Flashback Friday: Family cottage, family chair

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we visit a painted piece from the past!  Today we're looking back at a chair that holds some family history.  And, since it has received a make-over from Novo Decor, it will last even longer!  Woop!  

The chair came with the purchase of a beautiful lake cottage, back in the late 70's. The cottage and all the things inside it hold meaning to its owner, Dierdre, and her family.  

After years of use, the chair was in need of a facelift.   Here is the chair BEFORE: 

This is a great chair with good bones, but the wear and tear over the years had definitely got the best of it!  It was time to get rid of the chipped paint, and add a fresh new coat in a new color. 

The Story

It's always fun to hear the stories behind family pieces, as well as the customer's motivation for having their piece re-done.  

Here is what Deidre had to say about the chair: 

1. What is the history behind the chair? 

"The chair came with the cottage, when we bought it in 1979.  We bought all the contents because there were so many wonderful antique pieces that we loved.  This chair is one of them"

2.  Why did you decide to have your chair painted? 

"The chair needed to be repainted because it was chipped from years of kids and grand kids use over the years.  I also decided to move it to a different location and the green didn't work there, so repainting seemed like the right thing to do."

"One of the themes in the cottage is rosemaling.  All the beds were painted that way along with several other pieces.  So I wasn't afraid to paint furniture as opposed to having it refinished."

What's Rosemaling? 

Rosemaling is the name of a traditional form of folk art.  It is a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scroll work, lining and geometric elements.  Norwegian immigrants brought the art of rosemaling to the United States.

Hold on to those family pieces! 

A piece that has been in the family for years, is there for a reason.  And, it is meant to stay there!   Pieces like these have the power to evoke so many memories from all stages of our lives. 

A fresh new coat of paint not only keeps these pieces around longer, but, allows us to preserve family memories, while customizing them according to our current color scheme, and style. 

Some day this chair may be re-painted, but for now, it is in great shape and looking good.  No more chips, a new color.....and ready for another 37+ years!     

Do you have a piece of furniture that holds meaning to you, or your family?  Post it to Novo Decor's Facebook page below: 

These pieces are great reminders of where we've come from, and who we've come from! They have the power to stir feelings of nostalgia, special memories of a family members that have gone before us, and even childhood events.   

In any case, I believe these pieces deserve a second chance, so they can live on in our lives, and the lives of our children.....and grandchildren.   

Have a great weekend!


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Hutch gets total make-over: See the story!

Greetings!  The day has arrived. The final reveal of the giant hutch I've been talking about lately!  It all started back in early January.  Valerie reached out to me and asked if I could find a hutch for her!  Of course I said "YES".  She gave me some specific features she was hoping for, and my search began!   

A hutch search can take anywhere from a single week to several months.  It depends on what you're looking for, and time of year!   Valerie was hoping for something with a buffet surface, doors, and a light inside the display area.    

This is an image Valerie saw on Pinterest that caught her eye. She sent it to me, and knew she wanted the hutch painted in either gray or white.  

image take from Eurofinishes.blogspot via Pinterest

image take from Eurofinishes.blogspot via Pinterest

Novo Decor's Furniture finding service

About 95% of the furniture I paint already belong to my customers.  But, did you know that I can also search for furniture for you?  It's a hassle-free process for you, and all it consists of is you telling me what you're looking for (like measurements, and other features you'd like), and me sending you pictures of potential pieces I find.   Once I have the green light from you, I snatch it up and the real fun begins. 

Finding "THE" one

The winter search was unsuccessful, as winter searches can be (people just don't clean out their homes in winter around here!)  But, once Spring hit, I knew we'd be seeing some great candidates.  And then one day last month, I found it.  When I laid eyes on it, I could immediately hear the theme song to "Dirty Dancing" ("I've had the time of my life") but with the lyrics, "I saw the hutch of her dreams". Really!  And the rest is history.....

Here's how she looked BEFORE:

Pay no attention to the lady in the picture....

Pay no attention to the lady in the picture....

And here she is NOW:

The transformation was a SO fun to share with Valerie and her husband.  They both love it.  And it looks great in their beautiful home.  Valerie chose gray, and it works so well!  And the patterned backing on the hutch really pops. 

