I'd been wanting to update my entryway with some blue and white stripes since we moved in. However, I wasn't convinced I wanted to paint the stripes on and make that kind of commitment. I'd thought about some peel and stick wallpaper I'd found at Target. When I saw two rolls of navy blue and white peel and stick wallpaper on clearance for half price I bought them right away.
The peel and stick wallpaper is easy to apply and easy to remove should you change your mind in the future. I applied the paper to the wall on my own, which worked fine, but it would have been easier to have an extra set of hands. The hardest part was making sure the steps were level, but if I ever made a mistake the paper was easy to reposition.
There are lots more details about the project on my blog.
Not long after we moved into our new home, I found this empire dresser for sale at a garage sale in our neighborhood. This piece was in need of a lot of TLC. There was a laundry list of things wrong with this dresser; there was no back, the veneer was peeling or missing, it was missing part of the front leg and t was gouged and scratched. I had to build a leg for the front of this piece, which was a first for me, but I think it turned out great!
I bought this gorgeous 1920's dresser, in need of lots of TLC, from a local Goodwill two years ago. I put off the refinishing because I wasn't sure I could manage to save this beauty, nor did I think I had the time. I finally found the time, and the courage, to attempt the rescue. I'm glad I waited and took my time because now I'm beyond happy with the results.
The veneer was peeling, cracking and literally falling off the front where the two bottom drawers meet. The sides of the dresser had major veneer damage as well, not to mention the top of this piece was gouged, scratched and missing pieces of veneer.
I was able to fix the peeling veneer by using wood glue, painters tape and clamps. Then once I had the veneer lying flat on the wood again, I used a high quality wood filler to fill in all the cracks and spots of missing veneer. I had originally hoped to save the wood and not paint at all, but when I attempted to stain the piece (after sanding) the wood filler would not take the stain as well as I'd hoped. This meant all the filled parts stood out and were a major eye sore. ...
I was sent a beautiful, red vintage silk scarf from a blog friend. My challenge was to repurpose this flea market find into something new. There were 10 bloggers in total that participated in this challenge and we all brought something fun and creative to the table.
I had been inspired by a pouf I had seen in a West Elm catalog. I had considered purchasing the pouf, but for $249 I was convinced I could make my own for a lot less. A long came this gorgeous vintage scarf! As soon as I laid eyes on it I knew I wanted to use it for the top of my pouf.
I searched the web for tutorials and found quite a few. However, after reading them I was convinced I had 'learned' enough to do this on my own, without following a tutorial. I'm a very fly by the seat of my pants seamstress (not really even sure you I can call myself a seamstress!) I busted out my sewing machine and got to work. ...
I had hoped and prayed to be a Mom one day and after some complications I was told by my doctor that this was not going to happen. Well, after many years of waiting, trying and hoping we were given our miracle child. One of my favorite parts of being a Mom is giving Hunter a room that's special and uniquely his. I'm doing my best to reflect Hunter and his interests as I design and decorate his room.
For this section of the room, I build DIY plumbing pipe shelves using wood shelving I purchased at IKEA. This is an easy project that anyone can do! I decorated the shelves with items I've purchased at yard sales, estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores. I haven't used expensive pieces and many of the items were even free, like the desk and the found on the side of the road day bed!
I purchased this dresser at an estate sale and decided it needed a facelift. The varnish was thick and cloudy, so I decided to give it a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen. I was thrilled with the results and the chippy finish. I sealed the paint with hemp oil and added new glass knobs to add to the farmhouse look I was going for. I love how the dresser looks aged, like it was found in an old barn and not newly painted.
A friend bought a wood locker/cabinet from a flea market and it didn't work in her space. Thankfully she asked me if I was interested in the piece. I jumped at the chance and got started right away.
It was in need of a lot of cleaning, sanding and repairs. i'd been researching different paint lines on the market so this was a great time to try some of my new paint. I started off the project with CeCe Caldwell's Omaha Ochre, then used Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Old White on the outside. For the inside I continued with the Omaha Ochre then added on a couple coats of Chalk Paint™ in French Linen.
To finish of the outside of the cabinet and the door, I tried American Paint Company Born on the 4th. This is an incredible navy blue! It went on like a dream and I highly recommend it. For the door I used Frog Tape and taped off stripes before adding on the Born on the 4th. I added a number 3, my Son's favorite number, to the door and distressed and waxed the entire cabinet. ...
I fell in love with a large wire bakery basket a friend scored at an estate sale. When my friend ended up giving it to me, I had no idea it would turn into such a fun part of our outdoor space. This wire basket has been transformed into a usable piece of furniture in our outdoor courtyard/room with the addition of an upholstered top. I picked an outdoor fabric from Online Fabric Store by Premier Prints in a yellow polka dot. This fun fabric took our courtyard fireplace area from blah to fabulous. Bring on the warm weather and roasted marshmallows with the family!
I redid our boring and ho-hum master bedroom by using a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I added in some vintage pieces of furniture I refinished and I had a beautiful, cozy and romantic bedroom for the hubby and I. We stuck to a budget and using the vintage furniture pieces we were able to save a lot of money. Some of the pieces we've had for years and others were new additions. All in for new furniture we spent just under $1000. We love it and I can't wait for you to see it! For more pictures and explanations please visit my bloghttp://www.mypassionfordecor.blogspot.com/2014/01/master-bedroom-makeover-using-cutting.html
After many different unsuccessful kitchen table and chair combinations, I found a perfect set for our family. With a bit of help from my favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Pure White, a wet rag and some soft wax I was able to transform the table into something unique and perfect for our family. The chairs were updated with a cheery yellow and white graphic outdoor fabric and some scotch guard for protection. I'm thrilled with the results and so is the rest of the family!