Driftwood Buffet

This is a small post but, the change is pretty dramatic. I used Driftwood by General Finishes and I really love this color. It’s not to dark, not to light…..you know the rest :)

This is a really quality built piece I'm paint for a customer. I think she's making the right decision, the color is a little dated

This is a really quality built piece I’m paint for a customer. I think she’s making the right decision, the color is a little dated

We started out with a few quick samples and she chose the darker one.

We started out with a few quick samples and she chose the darker one.

Here it is mostly, done. I still need to apply a protective matte finish but, I'm gonna wait 48 hours.

Here it is mostly, done. I still need to apply a protective matte finish but, I’m gonna wait 48 hours.

I still couldn't resist carefully styling it...it is gonna sit in my living room for the next few days

I still couldn’t resist carefully styling it…it is gonna sit in my living room for the next few days

I kind of wish I could keep it longer, I do love a stray!

I kind of wish I could keep it longer, I do love a stray!

Case in point, we went to the pet store for dog food and came home with another member of the family. I must admit, his color is more typical of Michigan driftwood with shades of beige

Case in point, we went to the pet store for dog food and came home with another member of the family. I must admit, his color is more typical of Michigan driftwood with shades of beige

Getting The Color Right

When we updated our kitchen, I was in the middle of painting a piece of furniture for a friend, she chose Duck Egg Blue and I fell hard and fast for this color. I decided to incorporate it in our kitchen by painting the stools, blackboard frame and a few other accessories to match.

The truth is, I never really felt at home with this color. Let me say, it’s a gorgeous color and one of my favorites to use……..for other people. I’m just not a light blue kind of person, and for the record, I’ve never been able to “love” yellow either.

But, black, that's one of my favorite colors. I wonder what that says about my personality. I painted my kitchen chairs in Graphite by Annie Sloan

But black, now that’s one of my favorite colors (I wonder what that says about my personality) I painted my kitchen chairs in Graphite by Annie Sloan

I wanted to soften the black and white table set with plants so, I went looking for a low rise circular planter at the local thrift store and guess what, I found one.

I wanted to soften the black and white table set with plants so, I went looking for a low rise circular planter at the local thrift store and guess what, I found one.

I purchased about $12 worth of mini plants, added rocks and soil.......

I purchased about $12 worth of mini plants, added rocks and soil…….

Here's the finished planter, in the midwest we have had a ridiculous amount of snow and a little green helps a lot!

Here’s the finished planter! Here in the Midwest, we have had a ridiculous amount of snow and a little green goes a long way

I replaced the blue stools with these industrial looking ones from Overstock. When we originally updated our island, Terry built it to hide the stools. The old ones had backs so it was defeating the purpose, these tuck right in.

I replaced the blue stools with these industrial looking ones from Overstock. When we originally updated our kitchen, Terry built the island to hide the stools. The old ones had backs so it was defeating the purpose, these tuck right in.

I also purchased the round rug from Overstock, the prices were great and I'm really happy with the "less" colorful look. Our countertops are granite on one side and butcherblock on the other side and I think the blue was just to busy.

I also purchased the round rug from Overstock, the prices were great and I’m really happy with the “less” colorful look. Our countertops are granite on one side and butcher block on the other side, I think the blue was just way too busy. I think the black kind of grounds the whole space


I distressed the Old White to reveal the dark stain which coordinates well with the black even though it's really dark brown

I distressed the Old White to reveal the dark stain which coordinates well with the black even though it’s really dark brown

The review of the rug indicated it didn't lay flat and I'm seeing that but, I think it will over time.

The review of the rug indicated it didn’t lay flat and I’m seeing that but, I think it will over time.

Here's a better picture of the stools from Overstock. We originally had three stools but, after I read the reviews regarding the size of these, I ordered two and I'm glad I did.

Here’s a better picture of the stools from Overstock. We originally had three stools but, after I read the reviews regarding the size of these, I only ordered two and I’m glad I read the reviews.


That’s all for now stay warm!

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Heart Cut Out Pillow

Over the weekend, I went shopping, looking for a small accent pillow. We’re in the process of redecorating our bedroom, mostly in soft shades of browns, beige and white.