Given me hardware!

Valerie was open to ideas for the hardware.  I love the look of old hardware, especially on pieces like this.  I decided to keep the old hardware on this piece.  It did however, receive a major washing before spray painting!  Holy cow do I love using baking soda and boiling water to do this.  You would NOT believe what comes off old hardware.   

TIP:  If you spray paint your old hardware, always clean it first!!!!

A successful ending to a furniture search, and a new friendship (double awesome!) 

And that my friends, is the story of how a hutch was found, and given a total make-over for a customer who knew what she wanted, but had zero time to do the searching.  While I was busy hunting and painting, Valerie was busy being a mom to her three littles and all those other things moms and wives do, and not thinking about a hutch! (though she may have been dreaming about it) 

Now for the fun part.  She gets to style her hutch and store things inside.   I would paint all our furniture just so I could re-style it all!  Seriously. 

Thank you Valerie and Nate!  It was a pleasure re-creating this piece for you!!! 

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Make monogrammed wall art with this simple tutorial

It's time for Flashback Friday!  Today I'm taking us back to a tutorial I did last spring: "How to make easy monogrammed wall art".   I was inspired to complete this project then, and once again I am inspired to take another look at it.  In fact, I might have to make another one this weekend!  

The idea

The idea struck when I was re-arranging our living room. I needed something large to cover a bare wall that I had just removed a mirror from.  

The solution

I had a picture hanging elsewhere in that same room that was the perfect frame size for the wall.  The frame was great as is, so I didn't have to do a thing to it (like paint it).  But, I didn't like the picture inside that frame anymore.  It was a no-brainer.  I could use the frame for my monogrammed wall art idea. 

 Here is the bare wall before: 

Supplies Needed:  

  • fabric scissor

  • paint/paintbrush or small sponge for applying paint

  • wooden letter (any type of large letter, doesn't have to be wood)

  • adhesive spray

  • thin cardboard (already in the frame)

  • old lampshade

  • hanging wire

How to make your monogrammed wall art:

1.  Get a photo frame that has a cardboard backing in it (eliminates the need to find cardboard, and cut it to size!). Most photo frames have these boards in them.   

2.  Remove the old picture and cardboard backing from the frame.  Use the cardboard backing to measure and cut your fabric.  The photo below shows my fabric already cut and lying over the cardboard backing: 

 3.  Spray your cardboard piece with spray adhesive.  Spray along borders of all four sides, as well as the center (similar to applying glue on a piece of paper).  This will adhere your fabric to the cardboard. You don't have to cover the whole board with spray, a little goes a long way.  Plus, by applying the spray conservatively, it will be easier to remove your fabric and re-position it if needed (to remove creases). 

4.  Place your fabric on the cardboard and press it flat, removing any wrinkles or creases as you go.  If you didn't apply too much adhesive spray, you should be able to remove corners pretty easily to "re-do" if you have too many creases.   

5.  Now you are ready to apply your magic!  With a little paint on your sponge or brush, dab the bottom rim of the lampshade so it's completely covered.  Use enough paint on the rim, so it transfers onto your fabric. Be careful not to glob the paint on, or your circle shape might not appear as a nice circle! 

6.  Center your lampshade over your fabric board (tip: you might want to make a pencil mark in the center of the fabric before placing your lampshade).  Once your lampshade base is on your fabric, press down around the lampshade rim so the paint can transfer onto the fabric.  The result won't be a perfect line, but that's what makes this project great!  It doesn't have to be a perfect to look great!

7.  Get out your wooden letter (any material letter is fine. It's purpose is to prevent you from having to make your own letter, free-hand). But if you are so inclined to create your own letter, go for it.  Paint the back of your letter (plenty of paint but not a ton, because you will be pressing the painted side onto your fabric. If you have too much paint on the letter, the excess paint will gush beyond the boundaries of your letter while you are pressing it down.  

8.  Once your letter is painted, center it inside the circle you just made with your lampshade. You can eyeball it, or use your pencil mark (if you made one in the center of your circle). Gently press your letter onto your fabric.  Make sure you press down on all surfaces of your letter so the paint transfers onto the fabric


9.  Once the paint is dry, you are ready to place your new monogrammed art into your frame! This is the fun part.  Secure the back of your frame so your cardboard stays in place (usually backs of frames will have little metal tabs you can simply bend over your board).  

