Trying My Hand At Faux Grasscloth Painted Walls

faux grasscloth painted wall treatment - final 1 - resized

It's no secret that I have a slight obsession with grasscloth.  I've been talking about using grasscloth in my living room for the past year.  Unfortunately, I just don't know if the real thing is going to be in the budget.  I always seem to be drawn to the really pricey ones, and as much as I love it, I just don't know if grasscloth is something … [Read more...]

DIY Vine & Flower Dimensional Artwork

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Yesterday I made some artwork for the condo bedroom.  (By the way, if you're wondering why I'm "wasting time" making artwork for a place I'm about to sell, I'll try to explain at the end of this post.)  I wasn't actually planning on turning this into a blog post, but when I posted a picture of it on Facebook yesterday, several people asked for me … [Read more...]

How To Build A Bookshelf In Two Hours (Or Less!)

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I was working at the condo again yesterday, and I reached a point where I had my fill of doing the non-fun stuff, like scraping wallpaper (which I finally finished!), painting walls, caulking baseboards, painting interiors doors, etc.  So I decided to work on a fun, creative project. I've been thinking that the area between the window and the … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Fur Rug (How To Fake A Flokati)

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After a few days of rest, relaxation, eating food I shouldn't, and spending time with my family, I finally headed back to the condo this weekend to continue the work there.  Most of the work I did isn't blog-worthy -- painting walls, grouting floors, cleaning,  etc.  But I did do a fun project for the bedroom last night.  I made a faux fur rug that … [Read more...]

Cheap & Easy Curtain Panels Customized With Paint

The condo bedroom now has new curtain panels to go with the new headboard fabric, and I made these two panels for about $30. That's $15 per panel. Not too bad, right? Especially for curtain panels that look like they were custom made to go with the headboard. I don't think I could have done better had I shopped at WalMart! These couldn't be … [Read more...]

$25 45-Minute Upholstered Headboard Makeover

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It was almost unanimous.  Almost.  According to the overwhelming majority of you, staging is very important in selling a home.  So with that in mind, I'm starting to put things together for the bedroom.  I brought the mattress set and bed frame in and set them up between the closets, and then brought the headboard back in. Ugh.  That headboard.  … [Read more...]

DIY Cabinet-Style Bedside Closets — Finished!

DIY cabinet style built-in closets - feature

Well, it took a bit longer than I had anticipated, but I finished the built-in closets on Friday evening. Then I took another day to scrape off the wallpaper remnants, clean and patch the walls, and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. For the walls, I chose a light, muted, somewhat grayed aqua called Marina Isle by Behr. For the closets, I … [Read more...]

Fireplace Makeover — From Craftsman To Traditional

fireplace makeover - from Craftsman to Traditional - with tile toned down

Once I finally had a clear vision of where I'm heading with my living room (more elegant and traditional with a few contemporary and modern touches), I knew that my fireplace needed some work.  For those of you who may be new around here, I built my living room fireplace from scratch at the beginning of this year.  You can find all of those details … [Read more...]

DIY Marbleized Back-Painted Glass End Table

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This weekend, I had so much fun getting crafty and experimenting yet again with back-painted glass.  And this time, my experiment ended with something that I can and will actually use -- marbleized back-painted glass end tables for my living room! It started when I was just playing around with my living room, trying different furniture … [Read more...]

My Finished Sliding Barn Door-Style French Doors!

DIY French Doors with sliding barn door-style hardware

They're finally finished!  I got the doors all painted (Behr pure black in a satin finish), added Gila frosted privacy film to the glass, installed the glass in the doors, and got the trim around the doorway wood filled, caulked, and painted.  (I still don't have baseboards.)  I finally finished up reinstalling the rolling door hardware and the … [Read more...]