Cute Little Side Table In Pure White

Happy Monday!

Like most painter’s, white is never my favorite color to use. I will admit, the results are usually dramatic but, it usually requires more work to get it right and it’s kind of boring – the process that is. This table was no exception but, I think it was the right color for a timeless piece like this

I love the size of this piece and the classic lines too. There was a little veneer damage so, it's a paint candidate

I love the size of this piece and the classic lines too. There was a little veneer damage so, it’s a paint candidate

The new owner also wanted the pull replaced with one centered knob. After I applied the first coat, we started the repairs

The new owner also wanted the pull replaced with one centered knob. After I applied the first coat, we started the repairs

This is the product we use to fill holes and fix mild damage

This is the product we use to fill holes and fix mild damage

After I'm happy with the coverage, I sand with very fine paper to reveal some of the original finish

After I’m happy with the coverage, I sand with very fine paper to reveal some of the original finish

I like to add paper to the drawers whenever possible. I used Mod Podge to give it a matte finish

I like to add paper to the drawers whenever possible. I used Mod Podge to give it a matte finish

All done and ready for it's new home

All done and ready for it’s new home

Have a great week!

Gardener’s Soap

Gardener's Soap

Gardener’s Soap

This is such a quick project, I simply cube a hemp oil melt & pour soap base, then microwaved it for one minute

This is such a quick project, I simply cubed part of a hemp melt & pour soap base, then microwaved it for one minute

Added a nice fresh scent, zucchini flower then a little green coloring and finally some  dried, chopped basil from my garden

Added a nice fresh scent, (zucchini flower) green coloring and finally some dried, chopped basil from my garden. I stirred it until the soap started to cool and the basil started to suspend. If you pour it too soon the additives will all sink to the bottom

I poured it in a travel soap dish

I poured it in a travel soap dish, no need for fancy molds, we’re making outdoor soap here :)

After I let it dry, I cubed it again a placed it on a soap dish. Wouldn't this make a great gift for any one who loves to play in the dirt

After I let it dry, I cubed it and placed it on a plastic soap dish. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for anyone who loves to play in the dirt. The basil gives it just the right amount of exfoliant and the zucchini flower scent is so fresh!

happy friday!

Little Black Dresser

I was recently asked to paint this highboy in black.

I was recently asked to paint this highboy in black.

I haven't found a true black chalkpaint so, I used Lamp Black by General Finishes. After several coats and sanding, I finished it with Annie Sloan Clear wax. I think the finish turned out beautifully Unfortunately, this is the only good photo I got before the owner picked it up

I haven’t found a true black chalkpaint so, I used Lamp Black by General Finishes. After several coats and sanding, I finished it with Annie Sloan Clear wax. I think the finish turned out beautifully Unfortunately, this is the only good photo I got before the owner picked it up

Last weekend, I found a matching pair of nightstands at the curb, in our sub

Last weekend, I found a matching pair of nightstands at the curb, in our sub

I decided to hit them with the same paint treatment

I decided to hit them with the same paint treatment

We filled the pull holes and drilled a center hole

We filled the pull holes and drilled a center hole

I picked up these cut glass knobs at Home Depot, they are even prettier in person

I picked up these cut glass knobs at Home Depot, they are even prettier in person

It amazing how  black paint and glass knobs add instant sophistication

It amazing how black paint and glass knobs add instant sophistication

I planning on papering the drawers as soon as I make it to my favorite paper store. Here's my three favorites, which would you chose

I planning on papering the drawers as soon as I make it to my favorite paper store. Here’s my three favorites, which would you chose

Fake Plants

I not a fan of fake plants but, sometimes the plant you want won't grow in the place you want it to. Case in point the top shelf of our coffee bar, it doesn't have much light so, I opted for these fake succulents

I’m not a fan of fake plants but, sometimes the plant you want won’t grow in the place you want it to. Case in point, the top shelf of our coffee bar. It doesn’t have much light so, I opted for these fake succulents. I must admit, the fake plant looks better than the real one

