Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Last Saturday was a gorgeous, crisp fall day, full of unknown possibilities. I made a snap decision to ride over to the Chartreuse barn sale all by myself to wander. My goal: find a giant letter L for our daughter. You guessed it. No letter L. However, I spied a long architectural salvage piece thinking it was a unique crusty mantel, and that it would blend nicely with our rustic furniture and Moroccan rug.

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Make The Prettiest Christmas Tree Box

Make The Prettiest Christmas Tree Box

A Christmas tree box is all the rage this year, and I was so excited to make one. We have three adorable rescue kitties, and a tree skirt is always doomed under our tree. So, hubby and I made this large box from his contractor wood scraps and my leftover project stencil, paint, and stain. When the holidays are over, it will be repurposed as a planter or even a firewood box in the den.

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How To Remove Paneling Texture Then Fill The Grooves

How To Remove Paneling Texture Then Fill The Grooves

What in the world is this mess, you ask? It is our ugly paneled den wall – see the tiny bit of paneling showing through – that has been coated with a joint compound plaster finish, then painted twice over time. It might have looked good if the grooves in the paneling had been filled in properly. But no, someone named me did not know better ages ago before I became a professional, trained, decorative painter. (On the right you can see where we began sanding off the joint compound.)

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Creating Adorable Black & White Kitty Portraits

Creating Adorable Black & White Kitty Portraits

Last week North Carolina was drenched with hurricane rains. Normally, my go-to on dreary days is a snuggle with a steaming cup of coffee and a good book. On that day I surprised myself and opted for a photo editing session on PicMonkey.com. I have been planning to create and frame kitty portraits of our three felines for ages, but life kept getting in the way. Or so I was telling myself.

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