DIY Botanical Art

DIY botanical art is easy, inexpensive, and gorgeous. Get tips for printing, framing, and customizing botanical prints to fit your decor style.

 

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More Kids’ Canvas Tote Bags

Start off your summer reading lists with library totes for your little readers! Here are new ideas for kids’ canvas tote bags with easy DIY tips and book suggestions. And they’re seriously adorable!

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Fabric Covered Cornice Boards

Fabric covered cornice boards are a classic window treatment that never goes out of style. They are easy to DIY, and they can dress a window up or down.

Read along to find out how these window treatments can add architectural interest, visual height, and a custom look to your windows for a lot less than other window treatments.

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How to Choose the Best Window Treatment

 

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Galvanized Metal Decor

Galvanized metal decor and serving pieces are great gifts, especially if you personalize them.

Galvanized Metal Decor

 

Paint pens and Washi Tape are all you need to make a plain tray into a unique gift. Here are some simple ways to personalize galvanized pieces and make great gifts for teachers and Mother’s Day.

 

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Fabric Covered Box

A fabric covered box is an inexpensive decorative accessory. You can find inexpensive dollar store boxes and cover them is gorgeous fabrics, or in this case, with a simple place mat.

You don’t have to buy new decor when you redecorate. Covering anything with fabric gives it a whole new look for a lot less than the cost of a new piece.

 

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Display a Family Gallery Wall

Do you have too many cute photos, but not enough places to display them? Make these fun frames and plaques for your family gallery wall.

 

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Give your plain frames a 3-D look with just a few simple materials.

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Living Room Makeover Part IV: The Reveal

This is part IV of our living room makeover.

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I’ll share my best tips for choosing new paint colors and getting the best products for painting over stained wood trim. It’s a big investment, but it adds tremendous value to your home.

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Living Room Makeover Part III: The Stairs

Yes, you can bring a faded wood back to life WITHOUT stripping it down to bare wood. The staircase in my foyer needed refinishing, but I put it off because I thought the cost would be way above my budget. After getting a few estimates, I knew that the labor cost to refinish the trim would be extremely expensive.

When my painter came up with this less expensive alternative, I decided to go for it. Here’s a look at the transformation.

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The results are actually far better than I expected. I can almost see Scarlet O’Hara sweeping down the stairs in all her velvet glory! Frankly my dear, the secret to this project is choosing the right products. Quite a bit of research went into ensuring that the finish would look good, withstand wear, and have UV protection to prevent future fading. And I’m sharing those products with you here!Continue Reading

Living Room Makeover Part II: The Fireplace

This is Part II of our living room makeover. If you are new to this series, check out Part I here.

The bulk of the project involved painting out the existing wood trim, walls, and adding new accessories.  I considered leaving the fireplace trim as it was, but the wood was terribly dull and faded. Since the fireplace is the focal point of the room, I wanted to brighten it up and paint the brass trim on the insert. It was definitely the right call!

BEFORE

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AFTER: SNEAK PEEK

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Keep reading for tips, resources, paint colors, and of course, the story. It was a dark and stormy night…

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