So many great ideas... so little time to try them out.
BLOGGINGShabby Blogs - lots of tutorials
How to Make a Blog Header for Free - using Picasa
Trick Out Your Blog - My 3 Monsters - lots of tricks and links to great how-tos
How to Make Perfect Piping by Jeanette Peel - includes notes about shrinking the cord if it's not preshrunk
Slipcovers - from Much To Do With Nothing
|From Confessions of a Curbshopaholic - laundry bin liner and shopping cart liner|
Tips on Making Slipcovers with Dropcloths at Miss Mustard Seed - includes tips on bleaching and preparing the fabric!
Easy Pinch-Pleat Drapes - Bibidi Bobbiti Beautiful
How to Sew Custom Piping at Miss Mustard Seed
How to Make Your Own Piping at Is Five
How to Sew Expensive Looking Professional Lined Drapes in a Day - About.com
The Laziest Slipcover Tutorial Ever - Pink and Polka Dot
Wingchair Slipcover - La Maison Reid also see her slipcovered settee
Depressionistas: Hardware Store Costuming at The Duchess - Using Items from the Hardware Store for Sewing
|Cottage Glamour bleached an old denim slipcover and turned it into a gorgeous white denim slipcover!|
Crochet and KnittingHow to Make A Crocheted Cup Cozy - Just Make It: Handmade by Annabelle
|Crocheted Water Bottle Cozy - from Fin||e Craft Guild|
In the KitchenDehydrating Tomatoes at Home
Furniture MakeoversFurniture Redo 101 - Notes from A Cottage Industry
Robin's Egg Blue Paint Recipe - Notes from A Cottage Industry
Liquid Starch Book Pages - Notes from A Cottage Industry
How to Mix Your Own Chalkboard Paint - My Repurposed Life
How to Reupholster a Chair - Just a Girl
Reupholstering a Bench - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
|Using vaseline and cabinet scrapers to distress from Show and Tell|
|Adding moulding, plus using dark primer by Show and Tell|
|Coffee Table Turned into Window Seat - from Peppertowne|
|Mod Podged Bar Stools - form the Crafting Chicks|
|Chair Redo and Trim - from Just Beachy|
|As seen on Junk Market Style|
|Easel Made from Crib - from Notes From A Very Red Kitchen|
|French Country Chairs - from No Minimalist Here|
|Tabletop with A Story - from Funky Junk|
|Rocker Redo One and Two - from Peppertowne|
Painting tips from Jennifer Rizzo - (She's been featured in tons of magazines) Click here to see her furniture makeovers.
- I finish every piece with two to five coats of [Minwax] Polyacyclic after painting. It hardens into a plastic coating on the top of the furniture to protect the surface, unlike a paste wax; which will always stay a little soft, or wears away with use... The spray kind is really user friendly. I will tell you to use the kind of safety googles ( and a mask!) that leave marks on your face when you spray it ( not the “glasses kind”). It really burns for a long time when you get it in your eyes. Believe me.
- A little tip is that paint fully cures in 30 days and is most susceptible to dings and scratches in that time.
- I used Benjamin Moore in Jet black and Rich Cream. I also use an eggshell paint finish, it blends much better as along as you don’t over roll it… and yes I said roll. I only use a brush for hard to reach places. Otherwise I use a small white, dense foam roller for every surface. If you want a shinier finish get your poly in a different sheen, not your paint. To darken my creams I go over them with glaze or stain.
- I painted it a pretty taupe-y grey color, distressed it, glazed it and gave it a couple coats of poly. I changed a couple of the knobs (yes, hobby lobby), but actually thought the old ones looked better on it after, than they did before. Degloss, paint, paint again, sand, glaze, poly, sand, poly... It takes about a week to complete a piece. But I love the results!
MISCHow to Whiten Ironstone - Red Door Home
How to Sell on Ebay - Goodbye House, Hello Home - great inspiration on organizing sales and supplies
How to Make Paper Covered Clipboards - Ameroonie
|Perhaps My All Time Favorite Blog Project - Crated Stairs by Funky Junk|
|How I Make Old Signs from Funky Junk|
|Ebay Closet - from Goodbye House Hello Home|
|Recycled Magazine Holder - from Pink and Polka Dot|
|Pantry Redo - from House of Smiths|
|Dresser Drawer Ribbon Organizer - from Blue Cricket Design|
|Kraft Paper Floor from An Oregon Cottage - see video here|
|Fall Lampshade at Debbiedoos|