Background Options for DIY Indoor Photography

Background Options for DIY Indoor Photography

Photography Backgrounds - Are They Really Necessary? Whether you are into still photography or portraiture, you have known the pain of trying to get it just right while shooting indoor. Lighting, backgrounds and flooring options can improve or limit your outcome.   Some of my most frustrating moments has been trying to make due with what I have to get a good shot. But shooting outdoor isn't the safest or easiest scenario.   If it's: too cold too hot windy  too bright intermittent shade It can be challenging or even impossible to get a good shot. But then if you take it indoors you have other issues. Background, flooring, lighting, and available space all play a Continue reading

Subscriber Giveaway Winner Announced!

Subscriber Giveaway Winner Announced!

If you are a subscriber and entered last month's drawing, this is for you! Stencil LMDH Subscriber Giveaway 2.25.2017 from Val Frania on Vimeo. Thank you, Isaac and Maddie! To enter future giveaways and receive tips, tutorials and free stuff, click here or the banner at the bottom. Congrats to our winner! I have a free Word Art for you today. This is the quote that the winner sent with her entry. Just click and give me your email and I'll send it to you. If you've not subscribed yet it will put you on my email list, but feel free to unsubscribe after your download.     Tamara, email me at Val@LoveMyDIYHome dot com and give me your address and I'll send you the Continue reading

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

1980s Style Bookshelf Redesigned

I've been tooting the   "flip it don't toss it" horn for quite a while now - have you heard it?   Look around your house. Do you own any funiture that is the same ol' same ol' from the 80s? Are you tired of hum drum? Let's look at a bookshelf re-designed out of the 80s and into the present.   This old thing has been sitting in my hallways for a dozen years. It was time for a change and I'm not willing to go out and spend $100, but I will pick up a brush. Since (aff link) The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company provided products for this project, I was able to experiment a bit and come up with an original piece of art.   Yep. I said "art." Art Continue reading

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

It’s About TIME – The Skinny on a Little Side Table

Last week when I tried out the (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max on a rolling storage cabinet, I threw in a little skinny side table. Two for the price of one, so to speak.       It was green, then dark brown, and now it's a light tan, with decorative stenciling.         It's a bore no more.   Super easy, 1,2,3,4   1. Spray one coat with Benjamin Moore Advance using a (aff link) HomeRight Finish Max. I only did one coat for easy distressing.         2. Distress, lightly.   3. (aff link) Stencil clocks and some French script. Continue reading

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

Rolling Cabinet Makeover with HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer

"Spray it Pretty" #sponsored post This month The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest®,  "Spray it Pretty" is sponsored by (aff link) HomeRight. They sent us all a Finish Max sprayer to complete our projects, something I've been hearing a lot about from other furniture flippers, so I was glad to give it a try.   Along with the sprayer gift, HomeRight is giving prizes to one winner - one being this (aff links) spray shelter.   We bought "Ellie" at an estate sale - the same one where we got the Ethan Allen China Cabinet that I turned into a buffet a few months ago.    She was one of the last pieces remaining at the estate sale on the last day. I hadn't even Continue reading

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

7 Tips for Pricing Flipped Furniture Without Stress

As you finish your flipped furniture and put it up for sale, do your research on pricing and then stick to your advertised price. Every piece I've sold has had low-ball offers thrown at me. Here is a bit of advice drawn from experience on how to lessen the stress associated with selling your creations:   1. Don't be offended - most people are looking for a deal and don't think of it is offensive to low-ball or to ask for a discount. I usually just respond with, "Thanks for the offer, but my price is firm." It never pays to be rude. Within a few minutes of posting "Katherine", I received an offer of $100 - I had it priced at $175, a special price since it was so close to Christmas. Here is the actual PM: . She Continue reading

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

#sponsored post It looked like an easy flip...   Have you ever had a DIY project that you just wanted to throw out the window, chop it up with an ax and then burn it to make sure it was totally eradicated from your memory?   Beware of the "easy" ones... There's a little consignment shop about 45 minutes from us that we go to occasionally to look for furniture to flip. The prices are reasonable, usually, so it's worth the trip. Of course visiting their other little shops and burger joint doesn't hurt the experience either. We found an Ethan Allen coffee table that looked like an easy flip, so we grabbed it and brought it home. (It's the "EASY" ones you need to 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 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 Continue reading

Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Here is a quick example of how you can re-purpose those garage sale finds inexpensively and easily. No muss. No fuss.   Just a can of spray paint, black glaze and a sponge paint brush turned this wicker file cabinet into something useful. Wicker isn't very popular any more and you will find wicker everything out in garage sales for just a dollar or two.   I bought this one at a garage sale for $2 this summer.     STEP #1 Spray with Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint. Pick a color, any color.     STEP #2 Dab, wipe or brush on glaze - all over, including the metal bars. I used Wise Continue reading