DIY Fire Place Upgrade

So as some of you may know, our house burnt down a few months ago.  When we were on the hunt for a place to rent during the rebuild, it was almost impossible to find something!  Luckily we have amazing friends…  One friend offered us his townhouse, on one condition, that we paint the walls and do some minor upgrades so he can sell when we move out! Well this is right up my alley.  I would probably go nuts if we rented a place that wouldn’t allow me to paint!

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Chalk Paint Coffee Table

As you may know, I am always on the hunt for a good deal.  One day I came across a solid wood coffee table on a bid wars site!  But it was way too orange for my taste.  So I picked up this table for $7.00!  I remember I had a bunch of other pick ups that day, my car was jammed packed!  With my 1 year old in the car at the time too.  The lady probably thought I was crazy. NOTE: my daughter was safe while I transported all goods 😉

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My Cousin, My Best Friend

I consider myself to be a very lucky person, a huge part of that is due to my cousin, Michelle.  From the day I was born, she has been there.  We are only 9 months apart you see, and our mothers are sister-in-laws.  We grew up together.  Everything we did, we did together.  She is more then just my cousin, she is like a sister, and my best friend.

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DIY Wood Slab Table

Remember, Sharing is Caring.  Wood is such a beautiful thing.  I do prefer wood in nature, untouched and uncut.  But even cut wood is one of my favorite mediums to decorate with.

My friend had given me this cut slab of a beautiful piece of wood.  I knew right away I wanted to turn it into a side table either for the bedroom or living room.  If you are fortunate to come across a piece of wood like this, this is how you can refinish it to look like the magazines!

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Stir Stick Accent Art Piece

So you may remember my stir stick headboard that I created.  Remember I said I kept all the cut ends and would eventually find a use for them?  Well I did!  Sometimes my hoarding pays off 😉  Here is a quick, inexpensive way to create a beautiful art piece for any room in your home!

Remember, Sharing is Caring.

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Stir Stick Herringbone Head Board

Herringbone!   This is one of my favorite patterns.  I just love it, it’s unique and a classic.  I’ve always known I wanted a herringbone headboard.  I was just waiting for the right room to have one, and finding the right supplies.  And I did!  All for under $20 too!  Can you believe it?!

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Ombre Love – Learn to do this yourself!

So as you may have read in my earlier post, our home had burnt down!  We are currently staying in a temporary townhouse while our house is being rebuilt.  Now I get to decorate this place and then soon our brand new home! I am starting with our daughter’s room.

I went into a couple thrift stores just hoping to find a project I could work on at work.  I was just waiting for inspiration to hit me! And it did, for a total of $24.00!

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Sofa table upgrade! Learn to do this yourself

One day my little family and I were just driving up to our house when two doors down, I spotted a piece of furniture!  It had my favorite word on it too, free!  My hubby could tell my excitement and right away say no.  Our house was beginning to look like a furniture store with all the projects on the go.  At that time I think I had about 15 project pieces and a few upgrades to current furniture pieces on the go.  And we had a small house.

I finally convinced him that this piece would only take me a couple days and when I was through with it, it would sell in no time!  We also made a deal that I wouldn’t nag him about his golf day he wanted to have the next day.  Little does he know I didn’t care about him golfing and love it when he can get out and do things he loves!  But I put up a bit of a fight anyways just to ensure I could get the piece 😉   We walked down and grabbed the sofa table.

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Here’s the second play kitchen I’ve made for our daughter!

So last year for our daughters first birthday, I turned an old entertainment unit into a play kitchen for her!  Then our house was burnt down and it was lost.  But she loved playing with it, it was one of her favorite things!  And now in our temporary house while ours is being rebuilt, we don’t have a lot of space, so the Ikea Duktig play kitchen is the perfect size!  But boy oh boy was it ever boring in my eyes.  So I decided to spice it up!

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Mid Century Side Tables UPDO

So, in the beautiful town I live in, once a year there is something called “Spring Clean Up” or “Free Dump Week”  This is my, and all furniture refinishers and crafters favorite time of year!  Everyone can put anything they want out for garbage pick up.  Now most people, like myself, put out items that I know others may want or need.  You may think it’s a little weird to have people rummaging through your garbage, but its a great way to recycle!  Anything that I put out that didn’t get picked up by my fellow garbage pickers, I would actually bring back in the house and donate to the thrift store soon after, so its not all going in the landfill 🙂

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