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March 18th, 2012

Hello everyone, hope your weekend is going well!  We’ve had off and on rain showers all weekend long which to me is just an excuse to sleep in to the sound of rain on the roof (one of my favorite things in life).  I finished up a fun DIY project yesterday and I’ll be posting about that tomorrow, but today how about a few inspiring projects from around the blogosphere?  Amanda contributed a few of her favorite links too, enjoy these sensational projects!

I’m smitten with this teal velvet tufted headboard by Stephanie at Cre8tive Designs, and the step by step explains her inventive pin and tuck style tufting, so smart!

tufted headboard cre8tive designs

 

Barn doors are a guaranteed way to add character to your home and this barn door by Lee and Ashli at Maillardville Manor is another great DIY example.

barn door maillardville manor

 

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A Gray Striped Dresser

March 15th, 2012

My friend is redoing her little girl’s room and she really loves the coastal look in her  home, so when she mentioned she was redecorating, naturally I volunteered my help. 

One of her requests in her girl’s room design was to makeover the pine dresser that one of her in-laws painted for her daughter years ago.  It was a kind gesture with a *ahem* questionable result.  This is what the dresser looked like before I got my hands on it. 

fish dresser before 2

Clearly someone got a little carried away with the ‘Under the Sea’ theme and then threw in some black and white action just to keep us all mesmerized. It’s not that I have a thing against tropical fish. They’re cute on canvas or in a fish tank or floating in front of my snorkel mask while I’m vacationing in Hawaii. I’m just not a fan of them on a pine dresser.  (Which one’s your favorite by the way?)

We decided to keep with the coastal theme but I transformed the dresser from a nautical no no to a more subdued Nantucket nicety with thick gray stripes running down the front.

gray striped dresser after

Super cute for a little girl’s room! 

Here’s the step by step.

AS chalk paint is one of my three favorites to paint furniture with, especially when I’m going for a weathered or distressed look, so I mixed up some Old White, Paris Grey, and a little Duck Egg Blue to arrive at a bluish grayish shade for the stripes.

mix chalk paints

 

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