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Pretty! Purple!

The long awaited “AWESOME” post I was going to do on Friday. My child is now feeling much better and I have found time (at 10pm while watching the Rangers FINALLY WIN in a week). Last week we were childless. The kids went for a visit to the grandparents and I had a list a mile long of projects to get done. I had some furniture piling up in the garage (my $20 Craigslist find, my dumpster dive and a free dresser from a friend). I started off Monday morning with a list, some money and some paint colors in my mind.

Which piece did I want to start with first? Well, since I am planning on reselling the Craigslist find and the dumpster dive find, I started with the piece that was staying in my house – the dresser.
RCHOTX | dresser makeover

I desperately wanted a purple. Not just any purple, a deep purple. In case you don’t know, none of our favorite paints that we mention continuously have a deep purple. I took to Pinterest and found a “recipe” to make something similar with non-sanded grout and latex paint. I can report back that it worked wonderfully.

DIY paint

Before putting the paint on, I did do a light sanding on the dresser because of the finish it had. I wanted that paint to stick. It most definitely stuck, 2 coats of it. 2 coats = 2 cups worth of paint. I only bought a quart to begin with because I don’t need a whole gallon of purple paint. Want a gallon? Yes. Need? Not so much.

After the 2 coats dried, I moved onto the wax. I stopped by a local retailer and picked up some Maison Blanche dark antique wax.

MB dark wax

I’m not a very good “waxer”. It definitely requires a skill set and I’m getting there.

dark wax

While I waited for the wax to set and “cure”, I decided what I wanted to do with the hardware. I was sure I wanted a dramatic look for this dresser. I went to my paint shelf to check out my spray paint collection. Aqua, bright chrome and purple just weren’t going to work, but the can of black spray paint that wasn’t even half-full. I was quite hopeful it would be enough. I was wrong. A text with a picture to the husband asking nicely for another can of black paint, and viola! I was the proud owner of a full can of spray paint.

After the black dried, I just topped it with a clear protective coat. I may or may not have missed a spot on one piece of hardware that I didn’t see until I was completely done.

pretty hardware

Now, with the furniture refinishes I’ve done, I always find that there’s something I did wrong or that I don’t like. This piece though. This piece I absolutely LOVE. LOVE!

purple after

How could you NOT love that? Its beautiful and definitely perfect for the dramatic “big girl” room that I have planned in my head for Savannah. I sent a picture of it to Heather and her reply “Pretty! Purple!” which was the inspiration of the title. :)

I linked up with Project Inspire{d}!



I linked up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday!


Benjamin’s Nursery Reveal

Nothing like waiting til the last minute, huh? We are about 4 days out from my scheduled c-section and we finally got the nursery done! It has been in the works for a while, but still unorganized and not completely “finished”–until now. A huge weight has been lifted now that it’s done…even though I know it really doesn’t matter since it’s not like the baby cares or will even be sleeping in there anytime soon, but it’s one of those irrational, hormonal, pregnant things. Don’t judge.

Anyway, onto the nursery reveal pictures–I know that’s what you are here for.

nursery1 You might remember the framed artwork, wooden B, table, and lamp from our fall Pinterest Party. And that awesome chair? A gift from a very close family friend, my dad, and my Nana. It is SO much more comfortable than the wooden one I had with Logan (which I still have, we just moved it to the living room). And we re-used the garland from the baby shower to dress up the plain navy curtains.

Oh, and that quilt rack? Started out like this:

quilt rack before

And now:

quilt rack after

A little ASCP Napoleonic Blue, thin wooden board cut into ovals, and a wooden star to cover the old hearts and it is much cuter and more appropriate for a boy’s nursery.


nursery2 The other side of the room with more Pinterest Party crafts (sorry for the blurry camera picture).


nursery3 The infamous orange dresser turned changing table, colorful lanterns (I’m thinking I need to add some more), and more storage above.

I love it. It is pretty close to what I was envisioning–modern, colorful, not too theme-y (just a few whales thrown in there). I can’t wait to bring Benjamin home and rock him. I say that now, but I know those late nights will catch up to me. At least I will have a comfy chair to sleep in.




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Vintage babydoll crib

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WHAT IS THIS? Well, it is the vintage babydoll crib I used for my baby dolls when I was younger. What you don’t see, that I apparently forgot to take a picture of — an ugly bass fish sticker on the other side. This little piece of history is going to be used by my daughter but not before it’s had a little facelift makeover. It’s in need of one, don’t you think?

