BOTB 6.5.11

By Kate Riley June 5, 2011

Greetings friends, in need a little inspiration today?  Well you’ve come to the right place!  Abi and I rounded up some very cool ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ projects and ideas for you to peruse this weekend, enjoy! 

All of your FAQs about Chalk Paint are answered by Shaunna at Perfectly Imperfect.  She answered a few of my questions too, plus I could listen to her voice all day!  Be sure to watch the videos for even more detailed explanations.  

chalk paint faqs perfectly imperfect


Have you spied a dated console at your local thrift store and thought about refinishing it in a bold color?  We’re loving this lacquered version in a perfect shade of citrus orange over at Live Like You.

orange dresser


Curious about how to remove odors from thrift store furniture?  Lindsay offers a few of her best tips

cleaning smelly thrift store furniture living with lindsay


Want the step-by-step on how to build a bathroom vanityDIY Diva shows you everything you need to know, don’t miss the tagline in her header, love it. 

build a vanity diy diva


Ashleigh at Sincerely, Ashleigh & Sarah refashioned a common garden supply into a unique industrial lamp.  So incredibly creative!

industrial lamp


Framed botanicals are always elegant and timeless. Meghan and Honey We’re Home shares her secret source for her beautiful display. 

framed botanicals honey were home


Decorative number balls have popped up at several retailers including Pier One.  Suesan at Frou-Fru Gal made some of her own, see how she did it!

pier one number balls


Want to learn how to make this nostalgic Scrabble tile art?   Mrs. Shanks shows you how she made hers or you can simply buy them from her Etsy shop

scrabble tile art


Was your child born in the summer?  Visit Christie at Three Pixie Lane, she shares her ideas for an outdoor birthday party.

outdoor bday party


If you want to windproof your picnic blanket, Beckie at Infarrantly Creative will teach you her very simple grommet trick.  Genius! 

grommet kit infarrantly creative


Make your own oversized abacus with Anything Pretty, inspired by CB2.  Such a great idea for a kid’s room!

oversized abacus


Hydrangeas are a favorite bloom summer through fall, I dry them year after year.  Vivienne at The V Spot shares the very best secret for drying hydrangea blooms so they continue to look beautiful for months to come.

drying hydrangeas


Thanks again Abi for sharing some of your picks!  Together we compiled this list for you, we hope you’re inspired!  Be sure to stop over and say hi to Abi at her blog Gadding Gal.

abi bio

If you’d like your project considered for this series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected]

Wishing you all an inspired Sunday!


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  1. Kate wonderful picks from you & Abby I will be visiting!

    Be sure to enter my awesome $250 Giveaway from Tracy Porter!!

    Art by Karena

  2. Thanks for the feature on my letter balls, Kate. I love all the features and appreciate being included in the mix!

  3. I love your Sunday posts! There’s so much talent out there, and I wish I had more of it! I actually just finished a credenza, and painted it Vibrant Day Lilly (orange). I got the credenza from a girl I worked with who couldn’t take it with her when she moved. Anyhow, when she saw it, she saw what it could be, and had your inspiration on your blue credenza! I also fell in love with the look, and knew our credenza was born to have that style. I’ve posted it on my blog. Both before and after pictures are on there! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

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