Sassy Green Credenza Makeover

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Sassy Green Credenza Makeover

Like me, Chrissie is a used furniture junkie. She also loves auctions. Right after selling one of her made-over pieces on Craigslist, she found this pecan finish (ugh!) credenza at an auction and turned it into one sassy green tart of a credenza. Just for fun, she gave the top a chalkboard paint finish. 

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10 Ways To Get That Christmas-y Feeling

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10 Ways To Get That Christmas-y Feeling

Each year, I never really feel Christmas-y until the week before, and then it totally overtakes me.  So, if you're like me, here are 10 things you can do that are sure to lift you up and out from Scrooge's grip.

Warning: once you start this program, you suddenly feel warm and tingly all over.  There's even the possibility your eyes will tear up while watching Christmas shows.

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Make Jute JOY Wall Art on The Cheap

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Make Jute JOY Wall Art on The Cheap

I'll admit it, most crafts lose me. However, this craft-ish wall decor is right up my alley. A small  investment of time and money yields an eye popping payoff on your wall or mantel. (Inexpensive way to cover up big nail holes in a blank wall too.) Grace, from Sense and Simplicity, made this this textural joy (ha!), as well as divulging insider tips for not screwing it up.  Look at those letter ends! All you need is

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Inside and Out Dumpy Dresser Makeover

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Inside and Out Dumpy Dresser Makeover

It's not Monday so I hope Curbly doesn't ground me, but I just HAVE to share this makeover with you. Why the hurry, you ask? Because on Tuesday I read a comment left on a big important design blog in which a disgruntled commenter got his undies in a bunch over not being privy to the writer's step by step re-do process. To soothe some unnecessary DIY angst, I hope he finds his way to this very thorough tutorial by Mrs. Adventure.

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How To Create an 8' x 10' Chevron Rug

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How To Create an 8' x 10' Chevron Rug

Back in July of 2008, I showed you how to turn black and white striped fabric into chevron upholstery fabric. What I really wanted, but didn't know exactly how to execute it, was a chevron patterned area rug. This is by far the best tutorial for a chevron patterned rug that I've seen. Carissa from The Fabulous Design File shows exactly how to do it. Think of the color possibilities. (gray and cream, gray and cream, gray and cream)

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Ugly Sunroom Makeover

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Ugly Sunroom Makeover

In these parts, you need to suck every bit of sunlight out of the day to make it through the winter. An hour in the sunroom can do wonders.  The homeowners flipped this sunroom from a hideous sidenote to an unbelievably inviting hangout. And, they accomplished this  transformation on an itty bitty  budget. See, it can be done.

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Reupholster a Scroll Arm Bench

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Reupholster a Scroll Arm Bench

A scroll arm bench is a scarier looking reupholstery challenge than it turns out to be.   Eliana from Refinish It All found that out after she rolled up her sleeves and took care of business. Her one tip, with which I completely agree, is to not wait too long after tearing a piece down to reupholster it. One's mind tends to forget the assembly order. Hint: Always take photographs of the tear down process  See her fresh, finished makeover and how she accomplished welt cord without a sewing machine.

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Step by Step Piano Makeover

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Step by Step Piano Makeover

A friend of mine is teaching piano to kids in her home and making a killing. Parents and experts agree that learning how to play the piano is still a very good thing for kids and adults alike.  A new piano can be quite pricey while a used one can be had for practically nothing. True, sometimes free! They may not look pretty, but if they play well, you can perform a makeover and save tons of money, all for the betterment of the kids. And maybe you, too.

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Upholstery Class: Button Tufting with Horsehair

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Upholstery Class: Button Tufting with Horsehair

Remember the Turkish Tufted Fainting Couch done by the master himself, Kim Buckminster of Falls City, Nebraska? Here he is again, but this time he's teaching lots of 'greedy for knowledge' upholsterers how to properly restore a piece of horsehair stuffed, diamond tufted furniture. (He scoffs at foam.) Kim, or Buck as he is known, is a perfectionist like you wouldn't believe. Enjoy your class...

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