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.

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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Joining the One Room Challenge week 4….Lets play catch up!

For those of you who know me I am not a very patient person. When I found out the one room challenge was already underway I had to get involved immediately! The next ORC isn’t for another six months and I just couldn’t wait that long! Not only is this my first time participating, but I’m at a 4 week disadvantage! I live for a challenge πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‰

My house has been undergoing lots of changes in recent months due to me leaving the business world/fashion industry and returning home full-time. Needless to say my house was ridiculously neglected for far too long. Even though I have simultaneously been redecorating every room of my house I decided to focus my attention over the next few weeks on our home office area.


This is the one room I had not put any attention towards. I just haven’t had the inspiration UNTIL I reupholstered my grandmothers antique sofa she gave me.

This sofa has been sitting in our basement for over a year. I was excited about the idea of refinishing it but, seeing that I had never reupholstered anything before I was super intimidated!

I had watched a couple of videos a year ago but really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Tearing off the old upholstery and padding was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! What if I could never get this beautiful piece of furniture back to looking like its glory days?

After several hours of work it was finally complete!

Taaaadaaaa!! A luscious, creamy white, furry, antique sofa complete and ready to welcome on some bold and beautiful pillows!

*Now I must say this! For anyone out there who wants to try to reupholster for the first time, I would highly recommend using fur! All the fuzziness hides the imperfections so beautifully you wouldn’t know there were any!

I’m not sure yet how well it will hold up, but I’m hoping for a long term furry masterpiece and not a scary matted mess. Maybe I should brush it periodically. 😜 Does anyone have experience with fur covered seating?

Sooooo anyways, now that I have this gorgeous sofa it was time to start clearing out the room and build my story board.


We have A LOT of books!! It took an entire evening just sorting through these babies and deciding what to keep and what to give away.

Now here is a snapshot of some of the gooey goodness that will be part of this remodel! Ok maybe not literally gooey, but good nonetheless.

I love bohemian eclectic design because it allows for so much creativity. This office space will be a mixture of bold color, overload of texture, old traditional pieces mingled with new, sequins, fur, and natural elements. So just about anything and everything!

There are definitely some challenges with designing this space. As you could see in the before image it is actually an open area upstairs that overlooks our living room. It is rather skinny and long so my sofa barely squeezed in right where I wanted it.

I would love to spruce the space up with a fresh coat of paint, but because it is not a separate room from the rest of our open floor plan that was not an option. As much as I would love to repaint our entire house we cannot afford to do that right now. I racked my brain with all the ways I could still make a big statement and decided to create an accent wall with a gorgeous yet removable wallpaper. I’ve been swooning over this print for months!


This was my first time trying out this new phenomenon of removable wallpaper and it was incredibly easy to install! I bought all that was in stock at my local store, but it was still not enough so I had to order more online. I am waiting for the rest of it to show up. Hoping and praying it shows up before the great 6 week ORC reveal!

Another challenge was that my husband did have some stipulations on the design. I don’t blame him and am happy for his input seeing that this is his home too. He didn’t want me painting the bookcase…

Aaaaaand, I had to keep the large work of art that he had custom framed a few years ago. This  art piece will actually turned out to be a major focal point on one wall. Just expect the unexpected though…. You will be surprised how I use it!

I am taking the liberty of painting this desk and boy I can’t wait to see it finished!!What do you think about this color?!?! I’m gitty!!!

There are so many more things I want to share but I’m going to restrain myself for now! The best part about this challenge is not only do I get to share it with you, but I’m doing it on a shoestring budget. It is so rewarding to design a space by repurposing, remaking and recycling items I already own or have found at yard sales/fleamarket’s. At the end of all of this I will add up what I’ve spent on this project and let you know how I came out. I think you will be surprised at how beautiful a space can turn out even when designing on a dime!

To see all the inspiring guest participants click on the link below….starting Thursday morning when everyone gives updates to their week 4 of the One Room Challenge!!


Until next time…Dreamers keep on dreaming!

Who I am, Where I come from and Why a Blog…

I must admit, I never thought I would start a blog. However, I have been doing so many new crafts, DIY’s, and busting out some pretty awesome home decor ideas as of lately, I felt like I needed a way to showcase what I’ve been up to. My grammar might not be perfect and sometimes I might not make a whole lot of sense, but I hope to share some cool ideas and inspire you with bohemian style.

So let me introduce myself. My name is Samantha, I’m a TN girl, wife and mommy of 5.

I’m a dreamer by design. My creative brain overpowers all rational or factual thoughts. I’m an optimist, a chance taker and a fast mover. Why analyze and plan when you can just dive in and swim? I’m a little eccentric  and lean toward the bohemian look when it comes to my style.

When I was a kid my role model was Clarissa from “Clarissa Explains It All” a Nickelodeon program.

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img_9176Do you remember her?

Melissa Joan Hart, you made a great Clarissa! She had a style all her own and didn’t care what other people thought. I thought she was the best and that’s when I decided I wanted to be my own person. When I got into high school I remember a senior guy telling me that if I didn’t dress so weird I could be really popular. Of course as a freshman girl I wanted to be popular, but I wasn’t willing to compromise who I was for it.

Little did I know, I would grow up to be a hobby fashion designer turned hard core business woman and start my own children’s clothing line that would be sold in boutiques throughout the US. For 8 years I lived, breathed and dreamed all things fashion! Here are a couple shots from my clothing line.

Five kids later, and after a whole lot of life changes, the Lord has made it very clear that running my own business in the fashion industry is not what he has planned for me right now. It was a dream that I got to live out for a season and I am thankful for the opportunities it allowed me, but I am glad to be home with my children again.

Who knows, God might allow me to enter back into the field at some point in my life but for now I’m happy to focus on my faith, my family and finding out what else the Lord has for me.

Since returning home from the business world I have finally been able to start working on all the crafts and projects I didn’t have time for before. I was so busy back then, I didn’t even have a chance to decorate my own house! I am happy to say the house is coming along slowly and I have enjoyed the process.

A quick glimpse of how it’s coming along:

I am a full-fledged yard sale junkie and live for Friday and Saturday mornings when I can take the kids out and go find incredible deals in my own community. So many design elements in my home have come from yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I love getting my hands dirty and being creative with the treasures I find. Rarely do I not repurpose, remake or redesign the things I find. Like these two identical beds I found for $20 each at a local thrift store. (Only 1 pictured below)


Wait till you see what they look like now! Coming soon in another post…

Also check out this antique couch my grandma gave me! I can’t wait to show you the transformation after tackling my first reupholstering project!

img_8876These are just a couple examples of some recent “before” images of some fun DIY’s I’ve been tackling.

My husband has been teaching me the world of woodworking and I have picked up some pretty nice skills thanks to him. I’ve put these new skills to the test by turning some old furniture into new, functional and highly unrecognizable pieces that finally fit our needs and style. I’ll give you a peak soon!

All in all, I just have a lot to say and a lot to share about my new journey. I’m still dreaming and still believing the Lord has great things for me. When one door closes another door opens!

I hope you will join me and keep tabs on being creative boho style! Until next time….. Dreamers keep on dreaming!