Upgrade Your Builder Mantel {easy}

The fireplace is a huge focal point in our house. I want it to look beautiful. (even with the TV sitting above) This was the mantel shelf….BEFORE! And now! How? I built a 5 sided box from pine – With these supplies: 1 – 2x8x8 rough pine for the top 1 – 1x6x8 for the…

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Faux Tile Back Splash…

A tile back splash?  No… It’s a textured wall under the cabinets.  I wanted a back splash to brighten up under the cabinets. Rather than spend the money for tile I used what I had around my house.  The builder left a huge bucket of Spackle in the garage so I used that… and a…

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How to Paint a Rug on Wood Floors

This post is for those who have requested a “how to” for painting wood floors. Painted Diamonds with a Border Ebony and Natural Stained Checker Board Under the bench is a striped black and white distressed painted rug. These are just a few that I have done myself.  I show them so you can get…

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A Cottage Style Guest Room

Another project from Laura’s house. Laura and Alex have lots of guests come to stay with them and she was so sweet to want that room extra cozy.  Laura and I admired a picture in Pottery Barn that featured a cottage bedroom – the wall was a chippy white wood.  I said — Let’s do…

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2011 Best Blog Projects

Although I installed this old door several years ago, it gets the most attention from viewers of my home tour. I saved this cute door from the dump.  I peeled it off the frozen ground at the salvage store that I love.  I paid $10 for that little gem.  I had to rip the sides a…

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{Craft Cuteness}

Moss Stars….. {moss}  {metal star}  {hot glue} {CUTE} My Pinterest Inspiration by http://www.brostecopenhagen.com/ Here’s How: I bought the metal stars at the craft store for just over $5 each.  (I am making two) I also bought the moss and used my 40% off coupon. I always have hot glue…. { DISPLAY } I love the…

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Favorite Burlap Wreath

My Favorite Burlap Wreath(I know – this is my third tutorial for burlap wreaths but this one is sooooo cute) These are perfect for winter because of the fullness and wonderful texture. But I will be keeping mine out all year.  I love these. Here is what you need to make one: ~2 1/2 to 3 yards of…

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Raggy Burlap Wreath

These are CUTE…. I made these with document print burlap. How to: Find a frame around the house (mine was a square one from IKEA) Cut lots of strips of burlap into 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide by 12 inch long pieces Start tying them in knots all around the frame.  Make sure to…

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Recycled Jars

I make an easy and yummy strawberry jam in the early summer so I hang on to jars like these…. I end up with lots of jars in this size….   They are perfect to reuse for freezer jam because the lids are a plain white or silver and the size is just right.   We…

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benches & tables

 a few simple benches and tables that I have made….  this is a skinny foyer bench made of recycled wood from an old barn  TV console made with pine  two tone pine coffee table  My Boys and our carved pumpkins My first table ever – a sofa table. In four years it’s been painted about 20…

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Burlap Canisters

Make these quick on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Start with glass canisters… Gather your supplies… – glue gun -glue sticks -scissors -stencil -sharpie marker -plenty of burlap Cut burlap to size… Glue one end and then wrap it nice and tight around the canisters and glue again… Stencil the words you want on each and…

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Make a new (old) barn door….

I am making a new door for our pantry cabinet in the kitchen.  The doors split a while ago and I knew I wanted to do something a little “funky” to them so….. I did and I will share each step with you (just in case you are in to funk too).  I would also use…

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