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Guest Post: DIY Rustic Wood Coffee Table

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Wow, so excited to be browsing 170+ links from the Favorite Destinations Party that began yesterday, with bloggers showing off their amazing getaways.  I thought my “Need to Travel Here” list was long, now it’s so much longer.  You’ve simply got to visit some of these links, filled with inspiring stories of places as exotic as Fiji and Greece, to fun adventures found in our Fifty States.  There’s still time to link up a favorite travel destination of yours as well.   

Today I have a very special guest, Kristi of Addicted to Decorating.  I spied Kristi’s amazing rustic coffee table a few weeks ago on her blog, and asked her to share her step by step with all of you while I’m away.  Enjoy this project, it’s fantastic!  

“Hello, all of you Centsational people!  I’m just thrilled to be here today while Kate is still off on vacation!  Allow me to introduce myself:  I’m Kristi, and by day, I’m a self employed interior decorator here in the big bustling metropolis of Waco, Texas. 

But in the evenings and on the weekends, I’m a D.I.Y. fanatic and a slightly obsessed blogger.  My own little virtual home is called Addicted 2 Decorating.

Hands-on D.I.Y. projects are what I love the most.  In my free time, I’ve been slowly but surely putting my touch on my own little home, an 834-square-foot condo that I share with my husband, Matt, and our three furry kiddos.

Several months ago, my day job as an interior decorator and my evening/weekend passion for all things D.I.Y. began to merge when I met a very brave couple who agreed to let me use several rooms in their newly-purchased home as my D.I.Y. playground.  So far, I’ve finished their master bedroom and master bathroom

These rooms have been harder work than any other client work I’ve ever done (where I generally hire the work out to painters, tile installers, window treatment fabricators, etc.), but I’ve had an absolute ball doing the work myself, getting my hands dirty, and seeing just how little money I can spend while making huge changes to the rooms. 

I’m currently finishing up the last two rooms that I’ll be tackling in their home:  the kitchen and family room.  And just like the other two rooms, I’m looking for any way to decorate these rooms on the cheap, which of course means DIY projects!  Here’s how they started out…

For the family room, I had originally intended to make a diamond-tufted upholstered ottoman by altering my diamond-tufted upholstered headboard plans just a bit.  At least, that was the original plan, right up until the day I pulled up at their house, and saw that they were having their fence replaced. 

OH.MY.GOODNESS! 

There were piles of beautiful old cedar, weathered to perfection with the most gorgeous grayed patina.  It pained me to see that amazing wood headed for the landfill, so I snagged about 15 boards and put them aside.

 

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Guest Post: DIY Glowing Globes

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I can’t recall how I discovered Karen, but somehow I stumbled upon her last year, stalked her blog for awhile, then reached out and tweeted to her that I thought she was awesome.  That was last year and we’ve been internet friends ever since, or as Karen puts it, “I’m so glad we Intermet.”  

Karen is daring and crafty and funny.  She cooks and builds and decorates, all with finesse and a sense of humor, hence the perfect name for her blog The Art of Doing Stuff.  One time in an email she signed her name “Karen!” and I replied that she should always sign her name like that.  Because she’s not just Karen.  She’s Karen! 

I like to pretend that Karen! and I are twins separated at birth.  She’s just like me except for the fact that she’s tall, thin, blonde, and Canadian.  

Please welcome my Intermet friend Karen!

“Hi everyone. I’m new here.  My name’s Karen.  I do stuff.  A lot of stuff.  I design stuff, repair stuff, cook stuff and even do crafty stuff.  Partly because I’m incredibly curious and partly because I’m cheap. And perhaps a bit of a control freak.  But only perhaps.

Oh, and sometimes I swear. But I won’t in this post because I promised Kate that I wouldn’t. But since she’s taking a brief holiday and probably won’t notice, maybe I will.  Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite cheap outdoor design ideas.

Get ready for it … this one’s a doozy.  Doozie?  Doosey.  It’s a humdinger.  It looks high end with a side of huge impact, and it costs next to nothing.  You’ll be able to do this. In 3 minutes flat.

When I redid my backyard (like an idiot) a few years ago, I found out that outdoor lighting is expensive.  Like, really expensive.  If I’m gonna shell out a whole whack of cash for something in my backyard it’s gonna be on a beef tenderloin for the BBQ.  Or a better BBQ.  Or a talking parrot who refers to me as Princess Leia.  It isn’t gonna be for lighting, if I can help it.

So while perusing my local second hand store I came across some truly unfortunate stains on the carpet AND these ubiquitous opaque glass shades.  You’ve probably thrown a few out in your lifetime.  Stop doing that.  Stop it right now.

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Emily’s Tips for Bold Spring Color

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

My friends, yesterday was such a great day.   Yesterday, I got my hands dirty with some revolutionary new DIY products from RustOleum (will share very soon).  Yesterday, I ate gumbo.  Twice.  Both servings were a little bit spicy and a whole lotta heavenly.  I am now obsessed with recreating that magical flavor at home.  

Yesterday, I walked the streets of Nawlins.  I savored beignets with café au lait.  I walked every cobblestone street in the French Quarter from Decatur to Dauphine.  I visited antique shops and drank a hurricane.  Thankfully I drank the hurricane after I visited the antique shops and not the other way around, or I may have done some serious damage to my bank account.  It was all so fantastic, I barely even noticed it was pouring rain.     

Today, I’m headed home, but here to take the reins is the lovely Emily A. Clark!  I had the pleasure of meeting Emily last November when I visited New York and have followed her blog ever since.  Emily is an interior decorator with her own design business ~ she has amazing taste, and I absolutely love how she uses bold color in fearless ways.  Emily is here to share a few tips on sprucing up your home for spring with intense pops of color. 

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