Painting Wood Furniture (without sanding or priming)!

Painting Wood Furniture (without sanding or priming)!

Hello!! I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you know I am in the middle of a handful projects right now (and in a variety of rooms). This week I unexpectedly added another room to my project list!  My youngest son’s crib broke last week!  We were planning on moving him to a big boy bed in the next couple of months anyways so instead of trying to fix it we decided to go ahead and make the transition. The timing actually worked out well!  My friend Erin (you can view her gorgeous home tour, Here) and I are taking an online interior design course.  In the course we have to design a bedroom as one of our assignments. I have been working on my friend, Lolly’s, master bedroom (which we only have one thing left to do–build a sliding barn door). And Erin is now helping me turn my son’s nursery into a “big boy’s” room. Here is a little mood board Erin put together for his room.   I love how…

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How to Replace a Hollywood Light with 2 Vanity Lights & How to Patch a Hole in the Wall like a Pro

How to Replace a Hollywood Light with 2 Vanity Lights & How to Patch a Hole in the Wall like a Pro

In homes built across America the builder-basic bathroom vanity light consists of a light coined, the “hollywood light”. Although they give off a great amount of light they aren’t what I would call elegant or stylish!  When trying to achieve the look of the following bathrooms you can imagine how the “hollywood light” would get in the way of getting the same look!   Legacy CDM Inc. via Houzz Veranda Interiors via decorpad via BHG For the past 4 years (since we moved into our house) we have had a large 8 bulb hollywood light in our master bathroom that has been a bit of an eyesore. I made sure our hollywood light didn’t show up in my home tour because I felt like it ruined the look (sneaky, I know).:-)   As I mentioned in a previous post I found some pretty Pottery Barn look-a-like vanity lights at Home Depot for just $29.99 a piece.  I really didn’t want to have to pay an electrician $200+ to change the hollywood light into two over the…

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Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Easy Dresser Makeover + Progress in the Bedroom

Hello! Today I want share an easy way to makeover an outdated dresser. Distressed furniture continues to be a popular trend which is good for us because it makes re-doing a dresser even that much easier! Here is the dresser that inspired this furniture makeover. via Pottery Barn Side Note:  And if you like the mirror above the dresser I have a knockoff version that happens to be featured on the Better Homes and Gardens website (insert excited, nerdy squeal).  You can view it, HERE. 🙂 And back to the dresser notice how a warm wood tone shows through on the legs of the dresser.  If you are able to look even closer you will see that wood peeks through slightly on the drawer fronts as well. I have been helping my friend re-do her master bedroom.  This past week we focused on the wall across from her bed that needed redecorating. Although the piece of furniture she had was unique and pretty it wasn’t very functional for holding clothes and I felt a horizontal dresser…

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DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

DIY Large Wooden Planters & Porch Makeover

I’ve been busy, busy, busy this week working in the yard.  There is always so much to do outside after a long winter–weeding, mulching, watering, and raking leaves (yes, I have learned if you don’t rake your leaves all the way in the fall they will still be waiting for you come Spring).:-( But alas I am making progress and it is fun to see how a little (or a lot of effort) in the yard goes along way. I have even taken a stab at DIY landscaping which I will be sure to touch on sometime in the future. Today I want to share with you how to make large wooden planters.  I must admit that I was intensely inspired by these planters from my Design 101-Balance post (photo below). Historical Concepts via Houzz I am pretty much obsessed with them actually (as well as the whole porch). But unfortunately planters like this cost a small fortune, at least $300 for two of them which is too much for me. So what’s a determined girl to do…

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Restoration Hardware Knockoff Mirror

