Rustic Stocking Holders & Giveaway

rustic stocking holder

You know me and rustic--we were made for each other.  I think I could have survived during early pioneer days.  I have all those homemaker skills down pretty well.  I really was channeling early settlers when I made these rustic stocking holders. They were pretty easy and I really love how they turned out.  It totally seems like something they would have made and had in their house.  Although maybe they just pounded some nails into the … [Read more...]

Scandinavian Inspired Ornaments

scandinavian inspired ornaments

Hello friends!  As part of the DecoArt Design Team, this month I was challenged to come up with a project with the theme of International Holidays.  There are so many options here, but I was really drawn to the bold red and white of Scandinavia.  I really love their style and art, so I decided to give my own a try.  It ended up being pretty easy and anyone can do it!  I mean seriously, my six year old helped me with this, so yes--anyone can do … [Read more...]

How to Strip Paint Off Wood

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There are varying ways of stripping paint off wood.  Or rather, there are varying products.  But I have only used one, and that is because it is safe.  I wouldn't mind using Klean Strip and getting in with the chemicals, but I work in close quarters with my kids and I wanted to use something that wouldn't put out toxic fumes or could possibly cause injury if the kid touched it.  I may give Klean Strip a try in the future.  But for now, I use … [Read more...]

DIY Quilting Gloves

DIY quilting gloves

Anyone who has machine-quilted a quilt knows that it can be hard and tiring to push that large quilt around the needle of your machine.  It's a bit of a workout, actually!  Here is something you can make in a couple minutes that will help you when pushing your quilt through--DIY quilting gloves! They are basically just those one-size-fits-all stretchy gloves with some rubbery grip added to the palm and fingers so it grips the … [Read more...]

Painted Fold Down Desk

drop down desk

School starts in nearly just two weeks.  I can't believe it!  I'm also excited, but the other day I realized that this means I'm going to have to be organized again.  Organization is something I am capable of, but it is not my strong suit.  Especially when it comes to helping my son get all his homework done and turned in.  He's only going to be in first grade, but there's so many little different things they have to do in school--spelling, … [Read more...]

20 Barstool Makeovers

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I think the best way to get new-to-you home decor AND furniture is to buy or inherit old stuff and refinish or repurpose it.  My entire house is chalk-full of refinished furniture and I have to say, when people come to my house they are always blown away by the amount of refinished furniture that is in my house.  Seriously, almost everything.  That's the life of a DIY blogger though. My sister-in-law was telling me the other day how proud she … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Painting Furniture

helpful tips for painting furniture

I've been refinishing furniture for about three years now.  I've painted dozens of pieces, but each time I learn something new.  There are so many types of paint, so many different little techniques, so many tips and tricks.  But what it usually boils down to are these things: How to Paint Furniture: Prep the surface Paint the piece, using a good quality brush and brushing in the same direction.  Wait for each coat to dry thoroughly … [Read more...]

Floor to Ceiling Board and Batten Tutorial

full height board and batten

For my recent bedroom makeover, one of the biggest differences was the floor to ceiling board and batten.  There are probably 1.5 million Board and Batten tutorials out there.  But before I attempted it for the first time, I probably read 1.4 million of those tutorials.  Everyone's method is basically the same, but all slightly different.  And everyone had little tips to share.  So from my experience, I will share all my knowledge I … [Read more...]