2010 DIY Highlights & Recap

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There’s a lot of reminiscing going on at parties all over blogland!  Welcome to the 2nd annual DIY Recap at the DIY Show Off!  Share your post with your favorite DIY projects this year!  It’s so easy to look at what’s NOT done, so let’s celebrate your accomplishments. I bet your surprised at how productive you’ve been.  :)


Here are my favorite DIY related projects this year (click the link for the original post and all of the details)…







Thrifty Finds – can’t wait for flea market season to start again!

We had a productive and awesome 2010.  Thank you to True Value for choosing us to be on the DIY Blog Squad!
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I‘m honored to have become a new member of the DIY Club and be able to work beside some awesome creative ladies!  If you’re not familiar with it – click the link to see all of the fun parties and prizes!
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We had a fun experience working with the DIY Club & Gorilla Glue at the Country Living Fair!

Our recent Dremel feature felt like a moment of fame.  
And most importantly… I loved another year of making new blog friends, getting to know each of you more and sharing in the show-off celebration of your DIY accomplishments!  Thank you for your support, reassurance, encouragement and friendship.  Thank you for linking your projects and submitting your inspiration!

Thank you for your comfort and words of hope during the last year of our little doxie’s life.

YOU are amazing and I’m so humbled and honored that you enjoy our little space on the world wide web.  Thank you for understanding that I’m just 1 person with a regular job and that even though I don’t always get over to see you – bringing something to my attention gets me there fast!  You’re each always so patient and kind despite my crazy blog.  :)
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Productive New Year!  I look forward to seeing your DIY ideas, projects, creativity and inspiration in 2011!


Showing off your 2010 DIY highlights?  Share here, share everywhere! SHOW OFF YOUR YEAR!

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In loving memory of Niski, I’ve included her in the DIY Show Off 2010 Recap button.  She was a big part of the DIY Show Off since the beginning. 
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If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:
1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  Visit the person before you, leave a comment – make a new friend!

A Few of My Favorite Tutorials..

Like most everyone, I’m a fan of the Lettered Cottage and I can’t resist joining her 2010 Favorite Tutorials party with just 3 of my own.  I’m looking forward to reading the tutorials linked up too!  What a wonderful weekend past time while Mr. DIY works this weekend.  End of year. Self employed.  I guess there’s no preventing it.

Here are my top 3…



Wastepaper Basket to Lamp - so easy to do!

Hardware cloth Hurricanes (wire candle cozies!)

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Okay…so you caught me.  That’s 5 but have I mentioned how indecisive I can be?  

What about you?  Head over and link up to…

I’m hoping to highlight my 12 favorite DIY show off features next week…lots to go through thanks to your creativity!  

Kitchen Makeover at Lovely Crafty Home

Kitchens. The hardest, most time consuming and expensive DIY but so worth it. I know about the hard and time consuming part!  We’re mid-kitchen renovation.  I’m loving this transformation from Rachael at Lovely Crafty Home…such an inspiration.  Thanks for the motivation to get back to work in our own kitchen, Rachael!

Here is her kitchen before:

She has an awesome tile tutorial with LOTS of helpful tips!
My hero! She painted her cabinets and has a fabulous cabinet painting tutorial!  Here are her cabinets before…

Beautiful creamy cabinets after:
Again, kitchen before …
Kitchen now…
Beautiful!  Brighter, bigger-looking.  What a beautiful job and all DIY!  Awesome job, Rachael and great tutorials!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work! 
See more of Rachael’s creative DIY at  Lovely Crafty Home

Awesome Giveaway Alert!

How would you like a chance to win this?

Don’t believe me?  Enter for yourself at …

(Or don’t – because I’d love to win too!  Ottoman obsessed!)

