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Master Bedroom Reveal

 Today was the due date for all of my bedroom project tutorials for HGTV.com, so I spent the morning taking the "beauty shots" for those articles.  They will be available on HGTV.com in a few weeks and I will link to them when they are live. Here's how the room looks now...    Here are some makeovers featured in the room... My $25 yard sale side table before...  ...and  (read more …)

First Painted Nightstand Reveal

 Those who have missed my furniture makeovers lately are going to enjoy this post!  There's a lot more furniture painting around with corner with the Lucketts Antique Market fast approaching, but one of my freelance articles was to show a specialty paint technique on a pair of nightstands.  Right up my alley!  And it just so happened I wanted to paint the nightstands in my master bedroom. Here's  (read more …)

Ruched Shams & Crown Molding

Two more projects are checked off the list.  The first one I finished yesterday was a set of pillow shams.  My editor asked for something Pottery-Barn-ish.  I checked out their site for some ideas and kept coming back to these... source So, I did a little figuring and came up with these...   The PB version is $39/sham.  My version costs about $10 for both.  A tutorial  (read more …)

Grain Sack Chair

I'm still plowing through my list of freelance articles (all 30 of them), so today I worked on a tutorial showing how to reupholster a small armchair.  See that yellow French chair under the window?  That was my subject.    It took a couple of hours to get her all stripped down and ready for a nice new look.  I decided to leave the wood frame as it was.  It was a pretty, dark wood and  (read more …)

Choosing Grout & Hanging Drapes

I received a few opinions on the grout choice for my kitchen back splash and it made me take a look at my choice again.  I do read your comments and take them to heart.  I had bought gray grout, but the more I thought about it, the more I was unsure about the gray.  Finally, I read a comment from a reader who suggested I test it out on a small section of tile.  Duh.     I put a  (read more …)