Painted Two-Toned Desk + Tips on Painting Furniture

March 30, 2012

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I'm just about finished with the updates for my son's bedroom makeover.  It hasn't been a huge overhaul, but with rearranging the furniture, adding colorful stripes on the wall, and hanging new DIY pallet shelves, this space has received a welcome refresher.  In the midst of moving around the beds and dresser, I realized  my little man is at the age where he really needs a desk to work at and hold all his creative supplies. If you remember back quite a long time ago, I purchased a beauty of a desk off Craigslist.  It lived in my family room ever since (over 6 months), but wasn't "right".  … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel with Shades of Turquoise

March 27, 2012

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Last week here in Upstate NY, the weather was amazing and I soaked up every bit of sun I could get. Now it's a little chillier, but Spring and Summer will be here before ya know it! In the midst of the gorgeous weather, I took some time to put together my new Spring Mantel. Over the past few months, I have been introducing more cooler colors than the warmer colors that I've lived with for many years. So my latest mantel creation has a whole lotta turquoise, which is a beautiful and dynamic compliment to the burnt orange focal wall. Here it is... What do you think? Turquoise is … [Read more...]

30 Easter & Spring Decorating Ideas

March 23, 2012

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Spring has arrived and Easter is on it's way in less than 3 weeks.  Wow 2012 is flying by!  I've had some readers ask about Easter decorating ideas and tips, so here is a roundup of Easter decor that can easily transition right into Spring (and even take you through Summer). Enjoy and be inspired by Easter and Spring vignettes, mantels, and wreaths! Spring Accents by A Pumpkin and a Princess Spring Wreath by Thrifty Decorating Easter Egg Garland by Crafty Endeavor Easter Baskets by OhMy! Creative Easter Mantel by A Little Country House Spring Organic Wreath by Polka Dot … [Read more...]

Dried Hydrangea Wreath

March 20, 2012

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It's officially Spring! This is definitely a favorite time of year for me when the days are longer and the temps are warmer.  The winter was pretty non-existent in Upstate NY this year, so thankfully a lot of projects that were on the backburner till Spring, already got finished. Over the weekend when the weather was in the 60s and sunny, we started tackling our first outdoor project of the year, but I stepped away from the cutting and hammering for a moment to make this beautiful Dried Hydrangea Wreath. I had anticipated making this wreath in the Fall and cut off a bunch of hydrangea … [Read more...]

Create a Layered Window Treatment

March 19, 2012

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Whether they are dainty wood blinds or over-the-top dramatic drapery panels, something is needed on every window!   And without, it's like going to a party wearing a gorgeous dress and  jewelry, but forgetting your shoes. That being said, I'm also a big fan of layering window treatments which means having a combination of functional parts and pretty parts. By adding different layers, the window(s) will have added depth and dimension, plus offer energy efficiency and privacy. To begin, ask yourself a few questions which will help determine the type and amount of layers that you want and need … [Read more...]

How To Glaze a Cabinet Using Stain

March 15, 2012

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I've glazed, antiqued, and distressed furniture for a few projects that I've featured in the past, but during the makeover of my master bathroom, I tried a completely new and different way of glazing.  Instead of using my water/paint technique, this time I used stain. As I mentioned in the master bathroom reveal, I had envisioned a slightly darker cabinet with a light colored glaze.  I had anticipated painting the cabinets, then instead of using my watered-down-brown-paint technique like I've done in the past for my cabinet and chair, I thought it would be interesting to try a watered … [Read more...]

How To Make Any Curtain into a Shower Curtain

March 13, 2012

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I am thrilled to have my master bathroom complete!  The kind and thoughtful comments that YOU, my awesome readers, have left over the past week have made the craziness all worth it.  So thank you, thank you, thank you.  As I mentioned during the reveal, I DIYed (technically not really a word, but you got it) my shower curtain using two window drapery panels (a.k.a. curtains), and now I'm going to show you how. I had found these curtain panels a while ago and they were basically the inspiration for the space and everything I chose was set around these beauties. When I originally … [Read more...]

Blog Feature: Printable Decor

March 12, 2012

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Happy Monday Friends!  I hope you enjoyed the weekend.  We had amazing weather and spent alot of time outdoors.  I've got a jam-packed week ahead, but wanted to share a little something with you on this first-day-of-the-week... Last week on Daily Do It Yourself (my other pride & joy), I featured a project by Johnnie of Saved By Love Creations.  When I mentioned the feature to her, she responded by saying she has a second blog, Printable Decor,  similar to DDIY in that she features printables from around the blogosphere. Similar to my combing the web for DIY creations, she combs the web … [Read more...]

12 Sensational Standard Sized Bathrooms

March 8, 2012

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Most of us don't live in huge, lavish homes with bathrooms the size of our bedrooms. A typical sized bathroom is 5x8 feet, but many are even smaller. Some think, "what can I do with this small space?" or "how do I make a statement, yet still have the bathroom be functional"? No matter the size or budget,  a bathroom has an exorbitant amount of potential to create a dynamic, intriguing, and interesting environment.  Even though a bathroom may be of a typical size (or smaller), you can still gather inspiration from larger bathroom spaces and introduce those same elements in a smaller … [Read more...]

Horrid to Heavenly Master Bathroom Reveal

March 6, 2012

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In one week, my master bathroom went from a place that I dreaded and turned into a heavenly, serene, and spa-like oasis.  The last 7 days have been a whirlwind of working around the clock, but it's all worth it!  Looking back, I can't believe I waited so long.  I walk into this space now and I feel a fresh of breathe air.  Take a look... Pin It Beautiful right?  But wait until you see the before, and you'll be sure to appreciate the after even more! Pin It I've been slightly secretive about the plan that I had for this space.  I didn't want to reveal too many details and ruin … [Read more...]