My Thoughts On Negative Blog Comments

So let me see if I understand.  Y'all didn't like the wallpaper options yestereday?  :-D Ha!  Just kidding.  I got the message loud and clear.  :-D  I'm pretty sure yesterday's post was a first!  Out of just over 280 comments, the opinions were almost unanimous.  That almost never happens.  And that they were almost unanimously *negative...well, … [Read more...]

Options For My Music Room Walls

walls with Schumacher Birds & Butterflies wallpaper (done in Photoshop to see how it would look)

Now that my piano is refinished and repainted, I've been so anxious to work on the music room!  I will not be making it a priority over the entryway and dining room, but I will probably be doing some projects in there as I'm also working on the entry and dining room.  After all, these three areas are all open to each other, and all visible from the … [Read more...]

Vintage Desk Makeover With An Added Hutch

vintage student desk makeover - after 1

My mom and I have finished another project for my niece's bedroom -- a vintage desk makeover with an added hutch made from 1" x 8" lumber and 1/4-inch plywood. We found this desk at a local consignment store for $40, and it's made of solid wood. It was actually in great shape when we bought it, other than a few stickers that were on … [Read more...]

Refinished and Painted Upright Piano (The Post Where I Eat My Words)

piano refinished with combination of stained wood and gray paint - after - 1

Well, it's a good thing I'm writing this post before I eat breakfast, because I'll be eating my words...sooooo many words that I'll probably be quite full by the time I'm finished with this post.   The good news is that I finished my piano.  But it doesn't look anything like what I had planned.  And to be quite honest, I'm much happier with the way … [Read more...]

Dining Room & Entryway — Finally Ready To Get Started!

dining room ceiling 6

Hello, all!  It's been a slow DIY week around the house, which is why it's been a slow week on the blog.  These soaring temperatures (up to 107 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, with the heat index up to 109 degrees) has really zapped my energy and motivation.  But I still managed to get my piano almost finished.  I should be able to get the last … [Read more...]

Seven Of My Past Furniture Makeovers And The Lessons I Learned From Them

Antique credenza makeover

I've spent the past couple of days working on my piano.  There are probably a thousand other projects I should be working on right now (taping and mudding my entryway and dining room ceiling, for example), but I just didn't have it in me this week to start on something like that.  I went straight from working on the condo, to finishing up my … [Read more...]

Which Color For My Piano: Yellow Or Green?

painted piano - green piano from East Coast Creative blog

This past weekend I worked on two fun projects -- a desk makeover for my niece's bedroom (more on that later this week) and my piano.  I didn't actually get very far on the piano because I got sidetracked with paint color options, and then almost talked myself out of painting it completely.  I had one of those "before I paint, I must see what's … [Read more...]

Details: DIY Beaded Drawer Pulls & Ring Pulls

buffet makeover painted with Behr Japanese Kimono - 3

It's Friday, y'all!  Woohoo!  I've had such a great, productive week this week -- finishing my buffet makeover, and also finishing my niece's built-ins (bookcases, daybed, and trundle bed) for her bedroom makeover.  I love that feeling of accomplishment at the end of a week.  Don't you? And speaking of buffet makeover, I had quite a few of you … [Read more...]

Bedroom Built-Ins Finished! (Bookcases, Daybed, and Trundle Bed)

bedroom built-ins with bookshelves and daybed -1

The biggest project in my niece's bedroom makeover is finally finished! These DIY bedroom built-ins took me nine days to build from start to finish, and if my mom hadn't helped with some of the wood filling and sanding, it probably would have taken ten days. If you missed the posts about the building of these bookcases, daybed, drawers, and trundle … [Read more...]

Buffet Makeover – Coral Buffet With Stained Top And DIY Beaded Drawer & Door Pulls

buffet makeover painted with Behr Japanese Kimono - 1

I got my buffet makeover finished, and I LOVE how it turned out!  I've been needing some warm colors in my life and in my house (since I naturally gravitate towards greens, blues, and blue-green), and this was just the shot of warmth and energy I needed.  Here's how it turned out... And to refresh your memory, this is how it started … [Read more...]