We all love “the look.” We all want “the look.” You know the one…you open the Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs catalog and want every room in your home to look like that! The angels are singing, your heart is palpitating and then BAM….you see the price and go into a state of sticker shock. If you are like me, your wheels are constantly turning trying […]
Sometimes I just can’t believe what people throw away. Here’s what I rescued from the side of the road today: A beautiful antique chair…such an easy project! It’s in great shape. Just needs a little paint and new fabric. I can’t believe they just threw it out. An antique carpenter’s tool caddy…gray with chippy paint. How pretty will this be on a coffee table full […]
Usually I don’t thrift on Fridays because there isn’t a lot to choose from. Today I was right next to Goodwill and just ran in to see if they had any goodies. Boy, did they! Here’s what I found: 3 enamel canisters, 1 enamel utensil holder (new), 2 LeCreuset pots (the larger one was 5.99 and the smaller was 3.99), 3 plate stands, a globe, 2 […]
There is nothing prettier than a collection of plates hanging on the wall. It’s such an easy way to add charm to any room in the house. The only problem for me with hanging plates is the horrible plate hangers. They make that awful nails-on-a-chalkboard sound as they sccrrrrraaaaaappppeeee across the edge of the plate. Or the spring stretches so tight if you let go […]
Old wooden ladders waiting for trash pickup day always seem to find their way into my car and home with me. Yesterday on the way to my son’s football practice, this cute wooden ladder was laying by the curb for trash pickup. So after I took him to practice (my kids think it’s mortifying when I pick stuff up from the side of the road) […]
First day of 11th grade, 7th grade and 6th grade for my kids…
I have a white french provincial dresser in my office. It was a lucky find one day while thrifting. I spotted it around back at the donation drop-off. When I got inside I asked about it and the sales person said that they were inundated with furniture so for ten bucks it was mine! It is in great shape except for one of the pulls […]
I love furniture. I love sanding it, priming it (ok not really), painting it, staining it, distressing it, changing the hardware…basically everything about it. I love the transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. As much as I love the “after” pieces of furniture, I never really have any problem selling them. I just don’t get attached. But every once in a while I find a […]
Chairs are one of my favorite things to re-do. It is virtually instant gratification. The transformation is usually astounding because a coat of paint and fresh fabric can completely change the look. Sure, paint does it’s part but fabric kicks it up a notch. A yard of pretty fabric is all it takes to give a major facelift. I found these harp chairs at different […]
September is here! Time for back to school. Last night I whipped up these super easy wreaths for our front doors to get us into the back-to-school spirit. Actually, I’m not looking forward to my kids going to back to school. I like the lazy, unscheduled days of summer. Plus, I really just enjoy hanging out with my kids. They are at such fun ages […]
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