Saturday, August 2, 2008

ATTACK OF THE TOOL GIRL!


I have discovered over the past few years that paint is my friend. Paint can cover a multitude of sins and make ugly beautiful...or at least less ugly. I also have come to the startling conclusion that I like building and fixing things.


Except for "Home Goods"...Home Depot has become my favorite place to shop. Weird huh?? I've discovered however if you spend too much time inside this glorious big orange box, you will get an uncontrollable urge to buy power tools. Now my first power tools were pretty girlie...in fact if I could have found them in PINK I would have been in heaven. But I found a set that is pretty darn convenient...the whole thing sits right inside your junk drawer. This set included some screwdrivers, a hammer, a stud finder (calm down BJ not that kind of "stud") and a cordless drill that was made lightweight and smaller to fit a womans hand. Now that was all well and good...but I discovered it didn't give me enough ***POWER***. So after my first project or two I went and got me a BIG GIRL DRILL!

NOW THIS BABY HAS TORQUE! Give me a glue gun and a drill and there is no STOPPING ME!

One thing you will NOT find anywhere near my craft table/tool bench is a power saw. If I had one of these----->















I wouldn't have any of these











One of the coolest things about Home Depot is that when you buy any type of lumber from them....Those sweet orange-apron wearing critters will cut it for you to the exact size you want FREE OF CHARGE!


So if you'll indulge me, I would like to take you on a tour of things I've fixed with paint, built, or altered in some foolish way.....
One of the first projects I tackled was making these cornice boxes for my living room. It's a super easy project that only takes a drill and a staple gun. It helped me build some confidence to try other things.



I made this bench for our master bedroom. Another very simple project. I bought the legs on-line as well as the big yummy nail head trim. The total cost of this project including the fabric was about $150.00.




I made this headboard for my guestbedroom...plywood, masonite, egg & dart molding, and some nailhead trim. Another really simple project...and if I hadn't got so greedy and had to have the embroidered silk fabric it would have been a really inexpensive project too! With the fabric however this ended up costing somewhere around $150.00

In this same room I reupholstered a chair I bought at an auction for $30.00 or so...I just used the old fabric as a pattern. This was also an easy project except for the massive blood loss during the removal of the old upholstery tacks! And I bought the bedside table at a yard sale for $8.00 it was ugly beat up pine but all it needed was some black paint!

























I made another headboardy sorta thingie for our other guestroom. This one was made with one of those cheap mirrors you hang on your door...I just took off the frame they had it in and I had a $6.00 mirror. Plywood, more egg & dart molding, and some iron scrolls I purchased on-line from a company that makes parts for wrought iron railings. The iron scrolls were only about $5.00 each...so this whole thing cost about $80.00.





This cabinet started out life as an oak computer center. I replaced the upper wood panels on the doors with chicken wire and then painted and distressed it. It's now in my guestbedroom and houses linens and some quilts my mom made.



This cabinet was natural pine..it was purchased for a different house years ago. It no longer fit in with any of my decor and I was going to yard-sale it. But a little bit of black paint and now it fits in just fine. It's currently sitting in our library until I can actually afford bookshelves someday.

If you need cheap wall art...here's the ticket. I bought black "dollar store" frames for $1 of course, and painted them green and distressed them. Then I cut the pictures of the flowers out of a magazine. Even up close they look pretty dang good for a total of $4


This yellow cabinet was originally a drop leaf secretary I bought at a yard sale for $10. The top drawer was busted so I removed two of them and put in shelves instead..then added the baskets. I removed the drop leaf because it was beyond repair...then painted and distressed it. The screen behind it is just 1 x 4 pine boards cut to look like fence posts. The hinges were originally shiny brass and I rusted them with a really cool paint technique. Total cost of the screen was $22.00


And finally....a bench I made out of a damaged cabinet that was supposed to go over a fridge. I bought the bun feet on-line and added a wood top. The sad little bench pad is my pitiful attempt at sewing...which is one of my NON-skills

129 comments:

Bridget said...