DIY Home Accents

Still on a holiday break?  Here are some ideas if you get the DIY itch over the weekend…(click the blog link to see more details on the original post!):
This Pottery Barn lamp …
Inspired these first two projects!  They’re beautiful!
Pretty rosette lamp shade tutorial at Rosy Red Buttons…perfect in her beautiful nursery!
Or make the Pottery Barn inspired lamp like Charlie from Attempting Aloha.  Pretty silky rosette lamp shade is the perfectly feminine.  
Get creative with your shirt!  Nautical style by Green Issues.
Recycle!  Detergent bottle book ends at Green Issues:
Girl in Air shows how to paint the world!  Or well, at least paint an awesome wall mural!
Take something old but sentimental and make it new again.  Yanet from 3 Sun Kissed Boys gave her childhood wagon a new look!
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After:
Agakry from Niemamconasiebie demonstrates that spray paint cleans up and makes everything look fresh and new.  
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After:
Anne at Bird/Like turned a plain plastic planter…
into this pretty faux copper planter…
I love.love.love Melissa’s painted burlap table runner – a must have for my dining room table.  See Melissa’s helpful tutorial at Mason Bay
What are your New Year’s weekend plans?  

Dremel Interview

I‘m so excited to learn that our Dremel interview was featured in the Dremel December 2010 eNewslettter!  Thanks for allowing me to ‘show off’.  :) 

Check it out at

http://www.dremelnewsroom.com/dremelenewsletters/December2010/index.html#1

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Hurray!
 We are SO excited!  What about you?  Do you have and use a Dremel too?  Which one?!


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A Tale of Two DIYers and the Multi–tool They Can’t Live Without

DIY Multi-Max VideoDo you have an old doorway that’s looking drab or a boring step stool in need of a twist? Not a problem! Serial DIYers and Butler, Pa., residents Roeshel and Russ have proved that for every DIY project or conundrum, there’s a Dremel tool that can help.

From simple home improvements and repairs to giving thrifty finds and outdated furniture a charming makeover, the couple has stopped at nothing to turn their “old, fixer-upper farmhouse” into the home of their dreams. Roeshel estimates that they have completed at least 35 DIY projects in 2010 alone, using theirDremel Multi–Max™ for all of their sanding and cutting needs.

To share her journey and give confidence to other DIY enthusiasts along the way, Roeshel started a blog shortly after buying her home in 2007. Through her involvement with the DIY Club and its blogger community, Roeshel, otherwise known as The DIY Show Off, has featured 120 other bloggers’ DIY projects in addition to her own, and attracted more than 3,000 followers. In fact, Roeshel and her husband feature a total of about 200 outside DIY projects per week!

“We hope our projects inspire and encourage others,” Roeshel says. “Our blog has become a great place to share and find new, creative ideas, and to discover, ‘Hey, I can do that, too!’”

Their latest and most notable project to date, featured in the video above, involved replacing and remodeling an out-of-place doorway to match their house’s existing farmhouse character. Although Roeshel says they were initially apprehensive about how well the project would turn out, their Dremel Multi–Max played a large part in the project’s success.

“It made the job so easy and quick!” She says. “I feel like I have control over my project because of the small size of the tool, but the power and quality is just as amazing as the bigger tools that I’m afraid to work with.”

Other DIY projects where Roeshel and her husband used the Dremel Multi–Max for simple home fixes included transforming Roeshel’s closet, giving their old step stool a new look and designing a chalkboard wall in their kitchen. For more projects and DIY ideas, visit their blog at The DIY Show Off

New Glue New Year Winners!

The winners of the Elmer’s Glue giveaway are…

That would be:

#1 Nama Halacy’s Comfy Cottage said…
I have a 2 year-old granddaughter who loves to glue. I have learned to save bottle tops etc. so we have stuff for her to glue. So having new glue for 2011 would be awesome for her and for me!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Oh, the projects that we’ll do. I’ve got a loooong list for 2011, and one of them includes using glue to create a new mail station near the entryway. I can think of a few other uses, but that’s where I’d start!
#3  Leigh said…
I like on FB!
CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!  Please email me your full name and mailing address so I can forward to Elmer’s!  Can’t wait to see what you’re DIY projects will be!

