Christmas in April

Christmas in April

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary


1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after

1800's Linen Dresser

…in the works the works

Removing Paint Pt 1 – A Video Tutorial

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I remember the first piece of furniture I purchased at a yard sale to refinish.  It was a small 1950's highboy that I scored for $10.  I slid it into the backseat of my car and couldn't wait to get it home to test out my DIY skills.  I had never refinished a piece of furniture, but I was pretty confident I could figure it out.  We lived in a tiny apartment, so I lugged the dresser onto our porch … [Read more...]

$75 giveaway

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 One of the cool things about the blog/DIY world is seeing things people make out of humble materials like burlap, cheese cloth and upholstery webbing.  If you like working with those materials, then is a perfect source for you.  If you need some convincing, here are some lovely things people have … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Favorites & Link Party


I hope you all enjoyed a food-and-family-filled Thanksgiving last Thursday.  I certainly did, but it's always nice to get back into a routine and FFF is a part of that.  Can't wait to see what you've all been up to!  Here are some favorites from two weeks ago... I love this bright green dresser by Kim at Reposhture Studio.  There's something beautiful and classic, yet a little spunky about … [Read more...]

True Value DIY Blog Squad Q & A

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I'm heading down to Lucketts today with my mom to drop off some things in my space and to do some shopping.  Really fun shopping that I'll tell you about later.  While on the road, though, I'll be taking full advantage of modern technology and will answer questions asked of me on the TrueValue FaceBook Page using my iPhone.  As most of you know, my specialty is paint, so feel free to ask questions … [Read more...]

magnolia necklace

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  Between stripping paint and refinishing a piece of furniture, cleaning the house a bit, tagging pieces for Lucketts and working on some freelance stuff, I did a little bit more Christmas decorating.  When we were in Raleigh, I trimmed a bunch of branches from my in-law's magnolia tree to use in my holiday decorating and photo shoots this year, so I felt inspired to work with some of them. … [Read more...]

Decorating for Christmas & a Giveaway

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Just a few years ago, I couldn't wait to decorate for Christmas.  I had to restrain myself until the day after Thanksgiving and then the tree was up and the halls were decked.  Now, my freelance writing has me decorating for Christmas in July and Thanksgiving in January and I don't feel quite as antsy to haul out all of the Christmas decor when it's actually Christmas.  Today, though, it started … [Read more...]

from two to one

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 I don't always get things right the first time when it comes to furniture makeovers.  I finished this piece, but it never sat right with me.  I didn't like the hardware and the finish wasn't my favorite.  I let it sit in my foyer for a few months until I decided to tackle it again.   The first thing that had to change was the hardware.  It's not bad, but just not right for this piece. … [Read more...]

Some of my favorites…

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

I don't know about you, but I'm a little freaked out that Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner and I'll have to get used to writing a new year on my checks in just a few weeks.  Ack!  Yikes.  Deep breath. Aside from things sneaking up on me a bit, I had a great Thanksgiving with my husband's family in Raleigh.  I also had the amazing opportunity to do two book … [Read more...]

Antique Farmhouse Giveaway!


***This giveaway is closed. *** Today being black Friday and the official start of Christmas shopping, I am bringing two awesome giveaways.  This one (which is second) is for a $50 gift credit to use at Antique Farmhouse for two winners!  Its a great place to shop for gifts or decorating pieces for your home.  I know the curators of this site personally and they always pick out great … [Read more...]

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

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***This giveaway is closed. *** I know everyone is in frenzied shopping mode today, so I thought I would share a couple of giveaways!  First, I am offering up the new Silhouette cutter - The Portrait, which is a smaller (and less expensive) version of the CAMEO. You can make all sorts of beautiful things with it.  Here are some ideas they have posted on their website...   I … [Read more...]

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