Kid’s Table and Chairs {refreshed}

Table and Chair before and after

I'm always talking about dressers and chests, today I'm sharing a cute little kid's table and chair set. The sweet owner of this little set had just moved to town. Mom and Dad had an idea to make over her favorite piece of furniture. To make her feel a little more at home in this strange new place. A special area just for her. This is ...

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How to Add Interest to A Painted Piece

Blue and white with red hardware

How to Add Interest to A Painted Piece of Furniture: You can paint every piece of furniture that you come across and it will look great.  You can crack open a can of white paint wait for it to dry and distress it a little and call it a day.  It will sell and the new owner will be thrilled. But if you really want to turn heads and make her ...

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How to reFresh your Porch


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own. #lifeforless #pmedia   While shopping at Target, I spotted one of my favorite magazines!   All You is filled with coupons, recipes, decorating tips, and lots of other refreshing ...

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How to refresh a Chair

How to refresh a chair

Not too long ago I bought a couple of chairs to use at the lake. They seemed perfectly fine, they needed new fabric and to be painted. Just a little refresh and they'd be fine. I can't remember if it was a text or a phone call, either way, Justin let me know that they weren't going to work. If you lean back and put you feet on rung, it breaks. ...

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How to Transform a Tile Wall

Cover a tiled wall.

It's hard to believe that we rented a building in mid-March and opened the store Nostalgia on April 5th.  Especially when I look back at the before pictures.  Many, many years ago this was a beautiful grocery store, and then it was remodeled several times.   We don't have anything against tile, but it just didn't represent the homey atmosphere ...

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Creme de Menthe Makeover

La Craie makeover

Maison Blanche had me at Creme de Menthe. I knew I was going to love it! I searched for  the perfect chest to makeover.  Ok, you're right, they are all perfect for a makeover! But I found one that was begging  for a change. The color was off, the wood dry, the drawers loose. I feel certain the hardware was handmade.  I used this ...

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Maison Blanche La Craie Happy Dance

Maison Blanche Paint Lids

I am so excited to announce my latest venture! Can you guess by the title what I am about to say? Yes, I am partnering with Jamie from Southern Revivals and we are part of the Maison Blanche family.  Our paint is on the way and should be here next week!  We will be providing paint, products and classes for your DIY pleasures! Jamie and I met ...

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How to Spray Paint Hardware

How to spray paint hardware

This is how I spray paint the hardware that I reuse on the pieces that I paint.    What you need: Sanding block Cleaner, degreaser Spray Paint for metal Box Old Hardware   1. Sand the glossy hardware with your sanding block or use a wire brush. 2.  Clean. When cleaning your hardware, make sure you wear gloves as ...

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Furniture Makeovers and more


Lately it's not that I don't have a makeover, it's that I don't have time to share the makeovers. Here are a few of the "coming soon" projects.  The next time you see them there will be before and afters and more details :) Meet  Deep Ocean Blue, I purchased him at an auction.  He's a very cool 19th Century stepback. He looks great in ...

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How to Make a Bench

Bench made from a headboard and end table

How to Make a BenchThe refreshed bench is finally in the house. It's a long story and it goes like this, Justin called and said he was coming home for the weekend.  He loves to work on projects with us.  He wanted to know if we had something in the works. ok let us show you how to make a bench from these goodies: As a matter of fact we ...

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  Bloggers without borders:  Episode 2 - Accessories for the Makeover Episode 1 here:  Painting Project Inspiration for stripes from The Lettered Cottage: I've been pinning inspiration: here Hopefully by the the next post I will have one paint color done. This week I've been working on the accessories.  I have not bought ...

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