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Purple is my favorite color. As you can see, I’m trying the force my love for purple on my child. Its what every good mom should do. I had this purple paint left over from painting her nursery at our last home. I’m going to start planning her “big girl” room soon, so I just decided to use this paint on small stuff.

Real Cheap Housewives of Texas After covering up the little bear and ugly bass fish, I felt that the ends needed something. Luckily, Heather thinks ahead and brought her stencil set from Royal Design Studio that she used on her Barcelona Orange dresser for her craft room. I just took some acrylic paints that I brought with me to the Pinterest Party. (If you go to our April Pinterest Party, you’ll see this pretty little makeover in the front. At least half of the makeover)

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As our Facebook “likers” heard yesterday, I did something with fabric. You know, the person that doesn’t want to sew or do anything with fabric. I totally tried it. I left the ugly fabric on because I needed the thickness. However, it wasn’t enough so I had to add something else so that the staples from the staple gun wouldn’t go through.

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Enter piece of cardboard. Yes, I totally used cardboard. Don’t judge. You work with what you got.

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Please notice this piece of “wood” looks like it was a piece of 1970s paneling. See the little crease to the right side.

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 Look at that perfect corner and use of staples with the staple gun. Its almost like a hospital corner. Yes, I do make the beds with hospital corners WHEN they get made, which I’ll admit isn’t often enough.

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I chose a duck cloth to use for it’s durability. It is going to be used by a child and hopefully she’ll be able to pass it on to her children. Maybe she’ll even want to make it over as well, but I’m sure paisley will still be in style, or back in style.

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I most definitely like the after. It looks so cute. I’m sure that the baby dolls will love it, along with my children, who will probably end up sitting in it. (They tried it out while it was sitting in my craft room before the makeover.)

This was an easy fabric challenge for me. Just fabric and a staple gun, simple. I might venture into making some of those fabric flowers that Heather is addicted to making. I did see a cute wreath made with them.

What do you think? Did I do a good job with the fabric? Isn’t it cute?


Maison Blanche Part Three – Le Dirt and Organza

Remember those pieces of moulding I showed you in the first post Maison Blanche Layout

Maison Blanche makes two products – one is called Le Dirt and one is called Organza. Both of the products amazed all of us!

Once you have painted and waxed your piece, you can add Le Dirt to it to give it that old, antique-y feel. The wax helps it “stick” to the piece!

Before Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


(This picture was pre-waxing – I forgot to snap a pic after!)

Once we were all waxed and ready to go, we took our moulding and Le Dirt outside with a chipbrush. You definitely want to do this outside if possible, because it is a powder (much like dirt). You don’t want to inhale this stuff, and we made sure that Whitney did not do this part since she is pregnant. Annie @ Maison Blanche did not think there were any problems with a pregnant person using it, but we didn’t want to take the chance!

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


First, you’re going to pour some Le Dirt onto your piece. Wherever the wax is, that is where the Le Dirt will stick!

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX (2)


Once it is on there, start brushing it off.

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX (3)


Keep brushing until you’re happy with it.

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX (4)


Can you see how it has settled into the crevices? It looks like an antique piece you would find in your grandmother’s attic! It completely changes the look of it.

The Organza really blew us away, and was probably our favorite product we used that day. Remember Whitney’s faux zinc coffee tables? Yeah, she has been kicking herself since we learned about this stuff – this makes it SO easy to get that same look with almost no work at all.

Moulding Before - Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


This was the “before” picture of the moulding. No wax, nothing but paint.

Moulding After - Pearl Gold Shimmer Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


Can you believe the difference?! I’m pretty sure a jar of this would last the normal person for years – we used VERY little of the product to get this effect.

Bayou Blue Before - Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


Moulding After - Silver Shimmer Maison Blanche


It is a cream and we just dabbed it on with a clean rag. You can wax it afterwards if you want (I probably would just to protect it). These pieces that we have pictures of have not been waxed.

Organza comes in three colors – Pearl Gold, Silver, and Gold. Whitney can’t wait to try the faux zinc look with this!

That’s it for our Maison Blanche “Heather Has a Big Mouth” Tour! You can find Maison Blanche on Pinterest, their website, and Facebook. All of us really had a blast at their warehouse when we went, and we would all love to go back if they invite us! Thanks again to Annie and Nicole – you girls are great! (Go check out Part One and Part Two if you haven’t already!)


