Faux Finishing

Ivana’s Big Girl Room

Painting It forward

I’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity to  paint it forward for children with disabilities. In 2016 I started a nonprofit organization called “Paint For Children”. Ivanna’s room was completely transformed in one day thanks to the help of Ray Mayo who painted the dresses and accessories on the wall.

Cheryl PhanIvana’s Big Girl Room
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Chalk Paint for Half Price

Paying to much for Chalk Paint...NOT ANY MORE!

Are you tired of spending a fortune on chalk paint?  So was I, that’s why I started shopping around and trying different prodcuts. I wanted to paint this piece of furniture but didn’t want to spend more on paint than I did on the furniture piece. I bought this piece years ago at Home Goods for $79. I like it and could really use the storage, but I didn’t like the brown.

Cheryl PhanChalk Paint for Half Price
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How To Paint Granite Counter Tops

Yes! You Can Paint Laminate

Faux Granite Counter Top

Believe it or not, you CAN PAINT laminate counter tops to look like granite!

I know that your kitchen is the most important room in your house and it is also the most expensive room to remodel. When my daughter and her husband moved into their first home they were in their early 20’s and didn’t have the $20,000 budget to remodel tithe kitchen.So we did the next best thing. We used PAINT!

There are a couple of tips to know before you get started……………

Cheryl PhanHow To Paint Granite Counter Tops
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Stain a Door in Two Easy Steps

Gel Stain


Gel Stain

Turn your wood door from DRAB to FAB! Did you know that your front door is the most important door in your house? Why? Well for one everyone one can see it from the road …. this is the door your company uses when they come to visit……. the front door gives your house instant curb appeal  and this is the door that says WELCOME come on in.

Let me show you how to take your wood doors from Drab to Fab in Two Easy Steps.

Cheryl PhanStain a Door in Two Easy Steps
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Tin Ceiling on a BUDGET

Looks Like The Real Thing

AF Faux Tin Ceiling copy

Inspired by the beauty of tin ceilings but don’t want to pay the high price of real tin? Not sure how to get the tin look without bankrupting your wallet? Would you like to learn how to get the Tin Ceiling on a budget? Read On! You won’t believe what this was made from. 

Cheryl PhanTin Ceiling on a BUDGET
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Tissue Paper Wall Finish in 4 Easy Steps

DIY Wall Finish

Gold Tissue paper

Elegant wall finish



Believe it or not I created this wall with tissue paper, YUP! The same stuff you wrap your gifts with. In fact, I bought the tissue paper at the Dollar store. This faux finish is not only easy to do it is also budget friendly.

Cheryl PhanTissue Paper Wall Finish in 4 Easy Steps
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Thrift Store Gem for 3 Dollars

Don't throw it away, give it to me!

One of my favorite things to do is go to thrift stores, goodwill and garage sales to find cheap furniture. I am always amazed at what people throw away. I wish I could find the person that donated this little table so I could show them what I did to it.

Cheryl PhanThrift Store Gem for 3 Dollars
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Should you REPLACE, REFACE or PAINT your kitchen cabinets?

Before you decide you might want to read this

Not sure what to do? Read this before you make a decision. It could save you thousands of dollars.
Let’s face it your kitchen is one of the most visited areas of your house. We start out there in the morning for breakfast and end up there for dinner. In fact we spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house.
So what do you do when your kitchen cabinets that look like this?

Cheryl PhanShould you REPLACE, REFACE or PAINT your kitchen cabinets?
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Stunning Ceilings for Any Room in Your House!

I’m a huge fan of decorative painted ceilings. I think if it’s painted in the right color and design it can turn your room into a show piece.

Many people think painting a ceiling makes the room look small and closed in, but this is a misconception; it can also make it look and feel longer and wider, not to mention give it character. More and more interior decorators are incorporating painted ceiling in their designs especially in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Cheryl PhanStunning Ceilings for Any Room in Your House!
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