DIY: painting and antiquing a fabulous furniture find

Hi everyone!

I’m super excited about this antique cabinet I found last Friday at a moving sale. It was in pretty rough shape so I got it for a whopping $20! The glass in the door was falling out, the bottom front had been chewed up by a dog and the side was chipped up as well. 


(Excuse the bad pictures)

I’ve been referring to the cabinet as a “she” because she’s just so pretty. A diamond in the rough, but I knew all she needed was a little make up to cover those blemishes and she would be beautiful again. πŸ’„πŸ’‹ A friend commented that she had great legs and I would agree! Even in old age this girl has kept some smoken hot legs! πŸ˜†

 I wanted to give her a feminine, chippy look in an antiqued blush pink finish.  I whipped out my SaltWash supply, paint brush, metal spatula/scraper, stir stick, mixing jar, Valspar antiquing glaze, a left over sample of Sherwin Williams agreeable grey paint, and my 4 Valspar pink paint samples I bought at Lowes (using my Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons). πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  1. Soft Pink 
  2. Cashmere Pink
  3. Field of Flowe
  4.  Semi-Precious


I wiped her down and sanded her a bit with my electric sander just to make her a little gritty. 

Then I mixed up some Agreeable Grey paint with the SaltWash to a thick paste consistency and slapped it on with my paint stick. 


Then after the grey paint dried a bit I went back with the Soft Pink SaltWash mixture and slapped it on with my paint stick. 

I layered it on pretty thick right here to cover up where the wood was chipped off to help build it back up to a flat surface.
Then after letting it dry to a chalky, (but not completely dry), I scraped it up a bit to make it chippy and reveal some of the wood again……

I decided this wasn’t quite the pink I was going for so I mixed up the  Field of Flowers paint and SaltWash.


Layered it on using my paint stick again….

Let it dry to a chalky, almost dry stage and began scraping again using my metal spatula/scraper.​​​

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Then I painted on the Valspar antiquing glaze….​

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After applying it, I went back with a damp paper towel wiped the majority of it off and then worked in the glaze with a dry paper towel. 

Then after a little sanding to bring out the layered colors and adding the chicken wire on the door she was finished!!

What do you think?!?!

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I’m BAAAACK!Β 

It’s been a long time since I wrote something for my blog. Since March to be exact! Sorry!

I last posted about how I started painting as a new creative outlet since closing my clothing business. Well this new hobby has taken me to a whole new world these past several months!


I have spent my days painting, loving on my family, and keeping my house from falling apart. Β I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting this new adventure has been. I have been commissioned by countless people to paint custom artwork for them as well as selling my original paintings. I have painted people, churches, barns, houses, flowers, farm animals, dog and cat portraits and even someone’s chameleon!


Creating art isn’t the same as when I designed clothes. You only wear an article of clothing a handful of times, before throwing it out the next season. What I am creating now is so much more meaningful. Artwork touches the heart and can bring so much joy. It reminds us of the past, can help us hang on to the present and can push us forward into the future.

Remembering a special day gone by.

Holding on to the joy this little dog brings to the present http://www.lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.com

Keepsake of the new farmhouse built to live out their future.

My favorite part of this new journey has been hearing WHY someone loves and relates to a piece of my work or WHY they want me to create a custom piece for them.

I am thankful for the Lord directing me in this new path and for the community embracing me and my new found passion. I have met so many wonderful people and have had doors open I didn’t know existed. More on that another time…

I’m grateful and thankful for this wonderful life.

Created to create…a new chapter in my life.

Do you ever get so excited about a hobby that you become obsessed and want to do it every day?!? That’s me with just about everything I do in life. I get obsessed with researching, crafting, creating, building, making, designing and you name it!

When my 11 yr old daughter was just a baby I decided to start designing and sewing her clothes. I became obsessed and kept making and creating until she had more than she could ever wear! Because of my obsession it turned into a full blown business where I had my own children’s clothing line that I sold to over 150 boutiques all over the USA! What a rollercoaster that was!

A little over a year ago I closed my business. Since then I’m back home and I’ve been able to spend more time with my kids which has been wonderful! As much as I enjoy fashion and designing clothes, I have thoroughly enjoyed being home again and have adopted a new creative obsession! 

PAINTING!!! 



