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    July 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Pallet Headboard

    Photo from Pallet Furniture DIY


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    July 14, 2014
    Spray Paint Surface Info

    Spray paint is my favorite way to paint- it’s fast, it’s cheaper if you have less space to cover, and there’s less mess if you know what you’re doing. Plus…. you can spray paint just about anything- furniture, thrift store finds- anything you want to give new life to (as long as you can get it outside! Never spray paint indoors.) Check out this post by Virginia at Live Love DIY for more spray paint information:

    Spray paint is super versatile and can be used on tons of different surfaces, for example: wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, masonry, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, MDF, laminate, and particle board. 

    You can use spray paint on most items used for decorative purposes, but it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that comes into contact with food or beverages. 

    Photo Credit: Daniel Naish 


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    July 11, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: A New Use For Chalkboard Paint
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    This shows how to create a distressed/ shabby chic look on furniture using chalk paint. I also love the idea of painting the insides of the drawers an unexpected color!


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    July 9, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Stylish Basement Entrance

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    July 2, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fireplace Bath. Um, yes.

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    June 30, 2014
    Fixing Broken Cement Steps

    I’ll admit it- I know next to nothing about cement. It’s uh, a rock? You build stuff with it? Sometimes it’s wet? It’s gray? That is literally all I know about the stuff. Naturally, if a cement structure on my property suddenly crumbled, I’d have no idea where to begin. Unfortunately, it happens- especially to cement stone steps. Crumbling stairs look bad, bring down your curb appeal, and, worst of all, can be a serious safety hazard. It’s best to get it fixed ASAP. If you have broken cement stairs, check out this super easy tutorial by Jeff at Home Repair Tutor. It’s super user friendly, and has lots of helpful photos.

    Photo Credit: Shannon Kringen 


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    June 27, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Nail Polish Rack
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    I LOVE this! It would make my life so much more organized.


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    June 25, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Illuminated Bookshelves

    Photo from Clipzine 


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    June 19, 2014
    Painting Over Paneling

    Growing up, my grandfather’s house was COVERED, wall-to-wall, with wood paneling. Personally, I liked it. He had a cabin in the country, and it always felt very cozy there, and it brings back some great memories just thinking about it. But, if you are not someone’s grandpa with a country cottage, wood paneling is probably not the look you’re going for. It’s honestly a bit dated (although I’m sure there are ways to make it work). One way to “get rid” of it without completely gutting it is to simply paint over the paneling. Check out this guide by Angie at Postcards From The Ridge for an extremely in depth tutorial:

    -The first thing to do is evaluate the type of paneling that you have.  Is it textured or smooth?  Glossy or flat/matte?  This will be important in determining the right primer to purchase.  

    -Before you prime it, clean it.

    -Once you’ve cleaned, caulked, and allowed the caulk to dry, then you’re ready to prime. 

    -After the primer dries, you’re ready to paint the paneling.  

    Photo Credit: Texture X 


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    June 18, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Bottom Of Stairs Bench

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