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Summer House Tour

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If you are looking for colorful decor ideas for your home for summer, you will find many in this summer home tour in my previous home. If you would like to know more about each project, I included links to the posts and projects under each photo.


I am going to start where I spend the most time – in my Studioffice. I gave it the name because I created it to be half office, half studio.  In the house floor plan – it is what would have been the “formal living room”.  I turned it into a creative space instead.  It usually is not this tidy.


I found the desk on the curb! It was a freebie that I painted using super high gloss white.  The ottoman I originally made for my bedroom, but it gets more use here.  Studioffice Makeover


Everything in this room has been transformed in some way to fit my needs and style.  I made a Rolodex out of paint chips for my desk, painted the furniture in all types of paint, and covered cardboard files with colorful giftwrap.  Plain to Preppy DIY Chalk Painted Stool            Colorful Magazine Files


Last summer, I created what I call the “creative wall”.  It helps keep me organized and work much more efficiently.  The first section is to organize giftwrap.   When wrapping any gift, I just place it on the work table and pull down the paper I want.


The center section is where I organize my tools.   It saves time when I know exactly where each tool is.


The last section of the wall turns into a mini photo studio. I mounted a roller shade along the top and simply pull it down when I need to take a photo.  It is the perfect place since there is a window on the right.I place a white foam board to bounce the light on the left to get the best lighting I can.


I have two IKEA Billy bookcases. I made cardboard backdrops for the back and covered them with fabric.   IKEA Billy Bookcase Makeover


I like white walls with lots of color pops.


To add some architectural interest, I created a fake transom using a $5.00 mirror and molding.    I love how the mirror catches the light and makes the room brighter.  How to Make a Fake Transom


One of my recent furniture makeovers was an old library file that was handed down from my husband’s parents.  I spray painted my ugly office chair white and made a back slip for it using a striped throw rug.  Library File Makeover  How to Makeover an Office Chair


This armoire was also a hand-me down from my husband’s parents. I use it to store and organize my craft and sewing supplies.  My Crafts Closet Up-close and Personal



I painted my kitchen cabinets about 12 years ago.  The topiaries on either side of the sink were easy to make and 100% fake!  I do not have a green thumb.  I bought the rug at HomeGoods.  How to Make Topiaries Using Fake Greenery


I bought the kitchen table about 15 years ago at JC Penney’s for $150. I recently stripped the dark top and left it unfinished.   I am currently painting the black to white.  There is always a can of paint opened around my house.   How To Strip Wood Furniture


I used a M’Fay pattern to make the window treatment.   I am not a seamstress and this was hard. Adding the beaded trim was a cinch after sewing the valance.  How to Make a Beaded Valance


The most recent transformation I did, was stripping this cabinet and creating a faux Carrera marble top for the sideboard.  The two pieces don’t match. I tried to make them into one perfect piece for the space.  Caring For Unsealed or Salvaged Wood


How To Create Faux Marble


When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I also added “wood feet” to the bottom corners of the cabinets. I used wood shelf brackets to make them.   I also stenciled the floor. The floor is going to be refinished soon, so the stencil will be removed when the floor is sanded.   DIY Kitchen Makeover

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 How To Build a Banquette in Your Kitchen     How to Make Cushion Covers for a Banquette


 How to Make French Enameled Numbered Tags


I like white. Most of these pieces are from the thrift store, the plates from HomeGoods, and the tureen and pitcher from an antiques fair.  The basket on top, I painted by mixing paint,  glaze, and water together, then brushed it on.  I wiped it away after about 5 minutes.   Furniture Stripping Basics

Family Room


I found this cute little table at the thrift store, it is the first piece I ever used chalk paint on. I loved how it turned out and have been using DIY chalk paint on furniture ever since. I made different colored inserts for the table so that I can change things up from time to time.  In the photo – I had mirrors cut to size.    One Table 4 Ways


Another hand-me down piece. I made it my own with chalk paint and glaze. The lampshades are from the Threshold line at Target. Furniture Before & After Makeover Using  Turquoise DIY Chalk Paint


The fireplace use to be brick. I used a product called AirStone to transform it.  Some of the white slipcovers I made, others I bought.   The corner cabinets used to be brown, I recently painted then white.   How to Use AirStone to Transform a Fireplace on a Budget



Allover Wall stencil by Royal Designs Studio. Pattern is Marrakesh large.


The mirror is made by stacking one window sash on top of another.  I replaced the glass with mirrors.  The ornate molding on top I bought at a place in South Carolina that is no longer in business – WacamawPottery.  I have never done a post about this since I made it long before I started to blog.

