Faux Beam: home makeover progress!

It’s been a while since I shared an update of the progress going on at mom’s house. It’s still a work in progress but wait until you see how far along things are coming, especially since their current home sold in less than 24 hours of being on the market. TIME TO HUSTLE! Disclosure: We received product in exchange for this review. Take a look! 

Before:  Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

The living room before was narrow with a outside concrete wall separating what may have been a sun porch. See the green wall above? That’s the living room area and where it ends. See the red room below? That’s the sun porch(?) on the other side…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

and the fireplace wall before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

After…To make the living room space larger to accommodate our family gatherings, the concrete wall was removed. I love how the space is now flooded with light with the concrete wall gone, new drywall in place, a wood-planked ceiling in progress and the installation of sliding glass doors. 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

But now there’s an eye sore on the ceiling. There’s no missing that big steel beam in the photos above.

And now there’s not…WOW!

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

…it’s a gorgeous rustic wood beam with iron accents. Right? 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

That’d be quite labor intensive not to mention expensive. Want to know a secret?

We received this amazing product from AZ Faux Beams. It’s a faux beam! “Old Timber” in ‘walnut’ to be exact. It’s lightweight and fake but looks SO real! And it’s stunning! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What it is: A hollow lightweight resin with a rustic wood look! What?! No way! Yes. It really is! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What we did. And by we, I mean my mom and I did the measurements, design/color selection and ordering. Butch and my brother Christopher did the manual labor involved with installation. Oh, we supervised too. 

  1. Measurements. 
  2. Order.
  3. Cut to size, shave inside down if needed.
  4. Install.
  5. Secure.
  6. Caulk and add decorative trim. 

Isn’t it gorgeous? It draws your eye to their pretty planked ceiling and compliments the beautiful rustic ceiling fans. Check out AZ Faux Beams to see all of the options! Let’s take a look at repeat before and after shots: 

“Before” (two spaces separated by a concrete wall)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Same angle “After” (wall is gone and there is an addition of a half bathroom on the right…for guests and quick access once the swimming pool is installed outside those sliding glass doors).

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after (wall removed)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

 before…looking from the kitchen

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after, standing in that  widened doorway

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Crazy transformation, right? I promise it’s the same space! The story continues! 

Next up: Moving in is right around the corner. I can’t wait to show you the complete before and afters of the entire house from gut to renovation to reveal. 

 

16 Fabulous Leather Tutorials for the Home

Hello there friends of Roeshel! My name is Corinna and I’m the blogger behind For My Love Of. I love my home, and the process of making it a beautifully decorated home. For the past 2 years I’ve been learning and sharing different DIY home improvement and decor techniques on my blog. It’s a fun journey and I’m hoping it encourages others to take passion in their homes too. My most recent obsession in home decor is leather, so I’m pretty excited to be sharing today’s post with you- 16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials for The Home!

*Please remember to pin from the original sources listed below.

16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials For The Home Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench
Might as well start big or go home, am I right? Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench by Mandi of Vintage Revivals. Incredibly impressive, using the fabric from one couch to create a sofa from bare materials! DIY Leather Herb Labels DIY Leather Herb Label by Chris Loves Julia. If you’re growing your own herbs, dress them up with cute leather labels! leather studded stump Leather Studded Stump by Anythingology blog. Everybody loves a good tree stump stool, and you can amp up a raw one with leather and upholstery tacks!

DIY Stitched Leather Stool

DIY Minimal Leather Stool Cover by Meg Kemner for Design Milk. Another fantastic stool, and so minimalistic! Personally, I think it could look really neat with colorful legs too! DIY (faux) leather accent pillow DIY Leather Accent Pillow by For My Love Of for The Love Nerds. For an easy touch of leather, and minimal tools, try adding a leather accent pillow!

hand sewn leather pillow tutorials

Pump up a basic pleather pillow with neon embroidery floss and some time and create a Hand Embroidered Leather Pillow with Pop of Neon by For My Love Of. Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf by Camille Styles. Add style and texture in one easy DIY shelf!