Lastly, if your frame already has hooks for hanging, you're ready to hang that thing up!  But if not, you can try this:

Simple hook and wire hanging:     I measured 5 inches down from the top of the frame on each side of the frame. I made a hole on each side (centered), using a small nail so I could screw in hooks on both sides.  After hammering in the nail to create the holes, I removed the nails, and placed a screw hook in each hole, turning the screw to the right (righty-tighty!) until tight.  Then, I added hanging wire, looping each end into the hooks, and winding around the wire to secure.  

AND THAT"S IT!  Your new monogrammed art for any wall in the house!  Fill that dead space on your wall! 

I was happy with the outcome. And the fact that this project was simple made it even better! Wall art doesn't have to be complicated or pricey!  With just a few materials, you can create a great monogrammed piece of art for that bare wall! 

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Geometric Dresser: MUST go this weekend! Special OFFER valid until 6/12

Greetings and happy Friday everyone!  The first day of summer is always a favorite day around here. The whole mood and feel of our household changes on this day. It doesn't change in a good or bad way.  It just feels.......different; like summer! 

You probably know by now that many of the pieces I paint have been passed down in families, or hold special meaning to the owner, and that is what makes painting them extra special. This emotional connection cannot be replaced with any other piece of furniture! 

Today's piece is a bit of an "odd duck".  It's a dresser someone wanted to get rid of, so they asked if I'd take it.  I said, "sure".    This was an opportunity to experiment and try something new.   I was feeling like geometric.....

The dresser is a great size; not too huge, not too small.   Great fabric-lined drawers (inside and out) make it a special little piece.

It's a cute dresser and it MUST go this weekend!  

Dresser Information: 

42" Width, 31" Height, 17.75" Depth


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Rustic wood window valances: Make your own

Hey everyone!  It's time to share this genius idea my husband and I came up with.    Well, we think it's genius, and it has worked out beautifully in our home.  With the long weekend approaching, maybe this could be your next home project?  In any case, we hope you like the idea as much as we do! 

Good-bye long window rods

If you have curtains or panels on your windows, you are probably using a window rod to hang them.  You probably also have a bare window rod hovering over the entire length of your window.  Have a room full of 8 smaller windows?  Then you've got the "rod hover" syndrome on every single one of your windows.  

Do you have a giant window that spans the whole length of your wall?  It's time to get rid of that long bare rod rubbish, and tackle it for good.....

The Solution:  Wood valances

This tutorial will eliminate that annoying window rod. It will leave you with rustic stained wood awesomeness above your windows, not to mention a VERY simple way to adjust your curtains (especially if you're a non-sewer!) 

I wish I had more detailed step by step pictures to share with you today, but this will at least get you pointed in the right direction.   ( I took zero pictures when we constructed these window valances.  What was I thinking?) 

Karl and Kate's awesome all-in-one curtain hanging system and valance


  • Wood boards.  Measurements:  1x6 foot, or 1x8 foot. We used pine. Cheap and stains nicely. 
  • Saw to cut your wood (or ask Menards or Home Depot to do it for you)
  • Stain and foam brush or T-shirt (the cheap-o foam brushes)
  • Drill (for drilling L-brackets into the wall, and to the boards)
  • L-brackets (they come with screws). The amount you use per valance depends on your window/valance size. We used 6 per valance. 

The width of your boards depends on how wide (thick) you want your valances to be.  So, when you look at your window, do you want your wood valance to be big and wide, or small and on the narrower side?  

We used 1x6 foot boards.  This width was perfect for the room. 

How to make them:

  • Measure your window width.   Then decide how long your want your board to span across the top of your window.  Cut your board so it is at least 4 inches beyond your window width.  Example: window width: 48 inches.  Board length: 56 inches.   

Extending this board allows room for your curtains/panels to hang down on each side of the window without blocking the actual window/daylight.  (this technique makes your windows look bigger too) 

TIP: If you have thicker curtains, extend your board at least 6 inches beyond the window width.

