Mustard Seed Milk Paint Dresser {Makeover}

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Well, it was time. My beloved little dresser had really seen its day. The drawers weren’t holding up right, and I wanted something taller for the space. AKA—I wanted more storage. Can you ever have enough? I knew how this would play out. I’d want the dresser on day 1. I’d find it on day 219. But it was worth the wait. Beautiful condition, real wood, and $60. Iiiiiiiiii’ll take it! As I … [Read more...]

Console Table {Craigslist Project}

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So where’d we leave off? Oh yeah…right in the middle of the project. The concern was that I knew I wanted something to serve as a bottom shelve, but I worried about having too many different woods all over. A large cut of wood just didn’t seem right to me, so I came up with another option. I picked up some inexpensive pieces of pine because they had knots in them. My thought process is … [Read more...]

Workbench Turned Console {DIY Table}

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This is going to have to be a couple of posts. I just have too many pictures. It started with me wanting to get rid of our armoire. It was bulky; we’d had it for 9 years; I was over it. That’s a good enough reason, right? (I’ve probably taken 481 pictures of the armoire, and this is the only one I could find. Annoyed.) So, we sold the three matching wood pieces on Craigslist, and the hunt began … [Read more...]

Feature Friday

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Hey hey! Welcome back to the first installment of the second half of Feature Friday! Make sense? If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that Feature Friday has been around for a while. I stepped away from it for a minute, but I miss it. And I miss highlighting readers. So it’s back! And it’s goooood. If there’s a feature I love, it’s one who is a crazy visionary and one who says, “I … [Read more...]

Painted Headboard

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I’ve shared quite a few painting projects here, but I tried a new paint on this one. I thought I’d walk you through the “ugly” steps of painting. You don’t have to have a paint booth, and you certainly don’t have to have a fancy spray gun (although, they are nice to have). The love of my life has become difficult to find and is essentially not being made anymore. Because of that, I thought it … [Read more...]

Painting Tables

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That’s a reference to waiting tables. However, any joke that has to be explained is not a good joke. I know. Moving on… I get a lot of questions about painting furniture. So, when I actually remember to take pictures of the process, I like to post on it. The console table got a makeover recently, and I’m here to show you how it was done. I will forewarn you now. There are a LOT of pictures. … [Read more...]

A New Colorful Table

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You know I love my neutrals. You know neutrals are my love. You know that I can break out into hives at the thought of too much color. Until now. So this table has decorated my landing for a couple of years. There’s some color there, right? I love it, but I needed the narrow console to go in the guest bedroom. Stay with me here. It gets confusing. I took the table above off the landing … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Craft Desk

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I’ve had a couple of messages asking how the craft desk is coming along. Yeah…about that. It took me a minute, but it’s finally finished. The top was pretty scratched up, but the rest of it was in perfect condition. I dove right in by priming it while it was unassembled. The only before picture I have is this one. And now I give you the finished product.  Don’t pay attention … [Read more...]

The Dainty Desk

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So I specifically bought my daughter the hutch with the secret desk in it because I knew she would fall madly in love. What I wasn’t prepared for was how difficult it would be to find a bench to fit under it. They were all too short. So…we waited. I finally found this one for $11.00 at a consignment store. The only problem? It’s not necessarily JaG daughter material. No offense, little bench. … [Read more...]

Show and Share Day

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Adri sent me an e-mail the other day (LOVE when that happens) showing me a project that her and her husband had taken on. In case you don’t remember Adri, perhaps this will refresh your memory? Be still. My heart. As a teacher, don’t think I haven’t tried to bribe my librarians for one of these things. Still on the hunt. I will prevail. I digress…wanna see what they’ve been up to … [Read more...]

The Cabinet is D-O-N-E

Okay. So it’s not completely done. I lied. But I figure I have held you off on this project for long enough. It just needs to be jewelry-fied, so I guess you can see it by now. Let’s take a look at the before, shall we? I loved everything about it—the glass details, the shape, the storage, etc.  The wood was beautiful, but it was badly beat up. That certainly helped with my decision to … [Read more...]

Furniture Painting Tutorial

**Please see the updated post on how to paint furniture. The paint I mention is no longer available, and you can find the replacement for that here. The #1 e-mail inquiry I get is from people wanting to know the specifics about how I paint furniture.  I tend to giggle at this because I certainly don’t consider myself an expert.  I’ve been lucky that (knock on wood) I haven’t had any disasters … [Read more...]