Barcelona Orange Nursery Dresser

Only a little over 9 weeks to go and I FINALLY got the nursery dresser painted!

Remember this:

nurserydresser My $30 Canton steal? It sat in our bedroom for WAY too long and I was finally motivated/energetic enough to get started on it. I knew it would be a longer process–I have learned this with Barcelona Orange. But if you can’t put a bright orange dresser in a young boys’ room (or craft room), where can you put one?

From our previous experience with this color of paint, I knew it was going to take several coats. For some reason, it just doesn’t cover as well. Now, I think I know the reason, thanks to the ladies at Maison Blanche! Apparently, some colors (usually darker ones, but not always) have a deep base (when you look at the paint cans in the big box stores, they will say deep/medium base, etc.) and that means it isn’t going to cover as well. The way to overcome that is NOT to use white primer, but rather a gray color as a base coat. Wish I had known that BEFORE I started painting this beast (5 coats later!). Oh well, lesson learned.

dresser 1st coat Do you see that? Not great coverage like I have come to know and love from my ASCP. But I persevered.

dresser side 1st coat

And 4 (or 5–I lost track) coats later, it was finally done to my liking. Well, pretty much. I like my furniture pieces more modern-looking and smooth, rather than chippy and distressed (at least for boys’ bedrooms), so other people may achieve that look quicker if that’s what they’re going for. I also did 2 coats of poly (no wax) since it was going to be in a high-use area and I didn’t want to have to worry about it or re-wax in anytime soon. Plus, I am 7 months pregnant and waxing is pretty labor intensive.

dresser final coat

I reused the same hardware (don’t love it, but hardware is expensive!) and just spray painted it chrome.

dresser complete I still can’t believe I have an orange dresser. I can’t wait to see it with the rest of the room all put together, which we are getting to soon! I will be working on some nursery crafts this weekend at our Pinterest Party, so I will post pics when they are done. But I will leave you with some sneak peeks/hints:

glider before If I can find some fabric I love (Heather might kill me by then), the plan is to recover this. Or attempt it, anyway.

quilt rack before Say bye-bye to the hearts and wood tone.

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whale And look at the cute whale my aunt found at HomeGoods! Love!!

There is more where this came from–can’t wait to get it all done and put together! And of course, show it off to all of you!

What do you think? Would you paint a dresser orange? What’s the boldest color you have painted a piece of furniture (or anything)?

Have a great week!!



Maison Blanche Part Two – Glacage

If you haven’t read Part One of the Maison Blanche field trip, go ahead and check it out!

Our first project was learning how to use Maison Blanche Glacage. It’s kind of difficult to explain exactly what it is, so I’ll just say it is a texturing/embossing process. It comes in five different colors (Natural Wood, Oak, Cherry, Black, and Walnut), so you can match it to what you are working with.

Annie and Nicole from Maison Blanche, showing us just some of the effects you can get by using Glacage.

Annie and Nicole from Maison Blanche, showing us just some of the effects you can get by using Glacage.

Annie from Maison Blanche explaining Glacage - RCHOTX

To teach us how to use Glacage, Annie and Nicole had cabinet doors lined up against the back wall. These can be bought for next to nothing, and would make cute gifts! We each chose the style we wanted (yes, they had a variety!), then chose the stencil we wanted to use, and then chose the color of Glacage we wanted to use.

Our "BEFORE" cabinet doors.

Our “BEFORE” cabinet doors.

The first thing they had us do was lightly sand down the cabinet doors to take a little bit of the gloss off of them. Once that was finished, we used some stencil adhesive and laid our stencils out where we wanted them. (FYI: Stencil adhesive spray works SO much better than tape!)

Maison Blanche Glacage - Cherry - RCHOTX

Now comes the fun part (and the part that we basically managed to not get ANY pictures of!) – slapping that Glacage on. Glacage is a cream, not a liquid, so it is thick.  We applied it to the outer front edges of the cabinet doors, and also onto the stencil. You can use whatever color you want, it just depends on the color paint you use and/or how you want it to look after distressing if you distress it. The Glacage takes a little while to dry, so Annie and Nicole magically had more for us that were already “Glacaged”, dry, and ready to go! It was like something on the Food Network.

