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Upcycled Furniture


My Home Tour: Updated Dining Room (part 1)

I have been excited to share my updated dining room decor with you, so much so that I will have to do it in two parts. The open concept room that is in the heart of the large space has been coming together piece by piece in the last few months and is now ready… Read more.

Kids Craft – Make Your Own Easter Goodie Bags

Kids Craft – Make Your Own Easter Goodie Bags

Isn’t Springtime the best? Our studio is filled to bursting with various prototypes for paper tulips, partly decorated Easter eggs, and a whole host of baby farm animals in various forms from candy huggers in yesterday’s post, to these adorable Easter goodie bags. The little bunny rabbit, duckling, chick and lamb are all easily printed… Read more.

Shabby Chick DIY furniture

My Vintage Chalk Paint Sewing Chest

There is nothing I love more than finding a great piece of furniture that needs a little (or a lot) of love. This little sewing chest was a great find at my local Goodwill and for just a few dollars it was in the back of my car and on the way home with me… Read more.

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Handpainted diy outdoor furniture

Updating My Outdoor Table Top with a Painted Ikat Design

I am planning an end-of-good weather soirée at my house in a few weeks and wanted to give my back yard a little makeover. My modern style Ikea table and chairs that I bought I few years ago had a lovely frosted glass top that did not make it in my last move. This gave… Read more.


How I Refinished My Old Mannequin

You may remember this dress form and mannequin that I display in my bedroom when I gave you a home tour of that room last fall. As a seamstress, I love the look of the forms especially when they are a bit weathered and aged. The smaller mannequin was something I had picked up at… Read more.

DIY Paper Bag Easter Basket

Easter Basket Made from An Upcycled Grocery Bag

This project is an oldie but goodie! I posted this basket a few years ago on my former blog and have seen it republished on other many websites and in several magazines. Last year I shared how to make a smaller version of this basket, which is also cute and has a brilliant method for… Read more.


VIDEO: Make an Industrial Edison Style Chandelier

Many of you have asked about my DIY industrial chandelier. As I promised, here is the tutorial for my dining room, and now kitchen bar lights. The base of my chandeliers are made from a recycled coffee table & cabinet door. The vintage reproduction electrical parts I found on Etsy at Snake Head Vintage. I… Read more.

Before and After: Dining Room Chairs

Before and After: Dining Room Chairs

Tomorrow I will be touring my dining room in my little craftsman house. To finish up the room just in time for the tour, I just updated the dining room chairs I have been collecting and thought it would be fun to show the before and after with you. The truth is, I have far… Read more.

Dresser Redo with Yellow Chalk Paint®

Dresser Redo with Yellow Chalk Paint®

One of the pieces I have had ready to chalk paint is this old dresser that I found at a neighborhood church garage sale. I knew I wanted to venture away from my favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors (Graphite and Old White) and try something a bit more daring. So I gravitated to… Read more.

Chalk Paint Video

VIDEO: Refinishing Furniture with Chalk Paint®

Yes, a new video! You may recognize this table from the entryway tour. It is painted in my all time favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color. . . Graphite! In this video I share my favorite technique to get an old world look using this dark grey paint and both dark and clear soft… Read more.

Vintage Step Stool

Before and After: My Vintage Step Stool

I have been looking for just the right step stool to use in my photography studio. I am constantly needing to shoot straight down onto the project sitting on the big heavy industrial table in my studio and jumping on and off the table as I do is not the best idea. I was delighted… Read more.

Chalk Painted Rocking Chairs

Upcycle Your Rocking Chairs with this DIY Chalk Paint® Tutorial

Last month I found two matching rocking chairs on Craigslist. I loved their shape and style knowing they would be perfect for my new front porch. Though the red paint on the chairs is a classic color, I wanted to give them a fresh, yet timeless vintage look and knew I would be doing that… Read more.


A Tour of My Loft (upcycled, found & hand made)

Happy Friday everyone! Today I want to share something near and dear to my heart. . . my condo, or what is referred to here in the Pearl (the name of a downtown Portland neighborhood) as a loft. I am feeling extra sentimental because I will be moving from my beloved loft in just a… Read more.

Chalk Painted Nightstand

Hand Painted Furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A few weeks ago. . . before I even knew I would have this brand new blog. . . I wrote about my love for painting furniture at Elliné I am going to share this post again, here on my new blog, as this is a subject dear to my heart. Painting furniture a quick… Read more.