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

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!!