A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

Walking Downtown Wausau at Dusk It's the perfect time to look inside people's windows in the old houses - the hundred year old houses with the old town flavor.   No, I'm not creepy. I just like to see how other people decorate their homes.   Some of the homes still had the original windows...you know, the ones that when you look through them, they are wavy and distorted? Cool stuff.     NOSTALGIA INSPIRES Not that I want an old house with wavy windows, uh...no. But the flavor of those old houses when they are expertly decorated with quality furnishings creates such a warm fuzzy feeling inside of me. Connecting with those in our past has always been intriguing.   I wish I had some things from my grandparents. Ump-teen years ago I borrowed my Continue reading

Wall Sconce Update – Trash to Treasure

Wall Sconce Update – Trash to Treasure

Do you like Primitive, Old World, Rustic, or Farmhouse? Is antiqued, glazed, layered, drybrushed and/or distressed your preference? Do you go for Shabby Chic, Retro, Modern or Traditional?   Honestly, I do shake my head at some of the furniture pieces I see showcased on some of my Facebook furniture groups. Some are gawdy, but bring in comments like, "I love it!" Others that are posted as "after" can be mistaken for "before" in my minds eye.   But different strokes for different folks, I suppose. While some say, "NEVER paint wood," others say, "Plain wood is boring and I need to paint to be happy!" Regardless of your preferences, you can pick up a piece of furniture or decor and make it your own. You can drastically change it or lightly modify it. Example: I Continue reading

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

  Duck Cloth and Artist Canvases I have a nice and easy project for you - using (aff link) duck cloth canvas material, wood letters and artists canvases from (aff link) Hobby Lobby. Here is a coupon for you if you plan to shop there for your supplies (just click the coupon banner below and then look for "get coupon" in the right hand corner of the (aff link) Hobby Lobby web page):       Supply List   You will need (aff links): duck cloth 12 x 12 artist canvases (Search for: 12" x 12" Canvas Panel 5-Pack) heavy duty staple gun & staples scissors large letters (Search for: 9 1/2" Wood Letter or the size appropriate for your canvas) paint for the letters (Search for: your fave acrylic paint Continue reading

Industrial Lighting on a Budget

Industrial Lighting on a Budget

It's Time to Shed Some Light on Your DIY Projects Since becoming an affiliate for several online stores, I've got the Gimme Gots for home decor. Industrial, vintage, farmhouse...today's styles are quite interesting and look great with the new painted/distressed/antiqued furniture look. Definition: Gimme Gots gim·me /ˈɡimē/ informal - contraction verb: gimme = give me gotz / slang for have   An overwhelming feeling that one must have something that is only satisfied by the purchase of the first and last detail.   With Spring around the corner, we're all dreaming of updates - my latest piece to my puzzle is lighting. We have two hallways in desperate need some statement lighting - you know, that just right fixture that gives you pause. You've painted the Continue reading

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table – A Fall Tablescape

Here is a quick lineup of my Thanksgiving Tablescape - I did this one a couple of years ago and it was a big hit. A finely decorated table can add to the festive atmosphere. What are you plans this year?     Tips Day One - Use what you already have.     Tips Day Two - Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.     Tips Day Three - Add items from the great outdoors.     Tips Day Four - Vary heights and layer.       Tips Day Five - Bring fall inside and mix and match unusual decor - owls, pinecomes and lanterns?       Tips Day Six - Carry the prominent Continue reading

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Short and Sweet I'm popping in here to show you a little project I just finished - you can find similar "before" pieces around and about as people often sell these at garage sales and second hand shops. Most people think that if you want to upgrade you must get rid of the old and buy new. Not true.   Here is a BEFORE picture of her when she was just plain "Rachel":     "Rachelle" began her life as "Rachel," an average nondescript baker's rack. But she was renamed the French beauty, Rachelle after her amazing transformation. I am always in awe when I see the after affects of a little paint Continue reading

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

A GREAT Hardware Option for DIY’ers – D. Lawless Hardware

 CLASS IT UP with D. Lawless Hardware #sponsored post   Until now I've been limited to local hardware stores and Hobby Lobby. When you redo a piece of furniture, it's important to update the hardware as well...if needed. Which IMHO, is likely. Flipped furniture looks so fresh with new hardware. I'm turning into a hardware junky!   BUT, my new found love can get expensive. My faves range from $4 to $20 EACH, so I'm always on the lookout for a better deal with a quality look.   When the Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest offered to hook me up with D. Lawless Hardware for some free promo items, I jumped at the chance! My china cabinet turned buffet was needing some new hardware. Not much of a surprise. Most do.     Never heard of D.Lawless Continue reading

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

Lettuce Flower Arrangement – Use What You Have

The Most Unexpected Flower Arranging Item I grew zinnias and asters and brought them inside with my hydrangias. I planted a bunch of other stuff out in my garden.   One of the things that I regrow is lettuce and celery from store bought. The lettuce will regrow once, typically, and the celery will keep growning even when you cut it. I've been experimenting.   Crazy Lettuce I bought lettuce from Aldis and replanted it once it started regrowing (read details here). Once it was out on my deck and I cut what I wanted, I just let it grow to see what would happen. It kinda went crazy and it grew funny spirals out the top.       Cut Here When I cut my flowers to bring inside I just happened to look out and see what had become of that lettuce that was going wild. I went Continue reading

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

  Weeds 4 Sale - Dirt Cheap! DH replaced the steps leading to our basement, so I took the old boards and painted a sign for the garden - my "step garden" behind my garage. I'll show you the before and afters of that later, but for now, here is how I did my sign (super easy): 1. Grab a board, any board. I used an old one with chippy paint - very rustic and not good for much else. 2. Hand draw your wording - you don't have to be perfect. Just write it on and paint the letters with black paint and a little paint brush. I saw this saying on Pinterest - by Shelley at Sow and Dipity. She has so many really cute signs.   3. Take some sand paper and rough it up a bit to make it consistently "worn looking."   4. Add a little bit of pizazz - add fun stuff Continue reading

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

Caution: This is a really looonnng post - first the background story of a win/loss/win, 2 sets of before and afters and a detailed description of the final DIY project! It all started with a giveaway...   I Won a Pendant Light! Back in January C.D. Loken at CD's Country Living had a giveaway and I won: "In honor of CD’s Country Living’s blogging anniversary, Parrot Uncle generously agreed to send one lucky winner this LARGE (18.11 x 9.06) Retro-Industrial Light with Pot cover shade ($45 value)!"     Best Laid Plans Today I can finally tell you about it. It was a long time in coming... Parrot Uncle asked me if I'd like to have a second pendant light for my kitchen to go along with the one I won in CD's giveaway. After a few back and forth emails, we settled on the pair of Continue reading