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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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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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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Cute Hanging Succulent Plant Ball for the Outdoor Garden, Patio, Balcony, Wherever you like…

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My Homemade Hanging Succulent Ball…

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A Quick Art Studio Redo…Now Get to Work

My studio was a screaming mess…I couldn’t stand it anymore. Some artists like to work in a chaotic environment, but not this one. I spend 10-12 hours a day in this room, (and it is also my work-out space) so it needs to function, be comfortable, and for me to be happy, to look at least half-way decent. Long overdo for a clean-out and re-org, I spent most of Saturday tearing apart my work space. It’s now comfortable to be in, and I’m not mortified whenever someone visits.

THE STUDIO…BEFORE (A Big Mess!)

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My New FREE Nightstand! (Thinking Inside the Box(s)

Thinking Inside the Box(s), or, Free is Awesome…

I love finding great stuff cheap, but finding great stuff FREE is the best! I found this threesome of graduated-size box shapes abandoned in an alley near my home. They were in pretty good shape, just a few dings and scratches, and very sturdy. I don’t know what they were intended for (shelves? table?) But I knew when I saw them they were destined to become part of the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Redo.

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Nightstand pieces, before.

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What a Difference Some Paint Makes…2 New Projects for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom

Paint…Hands-down the easiest and cheapest way to completely transform just about anything. I painted two old things I’ve had around the house for years, and gave them new life with a can of glossy spray paint. They look great in the new Chic Rock Star Glam bedroom.

First, the Mirror. I picked up this big gold-framed mirror at a yard sale years ago. (If I remember correctly it was about $12) It’s a lovely mirror, but the gold frame made it look dated. 2 fresh coats of black gloss spray paint (about $5) and it’s a perfect fit for the new bedroom redo.

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Mirror Before…all covered and taped and ready to paint.

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Books As Design…Organizing Books by Color (a Controversial Subject)

OK, I know this is a “controversial” subject, (according to the comments) but after being inspired by this Apartment Therapy article ( http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/in-defense-of-organizing-books-by-color-168096 ) I tried it. My books had no previous organization anyway so I gave it a go. And I like it. It was actually fun going through all my beloved art and decorating books. I admit I spent way more time on this than I should have, as I stopped to flip through old favorites I hadn’t looked at in awhile. If I had just done the deed, it would have taken about 30 minutes. The best part is, it didn’t cost a cent! Even my man digs it. He says the titles are easier to read now. Next, I’m hitting the cook books in the kitchen…

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! It’s Fresh PALOMA Time! Here is my Own Personal Recipe…

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Picture credit http://www.bonappetit.com/

Did you know the most popular tequila drink in Mexico is NOT the Margarita but the Paloma? The Paloma (Spanish for “dove”, thank you Wikipedia) is a tequila-based cocktail, usually prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda and served on the rocks with a lime wedge…

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Found Hanging Lamps Restyled for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Make-over

Found hanging lamps made-over for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom Re-do.

Happy Monday Make-over! I finished restyling this pair of hanging lamps over the weekend for the big bedroom redo.  I found these vintage fixtures abandoned in the alley just down the street. I can’t resist a good challenge, so I grabbed them. They had seen better days for sure, but they still worked, the metal was undamaged, and the wiring was intact. I’m guessing they were early 1970’s.

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Hanging Lamps – Before

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