how to paint amazing gold dipped furniture for the win

How To Paint Amazing GOLD Dipped Furniture For The Win!

Finding this small desk turned out to be just the right piece to try the gold dipped technique that I had been drooling over for so long. This makeover was done several years ago but I came across some old pics before I even knew about blogging and thought this was share worthy. So here is how this project went down!I started this project in the usual fashion by cleaning and sanding any areas that are rough. Especially with this piece because of the metallic that I have planned on using. Metallics are not forgiving with a lumpy bumpy finish. It needs to be super smooth for the gold dipped look so I took my time with it.

unicorn spit practice piece boring oak lazy susan

Unicorn Spit Practice Piece: Boring Oak Lazy Susan


broken sand dollar project

Broken Sand Dollar Project

The last 2 times we've been to the beach near my house, we've found a TON of washed up sand dollars. All different sizes. Some as small as a nickel and some much larger. However, the little ones are so delicate that lots of them broke before we got them home. I hated the thought of throwing them all away so I searched the internet for ideas on what to do with broken shells and saw some cute ideas that inspired me. Here is what I came up with...

a funky table, Good view of the top

A Funky Table

I bought some metal tables from a local on-line auction with no particular use in mind. They were cheap enough ($15) and I liked their industrial look. They went into my “inventory” until I was recently given a 30 inch by 6 ft solid core veneered door that I thought would make a great table top for the industrial base. The friend that gave me the door was relocating and didn't want to move it.

a guest bedroom makeover under 100


Today is an exciting day for us because we finally get to show you our guest bedroom makeover. When we first moved into our home we basically tried to match the home to our furniture we bought things that couldn’t have been further from the look we wanted but we felt trapped by the brown and tan paint that covered nearly every wall.In an attempt to match the rest of the house when I started this journey, I designed our guestroom in a more rustic playful vibe, fast forward a few years and many design realizations later and this space has become the one space (that has been touched) that doesn’t match the look and feel of our home.

installing banquette bench booth seating in your kitchen

Installing Banquette Bench Booth Seating In Your Kitchen

If you love this project, be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive updates regularly!This banquette bench tutorial post is brought to you by Columbia Forest Products / PureBond Hardwood Plywood. All opinions are entirely my own and based on my honest experience.If you’ve always dreamed of having booth seating or a corner storage bench in your breakfast nook, you’re in luck. You’re going to love this detailed tutorial for how to build a banquette bench in your kitchen!

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Laying down inexpensive peel stick?

Even though I rent and the bathroom is small. I want to lay down inexpensive peel and stick tilrd. So how do I measure the floor and will this change the dynamics of the bathroom? Need some guidance!

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How can I make flat doors look like the old style 5 panel doors??

I am changing hinged doors on master bath and walk in closet to barn doors. I have flat panel doors, but I would like them to look like the old fashioned 5 horizontal panel doors. I would like them to look like the panels are recessed. Any ideas?

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How do I disguise a built in wall to wall cornice board?

In all bedrooms an living room, there is builder made wall to wall cornice board. I would like to add side drapes to my living room window. Can I mount them to this board to make the ceiling appear higher? I also want to add crown molding to the room. Should I continue across the cornice or stop when I reach it? Any other ideas? I will also re-arrange my furniture a little to open up space in that area.

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How do I decorate over TV and fireplace with double arch?

Have a double arch over fireplace and TV! How do you decorate? Please give me some suggestions!thanks

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pumpkins upcycled

Pumpkins Upcycled

My old foam pumpkins were starting to show their age after years of being put outside during the fall. I decided to upcycle them. I started by painting them as they were pretty beat up. Out came my stash of craft paints and i painted the first one white and then put some green paint on and wired with a wet paper towel.

laundry room makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

I was fortunate enough to have my current house given to me by my parents when they built a new home to downsize and so my mother wouldn’t have to climb stairs after living with near crippling back issues for over 30 years. My house was built in 1990 and the original owners used a LOT of wallpaper and loud colors. Instead of dealing with removing wallpaper, my parents painted over most of it which worked, but now that I’m trying to update everything I’m painstakingly removing it and painting fresh. My laundry room was a very bright, sunny yellow and had a “wedding ring” quilt patterned wallpaper border around the top under the crown molding. It also had those white wire shelves above the washer and dryer and I’ve never been a huge fan of those so I knew something had to be done. Since my laundry room is just inside from my garage entrance, we had one of those racks with coat hooks to hang our jackets on as we came in the door. I had a small three-shelf bookcase that I converted into cubbies to hold our shoes. This 6’x6’ space was not cutting it as a “mudroom“ so I decided to convert an empty space in my laundry room into a locker area.

how to makeover your tv tray

How To Makeover Your TV Tray

I had these two old TV trays that were scratched up and used... instead of throwing them out, I decided to try something new.

limited bathroom space to maximum storage, End Result

Limited Bathroom Space to Maximum Storage

My half bath is small and needed additional storage and towel rack. The wall directly across from the toilet seemed like a perfect spot but would require a simple and narrow solution.

deck side table makeover

Deck Side Table Makeover

The project this week was to do a DIY update and refresh of the little side deck table.

thrift store furniture makeover how paint over chalk paint with latex

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover: How Paint Over Chalk Paint With Latex

Last weekend, I painted the entryway table in our foyer. I picked up this table for $20 at a thrift store last year. I love doing a yard sale or thrift store furniture makeover. It’s so much fun to find a piece for a steal, and visualize how it will look in our home. I painted over chalk paint with latex paint to give this worn out black table a new look.

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How to Make a 'Creepy' Concrete Pumpkin!

If you were one of the 15 million that viewed our video on how to make a concrete pumpkin two years ago, you probably have your own pumpkin that is in need of a little attention. We have several concrete pumpkins which we have left in the Florida elements for two years. They were in need of cleaning and new paint.Instead of just painting them, we decided to give our 'happy' pumpkins a little 'creepy' makeover with a little more concrete and paint. You'll find the tutorial in our Workshop Wednesday show above. You can watch the entire thing, but you can also fast forward to 3:35 to watch just the tutorial.

Upcycled Pumpkins for Halloween Display

We are having a Halloween party this year and before I get to all the house cleaning and yard work, well I had to make a few decorations! With these upcycled pumpkins I am calling the front display complete. And I am out of excuses for postponing my other chores.

Uplift an Old Basket

A few months back I bought a couple of baskets from a thrift store (charity shop here in the UK) but they weren't quite my style. I decided it was time to jump on the pompom trend and update the basket.

Under Stair Reading Nook

When we first looked at this house, I always thought that the open space under the stairs would make the perfect reading nook for the kids. Fast forward three years and I finally made it happen.