I thought I’d take a moment to show you all a dresser that I worked my DIY magic on.  About a year ago I was given a really ugly dresser.  I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a dresser with similar wood apliques.  I found it by googling “ugly 1970’s dresser.” My first impression was, “Ew.  No thanks.”  Sometimes it’s difficult to look at something and see that it could ever be anything other than an ugly piece… Read more »

On a recent trip to my local St. Vinny’s, I came across what appear to be two original John Haymson pen and watercolour paintings. They are about 3′ ⨯ 1′, and honestly, if they aren’t original paintings, they’re the best prints I’ve ever seen. I had no idea who John Haymson was when I bought the paintings; I just knew I loved them. Here’s a little background info on the artist: John Haymson was born in Austria in 1902. He… Read more »

Another checkmark on the never-ending list of decorating “to-dos”: The gallery wall in our room is complete. For now. Unless I find artwork that I like even more than these pieces, at which point I will toss these ones in the garage after a short and heart-felt, “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. First I laid the frames out on a big sheet of paper, traced them and marked where the nails need to go. Then I taped the template… Read more »

That’s actually part of my job description around here. Head repurposer of ugly crap. 😀 Since I don’t have a lot of time to blog again today (Hayden has made it her mission this year to join every club and extra-curricular activity offered at her school) I thought I’d show you something that I recently picked up for $1 and repurposed. Over the course of the summer I slowly and painstakingly re-finished a very ugly dresser. I’m not showing that… Read more »

No, not me, my new chair. Last year I picked up this brown velvet upholstered slipper chair from my local St. Vinny’s. It was a steal at $15. I probably could’ve gotten away with just cleaning the upholstery, but I wanted the chair to make a statement in the room. Preferably the statement, “Throw your dirty clothes here and die.” This is what the chair looked like when I first brought it home. I happened to have some fabric remnants… Read more »

This was not the post I had planned for today, but unfortunately I don’t seem to know the difference between “P.M.” and “A.M”, because I accidentally scheduled todays post to go up tonight. So now you get my awesome post’s ugly stepbrother post. This was the light fixture in our master bedroom: Can you believe they still make these pieces of crap? I picked up this boring little chandelier at a thrift store for $5, and after a few coats… Read more »

About a month ago I found a roll of vintage vinyl shelf paper at my local St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop for just 50¢. I had no idea at the time what I was going to use it for, but the pattern was so lovely, and the price was right, so I figured I’d find something to stick it to eventually. Around the same time I picked up a little vintage bedside table with cascading drawers, similar in style… Read more »

With the kids heading back to school in T-minus 140 hours (but who’s counting) I’ve been thinking that a little road trip to Ikea might be in order. I’m not a huge Ikea fan, but I definitely like some of their more modern pieces, including their rugs. Did I mention that I’ve changed my mind on our bedroom rug? I know, I was as shocked as you are. Last fall I purchased a rug for $39.99 from Walmart. It was… Read more »

Ok, so as I’ve already admitted, not one room in our home is completely finished. I have a running list for each and every room of tasks to complete, and products to purchase. The only room that has not been touched since we moved in, is our master bedroom. And when I say “hasn’t been touched”, I mean the walls are coated in white primer, and there is masking tape around the trim. Yeah. So anyways, in my typical “I… Read more »