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.

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

DYI Affordable Canvas Art

If you’re a fan of canvas wrapped photos, you’ll love this project! My son graduated this year and I decided to purchase his photo as a canvas and let me tell you, they are expensive!!

I’ve been wanting to add art to our newly renovated kitchen and I thought it could use a little more blue. I really wanted to add photos and because high quality glass frames are also expensive, I did a little research and found a very easy way to create DIY canvas photos.

The first step is to find the right photo. Blue isn’t a color that you find very often in nature or in kitchens so, I had to think of a few things that I thought would work. Hydrangeas and Mason Jars were the first thing that came to mind so, I googled……Hydrangeas in Mason Jars :)

You’ll want to look for a “large” size file so it doesn’t get distorted when it’s enlarged and you’ll also need to find a photo that isn’t copyrighted or watermarked…or you can take your own

After I found this photo online, I sent it to Staples and had it enlarged for $9.99

After I found this photo online, I sent it to Staples and had it enlarged for $9.99

I applied a thin but full coverage coat of Mod Podge to the top of the canvas and carefully placed the photo on it. Next, I flipped it over and smoothed out any bubbles with a card

I applied a thin but full coverage coat of Mod Podge to the top of the canvas and carefully placed the photo on it. Next, I flipped it over and smoothed out any bubbles with a card. I picked up a (2) pack of canvases at Michael’s for $9.99 – 40% coupon

Let this dry for about an hour, I cooked dinner :)

Let this dry for about an hour, I cooked dinner :)

Cover the photo with Mod Podge, I did a few layers, letting them dry in between.

Cover the photo with Mod Podge, I did a few layers, letting them dry in between.

You can paint the edge of your canvas, leave it blank or in my case, I added this fabric tape that I found in the scrapbook supply aisle at Michael's

You can paint the edge of your canvas, leave it blank or in my case, I added this fabric tape that I found in the scrapbook supply aisle at Michael’s

Here's a close up of the edging it's really easy to apply and I think it gave it a cottage inspired look

Here’s a close up of the edging it’s really easy to apply and I think it gave it a more whimsical cottage inspired look

Here it is all done! This was a super easy project and affordable too at around $14 total.

Here it is all done! This was a super easy project and affordable too at around $14 total.

So if you’re feeling inspired, find the right photo and go for it! I think I’ll make “canvas” photo’s of my kids next

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Kitchen Table Makeover Inspired By Country Living

When I saw this magazine cover last year, I knew it would serve as inspiration for my kitchen table one day

When I saw this magazine cover last year, I knew it would be the inspiration for my kitchen table

I picked up these chairs at a local thrift store before I purchased the magazine and the funny thing is, they’re very similar to the Country Living cover

We've made a lot of changes to our kitchen this year and although I still like these leather chairs, they definitely weren't working in our kitchen anymore

We’ve made a lot of changes to our kitchen this year and although I still like these leather chairs, they definitely weren’t working in our kitchen anymore

Here they are after one coat, I'm really glad I decided to paint them! I love the banquet in the inspiration photo but our windows are too big so, I'm thinking I'll add a bench along the back to mimic the look

Here are the new chairs after one coat, I’m really glad I decided to paint them! I love the banquette in the inspiration photo but our windows are too big so, I’m thinking I’ll add a bench along the back to mimic the built-in look

Here it is, mostly done....still need to wax but, couldn't resist styling it

Here it is, mostly done….still need to wax but, couldn’t resist styling it

I think the Duck Egg works really well with the orange accents

I think the Duck Egg works really well with the orange accents


I picked up this bench last year and painted it gray but, never really liked the look. I’m going to paint it old white and add colorful pillows

I painted the bench in Annie Sloan Old White. The pillows are from the adjoining room, they're a little to big but, I have leftover fabric so, I'll make the same ones for this room only smaller

I painted the bench in Annie Sloan Old White. The pillows are from the adjoining room, they’re a little too big but, I have leftover fabric so, I’ll make the same ones for this room only smaller

A good friend of mine gave me a roll of foam that they removed from their camper. I cut a piece to fit the bench and now I need to find a piece of fabric to cover it with then I'll be all done!

