Writers Desk In Emperor’s Silk

As my husband was leaving to go to work Monday, he said "Someone left a desk in the driveway"

As my husband was leaving for work Monday, he said “Someone left a desk in the driveway”

Now, to most people finding a desk in your driveway would probably be weird but, lets just say I have a reputation for taking in strays :)

Now, to most people, finding a desk in your driveway would probably be weird but, lets just say I have a reputation for taking in strays :)

I painted it in AS Emperor's Silk and gave it a clear coat of wax

I painted it in AS Emperor’s Silk and gave it a clear coat of wax

Unfortunately, the 4" of snow we got last night is making it hard to capture a good photo

Unfortunately, the 4″ of snow we got last night is making it hard to capture a good photo

It goes perfectly with the walnut  and bronze stool I refinished yesterday

It goes perfectly with the $2 walnut and bronze stool I refinished yesterday

I picked up these faucet knobs at Hobby Lobby over a year ago. I've been waiting for the right project to come along and this is it

I picked up these faucet knobs at Hobby Lobby over a year ago. I’ve been waiting for the right project to come along and this is it


I’ve been working really hard to get projects done around here and although I’m really happy with the end results of this desk, I cant cross it off the list because, it never made it on the list in the first place.

I planned on selling this desk but, my seventeen year old son wants it. When a high school student wants a desk, I don’t question it. I’ll try to take better photo’s once the blinding blizzard clears, until then I’ll be looking for the sun!

Sharing @ Miss Mustard Seed FFF

Walnut & Bronze Stool Makeover

This is a super quick makeover

I picked up this stool at a local thrift store for $2

I picked up this stool at a local thrift store for $2. This photo is after I sanded the orange shellac off the top with a rotary sander

Here it is after a quick Minwax Walnut rub

Here it is after a quick Minwax Walnut rub

and here it is after I sprayed it with Rustoleum Oiled Bronze

And, here it is after I sprayed it with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze

It only took a few minutes and three of my favorite products; Minwax Walnut, Rustoleum Bronze & Minwax Polyacrylic

It only took a few minutes and three of my favorite products; Minwax Walnut, Rustoleum Bronze & Minwax Polyacrylic

I'm re-committed to clearing the clutter & projects around here so, on days like today that are busy, I ♥ a little project like this

I’m re-committed to clearing the clutter & projects around here, on busy days like today I ♥ a little project like this

When I sanded the top of the stool, I didn't try to remove the little dents and dings. In my opinion, they're what make it interesting.

When I sanded the top of the stool, I didn’t try to remove the little dents and dings. In my opinion, they’re what make it interesting.

Two inches of snow coming our way……..URGGGG……….stay warm :)

Sharing @ Miss Mustard Seed FFF

Adding Height & Dimension To 30″ Cabinets

Here's the missing cabinet space that's going to be an open shelf coffee bar. When we were considering what to put on the back of the open shelves, beadboard seemed like the obvious choice

Here’s the missing cabinet space that’s going to be an open shelf coffee bar. When we were considering what to put on the back of the open shelves, beadboard seemed like the obvious choice

The rough frame of the open shelving

The rough frame of the open shelving

The frame with finished edges

The frame with finished edges

These are metal pegs that hold the adjustable shelves in place EZ!

These are metal pegs that hold the adjustable shelves in place EZ!

Here's a shot of the pegs in action. I like how visually small they are

Here’s a shot of the pegs in action. I like how visually small they are

From this angle, you can see that we intentionally made the open shelves 2" deeper than the cabinets to help brake up the straight, boring line

From this angle, you can see that we intentionally made the open shelves 2″ deeper than the cabinets to help brake up the straight, boring line

I picked up the glass jars at Walmart ($4.97) and cut a coffee stencil using the Silhouette Cameo. I got the idea and layout from The Painted Hive

I picked up the glass jars at Walmart ($4.97) and cut a coffee stencil using the Silhouette Cameo. I got the idea and layout from The Painted Hive

I used transfer paper on the vinyl to quickly position this graphic onto the glass jar

I used transfer paper on the vinyl to quickly position this graphic onto the glass jar


We decided to add a 1" x 4" to the top of the cabinets. Next we'll add crown and finally finish painting everything in a unifying Annie Sloan Old White. The counter on the right is back ordered :)

We decided to add a 1″ x 4″ to the top of the cabinets. Next we’ll add crown and finally finish painting everything in a unifying Annie Sloan Old White. The counter on the right is back ordered :)

The 1" x 4" topped with crown molding made our 30" cabinets look a whole lot taller. Finally moving on to the final step, PAINT!

