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...]

DIY Cabinet-Style Bedside Closets — Finished!

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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...]

My Finished Kitchen Remodel! (Before & After)

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Well, did you hear me yelling and screaming with joy?  I finished my kitchen this morning (yes, this morning) at 8:05am.  It's done.  Finished.  I was beginning to think I'd never see the day, but here it is. I quickly took some pictures to show you the final before and after, but I haven't even had time yet to sit down with all of my receipts … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

DIY Fireplace — FINISHED!

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I was beginning to think I'd never be able to say this, but the fireplace is finished!  I finished the final bit of painting at 12:18 this morning.  :~D  (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish up the trim on the wall, but I'll get to it.) Now I feel like every big "It's finished!" post I do comes with a few "well, except for..." items, and … [Read more...]

A New Media Console For My Mom (Antique Buffet Before & After)

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My mom now has a new media console in her living room -- this antique buffet that I refinished for her this weekend, just in time for their Super Bowl party last night. It started out looking like this... And now it looks like this... The paint color is called Frontier Shadow by Behr.  The stain color on the top is Dark … [Read more...]