Mod Podge Paper

Use Mod Podge to help cover almost any eyesore!  I love how it transformed the inside of this 'treasure chest' #diy

I just painted this chest with a Modern Masters Metal Effects kit and felt that it wouldn’t be complete without the inside being made over as well.  I ripped out the old wall paper that had been in there for what seemed to be someone’s lifetime.  It surprisingly had adhered very well for a very long time, but it also came out just fine.  Check it out... Painful surgery right here.  That little patch above on the right ... stayed right there ... shhh ... nobody will know. I tried to use contact paper, let’s just say, it was a FAILED attempt ... a HORRIBLY FAILED ATTEMPT It wouldn't stick to the sides.... So, don't waste your time or your contact paper on this … [Read more...]

Baseboard Update #6 – The Living Room


... Remember Them? So, yes, I've been slacking horribly in this department of my life. The Baseboards. It's pretty easy to do.  Not sure why I haven't just done it.  Oh yeah, life got in the way. The Golden Globe Gift Bag project, my mom coming to visit, Christmas, New Years, yadda yadda yadda ... Well, I'm here to announce that I have finished the Living Room {they have been done since BEFORE Christmas}!  I just got around to taking photos of them today ... the crazy huge tree was in the way! Do you know good it feels to cross this room off the list?  VERY GOOD! Now it's on to the Dining Room ... of which, I think I might just end up painting the whole room while I'm at it like … [Read more...]

Before and After

before and after

Goodwill is the place to shop! It's seriously hard to leave Goodwill without buying something! With my craft show that I had coming up, I needed a few props or holders for my products.  And low and behold, I found some at Goodwill for next to nothing as it was on a 50% off Saturday! I love this curio shelf!  Love the price even more $3!!!! a bit beat up, but nothing a little spray paint won't fix... Beauty, right! And this $1.50 sweet find, didn't care much for the bees buzzing around on it ... But, again, a can of spray paint can make almost anything look great! Perfect for my bracelet cuff display! And I found a GOLD wire Christmas Tree, but the gold just wasn't doing it for me. … [Read more...]

Buffet Makeover with Spray Paint

buffet makeover

Very easy DIY for your ugly buffet! Craigslist is a wonderful wonderful WONDERFUL place! I got this tired ol' wine cabinet/buffet for $15! I love it's detailing on the doors!  I HAD to have it!  The top opens and folds over for double the serving space.  LOVE THAT!!! BUT, it couldn't come in until it was made presentable {for our home}. So, it's been sitting in our garage for quite awhile as I tried to figure out how I wanted it to look after painting it. Well, the day came when I just said 'screw it', I'm just going to SPRAY PAINT it! ********* Here's what I did to it: I spray painted the edges and detail with black spray paint and let it dry. Then I went over it completely … [Read more...]

Baseboard Update #5

baseboard painting

The Office is done! Not only the baseboards, but the WHOLE ROOM is painted! Yes, I'm a bit of an overachiever at times, but that's okay!  I figured that if all the furniture is pulled away from the walls, I might as well paint it all at once. The walls have been something I've always to change, but just never got around to it ... I had the paint all ready to go, just had to put it up on the walls.  Opportunity knocked and here you go!  No more faux finished green walls!!  YAY! I had forgotten to take a before shot, so I had to get creative and go in between the wall and furniture {Filthy!!!  apparently the maid has missed this area!!  humph ... moi!} Even though it's not the very same … [Read more...]

Baseboard Update #4

baseboard painting

Ahhh, the Bathroom/Powder Room is complete! It wasn't as bad as anticipated. I forgot to take a Before shot, but let me tell you ... it looks a LOT better with WHITE baseboards than the wood. The walls just pop so much more!!! Please view my Baseboard Painting Schedule here … help keep me honest!!!! Okay, the OFFICE is next up!! hmmm... furniture to move = less of a motivator xo Tara … [Read more...]

Baseboards Update #2 ~ Kitchen DONE!!!

diy painting

I'm cookin' with gas!!! The kitchen is complete!!! YAY!!! The Pantry BEFORE The Pantry AFTER{yes, I have a few touchups to do} Just another shot of the beautiful WHITE baseboards!!!! Hmmm.... What room am I on to next? The Laundry Room That shouldn't take long {we have a tiny one!} Check out my painting schedule here. It seems that it just MIGHT be complete BEFORE Christmas! xo Tara … [Read more...]

A Fort for the Boys


A few months ago, we received a play set for FREE from our neighbor as their daughter had outgrown it and they wanted to get rid of it.  I had been looking on Craigslist for a while, but wasn't ready to throw down $400-$800 for one.  Well, we were so thrilled and LUCKY to get this from our neighbor!!  We had to do some tuning up, of course, and had to purchase some parts ... but we were just so thankful to have this playset for our boys! Well, we put on a HUGE canopy made of solid wood.  My husband believes in making things very sturdy and didn't want to put just a 'tarp' that we'd have to just end up replacing in the future anyways. Well, it turns out, he's not a carpenter. The 'support' … [Read more...]

Painting Baseboards … A BIG job!

I don't know what I've done! Well, I do, but I've bit off a huge chunk.  A BIG JOB!!! So, I've decided to write it all out.  Give myself REALISTIC time goals to meet for each segment and we'll see how it goes. If all goes to plan, our home's baseboards should be complete by the BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY! 5 MONTHS!!!!  WHAT! Well, I did say realistic ... don't want to set myself up for failure, right! One of the challenges is trying to fit this job in to the day.  Fitting ONE more thing in to our day seems so daunting, but, it has to be done.  So, this is why I wrote out the schedule and why I'm sharing it with you! Accountability works wonderfully!!! Here's the schedule: MAIN … [Read more...]

Our Front Room Shelves Makeover ~ and some Goodwill Finds

shelf makeover

A few weeks ago, I posted about doing these shelves Well, now they are all put back and have all the usual stuff put back on them You wanna see? Sure, come on in... The full view Left side I love these two turquoise-y blue pieces, don't you? For one, the colors and the shapes are amazing And two, you guessed, I got them from GOODWILL! ******** How about we hop over to the other side... Right side What do we have over here? If you notice on each, there are those great lime green storage boxes. Yep, Goodwill ... $3.00 for BOTH of them {1/2 off sale day} There are some photos and a bit of Raku Pottery I made a few years ago I love this piece. One thing to know about Raku is … [Read more...]