How to Remove Stain without Sanding

How to Remove Stain without Sanding

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing how I removed the stain from my dining room table top without sanding. I read a lot of posts that talk about sanding the surface of a furniture piece to remove the stain. I thought I'd share another option that is pretty simple, that doesn't remove any of the original surface through sanding. You may remember this before photo of my dining set at the thrift store: I paid $85 for this beautiful set. This is how it looks today: To remove the old stain, I … [Read more...]

Slipcovering an Armless Accent Chair

and sewed in place. Again , I'm about a quarter of an inch from the edge.

A couple of years ago, my Mother-in-law gave me two beautiful accent chairs in the most perfect shade of blue.  I loved them immediately. It didn't hurt that they looked brand new and were free!  Take a look: These days I'm looking to lighten up my living room a bit.  We don't get a ton of natural light in there, so I'm starting with these chairs. (Shh...don't tell him, but that cabinet is also on my hit list.) The easiest way to give them a new look was to slipcover them: A … [Read more...]

Tulip Wreath Tutorial and a Spring Mantel

Tulip Wreath, super simple and perfect for Spring!

I have got the simplest wreath to share with you today. I know I always say that, but I think it's even easier than my Simple Spring Wreath, because you don't even need a bow! This is my new tulip wreath: Isn't she perty? I'm going to share exactly how I made it, but first let's get a quick peek at my Spring mantel: I love all the green. It's so fresh and full of life! Here's what you'll need to make this simple tulip wreath: Those are fake tulips by the way, and I can … [Read more...]

Bunny Crossing Sign from Fence Pickets

Bunny Crossing Sign

I found yet another use for my old fence pickets stash, a whimsical sign perfect for Spring. (See how much we love you, Spring? We made a sign for you and everything.) It's also sweet for Easter, but I can keep it in my garden all season! This project was free. Those are my favorite! I started with two pieces of fencing I had stashed in my garage. I painted them with Country Chic paint in Elegance since I had it on hand and it's a perfect Springtime color. Then as I do … [Read more...]

Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers {Oldie, but Goodie}

Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Cover Tutorial/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hi friends. Has it warmed up enough yet in your area to start thinking about getting your outdoor spaces ready for Spring? We are almost there, I can feel it. I've actually been able to spend a couple of days working in my garden, but today is cold again.  Some of you are lucky enough to enjoy pretty temps all year! Today I am re-sharing an oldie but goodie, my Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Cover Tutorial...perfect for this time of year. It's so much more cost effective to recover your old … [Read more...]

DIY Coastal Inspired Bathroom Art

Then I used this method to transfer my letters and painted them in using acrylic paint:

I've been working on my boys' bathroom since 2011. We pulled everything out except for the tub surround,  and replaced it all. It was just before Christmas and I had my sister and her family coming to stay with us, so I rushed to get it finished. I've tweaked it a bit and redone several things for it like this stool, and this shelf, and this chair.  However, it needed just a couple more finishing touches. Today I'm sharing the DIY bathroom art I made to match the coastal feeling of the … [Read more...]

Ballard Inspired Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket

Ballard Monogrammed Garbage Can Knock Off 19

Hi friends! I'm excited to be participating in a little tour with several blog friends called "Rock Your Knock Off" where we each choose a high-end item and make our own for way less!  I'm sharing a monogrammed fabric wastebasket that's just perfect for my master bath. The $89 price tag? I'll make my own, thank you very much. Here's what I used to make my version: I found this cheapie can at Kmart. It took less than half a yard of fabric to complete. First I made a pattern by … [Read more...]

A Men’s Valet Stand Becomes a Pretty Stool for Her

Sweet Stool for her from a Men's Standing Valet 18

Last Summer I found this rather worn men's valet stand at an estate sale. I shoved it in my garage and it's been buried there ever since. Our theme for this month's Get Your DIY on challenge is Trash to Treasure, and I thought this would be the perfect project! I'm not sure what I saw in it to begin with, here is the before: What I think I liked is that the lid to the bench opens up and it was filled to the brim with all sorts of items. I found a pocket watch, an old shaving blade, a … [Read more...]

Simple Spring Wreath

Simple Spring Wreath with Apples

It's that time of year again...you know the one...my mom's birthday!  My mom is always happy when I make her something, so since she's been hinting at a new wreath for her front door, that's exactly what she got. I love how it turned out, so I'm excited to share it with you today! I wanted to make her something fresh and cheerful, but that didn't scream Spring, especially since there is still snow threatening our area. This was so simple to make. First I gathered my … [Read more...]

Piano Bench Makeover

Piano Bench Makeover

I am excited to finally share this little makeover with you.  This was one of the pieces I redid for the Christmas Market.  It was a plain dime-a-dozen piano bench I picked up from the thrift store.  I liked that it had hidden storage, but had no idea what I wanted to do with it: Here is how she turned out: I love it!! You may have seen my drop leaf table makeover I shared recently that I painted very similarly to this.  I painted this piece first, and liked it so much that I … [Read more...]

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