  • Now measure and cut two small boards for each side of your valance. This measurement will depend on how far you want your valance to jut out from your window.   Our smaller boards are 6" in length.  They don't stick out a bunch, but enough to allow room for the curtain panels. 
  • Now you have 3 pieces of pine board
  • Stain or paint them. Let dry.  
  • Attach the 3 pieces using L-brackets (see picture). If drills scare you, enlist hubby, friend, dad, or anyone who knows how to use a drill. The brackets will need to be drilled into your valance, and into the wall.  We used two L-brackets on each corner of the valance as you see below:  (so a total of 4 L-brackets for one valance) 
The picture above is a look from the inside of the window valance. You can see the wood isn't stained on that side. NO ONE will ever see that so you don't have to worry about it

The picture above is a look from the inside of the window valance. You can see the wood isn't stained on that side. NO ONE will ever see that so you don't have to worry about it

We used two smaller L-brackets to attach the three wood pieces in each corner of the valance, and one larger L-bracket on each end to attach the whole valance unit to the wall.  

We used two smaller L-brackets to attach the three wood pieces in each corner of the valance, and one larger L-bracket on each end to attach the whole valance unit to the wall.  

Once your three pieces of wood are drilled together, you are done making the valance. Now, drill your bigger L-bracket to the end of the valance.  (so you will have 1 large L-brackets screwed into each said of one valance (on the back, as pictured above)

Now, you're ready to determine where you will position the valance in relation to your window. Make sure the valance is centered over your window (each side equally extends beyond your window frame).  Use a level to help ensure your valance is straight.  

When it's positioned where you want it, your bigger L-brackets will be flush against your wall.  (see picture below).   Make pencil marks onto the wall, inside the L-brackets drill holes. (this is helpful if you need to stop at this point, then later you'll know exactly where to line up your valance for the final drilling).  

When you're ready, you will drill your screws through the bracket holes and into your wall.  See in the picture below: 

Now your wood valance is hung.   Awesome! 

Last step.....hanging your curtain panels!  The best part about this method, is that you don't need to drill any more holes into your wall to secure a curtain rod. All you need now, is a...... 

Tension rod!

Tension rods are not as sturdy as "real" curtain rods, but if your curtains don't weigh 20 pounds, (and most don't) you can totally get away with this method.   The tension rod will span the length of your new wood valance, on the inside of it (see picture above). The rod will be completely out of sight.  Place your curtain panels onto the tension rod, and stick your tension rod into your window valance. 

Hey non-sewers!   You're going to love this.....

You can adjust the height of your curtains by changing the position of your tension rod inside your valance.  For example, if your curtains are too "high water", just move your tension rod to the bottom of your valance, until your panels are touching the floor appropriately.

If your curtains are too long and you don't want them dragging on the floor, just move your tension rod to the top end of your valance.   Out of sight out of mind.  And great looking windows! 

Are your curtains STILL too long even after moving your tension rod all the way to the top of the valance?   TRY THIS:

This was our problem too.   My remedy:   I folded over the top of each panel until I had the length I wanted.  Then I attached rings clips to the "new" panel top edge (see picture below:)

I ALSO had to place the window rod as far up on the inside of the valance as possible.  THAT'S how long our curtains were (108" to be exact). Now they hang beautifully, and just touch the floor. Perfect length. 

Poor picture quality (difficulty capturing the panel beside the daylight).  You can hopefully see the general idea of how the panel hangs down nicely from behind the valance

Poor picture quality (difficulty capturing the panel beside the daylight).  You can hopefully see the general idea of how the panel hangs down nicely from behind the valance

Benefits of the wood window valance: 

These wood window valances are a simple way to dress up your windows, while adding a rustic touch. to any room.  You can easily change out your curtains because the tension rod comes off so quickly, and easily.  No screws to tighten the rod ends (like  traditional window rods). Additionally, you are not limited to a particular panel length when you're out shopping, because this wood valance allows for so much flexibility!    If you see panels on sale that aren't the right length for your windows, think about the methods I shared with you today!    

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Make this valance work in your favor (and your room's!).  Why not give it a try?! 

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Resourcefully re-created home interiors: Use what you own (and buy second-hand!)