Succulents tend to look waxy and fake so these are pretty good look-a likes

Succulents tend to look waxy and fake any way so, these are pretty good look-a likes. I picked up these succulent stems at Michael’s and stuck them in a recycled piece of syrofoam

My husband has a collection (of four) vintage coffee cans that are perfect for this shelf but they needed a little color. I really wanted to plant live plants but, I know they wouldn't be happy here

My husband has a collection (of four) vintage coffee cans that are perfect for this shelf but they needed a little more interest. I really wanted live plants here but, I knew they wouldn’t be happy in this dark spot


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After we removed a wall in the kitchen, we needed one more cabinet but, they were expensive so, we built this coffee bar instead

After we removed a wall in the kitchen and repositioned a few cabinets, we needed one more but, cabinets are expensive. We decided to built this coffee bar instead. See how easy it was to build

It's perfect for us, oatmeal & coffee at our fingertips

It’s perfect for us, oatmeal & coffee at our fingertips

I picked up this wooden canister at the Salvation Army for $1 and added some coffee inspired subway art

I picked up this wooden canister at the Salvation Army for $1 and added some coffee inspired subway art

It's home to our filters, now we can make coffee easily which is important when your half asleep :)

It’s home to our filters, now we can make coffee easily which is important when your half asleep :)

Crushed Oregano Sewing Cabinet

Who doesn’t love a little crushed oregano and if it’s a cute place to store your sewing supplies, even better

I picked up this sewing table at a local garage sale. It's really cute and quite functional, we had to do a little repair to the wood so, it's a definite paint candidate

I picked up this sewing table at a local garage sale. It’s really cute and quite functional, we had to do a little repair to the wood so, it’s a definite paint candidate


I used Valspar Crushed Oregano....it's such a vibrant color and a little distressing made it even more interesting

I used Valspar Crushed Oregano….it’s such a vibrant color, a little distressing made it even more interesting

The swing out storage is perfect for thread, needles and all those little sewing supplies that need a home

The swing out storage is perfect for thread, needles and all those little sewing supplies that need a home

I used a wipe on poly to protect the finish. As you can see, I haven't done the bottom drawer yet or picked up knobs but, it's close

I used a wipe on poly to protect the finish. As you can see, I haven’t polyied the bottom drawer yet or picked up knobs but, it’s close

Here it is in our kitchen, probably not it's permanent home but a good indication of it's scale

Here it is in our kitchen, probably not it’s permanent home but a good indication of it’s scale

Just need to find the right knobs and poly the swing out drawer and this can go in the completed pile :)

Just need to find the right knobs and poly the swing out drawer and this can go in the completed pile :)

UPDATE:

I found these acrylic apple green knobs in the dollar section @ Michael's. Still trying to decide if I like them

I found these acrylic apple green knobs in the dollar section @ Michael’s. Still trying to decide if I like them

I just love this bird paper, if this table had a theme song it would be "Happy"

I just love this bird paper, if this table had a theme song it would be “Happy”


Enjoy the remaining days of this gorgeous summer!

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Vintage Dresser Painted In CoCo

We found this cute vintage dresser on Craigslist

We found this cute vintage dresser on Craigslist

It had a small amount of damage but, was very easy to repair

It had a small amount of damage but, was very easy to repair

Here it is after a coat of Annie Sloan CoCo

Here it is after a coat of Annie Sloan CoCo

and here it is after it's been painted and clear waxed.

and here it is after it’s been painted and clear waxed.

and here it is after it's been dark waxed

and here it is after it’s been dark waxed


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cocoa dresser collage

That’s all for now! I’ve been working on lots of projects lately but, not finishing many. My summer brain is just going in too many directions. Hopefully I’ll have more to post in the near future, until then, enjoy the summer!

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Target Bookshelf Hack

Many years ago, I bought this standing bookshelf for my son’s room. He’s packing for his first year of college and this piece didn’t make the cut. Floor space is very limited in dorm rooms and so, I planned to donate it to The Salvation Army.

