Restoration Hardware Inspired Desk

DISCLAIMER:  I received free product for this project.  However, if I don't love a product, I won't recommend it to my readers.

I'm so excited to share this project with you today!  Why am I so excited you ask?  I got to try a new brand of paint paint!  If you've been following along here for awhile, you know I've tried a lot of different chalky finish paints.  WELL, I used a new-to-me brand of chalky finish paint called Dixie Belle Paint Company and I am in love!   

One of the many reasons I liked this paint was the cost.  The price is a bit lower than some of the other chalky finish paints on the market today.  I get a lot of emails from readers asking for lower cost options, so I'm always on the lookout for a great paint at a lower cost.   

All the Dixie Belle paints have zero VOC and clean up is quick and easy with a bit of soap and water.  It can be used on almost on any surface with little, to no preparation.  Although, no matter the paint, I always recommend starting with a clean, dry surface.  Also, I recommend scuffing up any shiny surfaces with sandpaper to give the paint extra grip.  

Dixie Belle Paint Company, completely spoiled me and sent me lots of fun products to try!  

My Passion For Decor: The Dining Room Tour

Two plus years ago we left Connecticut and moved to Illinois for the hubby's job.  We had one day to find a house (long story and no fun).  Despite low inventory, we were lucky enough to find a house we liked, in a good school district.  

Ever since moving in, I've been slowly going from room to room, making this house our home.  I recently finished the dining room, which is funny since it's a room we never use!!  It was necessary to redo the dining room.  The dining room is the first room anyone sees when entering the house from the front door.  We have an open concept main floor and the entryway is right off the dining room.  This means, even if we never use the dining room, it needs to be inviting and look like we actually do use the room.  

From Beat Up to Beautiful: Empire Dresser Makeover

Hello!!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  It's been extremely hot here in Chicagoland with intense humidity.  I didn't let extreme heat warnings stop me from working on this little beauty.  It probably wasn't one of the smartest things I've ever done, but I was determined to get this dresser finished!!

Three years ago, a friend of mine sent me a text with a picture of an in-need-of-love empire dresser at a local thrift store.  It was a decent price and I absolutely LOVE empire dressers!  I jumped in my SUV and drove to the thrift store to make sure someone else got it first.  In my excitement, I didn't see all the many imperfections.  I have a way of seeing what something can be instead of what it is in it's current state.  Sometimes that works and other times, not so much.

Antibes Green Cabinet Makeover: Green is Beautiful!

Hello!  Summer is finally here in Illinois!  I'm a summer girl and I feel my best when I'm outside working on furniture, listening to the birds chirp and kids playing.  Since the weather has been nice,  I've been busy working on a few fun pieces to share with you.  

First up is this Asian inspired cabinet I turned into an Antibes Green beauty!

Let's Travel! Kid's Craft Table

In case you don't already know, I LOVE globes and maps.  I've always loved traveling and my list of places I want to visit is constantly growing.  Maps and globes inspire me, the colors and the endless possibilities of places to explore.  One of my favorite quotes is, "Oh darling, let's be adventurers."  I tell the hubby all the time, I want to sell everything we own and travel.  We could home school Hunter and live a simpler life, while traveling the world.  Great idea, right?!!  Well, obviously this idea wasn't taken seriously by the hubby because we're still here and not off traveling the world being adventurers!  

Beat Up Wood Trunk Turned Fun and Playful

Hello!!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week.  

The last few weeks have been crazy around here.  I had a big garage sale (I didn't remember them being so much work!), I found my birth father and I've been trying to heal a painful problem I'm having in my back and side.  

I figured since I was trying to take it easy, I'd write a quick post about a beat up wood trunk I transformed into an adorable and playful beauty!

French Poem Dresser Using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint

*Disclaimer:  I received product in exchange for writing this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I would never suggest a product I don't love!

Let's face it, we all have our obsessions.  My obsessions are too lengthy to list here, but I will admit to having an obsession with Paris and French themed.