And I found this picture of me and Niski in 2007.  Not sure what to make of her expression.  Fear?  Sorry, girl!   

Feb. 2008…brrrr!

Wastepaper basket to Lamp – Easy DIY

We’ve had this wastepaper basket for a few years.  It’s so pretty but no one sees it sitting in a guest bathroom corner plus the bottom had fallen out.  Time to replace it with something else and re-purpose the pretty can.

True Value sells lamp kits – this one was around $11.  Lamps can be made out of pretty much anything.  We used the wastepaper basket and a plastic charger that I already had (Michael’s).

If you’re repurposing, clean and disinfect wastepaper basket.  Also – because we used a charger, I have to reach in through the top of the shade to turn on the lamp.  I don’t mind because it’s what we had on hand and I love the result but you might want to use a smaller plate or if the design on your wastepaper basket allows, just turn it upside down and drill a hole in the bottom. 

Also – this is something you can do yourself.  Mr. DIY took over when I asked about the drill. I was all set to Do-It-Myself but I don’t mind.  It’s fun to work on things together too!  :)

1.  Mark the center of the charger and drill a hole big enough for a cord.

2.  Drill a hole into the back side of the wastepaper basket big enough for a cord.

3.  Following the instructions, we inserted the lamp nipple through the charger and secured with the adapter on the bottom and lock nut on the top.

4.  Put the check ring on top of the lock nut.

5.  Put the harp on top of the check ring.

6.  Unscrew the set screw a bit from the socket cap and screw the socket cap to the lamp nipple.

7.  Insert the wire end of the cord through the hole in the wastepaper basket.

8.  Pull through the lamp nipple in the charger.

9.  Insert wire end of cord through the socket cap and pull through so there’s enough room to work with it.

10.  Attach to socket shell according to package instructions.  Ribbed wire attaches to silver screw.  The other wire attaches to the brass screw (terminal screws).

11.  Insert socket shell into socket cap and tighten set screw.

12.  Add harp top if you took it off during this process.

13.  Glue charger to top of wastepaper basket.

All done!  Add a bulb and shade.

I love how it turned out.  I love that we repurposed it into a lamp.  It’s going in the guest bedroom (our next project after the kitchen).

What do you think?

Have you attempted to DIY a lamp?  A lot easier than it sounds, isn’t it?

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience
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I also wanted to say thanks to Mike and Katrina at
for featuring my bathroom!  Hurray!

Update on Kitchen Progress

We’re doing a kitchen makeover.  We started about two months ago.  I recommend doing this project in the summer if you live in the north where it gets cold and snows.  But I just couldn’t stand the orangy-oak cabinets, blue laminate countertops and linoleum floor any more.  My step dad’s jaw would be dropping about painting the oak but I really want to brighten up the kitchen.  Lighter cabinets in our old farmhouse just feels more “us” and our floors will be dark.  Every dream kitchen we look at has light cabinets and dark floors.  So sometimes, you just do what you love.  And when it comes to the cabinets, we want to do them right.  

It’s taking FOREVER.  A kitchen is by far the most time consuming room to transform.  But thanks to True Value, we’re up to the challenge.  We’re especially excited to use Benjamin Moore’s Impervo paint (available at True Value) on our cabinets.  Mr. DIY does the cooking which means I’m doing a lot of scrubbing.  Paint needs to be durable.

We chose the color Moonshine.  To most people it will look white but it’s actually a shade of light grey.

