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...]

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

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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, where the folds in the fabric at each pleat aren't … [Read more...]

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

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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 don't have to have even a drop of creative talent … [Read more...]

I Painted My Sofa! (Before & After)

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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, it's okay.  I really do love the English rolled … [Read more...]