The 1″ x 4″ topped with crown molding made our 30″ cabinets look a whole lot taller. Finally moving on to the final step, PAINT!

A little update; I've painted the coffee station with Behr Linen White. The cabinets are going to be done in Annie Sloan Old White which is remarkably similar in tone

A little update; I’ve painted the coffee station with Behr Linen White. The cabinets are going to be done in Annie Sloan Old White which is remarkably similar in tone


That’s all for now, it’s coming together slow & steady. Our granite island top is scheduled to arrive next week so, we’re hoping to have it all completed, except the back ordered butcher block cabinet.

Duck Egg Blue Table

I hope you’re not tired of all my Duck Egg Blue refinishes yet! This table is actually the reason I purchased this color in the first place, it’s for a customer who requested it. I probably wouldn’t have ever chose this color and now, I’m really thankful she did because, it’s probably one of my favorites

Here's the original, it looks expensive but, it's probably an affordable knock off

Here’s the original, it looks expensive but, it’s probably an affordable knock off

Painted but not waxed

Painted but not waxed

Here it is waxed and shiny! When I do spindles, I use my kids old socks to buff them. If you hold and end in each hand, you can really make quick work of it

Here it is waxed and shiny! When I do spindles, I use my kids old socks to buff them. If you hold an end in each hand, you can really make quick work of it

My .25 incense burner turned paper clip holder got a spray tan

My .25 incense burner turned paper clip holder got a spray tan

Look hooo got a makeover

Look hooo got a makeover with a little Rust-Oleum Pure Gold

My husband found this little rocking chair abandoned in a dumpster area. I'm probably going to paint it, what color would you pick

My husband found this little rocking chair abandoned in a dumpster area. I’m probably going to paint it, what color would you pick

Sharing @ MMS FFF

Nesting Herb Crate Knockoff

I've been coveting these vintage inspired herb crates ever since I saw them in The Lettered Cottage kitchen.

I’ve been coveting these vintage inspired herb crates ever since I saw them in The Lettered Cottage kitchen.

A few weeks ago, I was picking up a freebie Craigslist desk and the owner asked me if I'd like this basket tower too. It instantly reminded me of the herb crates

A few weeks ago, I was picking up a freebie Craigslist desk and the owner asked me if I’d like this basket tower too. It instantly reminded me of the herb crates so, of course I said YES!

I mimicked the crate label in word and printed it on metallic paper

After I deconstructed the tower, I used Word to mimicked the crate label and printed it on metallic paper

I'll be the first to admit, it's a crude knock off of the original

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a crude knock off of the original

I'll probably purchase the real ones when I can but, this freebie knock off suits me (and my budget) for now

One day, I’d like to purchase the original crates but, this freebie knock off suits me (and my budget) for now and if I decide I need Thyme for Courage I’ll just print one :)

PicMonkey Collage

Coffee Sack Pinboard

We have lots of drywall scraps leftover from our mini kitchen renovation.

We have lots of drywall scraps leftover from our mini kitchen renovation.

I've been working on our office too and I thought a drywall scrap pinboard would be perfect, when I remembered I purchased coffee bean bags at our local recycle center, I knew they'd been the perfect pair

I’ve been working on our office/taxes and thought a drywall scrap pinboard would be perfect. So, when I remembered I purchased coffee bean bags at our local recycle center, I knew they’d be the perfect pair

I hot glued the edges and ran some leftover upholstery tacking along the sides.  I intentionally left the edges a little frayed because that's what I like about coffee bags

I hot glued the edges and ran some leftover upholstery tacking along the sides. I intentionally left the edges a little frayed because that’s what I like about coffee bags

Over the summer, I picked up this Craigslist freebie. It's very useful but, a little plain

I plan to hang the pinboard over this file cabinet. It’s a Craigslist freebie, useful but, a little plain

We added leftover card catalog hardware to make it a little more interesting.

We added leftover card catalog hardware to make it a little more interesting.

Now the contents look important, even though they really aren't :)

Now the contents look important, even though they really aren’t :)

Where did I get leftover card catalog hardware.......

Where did I get leftover card catalog hardware…….

When we converted the card catalog into a desk, there were three leftover drawers. This desk is actually finished and gorgeous but, it's at my sisters and I need to go by there and get photo's one day

When we converted the card catalog into a desk, there were three leftover drawers. This desk is actually finished and gorgeous but, it’s at my sisters and I need to get by there and take a few photos

Now, I’m hoping all these “extra parts” projects will help me get organized and the best part – FREE!