Greetings!  A while back I had a "Friday Finds" weekly series where I featured an item that was purchased second-hand, and then turned into a totally hot, chic, home decor item.   Then, I ended each of those posts with a little comparison shopping chart; the recurring theme:

Thrifted home decor, when customized, has the potential to enhance and totally change your home interior!

Today we're looking at 3 simple ways to customize and refresh "used" decor. And the best part is you probably already have these things hand! 

1.  Paint those frames! 

These frames are a perfect example.  They look pretty cute in the photo above...but they weren't cute when they were purchased.  Here's how they looked when they were rescued from a local second hand store.....

Photos and glass can be remove from almost any frame

Photos and glass can be remove from almost any frame

Painting old decor is one of the simplest ways to customize an accessory for your home; and your color scheme!   Painting frames may require several layers of paint, but in the end, very little time.  And the result?  A chic frame collection for the home.   Here are examples of how awesome a gallery of old frames can be: 

photo from mialinman.blogspot.com

photo from mialinman.blogspot.com

photo taken from Marthastewart.com

photo taken from Marthastewart.com

2.  Cover those old canvas pictures!  

Old framed pictures or canvases are great pieces to re-create.  How?  Using fabric, or scrap book paper!  I prefer working with fabric, because it goes on smoother than paper (and it's less messy because you don't have to use mod podge glue!)   Regardless of your method, this is an easy update to any old canvas (and there are tons of these at your local thrift shops!).  If you're looking to add color to your home, this is one way you'll score big!!

Create a fun, eclectic mix of fabrics using this method for a eye-catching and funky gallery wall! Great for kids' rooms, rec rooms or play areas, and bathrooms. 

Create a fun, eclectic mix of fabrics using this method for a eye-catching and funky gallery wall! Great for kids' rooms, rec rooms or play areas, and bathrooms. 

In the below example some old outdated canvas pictures were re-created by covering them with colored fabric.  How?

  • Cut our material like you would if cutting paper to wrap a present. Tip: Use fabric scissors
  • Once the edges are wrapped over to the back of the canvas, you can hot glue them to the back of the canvas frame. (just like you would tape a gift when wrapping).  Or, staple the edges to the back of the canvas frame using a staple gun.   

Here is a super cute example of a canvas fabric wall collection at www.newlywoodwards.com. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, like this blogger did:  

3.  Books, books, books!   

Believe it or not, books are the best accessory in any room.  They naturally provide color, texture, and height for a variety of decorating needs.  It's time to dust off your old hard-covered books and use them in creative ways!  

TIP:  For a more rustic, natural look, turn your books around so the page are showing instead of the spines.

TIP #2:   A stack of new hardcover books could set you back $100, minimum.  No one wants to pay $100 for a stack of books.  Go to your local thrift store and browse the book section.  The books in the photo above were purchased second-hand for about $12.

And there you have it folks!  Three simple methods that will freshen up your home interior in an instant.  

Thrifting and re-creating what you already own may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Novo Decor is sticking with it, and can't wait to re-create the next room!

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4 essential elements in any room

Another Monday is here. If you are like our family, you have a school day countdown in your home.  Our countdown happens to be on our fridge.  We are getting down to crunch time, with only 12 days to go!

Last week I posted this picture on Facebook of 4 basic elements to any room design:

Whether you want to refresh your master bedroom, create a reading nook, or update the busiest room in the house, using these 4 elements will help you create a room that inspires!

1.  Metallics (gold, silver, copper).  

Metallics just don't "go out of style".   Even the "brassy" hardware on our dressers or doors, has made a comeback.  Here are some examples of metallic decor that will instantly give your room style and "bling". 

Copper Accents

Copper is all the rage in the world of interior design and home decor.  Go to a home decorating store and you're sure to find this metallic!  Copper is everywhere.   

Where to find great copper accents:  Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Marshalls

Gold Accents

Gold is a classic way to add zip and elegance to any space.  It has become popular once again, but for some of us, it never went out of style!   Gold is timeless, and when used in healthy doses (not too much), it never "runs its course".  Try gold! 