Restoration Hardware Knockoff Mirror

It was probably about a year ago that a friend was getting rid of some Restoration Hardware Catalogs and asked me if I wanted them.  Me being the design lover that I am said, yes!  I love to study spaces and furniture and all things décor. I knew Restoration Hardware was way out of my league price wise but I’m always looking for ways to get a high-end look on a low-end budget and this means searching high-end products for inspiration! I loved the clean lines of this classic Restoration Hardware mirror and immediately thought of a way I could replicate the look for A LOT less. via Restoration Hardware The price of this Restoration Hardware mirror is on sale right now for $739.  My version costs under $40 and is easy to make.  Big difference, right? So when I recently helped a friend makeover her powder bathroom I finally put my knockoff idea into reality and I’m so happy with the results! This is a great beginner’s project because it doesn’t require any special tools.  Any cuts made can be done at the store when you purchase the…

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A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

A Powder Bathroom Makeover for Lolly

Hello!  I excited to share my friend Lolly’s powder bathroom makeover today.  We started working on it a few weeks ago with the attempts to make it a bit more up-to-date and stylish. Lolly gave me free reigns on the designing front which was fun and she did all the hard work DIY-ing.  I definitely got the long end the stick.:-) So here are the Before and Afters: Before- Looking straight in from the hall After Before After Before After Big change, right?  So what did we do? First thing Lolly did was paint her bathroom walls Valspar Decadent.  I would describe Valspar Decadent as a cream with gray undertones.  We knew painting the walls a lighter color would be important in helping the tight space feel more spacious. Next Lolly moved her towel bar from the back wall to the side wall as it made more sense to have it closer to the sink.  But before re-installing we gave it a new chrome metallic sheen with the same spray paint used on the DIY mirror.     Then Lolly painted her cabinets Behr Liquid Mercury which definitely…

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When Mirrors Fall Down

When Mirrors Fall Down

I thought about titling this post Powder Bathroom Makeover Reveal Take 2 but it seemed more appropriate after writing it to use the title “when mirrors fall down.” Several months ago I shared my powder bathroom makeover which I explained had unraveled painfully slow. I was beyond thrilled when I had finally completed it and was no longer embarrassed when guests occupied this half bath on our main floor.     Well, sadly that only lasted about 3 weeks. During the night the huge wall to wall mirror I had installed 3 weeks prior came crashing down. It took with it the glass sconces, the toilet paper roll, and left a little dent in a part of the wall.   I cleaned up the huge mess of glass mirror almost mechanically trying not to think about what had happened.  I had been done with the room!  I was not at all interested in dealing with the fact that there would need to be a new mirror bought, decor, and other items fixed and mended. I shut the door and carried on…

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DIY Brinkley Beveled Mirror Knockoff

I’ve been so excited to share this DIY because I think you will love it as much as I do!!! It all began when I first stepped into my neighbor Donna’s home. Donna has great taste and her husband Darrin has equally great DIY-ing skills. Together they make a fabulous duo! She knows I love DIY and decorating and invited me into her home to show me how she and her husband had pulled up the carpet on their stairs and painted their treads (a project I did, Here). When I spotted this mirror in their dining room I may have interrupted her mid-sentence with, WHERE in the world did you get that gorgeous mirror???     Isn’t it fantastic???  I was expecting her to say it was from some uppity store with a hefty price tag of no less than $200.  So when she told me they diy-ed it for around $40 I was shocked!   So, how did they create this gorgeous mirror?  Well, turns out Donna had been crushing on the Brinkley Pottery Barn…

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DIY Mirrored Window Pane

DIY Mirrored Window Pane

In the synopsis of my Springfield Antique Show experience I mentioned that I saw a lot of these old, used window panes there.  Many of them were well priced at $10 a piece.  I’m sure if you surveyed your local antique stores and flea markets that you would be able to find a selection too.  If not, there are plenty on Ebay just search “window panes”. There are several fun ways to repurpose a window pane.  I will teach you one way today and share another idea with you later this week!   Around 2 years ago I was at a garage sale where I spotted a plain, large skinny box with a 50 cent tag on it.  I asked the owner what was inside and she pulled out a window frame (without the glass) and explained that she had bought it online and was going to use it as a photography prop but never did.  For 50 cents I knew I could come up with some kind of decorative use for it. Sure enough just before we moved into our house a couple of…

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