• Celebrations

    Cheap and Easy Holly Hangers

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine, because who doesn’t love cheap and easy. Whoa now, I’m not sure you’ll find this little tip quite that interesting, but if you are looking for an inexpensive and extremely quick way to hang holiday decorations on mirrors and pictures, then you’ve come to the right place. A few years ago while my husband was sorting outdoor lights and I was festivizing the living room, I decided to hang a cute little wreath (pictured at left) in front of the mirror over the fireplace. I didn’t know how best to go about this without scratching the mirror or…

  • Inside & Out

    Monogrammed Side Table a Snap

      I had this little table hanging out around my house for about a year before I decided to give it a face lift. It had been outside, inside, held pumpkins and mums, and had been just plain ugly the entire time. With the purchase of new living room furniture, I decided it would find a final resting place as a side table (but it still needed major help). I actually used flat black spray paint on this project because of all the spindley things — getting a smooth coat of paint on that was not something I was looking forward to doing with a brush. Before I sanded and…

  • Inside & Out

    A Pair of DIY Projects on Parade

    Today I’m sharing a couple of recently completed DIY projects for the September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge (I’m going to call it the “Even Day Challenge” for the rest of the month just so I don’t leave anything out). I love a good deal and I love furniture, so taking something from trash to treasure is a great deal of fun and/or rewarding for me. Believe me, I’m not above pulling out an old chair or chest of drawers from someone’s road-side trash pile. These two projects are just small little things that were quick and easy to complete. For most of my furniture pieces I use sand paper,…