Kitchen Flooring Options — Narrowed Down To Two

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Y'all were so incredibly helpful with your kitchen flooring input yesterday!  To be honest, I was very shocked that the overwhelming majority of you who have hardwood floors in your kitchen seem to really love them.  Only a small percentage warned against putting wood floors in a kitchen, but the majority of you said you loved them, they were easy to clean and care for, and they were so much … [Continue reading...]

My Kitchen Remodel — Nailing Down Some Specifics

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Y'all might have noticed that I pretty much jumped into my kitchen makeover/remodel/whatever-you-want-to-call-it with both feet and no real roadmap. I've gone from thinking I was going to do some quick, cheap, temporary makeover, to now thinking that I'll just skip over that and go right for the permanent stuff.  I mean, if I can't reuse the long bank of cabinets (where my new sink will go), … [Continue reading...]

Rearranged Plumbing, Feline Adventure Vacations, and a Ceiling Made Of Mud

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Well, I fear that I may have let many of you down today.  I still have drywall on my kitchen wall. Here's what happened... I woke up yesterday full of courage and ambition.  I fully planned to write yesterday's post, eat some breakfast, and then tear into that wall.  But as I stood there looking at the wall, Rational Responsible Kristi showed up.  Man, that chick can be a real buzzkill … [Continue reading...]

The Post Where I Reveal Too Much About Myself (and a bit of kitchen progress)

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My sweet husband bought me a ceiling light for the kitchen. And not just any light, but the light that I had wanted for the kitchen, but was too cheap to buy myself out of my decorating money. (I only get so much decorating money each month, and it has to stretch the whole month, so it's generally pretty hard for me to pull the trigger on buying splurge items that take up a significant amount of … [Continue reading...]

Why I Don’t Use Chalk Paint

I'm continually asked why I don't use Chalk Paint, so I thought I'd just put all the info in a post.  That way, when I'm asked, I can just give people this link.  :) First, let me clarify that Chalk Paint is not the same thing as chalkboard paint.  (Although Chalk Paint can be used for making chalk boards, so the distinction gets a little fuzzy.)  Chalk Paint is a type of paint (actually, it's … [Continue reading...]

My Living Room — All Of The Big Projects Finished! (Full Room View)

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It feels like it's taken me forever to get to this point, but as of last night when I hung that second drapery panel, I finally have all of the big projects finished for this "Phase 1" of decorating my living room.  Of course, there are plenty of big projects left for the final phase of this room (more on that in a bit for those of you who are new around here).  But for now, my goal was simply to … [Continue reading...]

A Conversation With My Husband (And My Challenge For You)

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Yesterday as I was working on my second drapery panel (which I'm still not finished with...*sigh*), I was thinking back on some of the big projects I've accomplished both here at the house and at the condo.  And I was also thinking ahead to some of the big projects that lie before me in this house.  There are so many, and many of the projects here are so much bigger than anything I ever did at the … [Continue reading...]

Drapery Tutorial Follow-Up: Your Questions Answered

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Well, I still don't have my second drapery panel finished.  Yesterday I hit a wall, figuratively speaking.  I ended up taking a four-hour nap, and then I felt so groggy the rest of the day, so I got nothing done.  (Yep, you read that right...four hours!  See?  I do sleep!) :-D So since I don't have my finished draperies to show you today (hopefully tomorrow!), I thought I'd take today to answer … [Continue reading...]

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 really defined and structured.  However, if you … [Continue reading...]

How To Make Double-Width Lined Pinch-Pleated Draperies – Part 1

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Okay, my friends. The time has come. I'm going to need for y'all to form a single-file line and make your way to the front of the room where I've conveniently provided a trash can. In that trash can, I'm going to need you to place the iron-on hem tape that you've been using the make "no-sew curtains" because after today (well, actually...after tomorrow), you won't be needing that anymore, mmmkay? … [Continue reading...]

Q & A — What Window Treatments For Ashley’s Living Room Windows?

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Ashley has four windows in her living room that have created quite a decorating challenge for her.  Here's what she says: I recently found you on Facebook and I'm so glad I did! I found your post for Andrea's windows, and it inspired me to take another look at my living room and attempt to finally tackle my windows. I always avoid dressing windows, because I never like what I do, but this room … [Continue reading...]

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 to do it! All you need is an iPhone or iPad and … [Continue reading...]

The Goal: Disguise A Window Unit Air Conditioner

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After sharing with y'all the other day about some comments I've received about my air conditioner, so many of you have tried to help me come up with a solution to disguise the ugly thing.  (Thank you!)  :) Suggestions have ranged from a decorative folding screen, to a plant stand with a big gorgeous plant, to a radiator cover design adapted to an air conditioner. I thought I'd search … [Continue reading...]

My Final Above-The-Fireplace Artwork (And How I Made A Too-Big Frame Work)

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Here's the story of how I ended up with the absolute perfect frame for my above-the-fireplace artwork.  I mean, it's exactly what I had envisioned -- so much so that I can't stop staring at it.  I predict that today will be my least productive day ever because I just want to stare at my artwork and frame. :-D So let me back up.  I picked out one of my mom's paintings to go over the fireplace, … [Continue reading...]

Do You Know How EASY That Would Be To Make?!

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Those ten words brought me so much frustration when I was growing up.  My mom and I would go shopping for school clothes, and inevitably I would find some off-the-rack something that I absolutely loved.  Then my amazingly talented, seamstress wizard of a mother would take one look at the price tag, then study the detail of the construction for less than a minute, and turn to me and say, "Do you … [Continue reading...]

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 arms, and I like that it has a skirt.  But that's … [Continue reading...]

Q & A – How Should Andrea Dress Her Corner Windows?

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Andrea needs help with deciding how to dress her corner windows on either side of her fireplace. Here's what she said: How do I dress these 4 corner windows flanking my fireplace? Do I just use a corner attachment to attach the rods,since the windows are so narrow? I don't like it when there is so little space and decorative finials are just there and look weird in the corner. Do I not … [Continue reading...]

DIY Kitchen Countertop Options

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It seems that this week was more about planning than actually working on projects for me (especially after my DIY fail on Monday), and one thing that I'm trying to figure out is how to DIY some inexpensive but awesome kitchen countertops for my budget makeover. Of course, in the big box home improvement stores, you can find Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations. I've heard amazing things about … [Continue reading...]

Kitchen News & Kitchen Plans

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Remember how last week, my father-in-law and I did some rearranging and removing of cabinets in my kitchen? It went from this... this... ...with the upper cabinets removed completely, and the lower cabinets moved from the wall opposite the sink wall to the wall perpendicular to the sink wall (and opposite the fridge and stove). Now what some of you may have missed in that … [Continue reading...]

A Few Living Room Updates

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I don't know if you noticed, but last week when I posted my finished fireplace, I strategically focused just on the fireplace and didn't show any of the rest of the room.  That's because the rest of the room looked like a tornado went through.  I had furniture shoved up against the walls, tools spread out everywhere, random piles of rogue tiles here and there, paint cans, and much more. I … [Continue reading...]