Category Archives: Tutorials

Will feature step-by-step instructions on how to do various decorative painting and decorating projects

Reviving Brown Cabinetry with Paint

painted white laundry room cabinets

A Beautiful White Laundry Room…goes from Dark Brown to White   I recently helped a client revamp her Laundry Room. Her dark brown cabinets were getting her down and she needed a change. White cabinetry was the answer – Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint was the tool. It’s so important to make our more utilitarian spaces look beautiful and fun to be in. Most of us forget that (me included). When a room we … Continue reading

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Birds, Reindeer Moss, Sea Turtle Art, Coral…Sea Fans: A Summery Coastal Mantel

Creating a coastal inspired fireplace mantel

I have a habit of changing the decorations on my great room mantel pretty often…but sometimes I am guilty of being lazy and not changing it soon enough. Up until a few days ago my mantel was stacked with bunnies and nests – so it was surely time for an overhaul!

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Painting Upholstery: A Tutorial on How to Use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Fabric

old damask loveseat after Annie Sloan Chalk Painting

How to Paint on Fabric to Transform Upholstery I had to give this a try…been reading about it so much on different blogs. I watched Annie Sloan’s YouTube video on the subject, read some other tutorials as well (11 Magnolia Lane  ) and I just decided that I would just jump in and see what happens to a loveseat that I had purchased a few years ago that had seen better days.   Of course, I … Continue reading

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Painting and Decorating Architectural Fragments

adding verdi gris coloring to a decorative wooden piece

I was coming back from a decorative painting job out in the Hamptons and I came across this wonderful old antique shop named Lloyds in Eastport, New York. I had passed this store many times before and finally – I had a little bit of time to go in and take a look. The store is a lot larger than it appears from the outside – and there are two large floors full of antiques. … Continue reading

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A Winter Mantel and an Online Class in Photography

fireplace mantel with candles, books and mirror

Books…Candles…Pinecones…Action! I was so late in taking down my Christmas decorations…and I finally decided that today I was going to de-Christmas my mantel as well. I’m still loving the wintery look, so I used some greenery, pinecones, candles and mercury votive holders but I added some books to the mix this time. Winter is a time when I read a lot more than I do the rest of the year, so the decoration fits my … Continue reading

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Color Roundup: How to Pick the Right White Wall Color

 The Key to Picking the Right White I get this question all the time…”How do I pick the right white for my room?”  Hey, I’m the color girl remember? I love color and I would love to see my readers choosing more daring hues on their walls. White is one of those tricky paint colors because there are so many different whites and off whites to choose from – all with different casts of blue, … Continue reading

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Embossed Plaster Art for a Home Staging Project

metallic plaster art with overlay glaze

For a home staging assignment two weeks ago, I had to create some artwork for the property. Yes – I could have used some that I had on hand…but nothing was quite right.  The investors wanted the home to be a bit more contemporary than what I usually do – and I didn’t have anything that would work in a contemporary setting, artwork-wise. So, I decided to create my own. I did several pieces for … Continue reading

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Decorating the Porch for Fall with an Outdoor Rustic Sign

happy autum sign on front porch

So, I came across a wonderful, rustic Welcome sign made by Shayna of The Woodgrain Cottage – such a nice touch to her absolutely beautiful fall porch. I am in the midst of decorating my front porch and felt that something like that sign would be a great addition.  My husband had an old wooden board taking up space in our shed, sooo… I felt it could have been a little taller…but for now…it was perfect. 

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The Custom Blue Chalk Painted and Stenciled Coffee Table

closeup of design on custom blue coffee table with stencil design and chalk paint

  I finally finished a coffee table I had been working on for a while. I didn’t want to post it until I figured out how to tame the super shine I was getting from the wax I put on the table.  I figured it out soon enough…made the necessary adjustments (not hard – a little more sanding back) and it’s a beautiful finished table.

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5 Things to Paint in a Day (or Less!)

rocker after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  I always need some instant gratification…how about you?  I thought I’d post some easy things to do when you want to update some items you already have in your home. Paint is the quickest, easiest and least expensive ways to transform just about anything! Mirrors… And after…

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