Mission Beautify Ivy by Saltwash and Pure & Original

Mission Beautify Ivy by Saltwash and Pure & Original

#sponsored Have you tried Saltwash yet? While at the General Finishes Conference, we met the Salt Wash originator, Carol Hunter, and she gave us a 10 oz. can of Saltwash to try. Pure & Original had already given me two of their classic colors, Poetic Blue and Steel Blue, so we chose them to combine with the Saltwash.   The combination was stellar. The Saltwash gave it a unique look - one that will fit into any home from a classically traditional to Coastal, to Farmhouse. Not many designs can pull that off, but this one can.   "The Before"       "Ivy" was sitting in an abandoned house amidst piles of trash. We almost missed her. We brought her home, cleaned her up, sanded and got her ready to try out a new look. She had great bones. Continue reading

Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

Barn Door Hardware Transforms an UGLY Hallway

#sponsored   OUTDATED Doesn't Begin to Describe It Yes. I admit it. My hallway was boring, ugly, dark, uninviting - you get the picture. Before we bought the house, the one wall across from the closet had a type of salt wash that made it very rough. I sanded it down and painted before we moved in, but never liked the hallway partly because it was dark and partly due to the bifold doors. Or should I say "bifold door." The one was off and the other had a doggie door in it. I have no idea why other than I know they had lots of animals, so the animal "stuff" must have been in the closet.     For the past 5 years I've waited to update that hallway and get new doors, but I've been holding out, wanting the barn door look. Every day I just ignored that area because it hurt my eyes. Really. Continue reading

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

Old Tissue Box Revived – Spray Paint Season is Here!

  I first wrote this in the beginning of 2015, and the technique has become quite popular, so I'm playing it again, Sam...     Another consignment shop find has found itself at the end of my spray paint can. I do enjoy spray painting - it's quick and requires no top coat. It doesn't fit every scenario, but once in a while it's the best choice.   Spray paint season is once upon us and so let the games begin...   While dropping off STUFF...you know that STUFF that sat in your basement for years wondering if they'd ever turn into a "real piece of decor," I found this cool little tissue box holder slathered in hand painted foofy flowers. Not really my style, but I could picture it painted.   E.A.S.I.L.Y.   I had Continue reading

Let’s Keep it Simple DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

Let’s Keep it Simple DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

An Oldie But Goodie from 2013 Three of years ago I was looking for something different than the usual gift wrap. Scouring the Internet for ideas turned out some great options. I settled on this:   I wanted to had to keep it simple. Life was just too busy to be Christmas fancy. Most people just go out and buy a bunch of rolls of coordinating paper. But instead of going traditional, I decided to embrace - the KISS principal (keep it simple, stupid). The couple of rolls from last year wasn't enough to work with, so a thrifty minimalist type of outlook was in order. Enter: builder's paper - a plain brown roll paper. This one is from Amazon for $11.30 and it's PRIME! It kinda looks like a brown paper bag, but quite a bit thicker and easy to work with. There is a ton of it on a roll and it will last for a Continue reading

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

An Old China Cabinet Gets a Split Personality – with Country Chic Paint

We picked up this china cabinet at an estate sale in town. Everyone wondered why I would buy ANOTHER china cabinet. I already have three. I had plans for this one - but not for china. Nor am I keeping it.   As I said last week, nobody collects or wants china anymore. But they do want buffets AND book shelves. Yep, a buffet and book shelf out of one china cabinet. One unwanted, outdated china cabinet into two highly desirable pieces.     Because the china cabinet was all wood with dovetailed drawers plus a top of the line name brand piece from the 60's made by ETHAN ALLEN by BAUMRITTER (a VERY big name back in my mom's day), I knew right away I wanted it and what I would do with it.   Ethan Allen by Baumritter     People may not have Continue reading

Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Brick Fireplace Update by Leslie Stocker

Does no one know what bricks are? We were looking for bricks at the local home improvement stores and none of the clerks knew what bricks were. They kept sending me to their pile of pavers. Apparently the newest generation of home improvers doesn't use brick any more. As a matter of fact, if you do an online search for bricks, this is what you come up with: pavers, concrete blocks, bullnoses...Bullnoses? What's bullnose?   I finally found a clerk at Home Depot that knew what an actual brick was (without me having to describe them and getting the blank deer caught in your headlights kind of look). She said you have to order them because no one carries them any more. Um, OK. I guess the world is changing in many ways, including the most basic ways. A brick? I just can't believe someone wouldn't know what a brick is...   Did Continue reading

Java Gel Table Top – by Maria LaBelle

Java Gel Table Top – by Maria LaBelle

Not everyone can pull off red.     A LMDH friend, Maria LaBelle, sure did. That gorgeous table up top started out as a boring old piece of nondescript. But Maria added her artistic touch and created a much better look with homemade chalk paint. She made her own by mixing Sherwin Williams HGTV sun-ried tomato red and calcium carbonate.   The more furniture flips I see, the more confidence and creativity seems to abound. Inspiration - it's everywhere. We just need to look. Have you considered picking a striking color, one that you only thought to use as an accent, and using it to paint a piece of furniture?      Maria said "This table top just wouldn't stain evenly," so she pulled out the big guns - Java Gel by General Finishes. Here is a video by General Continue reading

Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Twin End Tables & Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint

Sponsored Post:   I found a pair of end tables at a garage sale - outdated and in need of repair.   You see it everywhere. Furniture that is chipped, stained, damaged with water rings, cracks, or maybe they are just plain outdated. Too often folks just go out and buy new when there is a better, cheaper, and easier fix.   We can save money and save the the landfill by taking them home and flipping them...   BEFORE   In this case all they needed was a bit of glue (the center piece had come apart), a bit of patching, and a new finish.   Karen at Wise Owl Paint offered to give me paint and glaze for a project to try out and review. The paint is free of harsh chemicals and solvents and is zero VOC - a great way to paint without compromising health or 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 to paint and antique it, but after cleaning it up there was no doubt that it already had character. It just needed a little help expressing itself. Ya know...you could go out to Hobby Lobby (I heart Hobby Lobby) and just buy a chippy side table (for a ton of money). They have lots of shabby chic pieces available. But how cool would it be to find your own piece (for just a little bit of 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 the chemicals in EVERYTHING we use and eat!   Their furniture paint line is vegan (other than beeswax), all natural, and in biodegradable containers with no masking agents. The chalks, clays, minerals, pigments are made by a small company in Australia in small batches. The wax has no solvents (i.e. drying agents) and is smooth with great coverage. The clear wax, which has no Continue reading