Monday, April 20, 2015

Thrift Store Find ~ Makeover Using DIY Chalk Paint

Thrift Store Find ~ Chalk Painted Makeover

From North of the Boulevard~

After trying DIY chalk paint for the first time and loving how easily it is to work with, I was ready to take on a project that was a little bit larger than the stenciled piece. But, I wasn't ready to use it on any furniture pieces I already own, so I made a trip to the local Goodwill Store. There was not a lot to choose from that day, but for $5.00 I found this piece that seemed like it could be a great test piece. 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Side Table With Chalk Paint Pattern

CHALK PAINTED STENCIL ON SIDE TABLE: ACROSS THE BLVD

From North of the Boulevard~

I am bringing up the rear on the chalk painted furniture train! I admire so many wonderful chalk paint pieces of furniture, but I've been  reluctant to try the techniques I've seen used. I decided to start small-really small-and add a chalk paint stenciled pattern to an old side table. One day, I'm going to take the plunge and paint an entire piece of furniture with chalk paint. Today, though, wasn't that day. 
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Basket With Rolled Fabric

Spring Basket With Rolled Fabric

From North of the Boulevard~


This little project happened after I bought four cute baskets from the thrift store for $1.00. I brought them home, not knowing what I was going to do with them other than spray painting each of them in some bright spring time colors. After cleaning and painting them, they definitely looked much better, but they were still a little plain. 
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sand Dollar Candle Holder

Sand Dollar Candle Holder   Across the Blvd

From North of the Boulevard~

I recently saw a beautiful candle holder made using sea shells posted on Hometalk. Given my love for all things beachy, I had to check it out. The more I saw, the more I loved the idea. Emily at Table and Hearth gives a great tutorial on how she makes candle holders using oyster shells. She's also made them from barnacles and scallops. All of them are lovely. 
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Wreath Using Burlap & Denim

Spring Wreath Using Burlap and Denim

I've been reworking some of my old wreaths and when I came across this burlap squares wreath, I thought it would be perfect to use for the March Craft Challenge that challenges crafters to make something using an old pair of jeans. The rosettes and the the little bird are made from old, worn out jeans. 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Single Letter Monogram Wall Art With Lace


From North of the Boulevard

If you've seen any of my crafts, you know that I love quick and easy projects. I also love using old frames for various types of wall art. This frame has been used and reused for several different looks. This time, I wanted to make a framed initial in a simple, cheap and easy way. I managed to do just that in under ten minutes using things I had on hand.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Styling A Mantel With Coastal Decor

Coastal Mantel

From North of the Boulevard~

With the dark colors of winter now in the rear view, it's time to bring some lighter decor pieces to my mantel. Whenever it's an in between holidays time, my typical mantel and fireplace decor always goes back to a coastal feel. Using a combination of elements, I turn the space into something light and beachy.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Small Change Makes a Big Difference

Reupholstered Small Bench

From North of the Boulevard~

I don't lay any claims to being talented when it comes to redoing old furniture. I admire those who have skills to take an old discarded item and turn it into something beautiful. I've got a few pieces that I know are in some serious need of a make over.  This little bench was one of those pieces. It's gone from being tucked away in an out of the way place in my bedroom to a prominent spot in my foyer. It's amazing what a little furniture scratch remover and new upholstery can do for a tired, old, ugly piece of furniture! 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Silk Flowers for the Spring

Silk flowers

From North of the Boulevard~

I'm on a flower making kick lately! After making some spring spoon flowers, I wanted to add some other flowers to my spring time decor. I wanted something soft and pretty and making silk flowers fit that bill perfectly. Like all of my DIY crafts, these are easy to make! Following the method of using a candle, these flowers turn out so pretty. 
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Little Bit About Charleston's Charm & Mod Podge Coasters


From North of the Boulevard~

Charleston, SC is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Living here for the past 10 years has given me an appreciation of just how lovely this historic city truly is. I've got touches of Charleston throughout my home, including these coasters I made using a set of note cards that depict a number of the landmarks around town. Mod Podge, tiles, felt and the note cards are all I needed for this project.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DIY Curtain Rods for Large Windows


