My “New” Kitchen Floor

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It has taken a while, but I finally have the stained red oak floor finished in my kitchen.  I say "almost" because it still needs three more coats of Waterlox, each applied 24 hours apart, so it won't officially be finished until Friday.  But the color won't change much, so what I have now is pretty much how it's going to look when it's finished, … [Read more...]

Fancy But Easy DIY Door Trim Design (Plus Seven Design Variations And How To Create Them)

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Last week, I had several people ask for details on how I did the trim around my door in the kitchen, so today I'm sharing the details, plus several variations using stock trim from Home Depot or Lowe's. The trim I used around my door is very simple, both in design and in the skill it takes to create it. I wanted something fancier than just plain … [Read more...]

Adding Shimmer & Shine To My Cabinet Doors With Gold Leaf

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Do y'all see that smile on my face?  It's real. Nothing fake about it. But it's not because I figured out my paint problems. It's because for the entire day yesterday, I didn't even give paint a thought. I gave my brain (and my body) a rest, and I did something crafty and fun instead. I've wanted to try my hand at gold leafing for quite some … [Read more...]

Finished Concrete Countertops (Finishing Steps, Total Cost & Final Thoughts)

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I sealed my new concrete countertops yesterday, and that means they are now completely finished!  And y'all, I absolutely love the way they turned out!  I honestly don't think I could have been any more pleased had I gone with my original idea of using marble. The subtle "movement" in the color is just gorgeous and looks like some sort of … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Feet For Stock Cabinets

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The cabinets on the wall of cabinets are starting to look a bit more custom now!  I made and added the decorative feet yesterday, and it turned out just like I had envisioned.  I love it when that happens!  :-D That's quite a step up from the 2 x 4 bases that were showing the day before, right? Right now they look a bit washed out and … [Read more...]

My (re)Painted Kitchen Floor — Striped Floor Version 2.0

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So here's how my day went yesterday.  As usual, I got up at 6:30 and began looking through my pictures that I had taken of my project the day before (my painted kitchen floor that I worked on for two days).  I chose a few pictures I wanted to share with you, edited the pictures, and wrote my post.  As soon as I hit "publish" on that post, I was … [Read more...]

Kitchen Progress — Painted Striped Hardwood Floor

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I finished painting the stripes on my new hardwood floor in the kitchen, and then put one coat of sealer on it.  It still needs two more coats (possibly three), but I wanted to go ahead and share the results with you. So, here's my new striped painted kitchen floor. Now I'll back up and start at the beginning, because this was one of … [Read more...]

Easy & Inexpensive DIY — Pieced Wood Hanging Flower Basket

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After another week of working in a still-very-ugly kitchen and breakfast room, I needed a break from the long-term project stuff, and I needed to work on something fun, quick, and easy that I could start and finish in a day.  Plus, I also wanted to spend the day outside yesterday so that I could enjoy the gorgeous weather.  So I decided to make a … [Read more...]

Pressback Dining Chair Makeover – Before and After

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After my awful DIY fail on Tuesday with these dining chairs, I finally had success yesterday after re-stripping, re-staining, re-shellacking, and then cerusing the seats to go with my refinished dining table.  And I finally got to use my new paint sprayer for the first time.  I love it!  It was so fun to use!  More on that in a second.  First, … [Read more...]

Cerused Oak Dining Table (Table Makeover) – Finished!

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I finished my cerused dining table, and I love how it turned out!  Here's a look at the top before and after... That orange oak table with the sad dark grain has a fresh new, modern look with its not-so-orange stain color and white grain. And here's a look at the whole table before and after... I did go ahead and paint the apron … [Read more...]