The pillows I found in these colors were either boring, expensive or super uncomfortable – made from rope and twine – great looking but, really

I had fabric scraps that match our duvet cover so, I decided to make a small accent pillow, it was really easy.

I made a heart shaped group of hearts using the Silhouette Cameo. I ironed fusible webbing on the back of the white fabric, then when I cut it out, I peeled the paper backing off and ironed it on to the pillow cover

I made a heart shaped group of hearts using the Silhouette Cameo. I ironed fusible webbing on the back of the white fabric, then when I cut it out, I peeled the paper backing off and ironed it on to the pillow cover

Here it is after I ironed them on, fusible webbing side down

Here it is after I ironed them on, fusible webbing side down

I thought it looked a little plain, in hind sight, I'd probably do different color hearts.

I thought it looked a little plain, in hind sight, I’d probably do multiple color hearts.

I went through my box of scraps and found the "crystal" beads and be-dazzled it a little bit.

I went through my box of scraps and found the “crystal” beads and be-dazzled it a little bit.

Added a little pic monkey glow and now it’s dreamy!

Here's a look at bedroom as it relates to the updated master bath. We're going to purchase bamboo blinds, paint the walls the lighter shade that's in the bathroom and I think I'm going to paint the blanket chest with some miss mustard seed milkpaint, hoping it'll chip in all the right places :)

Here’s a look at bedroom as it relates to the updated master bath. We’re going to purchase bamboo blinds, paint the walls the lighter shade that’s in the bathroom and I think I’m going to paint the blanket chest with some miss mustard seed milkpaint, hoping it’ll chip in all the right places :)

Master Bath Updates

Our master bath vanity - yikes it looked even worse in person

Our master bath vanity – yikes it looked even worse in person

We've been trying to do "affordable" updates with the hope of selling our house in the future

We’ve been trying to do “affordable” updates with the hope of selling our house in the future. We picked up these cabinets at cabinet express. They are very well constructed and affordable, down side – limited finish choices….this(toffee) or chocolate which was way to contemporary for our house. We actually discussed painting them but, I think the wood warms up the otherwise cold beige tile

We actually picked a granite remnant, t was laying in the snow in the back of the shop. Needless to say, we got a good deal on it and actually picked the cabinets to match

When we picked this granite remnant, it was laying in the snow in the back of the granite shop. Needless to say, we got a good deal on it

Because we got such a good deal on the vanity, we splurged on these vintage looking lightbulbs. I think they totally changed the look of these light fixtures

Because we were able to raise and reuse these light fixtures, we splurged on vintage looking lightbulbs. (right side) I think they totally changed the look of the fixtures

Here's a closer look at the "edison bulbs" I think they're fantastic. Check out our super fat crown molding (not really) the middle part is paint. See how we did it here

Here’s a closer look at the “edison bulbs” I think they’re fantastic. Check out our super fat crown molding (not really) the middle part is paint. See how we did it here

I picked up this vintage cabinet for $30; it was a little scratched so I decided to paint it

I picked up this vintage cabinet for $30; it was a little scratched so I decided to paint it

First I painted it coco, I think it looked gorgeous but it matched the bathroom so well that it just kind of disappeared

First I painted it coco, I think it looked gorgeous but it matched the bathroom so well that it just kind of disappeared

After I waxed the coco, I painted over it in graphite then distressed it to reveal a little of the coco

After I waxed the coco, I painted over it in graphite then distressed it to reveal a little of the coco

I think bathroom stuff looks so much more organized on a tray, I picked this up at our local thrift store for $2

I think bathroom stuff looks so much more organized on a tray, I picked this one up at our local thrift store for $2

A quick coat of graphite & wax, now it's ready to use

A quick coat of graphite & wax, now it’s ready to use

I picked up this gallery wrapped print at Lowes for $39. I think the colors do a good job tying the beige tile with the darker granite.

I picked up this gallery wrapped print at Lowes for $39. I think the colors do a good job tying the beige tile with the darker granite.

We didn't want to use silver pulls and we didn't want to introduce a new metal so, we opted for black hardware

We didn’t want to use silver pulls and we didn’t want to introduce a new metal so, we opted for black hardware

We also opted to create our own template for the granite (saved $100) As you can see, it was a little to precise and they had to damage the wall to get it in.

