Easy to Make Stool Cushion

As promised, I’m going to tell you about the transformation of my kitchen stool. This stool is a loner in my kitchen because it’s home is on the “busy” side. So it’s where I sit when prepping or waiting for something to come out of the oven. And it slides nicely under the island and out of the way when I’m not using it.

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Removable Pillow Covers

Sometimes you just need a little freshening up. What better way than removable pillow covers? They’re easy, quick and don’t cost a whole lot. Plus you’ve got the added bonus of removing & washing anytime they need it.

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Lettering a Child’s Step Stool

I’ve talked about the guest bathroom in the past. I gave it a little face lift, gosh a few ago now. The only thing we have left to do in there is painting the vanity white…like I did my kitchen cabinets. And maybe change out the faucet. I’ll have to be sure and update you on that with more before and afters photos!

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MRS designs Studio Sign

I told you recently about the bedroom we converted into a studio. It serves as a creative place for me mostly, but also an office. Even though we spend most of our “office time” at the kitchen island. I’m still not quite ready to show you the entire room, but I have finished another project that gets us closer. There is a large blank wall that needed something. It’s the wall you see directly in front of you when you enter the room. I thought that would be a perfect spot to hang a studio sign. My initials are M. R. S. and my blog title what better idea to put on the sign? I like that my initials are also my title as a married woman. Just an added bonus 🙂 Continue reading “MRS designs Studio Sign”

Chalkboard Design

Not sure how long the chalkboard trend will last, but I do know I sure do like mine. Our whole house remodel has, for the most part, come to an end. We just have a few small projects waiting in the wings to be finished. Because of that I’m not quite ready to show you this room, but I would like to show you my chalkboard. No, it’s not perfect. I didn’t get it centered exactly as I wanted. But I like that about it. In fact, I like that this is the theme of this room. It’s oh so pretty to me and oh so not perfect. It’s begs you to enjoy the creativity that awaits you inside without the pressure of perfection.

Here’s how I did it.

  1. Print out the verse in the font & size wanted. Just black and white.
  2. Use a piece of chalk and cover the back of the printed out verse.
  3. Place the chalk covered side against the chalkboard arranging it carefully where the words are to be placed.
  4. Use a pencil and trace over the printed verse. This leaves a chalk outline  to then fill in with chalk or chalk pen.

Even though it’s pretty quick and simple and I do like the idea of changing it later, I won’t be changing this one for a while.

MRSdesigns ChalkboardHere’s a picture of my chalkboard in my kitchen. You may have noticed it in the kitchen remodel post. I found this at a festival last year. It was made from an old window.  I like that this too is not perfect. I used the same process to add the text to this one that I did other one. The markings on the bottom right are my grandsons autograph. He’s 3 1/2. At the moment, I can’t imagine erasing it, but I’m sure I will when I’m ready for something new.

Chalkboard MRS designs

I thought I’d give you a look at something else in this room we just finished not very long ago. We found this lovely treasure in a home we listed and sold. I bought it and a couple other things out of the home. It was all part of an estate. We ended up having to take this thing apart just to get out of the upstairs bedroom. It has sat in pieces in our garage for a couple years now. My husband put it back together for me & I threw on a couple coats of white paint. Again, I love that it’s not perfect. It stores all of our office related stuff.


My next couple of projects to finish out this room will hopefully be done very soon. To the left of the cabinet above is a fairly large blank wall. I plan to create a sign for it. I can’t wait to show it to you. I’ve also got a couple stools around my work island that need a sprucing up on the cushions…can’t wait to shop for material for those!

Chicago Bears Painting

I completely forgot that I was still working on another project when I told you about the Chicago Bears Director Chair. I’d had this blank canvas in my craft closet for longer than I’d like to admit. Many many thoughts have traveled through my head about what the finished look of this canvas would be. Well today, I can finally share what has become of it. It now sports the Chicago Bears Mascot. It was another fun project that I was able to use my Silhouette for. I found help here that showed me how to take a jpeg image and create a cut file.

This was the image I used. I found it here.

354This time I simply used copy paper and removed the areas I wanted to be orange. It was a fairly simple process. After I covered the canvas in blue acrylic paint and waited for it to dry I laid the paper stencil down and dabbed on my orange paint. I didn’t even feel the need to secure the paper in any way. I just held it there while I added the orange. Since the orange didn’t cover in one coat I free handed the other two. No need for the paper at this point because I already had the first coat’s outline to follow. There isn’t a whole lot of wall space left in our man cave, but we knew this project was going to need a place and planned for it ahead of time.

Chicago Bears Director Chair

Recently, I told you about our whole house remodel and shared with you about our kitchen.  We’ve finally wrapped up the rest of the changes and today I want to share with you one of the final touches we added to our man cave and a look at the finished room.IMG_0002


A little backstory on this project for you…we found this director’s chair at a church garage sale we went to sometime last year. I can’t remember if we paid 25 cents for it or if they actually ended up giving it to us, anyway we didn’t have much invested in it to begin with.  We purchased some navy blue canvas from Joann’s and I used the tattered seat that was currently on the chair as my pattern guide. That was the easy part. Next was making the decision on how I was going to add “Chicago” to the front of the seat and “Bears” to the back of it. My Silhouette has been such a treat to own so I knew without question I’d get to use it for this project. And so far I’ve only used it to make a scrapbook for our Cruise Memories. That’s when I discovered that scrapbooking isn’t exactly how I’d like to spend my time. I know this dandy little machine can most definitely serve so many other fun purposes…I mean after all, I do have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to my Silhouette potential projects!



I decided I would create a stencil and use orange paint to add the words Chicago Bears to the chair. I already had clear contact paper on hand, so that’s what I used. I recommend anything but clear now that I’ve finished, but will continue to use it for projects like this until I run out 🙂 It was difficult to see what parts I needed to keep and what I didn’t since I was working with a clear product. I used the Scrapbook Calligraphy font for the word Chicago and that proved harder because of it’s script format, but I was determined that it was going to work, and as you can see, it did! I used the Impact font for the word Bears which was much easier to handle since it’s a sans serif…hashtag font nerd.

Check out these before and after photos of the transformed room. Can you believe we used to have a sectional sofa in here?   It’s now my husband’s ManCave!LRPano


I suppose it can’t be too difficult to recognize somewhat of a theme here. The corner table above is a remnant of our old dining room table. If you saw our kitchen remodel you can see more pieces of it there too. In the middle above is a candle stick holder our daughter brought back from Africa and we thought it was the perfect perch for the cue ball.  On the right above is a rustic coat rack my husband made out of some pallet wood and added old heavy rusted nails to hang things on. Below are a couple more details from around the room. Don’t you just love this metal rusted sign? And the metal bike below that? Just a few of the treasures we’ve found along the way.