I've been impressed with many IKEA Rast Hacks floating around the internet. There are so many truly creative ideas. So when I was approached by Hickory Hardware I leaped at the opportunity to put my creativity to work. Shortly thereafter, an IKEA Rast dresser was sent to my home along with a $25 Visa gift card to purchase supplies for the hack.  Knobs for my Rast Hack were provided by Hickory Hardware. No other compensation was received.     A new baby girl in the family gave me the perfect excuse and idea for transforming this small (24 3/8 x 27 1/2") 3-drawer pine dresser into … [Read more...]

We had another banner week of participation at this week's Project Inspire{d} Link Party!  Thank you so much for coming... either as a reader or a linker. Wow!  I guess with all the snow and bad weather, everyone's excited to freshen up their spaces for spring! After this so very long, never-ending winter, that's a great thing. I know I am so very anxious for spring to arrive. This week we're loving your.... Creative Vintage Furniture Makeovers   Pin this image.  And stop by the featured blogs and pin their creations, too!   Vintage Seed Packet Display by Sadie Seasongoods Upcycled Thrift … [Read more...]

If you've been looking for a detailed tutorial so you can try your hand at chalk painting, you've come to the right place!    Back when it was below freezing and the snow was driving sideways and the drifts were rising an inch an hour, my friend Alice asked me if I would be willing to help her paint her antique washstand.  We live half an hour apart and there was no way I wanted to drive in that crazy winter weather, so I told her I'd love to, in the spring. Spring came and with it an opportunity to try out the new FolkArt Home Decor™ Chalk. This post is part of a sponsored … [Read more...]

Have you ever gone for a walk only to come back with a treasure from the roadside? Last spring I went for a lunchtime walk on an unseasonably warm and bright day. About a block and a half from my house I noticed a pile of disassembled furniture and other sundry items at the curb of a home that had recently been sold.  Evidently the home was part of an estate and the remaining items had to be disposed.  As I walked by slowly, I noticed some tall French provincial cabinet doors stacked on top of each other amidst the partially deconstructed cabinetry.  As I continued my walk down that very long cul-de-sac, I … [Read more...]

A sweet dear friend inherited a mahogany sideboard, china cabinet, and table several years ago which really weren't her style.  After I moved out-of-state, she asked me if I would like the furniture, saying that the pieces would look great in my "new" house.   After a 4-hour trip her heirlooms easily made themselves at home in my house. The sideboard fits perfectly in the dining area of my great room and the table opens out so I can seat 14.  Perfect for all my entertaining.  Happy me!     This furniture, though good quality, was not in perfect condition.  And the sideboard, in all its … [Read more...]