Step Table Makeover

Have you heard that rule that if you've worn it before, you can't wear it again when the style comes back around? Or something like that. Something my mom says. She also says, "Just because it's in style, doesn't mean it looks good on you!" She means that in the most I'm-gonna-keep-you-from-embarassing-yourself-and-because-I-love-you, sort of way. (Good advice, in my opinion.) My point is, is it the same way with furniture? I have this thing with step end tables lately. As a child of … [Read more...]

Outdoor Cushion Inspiration {As Seen on Hometalk}

Are you looking for some inspiration for your outdoor cushions? On a budget?  Money's no object? (We wish, right?!) You've come to the right place! After sharing my Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion tutorial on Hometalk, I was invited to curate a board to highlight some other ideas for cushions to spruce up your outdoor space. Hometalk is a huge online community where regular folks like you and me, as well as professionals, can share their home and garden-related projects, questions, you name it!  … [Read more...]

One Little Caddy (that I almost ruined!), Two Ways

This is the antique tool caddy that almost wasn't: This is how it looked when I found it sitting all by it's lonesome self at one of my favorite thrift stores a while back: I  knew I wanted to paint it, but didn't really have a plan. Enter the very talented  Kristen, of Sophia's. I was reading her latest email where she shared a link to her favorite image transfer product.  She demonstrated it on tea towels and it was amazing how well it worked. She also said that it works on … [Read more...]

Chicken Wire Message Board

While I had my chicken wire at the ready, after just finishing this little $5 thrift store cabinet, I threw together this quick and easy chicken wire message board: I  used my staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the inside of the frame. This is certainly not a new concept, but I just can't get over the before and after on this one and had to share. Here is what it looked like before: I dragged this painting home from a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It cost me all of … [Read more...]

Chicken Wire Isn’t Just for Chickens

Chicken wire isn't just for chickens, but of course you are so smart...you already knew that!  Today I'm sharing a quick little redo on a cabinet I found at the thrift store for five dollars. I started with this $5 thrift store beauty: And here is her beauty shot: I snatched this right up and was so excited to show my mom (who was with me at the time), but she raised her nostril so high (not a good sign, I can assure you), that I almost put it back. Almost. But I had faith. (By … [Read more...]

Back Yard Makeover…One Year Later

  Hello my beautiful friends! After many many days of rainy,  gloomy weather, I was finally able to get outside this week and take some pictures of my back yard in the sunshine! We completed our back yard makeover in July of last year. I shared it this Spring and got a ton of positive feedback, which was awesome after all our hard work!  I think that's probably due in part, to the hideous before comparison. What a difference!! Today I'm going to show you the "before", then … [Read more...]

Deck Makeover

I know that sometimes all you see is the pretty. Well get ready for some ugly...really ugly... This is how our deck looked before I finally got out there and cleaned it up! Seriously, how does it end up like this? No...take it all in: peeling deck paint; cardboard from spray paint project (from months ago); nasty, dirty, faded cushion covers; green growth on the deck; and do you want to know what has been driving me crazy since we reclaimed our back yard? That weird deck … [Read more...]

Dressing Table Makeover

This is the story of one of my latest estate sale finds.  This particular estate sale had a lot of goodies, but it was a bit pricey.  That is until we made  it to the garage and found this little baby ( I think the men were in charge of pricing everything in the garage!), and a beautiful side table my mom purchased for $20. Here is the before: I love the lines of it and I think it's really pretty just as it is, although it looks better in the picture than it does in real life. I … [Read more...]

Front Yard Makeover One Year Later

It's been a little over a year since we completely overhauled our front yard.   I found that nature can be a fickle thing. As much detail as I put into selecting  just the right plants for just the right spot... ... and made sure that I had odd numbers for aesthetic value,   Nature took it's own course... ...and  I'm ok with it.  Instead of the expected 24" in diameter, I got 36". Instead of my original perfect grouping of three, I now have  many pairs, with one being … [Read more...]

Desk Chair Makeover

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen the hint I gave about what I was working on yesterday, while the rainy weather had me confined to the house: This arm belongs to this chair:   I found this chair at the thrift store for $40.  You may be looking at  it and wondering why on earth I dragged this home for $40?  It is without a doubt, the most comfortable and supportive desk chair my behind and I have ever experienced.  It had to come home with me. When I got … [Read more...]