You can kind of see what Annie is doing - she is using "Natural" Glacage over a stencil.

You can kind of see what Annie is doing – she is using “Natural” Glacage over a stencil. She applied hers with a plastic scraper. It’s just that easy.

Here is my "during". I used Cherry Glacage. You can see the texture! Another thing we learned is that Glacage is "sandable" after it is dried.

Here is my “during”. I used Cherry Glacage. You can see the texture! Another thing we learned is that Glacage is “sandable” after it is dried.

Once your Glacage is dry, it’s time to paint. I chose Pastille, Whitney chose Chicory Spice,   Tarah chose Collette, Christie chose Cayenne (although now that I think about it, she could have used Cerise!), and Aunt Toni chose Robin’s Egg. (Collette is new and is not on their color chart yet!) Annie did a cabinet door in Bayou Blue. The paint was smooth, went on great, and covered just like I knew it would! I think I did maybe two coats on mine, and that is only because it was a really light color.

Maison Blanche Pastille, Chicory Spice, Collette, Cayenne, and Robin's Egg.

Maison Blanche Pastille, Chicory Spice, Collette, Cayenne (or was it Cerise?), and Robin’s Egg.

Cabinet Door painted with Maison Blanche Pastille over Glacage - RCHOTX

You can see the texture from the Glacage in this picture. Once the Glacage dries, it is raised and you can feel it – it looks like the cabinet door was made with that design in it!

We took our wet cabinet doors over to some fans to speed up the drying while we worked on some other things (that’s for another post, y’all!).

Drying the cabinet doors - Maison Blanche Bayou Blue, Cayenne, Robin's Egg, Collette, Chicory Spice, and Pastille Paints - RCHOTX

Once the paint was dry (maybe 45 minutes?), we took them outside and sanded them down a little (to distress them). You don’t HAVE to do that, it is completely optional. Then we chose our wax. Maison Blanche has Dark Brown, Light Brown, Amber, and Clear. The Maison Blanche wax was almost like a liquid, it went on so easily! I was amazed. It got in all the nooks and crannies and it really was as simple as brushing it on (we used chip brushes – cheap and you don’t feel bad throwing them away once they’re worn out!) and wiping it off with a soft, clean cloth. Some of the other waxes I’ve used are so thick it almost hurts to put it on – I’ll never buy the cheap stuff at Lowe’s / Home Depot again!

Robin's Egg with Dark Brown Wax on edges

Robin’s Egg with Dark Brown Wax on edges

Robin's Egg with Dark Brown wax during - still needs to be buffed more, but can you believe how much the wax you use can change the color of the paint?!

Robin’s Egg with Dark Brown wax during – still needs to be buffed more, but can you believe how much the wax you use can change the color of the paint?!

Collette before wax

Collette before wax

Collette after Amber Wax. This is probably the biggest difference we saw!

Collette after Amber Wax. This is probably the biggest difference we saw!

Cayenne and Dark Brown Wax

Cayenne (or Cerise) and Dark Brown Wax

Annie is the quickest waxer in the west. You can see how easily this wax brushes on in this picture.

Annie is the quickest waxer in the west. You can see how easily this wax brushes on in this picture.

Annie told us that when we got home we needed to “buff” it a little with a soft cloth to make it shine a little bit more. I still have not done that since I have been a tad bit busy, but I plan to work on it next weekend at our Pinterest Party, and hopefully have a totally finished project to show you!

I still can’t believe how much fun we had while we were there. I seriously have thought about going back ever since we left! In the next post, I’ll show you some of the finishes that Maison Blanche carries, and how much they can change the look of your painted pieces. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made!

Read our other posts about Maison Blanche here! Part One / Part Three



Adventures with vinyl

Last week I tried something new – adventures with vinyl on my Cricut. It truly is a trial and error type of adventure. If I hadn’t bought some vinyl on Pick Your Plum for inexpensive, it would most definitely be an expensive one.

First let me say … I LOVE GOOGLE! I googled before putting the vinyl on my cutting mat. No, I didn’t google “how to put vinyl on the cutting mat”. I just wanted to be sure I didn’t get ahead of myself. Wonderful Google took me to YouTube, another great invention (entertainment and learning!). Google and YouTube brought me to a tutorial for cutting vinyl with the Cricut. Suzy’s Scrappin Spot has a list of tutes to view. I watched the one for cutting and then watched her cheat sheet tute. While her settings worked for her, they didn’t work for me, so I set mine differently. It’s good to know though!

