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Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Paint Finish

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I'm often asked by readers and customers how to recreate a specific look they like on an inspiration piece.  So, when Jeff and I built a trunk-style coffee table for HGTV.com, one inspired by a Pottery Barn trunk, I decided to try to replicate the finish as well. I came up with a look that's pretty darn close, so I thought I would share how I achieved it... Here's the inspiration coffee table  (read more …)

painting tips that could save you $1000

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Catchy title for a post, isn't it?  You'll see why once you get to the bottom... I have done a lot of painting over the years...every wall, ceiling, piece of trim and cabinetry in my current house AND previous house.  Some rooms have been painted multiple times.  And I've helped a lot of friends and family paint their rooms. Not to mention all of the furniture... I know how to give a brush a  (read more …)

aging terra cotta pots

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There are some people who like things shiny and new.  They want to be the first person to own something.  They like the smell of a car with 32 miles on it.  They want their furniture to be delivered, tags still attached. I am just not one of those people. Unless we're talking about electronics, mattresses or toilets, I want things in my home that have the patina that only comes with time. Or a  (read more …)

step-by-step dresser makeover

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Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback on my very first MMS Milk Paint "commercial".  It was so fun to put together and I was proud of it, but your comments were a confirmation, so thanks! The bar has been set for the second one! Today, I thought I would share more about the dresser makeover and how we made the commercial.   I was always planning to paint the dresser in Mustard  (read more …)

how to sew a zipper closure on a box cushion

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We've been chatting about sewing lately and I have something to confess.  Zippers terrified me for years.  Well, maybe not terrified, but I thought they were too complicated and I avoided and side-stepped them.  I just made envelope closures on the underside of cushions.  And they're usually held together by safety pins. Yeah.  If you flip over the cushions of my pretty French bergere chairs in  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one who is scared to sew

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This time of reassessing my business and blog has been so rejuvenating for me.  I find myself flooded with ideas, anxious to create, bubbling to write...almost to the point of being overwhelmed by it.  It's like my ideas are little children who keep interrupting one another and I have to tell them to pipe down and wait their turn.  So, I'm making lots of lists and trying to shape them into a plan  (read more …)

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

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I've been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it's finally starting to come together.  I know I'm not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that's life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle - I made new cushions for the vintage iron armchairs my mom passed along to  (read more …)

hemp sheet slipcovers

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One project that's been on my to-do list for a couple of years was making new slipcovers for the wing chairs in the family room.  When things linger on a list that long, it's because I don't really want to do them.  I know how to make slipcovers and I love the results, but I make them out of thriftiness, not out of a zest for making slipcovers.  I usually do my slipcovering and upholstery in  (read more …)