Creative Ideas

Dark Glaze Faux Finish

Recently, I showed you how I faux finished two large cabinets in a white glaze. I got on a glazing roll and did some other furniture. This time, dark wood grain glaze. I have a set of end tables and lamps that we received as a wedding gift in 1989, and I decided it was time to update. Besides, the finish was in rough shape. I think it looks a lot better on this picture that it did in person. The lamp has a brassy base that has become discolored. Again, making it look outdated. There are faded and worn […]

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Finishing Touches For Cabinet Makeover

When I finished the cabinet makeover, I decided that I needed to add a few more touches. After all, if the men who live in my home thought it was primed rather than glazed to perfection, guests might think the same. Although, I’m sure most of my guests will have more imagination than my sons. Anyway, I decided to make the cabinets match my faux fireplace.  So, I got out the stencils and stenciled the same design on the doors. There are 2 pieces to the stencil which gave flexibility to make it fit right.  But that wasn’t quite enough. […]

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Faux Finished in Whitewash

In one of my earlier What Would You Do? features, I posted pictures of some of my dated 80’s and 90’s furniture that I would like to update.  You gave me your terrific ideas and I took them all into consideration. It’s time to unveil the changes! In this first post, I’ll show you what I did with the two cabinets. They started out looking like this:  I thought the golden pine finish was a little bit dated, and I thought the pieces might be a little heavy for the room. I thought about making them dark like my TV […]

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The House that Cleans Itself

Spring Cleaning Help Does your house clean itself? Mine doesn’t. I hate cleaning house. Well, it isn’t that I really hate the actual cleaning part, but I hate that it gets dirty again so quickly. For example, recently I spent a good part of a day cleaning, doing laundry, and baking. Then my two boys arrived home from school along with three teen boy friends. Within thirty minutes, there were shoes by the back door, crumbs on the floor and the Better Homes and Gardens scene was over. Worse than keeping a house clean is keeping it organized. I consider […]

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How Do You Celebrate Craft Month?

March is National Craft Month. I know, sometimes the national months and days get out of hand. There is something on every day of the month. March includes a lot of other national celebrations too. For example it is: Irish American Month Music in Our Schools Month National Frozen Food Month National Nutrition Month National Peanut Month National Women’s History Month Poetry Month Red Cross Month Social Workers Month  I like to think of every month as National Craft Month, since I have way too many craft hobbies. However, it’s nice to have a reason to celebration something. So far, […]

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Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

Breaking the Clutter Habit If you had thirty minutes notice for unexpected company, how ready would your home be?  Would you have to conceal an embarrassing amount of clutter? I’m familiar with the mad clutter dash. I sweep the papers from the dining table into a laundry basket and stash it in any of four or five hiding places I would rather not reveal to my readers just in case any of you might be future house guests of mine.  Several days later when it’s time to pay the electric bill, I spread all the papers back out on the […]

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Painted Laminate Counter Top

The Tale of An Ugly Kitchen When I moved into my house, I inherited a pretty ugly lovely kitchen. There were mismatched counter tops on both sides and the older part was stained and warped.It was really blah. That was easy enough to fix, so I ordered new counter tops and my prince husband installed them for me. I took the doors off the ugly mismatched cabinet and made it my cooking area. But the room wasn’t finished yet. There was this other counter top that was part of a built in china cabinet /peek-through to the dining room. Replacing […]

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Inspiration From Other Bloggers

I just have to share some of the cool projects that I saw this week on the “I Did it Without My Hubby” blog tour at Shanty 2 Chic. Check out the blogs to see full descriptions and tutorials of these great trash to treasure projects. Gail at My Repurposed Life turned old windows into these awesome cabinets. Photo belongs to Gail Traci at Beneath My Heart made a clever towel rack for her bathroom from an old headboard. Photo belongs to Traci Over on Junk Fest, they’ve turned an old radiator into a classy beverage bar. Who knew? Check […]

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Light Bulb Snowmen

I’m back! I’ve recovered a good portion of my data from the hard drive crash and I’m getting things back on track. Thanks for your patience during my week off. Today, I want to introduce you to some chilly little recycled friends.  Light Bulb Snowmen Level of Difficulty: Complicated steps and materials Time: Not a short project because of dry time and detailed steps I taught a class on these cute little snowmen recently. I had found the idea on About.com and then modified it to fit my supplies. Well I modified it because I never follow directions. And, for […]

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Fall Pumpkin Decoration

T.P. Pumpkins My mom and some of her friends made these cute pumpkins for a ladies fall retreat and I thought I would show you how to make them. It’s an easy fall decoration that isn’t messy and you can even make these with kids. This project is not quite trash to treasure, since toilet paper isn’t considered trash until it is used. But I thought it was close enough to share with my readers. It’s a perfect way to use up some scraps of fabric too. What you need: Fabric square, at least 18×18 inches. I suggest calico or […]

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