Y’all remember the stool I painted at last week? I have finished it.

As we know, I don’t own a Silhouette. I have a Cricut. It works, I like it, I live with it.

Kitchen Helper Cricut


I went back and forth with that I wanted to put on the stool. I asked Heather to help decide between “Mommy’s helper” or “Kitchen helper”.

Her reply – “Kitchen helper. Mommy’s helper = valium” 

Kitchen Helper it is.

Kitchen Helper cut


After messing up the first try because I used the “cheat sheet” settings. after changing them up a bit, it worked. I went with a simple font and a simple color – black.

Kitchen Helper layout Once I had the extra taken off and thrown away. I cut the block and placed them where I wanted them. I figured little feet were going to be standing on this, it just needs to be simple.

Painters tape


Being a first timer at this, I didn’t know I needed transfer paper. Maybe I should do a little research first before starting something like this. But really? Who wants to do that? I like to fly by the seat of my pants sometimes.

Google also provided me with a substitute material for the transfer paper that I didn’t have. Did YOU know you needed yet another material for this vinyl stuff? Yeah, neither did I, unless of course then you did know and I’m clearly in the dark about this stuff. The substitute is …. painter’s tape! Shocking, I know.



I know this is hard to believe, but I have had a semi-FAIL. What makes this a semi-fail? Well since the kids have been “using”* it, the L has flattened out.

*read – getting the stool and getting their own snack, mommy’s tape measure, a banana … I could go on.

Kitchen Helper done and we’re done. Super easy, super cute and they love having their own stool. Too bad they’ve moved Savannah’s into the laundry room to help with the laundry.



Kitchen helper

Now that my kids are growing like weeds and getting up there in age, they want to help with stuff (whether I want them to or not!) Heather has given all 3 kids these cute personalized stools. She got them from Ikea and then painted them. Each have their names and designs on them. Jaxon uses his stool in his closet to get his school clothes and Trent uses his stool to crawl into his bed. We’ve been using Savannah’s in the kitchen for whoever decides they want to help with lunch/dinner. Its time for her to take her stool to her room. Now we will have a “kitchen helper” stool specifically for the kitchen helper that night!

Last month we went to J’s parents and made a trip to Ikea in Round Rock. I love Ikea. I had 2 things on my “need to get” list and a few on my “if I see it, I might get it” list. I quickly picked up the stool I was there for, then continued to peruse.

stool before

Jody was nice enough to put this bad boy together for me. It was amusing to hear him talk to the picture only instructions. This little guy was only $14.99, easy and comes in handy.

Of course I didn’t leave it natural. That’s totally not something I would do.

CeCe Caldwell paint


I’m the only one of the 5 of us that has branched out from Annie Sloan and tried a competitor. I’ve had this can of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint for a while. I’ve used it on quite a few things (a potato bin and a queen size iron headboard). This paint truly goes a long way. Since the stool is going to be used in my kitchen, Spring Hill Green is perfect for it.

painted stool


BUT here’s the thing about this color – until you get the wax on it. It seems more pastel than bright. Also, I hate pastel. So.


Clearly, I’m the rebel of the group. Not only have a branched out from ASCP, I also went with some different wax. Everyone loves Home Depot and Lowes, and I do too, however, they are not conveniently located near me when I need to make a quick trip. And when I say “not convenient”, I mean it’s like 5 miles away and … let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that when you only need 1 thing. We have a nice Ace Hardware located near us, and wouldn’t you know it, one of the employees loves to refinish furniture. He recommended Johnson’s Paste Wax. Its for floors, but works nicely on furniture.

dryingstool I’m not patient. At all. Luckily, I was working on another project while waiting for the stool to dry. It dries quickly, so that’s always a good thing.

Aren’t quick little projects always great to get out of the way? There’s more to this little guy. You’ll see.


ANOTHER Faux Zinc Coffee Table

After testing out the process (using this tutorial) on my $20 Craigslist coffee table (that I later sold for $90), I knew that was what I wanted to do with my $65 Craigslist coffee table. I just knew that it was going to take A LOT longer due to the 8 drawers and extra details that the other did not have. I put it off and put it off until finally I got some motivation (in the form of my sister who was coming over to work on her coffee table).

