From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Nightstand Makeover

Our previous neighborhood had a yearly garage sale.  I participated myself, but had a few minutes to run out and shop some of the other houses in the neighborhood to see what they had for sale.  

I found this sad little white night stand and when I brought it home, the hubby thought I was crazy.  Several times over the last couple years he's said I should just throw it away.  Anytime someone says this to me, especially the hubby, it only motivates me to show that I have a vision for the piece and I can make it pretty again.

From Eye Sore to Dream She-Shed

In June we made the choice to move our little family from our home of three years, to a home in the country with ten acres and a pond.

  For the last few months, life has been a true adventure.  We've had to quickly learn how to deal with taking care of property, a pond, critters, leaves, tree branches....the list goes on and on.  

 It's been fun and a learning experience and I feel like we're finally making some progress and starting to settle in to life in the 'country'.  

Today I'm writing about a project I started in August.  

There's a little 'house' or shed on the property near the pond.  It was one of the features I fell in love with when we found this house.  I've always wanted a barn, that will come later, but for now I have this fun little 'pond house' that needed a serious makeover.

These pictures are from the listing and show you what I started with.   

The Yellow Cabinet Makeover

I'm happy to be sharing this project with you today!  

Last year a neighbor offered to give me a cabinet she had sitting in her garage collecting dust.  Of course I said, "Yes!" and then the cabinet sat waiting in the garage for me to get around to making it pretty.  

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!