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.  

The Paris Dresser That Didn't Want To Cooperate

DISCLAIMER:  I was provided with product for this post.  All the opinions are my own. If I don't love a product, I won't share it with you.




I'm REALLY happy that I finally get to share this dresser makeover with you!  

Last year I found this beat up waterfall dresser at ReStore.  I wasn't going to buy this one.  Waterfall dressers aren't one of my favorite styles.  When I went to leave the store, I knew I couldn't leave it there, I felt like it needed my help.  So, of course I went back in and bought the dresser.  I'm a sucker for an ugly duckling!

Dresser Makeover using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

There are times when I honestly wonder how I made it through another day!  I don't mean that in the sad sense, I mean I'm constantly forgetting where I put something, what I'm doing in a room and locking both sets of smart keys for my Mini Cooper in the car.  You might be wondering how that last one is even possible.....even I don't know.  Welcome to my life!  

I'm writing about all of this to explain, I wrote a post about a milk painted dresser awhile back.  I'm re-writing it because,  well.....I somehow deleted the post the same day it was posted and I could not get up the energy to write it over again.  I put the post on the back burner where it stayed for months.  

The back burner is off and it's moved up in the rotation! 

I bought this dresser and a vanity at an estate sale in Connecticut.  I went to the sale two days in a row.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to pay more than I normally would for this set.  I knew I'd keep them both for us, so I made the investment and took them home.  

I knew I had to paint the pieces.  They were both in pretty good condition on the exterior, but amazing on the interior. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture for this piece.  That's a whole different story and I don't want to talk about that one!  HA HA  

I'll jump right to what I did to makeover the dresser. 

 I mixed up my Ironstone and Flow Blue Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.  I'd been planning on trying this brand of milk paint for awhile.  I have since used it many times, but this was my first experience with the paint.  

I gave the dresser one scant coat of Flow Blue.  I wanted a small pop of color to show through on the top.  I let the paint and dry, about an hour, and applied another coat.  I let the paint dry completely and the flaking began.  I sanded and scraped all the flaking paint off the top.  I painted the entire dresser with two coats of Ironstone.  The rest of the paint on the piece flaked off just as I had hoped!  

The fun about using milk paint is you won't know if the paint will flake at all, where or how much.  There are ways to help that along, wax or vaseline.  If you don't want any surprises, you can add the bonding agent to the milk paint and it will prevent flaking. 

When the paint was completely dry, I began sanding off the flaky areas.  After sanding, I used a plastic putty knife to scrape off all the flaking painted areas.  I sealed the paint with hemp oil and changed the knobs.  She was done and a real shabby chic beauty!


Here's the finished dresser


I love how the milk paint flaked in all the right places!

Vintage China Cabinet Makeover--Off White Chalk Paint™


Hello!!!  I have a project I've been dying to share with you.  I put lots of blood, sweat and tears into this one and I couldn't be more in love with the results.

Let's start at the very beginning....do you have the song from the Sound of Music in your head now?  Yes, let's start at the beginning.  I found a china cabinet for sale on a local FB sales group and liked it right away.  Honestly I wasn't going to buy it becasue I knew just from the picture this was going to be a huge job.  I gave it a more little thought then decided it was a good fit for my dining room.