The Great Laundry Room Make-Over of 2013, Part 1: Paint and Floor (Plus a Great Trick for Sealing Peel and Stick Tiles…)

The washing machine finally passed away. It died a slow, agonizing death, grinding obstreperously to a permanent halt, it’s last load on Earth washed (but sadly not quite finished), just a few weeks ago. After 2 weeks of not-so-pleasant “discussions” about replacing the ol’ girl, the man broke down and bought us a new washer/dryer, on sale of course. (The old dryer was “vintage”, from the early 80’s. I kid you not. The new pair was $798 from Home Depot, thank you Honey!) The laundry room was, to put it mildly, a Screaming Disaster (exposed stained and warped wood sub-floor, really bad paint job with 3 different shades of “white”, and dirty as Hell) It’s been a constant embarrassment for years, so I took this as my chance to make-over the laundry room, on an extreme budget as usual…

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A How-To DIY Stunning Star-Spangled 4th of July Fresh Flower Arrangement from Grocery Store Flowers, Cheap! ($16 Bucks)

A Fabulous Star-Spangled Flower Arrangement for your Fourth of July Festivities…

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I love flowers. I was a floral designer for over a decade, and I think a home should never be without them. They just make you happy. I’ll use any excuse to bring them home…this week’s excuse is the Fourth of July!…

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4th of July Fast & Easy Outdoor Decor on the Cheap

It’s one week till the Fourth!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love to decorate. Any holiday will do, it’s just plain fun. I did up the front of the house today for the fourth. Here’s what I did:

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Let the fireworks & BBQs begin…we’re ready!

Here’s what the front of the house looked like before I started:

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Found (Free!) Vintage Folding Chair Fast Restyle Make-over

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Vintage Folding Chairs RESTYLED

I’m always amazed at what people throw out. I found these cute vintage wooden folding chairs next to a dumpster on one of our daily walks a few weeks ago. They still function great, and considering they were made in 1964, look great too. There was a little wear on the finish, what looked like water stains on the bottom of a couple legs, and ugly fabric covering the seats…

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DIY Exotic Asian-Moroccan Gazebo Restyle with Thrift Store Finds

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My Backyard Oasis

In keeping with this week’s theme of Pre-Blog Projects Revisited, here’s one of my favorites. I’m sorry I do not have a “before” picture of this one (I did the bulk of this make-over about 3 years ago). It was just the basic structure when I moved in, being used for bicycle storage…

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Mackenzie-Childs Inspired Chair Make-over on Found “Alley” Chairs

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MC Chairs – After

Continuing the “Revisiting Old Pre-Blog Projects” theme this week, here are my Mackenzie-Childs Inspired Chairs. Again, I apologize for the lack of my usual how-to pictures, but I’ll do my best to explain what I did..

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Funky Artsy Fast Paper Hanging Ceiling Light Cover

Funky Artsy Fast Paper Light

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AFTER – Funky Artsy Light

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BEFORE – Ugly Blah Light Fixture

This week I’m revisiting some projects I completed before I started this blog, so I apologize in advance that most of them will not have detailed how-to pictures, but I will do my best to explain them..

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Found Mail Box Victorian DIY Re-Style (and it was FREE!)

Found Mail Box Victorian DIY Re-Style

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OK, I know most of you probably don’t have gee gobs of art supplies lying around like I do, but even if you had to buy the supplies for a project like this it would be pretty cheap. I found this old mailbox abandoned in an alley near my home, and I used supplies I had on hand to fix it up to match our Victorian house so this project didn’t cost me a dime…

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Alley Art Update: A Cool Hipster DIY Word-Art Street-Art from Thrift-Store/Found Painting

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Another project for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom make-over…This was a fun one. I was inspired by this blog post on Apartment Therapy, “5 Ways to Update Thrift Store Art” http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-ways-to-update-thrift-store-art-187416

A couple weeks after seeing this blog, I spied this “beauty” in an alley near my house and knew it would be perfect:

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Modern Nightstand (Bed Side Table) DIY Made With Old Art Magazines

Modern “Artsy” Nightstand made with old Art Forum magazines…

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Another project for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom is complete! I finished this one up over the weekend. I am very pleased with how it turned out! I am now on the look-out for more Art Forum mags so I can make another one of these…

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