Paint Tricks, Tips, and Techniques

October 24, 2011

Paint Techniques-9

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


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

Tip Trick Party

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


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? 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


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...]

Happenings on the Homestead: Got my Groove Back

October 10, 2011


What an amazing weekend it's been and it's not even over yet since today is a Holiday thanks to the founder of our country, Christopher Columbus.   I have been in a crazed-paranoid-funk lately.  I've been uber busy, with all good things, but it's been a wee bit stressful and keeping me away from what I truly love... DIYing!  I haven't had much time to venture into new projects, but this weekend that all changed.  I felt like Stella from How Stella Got Her Groove Back, except instead of getting my groove back in the romantic department, my groove was back in creating and DIYing. Of … [Read more...]

Wild About Stripes

October 7, 2011

Decorating with stripes_7

I love incorporating stripes into any space!  Whether large or small, on a wall, ceiling, or pillow, a striped pattern can add drama and visual intrigue to any decor style.  They also pair well with patterned or floral designs and can be as subtle or bold as you prefer. Wide Stripes(Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) (Pinned by Jenna via Pinterest) Wide stripes with contrasting colors makes for a dramatic and fluid-like space.  Whether using bold stripes in a living room or in a transitional space, such as a hallway, they enliven the overall aesthestic.  When using opposite colors like … [Read more...]

Magnificent Mudrooms… without the mud

October 6, 2011


I have a new client that I'm working with who is desperately seeking a reorganized, functional, and inviting mudroom.   With mudrooms on my mind, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share some ideas and useful tips to create a properly functioning space.  The foyer or mudroom of any home is the first place you enter and the last place you leave.  It's the dropping ground for shoes, pocketbooks, bookbags, hats, gloves, scarves, and the list goes on and on and on...  In many households there is the constant struggle and back-and-forth-banter of keeping it clean,"pretty", and … [Read more...]