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...]

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: Iridescent Watercolor “Fish Scale” Artwork

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  The 30-minute acrylic artwork that I made to go over the pet station in my breakfast area has since gone to live in the hallway.  (Matt thought the hallway needed the brightness and cheerfulness of the painting.)  :)  Since I needed something else to go over the pet station, I decided to make this iridescent watercolor "fish scale" … [Read more...]

DIY: Decorative Pillows With Variegated Yarn Design

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  I decided to start over with the pillows on my banquette.  The other pillows that I made just weren't doing anything for me, and as some of you mentioned, they were just too small.  So this time I went with 24-inch pillows.  I wanted to add a unique design...something with color and texture, but that wasn't too overwhelming or busy.  When … [Read more...]

DIY: Easy Three-Fabric Decorative Pillows


I finally made some pillows for my banquette. I made a total of four pillows last night, but I'm only certain that I like two of them...these little three-fabric pieced pillows. I think they add just enough color and texture to be interesting, without being overpowering next to my chevron table. They were really so easy to make. In fact, they … [Read more...]

Inexpensive DIY Wood Slat Ceiling

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On Monday when I posted the before and after of my kitchen, I left out the info about my DIY wood slat ceiling.  Many of you noticed that it was different than in the original kitchen, and wanted to know more, so today I'm spillin' the details. Before I added the wood slat ceiling, my ceiling was really in sad shape.  It all started when we … [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...]

The REAL Dining Chair Before & After

Reupholstered dining chair with welt cord and buttons

Let's just say I've learned my lesson about doing things right the first time. I'm really going to make an effort to stop trying to take shortcuts, because they seldom work out for me. Remember my dining chair "makeover" disaster from last week? Well I redid it, and this time I didn't take shortcuts. I cut the wood for the seat so that it was … [Read more...]

DIY Project: How To Make A Herringbone Serving Tray

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You know that I've been on a wood veneer kick lately, first with this refinished storage cabinet, and then with this simple wood vase made from a coffee can.  Well, I have yet another wood veneer project for you -- a serving tray with a pretty herringbone design and rope handles. This time I'm using iron-on wood veneer edge banding that you can … [Read more...]