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It can be painted… June 7, 2009

It can be painted…

With everyone talking “Green” and the current state of our economy, we need to rethink the way we decorate. When redecorating or updating a room, we don’t need to use our entire budget buying all new items.

Instead of buying new, RE-New.  It can be painted!

Here are a few great re-new make overs:

Once upon a time there was a client that didn’t like her fireplace mantle.
Can you blame her? Her earthy import style decor DID NOT go with this Victorian inspired fireplace mantle.  She was having the mantle inset tiled with Slate.
I removed the excess decoration, added a little texture, painted, glazed and… voila,  new mantle!
This was not only a more affordable solution, but time saving and stress saving as well.  They would have had to have the mantle removed and undergone lengthy construction otherwise.  My clients were very happy, I was glad I could help, and they lived happily ever after.

Another great project was this dark stained armoire from the 1960’s.   It was my clients when she was a young girl.
After priming and painting,  I then glazed it to give it an aged patina. A final layer of decorative painting gives the finished touch.
The left side shows the “before” side with out the decorative painting.  What a difference a little paint can make!
And a dresser painted to match…
This  light Oak cabinet was too contemporary to fit into to the “new” vintage bathroom design and color scheme.
White paint, gray glaze, a touch of distress for age, new hardware… and  it’s whole “new” cabinet.

Next on the list… removing an old (too new looking) cabinet and replacing it with a new (old looking) cabinet.  Here’s the “before”

I’ll be removing the small cabinet in the center (Knowing I was removing it, I had tested out the black paint on it to see how I’d like it in the room.  The upper cabinets will be painted black when the carpentry is finished).  I’ll post the “after”  soon.


I’m not (usually) a fan of vinyl wall decals… May 3, 2008


(images from danielle thompson)Until I came across this incredibly cute application created by Danielle Thompson. It was featured on  Every aspect of this room was so well designed and the use of vinyls is perfectly clever and appropriate!

She has a full description on how she created this masterpiece with several more pictures on her blog:

Another great application of this design would be to have these frames adorn the walls of a staircase that lead to the toy room.  Or, put them in the toy room and create an ever changing gallery of your children’s art!

Love it!


101 things to do with a hollow wood interior door April 12, 2008

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I regrettably can’t find the blog where I had found this tip.  I wish I could give her the well deserved credit! 

Looking to purchase a large canvas and not wanting to spend a lot of money, miss blogger (that’s what we’ll have to call her) went to her local Lowe’s and found a cost effective solution.  A hollow wood door.

I couldn’t believe what a great idea this was, and I had to try it out right away!!

So, I purchased a door at Lowe’s for roughly $25.  I didn’t need the entire length of the door for what I had planned.  So, I cut it in two.  Using one half as a canvas for my daughter to paint and the other half to upholster for her headboard. 

 I am so pleased with the results! And seriously, an upholstered headboard and an original painting both from $25 hollow wood door!!  You can do it too.  Check out the whole procedure in fun decorating projects page.


From door to wall

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When making a hollow core door into a canvas, you can cut it in half as I did, or leave the door as is.

The tools you need: needle nose pliers, staple gun, hammer and scissors.

Find any natural fabric (cottons linens,…) that is the texture you would like.  Printed fabric is fine to use because you will be painting over it! An old bed sheet would work out great.  Which, is what I’ve used here.

Staple the fabric to the back of the door at the bottom center 1/4″ away from the edge.  Stretch the fabric taught to the top and staple a staple in the back of the door at the center 1/4″ away from the edge.  Finish stapling the back along the entire edge of the top and bottom as you keep the fabric pulled taught.

Staple the left and right sides in the same technique as the top and bottom.

When you get to the corner: make a hospital corner at the edge and staple the folded fabric in the back.

Trim off any excess fabric you have in the back beneath the staple line.  Now, it’s time to prime.  You can use gesso or any latex paint you have around the house.  I used 2-3 coats of latex paint.  Make sure your canvas is dry between each coat.  Your fabric may want to wrinkle at this stage.  You could pull the wet fabric to the edge and add extra staples to the back to smooth out the wrinkle.  Or, let it dry and work itself out.  In this case, I did happen to get wrinkles. I let it dry and pressed the wrinkles with paper covering the canvas and a warm iron.  I think using a thin fabric will wrinkle.

The open canvas is yours to paint away!  You don’t have to be a master painter to create something beautiful… my daughter designed this layout on the computer and then painted it onto this fresh canvas!  It turned out to be a fantastic creation. Great job Blake (my daughter)! 


From Door to Headboard

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You can make a headboard too.  This was made out of half of a hollow core interior door. My inspiration came from this PBteen headboard:

The tools and materials you’ll need: 1hollow core door, staple gun, hammer, needle nose pliers, sewing machine (optional), at least 2 yards of upholstery fabric (depending on the size of your door), an old comforter that’s in good fluffy condition.

Cut your door to the size you think you will need. Use the open/cut edge facing toward the floor and no one will ever see it.  Cut any roping edge there may be off of your comforter.

With the rough cut edge of the door facing down, staple the comforter to the door using the inside of the comforter now as the outside (basically facing the decorative part of the comforter toward the wood. This will give you a smooth finish under your final upholstery fabric).  Use the same technique for stapling, that was used in making a canvas.  With the rough cut edge of the door facing down you do not need to staple that edge if you do not wish to.

After you have finished attaching the comforter you can then attach your upholstery fabric using the same stapling technique (just staple a little farther out from your first line of staples).  Then you’re finished and you can “hang” (from studs) your headboard on the wall.

For this headboard, I sewed in a bead of roping edge to give it an added detail.  There are many more fun things you could do to add detail: Paint a monogram, sew in a stripe, add buttons, attach a fringe edge (you could use upholstery glue too – no sew)… have fun!


Trashy art March 25, 2008

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Speaking of bright and colorful, this was a fun and easy project that I had my daughter do for her new room.  When clipping out photos of “cool things” needed, we came across this unique trash can photographed in a PB teen layout (shown above in the room photo).  We had to have one too!  So I headed to my local thrift store where I found a perfect specimen.  A lovely black metal trash can featuring a flying mallard and pond scene.

We primed around the outside of the can and left the inside as it was.  Then, my daughter Blake did the rest.  She’s great at collage art, so I knew this was the project for her.  After her beautiful art was complete, we finished off the entire thing with a coat of pearl glaze (oh, if we could coat everything in peal glaze…) and a clear coat of polyurethane.  Doesn’t it look great?  What can we decoupage next?