Where to find gold accents:  ANY home store.  For starters: TJ Max, Target, Pier One, West Elm, Marshalls

Silver Accents

Incorporating silver is easy.  Some favorites of mine include lamps and vases.  Don't want to spend money on a new silver lamp when yours works just fine?  Get some silver spray paint and spray away.   In fact, grab some metallic spray paint in any one (or all 3) of these metallics and you've got an instant update to your dull decor.  

You can find silver accents at pretty much any home store: Target, World Market, TJ Max, Marshalls, Pier One

2.  Texture

The sky is the limit with texture.  Texture includes throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets, window treatments (panels or curtains). Even decor you put on your shelves and walls can contain texture, like baskets.  Here are some examples: 

Throw blankets can be draped on your sofa, or even hung on the wall!  This El Paso blanket is a GREAT example of texture (and pattern!) that is highly versatile in any room or space. 

The curtains you choose play a huge role in incorporating texture.  Additionally, any natural materials like wood and wicker, seagrass, or jute all fall under the category of TEXTURE: 

3. Color & Pattern

Color and pattern go hand in hand.  Every room needs color.  Even if just a hint of it, color makes an impact.   Pair color with pattern and you've got a home run!  Here are some examples: 

Rugs are an effective, simple way to incorporate color and pattern.  And did you know that if your room is large enough, you can add more than a single rug to the room? If your room is small, you can also try the art of layering your rugs!  See this example: 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Along with rug layering, pillows, blankets, and natural wood furniture add rich texture.  Texture adds visual interest and comfort to a room.  Doesn't this picture make you want to curl up on that sofa with a good book? 

And don't forget pattern.  Here is an example of using multiple patterns in the same space....

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4.  Greenery

Greenery is a key piece to any room.  If you have a green thumb and enjoy the "real deal" in your house, even better.   I happen to be terrible at keeping plants alive, so I am biased toward artificial greens.  If you can do "real" by all means do!   

A splash of greens completes the space.  It can be as simple as a small wreath, or small plants on a table....

And that's a wrap for the 4 essential elements in any room of the house!  Adding these pieces to a space can take a room from nice, to amazing.  Play with texture, color, and pattern and your well on your way to a "designer" home interior!  

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Have a room screaming for help? Consider these "Do's" and "Dont's"

This post is for all you home-owners who have a room in the house that needs help.  It's that room you can't seem to finish, pull together, or even start......and it's screaming for some attention.   So, what's a home-owner to do?  Eliminate the potential "headaches" and consider these "dont's". 

The "DONT'S".  Do NOT......

  • Go to your favorite store and buy anything and everything that you like. After all, if you like it in the store, you'll like it in your home right?  Not exactly. 
  • Buy new items before you have a plan
  • Go to several stores, buying random items from each 

Although these "dont's" are well intention-ed, they can lead to problems, like impulse buys, inefficiency, and even worse.....results you don't love.  

Then what?

You end up with a plethora of "stuff". Sure you loved it all in the store, but it's not forming a cohesive, finished look for your room.  Those purchases didn't really make sense. 

The root of the problem?  

Let's rewind a bit.  What caused this problem in the first place?  Lack of planning.  

No plan + shopping trip = bad situation

The status of your room?  

Your room is still screaming for help, and you are not happy with the result (even though you just filled it with decor you loved at the store). Your room isn't done.....not even close.  

The Solution 

Good heavens avoid the DONT'S!   Avoid the "dont's" at all costs, and try these DO's: 

The "DO'S":

Develop a Plan.  Here's how: 

  • Take a good look at your room. Figure out what you like and don't like.  
  • Remove the stuff you don't like
  • Look at what's left (the stuff you DO like).   Try different furniture arrangements and move your other "things" around.   Re-locate pictures and other decor in the room. 
  • Now, use those items differently.  Example: use your side table as a plant stand.  Simple, right?  Continue doing this until you're satisfied.  

What do the above "DO'S" tell us?  

When you implement these simple "Do's", you are doing a couple of great things:  

1.  You are thinking outside the box with the "stuff" you already own.  Key words:  "already own".   You'd be amazed at how using your "old" things in new ways can instantly re-create a space. 

2. You are decorating smart and resourcefully

No shopping trip required.   The things you grew tired of in the room before, now seem to be working.    


Because your "things" are being used differently, and are in new locations throughout the room.   Your room feels different. It even looks different.  Your screaming room is starting to quiet down, but there a few more gaps to be filled......

