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.
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.