This is my coffee table BEFORE:

before 008 Quite the beauty, no? Well, maybe not in this form. She was scratched up and a little worse for wear, but SOLID (aka heavy beast) and had nice details on the corners. And lots of storage (which my son promptly took advantage of with his coloring books and games).

Using my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, I got started and had the first coat done relatively quickly. Heather was painting her coffee table at the same time with homemade chalk paint (post to come later about that) and her first coat took way longer than mine and her coffee table was nowhere near as detailed/large as mine. The ASCP just covers so well and goes so far–it is worth the money in my opinion (especially now that I have seen the comparison firsthand). I didn’t even sand or repair any of the scratches, I figured that would add character and a more “metal” look to it once it was done (plus I was lazy).

After 2 coats:

1st coat zinc coffee table Once dried, I sanded down the entire table using a 200 grit sanding block. I tried sandpaper, thinking it would be better for the crevices and details, but I liked the sanding block so much better–much quicker and more comfortable to work with. It has a totally different look after sanding.

coffee table sanded sanded drawers After sanding it was time for the wax. Heather and I decided we wanted to try Briwax, as we had heard it was a good substitute for the ASCP clear wax. I had been using Minwax Finishing Paste and it was easy enough but definitely took more elbow grease than the soft-as-butter ASCP wax. I have to say, the Briwax was a *bit* softer but had quite a strong odor. I had to open doors to allow for plenty of ventilation, which I usually never have to do. And I may have started waxing too soon, but the Briwax also seemed to take off some of the paint as I rubbed it on. Again, that could have been my fault for being in a hurry, but it was something I noticed. I still used the ASCP round brush for the wax (LOVE) and an old t-shirt to wipe off excess.

After the first coat of wax was dry, it was time to start on the faux-zinc part by adding silver metallic craft paint (any will do–Heather happened to have some in her stash so I just used what she had; I think it was 2 different silvers too) to the wax. It seemed to take more craft paint to achieve the look than it did with the last table, but it could have been because I couldn’t get it to blend with the wax very well. I may be splurging on ASCP Clear Wax for my next project–I have been spoiled by her Dark Wax already.

Drawers and top of table AFTER:

Top drawer has just been waxed, bottom drawer has been waxed with the silver craft paint added. You can see the depth the craft paint gives it in this picture.

drawers after silver paint 2013-02-11 15.22.01 After doing a final coat of wax (this is a much-used coffee table, after all) and letting that dry, I buffed the entire thing (using a good amount of muscle/force) to get a nice smooth finish and shine. I love the buffing pad I got from the ASCP stockist. It is just a microfiber pad (for only $1.50) but it is wonderful.

It took me a while to find knobs to replace the original worn-out wooden ones because I didn’t want to spend more on knobs than I did on the entire table. I saw some beautiful ones at Hobby Lobby, but even $3.00 a piece was more than I wanted to pay. I decided to go with some cheap, black $0.97 ones from Lowe’s. It ties it back into my black entertainment center and work just fine. They even had a little detail to them.

zinc table knobs close And I was done! Since it is a table that we use (and couldn’t NOT have in our living room), I kept it covered with a sheet for a couple weeks to make sure it could properly seal without getting scratched up by my son with a race car or something.

Zinc coffee table1 Zinc coffee table2 Zinc coffee table4 So, just for fun, let’s see a before and after. I always love those!


Zinc coffee table after

I love it! Now, if I can get rid of my couches and rug and get that charcoal grey sectional I so desire, then it would look even better, but that will have to wait.

This was definitely labor-intensive but still didn’t take very long in the overall scheme of things. I could have knocked it out in a couple days if I tried really hard. Definitely worth it when you see the results though–my cell phone pics don’t quite do it justice.

Next up, a Barcelona Orange dresser for the nursery! Yikes!

Have you tried this technique? What do you think of it? What has been your favorite piece you have painted (any technique)?

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Craigslist Media Console!

media console finished

So, we bought a new TV. We bought it a lot sooner than I planned on buying one. Why? It was a great deal and we didn’t want to miss out.

The problem? Our current TV (at the time) was a stand-alone beast and I had nothing to put the new (skinny, beautiful) TV on, furniture-wise. I didn’t want another IKEA/Target ready-to-assemble piece of fiberboard, I wanted real furniture, and I had the perfect piece in my head.

