Before & After: Ugly Chair Cushions Recovered

May 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Until we get a new kitchen table and chairs, we have to make do with our current ones which were given to us by our former roommates.  I am glad these ugly chair cushions can be re-covered quickly and easily.  Notice the gross paint drops from who knows what.

All you need is a screwdriver, a staple gun, fabric and something to help you remove the staples, like a flat head screwdriver. This is the fabric I chose.  I bought it at a thrift store and at first...

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Before & After: DIY Vintage Painting Headboard

April 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Right after we first moved into our house, our yard flooded into our neighbor's yard and garage.  Ben went over to introduce himself,  help clean up and apologize.  He returned with this painting. He said that she asked him if he liked it and mostly to be polite, he said yes.  She went on to tell him that her daughter in law painted it and she hated it but had kept it up for years.  We decided that we couldn't get rid of it. A year later I had an idea. Ben and...

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Before & After: DIY Woodgrain Fridge

March 30, 2011 by · 12 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago I ran across this tutorial on Delightfully Tacky and found the solution to my ugly fridge problem.  When my husband and I bought our house, our current refrigerator came with the house.  The previous owners painted the front of our refrigerator an ugly beige color, leaving the sides white.  I hate it.  Not only because it is ugly but also because the light in the fridge has a short and only works sometimes randomly.  So until we can afford (maybe...

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Before & After: Vintage Mirror

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My friend Jillian had this really neat vintage  mirror in her guest bedroom.  She said that a friend had given it to her and she had been meaning to do something with it.  She told me that I could have it if I wanted it.  Of course I was overjoyed.

The mirror was so awesome but needed a lot of work.  The frame had a thin laminate covering that was peeling in some places, it needed to be cleaned and needed a couple coats of paint.  After reading...

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Before & After: Mail Organizer

March 8, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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I bought this charming little mail organizer at the Salvation Army with the hope of painting it and making it wonderful.  After the first coat of paint, I realized that there was nothing charming about this dumb mail sorter.  I underestimated its cheapness really.  Also I hate sanding, so I skipped that step which was my first mistake. The paint of course did not stick. Skip ahead 6 months.   I decided to dig my failure of a mail organizer out of my closet and try again.  This...

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Before & After: Jewelry Organizer

February 2, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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Last night I decided to make a jewelry organizer for my bathroom, since I have a habit of getting knots in my necklaces and misplacing my pretty pins.   I found this old picture frame in my craft room.  It was missing the glass and I have been holding on to it for just such an occasion.

First, I wrapped a piece of cardboard in pretty tissue paper.  Next I added ribbon and Chantilly lace and  secured everything on the back with duct tape.

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Before & After: Thrift Store Shelf

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When I saw this little shelf at the thrift store I got really excited.  I love fun thrift store furniture but I do not like faux wood pressed board or anything brown for the most part.  So I painted it Pistachio.  It took about 2 cans of spray paint because I maybe should have sanded it better but I am happy with the result. A little paint really helps sometimes.

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DIY Before and After Table Makeover

January 28, 2010 by · 6 Comments
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Recently my husband allowed me to scrap all the stickers off this old table he has had forever.  I'm not sure why guys like to completely cover items with stickers. I used an electric drill to attach the mounting plates.  I don't think that power tools like me. We love our little yellow table.  It is amazing how much cuter this table is with legs and a couple coats of...

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