DIY Potting Bench, Toy Box Not Included

I’m a sucker for sentimental home decor. In fact, a lot of my furniture was passed down to me from family which I’ve enjoyed reusing and repurposing in my own home. One such piece was my husband’s childhood toy box. When Matt’s Dad offered it to me, I gladly took it. It has served us as kitchen […]

DIY Accent Chair Reupholster and Chalky Paint Makeover

When I saw the outdated chair listed in an online selling group, I saw past the orange toned wood and blue moire fabric to the lovely shape and lines. And, I knew that a little paint and new fabric would take care of the rest. So, I met the owner, loaded the chair into the […]

DIY French Wicker Laundry Basket

I hadn’t planned on it. I thought maybe I’d use the quiet of the night to write, or read. But, then I walked into the laundry room and decided that I couldn’t stand it any longer. So, at 12:30 a.m. I poured the laundry detergent, stain fighter, fabric softener and borax into the pretty glass […]

Coral Reef: Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

  When I first saw the Sherwin-Williams color of the year, I thought it was gorgeous and a perfect complement to my existing color palette. So, I kept trying to think of a way to incorporate it into my home. Inspired by the splashes of pink I’ve been seeing in home decor lately, I finally […]

DIY Winter Vase Arrangement

  I was reading someone’s blog the other day (I don’t remember whose), and the blogger said something about “winter without Christmas.” I knew exactly what she meant; those cold, dreary, long days after the holidays, feeling like winter has nothing left to offer.     I was thinking about that, processing my feelings about the […]

Diy Floral Arrangements

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Before I burnt the spaghetti sauce, and before my guests were greeted by my unshowered, mascara smeared, paint-covered sweatshirt and cut-off jeans self,  there was this moment… a beautiful, garden-inspired moment, kindred to Thelma A. Meyer, the inspiration behind Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®  who I’m proud to partner with today.     The cold air was invigorating […]

DIY Decorative Throw Pillows

Indecision.  When it comes to home decor, I am sometimes plagued by indecision; spending hours, days, even weeks trying to decide. What if I don’t like it? What if I change my mind? The fear of making a mistake is bigger in our minds than it is in reality. Choosing pillow fabric from Online Fabric […]

200+ Ways to Paint Anything

Yesterday, we left off with a pile of clutter and 4 boxes. As you sort through your belongings, ask yourself these questions:   1) Can I use this in another room? 2) Can this be repurposed? 3) Would I like it better painted?   You would be amazed at how a little paint can transform […]

Desk Chair Makeover, Inspired by Ballard Designs

    It was just a plain, basic desk chair.  Gray and drab. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind, but it served a purpose.  So, I kept it. At some point, I decided to put a green pillow case over the chair back to make it look more colorful. When that didn’t work, I […]

Diy Curtain Rod and No Sew Valance

  DIY… is a way of life. It’s born out of a need to create,   and is a necessary means to an end.     Which is why I often find myself inventing things, this  DIY Mirrored Nightstand being one of my latest projects.   You learn to improvise, and use what you have.   Like […]

How to Color Wash with Chalky Finish Paint

  This post is sponsored by Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint.  All opinions about mysterious garages and little, yellow stools are completely my own.    When I was little, Nonna’s garage was mysterious and unknown.  I knew that she ran her antique and junk shop out of her garage and that eventually, she bought a […]

From Discarded to Divine: a DIY Mirrored Nightstand

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 stuck in the living room. Most recently it was my daughter’s nightstand, but once we […]

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Diy Subway Art

Paris Italy Germany, Ireland, Spain… They are all on my list of places to go. Just so happens, that my daughter has the same list.  Never doubt the influence you have on your kids…even as teenagers.         So when my daughter and I saw this subway art stencil in Michael’s the other […]

DIY Built-In Bookcases

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 […]

10 ways to repurpose a dresser

french country decor, breakfast room decor, home decor

My parents will be here in just a little while, and I can’t wait to hear what they think of the dresser makeover. In the meantime, I’d like to share 10 ways to repurpose a dresser. Please click on images before pinning.   ~Sideboard ~Sofa Table ~Foyer Table ~Vanity   ~Desk ~Changing Table ~Kitchen Island […]

How To: Paint Furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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, […]

The Cinderella Project: A Tale of a Furniture Makeover

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 […]

Staining the Front Door

Today I did something that I’ve been putting off for about four years.   Actually, I didn’t do it.  Tami from Curb Alert came to my rescue. Year after year, I watched as my front door deteriorated, losing it’s luster and deep mahogany color.  And every year I’d say to Mr. Hines, “We need to […]

Creative Wall Art for less

  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 […]