I bought this owl incense burner at a thrift store for .25, he has a new purpose as a paperclip holder

I bought this owl incense burner at a thrift store for .25, he has a new purpose as a paperclip holder

Now that I've successfully organized this little corner, I'm feeling motivated to take on the rest of the room

Now that I’ve successfully organized this little corner, I’m feeling motivated to take on the rest of the room

Sunshine In A Can

Terry picked up this dresser last summer

Terry picked up this dresser last summer

After he fixed all the veneer issues, he applied a light coat of AS Arles

After he fixed all the veneer issues, he applied a light coat of AS Arles

Here it is after a watered down coat of Arles, and an idea for adding a little dimension

Here it is after a watered down coat of Arles, and an idea for adding a little dimension

Here it is mostly finished....still needs another coat of wax

Here it is mostly finished….still needs another coat of wax

All fresh and new, like sunshine in a can

All fresh and new, like sunshine in a can

We found these really great coordinating knobs at Hobby Lobby

We found these really great coordinating knobs at Hobby Lobby

At first, I really didn't like that little scallop piece on the back and actually tried to convince Terry to chop it off

At first, I really didn’t like that little scallop piece on the back and actually tried to convince Terry to chop it off

I actually considered cutting the scallop piece off, really glad I didn't

I’m really glad he didn’t listen to me, now that it’s painted and distressed, it adds a lot of style to this dresser

I picked up this piece over the summer for a niche in our kitchen

While we’re on yellow, I picked up this piece over the summer for a niche in our kitchen

Here it is all done, this paint is CeCe Caldwell California Gold and to be honest, they're very similar

Here it is all done, this paint is CeCe Caldwell California Gold and to be honest, I think it’s very similar to Annie Sloan Arles

Hopefully the real sun will show up soon but, until then, I’ve got more paint :)

Here's a quick kitchen progress update....I've painted the rebuilt island with AS Old White and now we're waiting on new counters. After I took this photo, I couldn't help but noticed how similar some of the paint colors are between CeCe and Annie Sloan.

Here’s a quick kitchen progress update….I’ve painted the rebuilt island with AS Old White and now we’re waiting on new counters. After I took this photo, I couldn’t help but noticed how similar some of the paint colors are between CeCe and Annie Sloan.

Duck Egg Blue Stools & Another Scrap Wood Project

Someone recently asked me to paint a table for them In AS Duck Egg Blue. I've never used this color before so, I decided to do a sample on this wood scrap, leftover from our kitchen island rebuild

Someone recently asked me to paint a table for them In AS Duck Egg Blue. I’ve never used this color before so, I decided to do a sample on this wood scrap, leftover from our kitchen island rebuild

I immediately feel in love with Duck Egg and knew it would be them perfect accent for our kitchen "mini" remodel.

I immediately feel in love with Duck Egg and knew it would be the perfect accent for our “mini” kitchen remodel.

After I waxed the scrap, I hung it on the wall for those all important papers and things

After I waxed the scrap, I hung it on the wall, it’s the perfect place for all those important “little things”

I've been looking at thrift stores and Craigslist for counter height stools for our newly shortened counter. Last night, I decided to cut down our old ones and paint them.

I haven’t had any luck finding used counter height stools so, last night I decided to cut our bar stools down and paint them. Check out my new bird on a wire board/color inspiration, it’s hanging in the background

I pretty happy with the results and thing they'll really brighten up the kitchen once the cabinets are all painted

I’m pretty happy with the results and think the new stools will really brighten up the kitchen and the best part they’re FREE! We’ve ordered a new countertop but for now, we’ve added a scrap piece of wood, it more accurately reflect the new size and it’s where we eat our breakfast. On a side note, we purchased the lowest priced granite ($900) from Home Depot and it wasn’t a whole lot more than formica ($400 – $500) and much nicer. We’ll be adding wood counters from Ikea to the other side and they’re super affordable

Althought we did order a new countertop, we’ve added a scrap piece of wood to the old counter to more accurately reflect the new size…..and because it’s where we eat our breakfast :)

We also managed to lay some of the new flooring unfortunately, we ended up ripping up more than expected so, we’re three boxes short. We’ll have to finish it next weekend. Thats all for now but, I’m really happy to see progress!

Reworking A Bad Kitchen Layout

We’re planning on putting our house up for sale in the spring so, we’ve been trying to make affordable kitchen & bath changes. One of the biggest problems with our kitchen is the floor plan so, we’re trying to use our existing cabinets and just move things around a bit.

