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wing chair drop cloth slipcovers

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I try not to get too engrossed in my blog analytics and all of the numbers, but it's interesting sometimes to check them out...see what's popular and what is most often pinned.  One trend I've noticed is that my readers loved my drop cloth projects.  I still get questions about which ones I use and how I bleached them.  Well, I thought I would give an update on my pair of wing chairs that I  (read more …)

2014 Home Changes

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As 2014 is winding down, I've been thinking about everything that's happened over the past year.  I started looking through posts and pictures and enjoyed seeing all of the things I've done, the places I've been and the projects that were completed.  I figured I'd write a few posts sharing the highlights...my favorites and your favorites.  Let's start with my house. What struck me as I looked  (read more …)

When being a DIYer prevents you from getting something done…

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If you read the title and you're a DIYer, you know what I'm talking about.  Most of us have wish lists waiting to be completed and piles of supplies waiting to be turned into that finished project we've been dreaming about.  There are times when those lists and piles are too overwhelming and I would just rather get sucked into a show on Netflix and pitter about on Pinterest.  Then, there are times  (read more …)

Christmas decorating | family room

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I am not detail oriented when it comes to picking out a Christmas tree.  I figure one is just about as good as the next, so I don't angst over it.  I had the guy at the tree farm hold out one and it was clear that the bottom was a bit mangled, so I asked if he could show me another one.  He lifted it up and gave it a turn to fluff the branches.  Jeff was standing behind me and the boys were  (read more …)

Christmas decorating | master bedroom

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I bought some greenery over the weekend (and clipped some from obliging trees as well) and we picked up the Parsons' family Christmas tree yesterday.  The intention was to have it all decorated by the evening, but that didn't happen.  As soon as we got the tree in the room, I realized it was the largest tree we've ever had.  The diameter at the base is almost six feet and it is very full!  We had  (read more …)

tips on sanding floors

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This is my second time refinishing floors and I learned a lot through my errors the first go-around.   Since scooting around on diaper boxes to wipe up excess stain (you can read about those antics HERE), I have learned a lot about finishing wood and have done a lot of reading on sanding and finishing floors specifically.  There are so many ways to approach it...everything from sanding an entire  (read more …)

the sanded floors

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This weekend, we finally took the plunge and sanded down our floors.  I've been wanting to for a long time...well, and not wanting to at the same time.  It's a total pain.  It's messy and it's really hard work, but I got it in my mind that I really wanted it done before decorating for Christmas and then closing out 2014 and Jeff went along with it. In case you haven't seen them before, this is  (read more …)

there’s no turning back now…

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Thursday morning I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to get a head-start on sanding the floors.  I've had refinishing them on my to-do list for over a year now, but it is a very not-fun, messy job and I've been putting it off and delaying and procrastinating.  I've been on a mission of late to get things in the house finished, so it's time to tackle the floors.  I want to get them done before  (read more …)