Dining Chair Plan – Combining Patterned Fabric and Solid Vinyl

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I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how I want my dining chairs to look. If you'll remember, my step-sister gave me four wingback chairs a while back.  (She also gave my my buffet and dining table, so she has almost completely furnished my dining room and entryway.  :-D ) I had planned to use all four around the breakfast room table, … [Read more...]

Wainscoting: A Classic Or A Trend?

Small condo breakfast room makeover

A couple of days ago, I had someone ask me on the A2D Facebook page, "How much is too much board and batten in a home? I LOVE the look, and I want to do nearly all of the rooms in my house!"  So I started thinking about the question, and then I started realizing just how much wainscoting (whether it's bead board, board and batten, tongue and … [Read more...]

Easy & Inexpensive Use-What-You-Have Centerpiece

turn empty food jars into a pretty table centerpiece

Are you going to be entertaining this month?  Anxious about how your table will look?  I'm here to tell you that table centerpieces don't have to be elaborate or costly to be pretty. When my breakfast room was nearing completion, I knew I didn't want to add yet one more complicated project to my "to do" list, and I certainly didn't want to spend … [Read more...]

My Tiny Condo Breakfast Room Makeover – Before and After

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My breakfast room is finally finished. And...well...it's bright and colorful! Nobody ever accused me of being afraid of color, that's for sure!! :) It has taken me forever to get to this room finished, so let me remind you how this room looked when we bought our condo. And let me also remind you that as soon as we were handed the keys, I walked … [Read more...]

Re-reupholstered Dining Chairs

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  Well, I've reupholstered my dining chairs...again.  This time I used two fabrics -- a striped fabric and white duck cloth, both of which I used on these easy-to-make three-fabric pillows.   I didn't use the linen on the chairs because that linen is pretty thin, and linen used for upholstery really needs to be either … [Read more...]

My “New” Stained Chevron Table

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  I finally decided that a painted table top just wasn't right for my little breakfast room.  I wanted a stained chevron table top, but of course, that posed some problems.  If you'll remember, I made this table out of cheap pine (or some sort of yellow wood), and I absolutely hate the way that pine looks when it's stained.  The grain … [Read more...]

DIY: Pinch-Pleated, Lined Draperies With Two Accent Fabrics

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Today I have a doozy of a tutorial for you.  I'm going to show you how to make lined, pinch pleated draperies with three coordinating fabrics.  But these aren't just any lined draperies...these are draperies made the way a professional drapery workroom would make them.  I don't think I've ever seen a step-by-step tutorial for this method on any … [Read more...]

DIY: Chevron Wood Table Top With Distressed Painted Finish

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Well, this chevron wood table top project turned out to be a real time-consuming pain in the neck, folks.  And the interest thing is that the actual building of the table top was the easiest part of the whole thing!  I mean, cutting all of those wood pieces was a breeze since there was no measuring involved, and then gluing and nailing them to the … [Read more...]