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diy: painting stripes

diy: painting stripes

I’m working on a nursery for a first-time mommy-to-be, who has a small niche off her master bedroom.  The room is small-10 feet by 10 feet-and so, instead of cramming a bunch of small pieces of furniture and accessories everywhere, I started by adding some visual interest to draw the eye upward and painted stripes…

DIY: grid gallery wall

DIY: grid gallery wall

Decorating a large expanse of wall or even one with a vaulted ceiling used to frustrate the heck out of me, but I quickly learned there is power in numbers.  A gallery wall of your favorite photos or artwork hung in a grid pattern packs a huge visual punch and makes a beautiful display. Remember…

DIY: distressed baby letters

DIY: distressed baby letters

This past weekend we threw a shower in honor of my best friend, who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first baby in eight weeks.  I wanted to make something to sit on the table with the invitation that could also be used in the nursery.  Since the parents-to-be are not finding out the sex of…

DIY: “zinc” mirror

DIY: “zinc” mirror

There’s something about crusty old zinc mirrors that stop me in my tracks.  The price tag, on the other hand, does not.  So I decided to try my hand at reinventing a wooden mirror I got at World Market a few years ago (to sit on my fireplace just until my wooden sunburst mirror from…

DIY: nautical rope doorstop

DIY: nautical rope doorstop

Another advantage of being married to a Marine is that mine knows how to tie an inordinate amount of knots.  Normally, that doesn’t come in handy except for that one day I decide I want to make my own nautical rope doorstop and then I become giddy like a schoolgirl!  This knot is called the…

DIY: whitewashed furniture

DIY: whitewashed furniture

I have long been a fan of whitewashed furniture; I think it gives some pieces character that you just can’t obtain with a regular painted or stained finish.  So, when I scored two oak pedestal tables for $19 a piece at my local Habitat for Humanity store during one of their 50% off sales, I…

DIY: aged terra cotta pots

DIY: aged terra cotta pots

Get the look of aged terra cotta pots in less than 30 minutes!

DIY: burlap-covered vases

DIY: burlap-covered vases

Flipping through the March issue of Coastal Living, I fell in love with these bleached burlap-covered vases from Aero Home: I got to thinking how easy it would be to make similar ones myself instead of paying upwards of $50 for the ones featured above.  This project cost me $0 because I had all the items I needed…

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DIY: envelope pillow cases

Have you ever wandered through a fabric store, admiring all the beautiful prints, patterns and textures when one in particular stops you in your tracks?  You wrack your brain, trying to figure out what you could recover in your house just so you can purchase a few yards, only to remember you aren’t so handy…