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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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?!?

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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DIY FAILS!!!

Let’s get real shall we? Not every DIY project we try turns out the way we expect. This week I have experienced 2 DIY fails! Waaah!!! Oh well, I learned some good lessons that’s for sure!

1. DIY FAIL: liquid hand soap 


Yes, I thought I would try my hand at being frugal and health conscience by making my own natural, liquid hand soap. I got the idea and inspiration from a book I was reading a couple months ago.

This book has been pretty insightful for a homesteading wannabe like me. It is literally full of all sorts of information on living a self sustainable lifestyle. My great grandmother owned an original copy of this book that my sister inherited. She recommended I buy a copy to keep on hand, so I did!

Fact: I have pinned all sorts of self sustaining/ off the grid living/ prepping ideas on Pinterest over the past several months, but what good is Pinterest going to do me if something really happens? I seriously doubt I’ll have access to the Internet. Too funny! So anyways, this book is my go to guide in times of trouble or when I feel like playing Little House on the Prairie again. Hey, we own chickens and I’ve learned to can successfully, so I’m not a lost cause…

Back to making soap:

Here is the underlined scoop on how to make you own liquid soap from pure/natural bar soap according to the Encyclopedia of Country Living.

I made sure to research other people’s experiences with doing this exact thing and it seemed like it was working! I dove in and shaved down 6 to 8 bars of Ivory soap so I was sure to have a long-lasting supply of my own liquid soap. There are 7 peeps in my family so I didn’t want to run out to quickly.

I added my boiling water and watched it melt down and liquefy just like I read about. I ended up having to add quite a bit more water than the book called for but after several hours of cooking on the stove top it was at the perfect consistency. I was so excited and felt like a true homesteading mama! LOL!!

This was a couple of months ago now. As time has gone by I’ve noticed my hand soap has not been pumping out of the dispenser as well as it did in the beginning. It was beginning to separate and all I was pumping was water with maybe a tinge of soap. 

This is what it looks like today when I opened the soap dispenser. A firm glob of goo with some stab wounds  from my attempts of getting another squirt of soap.

 Bummer…

I guess I could scrape all the goo out of all 4 jars and plop them back in a pot to add more boiling water. This would thin it back out I assume, but would it firm back up over time? I may give it a try, but  for now let’s call it a DIY FAIL and move on. 

2. Hand Painted Christmas Pillows

I have been seeing all of these beautiful, country vintage looking pillows for Christmas, but rather than spend the money I thought I would make them myself. (The image above was my inspiration, not my DIY fail)

I wanted to make these for my front porch and was feeling lazy so rather than sewing pillowcase covers I decided to do the no sew version. This wasn’t where I failed however….

I wrapped my pillows first and then decided to paint them. Why I did it in that order I’m not sure but this still wasn’t where I failed….

I grabbed my paint, paint brushes, a paper plate to use as my pallete, letter stencil and then I went to town! (Not my finest work, but whatevs)

All was going well enough so I whipped out two pillows within an hour…


They weren’t perfect but they were good enough for me and FREE!

I thought after I let them dry I would attempt taking light sandpaper to them to give a more distressed look. I’ve never done that on fabric nor did I ever get the opportunity to try it out because my paint NEVER DRIED!!! That’s right, the next day the paint was still WET!!

I went to clean up all of my letter stencils thinking they would be dry by now for sure. I touched where the red paint was and it came off on my fingers! It felt like oil pastels!

 I went outside to check on my pillows and sure enough they were wet as well!

I had grabbed my jar of water mixable oil paints instead of the acrylics! Apparently they never completely dry!! 

I can’t have paint rubbing off on our clothes from a pillow sooooo….woa, woa, woa….DIY FAIL number 2!! 

Looking on the bright side, at least I didn’t spend the time sewing up the pillowcase covers!

Lesson learned! I may try it again using the correct paint next time….Oh well!

Anyone have a DIY FAIL they aren’t too ashamed to share?

Merry Christmas!!

Painting Patterns on Furniture…

Refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do. I have worked on numerous pieces over the years, but I would say painting bohemian/tribal prints on different types of furniture has been the most fun.

I first saw this done on a chest of drawers on Pinterest and instantly knew I had to try it! A very talented lady from www.Howdy-Honey.com refinished this piece. A girl after my own heart!

Here is the version I created for my son’s bedroom. After it turned out so beautifully I knew I was hooked!

I found my next piece of furniture to tackle with a similar style, which happened to be a dresser that had been sitting in my garage for years. I never cared for this dresser, so it sat, pushed aside with no use other than to take up space. I’m so glad I gave it a chance rather than going out and buying a different piece to complete my boys’ bedroom.

I forgot to take a before pic, but just imagine this image without the blue painters tape all over it and with round, wooden knobs….. To get started, I took off all the knobs and then taped off the design I wanted with painters tape. I had to use a ruler and do some good measuring to make sure my pattern fit properly and my angles were consistent.

The first piece I painted with the tribal pattern was raw wood with black so I knew I wanted to make this piece a little different. I mixed it up a bit by using  grey and black on the raw wood. I decided not to paint the top of the dresser because my boys are rough on furniture and I didn’t want it to get all scratched up.  

After I finished painting, I distressed it a  little and added knew knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.

I am so happy with how it turned out!

My next furniture tackle was a chair I had bought at a yard sale for $10. I purchased it to complete the office makeover I did for the One Room Challenge hosted by www.CallingItHome.com with media partner House Beautiful magazine. This is the side of the chair where I decided to give painting patterns another go.

Just like the dresser, I taped it off to be sure I had straight and accurate lines and angles. Then I painted it with a creamy white chalk paint.

Here is a close up of the finished product after I painted the wood frame of the chair and sanded everything down to give it an aged look.

The pattern painting didn’t end there. I scored this old, wooden curio wall shelf for $1 at a yard sale and decided to liven it up. I painted it with a coat of Fuchsia spray paint I had left over from another project. This took no time at all and was so much easier than trying to brush on paint in all those little cubicles. As if Fuchsia wasn’t bold enough, I had to add the boho pattern to it as well. I free handed this with a white paint pen. Paint pens are my new best friend.

So now this little beauty hangs in my craft nook as my personal glitter holder!

Don’t be scared to step outside the box and take your creativity to the next level! I hope these pieces inspired you to  painting a pattern of your own.

Be bold and dreamers keep on dreaming….