Michele was born a DIYer. Everyone in her family somehow repurposes furniture or works on craft projects. “My father never hired anyone to fix anything in our house,” she says. “He did it all himself. I think that’s where I got it from.” Whether it’s perusing Craigslist or rummaging around garage sales, Michele always scores the best deals and steals. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to DIY, and she often shares her secrets with friends and neighbors. Looking for some inspiration? Contact her at chicingitup@gmail.com.

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Camping Chic Nursery

  I’m always on the hunt for a new room to make over for COMO Living and when my friend and co-worker told me she was expecting a baby boy after having two girls, I thought this project would be perfect. This family loves camping. As for me…not so much. In fact, my idea of […]

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Levi Is the King Of the Castle

When Jayme Tips and I sat down to discuss what her sweet four-year-old son, Levi, loved, she mentioned that he loves to play with his castles. With the theme in mind and the beautiful plaid bedding Jayme had purchased, I was off and running. My first stop was Johnston Paint and Decorating. I can always […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside But It’s Gold Inside

Johnston Paint & Decorating once again helped me rescue this not-so-pretty buffet that I purchased at garage sale for $40. I used my favorite cottage paint, which is sold exclusively at Johnston Paint, in black. To seal the cottage paint, I used their soft wax and buffed to make it shiny with an old shoe […]

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Dreaming In Boho Chic

I had the pleasure of helping my good friend Beth Campbell and her husband, Ryan, to recreate her master suite. We totally transformed the room by creating the focal wall behind the couple’s bed with a beautiful wallpaper by York named Boho Chic. Johnston Paint and Decorating supplied the pre-pasted, washable and strippable wallcovering, which […]

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DIY Duo Creates A+ Delicious Room

“Two heads are better than one” certainly is true when it comes to DIY. Kindred spirits best describes the relationship for Jana Gebhardt and me. Having seen each other over the past two years at various garage and estate sales, many times I’d catch Jana eyeballing my pile of goodies. I’m drawn to other people […]

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