Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Some weekends I find it fun to challenge myself to create something from items crammed into my studio closet that I saved “in case I need it some day.” I bet you have a similar stash of favorite stuff too. Last weekend I decided to frame something in this old gilded piece from a yard sale. It’s been sitting on my dresser, empty, forever. I looked in a drawer full of treasured fabric and found this black mudcloth, and then – hooray – a scrap of white mudcloth.

Then, of course, I needed glass to fit and a mat. I robbed the glass from another old frame, and bought the double white/black mat at Michael’s. Perfect!

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A New Rug And White Paint In The Living Room

A New Rug And White Paint In The Living Room

A new rug and new white wall paint in our living room – what? Wait, I can explain!

Above is our former look. A plush rug I brought back from Marrakech years ago for my former decorative painting studio, and soft grey Benjamin Moore flat wall paint. I have loved this living room décor for years, and honestly there was not a thing wrong with it. It’s like a warm hug in the mornings, drinking coffee and reading my favorite magazines. But I’m willing to bet that you know that decorating itch that just happens. Here’s how a new rug that just happened begat new white paint on the walls.

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Stencil A Reverse-Painted Glass Serving Tray

Stencil A Reverse-Painted Glass Serving Tray

This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint & Muddaritaville Studio stencils.

Let’s stencil a gorgeous reverse-painted glass serving tray with Fusion Mineral Paint metallic paint that’s perfect for a summer wine and cheese party – or even the holidays! The Muddaritaville stencil featuring white wines is my fave, and there is one for reds too. Think making these with friends, or create several in different colors to give as gifts.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

If this is your first reverse-painted glass project, hop over to this page to find out more about buying glass, etc.

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How To Make A Picture Shelf

How To Make A Picture Shelf

I have posted recently about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting our inside front door black. I received so many great comments, and lots of folks wanted to know exactly how to make the picture shelves in our long entry hallway. We have these shelves all over our home, all made by Steve, and painted by me. So here you go!

Let’s make these!

MATERIALS

Leftover pieces of wood if possible, wood glue, nails, primer, white paint, wood filler, 220-grit sandpaper, screws for hanging. We used power tools, but you may be able to have wood cut for you at a store like Home Depot.

STEP 1 – CUT THREE BOARDS

SHELF BACK THAT ATTACHES TO THE WALL: 32″ long by 4 1/4″ wide by approximately 5/8″ thick

SHELF BOTTOM: 32″ long and 2 1/4″ wide by approximately 5/8″ thick

SHELF LIP: 32″ long, 2″ wide, and 3/8″ thick

CUT OUT THE THREE PIECES

Cut the two larger pieces from one board. Rip the smaller piece for the lip. Add a bit of wood glue where the edges connect.

STEP 2 – ASSEMBLE THE PIECES

Put the pieces together them a nailer to attach the three pieces.

STEP 3 – FILL THE HOLES AND PAINT

Fill the holes, prime the raw edges, and paint. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. Now it’s ready to hang. Steve found the studs and used screws to attach the shelf. We made lots of these shelves in several lengths for three areas in our house.

We have a rather odd, wide entry hallway, so I decided to make three shelves where we can add and subtract photos easily.

In our master bedroom, we made one really long shelf to hold my artwork, a print I bought in Portugal, my family tree, and some fun old letters.

There is a little wall in my studio that is perfect for yet more shelves. Normally I have them filled with art pieces in progress, but today I am using them to display lots of my favorite design books. The one we just made was added at the bottom. Because who doesn’t need another shelf?

Now that you see how easy it is to make these, are you ready to rock some shelves for your home?

Stay tuned for more from our home!

Mia’s Magical Marrakech-Inspired Wedding Shower

Mia’s Magical Marrakech-Inspired Wedding Shower

Last Saturday it happened. Our daughter Mia’s Marrakech-inspired wedding shower. Our first child to marry, it was quite simply magical. Her sister Jenny, aunt Patricia, and cousin Jackie prepared the loveliest, most delectable, colorful brunch feast and decorations for our guests. My part was to provide our home as the venue, and my collection of treasures from Marrakech, purchased during three wonderful, memory-filled trips. Mia’s decorating style is beginning to embrace the textures and patterns of Morocco, and I know she would love this theme.

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