We also opted to create our own template for the granite (saved $100) As you can see, it was a little too precise and they had to damage the wall to get it in. Might let them measure next time :)

I tried to repeat the black in a few other spots in the room so it would look purposeful. All we have left to do is fix the wall, add the toe kick and purchase a frameless shower door

I tried to repeat the black in a few other spots in the room so it would look purposeful. All we have left to do is fix the wall, add the toe kick and purchase a frameless shower door

As you can see, we reused as much as we could to keep the cost down. We spent about $1200.00 total and did all the labor ourselves. Best part: I now have my own sink :)

The Truth About Wine….

The truth about wine is that……

                                                     “In wine there is truth”

I picked up this wood wine crate at our local Salvation Army. This photo is after I added bin pulls to the sides

I picked up this wood wine crate at our local Salvation Army. This photo is after I added bin pulls to the sides

I put the pulls higher than normal to preserve the Napa Valley stamp.

I put the pulls higher than normal to preserve the Napa Valley stamp.

I used chalk to mark the center

I used chalk to mark the center

Can you tell what I'm going to paint on the now "mobile" wine storage

Can you tell what I’m going to paint on the now “portable” wine storage. Now its’ contents can be easily transported

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In wine there is truth!

In wine there is truth!

Like most people, I don’t speak Latin but, after seeing this phrase in the wine department of our local grocery store, I looked it up. Here’s what I found

The Roman historian Tacitus described how the Germanic peoples always drank while holding councils, as they believed nobody could lie effectively when drunk

I guess somethings never change!

Stay warm

Paris Grey Chair

I picked up this chair at The Salvation Army over the summer

I picked this chair up at The Salvation Army this past summer

After a few coats of Paris Grey, it was looking pretty cute

After a few coats of Paris Grey, it was looking pretty cute

Next I recovered the seat with this gray chevron fabric from HGTV. It's a really beautiful material although my pictures don't really capture it

Next I recovered the seat with this gray chevron fabric from HGTV. It’s a really beautiful material although my pictures don’t really capture it

This fabric was $40 a yard! I used a coupon and bought only what I needed 24"

This fabric was $40 a yard! I used a coupon and bought only what I needed 24″

Decorator fabric is 54" wide so, I had a big scrap for this pillow. Look who's creeping on it....

Decorator fabric is 54″ wide so, I had a big scrap for this pillow. Look who’s creeping on it….

Like I said, the fabric is really nice!

Like I said, the fabric is really nice!

And just like that, Charlie took over my $40 a yard pillow

And just like that, Charlie took over my $40 a yard pillow

Coffee Bar Storage

I picked this up at our local thrift store for $9

I picked this up at our local thrift store for $9

After I painted it, I changed the hardware to media pulls. They update the piece and hide the former knob hole

After I painted it, I changed the hardware to media pulls. They update the piece and hide the former knob hole

Now it kind of looks like a built in

Now it kind of looks like a built in

I added scrapbook paper as labels for now and until I decide what the more permanent labels will be

I added scrapbook paper labels for now and until I decide what the more permanent labels will be

I added a little scrapbook paper to the bottom for a pop of color

A little more scrapbook paper on the bottom adds a pop of color

I think we finally have storage for all our "coffee bar" needs

I think we finally have storage for all our “coffee bar” needs

Great storage for all the essentials

Great storage for all the essentials


I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for paint and couldn't resist purchasing a few knobs. Isn't this cow head cute....maybe I can store creamer in that drawer, non-dairy of course :)

I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for paint and couldn’t resist purchasing a few knobs. Isn’t this cow head cute….maybe I can store creamer in that drawer, non-dairy of course :)

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Painting On Fabric Using Silhouette Cameo Stencil

I’m loving the typography pillows that have been turning up in magazines lately so, I decided to cut a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo and make one. Guess what, it was super easy!!

I picked up a three pack of these tea towels at Walmart. They're oversized, just right for a pillowcase

I picked up a three pack of these tea towels at Walmart. They’re oversized, just right for a pillowcase

After I cut a stencil with the Cameo, I painted it with craftpaint.