Daily painting sessions has become the norm in my home and my children enjoy getting to be creative as well.  I love sitting down at the table with a paintbrush in hand and my littles being creative right there with me with their paint covered fingers and gloppy, gooey covered canvases. Since I began painting I have had wonderful response and have been commissioned to create several custom pieces for others! It wasn’t something I was looking for in the beginning because it was truly just a creative outlet and enjoyable time with my kiddos. I have been so surprised and encouraged by the support I have received and feel blessed to share my work with others. God took me from an obsession and a world of fashion that led me out of the home and away from my kids more than I ever meant to be and has brought me back home and given me a creative outlet we all can enjoy together as a family. I know God wants me home with my children and this is exactly where I want to be. I also know He built me in such a way that I have a deep desire to create and create I shall! So although a door was closed in one chapter of my life a new one has been opened and it’s beautiful! 


Don’t take life for granted! Live, love and laugh! 

To check out available artwork go to: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BohoDreamerStudio

Or interested in custom art send me a message here or through my Etsy shop! 
Oh, and be sure to find me on Instagram: BohoDreamerStudio

Easy DIY wood block shelves/hat hangers

I must admit I have a few obsessions in life.  Fashion and home decor are two of them,  among many others, but these 2 fell in love and had a baby for this DIY inspiration. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

For those of you who know me I am a big time 🎩 πŸ‘’πŸŽ“πŸ‘‘β›‘fanatic! I wear a hat probably six days a week. My hat collection has been stuck on a shelf in my packed out closet and hasn’t been the easiest to access. 

I want these beauties to be on display and to become more than something I wear, I want them to be art! 

DIY time!!!!!

I found this left over 4×4 post from a project my husband did outside and decided to chop it up and make blocks out of it.  I just marked how thick I wanted each block to be and cut it with the miter saw.
Then I whipped out the battery powered sander and sanded down all the rough edges.So far this project has only taken me 5 to 10 minutes for 8 blocks!

I wanted the grain of the wood to face different directions on the wall so I laid them out like this.

Then I determined what size nail I was going to use to hang them and drilled a hole in the back of each block just large enough and deep enough for the nail head to fit. (I drilled in the upper-center section of each block. I just eye-balled it.)


Since the wood post had been sitting outside for quite some time it had some weathered coloring to it already which I love, so I didn’t have to stain them or anything. Huge time saver! πŸ˜‰

Now to determine how to hang them!

 I used some putty to hang my hats on the wall in a pattern that I liked first so I knew exactly where to hang my new shelves/hat hangers. I didn’t want a million holes in my wall trying to figure it out! 

Then I went back and nailed my shelves onto the wall…

That’s it!! This project from start to finish took less than an hour! 

If I ever grow tired of my hats on the wall these wood, block shelves would work great to display some of my little treasures. 

So, what do you think?!?!

Easy huh?!?!

DIY No Sew Curtain Project!!!

Woohoo πŸ™Œ for this NO Sew curtain DIY project!!! 

As you may have seen in one of my previous blog posts, I re-modeled my dining room to created a brighter, cozier, farmhouse feel by adding faux shiplap to the bottom section of the walls. It turned out amazing! To check it out step by step πŸ‘‰πŸ» click here πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Anyways, once that project was done I was ready to move on to decorating the space! Yay!!

That meant curtain time! I knew I wanted light, airy and neutral curtains and after searching my local home decor shops I decided to just make them myself.

I came across a roll of natural osnaburg muslin fabric that was left over and stashed away from my fashion design days. When I had my children’s clothing line I used this fabric in every collection as an inexpensive, linen looking substitute. It was my fave!

Awe, and there it is in all its glory adorning 2 of my sweet girlies. πŸ’• 

You can purchase this same Osnaburg fabric from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 a yard. Use their 40% off coupon and you’ve got yourself a deal!

I wanted my curtain panels to be extra long because I was hanging the rod only a few inches from the ceiling. I decided to go with 8 foot long panels.

 *So if you decide on 4, 8 foot panels, you will need to purchase about 11 yards of fabric. That’s just over $30 when you use your Hobby Lobby coupon! πŸ˜‰

It was a cinch cutting these because if you just snip through the salvaged edge with your scissors you can tear it the rest of the way and have a perfect line straight across.  So all you need to do is measure out how long you want them, make a quick snip, then rip! ​

Watch the video below to see exactly what I mean.

