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How To Make Double-Width Lined Pinch-Pleated Draperies – Part 2

Well, I didn't get my own draperies finished, but I did get one panel completely finished and hung so that I can show y'all the rest of this "how to" for making your own lined, pinch pleated draperies.  Here's how my one finished panel looks: *Note:  I opted for a softer look for my panels, … [Read More...]

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How To Make Double-Width Lined Pinch-Pleated Draperies – Part 1

Okay, my friends. The time has come. I'm going to need for y'all to form a single-file line and make your way to the front of the room where I've conveniently provided a trash can. In that trash can, I'm going to need you to place the iron-on hem tape that you've been using the make "no-sew … [Read More...]

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Q & A — What Window Treatments For Ashley’s Living Room Windows?

Ashley has four windows in her living room that have created quite a decorating challenge for her.  Here's what she says: I recently found you on Facebook and I'm so glad I did! I found your post for Andrea's windows, and it inspired me to take another look at my living room and attempt to finally … [Read More...]

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How To Easily Make Your Own Artwork (With Zero Artistic Talent Required!)

I must confess, I'm still doing quite a bit of staring at the artwork above my firplace. :) Since not everyone has a talented artist in their family and easy access to original artwork to fill their walls, I wanted to show you today how you can create some beautiful artwork on your own, and you … [Read More...]

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The Goal: Disguise A Window Unit Air Conditioner

After sharing with y'all the other day about some comments I've received about my air conditioner, so many of you have tried to help me come up with a solution to disguise the ugly thing.  (Thank you!)  :) Suggestions have ranged from a decorative folding screen, to a plant stand with a big … [Read More...]

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My Final Above-The-Fireplace Artwork (And How I Made A Too-Big Frame Work)

Here's the story of how I ended up with the absolute perfect frame for my above-the-fireplace artwork.  I mean, it's exactly what I had envisioned -- so much so that I can't stop staring at it.  I predict that today will be my least productive day ever because I just want to stare at my artwork and … [Read More...]

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Do You Know How EASY That Would Be To Make?!

Those ten words brought me so much frustration when I was growing up.  My mom and I would go shopping for school clothes, and inevitably I would find some off-the-rack something that I absolutely loved.  Then my amazingly talented, seamstress wizard of a mother would take one look at the price tag, … [Read More...]

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I Painted My Sofa! (Before & After)

Well, y'all, I painted my sofa this weekend. Here's how it turned out. So let me back up a bit.  :) Y'all know that I've been dragging my feet on reupholstering this sofa, right?  Well, I finally realized why I've been dragging my feet on it. I don't really love this sofa. I mean, … [Read More...]

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Q & A – How Should Andrea Dress Her Corner Windows?

Andrea needs help with deciding how to dress her corner windows on either side of her fireplace. Here's what she said: How do I dress these 4 corner windows flanking my fireplace? Do I just use a corner attachment to attach the rods,since the windows are so narrow? I don't like it when … [Read More...]

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DIY Kitchen Countertop Options

It seems that this week was more about planning than actually working on projects for me (especially after my DIY fail on Monday), and one thing that I'm trying to figure out is how to DIY some inexpensive but awesome kitchen countertops for my budget makeover. Of course, in the big box home … [Read More...]

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Kitchen News & Kitchen Plans

Remember how last week, my father-in-law and I did some rearranging and removing of cabinets in my kitchen? It went from this... ...to this... ...with the upper cabinets removed completely, and the lower cabinets moved from the wall opposite the sink wall to the wall perpendicular … [Read More...]

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A Few Living Room Updates

I don't know if you noticed, but last week when I posted my finished fireplace, I strategically focused just on the fireplace and didn't show any of the rest of the room.  That's because the rest of the room looked like a tornado went through.  I had furniture shoved up against the walls, tools … [Read More...]

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That Time Nothing Went Right And I Gave Up (aka, Yesterday)

Once again, we had gorgeous weather yesterday, and I was determined that I wanted to get an outdoor project done...or at least get a good start on one.  The project I had in mind was installing two screen doors on the front doors. So let me back up a bit. We have one of those houses that has … [Read More...]

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Why I Chose To Seal My Hardwood Floors With Waterlox Instead Of Polyurethane

I wanted to quickly share a follow up on my refinished hardwood floors, and my decision to use Waterlox to seal them rather than polyurethane. And let me make this perfectly clear -- this is not a sponsored post. The good folks at Waterlox don't know me from Eve, and I didn't receive any free … [Read More...]

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My Curb Appeal Plans: Beautiful Mailboxes, Mailbox Posts, and Mailbox Landscaping

The weather here in central Texas has been so beautiful lately, and it looks like it will continue to be beautiful (with the exception of a day here and there), so I've had outdoor projects on the mind. Our house is desperately lacking in curb appeal, and there are so many things I can't wait to … [Read More...]

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My Impromptu Kitchen Remodel (Foreshadowing Of What’s To Come)

I have a confession. Since we moved into our house mid-October of last year, I haven't cooked a single meal in our kitchen. Not one. We actually didn't even have a stove until about two weeks ago, and quite honestly, I wasn't in a hurry to get one. Not only do I hate cooking, but I was also not … [Read More...]

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Artwork Options For Above My Fireplace (It’s a Personal Thing!)

Way before I built my own fireplace, I started gathering ideas on how I wanted to decorate my mantel and the wall above my mantel. You may have noticed that I'm not a seasonal/holiday decorator.  :)  There are no seasons or holidays that I decorate for personally, and I decided a few years back … [Read More...]

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DIY Fireplace — FINISHED!

I was beginning to think I'd never be able to say this, but the fireplace is finished!  I finished the final bit of painting at 12:18 this morning.  :~D  (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish up the trim on the wall, but I'll get to it.) Now I feel like every big "It's finished!" post I do … [Read More...]

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The Unattainable Goal Of Magazine Perfection In HGTV Timing

When I work on projects, I have a lot of alone time and quiet time.  It's just me and my thoughts.  And what I've been pondering lately are the ideas of magazine perfection and unrealistic timelines. Last night when I was working on my fireplace (which I'm so close to finishing!), my eyes kept … [Read More...]

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DIY Fireplace Part 5 – Trim, Grout, and Mantel

Well, y'all, I've let you down.  And I've let myself down.  I was sure that I'd be able to finish my fireplace this weekend, but try as I might (and believe me...I tried), I just wasn't able to get it done. Sometimes I forget what a tedious and time-consuming task it is to do all that … [Read More...]

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