Options for a Round Pedestal End Table – Buy or DIY?

Our upholstered furniture will be coming later this month (see this for more details)…and although I’m behind (not surprisingly) in my preparations, one of the tasks on my to do list is to come up with an option for this Round Pedestal End Table. This is the table that was suggested by the decorator (official decision maker) for our family […]

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Living Room Plan

I mentioned recently that we’re in a bit of a redecorating mode (Ha ha. Aren’t we always?)… We have one year left before our youngest starts college, so this could be a very narrow financial window to make that investment. We’ve always bought our furniture piecemeal in the past, with budget as the primary design element. Here’s the typical scenario: […]

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Turning Gold into Silver and a Tip Share: “Free Hardware Fridays”

Today’s post is a quick fix to turn gold into silver…or to be specific, brass into nickel. (I also have a tip share below for scoring free cabinet hardware for my fellow DIYers.) I mentioned last week that we’re (finally) going to catch up to our painting spree and update our house with new decor. There’s nothing like inviting a professional into […]

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“Uncle!” (Using a Professional to Help with Decisions)

I had ZERO idea when I woke up today that I would be writing this post. If you’ve spent any time in my archives (when I was all alone here), you’d know about my frequent bouts of decorating paralysis…like here and here. I know when I like something, but don’t always know how to choose something similar for myself. Wall […]

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storage ottoman with coffee bean sacks

DIY Tufted Top Storage Ottoman with Repurposed Coffee Sacks

I ended up building my DIY Tufted Top Storage Ottoman using repurposed coffee bean bags.   LOL, now it really is a “coffee table”! Done! Finished! Completed! You might remember that my plan was to make something like this storage ottoman from Ballard Designs.   But while driving around the southern tier of Western New York, we happened upon a […]

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How to Piece or Join Fabric When Tufting

When researching how to piece the fabric when tufting an oversized cushion, I thought there must be some secret way to sew the pieces together so the fabric would be wide enough. I went to several furniture stores and could never find where the fabric was pieced, and assumed they used some type of extra wide decorator fabric. After still more […]

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Take it from the top: DIY Tufted Storage Ottoman/Coffee Table

I finished the top for my DIY tufted storage ottoman/coffee table and I have to say I am really happy with how it turned out! The in-house reviews are also VERY positive so far…one child wants to steal it for a headboard (I’ll have to add that to my list). I guess that also means that I can go ahead […]

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Tufting Map for DIY Storage Ottoman

I’m excited to finally begin my deep-tufted oversized storage ottoman! I feel like I’ve done my homework and am ready to take on the challenge. I won’t start off with a supply list (but, if this is successful, I promise I’ll end with one). The first thing I want to tackle is what I think will be the most complex […]

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Next on the List – DIY Storage Ottoman

This is Kelly…(who is 90 percent responsible for 50 percent of this blog name). She is NOT allowed on the furniture.   Really! She needs A LOT of reminding! I also use lots of pillows as a deterrent when we aren’t home …but want to stash them somewhere quick when we return. We also like to hunker and watch TV […]

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Details and TMI: Stripping, Staining, Finishing, Mistakes, Fixes

What a happy day to find out that people liked the dresser makeover! I don’t always go into a ton of details on my posts because, well to be honest, I didn’t think people really read my blog…there are a LOT of DIYers out there! But, thanks to Hometalk, people were pretty interested in the dresser.  SO…this is the complete […]

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