Winner of the Poster Print!

Between having a whiny, sick 2 year old and painting the bathroom, and all the other stuff I had to do today.  I finally got to the winner of the give away.

I went to and entered in all 8 of the comments :)  And it generated this~


The winner is Comment #1 Cassie!!!

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Yay Cassie!!


Vintage Sheet Turned Shower Curtain

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I’m redecorating my girls bathroom.  It’s been the same since we moved in 4 years ago, and I wanted something a little more girly and sweet.  I’m not quite finished yet, but I did whip up this cool vintage sheet into a shower curtain.
I really love the look of the Shabby Chic shower curtains, but not the price tag.  And if you’ve ever look at and felt them, they almost look and feel like an old bed sheet.  Soft and worn.  So in my mind I thought “I can go to the thrift store find an old sheet and make one!”
And that’s just what I did.
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 blog 007 Do you see the blue color on the wall?  That’s the new color, I’ve been a little under the weather the past few days so haven’t been able to finish.  But today I’m feeling better, maybe do a little work in there.  Also painting the cabinets and getting new hardware for them.
Final reveal soon to come :)
Total cost: $3 compared to $29.99 for the Shabby Chic one.

If you have a sewing machine, this is pretty easy to do.  
I lined up the new one with the old one, pinned and cut it the same size.  Then sewed up the rough edges, and sewed some button holes at the top.  I didn't even know I had this feature on my machine but I figured it out and made them then cut them out.  You could also use some grommets.

400 Followers Give Away!

First I want to say thank you to all of you who follow along with my little ol' blog.  It has been so much fun getting to know some of you.

 I have reached 400 followers recently and I wanted to reward one of you with a cool gift.  A poster print of your own photo from

Poster Printing is one of the sought after service in the Online Printing industry. It offers photo enlargements for the artistic and crafty customers.

One (1) Winner will receive a 18”x24” Poster Print

Semi gloss OR high gloss
1 business day print turnaround time *Free Shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only.

Here's how to enter- 
1)   I would love for you to follow along on my blog :)

2) like/follow UPrinting on Facebook and Twitter or sign up on
3) Leave me a comment telling me what photo you would have enlarged if you win.
The contest will start today and end Oct 27th. 

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive a poster for hosting.

My Front Door

I'm getting a little trigger happy with my paintbrush.  It seems I want to paint everything in sight.  It’s just so amazing what a little paint can do to freshen up, in this case my front door.
There are lots of painted front doors for the out side but I rarely see a painted door on the inside.  After painting our basement door, I got inspired to do another.
Here, the door before with some paint already applied.
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And after
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What d’ya think?
This was my inspiration photo
        I loved this turquoise color, but I just used what I had on had and mixed up a paler version
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How To: Stain a Dresser Top

Here is a step by step tutorial of how I stain my dresser tops.  If you don’t know how to do this,  this post is for you.
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Step 1:  Some may not choose to do this, but I find it makes the sanding part a little easier.  I choose to strip off the old varnish first.  I use Citristrip I get from Lowes.  It’s a better alternative to those stinky strippers of yester year.  And it works great.  Follow the directions on the bottle and get a good tool for scraping off the stuff.  It gets pretty messy so wear some gloves.
After you scrape it all off and it’s dry move on to the next step.
Step 2: (You must have a sander for this part)  Sand the heck out of it with some 60 or 80 grit paper.  I recently got an orbital sander and it works great.  It will take a bit of elbow grease, but it will be worth it in the end.  I also highly suggest you get a nice breathing mask, it’s probably not a good idea to be breathing in that dust. After this sanding part, go over it again with a 120 grit to get the top smooth.
Step 3: Make sure you clean the top of all dust.  I just use a wet rag and wipe it down several times.  Allow it to dry completely.  Then if you want a more even distribution of the stain, I recommend using a wood conditioner.  I use Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.  Follow directions on can.
Step 4: Get the stain you want to use, I use Dark Walnut by Minwax.  Use a good quality brush and begin to paint it on with the wood grain.  Allow it to sit for as long as you want.  The longer you let it sit the darker it will be.  However try not to let it completely dry.  You will want to wipe off some after 15 min or so.  If it’s not dark enough for you, do this process again.
Step 5:  Once you achieve your desired color, allow it to dry.  You can also brush some polyurthane on top as a protective coat and to make it shiny. Clean your brush right away, because the stain is a b*%$@ to get off when it dries.
So there you have it.  My basic 5 steps for achieving a beautiful dark stained top like the ones you see here.
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Green Dresser #2


Okay, so I'm sure you've guessed by now that I love the color green.  Proven here, here, and most recently here.
With this dresser I decided to make it look similar to green dresser #1 because it has been the most popular piece of furniture so far.
This was one U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi piece before
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The color is Pine needle by Eddie Bauer

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This piece would be perfect as a buffet or a TV console
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The cabinets open up to reveal two more drawers. 
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