Hi Nikki, First I would like to welcome you to blogland and second, thank you for finding my blog. Who would have thought we'd meet like this? LOL So many of the RMS ladies have moved here and it is a much friendlier place!
I enjoyed this post. You are the most creative lady on RMS. Your projects are so creative and inspirational.
I love the picture of the puppies on your sidebar.
I hope to see you more often and congratulations on your great foray into blogging.
Bridget (blgeee)

Kathy said...

WOW girl!! you are good at blogging and making things, Can I send you my "honey do" list haha, my hubby does not have time and I would not even attempt to use anything thing more than a sewing machine, Mrs Ben has a great set of tools and is very handy with them, I love everything you made. Kathy.

Penny said...

You are one creative cookie! I LOVE everything you shared, but I'm definitley going to make the bench from the cabinets. I know right where it's going! Thank you and I love your blog.

Penny

Linda said...

A girl after my own heart! I am always making things and painting and distressing and I have several of my own power tools as well. My Dh owns a Shopsmith and as soon as I learn how to switch out tools on that and use each tool watch out! LOL When I wasa getting ready for the Country Sampler photo shoot, I walked around with paint and tools in my hands for weeks.

I love your home. If I was not so primitive, that's the decor I would have. We use the same colors though, just in different ways.

I hope the sun is shining on your side of MA. We are finally seeing blue skies. The weather this summer reminds me of when we lived in New Orleans! UGH!

Picket said...

Ok girl..you gonna start posting like this you gotta give us some step by step instructions! I have always loved your beautiful rooms on RMS and I know you are talented...so see here in blog world you can post and give details and I'll be right here at the head of the class with pen and paper....huh?...$25 resistration fee!!!!!? I am not feeling the love here Nikki!!!! lol Great post girl..you have always been a major inspiration..have a great day!

Dolly said...

Its so nice to meet you Nikki!
Home Depot is my favorite place to shop!
Love the smell.....hmmmm fresh wood!
I could go nuts in there...hubby says a home dep. credit card would be a dangerous thing in my hands! :-)
He is right!
I can't leave there without spending a small fortune on new projects and ideas.
Love all your ideas!
I will be doing the picture frames with magazine pictures for my daughters new home! {she is on a budget and needs everything..so this will be perfect}

Welcome to blogland...you are going to love it here!

Hugz, Dolly

Tracey said...

Hi,I found your blog via Southern Lady's blog. Wow, you are very talented. I love ALL your "fixing" and decorating projects. I wish I had that "superpower" you have of looking at an old piece of furniture or something and being able to see and create it's new design and pupose. I look forward to coming back to visit. Love the doggies too :) Tracey

Allgrins said...

I am so thrilled that you visited my blog. I am so envious of your power tools! You are very talented. I loved your blog on water features. I am dying to have one! I will be back to visit soon! Jamie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

WOW!! Nikki, You really have got good at using power tools. I love your blog. I'm going to have to check in more often. You have great ideas!! Terriedj

Four Paws and Co said...

Hi Nikki,

I just found your blog & got the biggest kick out of your tools. I'm amazed by all the big projects you've completed, guess I need to buy my own cordless drill set. (I seem to recall my DH buying a set for me, then I think my son borrowed it... I haven't seen it since!)

I love all your spaces on RMS & often drooled over the bedrooms.

Love the pooches!

Diane / fourpawsandco

Nancy Jane said...

Hi Nikki-Great Blog! Love the backstory on your decorating. My but you are a talented lady, and that Crumpet is one heck of a cutie! Nancy

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I miss visiting for just a couple days and look what I come back to! Lots and lots of posts, and a severed finger! lol That was hilarious! Wow, you look like you can do it all! Love those headboards, and the bench...just everything! I remember your rooms from RMS and just loved them.

Thanks also for the compliments on my post!

Kady

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks diane/fourpaws

I appreciate all the kind words. And thanks to all you other sweet ladies too...I'll be visiting you all on your blogs

niartist said...

Oh Nikki, thanks for checking in with me as I work on Karen's. So glad to see you've got your own blog up and going now - I love the flow, and the pictures of all of your spaces are just wonderful. Your style is really great. I'm about to climb into bed now, and get ready for a long day at the office followed by a long night at Karens. Part of me will be very glad when she gets here - the other part knows she's coming with boxes she'll need help carrying in and unpacking. Oye vay!

Darlene said...

