Footboard Turned Fireplace Screen

I've been on a mission to get several projects for my home finished.  I have been painting, sanding, stenciling, repairing, and waxing like a mad woman. My friend, Donna, gave me this beautiful footboard to turn into a fireplace screen.  I really needed something to brighten up this dark and dingy fireplace and this footboard could be just … [Read more...]

Tufted Headboards and How They’re like Corsets

So, each morning I sit at my computer and wonder what I'm going to blog about.  Some days this is hard because I haven't done anything extraordinary the day before.  Because, you know, life as a 52 year-old can be kinda...well...dull. Yesterday, I did something extraordinary.  Not in the bigger-than-life kind of extraordinary, but extraordinary … [Read more...]

The Last Vintage Whites Market of the Season

As much as I absolutely LOVE shopping, fixing, painting, repairing and generally puttering around my house preparing items for the market, the market itself is soooo much work.  I mean actual back-breaking, heavy-lifting, unpacking, repacking, lots of driving, endless fluffing work! We, at the Backyard Bungalow, are always the first to arrive on … [Read more...]

Espresso Apocalypse, Show Prepping, and A Distressed Vanity: All in a Day’s Work

Did you hear the thunder this morning around 5:45 AM, my time?  Well, that was me. I ran out of espresso. I gripped my throat in panic. I stomped my feet in disbelief and horror. I thought the world had come to an end. And then I improvised my morning latte' with regular coffee grounds.  It took for.  ever., but it sufficed and the … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom Reveal

Drum roll… Orchestra fanfare…. Curtain rising…. And now….the GUEST BEDROOM REVEAL!!!   That sounds so exciting, doesn’t it?  Well, I hope this post lives up to the hype. Let’s start with a view from the door: This is the bedroom as we saw it with the realtor in 2009.  The view is also taken from the door, but as you … [Read more...]