10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 Step DIY French Provincial Drum Table Revival by Maria LaBelle

10 step DIY by Maria LaBelle. Maria is my Facebook friend on a furniture painting page who does beautiful work. Two things caught my eye when I saw her project - the crisp clean look and the use of Java Gel, a new product I just picked up but haven't used yet.   The 10 step process turning a French provincial drum table into a beauty starts with the "before":   BEFORE     Maria said, Continue reading

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient. My schedule is so tight, I'm all about quick and easy with few steps in between. Plus, we have a lot of winter here in Wisconsin and I Continue reading

More Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

More Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Not long ago I showed you some Furniture Flips by Sandra Amigo and now I have a couple more for you... Sometimes you like the "before" but then you see the "after" and you're like... "WHOA!" This is that time. Sandra is a FAB FLIPPER! Here is the before:   Sandra told me, "I also made my own version of the various brands of waxes I've seen displayed on blogs: wood wax (the one used on floors) Continue reading

DIY Enhancing of a Chippy Side Table

DIY Enhancing of a Chippy Side Table

You can find the most amazing things in the least interesting places... Some guy had a cabinet from a storage auction advertised on Facebook - while my DH and I looking at it in his garage full of "junk" with my DD and SIL, I meandered around and started asking him, "How much for that...how much for that?" We left with 5 pieces of furniture. One was a beat up paint chipped, lonely, begging to be found and fixed, side table. At first we thought Continue reading

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

Cedar Chest Flip – L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint

I was offered a chance to try out L'Essentiel Botanics furniture paint by Michelle at Serendipity House in New Hampshire. Since I've been doing a series on chalk paint products, I was anxious to give it a try in my cedar chest flip.   If you are looking to remove the chemicals from your home, look into L'Essentiels Botanics. My family is working on it as well and I was pleasantly surprised to hear of L'Essentiel. I'm no vegan, but I am concerned about Continue reading

Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Furniture Flips by LMDH Subscriber Sandra Amigo

Let me introduce you to one of my subscribers, Sandra Amigo, of Argentina. We met online and immediately became friends. Let me share with you her furniture flips. You will be inspired. In her own words, I always go through the same process whenever I find a piece of furniture that is in need of "that something." I have read very angry comments on different blogs about solid wood furniture being painted, but I don't think at that like a rule; I believe each Continue reading

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest "Pure Colors, Original Elegance"   Preserving Family Memories is a Comfort to the Soul Back in 1978 we bought a set of dressers from my parents for $50 just after we were married. Years later my mom wanted them back so we traded for the set she had at the time. I've since given the upright dresser to my DD and kept the other for my walk in closet:     Do you Continue reading

Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

Newsletter Prize – A Mason Jar Planter

  On April 1, I offered a prize in my Newsletter to the first person to email me with their fave project from my website with "I Love DIY" in the subject line.   Pam said, "My favorite is the rod you put between your kitchen cabinets and hung the bird cage and sign." She was referring to my OUR KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER project. She responded 1 hour and 26 minutes after I sent out my newsletter. Congratulations, Pam! You are the Continue reading

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

Your time is valuable - sometimes a tool will save you time and a whole lot of frustration. Here are my 5 must have tools or products that I'm never without: #1. Zinsser Spray Primer - once I discovered this, I started buying it by the case! Oh how I love thee, Zinsser! Not only does it do a fast job of priming but it is great at covering up stains that want to bleed through your paint. I should have used it on this NIGHTSTAND - it would have saved me so much Continue reading

It’s Not About the Stuff – My Philosophy Behind DIY

It’s Not About the Stuff – My Philosophy Behind DIY

Years ago I thought it was my obligation to deny myself the things I needed and wanted.   "Make do," I said. "Don't be materialistic," I said. "Save money," I said.   I thought my only options were to buy what I wanted or do without - the world of DIY really hadn't opened up to me yet. I don't remember when I started reinventing and refurbishing furnture, decor and just about anything that didn't move. I Continue reading

Keep Your Lettuce Sweet – It’s all in the timing

Keep Your Lettuce Sweet – It’s all in the timing

  Keep It Sweet – Lettuce   Last year's lettuce was fabulous. My mom had told me a couple of years ago that I shouldn't plant my own lettuce because it becomes bitter. Her experience left a bitter taste in her mouth (pun intended) So, as always, I wanted to find out why and did a little research and experimenting.   This is what I discovered: If you are having problems with your lettuce tasting bitter, pick it in Continue reading

Cheapo Side Table Flip – February Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Cheapo Side Table Flip – February Fab Furniture Flippin Contest

Do you plan to or did you get rid of all your old cheapo furniture and buy new? I don't...I flip them. Today's project is one of those put together side cabinets that typically you would give away to Good Will and buy something much better when you could afford it. But for me, it's not about the money. It's about achieving a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture art. This month's challenge from the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest asked for Continue reading