VALENTINE BOOK BUNDLES

2016, DIY
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Hello friends.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share this cute little DIY project.  Styling with old discarded books is an inexpensive way to create pretty vignettes. For this project, simply gather a bunch of old books or purchase some at your local thrift shop.  I chose some with hard covers and some with soft covers.  I tore off the cover and spines on the soft covered books.     I mixed up various shades of…

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OH LA LA, GIRLY, GIRLY!

2016, Furniture Makeover
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Hello Friends.  It’s been a while since my last post!  You may have noticed Orphans With Makeup has a brand new look.  I hope you find the new site cleaner and easier to navigate.  Many of you were having trouble loading my old site on your mobile devices, so I hope this has solved the problem.  One of the features that you will find different is in the “Gallery”.   Now when you click on one of the images, it…

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MOST POPULAR PROJECTS 2015

Crafts, Furniture Makeover
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“So this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just begun…….” John Lennon – So This Is Christmas It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year.  Today I am sharing my most popular furniture makeovers of the past year with a few diy/craft projects in between.  So without further ado…. Spring Greenery Buffet White-Washed Dresser Bohemian Inspired Dresser DIY Up-Cycled Plate Chargers Layered Grey High-Boy Embossing Plaster Dresser A…

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES

2015, Holidays
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I am just popping in to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! A big thank you to all my readers who continue to read my posts and leave comments. I appreciate each and every one of you! I will be taking a little blogging break and will be back after the New Year.…

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CHRISTMAS 2015 (Part 2)

2015, Holidays
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Hello Friends.  Today I am sharing a few more Christmas vignettes taken around the house.  It’s been a funny holiday season so far with the lack of snow.  This is very unusual for us at this time of the year.  Are you enjoying warm December weather too? So to continue with simple Christmas decor, I strung some Christmas stockings decorated with some sprigs of Norfolk Pine. These bottle brush trees used to be part of my Christmas Village which I…

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CHRISTMAS 2015 (Part 1)

2015, Holidays
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Hello Friends!  As furniture painting projects start to slow down in December, I had some time to do some Christmas decorating, and today I am joining Jennifer Rizzo’s House Walk Link Party. Today I am sharing just a small glimpse of my home, starting with my bedroom.  I have never decorated my bedroom for Christmas before but this year decided, why not?  And I love how festive the bedroom now looks! My bedroom is decorated with lots of soft blues…

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China cabinet makeover with Stikwood

Furniture Makeover
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Hello friends.  I was browsing my Facebook feeds one day and discovered this amazing product that I just had to try.  As someone who refurbishes furniture, I am always looking for different ways to transform my pieces.  This product is called Stikwood.  Stikwood is the world’s first Peel & Stik reclaimed and sustainable wood planking.  If you are a furniture artist or avid DIY’er and love the look of barnwood , you will love this product.  It is so easy…

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Pinspiration for the holidays.

2015, Holidays
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Hello friends.  I am changing things up a bit on the blog today.  Instead of another furniture makeover, this post is about decorating for the holidays and what is inspiring me for holiday decor.  I am drawn more and more to the simplicity of Scandinavian holiday decor.  Simple greenery, twinkly lights, nature’s gifts and no fuss decorating.  Here are some of my favorites found on Pinterest.  I’ve linked all original sources, if available.  As a courtesy to all, please pin…

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It started with a chandelier!

2015
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Hello friends.  A short while back you will remember that I introduced you to Parrot Uncle.  An online lighting store that sell beautifully designed lighting at reasonable prices.   I had been drooling over their wooden chandeliers and so when they asked if I would also be interested in reviewing a product, I was more than thrilled to receive one.  But guess what?  I am hosting a giveaway!  Parrot Uncle are providing a $50.00 dollar gift certificate to one of our…

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HOW TO RE-POSITION HARDWARE & TOP COATS

Furniture Makeover
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Hello Friends.  I recently finished painting this tall boy.  This was a contract job and the client’s request was to paint it crisp black, satin finish and re-position new hardware. Here is the client’s “Before” picture.  It is a solid piece of furniture so definitely worth recycling.   And here is the end result.  Looks kind of POTTERY BARNish.  Don’t you think? I painted it in Country Chic Paint’s Liquorice.  Because the client requested a satin finish, I chose to…

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