From North of the Boulevard~

I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to spend a bucket full of money for curtain rods. My problem is that I have a large, three paneled window in one of my main living spaces. I love how big it is, but I do not love the price of pretty rods that will fit it. As I was pricing them, I realized to get a look I liked, I would need to spend at least $50.00 for one window.  Plus, the selection I found didn't really offer me what I wanted.  This room has two other double paneled windows as well. Adding up the cost for all three windows was just way over what I wanted to spend for curtain rods. So, I put up some very basic metal rods telling myself I would change them "soonish." Way too much time went by and I noticed a bit of a sag in the middle-that's what I get for using flimsy rods and brackets. That meant it was definitely time for a change.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One Way to Display a Large Wedding Photo

 

From South of the Blvd~

From the moment we got our wedding photos back I knew I wanted this one hanging in our home. I loved how it showcased the gardens, and the bridge and how my husband and I were just a small piece of this gorgeous scene. And yes, that is my train cascading over the bridge railing.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Picture Frames With Burlap

Framed Burlap for quickly changing photos


From North of the Boulevard~

I love displaying photographs of my family throughout my home. Finding new ways to do that can be fun. Last year I put together a staircase gallery wall that gives me a way to display lots of my favorites. Having three grandchildren means I have a lot of photos. I love that I can have digital copies of them, but I like having the actual photo of many of them as well. I wanted a spot that I could place updated photos that I could change frequently. The solution was to use open frames, giving me easy access to change the pictures. 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Chandelier Decal on Mirror


From South of the Boulevard~

My husband and I  didn't want to buy a lot of large furniture when moving into our first apartment two years ago. We decided that a headboard would be something we didn't really have to have. Without a headboard we wanted something above our bed that was large and could define the space.  I've seen large mirrors above mantels before to help make the space appear larger and I thought it could do the same for my bedroom.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Upcycled Jars for Utensils



From North of the Boulevard~

I have a lot of coastal decor in my home and I wanted to add a little bit more to my kitchen counter. I decided a good way to do that would be to find something with coastal flair to hold my wooden utensils. I looked around in a few stores, but didn't find anything that really caught my eye. So, that meant it was time to make something myself. Once I decided on a DIY project, i just needed to figure out what I would use for it. The answer came in the form of marinara jars.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Framed Towel Ring

Framed Towel Ring

 From South of the Boulevard~

I was looking for a place to hang a hand towel in our main bathroom. Our apartment didn't have a place for one and I didn't like the idea of just having one sit on the counter or just having a towel ring nailed into the wall. I decided that framing the towel ring with a picture frame and some scrapbook paper would add the embellishment I wanted.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Closet Conversion~Organizing a Display Nook

Converting a closet into a display space

From North of the Boulevard~ 

While having an empty nest brings lots of changes, I've leaned that it comes with a few advantages as well. One of those is that we could put our plan to convert what had become a spare bedroom into an upstairs den into action.  Gloria had a large bedroom and from the time we bought our house ten years ago, I knew that one day, her old room would become our memorabilia room. We waited until she was married and moved into her own place before we got started. It's still a work in progress, but one of the best parts of the room is the closet conversion.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Burlap Squares Wreath

Burlap Wreath

From North of the Boulevard~

Burlap! So many ways to use it. It's such a versatile fabric and so forgiving if you make a mistake along the way in your project. This particular wreath is almost mistake proof though. 
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Twine Covered Vase

Twine Covered Vase

From North of the Boulevard~

I know it's still August, but I am longing for autumn to arrive! I've started thinking of what kind of autumn decor I want to use this year, even in the midst of 95 degree days. It can't hurt to be a little early. I started with this super simple project.


I had a tall, skinny vase that hasn't been used in years. It's white with green and blue vertical strips and no longer matches any room in my house. I've been meaning to do something with it for the longest time and finally decided on a new look for it.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Coastal Makeover for Powder Room

Coastal Makeover for Powder Room

From North of the Boulevard~

I've lived in my house for ten years and for every day of those years, I've thought, I really need to do something about the wallpaper in the powder room. When we bought the house, three things jumped out as needing to be changed right away: wallpaper in the upstairs main bathroom, the icky linoleum floors in the kitchen and breakfast nook and the wallpaper in the powder room. Someone obviously loved wallpaper more than I do! 
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