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-Β 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. πŸ˜‰

What was your favorite project? Do tell!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with more!

Big Smiles!


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

Kitchen Tray

I’m a big believer in trays. I like how they instantly “group” something, or how they make an item look special. Anytime I find a tray, or something that even resembles one, I snatch it up and find a home for it. There’s always a place, trust me.

My latest find at the thrift store was this little beauty:

When I brought it home it didn’t looks so good. It was a really hideous red… Not that I have anything against red, but this had an orange-y tint to it. Blah.

I was in such a rush to get rid of the color, that I painted it before I took a “before” picture. Doh! Call me smart.

It’s playing a pretty big role by holding the olive oil, salt and pepper, plus a few pretties.

Our kitchen is still a room that needs a little personality, but projects like these sure help!

Ah, the simple pleasures…

Big Smiles!

Upholstered Thrift Store Chair

You’ve already seen the “After” version of my lovely thrift store chair, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have fallen in love with it. What started out as a sad little chair ended up being one of my favorite things. Ever. πŸ˜‰

Here’s it’s Cinderella story:

A while back I was browsing my local thrift store and I walked right into this:

It was really sad looking and practically begging for a makeover.

But the amount of potential was amazing. The shape. The legs. It had it going on!

Well, except for the color, bad paint job, horrible seat fabric and not to mention the fact that it was very wobbly. NothingΒ  a little TLC couldn’t fix, right? Because of it’s rough condition I was able to make a deal on it big time! $4.00… boo-ya!

In the car it went and I made my way home. My husband took one look at it, looked at me, then back to the chair and shook his head. He thinks I’m crazy, but he went ahead and sat in it… and wobble it did. Obviously it was going to need a little work.

With this being my first upholstery job, I was a bit hesitant about how I was going to reupholster the seat. But I found the best way to gain confidence was to start taking apart the current upholstery job.

By seeing how the original upholstery was done, I knew that I could replicate it on my own. Very easy!

Once I was down to the bare seat, I got busy working on the frame of the chair.

Because the chair had been repainted, and not very well at that, I gave the entire thing a heavy sanding and followed it with a hot soapy bath.

After that came a coat of primer.

My husband dropped in at this point and tightened all the loose screws and brackets and added a piece of wood to the bottom of the chair, between the two legs, for added support. Wobble be gone!

I gave the entire chair a couple coats of light gray spray paint and let it dry overnight.

The next day I was ready to tackle the upholstery.

I started with the foam for the seat.

For the seat, I simply took a piece of foam and traced the seat with a sharpie. Then I cut it out and used hot glue to attach it on the edges and corners.

I was hesitant using hot glue to attach the foam to the seat, but I figured that since I was going to be wrapping it with batting and fabric it would stay in place since the fabric would be wrapped tightly. Hopefully I’m right. πŸ™‚

After the foam was glued to the seat, I started wrapping it with batting.

Using a staple gun, I pulled the batting tight and stapled it to the back of the seat.

After that was finished, I started with my fabric and used the same technique as the batting. I started wrapping the seat with fabric, pulling tight and stapling it to the back of the seat. It was much easier than I thought.

Before I knew itΒ  the entire seat was covered.

And I was admiring the corners.

To attach it to the frame we used a few screws and placed them in the existing screw holes.

Just like that we had a finished chair!

These DIY projects are certainly becoming a favorite in our home! But why wouldn’t they when they turn out like this?

Big Smiles!

Chalk It Up!

On my last visit to our local thrift store I bought a frame and mirror combo. It wasn’t really my style… but I saw potential!

It had been at the thrift store for a couple of months and was 50% off! YES!

Here it was before:

Why yes, I had already removed the mirror, pictures and hooks before I realized I didn’t take a “before” picture. My bad.

Here’s the after:

It turned out awesome! I simply sprayed the mirror with 3 heavy coats of chalkboard spray paint, sprayed the frame white and covered the photo slots with some leftover fabric! Love!

I now have a place to hang my apron! Sometimes it can be out of sight, out of mind. But not for this lady anymore. πŸ™‚

Need to leave a memo or remember something? No problem! We have the perfect spot!

My hubby liked it too. Double bonus. πŸ™‚

It’s truly amazing what a simple “homey” touch like this can do to a space. It kind of makes me want to bake, hence the towel. πŸ™‚

So in all, I spent $10. Pretty sweet price for a happy chalkboard owner.

Kitchen Progress

Happy Friday!

I have been working on the kitchen for the past couple of days and have finally made some progress that’s worth showing. It’s in no way finished. In fact, there are a couple of things that need to be hung on the wall. I had a successful trip to the thrift store and scored an awesome item that makes my heart happy. I’ll show it to you next week!

I managed to shop around my house to pick up most of the decor items and I’m still on the hunt for more as I try to set the tone for the room. Setting the tone has been the hardest. My decorating style has changed, and while I have a ton of items that don’t represent my new style, I can’t see getting rid of everything at once. It’s practically brand new! So, I’m trying to blend them both until we can make the full switch. Lucky for you, I’ll keep you updated on my decor ramblings. πŸ™‚

So there it is! What do you think?

More projects are coming it’s way!

Breakfast Nook Progress

My hubby and I went round and round when we were building our home. He thought that we only needed one “eating area”. Be that a dining room or a breakfast nook, he only wanted one. Why? Because he knew that we would probably eat at the kitchen bar every night and not sit in either room. πŸ˜‰

He might be right.

But that didn’t stop me from still wanting a dining room and a breakfast nook. Yes, my friends, we have both. And while we don’t use them everyday, they most definitely serve a purpose. You see, I have plans for these rooms. I like to entertain and host family gatherings and this house is set up perfectly for it! And truth be told, that excites me.

While my handsome husband still doesn’t see the purpose of having the two rooms, I certainly do. Plus, it’s more areas to decorate. πŸ™‚

I showed you our dining room a few days ago, and here’s our breakfast nook!

It makes me oh so happy and I smile every time I walk by!

So very happy. It’ll brighten any mood! And I’m completely in love with my tree and birdie teapot and cup. It’s adorable. And it has a matching measuring cup set, which I’ll show you soon.

The vase. It’s stunning. A completely lucky find at our local thrift store. And it was $4.00. What? Lucky.

The black dresser was my first paint makeover project. It was a sad little piece that desperately wanted loved. I painted it black and added the glass knobs. Now, it’s a show stopper. And perfect with crisp white accessories and the wood tones from our table.

More plans are brewing for this room, but for now I am loving it!

What do you think? The bright pops of yellow and white have me under their spell. πŸ™‚

Our Entryway

This past weekend was chock full of home goodness. We worked on projects, we hung pictures and we organized. It was wonderful.

I had a chance to purge through all of my old decorating items and managed to fill an entire box designated to Goodwill. My style has changed a bit and I tried to re-purpose as much as possible. Spray paint was my BFF!

I managed to throw together our entry way, which turned out quite lovely and cheerful. Two of my favorite things!

But before I show it to you, do you remember this:

I had talked about it before here.

I loved it’s shape, style and mostly it’s price tag. At $15.00,Β  I knew it had to be mine! After several coats of white spray paint (seriously, look at all those nooks and crannies) I ended up with a mirror that I instantly loved.

Here’s how it turned it:

(Dining Room Sneak Peak!)

Not to bad for shopping my own house, eh? I love the happy greeting it gives to our visitors!

There are still things that I’d like to add and change, but I am completely sweet on the combination of colors and textures! The frame just happens to go perfectly with the mirror, setting it off. I love it when that happens!

I’ll have more later this week. Plus some “In Progress” pictures! Stay tuned!

Have a terrific day my friends!