Here is our process:

1.  Remove doors and hardware. We used painter’s tape to mark each door and keep the label with each door throughout the process.  It sounds crazy.  You’d think we’d know which door belongs where but with it taking so long, I want to make sure we get it right.  Sometimes with DIY, we have the best intentions but trust me.  We’d put 20 out of 21 doors back on and find out we did it wrong! lol.  We also put each door’s hardware in a Ziplock baggy and put inside the matching cabinet.  Painting inside the cabinets is not necessary unless your cabinets are in poor conditioning and need cleaned up. Ours are in excellent condition, so we’re skipping that step.
2.  Sand cabinet doors and cabinet bases.  This takes forever.  Sanding was November parts 1 – 20.  But if there is a clear coat on each door, like we have, you’ll want to make sure the paint sticks.  
3.  Clean doors and cabinets.  I wiped them all down with a wet rag and let them air dry. 
4.  Set up work area for cabinet doors and tape around cabinet bases to protect wall and floors.  Doing this inside over the holiday months means doors will sit for days or a week before you get back to doing these steps (hence the summer recommendation above).
We had to rotate doors during the process too because of limited indoor space.

5.  Apply two coats of primer.  We used Zinsser.   Allow ample dry time in between coats.

6.  Paint the doors and cabinet bases.  Dry. I used a brush in the recessed areas and a foam roller on the flat areas. Benjamin Moore’s Impervo paint is self leveling…

Paint tip:  Using a screwdriver or something similar, hammer small holes in the recessed lip of the paint can.  This will allow paint that collects there to drip back into the can instead of building up/over-flowing or “gluing” the paint can lid to the container.

7.  Flip doors and paint other side.  Dry.

Please excuse my look without makeup and inside out doxie lounge pants…projects like this leave a lot of time for memories and I was thinking of this little girl:
and the picture above was in the same folder as these painting pictures. She’s paralyzed there. It was taken in her last 24 hours. Fresh tears. I miss her!  There was even a little rainbow prism on one of the doors from the light coming in the window (the 2nd in
two days after a reader shared the rainbow bridge poem).

8.  Repeat for a second coat and allow to dry.

We’re working on steps 7 and 8 now.

9.  Re-attach doors.

10.  Re-attach hardware.

We’re also considering distressing our cabinets or applying a glaze technique.  I’ll keep you posted.  Reveal coming just as soon as we put humpty dumpty back together again. I’ll do a full tutorial with pictures when we have the entire process complete!  Stay tuned!
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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Giveaway Announcement! New Glue for the New Year!

Last Chance to enter!  3 winners will be announced tomorrow!

Great new products to start off the DIY lovers’ new year!  Elmer’s is generously giving away a product package to 3 DIY Show Off readers!  Woo hoo!!!  

Elmer’s has a new line of hardware glues perfect for DIY projects and quick fixes—inside and outside of the home
The new line, which has been streamlined to four products, gives users a very clear choice based on the type of project they’re tackling:
·         Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue – It’s great for interior projects, non-toxic, easy to clean up with water, sandable and paintable. It also creates a stronger bond than the wood, meaning the wood will break before the bond does.
·         Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue MAX – Elmer’s newest all-in-one wood formula tackles indoor and outdoor projects. It’s waterproof, sandable, stainable, paintable, non-toxic, easy to clean up with water and bonds stronger than the wood. It also resists heat, mold and mildew.
·         Elmer’s Glue-All – This strong multi-purpose adhesive is great for interior projects, works best with wood, pottery, paper and cloth, dries clear and is non-toxic.
·         Elmer’s Glue-All MAX – This is an extremely strong polyurethane, multi-purpose adhesive, perfect for indoor and outdoor use. It’s also sandable, paintable and waterproof and works on a variety of surfaces including stone, metal and wood.
How to win?  1 entry for each, leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your email address if you can’t be reached via your blog.  
1.  Leave a comment telling us how this prize package of Elmer’s will help you in the new year!
2.  Become an Elmer’s Facebook fan.  Come back and comment that you’re a fan!
3.  Share this giveaway by tweeting, sharing on FB or your blog.  Come back and comment that you did so!
Giveaway ends Tuesday at midnight EST.  3 winners will be drawn randomly and announced Wed.  Good luck!!!