More "DO'S":    

Now, it's time to "shop" out of your own home and look for key items for the room. Remember, consider the FUNCTION/PURPOSE for your room before grabbing random items: 

  • Take a walk through other rooms in the house and look for items you can bring into your "new" room. This may involve a may things, or just a few.  (items like pillows, pictures, throw blankets, etc.) 
  • Go to storage.  Yes that storage space you avoid like the plague.  Those miscellaneous items you forgot you had can be great assets in your newly refreshed room!   It's like brand new decor for ZERO dollars

Hopefully by now your "new" room has gone from annoying screams, to a quiet whisper.

Here is a re-cap of what you did to get here:

  • You've removed all the things you don't like from the room (de-clutter)
  • You've re-arranged the furniture, and other decor in the room
  • You've added things you DO like (and need) from other areas of your home  

And the best part?  You haven't spent a dime yet.  

You are closer!  

Sometimes after all the above steps, a shopping trip IS necessary in order to complete a room.  Here is the final stretch of your "DO's" list:

  • Take a good look at the room now.  Is it missing any pieces that enable the room to serve its function? (example: a chair for the game table).  Are you still wanting a pop of color, even after shopping room to room in the house?  Does your cold wood floor need a rug?  

If you answered "Yes" to these questions, a shopping trip is necessary.  Since you've implemented the above "do's", you are now facing a shopping experience with a PLAN, and consequently, an experience that is hassle-free, and one that leads to a favorable outcome.  

  • Make your LIST.  Write down exactly what you need.  Doing this has eliminated the danger of "impulse" buys, which in turn, will help complete your room the way you truly want it to be completed.  You've taken the time to figure out what you need the room to be, and how you're going to make that happen.  

Get your shopping off on the right foot and "DO"......

  • Look on-line for stores that carry the items you need. This will save time on your shopping excursion.  
  • Order your items on-line. When they are delivered, you'll know exactly what to do with them. 
  • If time is on your side, give second hand store shopping a try.  You never know what treasures you'll find.   If you're lucky, you'll find something on your list AND it'll still be in its original store package. 

Friends, this is a great start at quieting that screaming room.  We've all experienced a room such as this; one that is simply in need of help.  Planning will make the experience more enjoyable, and more successful in the end. 

Best wishes on getting that room of yours to SHUT UP once and for all!!!


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5 predictors of a successful furniture make-over

On Fridays I like to share with you a painted piece from the past.  Every piece of furniture has some form of a story, and it's fun to dig in and learn about the pieces I paint.  Rather than showing you a particular piece here today, I'm changing it up a bit and highlighting the meat and potatoes behind how one considers whether their furniture is "make-over worthy". 

How do you know if your furniture is worth a make-over?  What "signs" can you look for that predict a successful outcome, and result you love? 

Today I'm sharing five predictors that have consistently produced successful outcomes, and happy furniture owners. 

5 Predictors of a successful furniture make-over

1.  Recognize the potential

Most people have the ability to recognize that their piece of outdated furniture has potential. One thing that often gets in the way of seeing furniture "blossom" into something we love, is the temptation to get rid of it.   Next time you feel like tossing that old dresser to the curb, think twice.   Take a look at what happened to these dressers, when given a second look.....

2. Emotional connection & Value

It really is a great honor to be able to use pieces that were passed down in the family. Not only do these pieces hold sentimental value, they are typically well-made (see #4!). Displaying and using these pieces is a meaningful way to remember our loved ones who at one time, owned these same pieces!   A make-over enhances the beauty of these one-of-a-kind pieces, while at the same time, allows us to showcase our style and personality in new ways. 

Here are some examples of what can happen to pieces that hold sentimental value in our hearts: 


See the story here:  Shabby Chic Kitchenette: REVEAL TIME
See the heartwarming story here: Distressed Chevron Cedar Chest

See the heartwarming story here: Distressed Chevron Cedar Chest

3. Functionality

Consider all possible uses of your old furniture.  Functionality is key when it comes to making decisions about painting a piece of furniture.   The more uses a piece potentially has, the more likely it will long live out its "new" and improved look (not to mention the many locations in the house to place it).  Consider a make-over, and you're one step closer to uncovering those pieces in hiding!

