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Lucy’s New Big Girl Bed: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Style
Jocie | March 12, 2013
Lucy’s New Big Girl Bed: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Style

Out with the crib, in with the big girl bed. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty sad saying goodbye to the crib. But I held it together with my excitement over painting my first big piece of furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I did a chalk paint experiment last week on a vase in my dining room, comparing homemade chalk paint with Annie Sloan. I was glad for the practice run and excited to give Lucy a new big girl bed, so the tears stayed away for the most part.Lucy’s “Before” Room This past weekend was The Great... 

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A Chalk Paint Experiment: Annie Sloan Vs. HomeMade
Jocie | March 7, 2013
A Chalk Paint Experiment: Annie Sloan Vs. HomeMade

Welcome to OPC’s The Better Half. My name is Jocie, and I love to craft and DIY my home into something wonderful as I strive to be both thrifty and fabulous. I hope you enjoy comparison of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint vs Home-made Furniture Paint. If you enjoy this article, check out some other recent crafts and consider subscribing to The Better Half (email or RSS). Also, feel free to share this tutorial on Facebook and give it a +1. All the buttons float along the left side of your screen. Thanks! I am brand-spanking-new to the world... 

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$5 Frame Redesign!
Jocie | February 27, 2013
$5 Frame Redesign!

Since repainting our living room, the walls have remained bare. Mostly because I wasn’t sure what to do, but also because art and wall decor are sooooo expensive. But then, last week, I couldn’t sleep thinking about all my current projects, and it occurred to me that I might be able to use some of the old decor in a new way. What was there to lose? Otherwise, it would all go to GoodWill, so I might as well give it a shot. After all, repurposing and spicing up old stuff on the cheap kinda rocks!Spray Paint Talk Once I made... 

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Changin’ Up the Built-Ins….AGAIN
Jocie | February 21, 2013
Changin’ Up the Built-Ins….AGAIN

Yes, I painted the built-ins…again. A month or so ago I asked for your feedback about this. I painted them green but was not real happy with it. I got lots of opinions (all wonderful and kindly given – THANK YOU!). At the end of the day, I went with my gut and painted them gray. I had originally steered away from gray because I felt like “everyone” was doing it. You know, I was trying to be original. FAIL! Be like the cool kids, embrace gray. That’s what I learned. So I painted the backs of the built-in shelves... 

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Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends
Jocie | February 5, 2013
Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends

As I have shared before, I am super lucky to have a real-life bloggy friend 5 minutes from my house – Liz from Naptime Decorator. She is sweet, kind, and has a wonderful sense of style. When we first connected a few months ago, she invited me to her Craft Night that she hosts for her friends (this is a real party, not the linky kind, lol!). Liz also has some pretty wonderful friends who have been very kind to this insecure crafter. This past week was my third Craft Night and each time I have even more fun! Liz threw out some Valentine’s... 

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HELP, Calling All Opinionated People!
Jocie | January 29, 2013
HELP, Calling All Opinionated People!

A month or two ago (maybe more), I started to re-design our living room. I had planned on doing it fairly quickly, but once we painted, I got distracted on other projects and the holidays. Here was the before:Now that we’ve painted the walls a light, icy blue:I had been playing with the idea of either doing a stenciled wall (on the wall space above the fireplace) or paint the backs of the built-ins. In the end, I decided to paint the built-ins because stenciling the wall would be a lot of work and too much patterns if I kept... 

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My Thankful Tree
Jocie | November 8, 2012
My Thankful Tree

This year, as the girls are growing up, I really wanted a way to keep our hearts humble and grateful, and not just use Thanksgiving as the time to over eat and kill time before Christmas. I have really been enjoying the month of Thanks on Facebook – each day we share something we are thankful for. Its been really neat! I’ve been looking for ways to help the girls join in on Thanksgiving, more than just the day. If you are a Pinterest fan or hang out in the DIY/design blogger community, Thankful Trees are super popular this... 

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DIY Large Rope Vase for Cheap
Jocie | November 6, 2012
DIY Large Rope Vase for Cheap

As I continue to work on updating my living room, I began to search for a large vase to put on the hearth of the fire-place. I did a little searching but they are soooo expensive. Like $80 – 100, minimum! That got me to thinking about how I could create one for cheap but have it also look trendy. As you may have seen, rope vases are super popular right now. I love this rope basket and vase from Pottery Barn.The popular way to do it is to just cover an existing vase with rope. Well, I am still faced with the same problem –... 

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Wooden Kitchen Letters and Refinishing a Chalkboard
Jocie | October 25, 2012

Eat, Pray, Love…Or Just EAT! I never read the book or saw the movie, but it is a cute saying. But in my kitchen, I simplified it to just eating. I do pray before I eat and I do love to eat, so really EAT sums it up! lol. As my efforts to redesign my kitchen moved forward, I bought wooden letters at Joann’s 50% off to spell eat. Then I bought a really roughed up chalkboard for a dollar at a yard sale….and then I got to work! The wooden letters were meant to be the simplest project for the kitchen. Buy the letters. Paint... 

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Crafting ADD…And a New Living Room!
Jocie | October 23, 2012
Crafting ADD…And a New Living Room!

As you learned last week in my All About Jocie post , I am a licensed psychotherapist. So I have decided to diagnose myself (yes, that is frowned upon) as having “Crafting ADD.” I made that up, but I bet some of our readers have it too. You may have Crafting ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) if you have 2 or more of the following symptoms:Start new projects before finishing old ones Work on lots of crafts at one time Dream of new crafts to do even though your current list is already LONG Pin constantly Buy stuff at Hobby Lobby... 

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