Monday, April 14, 2014

Studio Progress

Hey there!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The weather here in Michigan has been beautiful! I've loved being able to work outside again. But, in typical Michigan fashion, they are calling for 1-3 inches of snow tonight! Crazy!!! 

I worked on my craft room redo a little bit over the weekend....and that reminds me....I have decided I am now going to call it my studio instead of my craft room. I really dislike the word craft for many reasons. The word makes me feel like I'm back in Kindergarten gluing popsicle sticks together. I think what I do, what all of us bloggers (and nonbloggers) do, is much more than crafting! We are artistic, creative, inspiring, and talented. Crafting is just not a strong enough word to describe what we do, therefore, I refuse to use it. Besides, studio sounds way more professional anyway. :)

Ok, enough about that! Let me show you the dresser I redid to use as storage in the room. 

The nursery at the church I work at underwent a makeover a couple years ago. There was a dresser that was no longer needed, so I said I would take it. Like everything else in my house, it sat in my garage forever until I figured out what to do with it. 

This is not a true before picture. I got a little ahead of myself and removed the drawer pulls, sanded it a bit, and filled some holes, but it'll do. 

I just received some paint samples from General Finishes and used Lamp Black for this piece. I absolutely LOVE this paint!! The coverage is great and I love the subtle sheen that's left once it dries. I can't wait to work with it again. I've got a few more colors to try! 

I chose some vintage looking glass drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby and moved it into place on the stamped triangle wall I completed last weekend. (Please ignore the missing baseboards!)

(Sorry about the picture quality. This room gets very little natural light and, of course, it was rainy and overcast when I needed to take pictures). 


This dresser provides me with some much needed storage and I love it!!! I can't wait for you to see what else I have in store for this room!! I'll be plugging away at it for the next several weeks, so check back for more updates! 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

I'm being featured today by the lovely Kris over at her blog Junk Chic Cottage for her Saturday Spotlight Series. I'm sharing things that are more on the personal side, so please head on over if you'd like to learn a bit more about me! :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun New Finds

Hey there!! I had a really productive weekend and I am excited about the things I got accomplished! Nate and I worked on a cabinet he picked up for me last week and I started working on our office redo! Nothing is complete enough to reveal yet, but you may have seen the little peek of the stamped wall I shared on Instagram and Facebook!

I've also started buying things as I see them for the office, and kind of by accident, there seems to be a black and white theme going on. I'm liking it! 

I have found some pretty cool stuff over the last week, so I decided to decorate my mantle with a few things to enjoy until I'm ready to start moving it into the office. 

Black and white, wood tones, and gold with an industrial flair is the look I'm going for in the office! We'll see how it all comes together.

I've got a dresser that needs to be painted, the rest of the room needs to be painted, new trim, doors and baseboard need to be installed, I have some wood cubbies that I think I'm going to paint. Ahh! So much to do! I can't wait to share the progress with you! Stay tuned! 

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Arrow Table

So, you guys.....I have this thing for arrows...kinda like I have a thing for feathers. I think it may stem from my secret desire to be Katniss Everdeen. The Katniss that's good with a bow and feels at home in the woods. Not the one who, you know, kills people and is the face of an uprising -- just so we're clear! :) But really, arrows are just flippin' cool. That's all there is to it. 

Anyways, like I said last week, I mixed enough black milk paint to redo a wash stand, a star table, and the table I'm sharing today. 

I found this table way back in September and finally figured out what to do with it. (Are you like me where things sit forever until the perfect idea/inspiration hits?)

It would have looked just fine as is, if not for the huge water mark in the center of the table, so it had to be redone. 

I painted the top with the black milk paint and stenciled on the arrows in metallic silver acrylic paint to tie in with the table base. I distressed it, then sealed it with hemp oil. 

This arrow chalkboard that my husband made has been sitting in our garage for a year too. I thought I would get this checked off the list while I was at it with the table.

For photo prop purposes, I made these CUTE stick arrows.  

