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Transformation Tuesday: Paneled Bedroom Makeover

I’ve been busy with a lot of transformation projects lately, and it’s time to share some with my readers. The biggest fall project has been transforming my son’s bedroom into a new master bedroom on a shoestring budget. Our son left for college several years ago and seldom is home, so he took a smaller room, and we moved into his old room, which was considerably larger than our 11 foot by 11 foot room.  The room had one big problem. It was paneled on all surfaces, including the ceiling. We considered drywalling, but didn’t really want to spend very […]

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Old Book Turned into a Pumpkin, Fall Decoration

Its What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday. What do you do with old books? Recently, I spoke for a women’s event and gave a presentation on trash to treasure decorating. Here’s a shout out to the women at Cornerstone Church in the Twin Cities! For a craft session, one creative gal taught us how to make a pumpkin from an old book. How fun! This one is made from an old hymnal. First, we ripped off the covers. That felt naughty. Then we started cutting the pages. Even naughtier. I had to cut a few pages at a time, but […]

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Transformation Tuesday: Lamp Makeover

Remember the What Would You Do Wednesday question a while back about the hanging lamp? I finally got around to doing something with it. My friend wanted help giving it a makeover, but the stipulation was that it had to stay a lamp. There were very good reasons for why she wanted to honor her mother-in-law for thinking of her in picking it up at a yard sale for her, but she also wanted to make it into something she liked. My job was to come up with something that would make her fall in love with it.I tried stripping […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 31: Hash Brown Experiment

I saw on Pinterest that I could make crispy hash browns in my waffle maker. Sounded like something I had to try. This photo on the Chow blog from a post titled “Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses” demonstrates how they ought to turn out. Emphasis on ought to. Mine didn’t work quite as well. But first, I have to admit that I’m running short of time at the end of the Pinterest Project and decided to use an experiment I conducted a while back. And I didn’t take pictures. So, I want you to close your eyes and imagine my waffle-maker. Now…Oh, […]

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The Pinterest Project, a Little Delay

I’m a couple of days behind in posting one the Pinterest Project. Tax preparation, a weekend away from home, and a writing deadline have all taken priority. I promised to deliver 31 days, so be ready for the final 7 projects coming very soon!Michelle

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A Creative Way to Hide Kitchen Clutter

I have a vintage table in my kitchen that is too small for our family to use for dining, but it’s perfect for extra work space. I know it doesn’t look vintage, but it’s part of a set that belonged to my great grandmother, so it’s been around for a little while. I’ve considered replacing it with a stainless steel utility card with storage underneath, since I need a place to stash the punch bowl and a few things I don’t use to often. But, I realized that a utility cart wouldn’t help reduce the cluttery look. And I like […]

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Upcycled Vintage Shutter – Seasonal Display Center

It’s Transformation Tuesday and I’ve had this shutter that I picked up at the Apron Chick’s Sale back in the spring. I hung it up on the wall as it was, waiting for inspiration to strike. Some of you gave me some fantastic ideas on What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday a while back. Someone suggested a memo center and someone else suggested a photo display.I tried out the photo idea first. I did sort of a fast version by printing some photos on my color laser printer to see if I liked it. My photos weren’t quite the right […]

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Country Wedding Style Mason Jars

This past summer, I was at a wedding dance that took place at an old barn. Surrounding the perimeter, the bride had placed Mason jars on stakes. It was a pretty upcycle of old jars. I didn’t get a good look at how they attached the jars to the stakes. It could be done with the raffia, or it could be done using a mini shepherds hook on each post and a wire handle on each jar.   Of course, as long as I was taking pictures, I had to take some close-ups of the flowers.  Mingling outside before going up […]

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Trash to Treasure Inspiration from Upscale Decorator

Feature article by Leslie Young on The Commercial Appeal:  Thrifty Decorator Furnishes House with Found Objects Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman — when it comes to a good bargain, that is. “I saw a bench on the side of the road in my neighborhood in Dallas, and it couldn’t fit in my car. I stuffed it in the back seat and couldn’t even close the door. I’m sure people were thinking, ‘What in the world is that crazy woman doing?’” said McWhorter, 67, of East Memphis.hat bench, spray-painted a different color and good as […]

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Steampunk: Trash to Treasure Becomes a Family Addiction

The trash to treasure addiction has begun to spread to the rest of the family! My son who is a high school student has an interest in welding. So earlier this year, he created this steampunk sculpture for a welding competition. He got to go all the way to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City this past summer.His sculpture involves different types of metal, thus different types of welds. I know nothing about welding, so he has me trumped in this department. I do however have a high appreciation for his skills.  I know the green doily just […]

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