Hi Nikki I just happened upon your blog. I LOVE all the things you have done with your power tools!!! You are VERY creative. I want that headboard made out of the mirror....LOVE that...great job!

Your pups are just too cute!!

Mary Kay said...

Wow! I knew you were a talented decorator, but didn't realize how much you DIY. Very inspiring, especially the upholstered bench!

Home Depot is my favorite store because Home Goods is an hour away. Once I made the mistake of wearing orange in there and ended up helping customers. LOL!

Get a compound miter saw. It will change your life!

Cathy said...

Nikki....you ought to start your own fixer-upper blog....I love to look at all you stuff!

Paint is also my friend! We have been friends for many years now!

My family vacation post started out with pictures....but it lead to my photo bucket account! I just can't let the whole world see ALL my pics!

Have a great day!
Cat na barn

artis1111 said...

Oh I do love my tools. I even used a table saw. Love it too. My hubby is an electrician and he made me a tool kit. Kathy

Gretchen said...

Nicki, What awesome projects! I love Home Depot and Lowe's too. Both my daughters-in-law can't figure out why I would rather shop there than at clothing stores.

I'm glad you've come to Blogland and I know I'm going to enjoy watching you create.

Gretchen
birdnestcottage.typepad.com

onlymehere said...

A woman after my own heart! I love my power tools! We built our kitchen cabinets and have made quite a few pieces of furniture. I haven't really been out in the shop in awhile but I miss the smell of fresh cut wood! I love the bench and could certainly use something like that at the end of my bed. Just isn't enough time any more to do all I want to do! Great post, I loved the unique twist of the severed finger! Smiles!

ko said...

Wow! You are so talented! :) Is that a DOODLE I see? I have a doodle!

ko said...

So I hope you dont mind...I put you on my blog list....Your page is great.
KYley

bj said...

WHOA..you got my attention with
STUD FINDER !!
I had forgotten how beautiful your house is, Nikki...you are soooo talented and smart and cool and funny and got a cute hubby and a swimmin' pool and a Crumpet and lots and lots of new friends here in Blogland, along with some of the old !! YOU ROCK, GIRLFRIEND

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Wow...I'm SO impressed! Where have you been??? Can't believe I'm just now discoving you! Your pictures and comments are very motivating!

I love all of your projects...you have excellent taste!

Diane

Southern Lady said...

Nikki, I knew you were a talented and creative master decorator and master gardener, but I am in AWE of your prowess with POWER TOOLS ... and they're not "sissy" ones, either!

I loved seeing all your creativeness at work. Each and every one of your projects is a masterpiece and you've inspired me to run over to my friendly neighborhood Home Depot and stock up on some black paint, plywood, molding, and my very own POWER drill.

I think I need to start out with a "sissy" one, though, until I get the hang of it ... and then work up to a BIG GIRL one.

Oh, boy ... I can't wait! I wonder if they have PINK tool aprons in petite??

I've enjoyed your stories and pictures, Nikki, and I'm so glad you joined us in "blogland." It's nice to know that you are "just a click away."

Sincerely,

Janie

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Nikki! I'm so glad I found your blog! I used to love your posts on RMS and your helpful comments re headboard for my bedroom! Anyway your house looks like one I used to adore in Acton, MA where I lived for 23 yrs and moved 7 yrs ago. Your blog has so many interesting things to look at I need to continue to explore but just wanted to say Hi - Sincerely, Jeannette

Bella said...

I love your mirror headboard, well, actually I LOVE EVERYTHING...but that mirror is something I bet my husand and I could work on together to hang in our dining room...thanks for the tutorial and pics, you are AMAZING!

And here, I taped a tassel to a little sign and I was all proud of myself for thinking that up! lololololol ;)

I'll say it again, you are amazing!!!

Bella :)

decorator101 said...

I love a gal that's not afraid of tools and will go after a job and get it done herself.. You are so blest to have all of this talent.. I truly enjoyed visiting your blog today.. have visited your spaces on RMS "many" times... (decorator101) I'll find myself coming back to check out what new project you have going on...hugs ~lynne~

Laura said...

Oooh, I remember your spaces from RMS! Welcome to blogland! I will be back to visit, and thanks for visiting me!

Laura :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks Lynne I appreciate on the nice comments so much. I hope you visit often!

