Hot Chocolate Bar

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a warm winter gift. I've seen several versions of the Hot Chocolate Bar and decided that it would make a great hostess gift. I included 2 white cups and spoons. A white canister with a scoop for the hot chocolate, a clear lidded jar for the marshmallows. I assembled everything on a wooden square charger, from WalMart. Instead of … [Read more...]

Chalkboard

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I recently shared my chalkboard over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia (Thank you Kristin for having me!).  Here we go, just in case you missed it! I had been looking for the perfect frame/picture to create a large chalkboard. I found one recently while visiting my daughter and family,  I love thrifting with her. The frame was a cool color, … [Read more...]

Christmas at a Discount – Kitchen Dine-In

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This is the Eat-In kitchen dining area.  Spruced up with more poinsettias. (What can I say, I love their velvety beauty.) Here's a closer look, Three poinsettias $4.50 (they were half-off at Walmart) Small wreaths tied with raffia on the back of my white chairs $4.00 total. (Dollar Tree) Branch over the window $5.00 (bought at the … [Read more...]

Around The House – Christmas 2011

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Come on in, and welcome to the wordless home tour from pictures that I haven't posted. Thanks for visiting! Sharing at: The Inspired Room DIY by Design Dittle Dattle … [Read more...]

Starlight Peppermints

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We had our book club meeting this week and you would think that I found out that Santa Claus is real.  Mrs. P (she's in my book club and she lets me put stuff on her door) pointed out that Sue was serving us cookies on a real peppermint plate.  Stop the presses!  Forget book discussion, how on earth did she do this? Here's what I did based on … [Read more...]

The Wingback Revisited

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Back in July, I talked about how much I love Sarah Richardson and how I used her kitchen as inspiration for my own: and then I found a couple of  wingback chairs under $40 and had a cute Marine and his wife help me load them on my truck and bring them home and hide them (from Mr. reFresh - because he loves it when I bring junk home) for a couple … [Read more...]

Spray Paint

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Sometimes all you need is a tarp and a can of spray paint to change your world, or something like that. I've had these for a while, I think they were some shade of green when I first bought them. I used Krylon Satin Ivory for this project. This is a large ceramic candle holder.  I think Kim from Savvy Southern Style has two similar ones. … [Read more...]

In The Kitchen

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A while back I talked about cooling my kitchen, you can see that here, but here's where I am so far.  I never finish. The oven really hasn't been used much since February, when Mr. reFresh and I went on a diet. The kitchen is where I do most of my projects, thank goodness for granite. It has a large eat in area. Please ignore that other … [Read more...]

I ❤ Sarah Richardson, who doesn’t?

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When I saw the dining area of  Sarah's Summer House, I fell in love.  I had been wanting to change my eat-in Kitchen area and knew that I wanted a sign, somewhere...maybe GROCERY, GROCERIES, or GATHER. Like the one Becca made over at  Adventures in Decorating As usual, we have lumber, neatly (in my dreams) stacked and waiting for me to … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island- From Red to Blue

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Remember this delicious red piece? Well I've been working on cooling my kitchen, literally! I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue on the bottom and Old Ochre on the top. Finished with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in dark and clear. I love this paint! No sanding required, you can finish a project in less than a day! It's funny how much lighter the room … [Read more...]

Curtains

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Auction's for Alabama @ Restore Interiors-ends June 1st!! As Murphy discussed on Monday, well she did, I have been working on some curtains.  When am I ever going to learn to just buy stuff!  Never, I'm sure.  I broke two needles and I think my feeds need some kind of adjustment!  I started out with my new machine, finished with my old … [Read more...]

My Bench

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I have this bench that I love, but it was a little drab:   So I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and did a little dry brushing to brighten it up: I was going to paint it solid and sand. As I started painting, I realized that it wasn't necessary. The dry brush over the gray was the look that I wanted. Can I just … [Read more...]