Giving pieces like this a second chance can be an eye-opening game-changer for the home.  See an example here: 

This hutch became a great place to store games and other "things" you don't want sitting out. The open shelving allowed for display of favorite accessories, too.  It's a win-win. 

This hutch became a great place to store games and other "things" you don't want sitting out. The open shelving allowed for display of favorite accessories, too.  It's a win-win. 

4. Condition

A sturdy piece of furniture is the best candidate for a make-over.  This is the case for two main reasons:

1.  It will last longer, therefore the time & money investmented into the piece will be well worth it.  

2. It will tolerate painting, sanding, and minor repairs without falling apart! 

Basic indications of a sturdy piece are solid stance (it does not wobble), pieces are intact (like edges of tables or shelves), and major pieces are present (all essential pieces in the body/structure of the piece are present).  

If you are in question about the shape of your piece, shoot me picture of it and I'll give you an honest answer:   novodecor2015@gmail.com

5.  Knowledge, excitement, anticipation 

If you are like most home-owners, you own an outdated, or unattractive piece of furniture.  I encourage you to look beyond the "ugly", and take notice of these predictors.   Knowing (knowledge) what to look for in your furniture (#1-4 above), can lead to an enjoyable and empowering experience (excitement and anticipation).  This in turn, results in a highly successful furniture make-over.  

A furniture make-over goes beyond the paintbrush!   The history and story behind a piece of furniture, along with how the finished piece affects our emotions as home-owners, is really what it's all about.  

So with that, take notice of what you already have, or don't use.  Identifying just one of today's predictors in your old furniture, has the potential power to be a game-changer for you and your home! 

Have a wonderful weekend


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Home Consultation: Check. Now what?

Good morning and happy Monday!  In celebration of spring (or at least one step closer!), I offered free consultations during the month of April. (If you missed this offer, there will be more like it!) 

So, when would a home consultation be appropriate for you, a homeowner?  Today's post highlights the rationale and process of the home consultation.

Why a home consultation? 

As home-owners, we know all too well that our homes are a constant work in progress. It seems there is always something to be done.   Here are some common scenarios that have prompted other home-owners just like you, to take action and schedule their home consultation: 

1.  You have a piece of furniture in need of an update and want it painted.  

What the consultation can do:  Provide you with an estimate, and /or suggestions for your piece.  

Learn more about my furniture service on the website:  Custom Painted Furniture

2.  You'd like a family heirloom or meaningful piece of furniture you own, painted.  In addition to full painting,  I also provide special painting services, like pattern design and painting onto your piece.  

What the consultation can do:  

  • Provide ideas, and/or an estimate

See examples of custom ordered furniture, transformed with a little paint: 

Dramatic pieces in 2016

Rustic bench reveal

The painted piano

3.  You have a room that is difficult to arrange, decorate, or you simply desire a change.  You want support in the form of ideas and recommendations. 

What the consultation can do:   

  • Provide a room plan, including recommended pieces/accessories, and lay-out
  • Provide a sourcing guide/photos for furniture/accessories

4.  You are interested in my room decorating service and would like a room make-over, or partial make-over.   In this scenario, you lack the time or "know-how" to do it yourself, and wish to receive a full room design and decorating service. 

What the consultation can do: 

  • Provide estimate for your room
  • Provide room plan, including recommended pieces/accessories, and lay-out
  • Full room installation is included when you book my partial or full room package (see this link for more details: www.novodecorco.com/services

See an example of a full room design make-over here:  Dreamy Teen Bedroom reveal

When do I get an estimate, and/or the sourcing guide/idea list?  

An estimate, sourcing guide, and idea list will be emailed to you one week following our consultation.   If you choose a partial or full-room design package, I typically return to your home a second time to take measurements, and finalize the room plan. 

What is your consultation fee? 

My home consultation fee is $40.  Typically home visits are completed within one hour, depending on your needs.   

Regardless of which scenario above you relate to most, you'll receive quality customer service and true passion for helping you re-create a room you really love.  It's time to showcase your personality and personal style in your furniture and decorating.   I'll help you get there! 

Have a great week!