French said...

Oh Nikki so nice to see you in blogland I hope you don't mind I would like to add one of my favorite RMS'ers to my list;) Your talent is awesome;) French xoxo

mishebe said...

You r very handy.. i am not going to share this with my husband because he thinks i am the only wife who is creative and handy. Don't want to disapoint him.. lol
mishelle

Anonymous said...

You are one talented gal! Your style of furniture is right up my alley.
I've been looking for a blog like yours and just recently found you.
Keep up the good work, I love it!

Anonymous said...

I love all your projects, do you remember where you got the bun feet ???

Love your blog, I will be back again soon.

Kathy :)
jokaj@comcast.net

nikkicrumpet said...

Kathy:

I sent you an e-mail but in case it doesn't go through or if anyone else is curious. The best places to get wood feet, legs, corbels and much more is www.vandykes.com or www.rockler.com

Heather said...

I remember you from RMS- you were always such a sweetie! Now I see you are a girl after my own heart!! My husband told me when we first got married that one of the reasons he fell in love with me was because I came with my own set of power tools- and knew how to use them! LOL!!! I'm with you- you need a drill with power!!
I love the bench that you made!! Is that in your master bedroom? I would love to know where you got that gorgeous bedding! It looks like a dream!
Your mirror headboard thingy is awesome!! I may have to steal that idea!! Wonderful projects! Thank you for sharing. You are blessed with many talents my dear!!!
-Heather :)

Anonymous said...

Will you give a tutorial on the cornice boxes your came out great. Thank you

Jessica said...

Well today it was my turn to 'snoop around'. This was a great post and so inspiring. I have a door in my garage that I need to do something with~ let me see what I can figure out. :)

Stephanie said...

Dang Guuurrrlll!! You've been holding out on me! Funny, smart and talented. This lady's got the trifecta on aisle twelve!

1bitrcountrygirl said...

I'm totally jealous of your crafty touch! I LOVE Home Depot! My brother's fiancee and I are BIG into tools and all that fun stuff.

Sarah C. said...

Okay, I'm scared of you now. And mildly envious. And mostly inspired. Girls with power tools rock!

christie said...

You have some CRAZY talent woman! I am so impressed! Can I be you for a day?

Hippomanic Jen said...

You are a very clever cookie. Well done and happy tool-wielding!

Blueberry Buttons said...

Nikki, would you come decorate my house and the outside? You are so clever. I would love to know the color you used in your living room and how did you attach that mirror to the plywood and, and, and, and, would you just come visit and redo my whole place? hehehe
cheryl

Lilly's Life said...

I have to race out and get a glue gun and power drill now where do I get the artistic flair form - the same place? Talented girl you are, everything looks amazing!

Kimmie0270 said...

I'd love to learn from you. Your projects are AMAZING. Fabulous work girlfriend, I especially love the bench for the front of the bed, I really want one of those.

Lizzie said...

i too am in LOVE with that orange store. all the possibilities just spill out all over the place. You have a beautiful home, way to go power drill mama!!

wendy said...

oh. my. word! You are so amazingly talented! My love is more for the blue store than the orange one because the blue one is bigger and has more selection. I only buy paint from the orange one, though! LOL!

Your home is absolutely beautiful! TFS!

Cheryl Kanenwisher said...

You rock!! Wish I could have you come on a my house come on!

Debora Dennis said...

You are sooo talented - I LOVE the headboards and the great ideas! I had to bookmark this so when I plan some winter projects inside my house, I know were I'm coming for ideas!

Simply Shannon said...

I would love to come to your house!
It's gorgeous.

Mandy said...

Are you for sale??? This is FANTASTIC!!

Felicia Eis said...

*gooogle eyes* I am so coming to your blog when I have my own place to decorate!!! Your house is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Creative Junkie said...

omg, do you have any idea how long I've wanted cornice boxes in my family room?!?

I loved this post - tons of ideas.

I think my favorite are those flower pictures, with the one just "falling" off.

tidymom said...

WOW you are creative AND handy!! My favorite is the mirror headboard!! THAT was to die for!! I would SO love that over my bed!!!

Happy SITS day!

~Tidymom

Smoochiefrog said...

