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Music Room Makeover

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This Music Room Makeover is hitting all the right notes.  It’s bold.  It’s brassy.  And it’s just a tiny bit mid-century modern inspired.  Now that I’m loving it, I keep asking myself, “Why did it take so long to re-do it?”  Then I remember.  The answer can be summed up simply in the “Before” picture: Continue Reading →

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Paint Fragrance Additives

Ever wonder if those Paint Fragrance Additives you see at the hardware store actually work?  Do they really mask the smell of paint fumes and make your home smell like clean linen, lavender or french vanilla? I decided to give them a try.  I’ll tell you if they live up to the hype and if they’re worth mixing into the next can of paint you open, in this video tutorial.

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Castle Mural

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I feel like the queen of the Castle Mural.  If there’s one thing I’ve painted more than anything else through the years, it would have to be castles.  I’m not at all complaining, either.  I happen to love them.  Real or not, castles are magical.  They inspire the imagination.  So, naturally, castle murals are a popular choice when it comes to decorating children’s rooms.  Recently I was asked to paint a Castle Mural in a baby nursery, and I thought it was the perfect project to record on video.  Continue Reading →

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Vintage Trunk Turned Treasure

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This Vintage Trunk Turned Treasure is the ultimate in repurposing.  As do so many of my projects, it began with a trip to the thrift store…and this time, it ends with a one-of-a-kind coffee table.   Best of all, other thrift store finds were used to complete the project!  Legs were taken off a used night stand, and a leather belt was cut up and used to repair the worn out handles.  Check out my latest video tutorial, “Vintage Trunk Turned Treasure,” and get inspired to take on a DIY repurposing project of your own. Then check out my Living Room Makeover, and see how I saved money there.

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Living Room Makeover with Wood Accent Wall

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This Living Room Makeover with Wood Accent Wall was born out of sheer desperation. I was so desperate for a change, I cleared out the furniture, the drapes, and the decorations without any warning…and I sold it all in a giant garage sale! With nowhere to sit, my poor husband had no choice but dive into this Living Room Makeover with me. The result is a fun, eclectic living room, with thee coolest Wood Accent Wall, and you get to see it all come together in this video tutorial. Continue Reading →

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Too Cool For School Lockers

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These Too Cool For School Lockers may be super cute now, but when I first got my hands on them, they were a hot mess.  See how I whipped them back into shape and gave them a fun, multi-colored paint job in this Murals by Marcy video tutorial.

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In case you’re wondering, I used Valspar Signature Paint with primer in it.  Colors are Everglade Deck (the darker blue used on the body of the lockers),  Boughs of Pine (the green color), and Gypsy Rouge (the purple color).  I added white to the Everglade Deck to get the lighter shade of blue for the doors. 

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I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad (Train Murals – Part 1)

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When I was a kid, I remember singing, “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad…all the live long day.”  I hadn’t thought about that song in years!  Until recently, when I really was working on a railroad for days on end, as I painted Train Murals for my church’s Kid’s Ministry.  After years of worshiping in a school gym, we’ve moved into our own building, and I was asked if I could paint a mural or two to make the children feel as if they’re going on a journey aboard “The Grace Express.”  Well, fire up the locomotive and say no more!  I spent six and a half weeks getting completely carried away with trains, a train station, railroad tracks on the floors, props, etc.  There’s so much, I decided to take you on a video tour before breaking it down into individual blog entries.  All aboard!

After seeing this video, be sure to see how these train murals came together, beginning with the Train Station.

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Painting children's rooms, exterior murals, exterior paint, faux finishes, interior murals, canvases, holiday canvases, wooden plaques, beds, cabinets, dressers, furniture, party decorations, props, and other DIY crafts!