Comfort Works Custom Sofa Slipcover Review

Comfort Works logo

Next up on our DIY list is our family room renovation and the Comfort Works sofa slipcover review saved the day. It was just what we needed for motivation to get started. With so many do-it-yourself projects planned for this room, a new couch is not in the budget. Our hunter green striped La-Z-Boy is very outdated and not our style at all anymore but it’s definitely good quality and solid but not what we want for our family room. A custom slip cover is the perfect solution.

Our sofa before is outdated and not our style…


hunter green striped sofa

(Full family room makeover in progress!)

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DIY Read Letters

DIY “READ” letters tutorial: I recent shared where I read and what I’m reading…

DIY Show Off reading nook

See that sliver of bare wall to the left? GASP! I’m not a minimalist so I decided it needs something. A quick trip to the craft store and I had an idea…

Aged/vintage inspired wall letters


  • Cardboard letters spelling R-E-A-D (or “D-E-A-R” if I want to change them around)
  • Deco Art’s Americana craft paint
  • Dark brown glaze (I use Rockler’s TransTint dye)
  • Command velcro hangers
1. I painted my letters and let them dry. I love this beautiful red (Deco Art Americana Tuscan Red)…
painting vintage inspired wall letters 2. Once dry, I sanded the edges for a distressed/worn look.
sanding vintage inspired letters after:
vintage inspired wall letters 3. Next I brushed on a dark glaze and wiped it off. I love the aged look it gives.
vintage inspired wall letters 4. Once the glaze was dry, I applied velcro hangers since the cardboard is so light. (And no holes in the wall…that usually doesn’t stop me though. Holes can be patched.)
5. My letters are centered and spaced evenly and secured to the wall with the velcro.
reading nook before AFTER
What do you think?
I just learned that I’ve been nominated for the Best Home Design Blog at Apartment Therapy’s Homies 2012 and I’d love your vote!  Visit AT Homies 2012 here. Thank you SO MUCH!

DIY Project Parade and re-arranging the living room.

thrifted gallery wall, hanging a gallery wall, plaster walls, decorating, do-it-yourself

Winter gives me spring fever. I love being snowed in when I don’t have to go out but I can’t sit still and get bored looking at the same old thing (as if I have time to be bored) but staring at the same four walls day in and day out and looking at tons of inspiration (thanks to my talented blog friends!) – well, it makes me itchy to re-do and re-arrange. And so, my living room was the victim of my decorating bug. Today, I give you the evolution of the living room.

Earlier this week I shared what I’m reading and where I read

DIY Show Off reading nook

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Involving Color

I’ve “known” Jena from Involving Color for quite awhile and I not only love her creativity and beautiful home, I love her site.  She has some new features and really helpful tools so I asked her to share a little about it today. It’s a site you’re going to want to pin or bookmark for when you’re trying to choose a paint color. See paint colors in “real” rooms. Here’s Jena:

Hi, I’m Jena from Involving Color, and I’m so excited to be guest posting here on The DIY Show Off! I’ve been a long time reader of Roeshel’s blog, so when she asked me to come share a little about my site with you guys, I was beyond excited.

Involving Color is a blog all about paint color. I have hundreds (and growing!) reader submitted rooms organized in galleries by paint color and room type. I even have a section just for painted furniture. I recently added a lot of functionality with an improved search and image tags, which I’ll talk about below.

DO IT YOURSELF – do something this weekend.

It’s calling for snow here. The warmer temps were just a tease. Snow for me means staying at home. Just some quick, easy ideas for motivation all to start somewhere small this weekend to accomplish something productive. For me, it always leads to bigger things. Taking 15 minutes to do one of these, almost always inspires me to work a little longer and accomplish a little more.  Here is what works for me:

  • Clean off the kitchen counters. Before I know it, I’m scrubbing things down, sweeping the floor, wiping down the fridge. I love a clean kitchen. marble subway tile, back splash, do it yourself, virginia mist granite, hanging mugs
  • Sort through a junk drawer. Organize chaotic papers and receipts, put ‘quick clean shoved’ items where they belong. Having everything where it belongs feels so good. craft room, organization, vintage, craft supplies, home office
  • Make the bed. In our home, this doesn’t happen daily but taking a minute to make the bed = picking up clothes, dusting and rearranging decor. I love when that happens! poster bed with curtains, turquoise and orange, do it yourself, bedroom makeover
  • Actually look at craft supplies and materials, then browse Pinterest for an idea. Time to get creative! craft supplies, organization, ribbon storage

Do you have do-it-yourself plans this weekend? I do! Mine involves primer and paint. How about you?