A good friend of mine gave me a roll of foam that they removed from their camper. I cut a piece to fit the bench and now, I just need to find a piece of fabric to cover it with and I’ll be all done!

The table makeover is the final piece of a much bigger project, our kitchen!

Here's the kitchen before, we removed a wall and re-positioned a few cabinets

Here’s the kitchen before, we removed a wall and re-positioned a few cabinets

The base cabinets have been painted in Annie Sloan Old White.

The base cabinets have been painted in Annie Sloan Old White.

I still need to paint four upper cabinet doors and then I'm done!! There was a wall where I stood to take the photo, as you can imagine removing it has made our kitchen feel so much bigger! I still need to paint four upper cabinet doors and then I’md one!!

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Old Navy Dresser With Brass Hardware

This is a special makeover because, I’m painting this dresser for a close family member whose about to have a baby boy! My husband has used this dresser for over 20 years and, before that, my brother in law had it for about 20 years. It’s been in the family for a long time and I’m glad it’s being passed on to the next generation

Here it is before updating...I added the size so the family member could measure her room

Here it is before updating…I added the size so the family member could measure her room

The soon to be new mom chose Old Navy by Benjamin Moore. After I cleaned and lightly sanded the body, I painted it. Here's how it looks after two coats

The soon to be new mom chose Old Navy by Benjamin Moore. After I cleaned and lightly sanded the body, I painted it. Here’s how it looks after two coats

Here's the knobs the new mom chose, kind of perfect for a baby right

Here’s the knobs the new mom chose, kind of perfect for a baby right

I struggle with finding a way to make the old hardware match the new hardware....First I sprayed it with gold spray paint and wasn't happy with the results. Next, rub n buff........still not the right look. Finally, I soaked the hardware in soap and water and the bronze coating started peeling off........guess what was underneath it, antique brass.....PERFECT

I struggle with finding a way to make the old hardware match the new hardware….First I sprayed it with gold spray paint and wasn’t happy with the results. Next, rub n buff……..still not the right look. Finally, I soaked the hardware in soap and water and the bronze coating started peeling off……..guess what was underneath it, antique brass…..PERFECT

The hardware coating came off pretty easily with a little 400 sandpaper and now it's the perfect match

The hardware coating came off pretty easily with a little 400 sandpaper and now it’s the perfect match


The new mom to be was very concerned about using safe products so, we used this satin topcoat from Aloha Creations. It's a little pricey at $19.99 for a small jar but, it provided a great finish and piece of mind so it's totally worth it for this project

The new mom to be was very concerned about using safe products so, we used this satin topcoat from Artisan Enhancements. It’s a little pricey at $19.99 for a small jar but, it provided a great finish and piece of mind so it’s totally worth it for this project

Right now, the dresser/changing table is in our dining room. This room has the most space for a long piece but, it's definitely the worst place to take photos.

Right now, the dresser/changing table is in our dining room. This room has the most space for a long piece but, it’s definitely the worst place to take photos.

Although this room has the worst light for taking photos, it is the best place to lay and watch the world outside the window :)

Although this room has the worst light for taking photos, it is the best place to lay and watch the world outside the window :)


This dresser is done and headed to its new home in Chicago, where it's sophisticated yet whimsical style will be right at home

This dresser is done and headed to its new home in Chicago, where it’s sophisticated yet whimsical style will be right at home

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Hanging Kitchen Herb Garden

This is a super quick, easy project that’ll help clear my counters and maybe keep a few cabinet doors out of landfills

We have several cabinet doors in our basement for repurposing

We have several cabinet doors in our basement for repurposing


I picked up these labels at Michael's near the Ball Jar's ....they're going to add cuteness to my herb pots

