the only daily planner that works

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  When I was a newlywed and new mother, I pored over Emily Barnes' books, and following her advice, I created budget ledgers, and chore charts and shopping lists and address books... Now, not so much.   One thing I've discovered over the years is that my life doesn't fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created … [Read more...]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   Remember the nightstand that never quite had a home?  The one that is part of the same bedroom suite as the dresser turned media console? It had a brief life as a media console, then a printer stand, until I … [Read more...]

an important lesson in furniture painting

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  I would get so nervous before a softball game that I'd pray for a rain out, but the rain didn't come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, "play ball!" Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I hoped for a rain out. I have never painted furniture for … [Read more...]

fortunatley, unfortunately: a teen bedroom makeover

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  Stages. Everything in our house is done in stages, spread very far apart.  And so it goes with this teen bedroom makeover. Fortunately, we chose new paint colors, and, unfortunately, painted big sample squares on the wall that we stared at for weeks. Fortunately, we bought a full-sized mattress to replace the twin. … [Read more...]

it was just right: the tale of a furniture makeover

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  It's been four years since I first saw the image of the blue bench in Veranda magazine. It was love at first sight, and I've been looking for just the right piece to paint ever since. I first tried painting my husband's childhood toy box with  some leftover blue paint in my garage, but it was too light. Then I painted an accent … [Read more...]

4 creative jewelry organizers

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I love accessories.   Scarves, belts, shoes and especially jewelry.    My everyday look is earrings, studs or hoops, and a bracelet or two. I love stacking bracelets. On dressier occasions, I ditch the dangly earrings for studs and wear a statement necklace.   Statement necklaces make me feel so sophisticated. But where is a jewelry … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]