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.
Once your wood is cut to size and painted lightly use an X-acto knife to take out "chunks" of wood on the sides and corners.

Sand a little and then rub on a stain color that you like with a sponge brush. I use dark walnut by Minwax. If you like your stain to "blend" - use THIS tip with baby oil to help you out.
The bright red paint is toned down and the wood is darkened. See the difference?
Set the stained and painted wood in a safe spot to dry. We put ours under the car in the garage.
It is a simple and effective technique that transforms your plain new pine into an old barn wood style.

Happy Distressing!
For more unique paint tips go HERE.

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.

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....

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!


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.

Happy Mother's Day

One year I flew to Utah and surprised my Mom on Mother's Day morning with a bouquet of roses. Every Mother's Day I wish I could fly 2000 miles to surprise her again.

Now I am a Mom myself.

Happy Day to all you Moms out there!

I love you Mom!

Get More From My Blog & Beige

I had some big plans to make over our beige family room this week. Once I cleared the whole space and got working on it, I was interrupted and my energy to finish was deflated.

Add Painted Letters to an Old Window

Our mantel has an enormous hole above it to fit an old fashioned TV. I covered it up with a large window that you may view in this post. Recently my beautiful horse canvas has been featured there in front of the window but I felt like doing something to the window itself.

Window Decor with a Ball Jar & Ivy

A few weeks ago I put this little ivy plant in a hanging ball jar. One of our living room windows has a small hook in the top of the window frame. I wasn't expecting the plant to do well but she loves it here.

Use Natural and Reclaimed Items to Make a Bench

This might be one of the funkiest pieces of furniture I have ever made. After our Tag Sale a few weeks ago, I took some of the items that didn't sell and used them to make this outdoor seat.

Indoor Accents on the Outdoor Porch

My family and I live in a house that has a covered outdoor front porch. I absolutely love having an outdoor space that is covered from rain or snow. I was anxious to get some pretty southern style rocking chairs out there when we first moved in.
The chairs sit in front of our living room windows. I chose red and white pillows for an accent color this year. They go with the bright red front door.

Fill Bare Flower Beds with an Upcycled Potting Bench

I once started a perennial garden from seed (here). It took a few years for the foliage to fill in nice and full but during the first seasons, when it was a little sparse, I used pots and furniture to "fill in the blanks".

Junky Tables and a Baby

Hello! :)
My boys and I just got home from an exciting spring break vacation. I will tell more about that in a minute but first I will share some photos of how I used a crate as a 'chair table'...

Spring Furniture Switch in the Bedroom

We have a huge window in the center of our bedroom. When we first moved in I placed our bed up against it. It does make the most of our space and looks very even this way. Our pillows were always falling into the blinds though, so I had moved it to the far wall.

Nosey Neighbor Kitchen Redo #1

Our neighbors had a water leak that damaged their flooring on the main floor and in the basement.

Welcome Contrast and Color

What is more beautiful than fresh flowers in spring? The fantastic colors wake up from a long winter nap. It feels to me like I do too. The sun is bright and the days are longer.

Bathroom Trends

This is my first time hosting a guest on my blog. I was particularly impressed with Sue's style of writing and bathroom "know how". I asked Sue to share some of the latest tends in new build and remodeled baths. Since I've been in the "re-use" phase for a while, I am curious to see the up and coming trends.

Please welcome Sue Jason from My-Bathrooms

Paint Therapy

First of all Thank You for your sweet comforting words and prayers. This blog started as just a way to show my projects but it has become much more personal. I never expected to make friendships here but what a sweet blessing it is to have support from around the world.

Brighter Days

 
The last couple of weeks have been so crazy. I am just peeking in quick to say "hello" to you.

Wreath Storage Bar

After I posted the curtain panel board (here), I got a request for more pictures of the wreath storage rod.
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