DIY Wire Hurricane and the DIY Holiday Highlights Party

This will be the last DIY Holiday Highlights party this season.  Are you sad? Or glad the holidays are nearly over?  
New Year’s Centerpiece
I was at our local True Value and came across “hardware cloth”.  Intrigued, I brought it home.  Then got creative, using it to dress up my candles!  

Here is what I did.

1.  Measure candle and mark height and width of candle on wire mesh.

2.  Using wire cutters, cut the wire to the correct size. I went a few inches bigger.

3.  The wire mesh comes wrapped in a long piece of wire.  Cut small piece of it to use as a “tie” and make a cylinder, overlapping rows.  It’s tricky to get it not to be crooked.  I used needle nose pliers to help bend the “tie”.

4.  Embellish.  Weave twine to create a monogram, add seasonal tags that can be swapped for the change in holidays, add ribbon, etc. 

Warning – make sure if you accessorize the wire that you keep embellishments away from the flame! I’m sure you know that but just in case, I don’t want you to start a fire!  If you’re a little accident prone, maybe try flameless candles. ;)
Since I love to re-purpose things, especially DIY…I also love them on our glass cannisters which aren’t labeled.  Cannister cozies!

More pics…


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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Let’s see the last of your DIY Holiday Highlights!


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Don’t forget to enter the NEW year GLUE year Giveaway!


Stock your supplies – get ready for the year year!
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I’m sharing my project here…

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Built-In China Cabinets get a Makeover and dining room reveal pictures!

We have three built-in corner china cabinets in our dining room.  Two are identical. 
I made a mistake when we moved in.  I was in a rush to get things cleaned up and painted. I was a little inexperienced with painting too. My paint job was semi-gloss over semi-gloss without sanding and the paint started to peel.  Before:
The bottom doors were a little boring too.  Just plain and we didn’t like the direction of the handles. 
True Value to the rescue!
I sanded all of the wood using my Dremel Multi-Max.  
I had to do some scraping too.  Live and learn!
We added some picture frame molding to the doors to give them a little more interest.  We mitered the joints. Since the trim was so narrow, we used Locktite to keep them in place rather than finishing nails. 

We didn’t know it at the time, but always ask your True Value Hardware Store associate if they sell lumber.  We just recently learned that our True Value carries lumber! It’s in the warehouse!  Good to know!  
We added weights and the let them dry a few days.
Then we brushed on two coats of primer.
I use Purdy and Benjamin Moore paint in Silver Sage. I did use painter’s tape on the edges of the built-in because of the corner angle.  Normally, I can get a perfectly straight line with my Purdy paintbrush and a sturdy hand. 
I didn’t repaint the diamond glass door trim on the top doors and I used the same paint there on the picture frame molding.  I’ll have to update with pictures during the day (soon).  Sometimes the Benjamin Moore silver sage looks green, sometimes blue.  It’s subtle against my linen colored walls.  I love it!  We still need to add the handles but we’re trying to decide if we want to go with something completely different before we start drilling holes.  :)

More pictures of our dining room makeover. It feels like something is missing…I love when Niski walked into the reveal pictures. :(
Office door above used to look like this…
We found an original French door in the barn.  The above door leads to my office and a part of the house that was added on a couple decades ago.   As you can see, there no farmhouse charm.   Inspired by Amy of WhisperWood Cottage, we were inspired to bring the French door back into the house .  The barn door hardware and track were $30 on CraigsList (a huge difference from $300-500 brand new!).
We removed the old door frame trim.  The Dremel Multi-Max was used to cut into the old trim so we could install trim with more character.  Removing the entire piece of trim to be able cut it would have been a much larger project (taking pieces of plaster wall with it, etc.) so my Dremel Multi-Max with the cutting attachment was perfect for the job!  
Our new trim is similar to what is in the rest of the house.  We took extra care to attach the top beam into the studs since it will support the weight of the track and door…
We used carriage bolts to attach the horseshoe brackets to the French door.
Mr. DIY shows me what it will look like when it’s hanging…
When we bought our house, this is what the dining room looked like facing the back yard.  There was a single door to go outside, nasty carpets and dirty white walls.  
When we moved in, the mocha walls (the ceiling is a few shades lighter – Mr. DIY drywalled that ceiling after taking down stained tiles).  It was a big improvement but it felt so dark even after we installed French doors to the back yard.
Our new reclaimed barnwood table just didn’t look good with the mocha shades.  We used Mythic Paint in bleached linen to lighten things up. 
Now the dining room feels like it belongs in our old farmhouse…
What do you think?