DIY Leather Coasters

DIY Leather Coasters by Carly of Create Live Blog. For all the remnant leather fabric from other projects, you could create these fabulous coasters! DIY Leather Plant Hanger DIY Leather Plant Hanger by Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. for Design Sponge. The honeycomb pattern created by the cuts in the leather is too cool for words. DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter Tutorial DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter by For My Love Of. And because hanging planters are so practical, here’s another one using leather-like materials. DIY Leather Cabinet Handles DIY Leather Cabinet Handles by Veronica Loves Archie. Another great project for leather remnant pieces. Definitely takes the boring out of those basic white cabinets.

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY by A Beautiful Mess. A bit more skill is involved, but the end result is a stunning piece. Woven Stool Tutorial Woven Leather Stool Tutorial by Matt of Wood & Faulk. A great dose of leather and would make a fantastic footstool! Modern Leather Bench Tutorial

DIY Modern Leather Bench w/Hairpin Legs by Home + Style Report. I feel like this would be so practical for those of us with kids and it’s so stylish too!

 DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Leather Valet Tray

How to Make a Leather Valet Tray by Paul for Apartment Therapy. Couldn’t you find lots of uses for a leather tray like this one? DIY Leather Organizer Organize paperwork and add a dose of leather to your work space with this DIY Leather Organizer by Mandy Pellegrin for Design Sponge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of fabulous DIY projects and are inspired to try the material (faux or real) in one of your next home decor projects! Please share any of your leather projects in the comments below!

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Easy DIY Indoor Outdoor Honeycomb Wall Art

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly DIY challenges. One of the themes for April is outdoor wall art. I just happen to have a bare outdoor wall. This easy DIY indoor/outdoor honeycomb wall art project is super easy and perfect for decorating an outdoor wall in our covered party patio area. 

easy DIY hexagon wall art at diyshowoff.com

 Materials I used:

hexagon wall art tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

I spray painted the pieces of the drawer organizers (not assembled) using Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint. I sprayed one side Peacock Blue and let dry about 6 hours then flipped and sprayed the other side Koi Pond and let dry overnight. 

Once the paint was dry, I assembled my pieces. The honeycomb-shaped organizers simply snap together. No tools required!

easy honeycomb wall art tutorial

Since I have 3 sets, I assembled two sets with closed ends and one with open ends (both options shown on pamphlet with instructions included in the box).

easy DIY hexagon honeycomb wall art

You could even leave them white = the only DIY is snapping them together! I hung mine using Command outdoor light clips. 

Face on: 

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From the side:

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From above: 

DIY hexagon wall art tutorial at diyshowoff.com

They’re very light weight so not ideal for displaying heavy items but a great way to add color, dimension and interest to an otherwise plain outdoor or even indoor wall. I tucked in a few succulents for now.

outdoor hexagon patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

My covered patio area still hasn’t been cleaned up for summer. I just grabbed some accessories for photo-staging. Pardon the leaves and dirt!

outdoor honeycomb patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

The outdoor hexagon/honeycomb wall art is going to look great on that back wall when the patio is cleaned up. See the patio when it IS ready for summer lounging and entertaining here.

barn patio makeover

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!  

More of my Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges:

DIY hanging organizer - Pantone radiant orchid DIY Chalk Finish Paint Recipe pipe shelving how to DIY foldable luggage rack tutorial DIYShowOff tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff LCR dice game tutorial

Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

mixing old and new - eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com

Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

wrapping paper canvas art at diyshowoff.com

Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff

Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

blue orange gold eclectic guest bedroom at diyshowoff.com mixed media gallery wall at diyshowoff.com guest bedroom redo at diyshowoff.com eclectic guest bedroom DIY cat window seat

I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

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painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

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Ready for a little inspiration to get started on freshening up your bedroom? Check out the giveaway using the widget below to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store. Good luck!

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DIY Hanging Organizer (for peg hooks)

How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space. 

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood. 

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.

