simple tips to refresh your home for spring

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Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring this post.     As the days grow longer and the air turns warmer, I've found myself nesting: flitting around the house fluffing pillows,     tucking apples into a vase,   setting the birdcage in the foyer,   giving the ceramic bird a new home on the … [Read more...]



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DIY built-in bookcases

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I was on a mission to get my husband's and daughter's school books off of my dining room table. The bookcases would have to be narrow...no more than 12 inches deep. And I wanted a built-in look without the built-in price. I set my budget for $60 and then searched the online classifieds. It took a few months before I finally found what I was … [Read more...]



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black is the new black: a furniture makeover

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  Dad studied the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs coloring sheet that I'd colored earlier that day. "Look at how she colored in the lines," Mom said.    "And the colors she chose," mom continued. My parents were so proud.  Dad had one pointer though, "The only thing that would have made it better is if you'd outlined everything in … [Read more...]



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15+ Amazing Furniture Makeovers

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I don't know about you, but December 26th is the day all of the Christmas decor comes down.  It used to be that I thought my house felt so bare afterwards, but now I welcome the clean slate.  Well, empty slate would be more accurate since the house isn't clean.   Either way, it's a chance for a fresh start. Speaking of fresh starts, today some … [Read more...]



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Sensibly Chic: Creating Designer Looks for Less

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It finally happened! The coffee table makeover that has been two years in the waiting, finally happened. First is was indecision... paint it? keep it? sell it? I originally bought it to fix up and sell. But in one of my midnight decorating frenzies, I brought it in from the garage...just to test it out in the living room. It's been back … [Read more...]



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How To: paint furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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Not only did I break out of my comfort zone by painting my mom's dresser, but I tried a new-to-me paint; chalk paint. I've heard so much about it over the past couple of years and was intrigued by the idea of no sanding or priming, my least favorite things about painting furniture.   So today, I'm going to show you how to paint furniture with … [Read more...]



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the cinderella project: a tale of a furniture makeover

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I loved the maple wood, but I could just see the dresser painted. I could see how beautiful it would be: how a coat of paint would not only transform the tired, old dresser, but the living room too.  So, with careful consideration I chose Annie Sloan's Chateau Gray. After two coats of paint, I decided to take a break and look up the history … [Read more...]



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Creative Wall Art for less

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  Hey Friends! I have some exciting news to share with you.  I've been keeping this under wraps for months now, and am so thrilled to be able to finally reveal that I was filmed for a DIY segment with ABC. If you are visiting from Live Well Network/ ABC, WELCOME!   ABC came to my house this past Spring, set up their cameras, … [Read more...]



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How to Remove Wall Anchors and Patch Holes

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It was long overdue, but I finally went through the house and pulled out the wall anchors that had been left behind after removing pictures and towel bars and the like.   I used to just tap them into the wall as is.  But, sometimes the heads on the anchors made a big hole.   After a little research, I learned the trick for … [Read more...]



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DIY Fern and Moss Terrarium

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to introduce you to a special guest.  Her blog  is filled with  creativity and inspiration.  The more I delved into her writing, the more I thought, "She's a perfect fit for Mrs. Hines' Class."    So, I asked her to be a monthly contributor. And if you like terrariums, you're going to love her tutorial for a DIY … [Read more...]



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