I’m joining the Piece of Work party at

You can see the entire dining room reveal at 
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More to come though – so stay tuned!
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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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Out with the Old in with the New – Fab Furniture Makeovers

It’s time to start thinking about the new year.  I love holiday decorating but when it comes time to put it all away, it feels so good to start the new year de-cluttering.  I also love to re-arrange the rooms and make them feel new. How about you?  An easy way to do that is to give an old piece of furniture a fresh new look or get creative and think outside the box.  Check out these for inspiration…
A little bit of hard work and a vision is all you need.  Camilla from Rosy Red Buttons wasn’t deterred from turning somewhat scary furniture into a beautiful nursery!  See the FULL STORY about her nursery furniture here.  I’ll share a few highlights.  This gorgeous changing table…
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used to be this.  I know.  Unbelievable!
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This night stand before…
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is now this pretty lady after…
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Amazing, huh?
Erin from the Stucco Bungalow took this old farmhouse table…
and turned it into this beauty!  For more details on how she refinished it, check out her farmhouse dining table post.  She did a beautiful job – it looks brand new!
Alie from Frankford Avenue has some great furniture makeovers! Click the links to see more details.
Before
After – it’s something straight out of a magazine, isn’t it?  I love the new finish!
Old Bookshelves Before
get a fresh, new beautiful look…
See her loft/office updates for some pretty decorating ideas.
Fun fabric and paint make this old chair…
SHINE!
This transformation from Agakry at Niemamconasiebie is so sweet.  It’s in Polish, but like she says, you can understand the universal language of pictures.  Here is the before…
and this is the adorable after. I love the new white look with the striped fabric.  The little bug decal is too cute.  I enjoyed browsing through her blog to check out her unique and fun style too.
Even just something small can make a big difference.  I love this before and after from Happy House, Happy Home
It shows up nicely with her chocolate painted background instead of being ‘lost’…
New blogger Lauren from West Furniture Revival has some pretty amazing transformations!
Little Red Writing Desk is beautiful.  I love unique furniture.  Isn’t this thrift store find awesome?
See the before/after transformation on her original post. 
This dresser…
and this $25 Craig’s List score before…
now looks so pretty in a new rust color…
More to see at West Furniture Revival!
Prettiest sewing desk transformation by Jessica at Loving Life
Before
Now fresh and antiqued in white – love the detail…
Pretty red luscious velvety cushion…
See more in the original post at Loving Life!
Share your furniture makeovers and DIY projects in the DIY Project Parade!
Every Sunday evening running all week long!

NEXT WEEK - SHARE YOUR 2010 RECAP of favorite/all DIY projects!
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Stock your supplies – get ready for the year year!
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DIY Project Parade

