We asked Katie from Upcycled Treasures 16 quirky questions! This Georgia-based blogger shares some tips for remodeling on a budget, and gives us the inside scoop on her biggest DIY fail. Head on over to Upcycled Treasures for some great DIY projects, and to read the rest of this interview!

What’s your DIY weapon of choice? Paint! Every time I open a can I get excited for the possibilities. You can easily transform furniture and accessories, and if you don’t like the outcome, you can always change it!

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Dresser Makeover with Copper Pipe Drawer Pulls

What are 3 words to describe your blog? Rustic, quirky, and Re-imagined.

Tell us about a time when you had a DIY fail (we’ve all had them!) Oh geez, I’ve had my fair share of fails, but one of the first projects I ever posted was a lampshade makeover that was inspired from a post I found on Pinterest. I added ribbon to the bottom of the shade using my hot glue gun and it was a hot mess! The ribbon didn’t lay flat against the shade and you could see the glue right through it. Yikes! I don’t give up easily so I salvaged it by adding some rope on top. Now I know when to use my glue gun, and when other types of glue may be necessary.

Words of wisdom for someone remodeling on a budget? Don’t be afraid to change existing furniture and décor if it no longer fits your needs or style. A little bit of paint and elbow grease can go a long way. Don’t replace it, re-imagine it!


DIY West Elm Inspired Rug 

How did you become interested in blogging? It was actually by accident. I started a site as a creative outlet to share my furniture transformations with family and friends. At this point, I didn’t know much about blogging, but the community welcomed me with open arms and I’ve never looked back since!

Strangest decoration in your house? To me nothing is strange about the décor in our home, it just has character, haha. I guess to other’s the fact that I have a clock made out of a 70’s side table or art made out of wood slices may be strange.


Mason Jar Wall Storage using Vintage Yardsticks

Hardest part about blogging? Balance. When you do what you love for a living it can be difficult to balance work with play, because to me work is playing! I’m also really good at making projects, but not so good at sharing them right away. There’s definitely A LOT that goes on behind the scenes and everything tends to take longer than you anticipated.

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DIY Modern Rustic Wall Hanging 

Best part about blogging? The connections and friendships you make with other bloggers that share similar interests and challenge you to create better projects. The blogging community is so incredibly supportive and I’ve never experienced anything like it!

It’s also opened up so many other opportunities and you never know what door will open in the future. In fact, the hubs and I recently decided to spend next year traveling around the US in an RV with the goal of discovering where our next home will be. This is the beauty of working remotely, and we can’t wait to document our experience. It was a far distant dream, but blogging has made it a reality within reach.


Want to see more from Upcycled Treasures? Check out Katie’s blog, and be sure to follow her on twitter @katienathey!

Have any bloggers you’d love to see featured? Drop us a line in the comments section below, or email Taylor at taylorh@porch.com.