I was recently looking through some photo albums and came upon some pictures from some of our past homes. It is so funny to me that even before I knew what a Blog was …I was blogging. I would take pictures of projects we had done…print them out and mail them to my parents…and Melissa to show them what we had been up to. I thought it would be fun to show you all too ;) Sorry for the lack of directions….my memory is a bit sketchy.

faux fireplace @cleverlyinspired

Our first house was a little ranch and we loved it. It had a great corner lot with lots of nice big trees. Every weekend we worked on a project. The house did not have a fireplace…so I made one up. The mantle came from the home builder I was working for. I painted it white. The “faux” stone is actually 3 separate pieces of wood…I spackled drywall compound on to make a rough surface. When that dried I painted a coat of beige paint. I took some thin painters tape and made grout lines….then painted a few various shades of black, blue and gray. The inside of the fireplace was eventually painted black and we put a screen in front. Looked pretty real to us :)

covered table and chairs for kids @cleverlyinspired

This table and chair set for my kiddos was made from a small kid table and 2 little stools. I covered the table both ways with pieces of oilcloth. I poked holes on the sides and tied with some tulle to help it stay put. The stools were made to match…I placed some battling on the top and wrapped fabric on …stapling to the underside. So cute :)

no sew window treatment @cleverlyinspired

This no sew window treatment was basically made in three separate parts. I had a piece of wood and I stapled the center piece in first…then did the sides. I know these are not the best directions…sorry! This picture is from 1997 people! :)


This dresser was in need of an update…so I painted it a pale yellow and decoupaged animal fabric onto the drawers. My son’s room was a “treehouse” with trees painted on the walls…


I just kind of slapped the paint up there….no real directions for painting a tree on the wall ;) The wall hanging in the corner was made from burlap.


I also found this picture….sigh…so stinkin cute…:)

I have several more “blast from the past” pics to share….I’ll do another post soon….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. A woman ahead of her time! I had never seen a decoupaged piece of furniture until within the last 12 months or so. Darn good work on that tree on his wall, and the window treatment looks fine to me. Great job on the “fireplace”. I just thought you had it blocked off for whatever reason. Glad to see you’re keeping up the good work.

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