Valentine’s Day Vignette

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Things have been a bit more chaotic around here than usual. I just finished up a desk for a client and have been working on a giant china hutch. Topher had been out of town for a few days, and I've been doing a bit of redecorating upstairs and downstairs. I realized I hadn't shown you my little Valentine's Day vignette I a did a few weeks back, and since V-Day is on Saturday, I figure it's now or never. I'm trying to stick with my plan of not spending money on my decor this year and using … [Read more...]

How to Make a French Image Transfer

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had the beautiful weather we had! I got so much spray-painting finished and even took some photos outside ... even though everything is dead. We watched This is Where I Leave You which was really good. Our new carpet in the basement was installed, is incredibly gushy, and Gracie our pup keeps rolling all over it, so even she knows it's a lot better. We then had to carry all of the furniture back down and reassemble everything, which took a lot of time. … [Read more...]

Decoupaged Funky Desk Makeover

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Hi everyone! Sorry I've been a little MIA this week. I've been a little under the weather, so all projects had come to a halt. I'm starting to feel slightly human again, which means I will have a fun new project for you tomorrow ... and don't forget our Best Of DIY linky party tomorrow night at 8 pm Central! 27 amazing bloggers posting their best DIY projects is right up my alley! Speaking of alleys, that's where I got this desk. I found it on Craigslist under the free … [Read more...]

A Break Up Letter (and a vintage secretary makeover)

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Dear cold weather- I am sorry to say ... I am ready to break up with you.  I can not deal with your wicked ways any longer. I am a summer girl. Shorts. Yard sales. Being able to walk the pups. No school. And the shaved ice place up the street. That's the type of weather I'm looking for.  No.  That's the type of weather I need. I do not like having to wear a coat just to go to the mailbox, or having to listen to the unnamed child gripe about having to scrape the frost from her windows in the … [Read more...]

Child’s Painted Desk

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The unnamed child returned to school last week. So far, so good -- except that she has a an enormous amount of homework, and she has only been in school for 4 days. She is taking Modern World History and Ancient World History at the same time, so how she knows what century she is in is beyond me. She is also taking the hardest math class offered in high school. Since math has never been my strong suit, I definitely am unable to help her with Statistics and Trig. I'm pretty sure she … [Read more...]

I’m In The BLOGLIGHT!!!!!

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Welcome to Restoration Redoux! If you're a regular, than you might be asking what exactly is this The Bloglight? Hometalk is an amazing online community of bloggers and nonbloggers talking about home improvement, DIY, and everything in between. At Hometalk you can share DIY projects, comment on posts, and follow people. I'm a Hometalk junkie. I have posted 41 projects in the 3 months since I discovered the site! There are people of all levels, posting projects and asking questions. Every week … [Read more...]

My Marathon (and a Grey Vintage Desk)

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Happy Monday everyone!! I had a busy weekend full of painting and cleaning up filthy furniture rescued from barns and sheds, not so fun ... but on the upside I found out it was the General Hospital 50th Anniversary marathon. From Saturday night to Monday morning, SoapNet was airing 50 hours of "vintage" General Hospital episodes. The downside was, I don't have the SoapNet channel.   :( So I called up my cable company and found out it would be an extra $10 a month. So I did some … [Read more...]

Sweetie’s story

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Until a couple of years ago my parents had lived their entire married life never having owned a dog. Both of them liked dogs, but never really had any desire to own one. Three years ago, I was volunteering at my local Humane Society when I came across a case that broke my heart. This grey mess of a dog was brought in so horribly matted and overgrown she barely even resembled a dog. She had been found wandering the streets and had obviously just given birth to puppies.  But it was her eyes … [Read more...]

Bad Medicine

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The snow is actually starting to melt here, and for the first time in a while there's no more accumulation predicted in the forecast. That's a great thing since the pups and I are much happier  when we have warm weather and sunlight. Speaking of pups, my normal readers know I am at the vet's office more often than Lindsay Lohan is in court -- which is saying a lot. Yesterday was no exception. Gracie was in a scuffle with the neighbor's dog and needed some anti-inflammatories, Charlie needed … [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...]