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

As you may recall, I’ve invited Laura from Inspiration For Moms  to be a monthly contributor here at Mrs. Hines’ Class.   She is back today with a Fall wreath that I know you’re going to love. But before we take a  look at the wreath, I just want to take a moment to tell you […]

How to Remove Wall Anchors and Patch Holes

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.   […]

The Dresser, The Buffet and the Media Console- 3 New Uses for a Dresser

Who knew that the very dresser from which I fetched a pair of panties for Nonna would end up in my home one day? I couldn’t have predicted the future of that dresser, serving as a buffet in my home, housing silverware and tablecloths and serving dishes.   I never imagined, as I stood at […]

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 […]

DIY Boxwood Topiary

I‘m inspired by nature. It calms me.  Maybe it’s the tranquil blues and greens, or the singing of birds, or the surprise of seeing fireflies dart through the trees. So magical! I find that bringing those natural elements indoors provides a soothing atmosphere in my  home as well. I think that is why I’m so […]

11 Practical Tips for the DIY Painter

Everyone has to start somewhere.  I remember the first time that I picked up a paint roller.  As I rolled the soft lavender paint over  my then two-year-old little girl’s new bedroom, I was amazed at how simple it was.  My confidence grew with each purple patch of wall that was completed. Since that day, […]

How to Install a Light Fixture

home decor, DIY, Lamps Plus, decorative lighting, pendant light, light fixture

I waited two looonnng weeks before we installed the new Possini White Flower light fixture from Lamps Plus in the teen lounge.   I had a general knowledge of how to install a light fixture, but I didn’t have the confidence to do it myself.   So, we asked a friend for some help. Be […]

DIY Weekly Planner

My mind has been cluttered with reminders, questions, doubts and to-do lists.  One sure-fire way to clear your mind is to write it all down, in no particular order, just write it down. Clearing your mind is the first step to successful time management. Once you’ve done that you can break the list down into tasks […]

DIY Christmas Ornaments and Decor

NYC, rockefeller center, Christmas tree, holidays, New York

After our whirlwind weekend in New York City, I planned to take it easy yesterday.  But, once I got up out of bed, the day just sort of took a turn all its own. As soon as  I noticed the sun shining through the clouds of gray, I put on some flip-flops (it was in […]

We Gather Together for Thanksgiving Traditions N-S-E-W

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends the other night.  My favorite part is the visiting and fellowship.  There’s something about “breaking bread” together that bonds people together.  A relationship can quickly go from acquaintances to friends over the course of a dinner conversation. Tonight’s dinner conversation led to tales of  “the first thanksgiving with […]

Thanksgiving Traditions N-S-E-W Continues at Three Mango Seeds

We’re headed to the Midwest to visit Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds for the last stop in our Traditions N-S-E-W Thanksgiving party.  Clydia is showing us her front porch fall decor, just in time for welcoming guests on Thanksgiving Day. It has been so much fun seeing traditions from across the US and Canada.  And […]

“A Homemade Thanksgiving”: Decorating With Natural Elements

pumpkins, greenery, centerpiece, DIY, craft, home decor, Thanksgiving

What a thrilling opportunity it was to “hangout” with Ann Drake from On Sutton Place and Jane Windham from Cottage at the Crossroads! We joined together for a Google+ Hangout on Air and shared ideas for incorporating natural elements in your home decor, particularly for Thanksgiving. Ann shared a beautiful slide show of inspiration and […]

How to Turn a Sheet Set into Curtains

curtains, sheet set, no sew, valance, roman shade, panels, french country, breakfast room, window treatment

Scene 1: Why purple? Looking at the breakfast room window my daughter asked, “Mom, is that my sheet?”  “Um, yes.  It is. What do you think of the purple?  Is it too dark?” I hesitated to ask. “Why purple, Mom?  What does it go with?” “Nothing.  I was just trying it out.” Scene 2: Daughter […]

D.I.Y. Framing for Art

Frame your own art Need to frame your d.i.y. art?  Here are the step by step directions.   1) Use an open back frame you have around the house or purchase one.   {source} 2) Lay the frame face down and place your art inside; also face down. 3) Attach framing clips around the artwork […]

Installing Cabinet Hardware Tutorial

cabinet hardware, antique copper hardware, kitchen cabinet makeover

We’ve made a litte progress since I last shared my plans for the kitchen. Here’s a sneak peek of the new cabinet hardware.

show & tell features

Let’s take a look at some of the projects that were linked up at Show & Tell last week. Lorraine’s urn looks every bit as chic as the Ballard’s inspiration. I love that she was able to get the Ballard’s look without paying the Ballard’s price! Diddie’s vintage bed re-do is every bit as pretty […]