Dresser DIY Sneak Peek on Facebook Live Video

Kitchen With New Dresser DIY

It was mid January when my dresser idea struck.  That was before I wrote the post about How to Dress a Dresser. I didn’t mention a word to you about my plan because I was still dragging the lovely boot around.  I wasn’t sure my idea would actually happen.  You’ll soon read how we got […]

Considerations Before Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

While painting the two desks for my project studio during the last couple of weeks, I had lots of time to think.  What did I think about?  Well, I thought  a lot about…mostly painting.  Surprised?  Haha! Someone told me a while back that they plan to paint their kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. You could’ve […]

Sewing Spaces Refreshed and Minimized

New Sewing Space

Welcome to February, the month of love!  I have something to share with you today that I’m loving right now – my project studio with painted desks for a refreshed feel. This was the arrangement of my sewing desks before the new year changes.  I moved one desk to another room, and scooted the shelf […]

Trial Confessions of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax

Minwax Paste Wax Product Review

Earlier, when I explained how I moved the Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In, I mentioned that Spunky Daughter and some friends visited. While HH and SD’s friends enjoyed farm life adventures, SD painted a desk she’d brought from her apartment. This is the same chalk paint substitute we used for the Thumb Tack […]

How to Dress a Dresser

Dresser, Before

Mom 2, our neighbor in my teens who remains in my life as a “bonus mom”, often used the term of cleaning house as raking out. In January each year, I re-arrange, organize, discard things unwanted, and in general, rake out. It’s a time to re-think the function of things, re-assess spaces.  Since Fun Son […]

Easiest DIY: Painting Canning Jars

Chalk Painted Canning Jars

Have you seen the painted canning jars on Pinterest?  Have you painted some?  Have you wanted to? Enough questions!  I’ve wanted to paint canning jars since the first time I saw one on Pinterest.  After detailing my canning jars with keys two weeks ago, I decided to change their look.  Burlap and keys aren’t permanently […]

Trash to Treasure Chest – The Before and After

Trash to Treasure Chest

People leave the most remarkable things at the street for trash pick-up! I was following PAM (Painter Artist Mom) along a street a couple of months ago.  She stopped suddenly, got out of her car, and came to my car window. I wondered what was going on… PAM asked if I wanted the chest that […]

How to Moss-Emboss Your Ordinary Clay Planters

Moss-Embossed Clay Pot

Early in spring this year, Spunky Daughter (SD) planted some seeds I shared with her.  She bought clay pots and grew herbs in her bedroom window – the only window at their apartment that gets enough sun. Last month, we transplanted everything into larger planters – along with some flowers SD had bought.  I kept […]

A New Challenge – Keep Only What You Love

Painting Old Urn in ASCP Pure White

I’ve been reading a decorating book lately.  The author says we should discard anything we don’t absolutely love. This arrangement and urn were teetering on the edge of Mr. Dumpster (or a donation bin).  I’ve never loved it.  I wanted to, and I tried to, but it just never happened. I’m no floral artist, that’s […]

How to Pick the Best Bedroom Color for You

Best Bedroom Color Choice

What color is your bedroom currently?  Do you love the color?  Or are you just living with the color because you don’t feel like painting? While deciding on the color choice for this guest room upstairs, I collected some articles that might be helpful for you, as well. A questionnaire at Houzz proves interesting, as […]

Bird Box DIY – No Artistry Required

Painted Box Technique

What can you do with a wooden box when you aren’t an artistic painter? The bird scene on this box might look like it was artistically painted, but it wasn’t…it’s an illusion. PAM (Painter Artist Mom) has the painting artistry gene in our family.  With a little help from our friends – paint, wax, stencil, […]

French Flair Cutting Board

French Emblem Cutting Board

I had a sudden realization while setting the table for yesterday’s post (Highlights of Green Tablescape). I’d skipped telling you about transforming this cutting board into something fun, with a French flair.  It was such an easy project, too! Pinkie promise, I didn’t hide it from you.  There was no ill intent…just slipped my 50+ […]

Never Polish Your Brass Again – Paint It!

