Going to SNAP!

Going to SNAP!

updates on everything

updates on everything

HGTV.com Photoshoots

HGTV.com Photoshoots

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

Christmas in April

Christmas in April

Furniture Feature Friday – A Link Party


Well, I'm in beautiful Monument, Colorado tonight, so I'm not picking favorites. There's no reason that you can't share your new furniture projects, though!  Enjoy the party!  :) Here are the rules for our furniture get-together... 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please...just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it's not because I'm mean, it's because … [Read more...]

milk paint over oil

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A common question I've been getting lately is, "Can you paint milk paint over other painted finishes?"   Yes, you can!   This little dresser has been hanging around in my basement for a while and, after selling some other pieces, I was forced to work on it.  The delay wasn't because I didn't like the piece, but because the drawer bottoms were jacked up and needed to be replaced.  Pieces … [Read more...]

StyleScope, Taniya Nayak & Shopping at HomeGoods

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I remember when HomeGoods showed up near my house when we lived in Virginia.  I drove by and saw the sign and thought, I think I'm going to love that store.  Sure enough, when I first walked through the doors, that thought was confirmed.  Linens, dishes, pots and pans, bedding, furniture, rugs, accessories...all under one roof.  It was like the home section of Marshall's and TJMaxx, but huge.  So, … [Read more...]

from box to bag & decorating for Thanksgiving

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For those of you who aren't aware, I have never developed a product line before the whole milk paint thing took off.  I'm a total newbie, flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants through this adventure.  When it became clear that I was actually going to have my own line of milk paint, I started to daydream about what kind of packaging I wanted.  I pictured a box right from the start.  First of all, I don't … [Read more...]

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 burlapfabric.com 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 burlapfabric.com 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...]

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