The Harlequin Table and How My Dog Nearly Killed Me

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Topher, the unnamed child, and I were all out to dinner the other night discussing the pups. A story came up, that I think I tried to block-out, about how Gracie bolted out the front door and played a "fun game" of chase with a crazy woman (me), a minister, two construction workers, and a school bus full of gawking children (and one mortified one). Back when I worked outside the home, mornings were fairly chaotic for us. One morning, as I was halfway ready (as in I had on my nice blouse, … [Read more...]

From the Barn to My Living Room (Vintage Door Coffee Table)

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So many of my projects begin with a conversation like this "Topher, I need you to build me something." I then vaguely explain what it is that I am wanting to do, and then he says "And just how would you like me to go about doing this?" and I say "I don't know but I'm pretty positive you can figure it out". Then he sighs and goes out to the garage where I hear power tools and lots of colorful words. Amazingly enough, at the end of the day he comes in with the project I described.  Notice I … [Read more...]

Haunted Halloween Home Tour

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It's finally here!! I'm doing my first ever Halloween Home Tour!  Or any type of home tour actually. One thing that you won't be seeing on my tour are the things I fear most in life:  clowns. I took my daughter to the Halloween shop, and you would be shocked at how many scary clown masks for sale. I quickly scurried down those aisles. I am, however, a big fan of scary movies and always have been, but the one that scarred me for life was "It".  Anyone remember that one?  The Steven … [Read more...]

The British Are Coming!!! (My Union Jack Table)

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Happy Monday everyone!!! I hope you all had a good weekend. Friday night, we went out to dinner at Bonefish Grill (one of my favorite places), and then the unnamed child and I watched Life as a House which wasn't bad, and Sleepy Hollow which was horrible. It was beautiful here on Saturday, sunny and warm (but not hot). We had four teenage girls come over for a little pool time, a cook-out, and to stay the night -- and as you can image, Topher and I got very little sleep as they screamed … [Read more...]

Restoration Redoux’s Top Ten Projects of the Year!!!!!

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Since we are about to start off a new year, I thought I would reflect on this year's favorite posts. When I first started reading other DIY blogs, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. Every project they did looked so perfect. When there was a tutorial, a lot of them used terms or techniques I wasn't familiar with, and so I would never try them. I was searching for a blog that brought it down to a beginner's level. I wanted one that would say "Hey, I'm no expert, but this is what did or … [Read more...]

Dancing Psychic Doctors

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Well, Fall is here and all of the networks have started their new TV lineups. I want to start watching some new ones, but I don't want to waste my time on sucky shows. I thought I would share with you some of my favorites, and you can see what my taste is and maybe you can share some of your favorites with me. 1. So You Think You Can Dance. I love this show! I want my body to do what some of these dancers can do. I also want my body to look like theirs do, but that's probably not going to … [Read more...]

Snow White

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I rescued this pretty little side/coffee table at a yard sale for a steal. I loved the detailed carving on the sides. I usually do quite a bit of color in my pieces but decided this one had so much going on that simplicity was the key. So I decided to chalk paint it white. I've done ivory before but never white. Once it was white the carving got lost. … [Read more...]

Ring around the table

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I bought this coffee table at a yard sale for $12. Great deal! It had a neat shape and great carving. It was an ugly brown and had a circle around the top of it that was inlaid with some other type of wood. I painted the whole thing turquoise but the ring still showed through. I added a couple more coats of paint but it was still there, it just looked like a bad cover up job. So I paid my dear daughter to use a tiny paint brush and paint the ring brown. I then lightly sanded over it but it … [Read more...]