I'm pretty much in LOVE with this table, but like everything else, it had to go to my booth. I may actually shed a tear when this one sells. 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's Your Style Series - Bedroom Edition

Welcome to the last installment of the "What's Your Style?" Series! We'll be taking you on tours of our bedrooms this time! If you've been following along since the beginning of the series, then you know you're in for a huge treat of inspiration and drool worthy design!! If you're visiting from Lucy's blog Craftberry Bush, I'm so glad to have you here!! Before I get to my bedroom, I just want to mention the amazing giveaway at the end of this post! You have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store!! Told you it was amazing! :)

Our bedroom is pretty consistent with the look of the rest of our home, except it's the only room in the house not painted a neutral color! When I first started getting into decorating and when I was still discovering my true style, we painted it a pale blue. 

When we started on redoing it again in the fall, I debated repainting the room white. My extreme dislike for painting walls won out, so the blue remains, but it all worked out perfectly! I'm happy with how  the room came together. 

I brought in lots of white, lots of mirrors and a little bit of wood tone to add the touch of rusticness that I love. 


The result was a very calming and peaceful room. 

My husband built our mantle headboard from a porch post, fence boards and barn wood. I've been dreaming about a mantle headboard for years and I absolutely love it!!

I thought I would also share my son Anderson's room because it's just so cute! 

I had a blast putting his industrial room together! It took me a year to find all the elements, but it was a fun little treasure hunt! We redid it for him as a surprise while he was staying with my parents for the weekend. His reaction was priceless! He was thrilled with his new room!    

This gallery wall of wood crate pieces is probably my favorite part of the room. The typography is so fun. Since this picture was taken I have found more pieces that need to be added to the wall.

Like the rest of my house, you can see evidence in our bedrooms of my love of collections. I just can't help it. I'm drawn to multiples and displaying them all together. 

Thank you so much for joining me on our tour series. I have really enjoyed sharing our home and my style with you all! Be sure to head over to Roeshel's blog DIY Show Off to see her gorgeous bedroom! And don't forget to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below! 

Full tour links here:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pedestal Table Redo

After I finished this wash stand last week:

I had enough black milk paint leftover to paint two more tables. I'll be sharing one today and one next week...both of which I forgot to take before pictures. :(

The table I'm sharing today was just a simple round dark finish pedestal table. Like the wash stand, after two coats of black, it was transformed into simple elegance. 

 I love the detail of the base and legs. 

And for an extra little touch of fun, I drew a star on top, taped it off and painted it white. 

This was a simple redo, but I really love how it turned out! 

Please stop back by tomorrow where we will be kicking off our last edition of the "What's Your Style?" Series! We'll be sharing our bedrooms and you'll have a chance to enter a fabulous giveaway! You don't want to miss it! 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wash Stand Take Two

About a year ago I found this wash stand at the Salvation Army. It was painted this ugly shade of green. Yuck!

I worked on stripping the top and the drawer fronts, adding bead board to the door, repainting it white and spray painting the existing drawer pulls.

It's first makeover looked like this. 

A huge step up from that lovely green, but it sat and sat in my booth, so I took it home where it sat and sat some more.

I've had a plan for this wash stand for awhile now. I bought Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter over Thanksgiving and found new drawer pulls a few months ago on ebay. I made some time this weekend to give it its second makeover. 

I love it even more now than its first redo! The black with the dark top just looks so classic and elegant! 

The drawer pulls are stops from a pump organ. They all have this beautiful script on them, but each have a different word like Principal and Echo.

This is the first piece I have ever painted black. Usually I'm strictly a white girl, but black has completely won me over!!

I sealed the milk paint in MMS's Hemp Oil. It gave the piece such a beautiful subtle shine.

I'll be taking the wash stand back to my booth this weekend where, hopefully, it sells this time!

I don't know about you, but I'm digging the second makeover way better than the first! How about you? Do you like it better in black or white?

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