  • 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
  • 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is)  x 1″ tall  x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Valspar Radiant Orchid 

What I did:

Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

 

Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom organization - DIY peg hook hanging shelf

DIY hanging peg hook organizer

hanging peg hook organizer

bathroom peg hook hanging organizer

Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway. 

Peg Hook Hanging DIY Organizer

DIY peg hook mudroom entryway organizing hanging caddy

PB inspired peg hook shelf caddy organizer

My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you? 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light – not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

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Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Highlights

Every week, I have the best time going through the awesome project links at THAT DIY PARTY. And I’m inspired by your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing! Here are some amazing do-it-yourself project highlights from the last two weeks. (Find something “pinteresting”? Please visit the awesome links below to pin from the original source!):

DIY Party Highlights

DIY-PROJECTS

Beautiful Rooms

Always my favorite: eclectic style. Industrial school house dining room at Nellie Bellie

eclectic dining room by Nellie Bellie

Laundry closet makeover by Bles ID

laundry closet makeover by bles-id blog

and a gorgeous home office reveal by The Blissful Bee

home office makeover by The Blissful Bee

Bright, beautiful dining room by Remodelando La Casa

dining room makeover at Remodelandolacasa

Inspiring ‘spring’ in the living room at the Happy Housie

spring living room at The Happy Housie

Dining room tour at a Little of This, a Little of That

diningroom tour at A little of This, A little of That

Craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

Bathroom makeover by Me and My DIY

bathroom makeover by me and my diy

Fab Furniture

Rustic X base console table by The Chronicles of Home

DIY x base table by The Chronicles of Home

Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

DIY Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

Yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

Split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

DIY bar stook desk by Liz Marie blog

diy bar stool desk by liz marie blog

Amazing Accents

Beautiful bungalow fireplace makeover and horse art by Decorate a Little Bit.

art-fireplace-makeover by Decorate a Little Bit

How to make double layered Roman shades by Songbird (on my to-do list, thanks, Marianne!)…

How-to-make-double-layered-roman-shades by Songbird Blog

How to make Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Large number stenciling tutorial by Lake Girl Paints

number-stenciling by Lake Girl Paints

Chicken Coop by Living and Learning with Luisa

Chicken Coop by Learning and Living with Luisa

DIY portable fire feature by With a Blast

DIY fire feature by With a Blast

Follow THAT DIY PARTY highlights Pinterest board with pins from the party links every week to re-pin my pins linked to original party link sources.

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DIY Show Off Recap:

Patio Swing Makeover

before…

patio swing makeover

after…

patio swing makeover - after

Just for fun…CocoRosie and her striped snoodie hoodie from SpoiledBratzwear. Isn’t she adorable? Those eyes! And who can resist her in her custom clothing? (hey…when human baby girls grow up, furbaby girl gets spoiled!)

CocoRosie - diyshowoff

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of my ‘mom’ friends! xoxo

Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

DIY Show Off

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2. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+, etc.

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Joss & Main Curator’s Collection is LIVE!

Joss & Main recently invited me to curate a collection (dream-come-true!). You’ve likely seen several blogger’s collections this year…it’s such a fun sales event!

Joss & Main

I worked hard to create a collection of items I have in my own home or that reflect my style, even items on my wish list. {dear Santa….}

DIY Show Off Joss & Main Curator's Collection

On occasion I’m asked where I found a certain item. Today, I share some of my favorite decorative items in my Eclectic farmhouse Elegance collection.

DIY Show Off Joss & Main Curator's Collection

If you’re not familiar with Joss & Main, they’re a member’s only online shopping site offering top brand and designer merchandise for your home well below retail prices.  Up to 70% off! Membership is FREE and you can join Joss & Main here.

I look at the collections and sales and find something I love nearly every day. It’s a great source for inspiration for decorating too! And every time you refer a friend who makes a purchase, you earn credit for shopping! I know! That’s awesome, right?

