Distressed Step Stool Using Maison Blanche Paint in Cerise

Maison Blanche La Craie Paint Cerise

Just to think, a year ago, I knew nothing about all the wonderful paints used to give furniture a distressed, time-worn and well-loved look. Pinterest opened my eyes to chalk paint and more recently milk paint. You can follow my collection of painted and distressed furniture ideas on Pinterest here. I recently gave our hall bathroom a makeover by changing the color scheme from different shades of brown to a combination of turquoise with red

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Vintage Inspired Guest Bathroom Reveal

Vintage inspired guest bathroom reveal by Simplicity in the South

Remember when I hinted at the end of my hallway reveal that my next room makeover would be our guest bathroom? Well, today’s the day I get to share it with you! Some of the changes like the new wall color and vanity makeover were made recently. Other (more time-consuming and expensive) changes, such as the granite countertop, new tile floor and wainscoting were made long before I started blogging. I’ll follow up with tutorials,

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DIY Decoupaged Vintage Apothecary Jars

diy decoupaged vintage label jars

I’ve tried my hand at decoupaging galvanized metal, wood, and plastic but until now I’ve never tried Mod Podge on glass. Today, I’ll show you how easy it is to take cheap spice jars and make them look like vintage apothecary jars. Last month, I ventured up to Asheville, North Carolina in search of antique stores in the area. Thank you to those on Facebook and Twitter that clued me in to The Antique Tobacco

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Aw, Shucks. I’m in the Bloglight Today!


What does it mean to be in the Bloglight? Once a week, the Hometalk spokesperson, Miriam, picks a blogger from the Hometalk community to be featured and I’m feeling pretty honored that this week she chose me! If you enjoy home decorating, home improvement, and gardening as much as I do, then you’ll love Hometalk. It’s an online community of bloggers and non-bloggers alike that share ideas and submit questions about everything related to home. If you’re

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8 Ideas for Creating a Timeless Dream Kitchen on a Budget

Subway tile with grey grout

What do you think of when you visualize your dream kitchen? I dream of a kitchen with vintage-classic details that withstand the test of time and trends. A kitchen remodel can be the most expensive home improvement project you can make, but it can also provide the best return on investment when you go to sell your home. Our budget only allows us to get it right once every ten years. So, when time and

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20 Inspiring Laundry Rooms

20 inspiring laundry rooms

Have you ever had a question about home repair or been stuck with a decorating dilemma? Are you clueless when it comes to gardening like me? Have you ever wanted to share pictures of your projects even if you don’t have a blog? A year ago, I was introduced to Hometalk through a blog post and it’s been such an awesome place to gather inspiration from other bloggers and non-bloggers alike. If you see a

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A Bubbling Rock Water Feature and a Mini Yard Tour

DIY bubbling rock water feature

With summer right around the corner, I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures as long as I can. Spring has always been my favorite season. If it weren’t for the pollen, it would be near perfect. I love hearing the background noise of the tree frogs and bull frogs singing their little song at night. It’s my reminder that spring has arrived. They seem to be drawn to our rock water feature that my husband made last

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Italian Summer Salad

Italian Summer Salad.

This past week, my husband tilled and planted our garden. It’s gotten plenty of water over the past few days with all the rain we’ve had! If this year’s garden is anything close to how plentiful last year’s garden was, we’ll have enough to feed an army…or at least our small brigade. Going through my box of family recipes, I found my grandmother’s recipe for Italian Summer Salad. This will be perfect for when the

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Secrets for Cleaning the Rust Off Bathroom Fixtures & Keeping Them Looking New

How to clean the rust off chrome bathroom fixtures and keep it looking new.

My project this week is getting our hall bathroom back in order. I’ve been painting, redecorating, and my least favorite part, cleaning. If I can find a way to make cleaning easier, I will use it to its full extent. There’s a trick I learned from my grandfather when he would clean his tools and I’ve been using this same trick for cleaning the rust off our chrome light fixtures and shower rods. I’ll also

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