October Month in Review

Happy November 1st! Was it just me, or did October fly by?

I’m doing something new today. I’m wrapping up October… in one post. Welcome to our first Month in Review.

I kicked off October by Decorating the front porch with corn stalks:

Then I revealed my Painted Secretary:

The Secretary Reveal launched us into a ton of Entryway Updates:

With that, I showed you several new tutorials. Like the DIY Skeleton Key Art:

And the DIY Stick & Twig Star:

After the star I showed you my Upholstered Thrift Store Chair:

And then moved into the kitchen with my White Kitchen Tray:

Then it was onto more fall decorating- Happy Fall: Stick Style:

With that, I started a new series and showed you my Fall Welcome Banner:

Next, it was all about the office with my Office Desk Organizer Makeover: (say that three times fast!)

And then off to the Free Mudroom Bench:

Followed by the Living Room Curtains:

After that I told you all about our Breakfast Nook Plans:


After sharing my plans & inspiration, it was back to the mudroom with our updated Burlap Frame:

And finally, I wrapped up the month revealing my Painted Sewing Machine Table:

Whew! What a month! That was a lot! I feel so accomplished. 😉

What was your favorite project? Do tell!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with more!

Big Smiles!


Painted Sewing Machine Table

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to know how to sew. I was in a 4-H sewing group until middle school, but by then I was too caught up in sports and raising pigs and steers for the 4-H market, that sewing took a seat on the back burner.

Honestly, I’ve always felt as if I am a little out of place for my generation. I think that I would have fit better in the 1950’s or 1970’s. Seriously. Being a housewife has always been a dream of mine. No place has even been better than being at home.

Sewing fits right into that. I haven’t ever been one to sew my own clothes, but curtains, tea towels and pillows are right up my alley.

After my husband and I got married, my grandma called and said she had picked me up a really awesome sewing machine with its own stand. I was a little apprehensive that the sewing machine wouldn’t work, but after a good servicing the thing works awesome and even managed to help me make my first big project: curtains for our breakfast nook.

The stand that it came with had definitely been used. It was sad. Stains everywhere. Scratches on the surface. But someone had really loved this machine and the table. You could see it. Heck, you could even feel it. It deserved to be loved again. I was just the person for it.

With the help of a little bit of paint and elbow grease, I brought this lovely lady back to life.

After debating for what seemed like forever on a color, I decided on Heather Gray from Benjamin Moore. It’s exactly right.

I kept the original metal decal and painted it white for a refreshing balance against the gray.

It’s such a happy pop of color against the gray.

Since the sewing machine is old, I wanted the table to have a vintage-y feel to it as well. I think they balance each other nicely.

I’m still on the hunt for a chair to go with it, but until then, it’s fine with taking all the attention. 😉

Here’s to a table and sewing machine that have many good years to come.

Big Smiles!

Linking up to:

Home Stories A to Z

DIY Showoff

The 36th Avenue

Office Desk Organizer… A Makeover Story!

Thrift stores are my favorite… I get such a rush walking through them because you never know what you will find! Today’s project is no different. When I stumbled upon this at the thrift store, they had it labeled as a jewelry box. I guess is was possible, but I saw it as a desk organizer.

Here’s what it looked like when I brought it home:

Look how awesome it is inside:

How could I pass that up? I knew that a coat of spray paint and a freshly painted inside would transform this piece from drab to fab.

Let me just tell you… I LOVE IT thiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssssssss muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. How’s that for an explanation?

It’s the perfect addition to my desk and it makes finding my favorite pens easy peasy. I also like that I can hide stuff in there… that way sticky hands don’t run off with my favorites… I’m a little weird when it comes to pens, especially my favs. I know I can’t be the only one…

It’s the perfect addition to my desk. I love the versatility- it can do so many things!

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, thrift store finds can be the best!

Big smiles!

Linking up to:

DIY Showoff

I Heart Naptime

An Office Chair!

Yes, the office has a new chair. We sold the other one, which really wasn’t an office chair at all, more like a dining room chair that had 5 other identical friends and a table to call home.

It was time. I went weeks without a chair. It was miserable! Every time I went in to pay bills, I had to stand! I hate bill day anyways, but with no chair it was pure torture.

One day I went on a very productive shopping trip with a dear friend. We hit up American Furniture, for her, and I walked past the chair of my dreams… seriously. It was exactly what I was wanting! I simply couldn’t imagine my office without it. And the best part? It was so reasonably priced! I had been searching high and low for a chair that would be comfortable, yet stylish, without putting of the, “Hey, I’m a total office chair on wheels” vibe. Know what I mean?

It wasn’t until I came home and was completely giddy with my new purchase and telling my husband how AWESOME the office chair is and how I hated spending time in there because I didn’t have a chair to park my tush, that he was like, “Why didn’t you just pull one of our other dining room chairs or folding chairs and put it in their temporarily?”……….

Well, I hadn’t thought of that… True story. I was so focused and motivated to find “the chair”, that I completely skipped the obvious temporary solution.

I tell ya, those husbands, they can be smart! 🙂

(Are you still listening, er… reading?… Crickets…. Ok, Great!)

So here’s my new office BFF:

There’s a whole lotta love up in here! That nail head trim had me hook, line and sinker! Seriously. I wasn’t leaving without this chair.

Don’t mind the shedding plant. It needs a good cleaning up. Or the pile of random stuff to the left of the desk. Just more projects that are coming your way!

There’s still a lengthy to do list for this room, but we’re totally making progress! And that’s something to be happy about!

Paper Wreath

Happy Monday!

We had a very busy weekend working on a couple of big landscaping projects… 4 ton of rock was involved… which had to be unloaded by hand. Enough said. More on that later though.

I must admit that I’ve recently become infatuated with The Nester’s wreath. So much in fact, that it was imperative I make my own. Seriously. So that’s what I did.

Easy peasy, really. I started with a basic wreath form, a thoughts dictionary, drew 2 different leaf sizes, and cut out about 562 leaves. That was the hardest part! Then I got busy hot gluing those paper leaves all over the wreath. So simple.

For now, it’s in the office. But I like it so much I may have to make another one for a different room. The wheels are spinning!

Major love peeps!

I love the texture of it. Every time I walk in to the room I smile, which means this project is a big success! It’s all about what makes you happy!

More later with the office. I’ve been a busy lady.