It sat in my van for several weeks until last weekend when it found it’s way back in the garage. We removed it from the van to pick an extra large, gorgeous thrift store china hutch.

I walked past the target bookshelf several times over the last few days and realized I wasn’t ready to let it go just yet. Not because I’m sentimental about this piece, I try not to get attached to furniture :)

It’s really more about the functionality in our newly rearranged office. It’ll provide great storage options for all my vintage finds that I love and frequently use to stage furniture photos.

One problem, it’s kind of ugly………………..

Here's the target bookshelf that we almost donated. I picked it up about ten years ago but, it was super cheap.

Here’s the target bookshelf that we almost donated. I picked it up about ten years ago, it was super cheap.

We had a piece of oak plywood in our garage so, Terry cut new shelves for this piece and I'm staining them with Minwax Walnut.

We had a piece of oak plywood in our garage so, Terry cut new shelves for this piece and I’m staining them with Minwax Walnut.

I spray painted the chrome with gold

I spray painted the chrome with gold

I really love the oak grain with the walnut stain

I really love the oak grain with the walnut stain

The colorful accessories bring this piece to life

The colorful accessories bring this piece to life

Here's the target shelf in our office.  I really like the new layout, it feels cozy. I'm probably going to paint the Staples desk next in Annie Sloan Coco

Here’s the target shelf in our office. I really like the new layout, it feels super cozy and now I can look out the window instead of staring at the wall. The Staples desk is next up for a little paint, I’m thinking Annie Sloan Coco


Our chair has seen better days but, this Pottery Barn tufted desk chair would be perfect!


I'm so glad I repurposed this piece however, not loving the "gold" I might have to cover it with my all time fav, rubbed bronze

I’m so glad I repurposed this piece however, not loving the “gold” I might have to cover it with my all time favorite spray paint, oil rubbed bronze

To be continued……….

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Vintage Eye Chart

I’ve been wanting to add box signs to our etsy store for quite a while and I finally got the chance to put together a few samples

This weekend, Terry built a few of box signs for me out of thin wood. I painted the edge black

This weekend, Terry built a few of these box signs out of thin wood. I painted the edge black

I picked up a few vintage inspired posters and Mod Podged them to the front of the sign

I picked up a few vintage inspired posters and Mod Podged them to the front of the sign

After I trimmed the excess, I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top

After I trimmed the excess, I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top

I repeated the process several times, lightly distressed and added an antiquing gel over the entire piece.

I repeated the process several times, lightly distressed and added an antiquing gel over the entire piece.

I banded the edge with a Tim Holtz washi tape, it's very subtle

I banded the edge with a Tim Holtz washi tape, it’s very subtle

The washi tape is so subtle that I had to take it outside to get a photo

The washi tape is so subtle that I had to take it outside to get a photo

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I've also been experimenting with paint colors for the kitchen and I think I finally found one.....ironically, it's very similar to the eye chart.

I’ve also been experimenting with paint colors for the kitchen and I think I finally found one…..ironically, it’s very similar to the eye chart.

My son is starting his first year of college in a few weeks, he’s heading nine hours away and asked if he could have this eye chart for his dorm room. You can pretty much guess what I said :) I will however be making more and they’ll be available on our etsy site soon.

Here's one more! I'm doing a set of these with a chevron edge detail. They're 8"x10" and would look great in a kids room

Here’s one more! I’m doing a set of these with a chevron edge detail. They’re 8″x10″ and would look great in a kids room

Home Office Essentials

This weekend, we decided to make a few, long overdue changes to our office. The credenza is too heavy to move so, I've decided to use it to my advantage. It's going to serve as the new home to my Silhouette Cameo and various other craft supplies. One of the things I always need when I'm using the Cameo is a ruler so, I added velco to this garage sale yardstick and I'm gonna hang it on the wall

This weekend, we decided to make a few, long overdue changes to our office. This credenza is too heavy to move so, I’ve decided to use it to my advantage. It’s going to serve as the new home to my Silhouette Cameo and various other craft supplies. One of the things I always need when I’m using the Cameo is a ruler so, I added velco to this garage sale yardstick and I’m gonna hang it on the wall

Hopefully, I'll never have to spend time looking for a ruler again.