We've been reworking our kitchen to create a better space plan and hopefully a better buyer appeal

We’ve been reworking our kitchen to create a better space plan and hopefully a better buyer appeal

Now, we've created a more linear layout and a more open floorplan

Now, we’ve created a more linear layout and a more open floorplan

This is the view, now that we've moved the door....that two tier island just got two times uglier!

Now that we’ve moved the door, this is the view….that two tier island just got two times uglier!

Last weekend, Terry started reworking the island. It's going from a two tier to a one tier. This will give us more continuous counterspace and a better profile.

Last weekend, Terry started reworking the island. It’s going from a two tier to a one tier. This will give us more continuous counterspace and a better profile.

Here it is after he took the top edge off and started applying molding

Here it is after he took the top edge off and started applying molding

We're going to order a solid surface countertop and then we'll decide what color to paint the cabinets and molding

We’re going to order a solid surface countertop and then we’ll decide what color to paint the cabinets and molding


UPDATE: Here's the island done! We decided to paint it with ASCP Old White and used Behr Linen White on the sides

UPDATE: Here’s the island done! We decided to paint it with ASCP Old White and used Behr Linen White on the sides


One of the biggest obstacles we've encountered is trying to find a matching cabinet. The original manufacturer wants $500 for one and that's just not in the budget

One of the biggest obstacles we’ve encountered is trying to find a matching cabinet. The original manufacturer wants $500 for one and that’s just not in the budget


UPDATE:  Coffee bar - done!

UPDATE: Coffee bar – done! See how we built it here


When this ad came in the mail, I found the affordable answer to our missing cabinet........a coffee bar!

When this ad came in the mail, I found the affordable answer to our missing cabinet……..a coffee bar!

I've been pinning lot's of coffee stations on pinterest and I'm pretty excited about this idea. I printed this coffee graphic on a piece of sheet music paper. This is my first addition to the coffee corner, along with the coffee maker of course.

I’ve been pinning lots of coffee stations on pinterest and I’m pretty excited about this little spot. I printed this coffee graphic on a piece of sheet music paper. This is my first addition to the coffee corner, along with the coffee maker of course.

Chevron Frame & Other Pinterest Inspired Office Accessories

I’m not one to jump on trends but, I do like a “little” trendy in small doses.

Lately, I’ve been seeing many versions of chevron inspired frames on Pinterest and because we’re working on converting our “catch all” room into an official office, these little pops of color and pattern have caught my eye

I used our Silhouette Cameo to cut the chevron pattern

I used our Silhouette Cameo to cut the chevron pattern

As you can see, I painted one side and then the other because my board is 20 inches, a little wider than the Cameo's maximum size. Matching these zig zags up is super easy

As you can see, I painted one side and then the other because, my board is 20 inches, a little wider than the Cameo’s maximum size. Matching these zig zags up is super easy

Here's my first layout, I planned to use fabric samples I picked up but, it was a little too busy

Here’s my first layout, I planned to use fabric samples but, it was a little too busy. The fluorescent lighting makes the withered moss look brighter than it really is, in natural light it has a much softer appearance

Burlap seems like the perfect neutral backing, it'll go with almost any color

I settled on a burlap backing, it seems like the perfect neutral tone and it’ll go with almost any color


I ended up attaching the frame to the chevron board with screws .  Since I opted for a glassless look, the frame doesn't need to be easily removable

I ended up attaching the frame to the chevron board with screws . Since I opted for a glass-less look, the frame doesn’t need to be easily removable

I also painted a chalkboard from another discarded cabinet door. I'm trying to put together a functional and affordable office and these two projects are the perfect fit - cheap & easy

I also painted a chalkboard from another discarded cabinet door. I’m trying to put together a functional and affordable office and these two projects are the perfect fit – cheap & easy

This board was originally dark grey, I sanded the chevron to expose so of the original paint. I think it gives the frame more of a rustic feel

This board was originally dark grey, I sanded the chevron to expose some of the original paint. I think it gives the frame more of a rustic feel

I couldn't resist adding words to the chalkboard

I couldn’t resist drawing on the chalkboard. When my now, eighteen year old saw the saying, he turned around and gave me a hug. Who knew it was that easy!

Because I like balance, I need to even the two pieces out so, I painted a "Simplify" sign....my word of the year 2014. I hope it'll  serve as a daily reminder of my goal!

Because I like balance, I needed to even the two pieces out so, I painted a “Simplify” sign….my word of the year 2014. I hope it’ll serve as a daily reminder of my goal!

That’s all for now, the rest of the office will require heavy lifting & heavy organizing – not the fun part but, maybe these two additions will be just the inspiration I need to get started.