April Favorites

This month has flown by. I’ve been super busy painting my study, an antique mirror, the pew, the white cabinet, the bookcase in the foyer, and the molding in the foyer/hallway. I got a lot accomplished and had some help along the way, moving some light fixtures around. And as always I have my favorites…

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ASCP-an old bookcase gets a modern update

Many years ago we purchased this shallow bookcase, because it was the perfect size for the small wall in the second floor foyer. It spent many years there. But recently the heavy look of the dark wood began to look a little to old fashioned for me. Though I do still love antiques, I am…

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My Perpetual Shopping List-A Recipe For Success Over the Years

 I want to talk about what to look for and purchase regularly to insure that you always pick items that go together and can be used multiple ways. I like to be sure, that what I’m buying for the most part, I will not have to buy again, if I change the color of my walls in…

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Tiered Stands

Though these tiered stands have been around for years, right now they are super popular. The decorating possibilities are endless. You could set it on an island and fill it with fruit, dishes, coffee, tea,  cream and sugar, easy to grab snacks for the little ones. I would love to fill this tray with small…

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The Planning, Painting, and a White-washed floor for my Study

I have known for many months that I would be repainting and restyling my office. There was to much furniture in there, and it was too outdated to enjoy anymore. I just simply didn’t want to sit in there. I decided to go for a little different look, and paint the molding white, oh yes,…

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To Prime or not to Prime-ASCP

One of the reasons people love chalk paint so much, is that you can literally do a project start to finish in a day, and be styling the piece and have it in place the same day. No need to sand, and no need to prime. That said, in my book, there are a few…

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ASCP-a sentimental church pew-DIY

For years I worked as a clinical secretary in a local hospital right near where I live. It was one of those jobs you look back on and think, I wish I was still there. Actually, I feel like that about most of the jobs I’ve worked. This one in particular is near and dear…

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DIY-A Cloth Garland

I thought I would share this simple way to add a little whimsy to your space. Here in my newly painted study, I am trying to add in things that make me happy. I love traditional, but I adore adding a little whimsy in, to make it special. Below I dug out an old bolt…

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DIY-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, an antique mirror

We found this small old mirror a few months back, finally a mirror that would fit on the small wall that I had in my foyer/hall. The only problem was that it was matted with red velvet. Remember I just spent the last few months removing tons of red from my home, so I thought…

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The April Mantle Styling

The April Mantle Styling is a simple, neutral, display, that still makes a big statement. I love black and white, but don’t get to work with it very often, since I have no white walls in the house. I started with this large canvas from my daughters shop, kristinschmucker.com then added some large mercury glass…

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