Burlap Window Panels {No Sew ~ No Iron}

Want a simple and inexpensive way to bring fall texture into your home? Buy a roll or two of this garden burlap at your local hardware store for around $13. It comes in 36″ wide by 24 ft. long….WOW – that is cheap.(I bought mine at Home Depot, the Lowe’s brand was too thin on…

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How to Create a Chippy Paint Look

Want your next wood or metal paint project to look old? You need: – Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) -Two or more colors of spray paint – Acrylic craft paint -Spackle knife -Scissors -Walnut stain -Baby oil I am going to show you this technique on an old window that I will make  into a daily message…

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New {old} Foyer Table

Our foyer needed a little something to make it more “stylish”. I wanted a narrow table along this wall for lamps and holiday decorating.Our TV is above the mantel (see here) so this ledge will be fun to switch around accessories for the seasons. ~~~~~~~~~ Here’s how it all started out: I found these deck posts…

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White Flowing Curtains – Easy and Cheap

If you have been following my blog, you know I just moved from our home in Connecticut to a sweet neighborhood in Virginia. If you have ever moved before, you will know how some things just “disappear” during the moving process. For me, several things disappeared – or I just can’t find them. One important…

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{Old Window & Family Photos Display}

I was so lucky to find this enormous window. It measures 100 inches wide and 63 inches long. The sofa’s name is seriously “Bertha” – she’s a big comfy couch.  The large window matches her scale. I hung the light weight frames from tiny nails. The top ones are hung with ribbon. The large window…

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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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Bucket & Burlap

 Need a cute and cheap planting pot? A 5 Gallon Bucket & Burlap…. Wrap the burlap around the bucket loosely tucking the excess inside. I had some rope in the garage that I used to tie the garden fabric in place. I purchased a lovely fern at the grocery store for $12.99 kind of looks…

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If you Love Burlap…

I draped natural burlap over my dining table for this table scape. Guess where I got it? ACE HARDWARE… 100 % Natural Burlap – $14.99 for a huge roll.  And for this table….  On the vintage picnic table in our dining room I layered my burlap knot cloth over the gardeners fabric. The width is…

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My Secret to Glazing Cabinets etc…

I make rustic furniture for my small local business.  For several years I have used this simple recipe for beautifully antiqued looking wood. I have a secret “antiquing/glazing” technique that I am going to share with you. I find that light color paints are especially hard to “glaze” so I’ve tried several methods to get the glazed…

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Where did you learn that?

I am at my Mom’s house in Utah… My Mom sews and decorates wonderfully… Look how she layered her handmade table runners to pull in some Spring color. The ceilings in this house are vaulted which leaves a lot of room above the cabinets. Look how beautifully accessorized they are… The staggered heights and different textures…

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Rustic Island Redo

Want to see what I was working on last week? I created this island for Kristin and Liam out of some old cabinets. Painted in a slate color (a special mix of a few). The family wanted this wine rack that was given to them incorporated into the island. So I rebuilt the rack to fit on one…

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How to Paint a Wall Mural

 This is a mural that I painted on a wall for a nursery. I had my photographer friend take a photo of the page in this classic story book. She then hooked her Mac up to her projector and placed the image reflection on the wall in the size we wanted. I traced the…

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{bringing in the details…}

I’m going to share with you a few accents and details that I like to bring into a home when I get to do all the decorating… (from Kris and Steve’s House) The main foyer features a chocolate accent wall for some very important photos.   I love iron nail buttons and lots of jute twine wrapped around it and…

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