Well…it’s over.  If you celebrate, how was your Christmas?  We had a beautiful couple of days with family, friends, fun, lots of good food and thoughtful gifts.  I’m not anticipating a lot of participation in the DIY Project Parade this week, but it’s open if you’ve got something to show off.  
 The DIY Show Off
We were able to conquer another project in the kitchen. Just a small one but it makes a huge difference. I always consider lighting when doing a makeover and at the reveal, it’ll be a big in our ‘wow’ factor. Our kitchen has two areas, the original floor plan and an expansion where maybe there was a back porch at one time (although there is a basement underneath but it’s obvious by the walls that it was an original part of the kitchen). Anyway – there were two lights.  One ceiling light in the expansion which is where our French doors, refrigerator and pantry is and one over-the sink-light.  Nothing else.  
Mr. DIY and friend (thanks DJ!) installed some recess lighting along with the pot rack/light fixture (remember our $5 Habitat garage sale find?).  
Thanks to our friends at True Value, we were able to install a dimmer to change the atmosphere at the touch of a slider.  Now we can have bright light when cooking and dimmer light when entertaining or very dim just to see and we’re using energy efficient bulbs so no difference in the electric bill.  
Here is the process in pictures.  It was a lot easier than I anticipated and looks like something even I can do (which is great news – because I want to change the builder grade beige switches to something newer that matches the new switchplates throughout the house some day).

We also changed the junction box.  Something that didn’t need done but live and learn. So it’s being patched…

We’re painting so final look coming at the reveal!  :)  Hopefully soon!  Kitchens take a lot longer than any other project we’ve tackled.  We’re behind schedule!

NEXT WEEK – SHARE YOUR 2010 RECAP of favorite/all DIY projects!

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Show Off your Loot

You know you’re addicted to DIY when one of your favorite gifts is from Home Depot.  This isn’t a ‘traditional’ Christmas gift.  I was tickled when I opened my microfleece robe and pjs. In fact, I’m having trouble getting dressed today.  I love being comfy.  I feel like I’m wrapped in a cloud but I’ll be thrilled when I can put on my safety glasses and take this for a spin…
The PORTER CABLE 6-Gallon Portable Electric Air Compressor Combo Kit allows more fasteners to be driven on a single charge. The compressor can operate at 150 PSI and its 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI offers a quick recovery time. It comes with a 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, an 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and an 18-gauge 1 in. stapler that operate on maintenance-free motors to help ensure longer tool lives.
  • 120-volt power for long life
  • 150 PSI maximum allows user to drive more fasteners per charge
  • 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI for quick recovery time
  • 6-gallon air tank for prolonged use
  • Steel tank construction helps ensure strength
  • Includes one 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, one 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and one 18-gauge 1 in. stapler
  • Brad nailer features tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads
  • Narrow-crown stapler drives 18-gauge staples
Look out! I’m armed and dangerous!  Well, I’m armed and maybe only a danger to myself.  Thank you, Santa!

I also love the other gifts I received.  I feel spoiled and I love every minute of it.  :)

New dinnerware
New decor
New slippers
Pretty bracelet
This is my favorite gift of all…

Do you want to show off your gifts? I love getting new ideas for my wish list!   Please feel free to link up your post and include a link back so your friends can join in.   

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Merry Christmas from the DIY Show Off!

It’s finally here!  I hope you have a wonderful, special, memorable Christmas.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the extra hugs this week.  You’ve been a huge factor in helping us keep our Christmas spirit.

Here are a few things from some dear blog friends…

A beautiful warm Christmas at Mod Vintage Life
Argyle Yarn Wreath from Sarah at Comfort & Joy
Pretty blue Chanukah decor at Cape on the Corner

Cinnamon Starburst wreath and centerpiece from Sarah at Modern Country Style

This story of hope and blessing at The Little Red Shop warms my heart…

Catch up on the 12 days of catmas at Life in Rehab

A heart-touching Christmas story at Grass Stains

Thank you for sharing ladies!  Thank YOU all for sharing your DIY, creativity, hard work, transformations, before and after makeovers and craft projects all year long!  You’re so awesome!


I’d also like to give a special thanks to Sharon at pan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: large; line-height: 22px;">Keen Inspirations for the special gift.  Sharon, thank you. Your gift is so heart warming…I’m 1/2 way through the box already!  lol  Did I mention I drink TONS of tea?  Pumpkin Spice Chai and Winter Spice are my new favorites.  Addiction!


