Randa & Jim's DIY Project: From Thrift Store Cast-off to Beautiful Primitive Piece

By Carla Jordan
We DIY'ers love two things--the thrill of the hunt and the challenge of transformation. There's nothing quite like digging something out of a grage sale pile or spying an item abandoned by the curb that has...potential. Where others see junk, we see hidden gems. That's how this 75-cent thrift store find found its way home and into the workshop of Randa and Jim Davis, owners of Sangamon River Primitives in Mahomet, IL. more...

6 Handy Helpers Every Painter Needs

By Carla Jordan
Nothing transforms like a fresh coat of paint. With the swish of a brush, boring walls wake up, old furniture finds life anew and even your little dog's house gains tail-wagging appeal. That's why I love to paint and likely so do you. However, because I don't have as much time to devote to the painterly life as I wish, I'm always on the look-out for products that can make the task go faster, easier and, frankly, more fun. Here are six items getting lots of buzz on the DIY scene. Give them a try and it'll be easy to see why. more...

Add a Designer Touch with a DIY Burlap Border

By Carla Jordan
Burlap is a classic fabric that designers love. It's an affordable way to add texture and a hint of color. Burlap’s also easy to transform whether you’re using it to make window coverings, a rustic table runner or to do something less expected...create architectural interest on walls. Here's how artist Laura Brewer (owner of Studio Primrose and an Olde Century Colors dealer)created a custom wall border with burlap ribbon, a stencil and Olde Century Colors simulated milk paint more...

Warm Hearts with a DIY Rustic Snowman

By Carla Jordan
I've always liked the idea of making a snowman, just not the doing part. It's so cold out there (they don't call him Frosty for nothing)! Brrrr. But, now I can finally embrace this winter tradition indoors--and so can you- with this DIY rustic snowman project. more...

Welcome Guests with a DIY Holiday Tree

By Carla Jordan
Homemade touches and Christmas go hand-in-hand so when I saw this DIY project by Laura Brewer (owner of Studio Primrose in Mesa, Arizona and an Olde Century Colors dealer), I knew it was a perfect one to try. What I love about this tree is that it's really fun to make (try it with your kids!) and can also be easily customized. more...

As Easy as A-B-C: Repurpose a Salvaged Cabinet Door into a Cool Chalkboard

By Carla Jordan
When I heard that decorative artist Laura Brewer was transforming an old cabinet door into a decorative chalkboard, the thought took me back to school days and chalkboard fever hit me! I had to know the why's and how's of Laura's DIY project so I could make one of my own. What Laura made is so cool, I couldn't keep it to myself--I had to share it with you, too! more...

DIY Makeover: Laura's Shabby Chic Chair Planter

By Carla Jordan
Shabby Chic is a beloved look world-wide and for good reason. It takes us back to simpler times, is a lovely way to romance up rooms and help us all feel ok about having a chip or two on a favorite chair or table. Inspired by the rich hue of emerald (Pantone's color of the year), decorative artist Laura Brewer transformed an antique chair she found at a garage sale into the most gorgeous green Shabby Chic seat in the house. Here's how she did it (and how you can, too!). more...