Nov 24, 2014

Ebony & Fossil Dining Table

This dining set was really pretty when I got it but a little too red of a wood for my taste so I painted  all the chairs and legs of the table with Rust-Oleum 2X's cover in Fossil. It's a spray paint.
I stripped the table top and sanded it really good. Even without stain on it, the wood was really red. 
(no before pic ... time?)
I chose Minwax Stain in Ebony for the top. It is so rich looking and the red tone is gone.
I used polyurethane in satin to seal the stain. I didn't seal the painted areas. Just glazed them with THIS technique.
It came with 5 beautiful chairs and I painted a bench to go with it.
The chairs had fabric seats which were in great condition. I left the fabric alone.
 It looked great in my breakfast nook but the shop had some open space to fill so I took the set up there and wouldn't you know, it sold in two days.
So even though this dining set is in a new home, I had to share it with you too.
I will keep my eye out for another unique piece.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving as you gather around your own dining table.

Nov 23, 2014

Happy Colors Family Room

Recently I helped a friend freshen up her family room and kitchen.  
Here is a before pic of the family room....
This is an unfair before picture. It's taken with a phone in bad light. The walls were a soft yellow and the furniture, which is in great condition, stayed the same. We picked out new carpet, wall paint, and added new wall trim and molding. Then we rearranged the furniture.
The walls are painted Chestertown Buff by Ben Moore and the trim is just white. The carpet color is Adirondack from Lowe's (can't remember the brand) it is so soft!
We added white paint and trim above the mantel to match the foyer shadow box wainscoting. It really makes the fireplace a bright and beautiful focal point.
In the picture prior to the above photo you can see the TV console was to the right of the fireplace taking up the big main wall.
We moved the TV console to the opposite wall because it is a little smaller and isn't as visual as the previous space. TV's are not a great decorative focal point but...
- these two handsome dudes are!  We gave them center stage to set the right mood as you walk into this "family" room from the foyer.

Nov 21, 2014

Burlap & Muslin Knot Wreaths

Burlap adds such a great natural texture to almost any decor. Cutting it? It's a mess! I'd rather work with muslin fabric.
So when I wanted to make burlap wreaths, I decided to make them with Burlap and Muslin together.

Nov 19, 2014

Make Wooden Christmas Gift Box Decor

Don't you love the look of Christmas presents under the tree? It's so exciting to wonder what is in each special package.

Nov 18, 2014

Embellish Furniture with Eclectic Hardware and Shop Pics

Last week I shared this faux metal dresser redo (HERE).

Nov 14, 2014

Kindling & Nature Bucket Decor

Today I am sharing this bucket filled with what might be kindling for a fire and some cinnamon scented pine cones. The ornament is a branch cut into half inch pieces and a number stencils to one side.

Nov 11, 2014

Winter Mantel with Metal

Changing our mantel is long over due. We have a huge hole in the wall above the mantel to hold a television. The TV was too high for viewing for my family so I place this large lettered window there to cover the opening.

Nov 4, 2014

Nov 3, 2014

What's in the Shop?

There it is my space at the shop. (I am not selling the horse canvas but it covers an electrical box on the wall). Several items sold over the weekend so I took in some new stuff this morning.  It's not a big space but it fits what I have to sale.

Nov 2, 2014

Nosey Neighbor Kitchen Redo #2

Several months ago I posted about my neighbors kitchen redo (#1 HERE). I am sharing the finished kitchen with you...finally.

Oct 22, 2014

It's My Fall Porch... Lately

I actually have a fun porch to decorate for different seasons but I haven't taken advantage of that... lately.

Oct 21, 2014

Modern-Rustic Family Room

Our family room gets rearranged more than any other room in the house. The carpet isn't in great shape so I covered the center of it with an inexpensive black and white stripe rug. (from TJ Maxx for $49)

Oct 19, 2014

Welcome a Spool Table to the Deck

Fall is the best time of year to use our deck. The leaves are changing, it's cool enough to light a fire and our days are just short enough so we can enjoy darkness before it's too late.

Oct 15, 2014

Barn Sale Sign

I haven't made a word sign in a while but I made this one the other day with a generic stencil, freehand and by tracing numbers printed from my Cricut.

Oct 2, 2014

Hydrangeas in a Glass Canister

I actually cleaned my kitchen last night before we all went to bed so when I walked down the stairs this morning the breakfast nook looked so pretty with flowers in the center of our rustic table.

Sep 21, 2014

Distress Pine Wood with an X-acto Knife

In THIS post I showed you how to easily frame in art that may be too small for your wall. I am showing a simple way to distress your frame or any wood project with an X-acto blade and stain here.

Sep 5, 2014

Make Your Art Stand Out - {tutorial}

This project was pretty simple to do. I am excited to show you how you can make small or drab art really POP on your wall.

Aug 22, 2014

Make a Chunky Bathroom Mirror Frame (no miter cuts)

I hope you all had an amazing summer. My family and I sure had fun. We went to the Outer Banks, NC and Utah for our vacations.

 We also had our picture taken with my whole family.....
I know you can't see everybody very well  but these are ALL of my brothers, sisters, their spouses and all of our children with my parents. What a lucky day that was. It's been so many years since we have all been together.
While we had our friend/photographer (klick photo) there at the park, I made him snap a shot of my little family, too. Aren't my boys  sweet?....(proud mom)
Being "unplugged" all summer was a nice break but I sure miss blogging and keeping up to date with my blog friends. It's great to be back!

Today I am going to share one of the few projects I made this summer....

Jun 16, 2014

May 26, 2014

Happy Summer 2014!

 Hey all! I have missed you in my short break! I took my blog status to private for a week or so to clean up some past posts and to re-think my purpose of blogging. Writing posts about home projects is way fun for me but through the few years of keeping up my site, I was beginning to feel an obligation to feature and write about what ever I was doing, even if I had to ignore my kids for an evening to do so (Mom guilt). 

My boys are growing up fast and I know this time in my life is so precious and short. I have decided to take a little step back from my blog and give more time to my family.
I've had several requests from readers to still be able to read past posts so I decided to keep it up and public but just post when it is convenient.

I get panic-ee about my kids growing up and fear looking back and think that I didn't absorb every moment of their childhood. My husband works hard to support our family and gives me the opportunity to be a full time mom...I'd be so crazy to take that for granted.

I hope you will all still visit here and there and I will keep in touch. We have plans this summer....another new baby cousin coming and plenty to celebrate. I balance home projects and blogging much better when the kids go back to school.

I hope you all enjoy your own summer with friends and family.

Enjoy every minute!

May 13, 2014

Fix an Ugly Tile Backsplash

Ugly is a relative term, I realize that, but if you have a tile backsplash that needs an update or could use some "help" I am sharing an easy way to cover it with a little money and a "POW" result.
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