China Cabinet Makeover {Reveal}

October 23, 2014

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It's done!  What a journey it's been for this china cabinet. Upon finding this diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist and rescuing it from a dilapidated garage that housed chickens, roosters, and a few other unknown animals (I was afraid to even look around), the once trash-bound cabinet now sits beautifully in my dining room with a vibrant new color & a complete designer makeover... It has been quite the task of getting her to this point, but she's complete! We can't appreciate the 'after' without looking at the 'before'.  Remember what she looked like a few short weeks … [Read more...]

Details + Hardware + Styling {China Cabinet Makeover}

October 15, 2014

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Yes, the paint color is unexpected, but adding a few other unique details to the china cabinet makeover has really made it a one-of-a-kind, perfect piece (in my eyes). Last week I finished the most tedious part of the makeover which was painting the cabinet.  It took a few days and lots of patience, but the effort was absolutely worth the result in my book!  Once the cabinet was complete and dry, I started styling the interior.  After living with it for a few days (and sharing a peak on IG), I knew it needed something.  I loved the overall dramatic color, but I did want to pare it down a … [Read more...]

How-To Paint Wood Furniture

October 9, 2014

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Decorating my table for Fall was a nice break from painting!  But now it's back to the grind finishing up the last details of the china cabinet makeover - Yippee Skippee! Prep is done. Sanding is complete. >>> [tutorial here] Priming is finished. >>> [tutorial here] Now on to the painting.  This was definitely the longest + most tedious part of the makeover, but absolutely the most important step to focus on.  With all the work that has gone in to prepping this cabinet, or any piece of furniture for that matter, painting it right really makes all the difference in … [Read more...]

Fall Tablescape {Gourds Galore}

October 7, 2014

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Howdy folks!  Fall is in full-swing in northern New York and as we've been enjoying the colorful foilage (did you see how we spent our weekend? I posted a peak on IG) , I'm finally feeling the urge to turn the house over for the season.   I still have my hands filled caring for my little 3 month old + transforming my latest Craigslist find, but that hasn't stopped me from adding in a few Fall touches.  My perfect spot for the ideal seasonal setup... the dining table. Alas, this years Fall Tablescape. Filled with gourds, mums, pinecones, and a few of my go-to styling / decor … [Read more...]

Why + How to Prime Wood Furniture

October 1, 2014

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It's been a busy few days around my neck of the woods.  With revamping the china cabinet + another BIG project coming down the pipeline (which I can't wait to share details about), I haven't had 5 minutes to sit.  No worries though, I'll sit when I'm old, ha. So my last post was all about the beginning steps of prepping & sanding a piece of wood furniture.  The next step, which is what this post is dedicated to, is priming.  Primer is SO important!  I can not stress enough that primer is a must when painting something. anything.  YOU NEED PRIMER. Why Prime. Whether a room or a … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover: Prepping + Sanding Wood Furniture {Step 1}

September 29, 2014

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Last week I shared the latest + greatest project that I'm throwing myself into.  Since the baby arrived, I kind of lost my DIY mojo, but this project has me back!  I can not express how excited I am about this project because I've been thinking about it for so long.  Have you ever had a moment like that when you are thinking about something so much, but are unsure of how all the details could possibly come together?  Well that was me with this project...  I knew exactly the cabinet I wanted, I knew the color I wanted it to be, but no cabinet.  UNTIL, I found her. Somehow, someway the stars … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover: Backstory + Choosing a Color

September 25, 2014

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In the past 2 days, a project that I've been dreaming about for months has magically come to fruition! Somehow the stars aligned and I'm freaking excited about this one... So a long while back, about 5-6 months ago to be specific, I had the itch to spice up the dining room.  At the time, I was in the last weeks of my pregnancy so no real action could take place, but I had lots & lots of thoughts brewing in my brain.  My mind immediately went to changing everything, but I decided to start off slow (truly the best way to makeover a space).  First up, the bench.  I snagged a gorgeous navy … [Read more...]

Box Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

September 16, 2014

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This post is overdue.  Way overdue actually.  3 years overdue to be specific. Why? Because this post is a tutorial on the box pleat valance that I made for my master bathroom makeover three years ago.  I've received many emails asking about a tutorial and after the recent post on the roundup of all my handmade window treatments + the feature of the bathroom in the current KBMO, a dedicated post was needed.  Better later than never, right? So here we go.  The details on how I made this super easy loose-style (no pleats) box valance with a stylish greek key design... >>> … [Read more...]

9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments

September 10, 2014

9 DIY Window Treatments Ideas

Since the older kids have been back in school, I've been cleaning + organizing like a mad woman!  It's bittersweet not to have them home throughout the day, but it's been nice getting the house back in order.  As I've been making my way room by room, for some reason I've been paying extra attention to the window treatments and realized that almost every window "dressing" (with the exception of 2) have been DIY projects.  Either I made them from scratch or partly DIYed them making them truly one-of-a-kind. I'm a big believer that window treatments make (and break if not done right) a room … [Read more...]

DIY: How-To Reupholster a Bench

September 4, 2014

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Projects in my corner of the world have been taking forever lately (for good reason, of course... aka, summer + a new baby),  BUT that doesn't mean my mind hasn't been working at full speed conjuring up new & great DIYs + decorating updates... Over the past months, I have thought of so much I want to tackle around the house.  One spot in particular is the dining room.  It really needs a pick me up!  I have it all planned in my head, but putting thoughts to work (like pen to paper) isn't always the easiest thing... Before baby #3 came along, I had all hopes to start the task of … [Read more...]