Showing posts with label Fresh Look. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fresh Look. Show all posts

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HOMEROOM: Master Bedroom Makeover (Part 1 Dresser)

Dresser Makeover 7I am finally going to makeover our master bedroom. This is the saddest room in the house. Original inexpensive furniture from when we first got married, mismatched décor, old blinds and curtains and the list goes on and on. It’s going to be a slow process since I only have weekends to work on the projects. This will be the first of several posts and I’m starting with one of the dressers.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

FRESH LOOK: Rolodex Makeover

Rolodex Makeover 6I know a Rolodex is outdated and is probably going to obsolete soon but I use mine all the time. I’ve toted it from job to job and over the years collected tons of business cards. One day, I’ll weed through it and maybe even dump it and just use my phone contacts. But for now it lives on my desk and it was an eyesore.

Monday, March 17, 2014

FRESH LOOK: White & Gold Painted Pot

White and Gold Painted Pot Makeover via homework | carolynshomework.comWhen you have a creative and craft blog, people give you all kinds of goodies because “you can do something with this”. I recently received a bunch of pots and they all have tons of potential.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FRESH LOOK: Spring Birdcage Decor

Spring Birdcage via homework |

A while back, I participated in a Hometalk | Michaels event. You can read about it here. One of the projects we could create for the event was a decorated birdcage. I was disappointed because my store was all out of birdcages.

Monday, January 27, 2014

FRESH LOOK: Winter Whites

Winter Whites via homework |

Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm here in Southern California, it’s still winter to us. I know – if you have snow outside your window you’re probably laughing at me right now. But I want you to know that it’s chilly here in the early morning and in the evenings.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FRESH LOOK: gold leaf {painted pressed ferns}

Gold Painted Pressed Ferns via homework | carolynshomework.comA few years ago I created some pressed fern art for my dining room. The ferns were a vibrant spring green and looked so fresh and clean.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FRESH LOOK: repainted gold table with chevron accents

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DIY Chevron Painted Table via homework | carolynshomework.comWould you believe this is my first chevron pattern project? I’ve never used the pattern on anything before this and actually you can’t really call this chevron because I switched the pattern a little to create a diamond design.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fresh Look: Embellished Wood Boxes {homemade gifts}

Embellished Wood Box via homework (9)I’m having lunch with three friends next week. I used to work with them when I used to get dressed, carry a brief case and drive to the office. We’ve all left the corporate world for one reason or another and supported each other in our various new ventures.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FRESH LOOK: Painted Colander {pops of yellow}

A Splash of Yellow via homeworkFall is around the corner but for now I’m hanging on to summer. I’ve been into yellow lately – it’s so bright and cheery and I’ve added little pops of yellow here and there in my kitchen.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fresh Look: lighten & brighten a living room {plus a giveaway)

Blue White Living Room via homework (1)
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I’m not going to even pretend I have a perfect house that is always photo ready. Let’s be realistic. I have a messy husband, a teenage boy and a spoiled dog.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fresh Look: painted basket {faux dipped}

Painted Basket {faux dip dye} via homework (2)I saw some pretty paint dipped baskets on the Martha Stewart craft of the day. Such a fun way to jazz up some plain baskets.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hutch 1There’s something about the anticipation of summer that not only energizes me but also calms me. Summer days mean a less hectic schedule, more family time and more time for creativity. Yay Summer!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fresh Look: cookbook cover

Cookbook 11You know those little things in your house that bug you? Maybe it’s a picture frame that doesn’t quite match or electrical cords that have become part of the décor. I have a ton of those little things all over the house.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fresh Look: maison blanche vanille | hutch makeover {& giveaway}

Maison Blanche Vanilla {hutch makeover} (9)I’m so excited to show you my dining room hutch makeover. I’ve been wanting to paint this hutch for the longest time. But for whatever reason it just never got done.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fresh Look: Color+Plus with Lamps Plus

Lamps Collage
I’m thinking about changing the color scheme in my living room. For years, my living room has been beige and white with touches of blue and gold. I need to possibly break out of my neutral phase and get bold.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fresh Look: my first roadside rescue {bookcase makeover}

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First let me start by saying, I tip my hat to you ladies and gents that do these roadside rescues on a regular basis. I’ve seen your photos. I’ve read your tutorials. You grab the item at the side of the road. Bring it home. Sand it up, add some pretty chalk paint and show us your beautiful new piece of furniture.