Thank you to Tricia from Three Petunias for the beautiful Christmas card – her girls are so sweet.  It runs in the family.  ;)  

Next week, I’m going to host party to share and show off your 2010 DIY Recap…easy to grab from your existing posts and highlight your DIY year.  Looking forward to joining you for a celebration of accomplishments.  

Merry Christmas, friends!

Love,
Roeshel & Russ
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Re-upholstering before and after!

Oh man, this is on my DIY to-do list (finding free/low cost chairs with great bones and giving them a makeover). I’m so impressed with Heather at Tallgrass Design.  First, because I never even considered taking an upholstery class (must check into this) and second for her amazing job with her chair rescues for her hearth room. 

Here is what one of the chairs looked like before:

And now?  Beautiful!  Aren’t they great in her space?  I’m off to check out Craigs List.  You should head over to read Heather’s original post to get more details!

Thanks for sharing your hard work and tips, Heather!  I’m so inspired! ;)

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Last Minute Christmas

Here are a few last minute DIY Christmas projects to show off!  It’s almost here! Are you ready?! I‘m extending the DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights party for those last minute posts.  :)

From Cindy at Keep it Simple (a new blog dedicated to simple and inexpensive Home Decorating and DIY projects!). 

DIY Christmas Trees (more to see!)



Bubble Magnet Tutorial - these cute bubble magnets are a great stocking stuffer or just a fun winter break DIY project with the kids…






I love this idea for hanging stockings from Ellie at Beauty 4 Ashes.  Perfect alternative to hanging from the mantel if you don’t have a fireplace…




Another pretty and easy decorative project for any time of the year.  
Design Lovin’ Mom
‘s pearl ball…


A lot of fun Christmas projects over at 
DIY Club



Or if you haven’t seen the DIY Holiday e-zine, click below to check out TONS of holiday inspiration and traditions. 

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Remembering Niski

I hope you don’t mind the diversion from DIY.  I just wanted to share some Niski photos.  I love doing a search for her name on my own blog and remembering my little girl.  It still hurts so much. I just miss her.  
My daughter had these ones on her cell phone.  Some I actually haven’t seen.  She was a cutie. 
Her little pjs…

 Crazy long tongue!

Smile!

When Mr. DIY got his Big Green Egg (he LOVES that thing and uses it in the snow!), he thought Niski would be interested in hearing all about grilling, smoking, BBQ and it’s features.  I think she was relieved when she discovered it was just an introduction and not an invitation to a wienie roast…

Niski and her alpha dog.
Julia (our foreign exchange student) & Niski

Naptime…

The scar on her belly was from surgery to remove a push pin that she ate when she was a puppy. Thankfully she recovered nicely and we had a few more years with he
r and liked to joke that the surgeon should have installed a zipper.  Fortunately she outgrew the habit of eating everything except food quickly after that experience.
Christmas morning 2009
Let me in!
Bathtime…
Happy Girl!

Doxie block.
Ali & Niski


Niski Nogi (what we interpret to mean ‘short legs’ in Polish even though it’s not quite correct).  I miss your snore.  I miss your yawns and sighs.  I miss your begging. I miss praising when I see that there isn’t an accident and for a brief millisecond, I forget why there isn’t.   I miss the loving welcome greeting when I walk in the door, the treat bribe when I walk out the door.   I miss the playing and snuggling and burrowing.  I miss scratching behind your ears and rubbing your belly.  I miss your wiggle dance and tap dancing toes.   I miss our dinner time ritual.  I regret that there isn’t one single picture of me with you because I was always behind the camera. Seeing the doggy aisle in the store makes me cry.  Remembering last Christmas morning opening presents has me longing that we’d be doing the same this year.  Every occasion, every season, I’m just going to miss having you by my side.  My little shadow.  My heart just aches.  But I know you’re not suffering.  You’re resting in  p
eace and peace will come for us with time.  For now, we just miss you so much and our hearts are filled with so much love.