Kitchen Island Makeover

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My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Pillow

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Hello, At the Picket Fence friends…it's me, Julie from Redhead Can Decorate. I'm back at the fence, and I'm ready to start 2015 with a little something you may have never thought of trying... I painted a pillow… Last month, while browsing through our Good Will store here in Michigan, my daughter and I came across a throw pillow that cost $3.99. It was very plain, but in very good condition. … [Read more...]

Scripture Wrapped Advent Candles

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"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern." Mother Teresa Growing up,  we never had advent calendars filled with chocolates and prizes. The only countdown we had were these darling paper houses from Hallmark where each door and window opened to reveal a meaningful word about the season. The celebration of Advent in our house was reserved for simple white candles tucked into a tabletop … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Plant Stand

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The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes. He was listening to an 'Adventures in Odyssey' CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series. Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures (a.k.a. kisses) from me are met with "Ew, mom, stop!" I, of course, ignore him and just keep kissing and hugging him. And I especially love going … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Plate Rack

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Do you ever have projects that you put off for...oh...say about 5 years? Ummm...yeah...me neither! ;-) In our kitchen there is a narrow wall that you pass by on your way to the dining room. Or if you are coming from the dining room you pass it on the way to the kitchen. You get the idea! I like to call it 'The Forgotten Wall'. Just something you pass by on your way to bigger and better things...like coffee. Oh sure, I made half-hearted attempts at giving it some attention. There … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Cork Board

DIY Painted Cork Board

Why is it that the room we need the most is often the room that we finish decorating last? That has been the case with my home office.  I have all of these grandiose plans for it, yet it still sits full of unpacked boxes and Christmas decorations I can't bring myself to finish packing away.  When Decoart asked me to review their new Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, I knew it would be just the incentive I needed to get my rear in gear and finish my office! … [Read more...]

Take Five: DIY Poppers for Valentines Day

DIY poppers for Valentine's Day

  I miss those days.  When they came home with a list of classmates and we headed to the store to carefully pick out the perfect pack of Valentines for their classes.   We've had Hello Kitty, and Princesses.  We've had Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. It was pre-Pinterest so I never had a chance to make all of those cute homemade ideas, when they were little, but they still had so much fun choosing each one for a certain classmate. Then, all of a sudden you … [Read more...]