DIY Show Off Joss & Main Curator's Collection

For a limited time at Joss & Main, I’m sharing some great decorative accents and furnishings {some that you’ll actually see in our home!}. To achieve a similar look, my eclectic farmhouse style, you’ll find items like our dining room chairs and a lot more…

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See if you can spot some of the accents I’m going to be using in the apartment reveal that’s coming up too! Yep, they have some amazing prices and irresistible deals.

You’re invited! Head over and take advantage of the FREE membership so you can shop for some amazing discounted home decor for your next room makeover and I’d love for you to take a look at the DIY Show Off Joss & Main Curator’s Collection for a limited time. Thanks, friends!
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Pass It On

Have you met Linda at IASWP? She’s super talented and so sweet. She, along with some of her closest blog friends, are hosting a blog event called…
it all started with paint.
The idea is that they started a ‘pay it forward’ type thing and sent a handmade gift to some lucky girls. I was one of Linda’s lucky friends and received two amazing gifts…
If you know Linda, you know she has an natural talent for creating some of the most beautiful accent pillows using drop cloths.
But I’m looking forward to participating in Pass It On and I will make two surprises for a blog friend, one to keep and one to pass on. I’ll keep you posted about that. I may even choose more than one blog friend! 😉
Linda recently opened an Etsy Shop filled with beautiful designs…
and is hosting a fun pillow party starting tomorrow 4/24 (you’re invited!)…
Linda, thank you SO much for the beautiful ruffled pillows and choosing me to be a part of the Pass It On Project. We’re in the process of redoing our family room and they are just so so sweet and perfect!

New year, old to new accents ~ Larissa Hill

One of the things I love to do is take something old and give it a fresh new look. Take a look around your room…see something you can paint and freshen up with a little DIY ingenuity? Here’s an idea from Heather at 

Start by finding inspiration like Heather did from Blessings Unlimited‘s online catalog. She saw these:

(almost $90 for a set of three!)

She had these:

and after a little DIY and creativity, she has these:

I’m not seeing much difference between the $90 set and Heather’s DIY set – just a beautiful transformation and lovely candlesticks! See what she used and how she did it at Larissa Hill Candlestick Makeover.

Small DIY – adding useful color to the kitchen.

This isn’t much to share today, but it’s a start to the new year.  Starting small and working my way up to bigger and something awesome. In the meantime, this works for me and maybe you haven’t thought to do the same and I’ll start a new trend and everyone will have mugs hanging around under cabinets. So here goes.  It doesn’t take much DIY to make this girl smile.  🙂 Santa brought me these turquoise Fiesta mugs for Christmas…

Ooohhh!  So pretty!  Our kitchen has a lot going on but not much color.  I think displaying these is a good idea. Easy convenient reach, pretty pop of color and not using valuable real estate in the already crowded cupboards…the cave where ugly mugs (you know you have a couple!!) go to live.
Upper cabinets before:  I do love the new granite, the marble backsplash and painted cabinets (which are actually a light grey)…but it could use something more. I’m not one for NOT decorating almost every nook, as you know.  Minor addiction. But look…it needs something happy, right?
Using Rockler’s Screw Lube on the screw part of each cup hook made for super easy screw-in. Who knew?  I mean – SUPER easy. Like good hold and smooth turning into the wood. Have you ever tried it?  Made me feel like I had big muscles – little effort!
After…

I love the colorful accent to an otherwise neutral area, don’t you? Easy reach for tea time too.

See the full but small and EXCITING tutorial (that might be exaggerating a little, but there’s TONS more really fun stuff there to see too!) at the DIY Club.  🙂 DIY doesn’t always mean having to break a nail or destroy a room to make a small accomplishment feel rewarding. One small step to get the motivation going.  What have you completed this first week of the new year?  Baby steps or DIY super hero feats?  Come back to link to the DIY Project Parade tomorrow to ‘show off’.

While on the subject of First Project of the Year – have you seen what our friend, Amy, is up to? This IS exciting! Get ready!

I know once I finish a bigger DIY project this month, I’ll be joining the party. What an awesome dream come true prize!  Cool, huh?

Enjoy the weekend!
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