ASCP ainted Brass Table

I grew up polishing brass items my grandparents brought home from Pakistan.  My grandfather worked there for a few years, and they came home with many souvenirs. Painter Artist Mom (PAM) and Handy Builder Dad (HBD) were graced with this brass coffee table, among other things. The base is hand-carved wood – wood so hard […]

DIY Dollar Tree Chargers

New DIY Dollar Tree Chargers

I’m continually on the hunt for chargers, but I find them mostly more expensive than their worth (to me, anyway).  Do you agree that they’re oftentimes overpriced? And, when considering storage, do we even have room  for chargers in our cabinets?  My goal when adding to the current oversupply of things,  is to only add […]

Sharing My Chalk Paint and Brush Secrets (Shh…)

Annie Sloan Paint Brush

My winter painting projects (french country shelf, porch ladder, and kitchen step stool) required a trip to our nearest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint retailer. I replenished a few color samples and discovered a new paint brush on a display shelf that I hadn’t noticed on previous visits.  It’s a smaller brush (1 inch) and a cheaper […]

News Flash: Chateau Grey is Green!

Sanding Stool

While I had the kitchen torn apart covered in newsprint transforming the French country plate shelf and porch ladder, I included my little red (and dirty) kitchen step-stool. I decided to paint the legs of the stool in Annie Sloan Chateau Grey.  Grey and red would be nice together, right? We should always test a […]

Switch Your Switch Plate to Something Fabulous!

New Switch Plate in Place

How was your weekend?  Did you get some chocolates for Valentine’s Day?  No pouting if you didn’t.  We can now get Valentine’s candy on clearance. 😉  If you buy hard candy for Operation Christmas Child boxes throughout the year, now’s the time to stock up. Speaking of clearance, Craftsy’s 50%-off sale ends today.  Sign up […]

New Paint for French Country Plate Shelf

Annie Sloan Color Arles with Dark Wax

She’s got style, she’s got grace… After baring my soul paint failures to you last week, here’s the big ta-da.  Yay, it’s finished! The paint color road was a long one.  But in the end, the shelf turned out exactly like my vision (after nearly tossing in the towel). Remember how I decided to sleep […]

ADHD with Painting Excursions in My Kitchen

Shelf Paint Change #2

WHAT COLOR WILL IT BE? In my Rise and Shine! tablescape post this week, I mentioned painting my plate shelf and an ADHD realization.  Since I’ve had such fun with your comments to the ADHD accusation symptoms, I thought sharing the layer upon layer of paint progression of color changes with said shelf might be […]

Color Forecast for 2015

Color Forecast 2015

How was your Christmas?  I hope you made special memories with your family.  Nothing can replace the sweetness of that! Have you begun taking down your decorations, or are you waiting until after New Year’s Day?  Usually, the day after Christmas, I’m itching to get it all put away and clean up the house.  But […]

How to Make Clay Pottery Look Like Antique Bisque

How to Make Ordinary Clay Pottery Look Like Antique Bisque

Did you have a good weekend?  It was cold and rainy here yesterday, making it a perfect afternoon to stay inside after church. Fun Son was here, and we watched a couple of home movies from when the kids were little.  Do you ever do that?  That is a fun way to spend time with […]

Shower Curtain DIY with Monogrammed Burlap Insert

Monogram Shower Curtain

Making this shower curtain you saw in my post Bathroom #2 Updates for Impact may seem a little intimidating.  I promise – it’s not hard. Cut one width of fabric at 82″ long.  (With a double 2″ bottom hem and a double 3″ header, you will have a finished length of 72″.)   After taking […]

7 Senses Satisfied Through Decor

Oversized Antique Scissors on Display

These sense-able tips apply to any room – and should be considered when decorating throughout our homes.   A particularly tough room to decorate is a work space.  Why shouldn’t it also be an enjoyable space? After moving the necessary furnishings for creative work into my project studio, I turned my attention to things that increase […]

Cover a Bulletin Board in 3 Easy Steps

Bulletin Board Supplies

It’s really easy to give your plain old bulletin/white board a new look.  Choose a fabric you love, gather a few supplies, and let’s get started. Supplies you’ll need: Fabric Rope Trim with Flange Scissors Hot Glue Tape Measure Staple Gun Step 1:  The Painting and Measuring I started with an old board from Spunky […]

