Installing Bead Board Paneling: How to make a simple job more difficult

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Adding bead board paneling isn't rocket science to be sure.  It's a relatively easy thing to do.  But if you're like me you have to complicate everything.  Here's how I did it. First of all, do not empty out the room.   Make sure you have about a gazillion things in your way before starting your project.  Tripping over pieces of furniture, … [Read more...]

Veneering my way to France!

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  I'm finally getting some furniture done!  What a relief to feel like I'm finally accomplishing something and not just running around here like a chicken with my head cut off. This small, innocent-looking dresser was part of my problem.  It seemed like an innocuous little project. Strip the bad veneer off the top and paint, right? … [Read more...]

No Pane, Lots of Gain: New Life for Old Windows

Cutting tin

  Sometimes I see an old object and I just KNOW what I want it to become.  This is one of those projects: discarded window frame turned useful magnet/pin board! I found some galvanized tin at the re-store and got to cutting it to fit one half of my window frame.     Okay, I forgot to mention that I measured it … [Read more...]

Gettin’ My Apothecary On: How to Design Custom Labels for Jars

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  I found this awesome clear small apothecary-looking jar at a garage sale over the weekend and it got me to thinking about how to add a design to it.  I had read somewhere on a blog that you could print on contact paper, so I though I'd give it a go. I picked this graphic from Graphics Fairy.  I'm diggin' the French thing right now. … [Read more...]

Tissue Paper: It’s Not Just For Wrapping Presents

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  I tend to flit from one project to another.  Here's one of my recent flits...flitters....flittings? A couple of months ago, I ordered some yummy French stencils from Maison de Stencils and they came wrapped up in some gorgeous tissue paper.  Even though the tissue was taped and torn in many places, I decided to keep it to try and … [Read more...]