I picked up these labels at Michael’s near the Ball Jar’s ….they’re going to add cuteness to my herb pots


I painted this one duck egg blue, added hooks and mini pails with herbs

I painted this cabinet door duck egg blue, added hooks and mini pails with herbs

I love the little "chalkboard labels"

I love the little “chalkboard labels”

Ta-da! All done

Ta-da! All done


The portable nature of these herbs give new meaning to "farm to table" check out the re-purposed cabinet door turned chalkboard in the background. Yep, I ♥ a repurposed door

The portable nature of these herbs gives new meaning to “farm to table” check out the re-purposed cabinet door turned chalkboard in the background. Yep, I ♥ a repurposed door


I started thinking about the possibility of lead being in the mini tins so, I think I’m going to re-pot the herbs in grow pots that’ll slip into the hanging tins. I’m not sure these are food safe and I don’t want any issues. Just FYI, proceed with caution!

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A Spring \ Autumn Relationship

This is the story of a Spring\Autumn relationship, between furniture :)

We picked up this vintage dressing table (circa 1920’s-ish) and although I don’t have or use American Paint Company products very often, last summer I purchased APC’s Dawns Early Light for an Art Deco piece in my bathroom (which, as of today, remains unpainted) :(

Here's the vanity we picked up at a local thrift store

Here’s the vanity we picked up at a local thrift store

The vanity hasn't been altered but, I did clean up the landscape fabric, virtually for now

The vanity hasn’t been altered but, I did clean up the landscape fabric, virtually for now

We left the pinholes along the edge because I think they add historical charm. Back in the 20's fabric was pinned along the edge to hide the legs and drawers

We left the pinholes along the edge because I think they add historical charm. Back in the 20’s fabric was pinned along the edge to hide the legs and drawers

Over the weekend, I picked up this mirror I’m thinking circa (1970’s-ish) and although there’s a 50 year age difference, I decided to unite it with the dressing table (it happens in Hollywood all the time)

Here's the garage sale find....the lines are very similar to the vanity and I think they'll make a cute pair

Here’s the garage sale find….the lines are very similar to the vanity and I think they’ll make a cute pair

Here's the mirror after only one coat of paint

Here’s the mirror after only one coat of paint

I don't tape mirrors, especially round mirrors. It's much easier to simply remove the paint when you& #039;re done

I don’t tape mirrors, especially round mirrors. It’s much easier to simply remove the paint when you’re done

Next, I dry brushed Paris Grey on the detail for a little dimension

Next, I dry brushed Paris Grey on the detail for a little dimension…the same color as the cherub I painted in the background

Come back soon to find out if this May/December relationship lasts :)

FEW UPDATES:

All done! I need to find a wider wall to properly hang the mirror above the vanity. I update photo when I do

All done! I need to find a wider wall to properly hang the mirror above the vanity. I update photo when I do


I love the weathered gray stain with the smoky purple paint

I love the weathered gray stain with the smoky purple paint


We added mercury knobs and music to the drawer bottoms to give it a more polished look

We added mercury knobs and music to the drawer bottoms to give it a more polished look


A dragonfly perfume bottle and fresh lilacs, from our yard complete the look. The lilacs smell so good!

A dragonfly perfume bottle and fresh lilacs, from our yard complete the look. The lilacs smell so good!


Before & After

Before & After

Painting Thrift Store Furniture, An Affordable Way To Furnish A Summer Home

Over the past year, I’ve painted several thrift store finds for a summer home near Lake Michigan. This home has been styled so beautifully, that you’d never believe these were all VERY affordable thrift store purchases!

We did this buffet last year in French Linen, it was the first piece we added to this home

We refinished this buffet last year in French Linen, it was the first piece we added to this home


This buffet set the tone for the other pieces with an upscale but casual look

This buffet set the tone for the other pieces of furniture, with an upscale but casual look

I love the fluted detail on the bottom drawer and we picked up this piece for under $100

I love the fluted detail on the bottom drawer, we picked up this piece for under $100

The next piece we added was this French Provincial hutch.