Freaking WOW!!!!

I couldn't even dream of being able to do such things!

I'm so impressed.

Happy SITS day!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Great projects!

Carey said...

Forget Martha - I think I found a new role model!

I keep thinking I can refurbish things I see at tag sales but then get scared and don't do it!

Jacie said...

wow i'm speechless. those are some great projects. you are very talented.

Karol said...

'orange apron wearing critters'

That's awesome!

Your work is amazing! I need to channel my inner martha! (or nikki for that matter!)

togetherforgood said...

Wow-- you are so talented! Amazing work! :)

Oh, and as far as the saw/finger thing-- way to know your boundaries. LOL.

Cassandra said...

What pretty work you do! I too love paint. I have yet to pick up tools to put anything together, though! Kudos to you.

Mrs. S said...

Someday I really want to do a headboard for my bed. I can never have a foot board bc my hubby's so tall but I want it to look like a grown up bed. This is great! Very Trading Spaces!

mrsbear said...

Wow, you're talented. I'm probably the opposite of that when it comes to craft, decor, and home improvements. I'd love to borrow you on loan though. ;-)

Melodie said...

I wish I had your talent and vision!

Heather said...

Okay, okay, okay!

UNCLE!!!!!

I give up!

First, you win my picture of George, and now you demonstrate your mad skillz at building/decorating and how flippin' adorable everything in your house is to boot?

*curls up in a ball weeping uncontrollably in a fit of pure envy*

I suppose I oughta be grateful you didn't show pictures of the handmade frame you whipped up to house your picture of Gorgeous George, eh?

:D

Seriously - you are quite talented and I'm in awe of your handiwork!

Finding Normal said...

Love love love your house!

Sara Beth said...

SITSA you got some skillllz! I love all your projects!

Brooke said...

Um, okay. I LOVE your house. Every square inch is decorated beautifully!! I love it.

Katy Lin :) said...

oh.my.word. i have learned more from this one post than i ever learned from hours of diy network!!! we're almost ready to begin decorating our re-build, and you can bet i'll be channeling your decorating know-how!!!

Amy said...

WOW LOVE it ALL!!!

Can you come to my house now?! I always have the desire to do amazing stuff like you've done, but don't take the time and simply don't have that much creativity and talent! Amazing!

Anna Lefler said...

OMG, I just realized that my house is total CRAP! * sniff *

I have no knack, Nikkicrumpet! The tragedy of the knackless!

PS - I like your music...

XO

Anna

Diane said...

What a great blog! Here from SITS. Beautiful stuff. The finger made me laugh out loud! TOO funny!

zenmom said...

I take it back. I'm not going to try to take over your life - I'm just going to worship you from afar like the tool goddess you are.

Seriously, I have occasional delusions of DIY abilities ... but, da-yaaam, girl. I am in AWE of your home projects.

And now I want some power tools.

Rachel Ann said...

You are seriously one crafty lady! I am way impressed with everything you've done. Beautiful pieces!

lmerie said...

Love your decor and love the headboard idea!

Rhea said...

First I want to say, Damn girlfriend, look at those awesome tools! You know how to work it!

Secondly, your house is gorgeous! You're projects are amazing, and I want to hire you to come to Texas and work your magic on my home. PLEASE! You totally rock.

KiKi said...

Wow! VERY impressive!

Annikke said...

What a crafty girl. I am too scared to try big stuff like that, maybe after reading this I will be more inspired and less scared! Thanks for sharing!

Tabitha Blue said...

G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

Wow, you impress me and you should definitely be paid for this.

I just want you to know, you have single-handedly made me feel like the clumsiest person around... and empowered all at the same time. Weird, huh?

Awesome job!
:)
~Tabitha~

Melissa Lester said...

Wow! I know that techinically, you were the winner of the blogathon, but I think we are all really the winners in this deal because we got to see your beautiful ideas!

Casey said...

Very beautiful home! Thanks for the great ideas!

greedygrace said...

Congrats on your SITS win!

I love this post! And everything seemed completely doable. It gives hope for people like me, who are most decidedly NOT handy!

Mamasphere said...

Holy moley, could you have a cooler house? I need you to come prettify mine!

Emily said...

