Facebook “Top Fan” Weekly Prize

Are you following me on Facebook? I love blogging, but as you know--I don't blog here daily. Facebook is where I post all of my sneak peeks on my DIY projects. It's where I hang. It gives me instant gratification. I can interact with readers in realtime. In fact, love it so much that I decided to reward my "Top Fan" every week. How does one become a "Top Fan?" By doing what you do naturally. You follow me on Facebook. Then you comment. You share. And you like (or dislike) my posts. Regardless...I want to hear from you, and I strive to post excellent content to keep readers engaged. By doing so, your random activity could be how you win a weekly "Top Fan" prize. I reward the people that WANT to be there with me, and to share their DIY successes, failures, and to talk about the latest in home decor trends. This week's prize - a 4 oz. sample of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! It's my way of saying "thank you" to all the folks that come along for the ride during my DIY and crafting … More...

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Basement (Industrial Style)

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My kitchen, before painting cabinets, new lighting, new backsplash, new flooring… Here is what we accomplished with a $1600 investment: One of the first DIY projects I tackled in my house was my kitchen. I built my home in 2005, but I am amazed at how quickly styles have changed since then. In such a [...]

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