The next piece we added was this French Provincial hutch.

This cutout was the former home to a BIG wet bar. Last fall, my sister asked me if I had anything in my garage that would fit in this niche and this hutch was the perfect size.

This cutout was the former home to a BIG wet bar. Last fall, the home owner asked me if I had anything in my garage that would fit this niche and this hutch turned out to be the perfect size.

We painted the exterior in Annie Sloan graphite and the interior in Country Grey

We painted the exterior in Annie Sloan graphite and the interior in Country Grey

I think the chicken wire adds just the right amount of informal chic to this soon to be "dry" bar

I think the chicken wire adds just the right amount of informal chic to this soon to be “dry” bar and the best part, I snagged this China hutch for $60

I picked up six chairs @ Habitat for $8 each and although I didn't paint, them I think they turned out gorgeous!

I picked up six chairs @ Habitat for $8 each and although I didn’t personally paint them, I think they turned out gorgeous! If you’ve never shopped at a Habitat you should check one out, our local store had about 100 of these chairs, donated from a senior dining facility


Removing the fabric backs of these chairs gave them a much more casual look

Removing the fabric backs of these chairs gave them a much more casual look


Here they are all finished, I love the contrast of the wood and the chalkpaint

Here are the chairs, all finished in graphite. I love the contrast of the wood and the chalkpaint. Although the hutch isn’t in the photo, it’s in the same room in a niche on the left. These painted pieces look fantastic in this room and it’s a very affordable way to decorate an empty house

The best part about this summer home is it's close proximity to Lake Michigan which doesn't need any refinishing! It's already perfect

The best part about this summer home is it’s close proximity to Lake Michigan which doesn’t need any refinishing! It’s already perfect

I might have the good fortune of working on a bedroom in this gorgeous retreat and if I do, I’ll make sure and post a few photos!

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A Patriotic Porch & An American Quilt

We've been very blessed and busy making these teacher flower boxes that we sell in our etsy store

We’ve been very blessed and busy making these teacher flower boxes that we sell in our etsy store

As a result, we haven't had any time to refinish furniture but, I did manage to decorate our porch for the holiday and the summer....it started with this re-purposed radio flyer tray

As a result, we haven’t had any time to refinish furniture but, I did manage to decorate our porch for the holiday and the summer….it started with this re-purposed radio flyer tray

Red geraniums in blue ceramic pots

Red geraniums in blue ceramic pots

Alyssum in minnow buckets, they smell sooo good

Alyssum in minnow buckets, they smell sooo good

Last night, I picked up this "seafood" pillow @ Marshal's for under $15

Last night, I picked up this “seafood” pillow @ Marshall’s for under $15

I friend dropped off a flat of begonis, barely peeking up through the planter box but, they'll be gorgeous in no time

I friend dropped off a flat of begonis, barely peeking up through the planter box but, they’ll be gorgeous in no time

I moved a few houseplants outdoors for the summer! Last year, when I brought them in, I found a tree frog....must remember to check them first

I moved a few houseplants outdoors for the summer! Last year, when I brought them in, I found a tree frog….must remember to check for frogs

That's the front porch for now, I still need to purchase ferns to hang, I love that look

That’s the front porch for now, I still need to purchase ferns to hang, I love that look

I'm also working on a wall quilt for a guest room in my sisters cottage

I’m also working on a wall quilt for a guest room in my sisters cottage

It'll be eclectic and the photo's etc can easily change

It’ll be eclectic and the photo’s etc can easily change

I added a vintage postcard of Lady Liberty, what could be more patriotic that that!

I added a vintage postcard of Lady Liberty, what could be more patriotic that that!

Hope you get a chance to enjoy the long holiday weekend and some sunshine!