I made a coffee table once and felt like I was the new female version of Bob Vila...you make me look more like Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. :)

P.S. I have a secret addiction to Home Depot too! I like to walk around and dream of the millions of projects I could do, but never will.

Nina said...

Wow... you are on busy chick. I know my way around the tools but my stuff never turns out like I want it to.
Love some of your projects especially the bench at the end of your bed. Awsome!!!

mrsmouthy said...

You're a friggin' GENIUS! I don't even hang pictures in my own house anymore, I've gotten so scared of myself with tools.

Nina said...

Wow... you are on busy chick. I know my way around the tools but my stuff never turns out like I want it to.
Love some of your projects especially the bench at the end of your bed. Awsome!!!

Michelle said...

Wow. This is truly impressive. My hat is off to you. I wouldn't have come up with the ideas, let alone the ability to execute them. And you say you don't sew, but how did you do the chair and the headboards and all? Does that not take sewing?

Cassandra said...

Beautiful!! Your whole house is just beautiful! I couldn't do that stuff if I had somebody teaching me! Great job!

ChezChani said...

You need to be on HGTV. I wonder, do you sleep?

thotlady said...

I love all of the items you have created. I especially like the headboards.

Beautiful.

littleeverydaythings said...

Your projects are so inspiring. Now I just need to break out my husband's power tools! Happy SITS Day!

Clippergirl56 said...

You are very talented. I agree with other commenters...you should have your own show on HGTV.

Ronnica said...

I love those flower pictures! I have something similiar on my bedroom wall over my bed. I really do love flowers...

I heard somewhere that women prefer Lowe's to Home Depot; something to do with the colors (really, who likes construction orange?). You're bucking the trend!

Michelle said...

Wow.....your blog should be called the DYI Blah, Blah, Blah. I totally cracked up at the table saw comment. Those things scare the crap out of me.

You are a talented woman!

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Jaina said...

Wow, that's totally impressive. I think you should have your own HGTV show! Seriously. I love those stores, but I haven't gotten too much done. But I love being handy with tools and stuff. I'm planning to do more projects though. Right now Michael's is my favorite store...but that's only cause I don't often go to Home Depot or Lowe's to browse around for an afternoon. :)

meg said...

Oooo~ I covet your toolbox & am in awe of what you've done with it!

EmmaP said...

awesome! i have always wanted to do cornice boxes. you say they are easy? was there a website that you found the instructions on? or can you send help my way?

Adrian said...

OK, I am massively impressed! I'm not only impressed that you did this all yourself and did it on a budget, but you have an amazing eye for decorating. I just wonder how amazing my house would look if I had someone like you to come and love it up a bit....

jenn3 said...

You're my hero! Want to decorate my house? I'm so glad I saw the headboard you made. I've been thinking about trying to make one for my bed, but had no idea how to do it. I never thought about the molding.

Michele said...

Wow. You are a true artist. Your home is amazing. What a beautiful place to rest your weary head! That headboard is divine!!

Laurel Plum said...

We are BIG into DIY and live at Home Depot and Lowe's. I have purchased just as many power tools as the hubby. My first power drill set was a deep burgundy color and could have been more powerful, but included some cool grinder and stripping bits as well as the screwdriver sets. When I realized I had a need for them and could use them myself, I was hooked! I LOVE your projects, I hope you don't mind if I imitate some of them.

Susan said...

Wow! What great projects. You do good work!

Melanie said...

Talk about inspiring! I so wish I could get it together to make stuff, and I already HAVE the tools.

I especially love (and think I could do) the bench for the foot of a bed.

Andrea said...

How amazing! You are a very talented woman and congrats on winning the grand prize and being the blog of the day today!

Jade, Will and Illy said...

OMG I am drooling! I LOVVVEEEEE your projects! I wish I could do stuff like that! They all came out sooo good, I especially LOVE the cabinet with the chicken wire and the mirrored headboard and the fencepost screen and the... oh wait I love them all :D

Maybe SOMEDAY I'll have a house of my own, which might equal more space, which could POSSIBLY lead to some crafting/ home depoting on my part. Heh.

april kennedy said...

I need that Ryobi set for my junk drawer. My hubs is a general contractor and always has his tools with him. I need a power drill so bad some days, because as you can imagine...our house is always the last to get done. I do have a pink hard hat and pink suede tool belt that is fun to strap on!

