Two-Toned Retro Side Table

October 31, 2011

Two-Toned Retro Table Makeover

It seemed like every Saturday during the Summer when we were out-n-about, we stopped at garage sales.  As a family, we can never resist a bargain - especially when a makeover is in store.  During one of our many morning "pit stops", I scored this retro style table that has two table levels and a drawer in between.  The legs are very slender (#1 characteristic of retro-style furniture) and it reminded me of furniture from the 50's.   My decor has quite eclectic and I thought it would be the perfect addition for the living room. I always think it's fun when you get to transform a piece of … [Read more...]

Trick or Tip Week Roundup and Link Party

October 28, 2011

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T.G.I.F.!!  Do you feel the same way?  What a week it's been!  I've actually been looking forward to this day all week because it's finally YOUR TURN to showcase your best Tricks and Tips!  All week long, my friends and I have shared our Tricks and Tips pertaining to painting, DIY, decorating, blogging tips, and tools, and now we get to see yours! On Monday, I started out Trick or Tip Week with my handy-dandy techniques for painting. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On Tuesday, Sandra shared her helpful … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Mantel

October 26, 2011

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Many of you know that I'm a Pinterest junkie.  From recipes to photography to gardening, anything and everything you could want to know about is on this amazing site.  Of course, for me, my #1 search is usually home decor and DIY.  The other day I stumbled upon this great pictorial on how to decorate a Mantel.  I'm sure you know the expression, a picture means a thousand words, and this image certainly says it all.  Through the words in my blog, I'm forever looking for ways to inspire you to create a haven of your own, well this is it! original image via and via When starting to decorate … [Read more...]

Paint Tricks, Tips, and Techniques

October 24, 2011

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I love PAINT!  Whether it be regular paint, spray paint, or craft paint, paint can dramatically change and transform any room or piece of furniture.  With my many painting endevours, I have learned a few tricks and tips along the way, and now I want to share them with YOU!   Tip 1 There is never a time when you’re painting that you’ll be done with the brush or roller after your first coat.  Either you need to take a break OR you are waiting for the paint to dry. Before I discovered this all-time favorite paint trick, I washed my brush/roller with water EVERY TIME to avoid it from … [Read more...]

DIY: Child’s Play Kitchen

October 21, 2011

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Aside from blogging, working, and being a mom and wife, I have spent every waking moment of my spare time over the last two weeks, making this... I didn't buy it this way.  I made it! I actually can't believe it myself.  This is what I started with - a wood nightstand with two drawers. My daughter turned two last month and she really loves to play with pretend food, so I searched and hunted for a play kitchen for her birthday.  I  found a few I liked, but they were either too expensive or too big, so after some thought, I decided to make one on my own.  I DIY everything else, so … [Read more...]

Giving New Life to an Old Lamp: Part 2 of the Lamp Makeover

October 19, 2011

Lamp Makeover

Earlier this week, I shared my project-fail-turned-success story with the lampshade I made-over using spray paint and sandpaper.  Yes, an interesting combination, I know, but I was desperate - head over to read that post where I was simply keepin' it real!  Anyway, the lamp base for what the lampshade sat on got a little makeover as well and this went much more according to plan (thankfully)! Again, armed with spray paint - this time it was Rust-Oleum's Hammered Dark Bronze, I was ready to makeover this lamp that was once white and was purchased for my son's nursery before he was born.  … [Read more...]

Trick or Tip Week Starting Next Monday

October 18, 2011

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Halloween is just around the corner and to bring in this spooooky holiday,  I've partnered with a few of my favorite fellow bloggers and we're hosting Trick or Tip Week starting next Monday.  Each day, one of us will be sharing our favorite tricks and tips.  Then on Friday, we're having a 5 blog-wide linky party where YOU can link up and share your own Trick or Tip. So here's the lineup for the week Monday: Jenna, SAS Interiors - Paint Tuesday: Sandra, Sawdust and Paperscraps - DIY Wednesday: Diane, In My Own Style - Decor Thursday: Shannon, Madigan Made - Blogging Friday: Brittany, … [Read more...]

Project Fail Turned Success: Lampshade Makeover

October 17, 2011

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Some projects are smooth sailing the entire way, like this, and some are NOT! From the get-go this project was just fail, fail, fail - it had FAIL written all over it.  BUT once I put my "thinking cap" on, things made a little turn for the better.  The result?  well...you have to read on to find out how ~ To give you a peak, this is the end result, but it took some time getting here (to say the least). The story begins in a far away castle with a princess searching for a crowned jewel garage with a DIYer attempting to revamp a lampshade. I felt like our front room (a.k.a. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Embellishments

October 13, 2011

Embellished Pumpkins

Pumpkins are so beautiful on their own, au naturel-style, or paired with other natural elements, but it's also fun when you "dress them up" and add some unique embellishments.  Through my blogosphere crawl, I've seen some amazingly creative pumpkin decor and had to put a post together to share! Be inspired and create one of your own! Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest Chevron, on a pumpkin?  O, yes - these sure are stylish beauties!  You never know what a little fabric and Mod Podge can do! Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest Pinned by … [Read more...]

5 Minute Autumn Centerpiece

October 11, 2011

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This past weekend when I got my DIY groove back, I made a centerpiece for my dining table that literally took less than 5 minutes and cost nothing!  The pictures, staging, and post took longer than the actual project.  Thankfully I am SO pleased with the results and now my dining table is complete for the Fall season.  Here's a sneak peak of the final outcome, but let me take you through the steps so you can make one for your table! A few weeks ago, while going for an evening walk around the neighborhood, there were a pile of cut down trees on the side of the road ready for the next … [Read more...]