Last week of Lucky Linky Follower Giveaway



It’s week 4! We LOVE to share GIVE-A-WAYS with you . Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri and I both worked with Brent the creator of the new LINKY FOLLOWER tool (he also has Linky Tools–the linky party guy). We were both a little panicked over the Google Friend Connect going away and Brent came to the rescue, creating an easy to use new Follower/new reader tool for bloggers. Then we rounded up some friends to join our test group and we all helped to work on the best new follow tool.

We thought it would be SUPER FUN to have a SUPER COOL– MONTH LONG give-a-way to celebrate the SUPER COOL new tool.

1 WINNER WILL RECEIVED A CASH PRIZE OF $50 {via Paypal} at the end of February!

sponsored by Linky Followers & Linky Tools

(The PRIZE MONEY is open to world wide followers with a Paypal account)

In addition to our monthly prize our featured give-a-ways for WEEK 4 are:


glue gun & glue sticks

paint brushes

over night brush storage container



DecoArt’s NEW Chalkboard Coating–turns any painted surface into a chalkboard.

DecoArt’s Decoupage

decoupageand their new chalkboard
MANDATORY: Follow our NEW LINKY TOOL FOLLOWER (not the Google Friend Connect) located on our side bars. Signing up to Linky Followers is very simple and FREE! Yes – FREE!!!

FOLLOW Cheri from Its So Very Cheri1 entry ( on her side bar)
FOLLOW Roeshel from The DIY ShowOff1 entry (located on the side bar)
FOLLOW THE DIY CLUB1 entry (located on the DIY Club side bar)

You MUST follow the NEW LINKY TOOL on all three (above) to be qualified for the give-a-way.

Then each week you can come over and follow the instructions to enter for that week.

This week 2/24/2012 through 3/2/2012 – EXTRA ENTRIES:

Leave us a comment for each entry.

LIKE Rockler on Facebook = 1 entry
Follow Rockler on twitter = 1 entry

LIKE DecoArt on Facebook = 1 entry
Follow this DecoArt page on Pinterest = 1 entry

Head over to Its So Very Cheri for 7 more chances!

*I’ve emailed Week #2 winner and made the announcement.  If there isn’t a response by the end of the month, I’ll be choosing another Week 2 winner. 

Inspiring Living Room Reveal – The Painted Hive

When Kristine from the Painted Hive revealed her living room, my mouth may have been hanging open. I might have drooled. Mostly, I’m inspired.

Sigh…isn’t this straight out of a magazine? She has a beautiful home.

We’re starting our family room makeover (more on that coming Sunday) but I’d love to copy/paste Kristine’s living room into my family room.  If I was technically savvy…I’d make that happen. 😉

The living room is open to the dining room and it’s just has dreamy. I love the mix of rustic and industrial, don’t you? Some people just have a talent for pulling it all together beautifully…

One last peek, then you’ll have to visit The Painted Hive for MORE including details, more Pin-worthy photos, DIY, links, sources and cost breakdown.

Ready to see more of this beautiful room PLUS lots more DIY and decorating at the Painted Hive?  Click, be redirected and inspired {or envious!}. rustic, industrial living room makeover

Master Bathroom Reveal at Jenna Sue Design

Have you seen this? I’m in looooove. {Have I mentioned we have a really, really ugly tiny outdated, falling apart, cheap master bathroom?} Jenna Sue started with this…

Before…basic builder boring-ness. A great space to start…

but she transformed it into this bathroom dream come true…

diy master bathroom reveal

WOW!  ::drool::  I don’t know where to start – I love the floating vanity, the basket storage underneath, the colors, that gorgeous tile wall is to die for, the sinks/faucets are so cool, the lights!, the mirrors, recessed shelving, art, swoon over that floor tile…what’s not to love? Right?

One more before/after then you’ll have to visit Jenna Sue to see more inspiring pictures, the cost breakdown and details.

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DIY bath sign and $50 Wallums Giveaway

Your 1 winners on “DIY bath sign and $50 Wallums Giveaway” is:

1) Tara

DIY bathroom sign

I recently had the opportunity to try my choice of vinyl from Wallums. Wall’ums is a San Francisco based company specializing in 100% removable, unique and custom wall decals.


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DIY Project Parade and Time for Dinner – clock themed accents.

canvas burlap banner tutorial

I love banners and enjoy seeing them all over blogland but couldn’t decide what I wanted mine to look like. I knew I wanted it to be “every day” and not seasonal or special occasion. I finally decided on a Love, Eat, Pray theme.

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