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THANKS TO PINTEREST
Pinterest is great to get ideas
for the holidays. Everything
from decorating your homes
inside and out right down to
games to play with your family
on Christmas day. 

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2017 CHRISTMAS DECORATING




TREE ON WHEELS
I've had this fabulously
fun idea for a while
now ....






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HOW TO PAINT A GOLD DIPPED DESK and framing vintage patterns





MAKING AN ELEGANT SEWING SPACE 
I created a sweet
sewing space using an office desk I transformed and decorating with vintage patterns.



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A NEW IDEA FOR GALLERY WALL ART - frames, friends, & fabric




The ins and outs of my boho gallery wall. Can you guess what  unconventional items I used?


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THE RIGHT CABINET HARDWARE - white nightstands





It is always tricky to pick new hardware for a painted furniture project. You have to consider the style you trying to create. A size that will look good, and a color that will tell the new story.


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HOW I PAINTED WALLPAPER - in our motor home




The interior of our motor home was
dated and to spruce it up I opted
to paint most of it. The walls were all
covered in wallpaper and the cabinets 
were all covered in a vinyl sticker. The
first step was to pick up a roll of poly 
and some masking tape.



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HOW I CONVERTED OUR RV BEDS - in our 1988 motor home

Last week we shared the interior
makeover BEFORE & 
AFTER photos of our motor 
home. Many of you have asked 
for more so let me try to tell 
you some of the highlights. First 
let me say I had one month for
the entire makeover and no time 
to take photos before leaving.
That means the AFTER photos 
were taken after all the wear and 
tear from our trip across Canada 
and back. She held up very well!




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SEE THE TOUR OF OUR MOTOR HOME MAKEOVER - 1988 georgie boy cruise master





The interior makeover of our 1988 
motor home started this summer. It 
was time for us to take a vacation and
I wanted to make the motor home 
super comfortable for our adventure.
The plan was to hit the road on a 
cross Canada trip that would last for 
more than a month.



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HOW I USED ANNIE SLOAN OLD WHITE


A CABINET RESCUE
I remember that morning, we were running late because
 someone slept in. It was one of those Saturdays I enjoy so
 much, spending time with George, getting out to all the yard
sales and finding other people's junk I can re-purpose into 
something new and wonderful.

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PAINTING BEDROOM FURNITURE - using annie sloan chalk paint



It took my husband some time before he
agreed to let me paint our dark wood
bedroom furniture. Like most new
couples we went out and purchased an
expensive set of matching furniture as
our first thing together. I quickly found
it difficult to decorate in the style that
made me happy when all the furniture
was so dark and heavy.




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PLATE WALL DISPLAY - shabby chic style


"BUY IT WHEN YOU SEE IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT"

I have always found the key to
creating successful & wonderful
wall displays has always been to use
the things I love and have collected
over time. But more importantly
when I want to get to work building
display I look for items that have
been stored out of sight and out of 
mind, like these plates stacked in a
pile in the back of a cupboard.

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WHITE SECRETARY DESK - vintage wood working



This secretary was built with several
parts headed to the landfill.
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ASCP WHITE NIGHTSTANDS - large bedside cabinets




I created another pair of
bedside tables similar to
my own. They are big &
gorgeous with some
incredible details I'm
happy to share with you.
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RECYCLING DINING CHAIR LEGS - shabby chic bedside tables





There are so many unused and unwanted
dining chairs out there. Every thrift store
and charity shop I go to have a selection.
Most people have a chair or two in their
garage. There are some great up-cycle
projects out there already on Pinterest
and I would like to add one more to the
list with the help of Annie Sloan Chalk
Paint.


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SHABBY CHIC TALL BEDSIDE TABLES - painted with annie sloan chalk paint




I built this lovely set of matching
beside nightstands by adding legs.
They were finished in a creamy
white creating the perfect shabby
chic look.

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SANDING OR WET DISTRESSING AS pure white chalk paint






TO SAND OR WET DISTRESS

Recently I worked 
on two similar
piece of furniture and because I 
wanted to compare distressing
techniques I did one with
sandpaper and the other
I wet distressed.


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SHABBY CHIC WHITE DESK - painted with annie sloan chalk paint




This is a beautiful shabby chic
antique desk with matching stool
that I painted with Annie Sloan
Pure White.


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HACKED WALL ART - recycling vintage objects





I enjoy taking unwanted and broken items
and finding a unique way to combine them
with another vintage piece to create a unique
piece of wall art for your home. Below I have
a few examples of a few of these projects.


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SIGN PAINTED ON GLASS TUTORIAL - vintage french graphic


This was a big graphic project to undertake
as the size of this glass panel is about a foot
and a half wide by another 2 and half feet tall.
I hand finished the french typography right
onto the glass door of this Annie Sloan
painted cabinet. This DIY project is not for
the faint of heart, and takes patience and
determination to complete. Now with that
established let's get to the details ...


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WHITE ART DECO DESK & SHABBY CHIC SWITCH PLATES




I am not a real fan of art decor
style furniture. But I do have 
to admit it is all made with 
nice solid wood which is great
to work with. When I started 
working on this vanity/desk 
project I never dreamt it 
would turn out as good as
it did. Let me know your 
thoughts.


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FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY CABINET - graphics on glass




This could be a great shoe cabinet!
She looks and really is a true vintage cabinet
turned into an amazing shabby chic statement
piece with a vintage french advert on the
glass door. Long legs and 3 authentic
antique glass knobs.


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HOW TO PAINT AN UPHOLSTERED CHAIR FROM TOP TO BOTTOM with annie sloan





I have painted many upholstered chairs with
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but this is one of my favorite DIY PROJECTS to date. This chair has been with me for a long time and it took years before I would commit to paint it. I knew how good it could look but it was still so hard to put paint on it for the first time. Are you thinking about doing it too? Maybe some of the answers you need are in this post.


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HOW TO CREATE A FAUX DRIFTWOOD FINISH




Are you looking for instruction to create a faux driftwood finish with paint? I have written a how to on creating a grey wood grain type of look on a piece of furniture. This is really a simple project but can get a little messy. 
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HOW I PAINTED MY FRIDGE with annie sloan chalk paint

Yes I painted our old fridge with 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
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VINTAGE FURNITURE REPAIRS - leg supports



Thank you to a couple of ladies who offered their
solution in the comments of my last repair for fixing
saggy drawer bottoms. Every tip and trick is welcome
in the hopes that it will help the next person. If you would
like more information on FLIPPING drawer bottoms as an
option to fix your drawers I wrote an article about that here.
Now on to today's repair ...



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VINTAGE FURNITURE REPAIRS - broken drawer joints



Recently I worked on a buffet that needed
major repairs. I photographed most of it
to share how I fixed each problem.
I'm hoping it can help a few of you to
take on a repair or two of your own.



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VINTAGE FURNITURE REPAIRS - saggy drawer bottoms





I took on a furniture project recently
that turned into about 8 hours of wood
working repairs. I photographed a lot
of it so I could share it with you and
how I fixed each problem. Let's start
with the first problem ....





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CANDLES, BOXES, AND A LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE - UPDATES



Hello February 2017,
and Hello readers!

I took it slow in January and did not blog. Boxing
day I injury myself to the point it was hard to do
many tasks so that set the tone for awhile. I started
puttering around the house as most of use do in
January getting things organized again and finishing
off old tasks. It was all at a much slower pace than
usual but I still got a lot accomplished.
Check it out ...






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