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The How-To Gal

The How-To Gal

I love creating something fantastic out of something forgotten or misused in the past. Having beautiful things doesn't mean you have to pay a fortune for them. Through creative means and a little elbow grease, I believe anything can be beautified. I will also post helpful hints from time to time. Join me in my journey to transform the ordinary into one-of-a-kind treasures.

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paint, doors, diy

How To: Paint Your Front Door

By The How-To Gal on Sep 18, 2013

It was a dreary day when we first pulled up to (what would be) our future home. The first things I noticed were the hideous orange door and shutters. Do you see them? That door... Continue reading

diy, furniture

DIY Tales: Shoe Storage Solution

By The How-To Gal on Jan 17, 2014

Is my front door the only one that is the gathering place for discarded shoes? I clean up piles like this on a daily basis. Daily. I decided something must be done. For one, the... Continue reading

diy, kids

DIY Dinosaur Succulent Planter

By The How-To Gal on Sep 09, 2013

I love dinosaurs. Always have. And when I saw these two large plastic dinosaurs for $0.99 at Savers, I knew a splash of prehistoric nostalgia was just what my kid's bathroom needed. What You Need:... Continue reading


Metamorphosis of a Banister

By The How-To Gal on Aug 07, 2013

I posted a beauty shot of my new banister to Instagram the other day. And today you're going to hear, "the rest of the story." You may recall one of the first images I posted... Continue reading


DIY Sunburst Mirror

By The How-To Gal on Apr 04, 2013

My latest Pinterest-inspired project was this lovely mirror by Kristen from K Sarah Designs: It has honestly been a long time coming. I started this project at the beginning of February and am just now... Continue reading

diy, decor, cleaning, how to

How To: Make Brass Shine

By The How-To Gal on Feb 21, 2013

I really, really dislike brass light fixtures, handles, and the like, but I really love fun brass objects. The only problem is that most copper/brass objects I find while thrifting are in pretty poor condition... Continue reading


DIY Beeswax Candles

By The How-To Gal on Dec 19, 2012

Handmade gifts seem to be the trend this year and I decided to follow it. I love the look of the diamond cutouts with the wax, but any glass jar will do. Hit up your... Continue reading

paint, furniture, diy

DIY Side Table Transformation

By The How-To Gal on Nov 21, 2012

Whenever I am considering purchasing a piece to makeover, it has to have some visual interest. I want something that will really pop once it is painted one color.  I loved the hexagon shape, the... Continue reading

doors, diy

Easy Update for a Metal Door

By The How-To Gal on Nov 19, 2012

My stainless steel fridge is NOT magnetic. I don't know why...maybe it really isn't stainless steel? Instead, we use the metal door that goes from my kitchen to the garage to display wedding announcements, coupons,... Continue reading


Quick Way to Beautify Your Wood Pieces

By The How-To Gal on Aug 08, 2012

I found these awesome vintage chairs at my local thrift store and was so happy to take them home with me for five bucks each. What I was not so happy about was how the... Continue reading