After I cut a stencil with the Cameo, I painted it with craftpaint.

Here it is all done, I plan on heat treating it with an iron then sewing a piece of fabric on the back to create a pillowcase or sham

Here it is all done, I plan on heat treating it with an iron then sewing a piece of fabric on the back to create a pillowcase or sham

Here it is all done. This idea was so easy I think I'll do holiday pillows next

Here it is all done. This idea was so easy I think I’ll do holiday pillows next

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Maybe a "I AM NOT A MORNING DOG" pillow would be more appropriate

Maybe a “I AM NOT A MORNING DOG” pillow would be more appropriate

A Ballard Message Board & Mirror Knock Off

I've been focusing on details lately and the little bird on this Ballard mirror is simply perfect!

I’ve been focusing on details lately and the little bird on this Ballard mirror is simply perfect!

I went to Michael's, looking for a paintable bird, and I found one. Along with these framable prints that were 70% off

I went to Michael’s, looking for a paintable bird and found one, along with these frame-able prints that were 70% off

I ended up purchase three books at $5 each

I ended up purchasing three books at $5 each


I painted this thrift store frame in French Linen, I think it has similar lines as the Ballard mirror


After I painted the little bird, I attached him to the mirror. Although he isn't exactly the same, he was the right price

After I painted the little bird, I attached him to the mirror. Although he isn’t exactly the same, he was the right price. Their mirror ($500) my mirror ($11)

Ballard's also has a message board with a black frame that I love. I found this foam/cork board at Michael's too. It's sold by the foam board your kids use for school projects

Ballard’s also has a message board with a black frame that I love. I found this foam/cork board at Michael’s too. It’s sold by the foam board your kids use for school projects


This one is available @ Pottery Barn, same size as mine for $99

This one is available @ Pottery Barn, same size as mine for $99


I measured it, cut it and put it in the back of this frame - ez! Pottery Barn's ($99) Ballards ($89) Mine ($5) and I think they look very similar

I measured it, cut it and put it in the back of this frame – ez! Pottery Barn ($99) Ballards ($89) Mine ($5) and I think they look very similar

I couldn't find any cute push pins so I bought these milk glass looking rhinestone stickers and attached them to these plain tacks.

I couldn’t find any cute push pins so I bought these milk glass looking rhinestone stickers and attached them to these plain tacks.

I think they turned out pretty cute

I think they turned out pretty cute

They have a vintage, depression glass look that fits perfectly with our kitchen.

They have a vintage, depression glass look that fits perfectly with our kitchen. I’m getting ready to order a few roman blinds, which one would you pick

That’s all for know, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Fall In Love

I’m falling (back) in love with laminated burlap…….I’ve used it before here and here but, it’s also the perfect quick fix for a porch that was looking a little too summer-ish on these first days of fall.

After I ran it through the printer, I peeled the laminated back off.

After I ran it through the printer, I peeled the laminated back off.

I pulled a few of the side threads to fray it a little then pinned it to the pillow cover I made from a drop cloth

I pulled a few of the side threads to fray it a little then, pinned it to the pillow cover I made from a drop cloth.

I'll admit, sewing isn't one of my strength.....ie dog ear pillows but, it's fine for a few months on the porch

I’ll admit, sewing isn’t one of my strength…..ie dog ear pillows but, it’s fine for a few months on the porch


I picked up this pillow at Marshall's over the summer.

To back track a bit, this is the pillow I covered. I picked it up at Marshall’s over the summer.

Next, I cut Hydrangeas from our yard and added them to a basked someone gave me

Next, I cut Hydrangeas from our yard and added them to a basket

I used an old ribbon and a paper clip to attach a matching bow. I'm gonna add a few rocks to the bottom of the basket to keep the wind from knocking it over

I used an old ribbon and a paper clip to attach a matching bow. I’m gonna add a few rocks to the bottom of the basket to keep the wind from knocking it over

Here's the view from our breakfast table,  much more fall

Here’s the view from our breakfast table, much more fall

And just like that, summer became fall and it was ALL for free!

And just like that, summer became fall and it was ALL for free!