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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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Painting the Entryway Stairway: $100 Room Challenge {Week 2}

I believe that it is only after you have redecorated a room that you ask yourself, how did I ever live with it the way it was before? Of course this probably isn’t true for everyone, or every room. But in the case of my entryway stairway, that statement couldn’t be hitting closer to home […]

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White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it. I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my […]

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Distress Painted Pumpkin Baking Tins

Pressed tin by itself is gorgeous for sure, but who isn’t tempted to paint it? Just to see all those grooves, nooks and crannies stand out. I know. The pressed tin purists would not agree. I came across some pumpkin baking tins last fall while thrifting.  They were the right price, so I bought them. […]

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How to Make Fishing Buoys from Bottles

I have been stock piling used bottles because I have been wanting to try making fishing buoys with them for quite some time now.  We have our annual trip to the Warren Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend. The thought of sinking my toes in the sand always puts me in the […]

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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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Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

Do you have any yard ornaments or garden objects that need an update? We’ve had these two garden gnomes for years.  And while they’re cute and whimsy with their bright colors, they were just out of place in the new yard. I recently saw a video on garden object transformation using Plaid FolkArt Dimensions Moss Effect. I […]

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How to dye sisal twine with paint to use for gift wrap, crafts, weddings, ornaments and more - StowAndTellU.com

How to Dye Sisal Twine with Paint

Sometimes I plan a craft and it’s a flop.  Other times I don’t plan at all.  I just start mixing or measuring, gluing or tacking, dipping or dying, and I come up with something kinda cute. Such was the case when some sisal twine ended up in a glass of watery paint. How to dye […]

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How to make decorative faux speckled farmhouse eggs using bouncy balls and an easy splatter paint technique - StowandtellU.com

Basket o’ Faux Speckled Farmhouse Eggs

A few years ago when I was helping my sister re-do her kitchen, I diy-ed her a basket of decorative farmhouse inspired speckled eggs and to date, it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects.  Although she doesn’t live in a farmhouse, she does live on about 2 acres of property and boards her own […]

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Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

DIY Framed Moss Shamrock on Glass

I’ve always loved the look of glass framed art, but have yet to purchase one of those pressed glass frames.  I do however, have several vintage frames that still have the glass, but are missing the artwork. Ideal for mounting something with glue, ie: a mossy shamrock, to the front of the glass for faux […]

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Use a hot glue gun to create writing on bottles or jars, then give it a chippy look with chalk paint for crafting, gifts or creative labeling - StowandTellU.com

Hot Glue Writing on Chippy Painted Bottles

I have been saving up wine bottles because I have been wanting to try writing on them with hot glue, and then painting over it to see how it would look.  It seemed like such an easy way to say something short and sweet, send a message, or label something.  I have been feeling “market” […]

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6 Faux Metallic Projects with Tin Foil

Tin foil is not just for cooking, my friends.  There are plenty of ways to put aluminum foil to work in a DIY project to get a metallic finish that can look pretty darn close a real metallic finish.  Being that tin foil is technically metal already, it’s effect makes it look that much more […]

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11+ Ways to Make Your Own Faux Snow

The other day, I showed you how I bottled up some faux snow into snow in a jar ornaments, and that post included an easy faux snow recipe, but that’s really only the tip of the iceberg on faux snow…wah, wah, wahhh! Here are some killer chiller ways to make safe, non-toxic faux snow this […]

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Easy Faux Hammered Copper Paint Technique

Hammered copper is one of my all time favorite metal finishes.  Something about the color of copper and rustic qualities of a hammered finish just seems to add warmth to any setting.  Funny though, I don’t come across many pieces when I’m out thrifting.  Hmmm?  Is it because there just weren’t a lot of hammered […]

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DIY Twig Pumpkin with Late Summer Color

Winding into the last days of summer, there is a lot of beautiful late summer color to soak up.  Round here, there are still remnants of black-eyed susans and purple coneflower, as well as the start of goldenrod and New England aster.   And we can’t forget the beach, there is still time left to get […]

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