team ladies to bring bring you our money saving home decorating tips. Wait until you see all the gorgeous ideas at the end of my post. We even have a new member! The other reason, is because WE SOLD OUR HOUSE 🤭!!!

If you’ve been following along here at you probably know that our beloved home went up for sale on August 6th. Well, after 4 days and 32 showings and 3 offers, we accepted an offer and are in “pending” status. We are very very excited (and of course sad), and ready for our next chapter which is to build a “ranch” style home. I hope you will stick around with us because I have tons planned in between in our cute modern apartment. Until then…I picked out 7 of my very best affordable projects to share with you today. Some I’ve shared previously, but the first 2 I have not. Enjoy~

DIY Criss Cross Muntin Bar Windows

When we moved into our home 13 years ago, one of the very first assets we noticed in the home were the breath taking views, and the windows that framed them. The windows are floor-to-ceiling, and open by winding outward so they don’t have a window rail in the middle of them. Without that rail, it’s just one big window pane that the previous owners used for “traditional muntin bars”. It was more like a canvas for me to play with.

I kept the muntin bars in the majority of the windows, but didn’t want them to distort our views from the main floor. That’s when I decided to try my own idea of criss cross muntin bars for some of the kitchen, family room, and living room windows. I had seen criss cross windows in china cabinets, but not in real windows. Honestly, it was the best decision I made in this house. I still absolutely love the modern flare the criss cross muntin bars provide…

DIY Criss Cross Muntin Bar Windows Simple Instructions

If interested in creating these unique muntin bars for your own single window pane windows, it doesn’t take a long tutorial. I used flat Pine 1/2 inch moldings from the local lumber store, and they cut them for me. All I did, was measure corner to corner very carefully and give them the measurements and they cut them for free. When I got home I tried/stuck them in, and if satisfied, I knew I could paint them to finish them off. By the way, if they don’t fit snug, sand them down, or measure/cut again.

DIY Privacy Frosted Exterior Glass Door

Here’s one of my favorite all-time easy masterpieces …”DIY Privacy Frosted Exterior Glass Door” 😊. Isn’t this door off our family room, heading out to our side porch, pretty with that exterior green glow? This is one of the first projects I tackled when we moved in because we needed privacy for this big door. I can’t believe I created this with just a few easy steps. I used a product I have used for many glass windows, and doors in all of our homes…

Gallery Glass is inexpensive and goes on like paint.  The black “leading” comes in strips and you put that on first-that gives you plenty of time to figure out your design (I designed this look myself with a big ruler). There are a variety of colors for the glass pane, but I used the crystal clear which goes on white, and dries like the look you see above.  The leading you place on the door becomes secure once you have painted on the clear with a small paint brush.  It all also goes on straight from the bottle which has a small tip to use to apply it.  It is non-toxic and has no odor. The options are endless! Please let me know if you have any questions. Here’s the frosty door at Christmas…

I hope you have fun sifting through my remaining 5 favorite affordable DIY’s- and then there’s still the Thrifty Style Team’s beautiful ideas to see at the very end. Enjoy, and happy weekend~

Real Wood Homemade Sidelight Shutters

DIY Custom Wood Stained Shelves

DIY Faux Button Tufted Black & Stained Wood Storage Bench

DIY Laundry Folding Nook

DIY Criss Cross Gate

There’s so much more affordable home decorating…from the Thrifty Style Team below…

Redhead Can Decorate –A Look Back at Redhead Can Decorates Best Affordable DIY Projects

Our Crafty Mom –Wooden Candle Holders with a Faux Concrete Finish

I Should Be Mopping the Floor –Unique Containers for Flower Arrangements

The How to Home –How to Make a Pom Pom Pillow

DIY Beautify –Thrifty Vintage Art for Your Walls

2 Bees in a Pod –French Country Lamp Makeover

Postcards From the Ridge –How to Paint a Glass Vase to Look Like Stoneware

The Tattered Pew –The Secret Tip to Drying Hydrangeas

Cottage on Bunker Hill –How to Make Autumn Leaf Clay Trinket Dishes

Amy Sadler Designs –Wheat and Floral Decor for Fall Decorating

Songbird –DIY Hanging Glass Bottles for Tiny Flower Bouquets

My Family Thyme –Make an Easy and Inexpensive Fall Wreath

Southern Yankee DIY – DIY Faux Concrete Planter

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21 Responses

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  2. Julie – you should be so very proud of all of the updates and accomplishments to your beautiful home. They undoubtedly helped you sell your home so quickly. Best wishes to you and Rick as you embark on your next adventure!

  3. Mary Beth says:

    I so enjoy your look back, Julie! So many beautiful projects.

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  6. Nancy says:

    I knew it would sell in a quick minute! Now on to the new adventure. It will be fun to see how you use color!

  7. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    Congrats o the home sale. All I can say is you and Rick made a house a beautiful home!!
    I will keep in touch always. Hugs, Bette

  8. Amy says:

    Your home is beautiful! Love these windows!

  9. Good luck on the move! It’s nice that you captured this home over the years so you can always look back!

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  11. Congratulations on the sale of your beautiful home! You and Rick have made many wonderful updates. Best wishes to you on your new adventures!
    Thank you so much for hosting this group! I am so happy to join you.

  12. Julie, your home is an absolute showpiece and the new owners are SOOOO lucky. I’ve always, always, loved those criss cross muntin bars on the windows…definitely my favorite project! xoxo, kristi

  13. Kelly says:

    Congratulations on the sale of your beautiful home! So many amazing DIY’s and now I can’t wait to see what you do with your new place!

  14. Ivory says:

    Julie, I am so happy for you and Rick. I know it been a little while this year since I responded to your posts, but it’s like I told you, I just loss my husband suddenly. Blood clots to his heart and suddenly killing him, and so much more. I am please that your house sold fast. Like one of your other followers said, it’s because you always did many wonderful Diy’s to your home. The buyers as well as others that showed interest in your home. The lucky winner will be the real winner. Good luck to you, and your family in your new home.

    • Julie says:

      Oh no, dear Ivory I did not know that you lost your husband. I am so very sorry to learn of this news. I am going to send you a private message by e-mail.

  15. You’ve done so many great projects in this house, Julie. I love the criss cross windows. The new owners will love all of them! Pinned!

  16. Alison Georgia says:

    Nice Post

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