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Frame gallery wall on the top of the steps with flower vases mounted inside a frame. Read more about that here:  Frame Gallery Wall

Staircase AFTER

This  staircase used to be covered with carpet.  Removing it and making the pine boards underneath look good was worth the effort.      Staircase makeover


I love using scrapbook paper to decorate small items around my house. Chandelier shade covers made using scrapbook paper and crystal beads.   How to Make Paper Chandelier Shade Covers

Dining Room


This room used to be brown.  All hand-me down pieces that over time I am slowly making my own. The cabinet in the corner is next on my list to “unbrown.”    How To Make Dining Room Chair Slipcovers


I painted a builder grade cheap-o brass chandelier to look old and then added crystal beads to give it it’s own style.   How to Makeover a Dining Room Chandelier


I made the turquoise and white chair runners to go over white slipcovers I had made for the chairs.  When I just want the white covers, it is easy to remove the runners.    How to Make Chair Back Runners


Found the topiary globes at HomeGoods.



I love clock faces and have always wanted to do this with the name of my town mentioned like it was a chic destination.

How to Create Grand Central Station in Your Mudroom

Laundry-Room-Decorating-IdeasResource:  Rack over Washer and Dryer

Jelly cabinet transformed with white chalk paint and black chalkboard paint.  DIY Chalk Paint Cabinet Makeover & Free Printable Designs


I used inexpensive giftwrap as wallpaper, trimmed the shelves with ribbon, and made labels for everything.   How I Transformed A Coat Closet into a Pantry

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Closeup AFTER

Long before I knew about the wonders of chalk paint, I used paint and glaze to create distressed effects to transform furniture.


How to Make a Cornice Headboard    Folding Screen    No-Sew Ottoman    No-Sew Window Treatment Using a Tablecloth

Master Bathroom


This room is two stories high. I needed something large to fill the wall.  I bought the biggest stretched canvas at the craft store and used crafts paints in my favorite colors to paint the squares.


The rolling door is a new addition and one that was desperately needed. Now the 3 doors that overlap this doorway no longer get stuck together.  Installing a Rolling Door


I used these vintage swing rods in a Decorator’s Show house I was part of. When the show was over, I brought them home and made this simple white valance to hang from them.   The fake Grasscloth wallpaper is from Lowes.  I like it so much, I have it in my kitchen, too.   How To Make a Sew or No Sew Tie-On Window Valance

Guest Room


The bed hanging is simply fabric panels hung on a curtain rod above the bed.  The mirror is made using wood shims.  The drapes are easy no-sew, the rod a PVC pipe.   How to Make a Bed Hanging    How to Make a Starburst Mirror


To update a hand-me down dresser, I used paint and giftwrap. To update the brass pulls, I used dollar store glass gems and scraps from the alphabet giftwrap on the top.   Giftwrap Top Dresser Makeover


It is always hard to decide on fabric when there are so many options to choose from. I could not choose just one, so I made the headboard cover reversible. One side had a black and white pattern, the other side is purple.  How to Make a Reversible Padded Headboard Cover


Since it was a guest room wall, I didn’t want to make a photo gallery.  I gathered up all the framed mirrors I had and bought a few more at the dollar store to create this 3-D Gallery Wall.   I used wood blocks to layer them.  How to Make a 3-D Gallery Wall

Hall Bath

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This  bathroom was shared by my daughters while they were growing up. It used to be purple. I added the board and batten and molding around the mirrors.  $265 Bathroom Makeover


I made the wimpy window look larger by adding wood and molding to the top. The valance is made from Styrofoam insulation panels that I cut to size and covered with fabric.


I created a  bead board front for the tub.  The $10 floor update:  black diamonds used to be green.  I simply covered them with black vinyl that you would use in a Silhouette machine to create a classic black and white floor that would go with any color scheme.

Deck & Patio


Now that it is summer, you will find me outside.  I have tried to set up the deck and patio as our getaway place – a place to take a Staycation when needed.  I don’t have cushions on the seating outside, but did make a few pillows  – one using plastic bags as the filler instead of a pillow form.   Outdoor Pillow Using a Dishtowel     Outdoor Pillow Using Grocery Bags


Pink peonies and purple hydrangeas are swoon worthy.  I wish they stayed in bloom all summer long.


The original cushions for these chairs were getting old and I noticed we always put a towel down before sitting on them. That gave me the idea to make terrycloth slipcovers for them. I had the monogram done on each at a local monogramming shop.  How to Make Terrycloth Slipcovers


Where I spend lots of time in the summer.  I made the cushion the quick and easy no –sew way – I used safety-pins.  No Sew Cushion Cover


I made an outdoor chandelier after being inspired by the ones that Pottery Barn sells.   How to Make a Thrifty Outdoor Candle Chandelier

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  1. Coming over from Gina’s. Love your home and your studio is my favorite. So bright, cheerful and inspiring. As a matter of fact I have been spending a lot of time on your blog lately since I’m trying out your chalk paint recipes ;)
    (Julia from Cuckoo4Design.blogspot)

  2. Your home is beautiful!!! There are so many awesome projects I want to copy for my house. :)

  3. Diane, I just love how fresh, clean and colorful your home is. It has such personality and is comfortable and inviting. What a wonderful job you have done. Thanks for sharing!