pretty paper picture mats

An easy way to add excitement to the mats in your frames is by covering them with wrapping or scrapbook paper. Since I used a large scale frame mat (the mat holds an 11×14 picture), I used flat sheets of wrapping paper found at a local stationery store. For this project you will need: *a […]

my spray painted home

I’ve been spray painting for over a decade now. I’ve gone through a lot of cans of spray paint, and I am a little embarrassed to admit how many cans I have sitting in my basement right now. I may be (somewhat obsessed), but I’m grateful for whoever invented spray paint. It’s the easiest and […]

mod podging memories

I discovered “mod podging” (or decopodge) in college.  Maybe we were weird (I prefer to think we were trendsetters), but my friends and I would mod podge whatever we could get our hands on – frames, boxes, photo albums –  you name it.  It was an inexpensive but sentimental gift.  I ran across this beauty […]

color theory confusion

Apparently I should have payed a little closer attention in my color theory class in college.  But then again, it was a long time ago. I have my kitchen walls painted in Pittsburgh Paint’s “Toffee Crunch” and my family room is painted in Valspar’s “Cincinnatian Hotel Briggs Beige.”   My husband was out of town, […]

a (fabric inspired) bathroom update

Isn’t fabric fun? It’s so fun that it can inspire a complete bathroom update. This was my kids/guest bathroom.  I was attempting to make if fun while keeping some sophistication.  I didn’t succeed. While on pinterest one day, I noticed a pin for a bathtub/shower valance: http://www.gusandlula.com/2012/04/short-tutorial.html It got my wheels turning, and it just so […]

updated silhouettes

Silhouettes or cutting portraits (generally in profile) from black card became popular in the mid-18th century.  I’ve updated the idea a little by placing my family’s silhouettes on fun papers and while keeping a classic oval frame.  I also added a cute little initial to each silhouette. I took the pictures with my iPhone, blew […]

beautifying a builder’s grade bathroom

I’m a suburban dweller dealing with builder grade bathrooms.  Although we would love to remodel the bathrooms someday, now isn’t the time.  So, here’s my inexpensive solution: I have a nice size tub with a not so exciting faucet and floors.  So, rather than have you focus on the lack of upgrades, I (inexpensively) “prettied” […]

bad gone good

I love the idea of vinyl wall decals, but I don’t love their flat commercial feel.  I love hand painted walls, but I don’t have the patience to create one.  So, here’s my solution! I painted the wall the color I want the decal to be.  In this case, a light(er) cream.  You must let […]

fabric, frames and spray paint

Want an easy solution for the wall behind your couch?  Check out my fun (and obsessively symmetrical) fabric frames:  Create this look by gathering up all your old frames (or search for them at bargain prices at garage sales and thrift stores).  In my case, I’m naturally drawn to symmetry and order, so of course […]

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