Emily Henderson

A Furniture Makeover

Lacquering A Dining Table

Transforming high quality vintage pieces from dated and ugly to modern and beautiful (like this table) is extremely satisfying. I’ve been doing this since I was 7 years old when I refinished my first desk by painting it a blush pink. I subsequently entered it into the county 4-H fair where I’m pretty sure I must have won the purple ribbon for cutest, most fashion forward desk ever.

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Baby Shower #2

Our Baby Sprinkle

You’d think for your second baby there is less excitement but I’ve actually found that there is more. Its because (and i’m sorry I’m a broken record) with your second you know the extreme happiness you really get from a child and you want more of it. With the first I remember thinking this better… Read More …

The New Guest Bedroom Bed

With the baby quickly on the way, things are changing around the house. It’s insanity, actually. New baby, means new (additional) nursery, which means no guest room but Brian’s parents are coming for 6 weeks so that’s not really an option if we can help it. We decided to convert our old studio space which was downstairs and not being used into a new guest suite. Things are almost finished, thank goodness. In a perfect world I would reuse some pieces from the old guest room but stylistically I wanted things to change a lot. My new plan included a dark linen bed (click through to see what we did to ours to make it work)

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DIY Curtains

DIY: 1 Curtain 3 Ways

Curtains are one of those things that can definitely break the bank and make you wonder how 1 curtain panel can cost upwards of $300. But there are some pretty inexpensive, simple readymade curtains out there, they just needed a little bit of help. So we wanted to save a few pennies and have some… Read More …

Crafting Community

There are two types of people in life, the ones that see a scrap of fabric, a vintage scarf, or some old tattered rag and walk past it on the street or in the flea market , and then there are those that stop whatever they are doing (no matter what that may be) to buy it, pick it up, or hoard it for some BIG project that they keep swearing they are going to do one not so distant day in the future. I am the latter.

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Latest DIY

DIY ‘Book’ Bookends

This DIY is on the ‘small project’ side and definitely dings high on the ‘cute-ometer’ scale. But these BOOK-ends are an easy/fun DIY with stuff that you probably already have. There are a million bookends out there, some insanely expensive, but if you are looking for a good (and cheap) craft to do, check out… Read More …

DIY lamp

1 Lamp, 3 Different Ways

For the most recent Redbook DIY we were tasked with taking one simple lamp, and doing it up three different ways. We used Target’s Double Gourd Lamp in Shell because it is a super classic, simple shape, and a Threshold large white shade for all three of these lamp DIY’s. The rest of the supplies can be found… Read More …

DIY wooden dowel Coatrack in Redbook

It’s another Redbook DIY today where we made a pretty adorable coatrack with some wooden dowels, paint and rope.  We saw this DIY and loved its simplicity and how sculptural it is. So we did our take on it and whipped this bad boy right up.   Items Needed: Wood Poles: We purchased ours from… Read More …

DIY ModPodge Chair Hack in Redbook

Its another Redbook DIY, folks. Its surprisingly easy (although don’t make our mistakes … read on). This one was inspired by the queen of DIY, Jenny Komenda from this post – and by inspired I pretty much mean REALLY INSPIRED, if you know what I mean. Thanks, Jenny (and congrats on your new baby). Items… Read More …