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How to make a faux woodgrain chalkboard surface | Stowandtellu.com

How to Make a Faux Woodgrain Chalkboard Surface

Chalkboard paint on anything and everything was all the rage a few years ago.  I still like how useful a chalkboard can be for everything from jotting down notes to expressing oneself in quotes. I tried a little chalkboard experiment with a faux woodgrain patterned surface for the $100 entryway makeover last month. Since it […]

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DIY step ladder chair or stool for extra seating. Small space living | StowandTellU.com

How to Turn a Step Ladder into a Stool for Extra Seating

A step ladder.  It’s not quite a full blown ladder that you have to climb up and hope you don’t loose your footing on. It’s the little one with just a few rungs to grab that our of reach item on the top shelf. Every house could use one. I remember the old chrome folding […]

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How’s That Plastic Spray Paint Holding Up?

A few months ago I updated some plastic lawn chairs with plastic spray paint.  I had several people ask me if the plastic spray paint actually worked.  And if I would give an update.  So here it is. In addition, I’ve used this paint on some other projects and I can tell you that for […]

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Tutorial for spray painted plastic lawn chairs with a tip for making an easy spray paint booth with cardboard - garden, yard work, yardworkation - StowAndTellU.com

Yardworkation #1 – Spray Paint and Plastic Lawn Chairs

What do you call it when you get invited to several summer holiday parties in one weekend, but you say no to all of them because you’d rather stay home and do yard work? I like to call that “yardworkation.”  And I have a feeling we’re going to be taking a lot of these “ations” […]

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A garden table upcycled from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - StowAndTellU.com

Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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Bicycle Built for a Pair of 90s Coat Rack Shelves

This was a case where the 90s called and wanted their shelves back, but I had to tell them, sorry, no can do.  After “not” painting the living room and rushing through the $100 dollar guestroom/ office update, let’s just say that the get-er-done approach was trending in our new little home, and I honestly […]

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How I found more kitchen counter space startd by moving the refrigerator and then filling that space with an upcycled cabinet from Stow and TellU

How I Found More Kitchen Counter Space

What would you do for more counter top space?  When we bought this house, it only had 8 square feet of counter space.  That’s 50″ x 23.5″!! That’s not a lot of counter top space and when I look back at the townhouse kitchen and my old apartment, I realize that I’ve always lived in […]

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Turn an old mini drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Chalkboard Painted Mini Drawer Organizer

It’s junk revision challenge time again, and this month our theme is organization.  Let me just say that I’ve got so many areas that need to be more organized, I wasn’t sure where to begin.  But the room most in need (at least my stomach tells me so) is the kitchen! I did a quick […]

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Favorite DIY Projects from 2015

As I look back on some of my favorite diy projects from 2015, I’m happy to see that many of the pieces completed before the move transitioned quite well into our home albeit with a new function in several cases. It was worth it to keep plugging away at furniture makeovers, even while in moving […]

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Potato and vegetable bin Ikea Rast hack by Stow and Tell U featuring Pittsburgh Paints and Stains and Hickory Hardware.

Potato and Vegetable Bin IKEA Rast Hack

  One piece I’ve always wanted in my kitchen was a potato and vegetable bin.  Maybe it’s because growing up, my mom always stored the potatoes and onions in plain old plastic storage bins in our utility room, and while that was quite practical, it just wasn’t very…celebratory.  I mean, don’t these vegetables deserve a […]

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Handsewn Ironing Board Cover

The days were numbered for my ironing board cover.  You know, it was faded, slightly torn, didn’t fit as well as it used to.  Kind of like my favorite old concert tee shirt, but without all the fond memories. The bones of the ironing board were still good, so I just wanted to re-cover it […]

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Upcycled Kitchen Cabinet Coffee Table

I had been standing in the furniture section of my local thrift store staring at my choices for a coffee table makeover.  It was one of those times when I knew darn well they didn’t really have what I was looking for, but my stubborn, unrealistic self wanted to believe that if I stood there […]

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Furniture Freshening: DIY Rope Handles

The guys in my house don’t like painted furniture!!!  While my son’s been home these past few weeks, we’ve been pulling together furniture pieces for him out of my waiting-for-a-makeover collection. Several of the pieces are faux wood laminate and although I offered to paint any or all, he insisted that I don’t need to […]

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Furniture Freshening and a Welcome Home Party

After 6 months working abroad in Dubai, my son is due back home in the states later this week!!!  We’ve been cleaning and getting the townhouse in order for his arrival.  He’ll be home a few weeks than off to his next assignment which will be home in the US and it should last a […]

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Left Over Primer Painted Table Lamp Makeover

We’ve got a wholotta primer paint left over from our painted vinyl basement floor job, and I plan to use as much of it as I can.  I’ve already used some of it up on the grain sack fishing cabinet, but there was plenty left, even after that (as in half a 5 gallon bucket), […]

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