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Then off to the sewing machine I went to sew them up, only to find that my sewing machine was broken!!! Whaaaaat!?! 😳😱😒😭 

…..But then….. πŸ˜•πŸ˜²πŸ’‘πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜  I knew I was about to get creative! No Sew Curtains! Woop Woop! So off I went to….you guessed it….Hobby Lobby!

I found 2 packs of curtain ring clips for $7.99 each. Each pack contains 12 clips. I used 6 clips per curtain panel. Find them on sale or use a coupon for a more frugal buy. 

I hurried back home and slid them on my curtain rod….(I’ll talk about the curtain rod later) Then I started hanging my curtains panels by folding the top raw edge over to where it faced the wall.


I clipped one ring clip on the far left end of the panel and one on the far right and then evenly distributed the other four clips in the middle.

 It left the panels with a little too much fabric between clips to where the curtains didn’t lay as pretty as I hoped so I created another pleat between 2 clips and clipped it into the left clip and continued this pattern across the panel. 

It’s hard to explain but hopefully this video and pictures will help!

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I did this with all four panels and voilΓ !!! 

Just so you know… I left the salvage edge on the left and right side of each curtain panel just the way they were. It was created this way by the mill to ensure there would be no fraying and I personally like the way it looks!

I then folded under the raw edge on the bottom of the curtain panels.

The extra fabric just piled up on the floor like so…

I think they turned out beautifully and this project turned out to be so much easier than originally planned! Not having to hem all that fabric was a huge plus even though I am still bummed about my sewing machine not working.

Now to talk about the curtain rod as promised….

I wanted something more industrial and unique than the average curtain rod so I took a trip to Lowe’s and got a 10 foot galvanized steel pipe  for $20 and 2 galvanized holders in the same department for about $4 each. That’s it!! There are caps you can screw on the ends of the pipe as well but I decided not to get those for now. 

I love how it turned out!!

Easy Peesy! What do you think?!?

To busy moms… Go a little farther with the Lord this year.

During the Wednesday night church service our pastor led us to a Bible verse in Matthew 26:39. He wants to place an emphasis on it for 2017 and I am right there with him.

Matthew 26:39 reads, “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying,  O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

Remember where it said “He went a little farther”

I want to go a little farther. I want to push a little harder in building my relationship with God this year, don’t you?

 As important as I know spending time with the Lord is each day, it can sometimes be an exhausting pursuit for a mom of 5. Who’s with me? 

I have a pretty regular, morning routine of waking up early to read my Bible, my daily devotional “Streams in the Desert” (An amazing devotion I highly recommend), and then prayer time.  However, many times it is interrupted with my children waking up and the immediate hustle and bustle that brings. 

How can I go farther with God as a busy mom? 

The Lord answered this for me last night.

The Bible says,”he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed”

A light bulb in my soul came on! This is so often where I fail. I start my day reading Gods word, but many times I fall short of the fervent, on my face, praying we read about in Matthew 26:39. Instead, my prayers are quick and silent as I scurry around the kitchen preparing breakfast and getting kids ready for school. I try to break away to pray in a deeper, more focused way, but it doesn’t always happen. It finally occurred to me that a simple rearranging of my quiet time with God could change all that.

This morning I STARTED in prayer. Before my littles ever had a chance to wake up, I was on my knees before God. Just as I was saying Amen I heard a bedroom door crack open and little pitter pattering feet came running out. 

This may not be the case for everyone, but it’s easier for me to read my Bible with chaos around me, than it is to pray fervently. At least while I am reading, my eyes are open and I can make sure my little acrobats aren’t hanging from the ceiling fans. While my children ate breakfast I was able to read my Bible and devotional. Now most of them are playing quietly upstairs while my youngest sits here beside me.

I’m sure this small change to my morning routine isn’t failproof or perfect but I believe this will allow me to pray as Jesus prayed more frequently than not. I want to live my life looking to Jesus as my example and if He falls to his face to pray, that’s what I want to do too. 

Moms out there, this is for you. We have a big job in front of us and a great responsibility God has given us. Don’t let the demands of being a mother keep you from going farther with the Lord this year. It is hard to make time to pray and read the Bible, but if it is truly your desire to follow God he will make a way even in the chaos. The Lord sees our struggles and sometimes the momma struggle is REAL,  but don’t let it take away from what’s most important….our relationship to our creator, father, and savior Jesus Christ.

