What I’m Reading, Working On, and Loving…

It's been a while since I did one of these and since I'm still a bit under the weather and behind on posting, I thought this would be a fun pre-Thanksgiving post.  I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen and getting a bit of Christmas decorating on (!), but I did have to dash out to snag a winter coat for the 15 year old.  He's grown so much in the past year (5 inches!) there was nary a coat in the house to fit him and with freezing temps and … [Read more...]

My Favorite Chalk Paint Projects

Happy Monday, folks!  I'm digging out from yet another weekend away... this time it was a wedding and what a great time we had celebrating! I even squeezed in some antiquing and will show you my finds later this week!  Back to reality now -- Open House prep for my booth, parent conferences at school, and the holiday To Do list growing by leaps and bounds. One of the things I've missed doing this fall is painting furniture... my schedule just … [Read more...]

Annie Sloan Graphite Transformations

Happy Friday!   And I am truly feeling the whole "TGIF" thing today! Back to school this year meant furniture for my daughter's new apartment and it was fast and furious transformations of a couple of pieces during a rainy week.  If you follow me on Instagram you glimpsed the pieces we were working on... an old dresser in my stash for the booth and a hand-me-down nightstand from a neighbor.  Since her room was going to black and white with … [Read more...]

Annie Sloan Provence Chairs

Hello, friends!  I'm knee-deep in back to school for my crew this week, so it's been lame here and I apologize.  My daughter is moving into an apartment this year, so every spare minute has been painting furniture for her space and shopping for deals for her.  Last minute much?? Anyhoo, I'm sharing a project I completed before we left for the beach.  I scored these four chairs at a big garage sale last fall. I knew I wanted to freshen … [Read more...]

Antiqued Mirror Upcycled Window

Happy Monday, friends!  I have my boy home safely from Spain and Portugal and all is right in my world today. :)  I'm sure he'll sleep until noon for the next few days, but I'm happy to let him. What an amazing experience he had!!  Here are a couple of snippets -- 366 photos taken (by him), discovery of Spanish coffee, chocolate, and fresh seafood, head and heart full of devotionals and prayers, a new-found appreciation for architecture, … [Read more...]

Emperor’s Silk Accent Table Makeover

Good Monday, everyone!  I hope you had a super weekend -- we had almost no break from the rain, so I still have projects waiting in the wings.  But I did enjoy some time watching Wimbeldon (Yay, Andy Murray!!) and had a fun movies and pizza night with my Peeps.  And this little lovely has appeared on my new knock out rose bushes I planted in our retaining wall bed!  #allthatrainwasgoodforsomething If you follow me on Instagram, you got a … [Read more...]

Thrifted TV Stand Makeover

You know those chunky TV stands you see in all the thrift stores??  Most of us have crossed over to flat screens or wall-mounted TVs making those sad pieces look like the plump boy in the corner at the 7th grade dance. I was in search of a smallish bookcase for a corner of my Mom Cave when I stumbled upon this neglected guy... The size was right, even though he weighs a ton, so I thought I could make him a little more suave to fit into my … [Read more...]

Paris Gray Console

Happy Flag Day, friends!!  I hope you're showing your patriotism today by displaying our flag! Even my back deck has gotten in on the action... We've got another busy weekend planned, but I sure am enjoying my summertime! This week I finished up that sad little console table with the great legs...  remember her? She was a freebie with a corner missing on her drawer...  but I figured with a simple makeover and the right price, … [Read more...]

Happy Monday & Guest Room Progress

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's back to work I go...Time sure flies when you're having fun and I did enjoy myself over Spring Break last week. I want to thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers as we marked one year since losing Kaely.  I'm not going to lie, I was very emotional this weekend.  I still wrestle with fear every time my own children walk out the door.  I want to put them all in a bubble where they'll be forever safe from the choices … [Read more...]

A New Before & After: Armoire Makeover

Happy hump day!  I'm in the midst of the painting of my guest room today (woo hoo!) but I have a fun makeover to share with you. I scored this armoire from a friend and though I loved the lines and details, the finish was in seriously sad shape. I used wood putty to fill out some deep gauges and then tackled her with some Annie Sloan Versailles.  Two coats later, with a little wet rag distressing and a coat of clear wax... here she … [Read more...]