Sew Much More Than a Cabinet Door Sign

"Shut Up and Sew" Cabinet Door Sign @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Recently, I showed you the cabinet door sign I painted for my new Project Studio – or woman cave (6 Essentials of a Functional Project Studio). Remember how I came up with this idea while pinning inspirations onto my new Pinterest board Sewing/Craft Room Ideas?  In addition to Pause the Pinning and Paint, through reading […]

6 Essentials of a Functional Project Studio

"Pause the Pinning and Paint" Cabinet Door Sign @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

aka Woman Cave! Have you ever been confined to a smaller space than you needed for doing projects?  Were you in a window-less, stuck-off-in-the-distance, out-of-the-way, cave-like room? It was 18 months ago (in Craft Cave Revived) that I organized this small space as my project room.  My sewing space.  I’d planned to use it for […]

“Curb” Chair, French Flair!

Piano Man

My chair had humble beginnings.  Thankfully, there’s more to the story.  It’s not so humble anymore, is it? You may remember me telling you the origin of the Fabby Shabby Telephone Table I painted a while back. At the curb, along with the telephone table, there was a chair that my friend rescued for me.  […]

Bathroom Changes for Major Impact

Hanging Towel Holder

Well, I’ve done it again.  I didn’t get before pictures.  Sometimes I get so excited about a project, I just forge ahead, full steam! After the room was complete, I slid this curtain over the rod to give you an idea of the before.  Imagine light green walls and this shower curtain below.  That was […]

Kitchen Stool Redoux – Yes, Again!

Kitchen Stool Project Complete

Have you ever completed a project and immediately been dissatisfied with it? My kitchen stool is such.  I wasn’t completely happy with the white label on the black seat of my Mod Podge Kitchen Stool.  It bothered  me.  The look wasn’t exactly what I was going for.  At all. Sometimes, we grow into liking something […]

Painted Upholstery Trial

Painting Fabric Project

Last summer, I visited a garage sale nearby, only without the garage.  It was more of a driveway and yard sale.  I brought home several pieces, one of which was this…this…this whatever-you-call-it. What would you call it? It’s very low – with the seat height of the Thumb Tack Coffee Table (15-18″ tall) there in […]

Clothes Pin Paper Towel Holder

Clothes Pin Paper Towel Holder

Earlier this year, I bought this wooden clothes pin container at Hob Lob on clearance.  Couldn’t you find a use for this box-like decorative item for a grand $3 price? I didn’t hate the color blue, but it didn’t match anything in my laundry room.  With the recent vintage look, the blue needed to go. […]

Fabby Shabby Telephone Table

Shabby Telephone Table

Trash to Treasure Has a friend ever called you early in the morning with an alert? Hey, besty…the house across the street has a pile of furniture at the curb. It appears that no one is home.  Like maybe they’ve moved. Something’s been going on over there, but I don’t exactly know the story. Maybe […]

Antique Ironing Board – Grimy to Great (and Green)

Antique Ironing Board in ASCP Antibes Green

My antique ironing board didn’t look very good when I bought it.  The cotton batting from under the pad stuck to the board.  Yuk!  (Most people wouldn’t buy a board like this.) I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to remove the stuck-on fibers, but it was easier than expected.  After misting with a […]

Laundry Room Essentials – Vintage Inspired

Vintage Laundry Room Wall

Welcome back to my laundry room!  Like you, it’s the place that captures much of my time.  Why not make it fun to be in that place that requires so many hours of your life? You saw the wallpaper wall in my previous post about my laundry room decision. The cabinet wall looks quite different […]

DIY Cabinet Door Sign – Life is Best at the Lake

Life is Best at the Lake

Do you have any old cabinet doors hanging around?  It’s very easy to turn them into signs. I removed the hinges from an old stained cabinet door, then painted it black.  It was a good opportunity to use a can of old paint that needed emptying.  Then I painted the door (and handle) with Annie […]

Powder Coating – A Hard Finish For Outdoor Metal Furniture

Cast Decorations

Mom 2 gave us three of her metal outdoor chairs a few years ago.  Two of them are at one end of our front porch – and were previously painted yellow. The cheery cherry red one was at the kitchen end of the porch. Notice the chipped paint on the legs.  It was time to […]