How-To Paint Laminate Furniture

August 30, 2012

Tutorial on How-To Paint Laminate Furniture

I recently shared my newly styled bookshelves, but before I added all the colorful books and stylish accessories, I gave the bookcases a much needed makeover. Since painting the space deep blue, the once faux-wood bookcases got lost in the dark hue of the walls, and they were ready for a transformation. A crisp, fresh coat of white was the perfect solution to make a statement. I purchased these two bookcases from Walmart about 2 years ago.  Each were around $100 and were not the best of quality (duh, look at the pricetag).  Anyway, they fit the bill at the moment, but recently the … [Read more...]

Handpainted Glass Using DecoArt

August 28, 2012

DIY idea for handpainted glass by @Jenna_Burger

I love adding alittle pizazz to ordinary pieces; Taking a simple item up a notch makes them unique and unexpected. I just finished up a new easy DIY project using glass paint, which added a burst of color to my ordinary clear drinking glasses and wine glasses. It's amazing what you can do with inexpensive glassware, paint, and an imagination... The kind folks at DecoArt were gracious enough to send me a huge box of goodies to try out. I decided on their transparent glass paints which I thought would be great for adding a little interest to my once plain-jane glasses. Supplies: … [Read more...]

Organize, Protect, and Maintain Your Home + Giveaway

August 27, 2012

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Do you remember the yellow paint color you used in the kitchen... three years ago? Or the last time you cleaned out the debris in your central vac system? What about replacing the batteries in the smoke detectors? Owning a home is a wonderful thing.  It's an experimental playground to create a space you love and that reflects your personal style.  Yet, home ownership isn't always easily - there's alot that goes into maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your family.  Thanks to HomeZada for making it really easy! HomeZada, my newest latest and greatest sponsor, is the … [Read more...]

Styling a Bookcase

August 14, 2012

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I've mentioned here and there that I've been working on revamping my faux-stained laminate bookcases, and I can officially say they are done & styled. Take a look... I LOVE a well-styled bookcase!  A good mix of books, accessories, and personal momentos really brings life and character to a bookcase. When we moved into our home a couple years ago, I was in a wood-tone state-of-mind, and chose these laminate shelves from Walmart for $99/each.  They are not at all of great quality, but at the time they fit the bill. before pictures... Since then, I've started … [Read more...]

My First Annie Sloan Experience

August 10, 2012

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Yes, using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is an experience! If you have no idea what I'm talking about and/or have no idea who Annie Sloan is, no worries, just keep on reading.  If you do know about ASCP, stick around and see if you've had a similar experience (I'd love to hear your thoughts). I shared the result of my first Annie Sloan paint project yesterday and the response was unbelievable.  Thank you ALL for your kind comments - I was blown away by your kindness!  If you missed the reveal, I revamped and reupholstered a side chair for my desk.  Before the reupholstery could begin … [Read more...]

DIY: Reupholstered Side Chair

August 8, 2012

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I've always had the desire to attempt the process of reupholstering a chair.  Quite a few of my blogger friends did and the results were amazing, but I was still reluctant - Could I really do it?  After reading this post, for some reason, "it" clicked and I was on-board.  My mission of finding a chair had started.  I needed something new anyway for my desk since I've been using this chair which has no seat padding and gets uncomfortable after a while. It took some time, but one day when on a thrifting adventure with my mom, I spotted it and bells started to ring. Let me start off by … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Update: One Year Later

August 1, 2012

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One of the biggest projects to date that I tackled was my kitchen makeover.  I can't believe it's been a year, but this time last Summer, I was finishing up the final details and sharing it with you. Since that time, I've been flooded with questions (and many kind comments - thank you), and thought a One-Year-Followup post including answers + an update a year later would be interesting and helpful for those thinking of tackling something similar. There were alot of details and updates that went into the entire Kitchen Makeover, resulting in quite a few posts to explain all the … [Read more...]