This is how I made
and decorated a sweet
sewing space using a
transformed office desk
with gold dipped legs.

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HOW I DID MY TV GALLERY WALL - wall art in the bedroom

We had a challenging wall in our
bedroom to decorate. It is the wall 
opposite our bed so we would be
looking at all the time and it was 
pretty big for our small space.

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I hunt for vintage cabinet hardware
all the time but a lot of that time is
spent collecting individual pieces 
until I accumulate matching sets
that can be used. I finally found 4
of these fancy scrolling back plates
and now I wanted to show them
off on a new project.

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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 AS OLD WHITE - a cabinet rescued using ascp

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 crap
I can make into something 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


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 a 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. I don't plan a shopping trip to
find new things, like everyone else I have
plenty of things I love right here at home. How
many things do you have stored away that you
could display?

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WHITE SECRETARY DESK - vintage wood working

The only thing to suffer during
the making of this secretary was
the house work. This project was
actually built from many pieces
headed to the landfill.

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ASCP WHITE NIGHTSTANDS - large bedside cabinets

I have created a pair of bedside tables similar
to my own so someone else can enjoy them
too. They each have 2 drawers with great
storage. The color is a creamy white with
edge distressing creating a perfect shabby
chic finish. They have long legs and have
some beautiful detailing.
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RECYCLED 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
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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 diy chalk painted furniture

Recently I worked back to back on two similar
piece of furniture because I wanted to compare
these two distressing techniques. One of the pieces
was an antique desk, and the other was an antique
vanity, but both had the same dark finish. I brush
painted each with Annie Sloan Pure White and when
it came time to distress I used sand paper on the vanity
and a damp sponge on the desk. I have compiled some
photos showing how each piece look in comparison.

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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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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 DIY paint project
I never dreamt it would turn out as good as
it did. Let me know your thoughts.

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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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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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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

The day finally arrived that my shabby chic
fridge was finished, and this DIY project didn't
cost a lot. I was just trying to solve what to do
with some rust stains and broken handles
before it escalated into something bigger.
Check out my SHABBY CHIC FRIDGE ...

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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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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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