Rub n Buff on Metal | How To & Tips


I originally was just going to post about how I turned my black pharmacist lamp into a gold one in 30 minutes flat. Turns out that I was misinformed about the amazingness of Rub n Buff and this project took me 6 days…. Yeah. Let’s back track a bit to the beginning of the story. […]

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze? | Thrifting

Thrifting or buy new

I bet you were thinking about something else when you first read the title. Gutter brain! This post is about my love of thrifting and deciding when to buy new or make it myself. Thrifting is addicting. Maybe it’s the thrill of a good deal or beating that grandma headed towards the same dresser you’re […]

Ombre Chevron Quilt


So way back when Philip bought me my fancy schmancy sewing machine for my birthday, I immediately called up a local sewing studio for some one on one lessons. I’m all about learning the “right” way the first time around vs. winging it and trying to fix my mistakes. After our initial meeting, the owner […]

DIY Upholstered Headboard


It’s finally done! I almost can’t believe it. I had huge plans for a stack of old canvases from past projects just sitting for months un-used, but then morning sickness hit and this project had to go on the back burner. Now that I’m feeling much better mixed with the fact my toddler can now […]

High Gloss Blue Nightstand Makeover


When it comes to furniture makeovers, I tend to stay in the “safe zone”. I try to stick with my trusty shades of Paris Gray, Old White, and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paints by Annie Sloan. Lately I’ve been getting the urge for change. Maybe it’s the pregnancy or the simple fact that I prefer […]

Thrift Store Ottoman Overhaul

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In my effort to de-clutterify my life, knocking off projects just sitting in the garage waiting for a makeover was a top priority.  I got this ottoman at a local thrift store for $4.25 sometime last fall.  I always knew I was going to recover it, but didn’t exactly know how since I fail at […]

Caring For Your Chalk Paint Creations

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**Updated with some useful info from a couple of awesome expert readers!** I’ve noticed that there is a lot of information out there on how to paint furniture with chalk paints and the best methods for waxing and what not, but not a lot on how to care for the piece you just spent hours […]

ASCP Duck Egg Blue and Guest Bedroom Update


There are a lot of changes happening around this house.  After moving the mammoth desk into the house, my husband needed a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle to work on his thesis.  We moved his desk into the guest bedroom and had to do a little shuffling around to make things fit. When […]

Chalk Paint Desk

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Let me tell you a little story about this desk. I spotted it last July at a local thrift store and tried to persuade Philip to let me buy it, but I had just gotten started on this curbside desk. Apparently it isn’t normal  for a family of three to to own three desks in […]