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Painted Media Console with Image Transfer

Painted Media Console with French Image Transfer

I was forced to face my fears with this painted media console makeover. It’s not too often that I have to completely deconstruct a piece prior to working on it. And thank goodness, because it can be a bit scary. As I slowly take everything apart I secretly pray that I will be able to put it back together again the right way. I meticulously keep each and every piece separate from one another and label them accordingly. Somehow this still isn’t always enough. Much to my surprise, I also didn’t realize that this would be the case for this media console until after it arrived. modern-media-console-unfinished Continue reading Painted Media Console with Image Transfer

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How to Get Farmhouse White Painted Furniture

How to Get Farmhouse White Painted Furniture when you have Bleed Through

Do you love the look of white painted furniture but fear the wrath of the evil bleed through? To be honest, I tend to avoid the whites in general when possible because the idea of a white painted dresser sometimes makes me nervous. There is often the fear of bleed through, specifically when starting with a dark wood. But when you think farmhouse style it’s often tied to white painted furniture. This dresser is a prime example of what I’m talking about. farmhouse-white-painted-furniture, white painted dresser, staten island, white painted furniture Continue reading How to Get Farmhouse White Painted Furniture

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Basement Makeover – From Concrete to Complete

Finished Basement Remodel Renovation

Since I’ve shared my living room makeover, as well as my kitchen remodel I figure it’s better late than never, I may as well gather up my basement remodel. It’s been 3 years since we completed the basement but it feels like ages ago. The kids were much younger then, and we probably had a bit more patience. Nah, it was stressful. The project took almost an entire year of weekends and some nights. Let me explain one thing about my hubby – he is very handy and knowledgeable when it comes to this sort of thing, BUT he is also like a bull in a china shop. He is very messy when he works, but the end result is always wonderful. Our basement was no different. concrete-basement-remodel Continue reading Basement Makeover – From Concrete to Complete

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Who Needs a Bookcase When you Can Have a Unique Painted Etagere

A Bookcase or an Etagere?

I admit that when I got this vintage etagere I had no idea what it was called. I just thought it was a very tall, heavy and unique bookcase that was dug out of a dusty old garage. What did I know? Until a friend explained that it’s called an etagere. That seems like the kind of word that you have to say with an accent and it makes me feel just a little bit fancy.
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How to Prep Painted Furniture the Right Way

 How to Prep Painted Furniture the Right Way

I truly feel that there is no such thing as a ‘no prep’ paint. I’m sharing how to prep painted furniture the right way. Or, at least, it’s my way for each and every piece that I work on. Except maybe a few of my own. On occasion, I try to push the limits of my paint and cut corners with my own personal projects just to see how well the finish holds up. So far, so good.how-to-prep-painted-furniture

Many paint brands claim, even boast to be ‘no prep required and no sanding required’. And they very well may be. But I feel, why take that chance. By taking the few extra steps before getting started you are ensuring a longer lasting result of your hard work. Continue reading How to Prep Painted Furniture the Right Way