Now I’m even more impressed with you diy rescuers because it’s a lot of work. There are creepy crawlies to deal with. Water damage. Ugly old stain that won’t go away. Storage issues and weather conditions to consider. I somehow muddled through all of those and finished my first roadside rescue.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fresh Look: my kitchen chicken {crackle paint technique}

Have you ever used a crackle paint technique? It’s something that’s been on my list for awhile and I found the perfect test subject in my kitchen.

Nestled on my spice shelf was this cute speckled chicken. I’ve had it for years and although I don’t have  country kitchen décor, she’s been happily sitting there looking very country for the longest time. Funny how things just start to blend in. Time for a fresh look…

Crackle Paint Examples FinalPhoto Sources:  1. Cameron Homemade   2. Frivoli Tea   3.  Wild Roses & Blackberries   4.  EHow
You can buy crackle paint medium or you can diy with Elmer’s Glue. Here’s the Elmer’s glue tutorial from their site. It couldn’t be easier.

How do I use Elmer's to create the painted crackle effect or antique look on furniture or crafts?
  1. Paint the object or furniture with an acrylic craft paint. Let dry.
  2. Cover the paint with a coat of Elmer's Glue-All glue.
  3. While still wet, paint on another coat of a different color of acrylic paint. The painted item will begin to crackle as it dries.
  4. When dry, cover with another coat of the Elmer's Glue-All as a sealer.

Blog White Chicken
I followed the instructions but my chicken didn’t crackle very much with one side having more cracks than the other. I had read that a thicker application of glue will result in large cracks and a thinner application will result in small cracks. In my attempt to get a lot of small crackles, I don’t think I applied enough glue.

It’s okay – she was test subject and I’ll practice the crackle technique on another piece using more glue next time.

In the meantime, she’s back up with my spices looking less country and partially crackled. 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Fresh Look: twine vase

Fall ideas are starting to pop up here and there and although in my mind it’s still “flip flop” season, I’m trying to think ahead for fall décor. One idea I had was to make a textured vase with twine and paint.

I made two vases but decided to leave one of them unpainted.

Twine Vase CollageI’ve seen a lot of projects where the twine is wrapped horizontally around and around the object but I decided to place my twine vertically. I cut several strips of twine and using Mod Podge, glued them on one by one.

Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the twine at top edge. 

This vase is the unpainted version. I liked the natural look of the twine.

This vase is spray painted giving it a completely different look.

I like both versions – what do you think? Painted or unpainted?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fresh Look: diy faux fenton hobnail milk glass

I love vintage milk glass. I wish I had a collection of hobnail milk glass to display in an open cabinet.

Blog Hobnail-001Vintage Fenton Milk Glass - Photo source

The photos in the collage above are some pieces of vintage Fenton Art Glass. Here’s a little history about the Fenton Art Glass Company:

Founded in 1905 by brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton, the Fenton Art Glass Company ranks among the world's foremost producers of handmade art glass. Fenton is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States, and the company is renowned for innovative glass colors as well as handpainted decorations on pressed and blown glassware.

In 2005, the Fenton Art Glass Company celebrated its 100th anniversary. The firm is now led by third- and fourth-generation Fenton family members, who work side by side with over 100 employees, including skilled glassworkers and decorators, to create beautiful, handmade art glass in Williamstown, West Virginia.

Until I start my collection of vintage milk glass, I thought I’d try a diy version using a method I’ve seen many times on craft sites and blogs.

Blog Hobnail
To make the hobnails you need craft puffy paint. I bought this puffy paint almost a year ago with the intention of making this project and then forgot about it. I thought I bought white but apparently I grabbed glow in the dark puffy paint. My knock off Fenton will probably be glowing at night… oh well.

To make a faux hobnail vase, start with a clean piece of glass and dot on your puffy paint. The paint takes about 4 hours to dry but I let mine dry overnight. Once your puffy paint is dry, cover the entire glass with several light coats of white spray paint. Finish with a coat of gloss clear spray paint.

Now, I’m sure the artisans at Fenton would be laughing at my attempt at milk glass hobnail but I’m quite thrilled with it.

Add some pretty flowers that you borrowed from a neighbor…

and enjoy!

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