La Pixie said...

you are really talented! I hope that once I get my own house, I will have the courage to try stuff like this.

Honey Mommy said...

Wow! You can come play tool time at my house any time!

Sometimes Sophia said...

A girl after my own heart. Hey, why not a miter saw? Just think of the crown moldings and framing you could do. Lovely work, REALLY!!

Crazy Momma said...

I am SO incredibly jealous!!

Jenni said...

I love doing this kind of stuff. I built my girls fabulous headboards and did a raised plaster stencil with the first initial on them--painted and distressed them. . .for $35 each! I lOVE them. This year I decided to tackle the bladed tools that scare me and I have used a chop saw and a circular saw while helping build my girls a treehouse. I have pictures of them on my home and garden blog.

sassy stephanie said...

I looooooove your kitchen!

So, you did all of this? The closest I can come to doing something like this is cutting the pics out of mags.

Lavender n Lattés said...

I wish I still had some time to do some of those things...I'm not quite as crafty as you, however, but I do love to try new things! I love your eye for design!

Preston said...

I wish I was good at that stuff but the only thing I'm crafty at is sarcasm. Actually, when I was 12 my parents bought me a workbench for Christmas, complete with tools and supplies. I NEVER IN MY WHOLE LIFE EVER EXHIBITED AN INTEREST IN BUILDING ANYTHING SHORT OF A GOOD PARAGRAPH, so I was stunned beyond belief that workbench. And then they were mad at me cause I never used it. Maybe if my Dad had taken the time to show me how to use the tools, I might (and I use might loosely) have been interested. But even at 12 I was a big old gay boy and unfortunately I don't think he knew how to do with that.

The Boss Lady said...

Oh my Lord, I love your guest bedroom and am drooling over your red bench. I paint too...but nowhere near as well as you do!

Esther said...

Wow, they are amazing projects. I'm a DIY girl too. My hubby is a manual arts teacher and will make some stuff for me, but often he's too busy so he's taught me a few things, I've taught myself a few others and I'm more than happy to try and tackle it myself. But I hate using power saws too. I've used one only a few times and they freak me out each time.

Live.Love.Eat said...

You're crazy talented. I love the pics!!!! Congrats on being featured today.

Kat said...

Wow. Just wow. I love how you just so matter of factly made all of this. I am so freakin' uncreative. Why don't you live next door to me? :-)

WheresMyAngels said...

Well, now you went and done it. You have to be gotten rid of. Not only did you take George out of my life, you also sucked any ego I had left. Your so wickedly talented. I love seeing decor but yours goes beyond what you normally see. Is your real name Martha?

Jori-O said...

Wow. That's all I can say...WOW! I am so enviuos of your amzing eye for decor and for saving old pieces and re-inventing and, holy mackerel, I love all your ideas. LOVE them!

Columbia Lily said...

I too LOVE LOVE LOVE Home Depot, although I actually like Lowe's a tiny bit better....and I have asked for power tools for the last several Christmases. My dad is so proud!!! Alas, I have very little room to do projects in my tiny apartment, but the ideas still roll around unceasingly! Your projects are gorgeous, way to go!!!

mine, by magpie said...

WOW!!! you are super talented!!! my mother just asked if we could diy some cornice boxes for her- you are an inspiration. and that headboard for the guest room! WHAT??? it's amazing!!

Margaret said...

Wow. You are so talented. All of your work looks so good. It makes me want to do something for my house, but I know it wouldn't look near as good.

Shannon said...

Wow! You do gorgeous work! I actually know you through Blogge'ville (I'm Leigh Lexington), but the whole SITS thing made me finally get around to sharing some comment luv...and apparently everyone else, too!

Teryn said...

I'm always complaining when I find my hubby's tools lying around the house. Maybe I should change my ways. You inspire me!!!

Sherri@TreasureHunters said...

Love your pics and all the wonderful things and projects you do.
Everyone LOVES Home Depot, don't they? :)
I'm new to Blogspot and am thrilled to find such wonderfully creative gals like myself. I know I'll feel at home. Please feel free to stop over when you get the chance.
Sherri

 

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