Hopefully, I’ll never have to spend time looking for a ruler again.

Terry picked up this vintage steel index box for $2 at a resale store. It's perfect storage for rolls of vinyl, transfer paper etc.

Terry picked up this vintage steel index box for $2 at a resale store. It’s perfect storage for rolls of vinyl, transfer paper etc.

Next, we positioned our desk in front of the credenza/entertainment center. This will make it much easier to access all the stuff we use to make signs for our Etsy store

Next, we positioned our desk in front of the credenza/entertainment center. This will make it much easier to access all the stuff we use to make signs for our Etsy store

I added a few live plants and smell good things to make it a better work environment

I added a few live plants and smell good things to make it a better work environment

I few vintage accessories give our office a little soul

I few vintage accessories give our office a little soul

I picked up this "computer bug" paper weight at the art fair many years ago, hopefully he'll keep the real ones away :)

I picked up this “computer bug” paper weight at the art fair many years ago, hopefully he’ll keep the real ones away :)

The office is already so much better. I'm probably going to paint our cheapo Staples desk AS Graphite because, it's pretty ugly but, I already love how much better it functions.

The office is already so much better. I’m probably going to paint our cheapo Staples desk Annie Sloan Graphite because, it’s pretty ugly but, I already love how much better these small changes have made this space function.

Red White & Blue Ramblings

Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend! This is a little late but, I thought I’d share some red, white and blue inspired projects we’ve been working on.

We enjoyed the 4th with friends and I made this watermelon, orange, feta salad I found on Pinterest via Martha Stewart. It was super easy to make and yummy

We enjoyed the 4th with friends and I made this watermelon, orange, feta salad I found on Pinterest via Martha Stewart. It was super easy to make and yummy! Feta and watermelon are a surprisingly great combination

Several weeks ago, I picked up this handmade needlepoint at a local thrift store for .50. I don't think I'd ever have the patience to do something like this but, admire the hard work that went into it

Several weeks ago, I picked up this handmade needlepoint at a local thrift store for .50. I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to do something like this but, admire the hard work that went into it

I found a square frame at a local garage sale - total cost for all three items $2

I found a square frame, for the flag needlepoint, at a local garage sale – total cost for all three items $2

After I cut the needlepoint to fit the frame, it looked a little boring

After I cut the canvas to fit the frame, it looked a little boring

I decided to paint the frame with Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk, then I heavily distressed it to give it more personality

I decided to paint the frame with Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk, then I heavily distressed it to give it more personality

I added another photo canvas to our kitchen - blueberries!

I added another photo canvas to our kitchen – blueberries! They’re super easy to make as shown here

My husband, Terry, picked up this vintage Pooley radio cabinet for $20

My husband, Terry, picked up this vintage Pooley radio cabinet for $20 on Craigslist

We've been looking for an affordable piece of furniture to house/hide all these ugly electronics that sit in our family room

We’ve been looking for an affordable piece of furniture to house/hide all these ugly electronics that sit in our family room. I drew the cabinet in place, I’m a visual person :)

I know I drove Terry crazy with my color choice for this piece. I wanted it to look like vintage milk glass, not too light, not too dark.

I know I drove Terry crazy with my color choice for this piece. I wanted it to look like vintage milk glass, not too light, not too dark.

He mixed Annie Sloan Pure White with a touch of Annie Sloan Florence to create this perfect shade - I LOVE IT!

He mixed Annie Sloan Pure White with a touch of Annie Sloan Florence to create this perfect shade – I LOVE IT!

So, as you can see, we were in a red white and blue mood this week! The cabinet needs to be sanded and waxed and I’ll post updates when it’s done! Enjoy the weekend!!

update

This piece is finished but, we still need to run all the electronic cords in the wall

This piece is finished but, we still need to run all the electronic cords in the wall

This really is the perfect shade of vintage aqua

This really is the perfect shade of vintage aqua