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Gray Chalk Paint Coffee and Side Table

Gorgeous, simple gray chalk paint coffee and side table makeover | maisondepax.com #diy #paint

In preparation for the big move, we've been cleaning up and rearranging furniture.  Well, one thing led to another, and last weekend I found myself painting the coffee and side tables from the playroom. As if I needed more things to do. But, honestly, aren't they lovely? If you've been following for some time, you might recognize the side table, which I painted last year and gave a fun, chippy finish.  But for some time now, I've been planning to sell them.  We just didn't need … [Read more...]

The Kitchen… Before

basic plans to facelift a dated kitchen | maisondepax.com

Well, after the big announcement on Monday (you can read it here if you like), I'm going to follow it up with something even more spectacular... Ok, maybe not.  Maybe I'm just going to share pictures of our "before" kitchen.  I thought you might like to know where we were starting and why, just before we put our house on the market, we bothered to give it a facelift. To be honest, it's not terrible.  It's a pretty good size; more counter space would be nice, but it's big enough for … [Read more...]

Awesome DIY Wall Decor (M&MJ #94)

Awesome DIY wall decor projects | maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 94 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! Did you catch my earth-shattering announcement yesterday?  If you did, you know why I don't need any more wall decor right  now.  But a girl can admire, right?  These are such great ideas!  Remember, if you're reading this via email or reader, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  And don't forget, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects will be visible on five sites!  If you don't … [Read more...]

Hindsight is 20/20 {and How My World was Turned Upside Down}

stamped concrete and antiqued brick patio | maisondepax.com

We have finally almost finished our back porch renovation.  It's lovely... and useful... and amazing... but that's not what I'm here to share with you today. Today is a bittersweet day.  A day when I show you our beautiful new back porch (which, yes, still needs some paint and plants... but I couldn't wait to share it with you)... and a day when I tell you that we won't be able to enjoy it as we thought. The antiqued brick I carefully selected. The herringbone … [Read more...]

How to Paint Stairs {the Easy Way}

Step by step instructions on how to paint stairs - amazing transformation! maisondepax.com #diy #tutorial

I shared our attic stair makeover a few weeks ago, and (in usual scattered Rachel fashion), I'm just getting around to the "how to" that I promised. I know you've all been waiting with bated breath... Ok, maybe not.  But a girl can pretend, can't she?!  In all honesty, this might be one of the most dramatic makeovers we've done.  Not because the before is so different from the after (because if that's the comparison, then our attic definitely takes the cake... or maybe our master … [Read more...]

Amazing Cupcake Recipes (M&MJ #93)

Need a treat? Try one of these incredible cupcake recipes! | maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 93 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! Did you take on a new diet or set goals for the New Year?  Then I bet it's time for a little treat. ;)  I know I'm ready!  Remember, if you're reading this via email or reader, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  And don't forget, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects will be visible on five sites!  If you don't already follow these gals, you can find all our social media links … [Read more...]

What Inspired Me to Learn Photography (And a Grand Giveaway)

what inspired me to pick up an SLR and learn photography | maisondepax.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Similac® StrongMoms® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. After my sweet friend April created this gorgeous vignette using images from my Etsy shop recently, she asked me when and how I studied photography. The truth is, I didn't pick up an SLR camera until 2010, when I couldn't resist this opportunity... Living in Paris - visiting nearby cathedrals... Finding vintage treasures... Admiring the … [Read more...]

Restored Swedish Workbench

when not to paint furniture | maisondepax.com

You know I like painted furniture: red furniture, white furniture, gray furniture, and more gray furniture...  But there comes a time in every gal's life when she finds a piece this is not to be painted. Not that I had a choice in the matter anyway, though. This piece actually belongs to my father.  It is an antique Swedish workbench that my grandmother acquired and willed to my father when she passed a few years ago. If you think it's a little rough now, you should have … [Read more...]

How To Create a Vinyl Stencil (without a fancy machine!)

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

I'm popping in today to share a quick and easy DIY with you.  I shared an awesome embossed chalkboard yesterday, but while making it, I realized that I had never shared my cheap and easy trick for making a custom stencil.  I'm telling you, you'll never guess what I used. I know there are some amazing machines out there that cut gorgeous, custom stencils of all types... but what if you only need it once every few months?  Or you just don't have it in the budget right now?  Never fear, I'm … [Read more...]

DIY Embossed Memo Board (and How to Use Embossing Plaster)

Easy tutorial to create a raised emblem on any piece of furniture or decor | maisondepax.com

Do you ever have those times when the possibilities are SO endless that your mind whirls at about a million miles an hour? You wake up in cold sweats? You imagine yourself surrounded by 30 unfinished projects? Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little a lot.  Everyone needs a little drama from time to time, right? ;)  The truth is, though, that I had the privilege of trying a new product from Country Chic Paint recently, and I. love. it. It's so easy to work with, and it really … [Read more...]

Sweet Corn Macaroni and Cheese

Quick and easy dinner recipe: macaroni and cheese with sweet sauteed veggies and bacon - maisondepax.com

The sweetness of roasted corn, onions, and bell peppers is matched by a smoky hint of bacon and a crisp, nutritious dose of fresh spinach... all mixed into good old macaroni and cheese.  In less than 15 minutes, you can feed and please the whole family! My kids love macaroni and cheese.  There's just no way around it.  There may, however, be a happy dance and an actual ear-piercing cheer when I announce that mac 'n cheese is for dinner. I. kid. you. not. So I teamed up with … [Read more...]

Creative Valentine’s Day Projects (M&MJ #92)

Adorable, creative Valentines Day projects | maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 92 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! Just a few more days to get your V-day creativity on, my friends!  Don't miss the adorable features this week.  Remember, if you're reading this via email or reader, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  And don't forget, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects will be visible on five sites!  If you don't already follow these gals, you can find all our social media links … [Read more...]

Just a Touch of Love

Heart-shaped wreath: gorgeous, subtle Valentine's Day touch | maisondepax.com

I'm beginning to worry you all may not believe me... I claim that I don't decorate much for Valentines.  And that I've never made a big deal of it in my home. But then I go and share this adorable, neutral (and totally free!) heart pillow. And, even worse, I shared 5 spectacular Valentine's desserts and 6 reasons why you should celebrate Valentine's this month... And now this: I promise I'm not making up my usual hesitance towards Valentine's Day.  I guess I just finally came … [Read more...]

6 Reasons to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentines Round Up (3 of 6)

So I've told you before that I'm not usually a big Valentine's Day celebrator... but after my no sew heart pillow from Monday and these incredible Valentine's Treats you all linked up to the party yesterday, I confess that I've been appreciating the sentiments of this funny little paper and candy holiday.  Though I may not be a big fan of those little candy hearts that taste like TUMS (seriously, who wants to eat chalk for dessert?!), I've got six reasons for you to celebrate Valentine's Day … [Read more...]

Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day (M&MJ #91)

delicious treat perfect for Valentines Day (or any day!) | maisondepax.com

Welcome... to week 91 of Moonlight & Mason Jars! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm in the middle of a diet... These gorgeous treats for Valentine's Day almost killed me!  But don't worry, my diet ends next week. ;)  Remember, if you're reading this via email or reader, be sure to click through to the web to see the linked projects.  And don't forget, I am joining with four other amazing bloggers, so all linked projects will be visible on five sites!  If you don't already follow … [Read more...]