Go a little farther…. What’s the next step in your walk with God this year? 

God Speed to all you Christian mommas out there!

Faux Shiplap DIY for less than $80!

We all are in love with the hit home renovation series “Fixer Upper” on HGTV aren’t we? Joanna Gaines has made shiplap a must have. I’ve been dreaming about how to incorporate it into my home and finally came to a decision. I decided to create this look in my dining room to give a more casual feel to the space and a relaxed eating experience for our family. We haven’t used our dining room much because it just seemed so dark and uninviting. Instead we have eaten the majority of our meals at our breakfast bar. 

Here is a picture of our dining room before the shiplap makeover:Pretty dark, generic, and uninviting huh? I’ve kinda neglected this room for a while now, but not anymore!

 I love the look of shiplap and wanted to use it, but there were two problems.

1. Too expensive! I have a hard time forking over lots of money for my home remodeling projects and decor when I can create the same look for a fraction of the cost myself.

2. My dining room already had crown molding and a chair rail. I did not want the added work or expense of removing these in order to get the look I wanted. True shiplap is too thick and it would not have lined up properly with my existing molding. 

So here is what I did instead:
I went to my local hardware store (Lowes to be exact) and purchased 3 sheets of 5mm plywood.

I had the nice guys at Lowe’s rip the boards for me into 6 inch pieces. This is a free service and saved me tons of time.

When I got home I sanded all of the edges to make sure they were nice and smooth. 

Now I was ready to prepare my walls for installation. I wanted to be sure the boards were very secure while using as few nails as possible so I wanted to make sure I nailed into the studs. I got out my stud finder, level and pencil and got to work. I marked each of my studs like this so I could find them easily as I installed my boards. 

I used my portable nail gun to make the job easier. A good ole hammer and nails would do the trick also. I started at the bottom and worked my way up using nickels as spacers between the boards. Make sure you use some sort of spacer so that once you paint the boards the lines are not lost and you get the desired look of shiplap. 

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TIP: if your walls are painted any color other than tan, gray or white I would recommend painting the wall before installing your faux shiplap so you don’t see a bright color shining through the cracks. The dark tan color of my walls worked in my favor because it made the lines nice and prominent, just the way I wanted.

 I cut my boards to the appropriate length using a measuring tape and a miter saw. I tried being an expert craftsmen and cutting the L-shape around the window but it didn’t work quite the way I had hoped. I cut the board straight instead and installed a separate board to complete the vacant space under the window. It still looks very nice and made things easier on a DIY momma like me. 😜

 See how I used the nickels as spacers… They worked perfectly!
 When I got to this point I realized my 6 inch board was not going to fit the vacant space under my chair rail molding. I had to rip my boards down to 4.25 inches. My husband taught me how to use the table saw so I was able to do this by myself. Thanks Babe! 😘

Next up: Caulking After all of my boards were installed it was time to do some caulking in the corners and around the molding to create a seamless finish. 

TIP: Very Important! Use paintable caulking so your paint will adhere to it!! 

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As you go along smooth the caulk out with your finger so it’s even and smooth. Keep a rag with you to wipe your fingers off. ✌🏼 I had a dry one and a wet one just in case. I ended up using them both because I got a little messy. 😬 

Here it is caulked and ready for paint! 🎨 It took four coats of paint because the wood absorbed quite a bit, but I still had paint left over since I only took the shiplap halfway up the walls. 

Drum roll pleeeease……Faux shiplap complete!!!

What do you think?!?!

This project cost right under $80. About $14 per sheet of 5mm plywood and $36 for a gallon of paint and a tube of caulk. I didn’t have to remove any molding and it took just a couple of days to complete! The room is so much brighter and I see my family actually using this room for mealtime rather than stacked up on bar stools in the kitchen.

What you need for this project:

  • 5mm plywood 
  • Paintable caulk 
  • Level                                                 
  • Stud finder                                     
  • Pencil                                     
  • Measuring tape                                         
  • Nickels for spacers 
  • Nail gun and nails                        
  • Miter saw & maybe table saw                                        
  • Paint                                                       
  • Rags

Let me know if you decide to faux shiplap your home! I’d love to see how your project turns out. 😊

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