I thought I was ready to just jump right in and transform my vintage buffet. All that it would take is a couple of jars of chalk paint, some gel stain, and some Polycrylic finish. Right? WRONG!!! It is always good when we are actually able to learn from someone else's mistakes. If you pay attention to this post I think I may be able to save you a little bit of frustration!!! When I decided that it was time to update my vintage buffet, I had no idea that it would take twice as long as I ... Read More about How to Transform a Vintage Buffet
RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper is not just for walls. I gave this Computer Desk a makeover using RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper. This product is so beautiful and versatile. The RoomMates website is loaded with inspirational ideas to get your creative juices flowing After painting my den/sewing room, my desk screamed to either be replaced or updated. RoomMates Peel and Stick wallpaper to the rescue. To start off after the new paint job, I shopped thrift stores for a used desk ... Read More about Desk Makeover Using RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper
The question I had was, "how often should you paint your interior walls"? I bet the paint salespeople recommend that you should repaint more than EVERY 15 YEARS. The painting experts and designers recommend every 5 to 7 years for rooms that don’t have a lot of traffic or activity. Kid’s rooms, bathrooms, and halls need to be painted every 2 to 3 years. Needless to say when I decided to tackle this project I was a little behind said expert recommendations! 15-18 years is too long. Some ... Read More about How Often Should You Paint Interior Walls?
Faux Painting – How to create a hammered copper effect with paint and a homemade stencil. This is a quick and easy paint technique to get the look of faux hammered copper on wood. My friend, John who is a cabinet maker par excellence, contacted me recently for another special faux metal project. On this particular job he was not only building and installing the cabinets, but the homeowner also wanted a beautiful hammered copper sink installed. He was building a vent-a-hood drop down and ... Read More about How to Create a Hammered Copper Effect
Old fashioned Pimento Cheese is one of the best comfort foods around. Our family has enjoyed this easy, three ingredient recipes three and now four generations. The only ingredients needed are Velveeta Brand Cheese, mayonnaise and a jar of diced pimentos. I am not sure if Velveeta has changed or if I have. In the past, while making pimento cheese, I used my food processor with a grater blade to shred the creamy cheese. But this time I thought I was going to burn the motor up. So, I decided ... Read More about Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese
The distressed wood look is still a popular trend. If you can't get your hands on the real thing, like salvaged wood from a 100-year-old barn, you can recreate the look with paint. With just 2 colors and an inexpensive chip brush, it is really easy to create a distressed wood look. I used this super easy technique on a new ready-made sign. My friend purchased this "Gather" sign online. It is beautiful. The sign is long and gracefully lettered. It is framed with a rustic wood frame. But she ... Read More about How to Create a Distressed Wood Look