October 24, 2014

Welcome to another Before and After Friday.  I think you're
going to enjoy today's featured projects: painted paneling.

Whether or not it's 'real' wood, paneling can make
a room appear dark and small:


Not only did the homeowners paint the paneling,
they also painted the brick and beams.  Great job.


Painted paneling and new flooring make such a difference:


Paneling in a dining room is particularly unappetizing:

Here's a view of the other side of the room:

You're probably going to gasp at the transformation of this bedroom:


This family room looks so much larger now that the paneling is painted:


This renovation involved painting paneling as well as removing part of a barrier wall between the kitchen and great room:


The Before and After photos of this project are startling:


Here's a view from the other side of the room:

The 'after' of this den is amazing, isn't it?

Even authentic knotty pine can use an update:

Star Dust Decor

Basements have a tendency to be gloomy:

 The Coy Pond
This basement is a cool hangout now.

 It'd be hard to be creative in such an uninteresting room:

SO much better:

 The homeowners who undertook this project sanded
the paneling, filled the grooves and then painted it:
Such a sophisticated difference.

If you have a room in your home that is paneled and you're thinking of painting it, search online for tips and instruction videos.  There are a bazillion sites with helpful tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects and are inspired to take on a Before & After of your own.  Have a relaxing weekend.

October 23, 2014

Are you looking for some cute, fast, and inexpensive
Halloween treat ideas?  Done!

Clementines and celery stick pumpkins, bread rounds with pretzel stick legs, marshmallow treat bats, and, Oh! such scary strawberries pictured above.

Salty, sweet and crunchy, these little treats
are not only tasty but fun to make:
Boney Bites
o Pretzel sticks
o 1 bag of marshmallows
o 1 Bakers bar of white chocolate
o wax paper
Place marshmallows on pretzel sticks.  Microwave the chocolate for about 4 minutes or until melted.  Dip the 'bones' in the chocolate and set on wax paper to cool and harden.  Wrap in cellophane.  Spooktacular!

If you're like me, your ears perk up every time you hear the words candy corn.
This 'bark' is so yummy you'll be asked for the recipe again and again.

Candy Corn Bark
o  16 ounces of white chocolate
o  1 cup of pretzels
o  1 cup of candy corn
o  wax paper for the baking pan
Place pretzels and candy corn in the bottom of a wax-covered dish.  Melt chocolate and pour over the mixture.  Place in the refrigerator to chill and harden.  Boom - that's it!

Mummies and daddies will get lots of thanks when they
team up to make these delicious strawberry treats.

o  30 fresh strawberries,  leave stems on
o  8 ounces white baking chocolate
o  1 teaspoon shortening
o  1/8 teaspoon almond extract
o  1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Wash strawberries and pat dry on a paper towel.  Melt chocolate and shortening at 50% power in microwave and stir until smooth.  Sit in extract.  Separate into small bowls and add desired food coloring.  Dip strawberries in chocolate mixture.  Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.  Place in freezer for 5 minutes.  When monsters are set, use icing piper to decorate faces.

These delicious little spiders are super easy to assemble.
Ingredients:  small pretzels, mini chocolate donuts; M&Ms, chocolate piping


o  Break pretzels in half to form legs

o  Place 8 legs around a donut

o  Pipe two dots of chocolate and place M&Ms on the dots to make eyes

Today's recipes are just a few examples of the amazingly clever and easy treats you can make in just a few minutes.  Scroll through Pinterest for an almost limitless number of holiday recipes that your little trick or treaters will remember for years.

October 22, 2014

Halloween is only a week away?  Oh, dear.
Have you decorated your front porch, yet?