How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

BEFORE

We have an unusual 1977 brick ranch home with a deep courtyard. We love it. We hate it. There is always deep shade on the left side and bright, hot sunshine on the right. Planting flowers over the past 30 years has been a huge learning experience. And, I have painted the dirty-looking sidewalk twice to clean and lighten it up. You can see that didn’t last long. Ugh!

Then, a flash of brilliance! Spray our little chairs and tables black and add them to the sidewalk. It was better, but not good enough. Another flash. Add pea gravel on top of the messy sidewalk to brighten up even more, and add texture.

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Reverse-Painted Round Table Glass Project

Reverse-Painted Round Table Glass Project

(This is a sponsored post for Fusion Mineral Paint and Muddaritaville Studio stencils.)

Do you love to paint furniture, but always assumed that you could not paint glass – for cabinet doors, full-size doors, table tops, serving trays, dishware, and more? Thanks to my exciting collaboration with Fusion Mineral Paint, we are debuting ten fabulous new tutorials, created just for you! Each one will demonstrate new skills for you to learn, using all water-based products from Fusion, and a few unexpected surprises.

We’re beginning the series with reverse-painted round table glass. I have a cute old round table that is painted Fusion Coal Black, and it needed some bling. I bought a 30″ round piece of glass, pulled together my paint and materials, and wow!

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Shop My Favorite Rustic Home Décor Sources!

Shop My Favorite Rustic Home Décor Sources!

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS OUR HOME’S STYLE?

I call our 1977 brick ranch “rustic elegant.” Leading into the front door is a lovely courtyard full of plants and an Italian pottery water fountain that are our home’s defining features. Inside, find painted and unfinished wood furniture, ethnic textiles, one-of-a-kind accessories, local pottery, crusty columns, old doors, and whatever I discover as life goes on. I am excited to show you how you can shop my favorite rustic home decor sources.

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How To Distress Realistically When Painting Furniture

How To Distress Realistically When Painting Furniture

This gorgeous old green cabinet gets more comments than anything I ever post on social media. I bought it at a local antique store when my precious Mom was quite sick, and I knew I would need a special place to store some of her treasures. The antique shop owner told me that the cabinet was made in about 1900, and the coin I found in a drawer is Romanian. To me its original Eastern European finish is a perfect example to show how to distress realistically when painting furniture.

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Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

If you’ve been reading along here on my newest blog journey, you know that we live in an updated 1977 ranch home. We’ve lived here for 30 years, and contractor hubby Steve and I have made some amazing changes in some rooms, and not so much in others. Take our master bath. We could have turned its miniscule self, with no window or special features, into a closet. Then we could have broken through the wall to the nearby small fifth bedroom to create a fancy bathroom with all of the amenities everyone on Pinterest seems to have. But no. We did not.

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