Privacy & Disclosure

Disclosure & Privacy Policy


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Christy K. James. For questions about this blog, please contact me at christykjames{at}cox{dot}net. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer found at (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information I may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.



Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: I may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to my blog updates, or submitting a contact form.

Information We Collect from Others: I may receive information about you from other sources.  You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile.  If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts to your user profile, I will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account.

Automatically-Collected Information: I automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, I will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. I may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

Cookies: I may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. I may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.



I may use the information collected in the following ways:

  • To operate and maintain the Website;
  • To send you new posts. At the bottom of each new post that is emailed to you, there will be information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
  • To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;
  • To provide you with user support;
  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.



I may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize me to share your information.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

Mail Chimp – This service is used for delivery of email updates (new posts). I store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications.  Please refer to Mail Chimp’s privacy policy for further information.

This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent.



From time to time, I may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.



If you create a user profile on the Website or leave a comment, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly.  At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.

You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account.

Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.



The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of my Website may be entirely usable.



I may collect your email address, but only if you voluntarily provide it to me. This may occur, for example, if you sign up to receive an email newsletter, or enter a promotion. If you have provided your email address to me, I will only use it for the purposes for which it is provided.  I will not use your email address to contact you for unrelated reasons.  I will not share your email address with any third parties. If you are a resident of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), please refer to the section below entitled “Additional Rights of EEA Residents.”

Additional Rights of EEA (European Economic Area) Residents

If you are a resident of a country in the EEA, you have the rights, among others, to:

(i)  access your personal data

(ii)  ensure the accuracy of your personal data

(iii) the right to have us delete your personal data

(iv)  the right to restrict further processing of your personal data, and

(v)  the right to complain to a supervisory authority in your country of residence in the event that data is misused

If you believe that my processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your residence, your place of work, or the place of the alleged infringement.

You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to me addressed to the following:

Christy K. James



If you leave a comment on my site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.



Display Ads

This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site.  AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. I publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners.You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at:  However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.

For European Economic Area Residents

If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have me erase it, and/or restrict its further processing.  If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by me or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact AdThrive at If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners I work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences icon. (Available in the EU.)

Retargeting Ads

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to  As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.



From time to time I may be compensated to provide my opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. All opinions expressed are my honest opinion and are my own. Even though I may receive compensation for my posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.  I  will only endorse products or services that I believe are worthy of such endorsement. These sponsored blog posts may contain separate tracking pixels that will be embedded into posts. This allows the marketer to see the success of the campaign and plan accordingly for future marketing efforts.



On the Website, you may subscribe to receive new blog posts, which may be used for advertising purposes. New blog posts sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, I may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.



  • Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in my emails. You may also notify me at to be removed from my mailing list.
  • Access – You may access the personal information I have about you by submitting a request to
  • Amend – You may contact me at to amend or update your personal information.
  • Forget – In certain situations, you may request that I erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to me at

Please note that I may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.



At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to me, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.



The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact me immediately at and I will use my best efforts to promptly remove such information from my records.



Through the use of this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the aforementioned Disclosure Statement and Privacy & Cookie Policie. If you are not in agreement with these terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use of this site. In addition, your continued use of this website following the posting of any updates or changes to my terms and conditions shall mean that you are in agreement and acceptance of such changes.



Again, this blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Christy K. James. For questions about this blog, please contact me at

By reading this blog you are doing so of your own free will. Any information received, instructions followed, are done so at your own risk. I am not responsible as I am not a professional, nor do I claim to be.

At any time, please contact me at at for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this myself, Christy K. James, Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer, is strictly prohibited. ONE photo may be used, provided that FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT is given to Confessions of a Serial Do-it-yourselfer or Confessions of a Serial DIYer with appropriate and specific direction and link back to the original content.


This policy is valid from May 25, 2018, and is subject to change without notice.



  1. mary cirafice says

    Hi Christy
    I am working on transforming an old OAK 5 pc Furniture BR Set, as love what you accomplished and seems do able! I tried to print out the steps but will be over 50pg and a complete waste of trees! Is it possible to get the step by step instructions with images via email?
    Thanks kindly for your time and help

  2. mary cirafice says

    Hi thanks for your interest in assisting me in transforming my dated OAK BR set to a more updated /relevant look– I m hoping to achieve a Grey-Beach withered look-can you recommend best way to approach this project?

    • Hi Mary. I sent you and email to the address you used to comment. Let me know if you did not receive it.

      • mary cirafice says

        thanks so much will let you know how it goes and it interested will send/post before and after photos!

    • I also am trying to achieve the same effect on a dresser real similar to the one you have posted. I’m going for a driftwood color also and would love to see your project. My e-mail is pmiles0808@gmail. I would really appreciate seeing how yours turns out.

  3. Sabrecia Thurman says

    Can i shabby chic an end table that is based on particle board?

  4. I am also trying to replicate your gorgeous results on a dining room set that is very similar to yours. Can you email me directioins, products,etc? Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  5. I love your toutorial! It won’t let me print it though. I would love for you to email it to me. I have a lot of mismatched pieces in my room and on a social security budget I thought it would be a fun way to make my room match again! Thank you! Pat

  6. Could you send me the directions for the dining room table please?

  7. I want to redo a 5 drawer dresser and a night stand to match and I would like something to show me the correct way to do this so it looks nice. I’ve done some pieces but I could do better.

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