Big Sur 3 Piece Media Cabinet

Yep. My head has expensive taste ($2875!!!). I had to take it down a notch, since we just dropped big bucks on the TV. I took it to Craigslist. Five minutes later, I found something I liked. It was $169 on Craigslist, but it was at a local antique mall. Of course I forced Whitney to go look at it with me, armed with measuring tape and a plan! It had the coolest looking top two drawers – of course, the ones I was about to remove. I did save them because they have a lattice design, and I might want to use this as a real chest of drawers someday.

poppin tags


Turns out it was the perfect size! It was also $20 cheaper than it was on Craigslist (yay for sales). PS: This is who I bought it from – Vintage Shoppe Girl. They’ve got good stuff if you’re local! Since I don’t have a truck (I really should have a truck), I had them hold it and convinced my brother to “help” me pick it up the next morning. What a good brother I have.

They agreed to sell it to me for $130, which was awesome, so I made it mine. It sat in my living room for a week while I stared at it, panicked, and tried to figure out the easiest way to convert a chest of drawers to a media console. Finally, at about 7:00 pm one night, I figured it out and left my husband at home to make dinner while I went to Home Depot to pick up a few things. Ha!


Those “few things” were 1/2″ MDF cut to size, a hole saw bit set, oh, and a Ryobi Super Combo Kit. Yeah. I only needed a drill (my hand-me-down drill bit the dust), but for only $50 more I could get a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, and a big old flashlight thing. It all came with a huge bag to store it in, 2 batteries, and a charger. So awesome. The lady that checked me out was asking about it, so I told her about Haven Conference/Ryobi/DIY stuff – people are always so shocked that a *girl* can use power tools, it amazes me every time!

I guess you could say that once I get motivated to do something, I don’t mess around. I got home, plugged the charger in, and let the battery charge while we ate dinner. Once that was finished, I realized that one of the shelves I had cut would not fit because a notch needed to be taken out of it. I KNEW I bought the combo kit for a reason!

what a mess

Yes, folks, I used a reciprocating saw in my living room. Sure did. I wasn’t even scared (it was my first time). It was awesome.


Then it was time to use the saw hole bit – 2 1/2″, to pull all of the cords through the back. That was a little bit scary, at least the first one. I wasn’t too sure of myself so it was a little choppy, but the second one was like buttah.

no more top drawers

almost finished

spray painting shelves

We nailed the back of the chest back on, painted the shelves black (spray paint because I’m cheap and impatient like that), and plugged stuff in. It is perfect! I ordered a table runner to go on the top (uh, in a color much like Gilded Pesto, of course) to finish it off. It’s not here yet, but I will update when it is!

Now, what else can I go saw and/or drill?

media console finished


Linked up at Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday!




Painted Furniture Roundup

According to our stats, the furniture/painting posts are the reader favorites by a landslide! In looking back at our archives, I thought that it would be so much nicer if they were all together in one big post – so here you go!

1. Dining Room Hutch Re-do 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint | French Linen + ASCP Dark Wax

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint | French Linen + ASCP Dark Wax

2. Vanity Stool Makeover

hot pink vanity stool makeover


3. I-Know-You-Didn’t Hope Chest

Hope chest freezer paper transfer

4. ASCP Primer Red chest of drawers

Brendan's Dresser After

5. ASCP Barcelona Orange Dresser


6. ASCP Provence Buffet

7. The Pinterest Party to end all Pinterest Parties

furniture pinterest 8-2012

8. One of the Real Cheap Househusbands takes on painting a chest of drawers

The dark walnut stain top

The dark walnut stain top

9. The much loved faux zinc coffee table

coffee table after

10. Goodwill nightstand redo

nightstand drawer

11. Entry hall table makeover

12. A “new” coffee table for Dad

green coffee table

13. Dr. Seuss nursery reveal


14. Gilded Pesto chair makeover 

chair makeover

15. Brittaney’s random furniture makeovers


16. The one where Christie gets brave

finished coffee table

Guys, we have painted a LOT of furniture in a relatively short period of time! I had no idea until I put this roundup together.

Guess what? There’s more on the way! Patience, grasshoppers.



Heather’s Dream Houzz (.com)

You know how you decide you want to do ONE thing, and then it turns into two things, and before you know it – it’s twenty things? Well, that’s what happened to me.

I’m going to paint my coffee table with Gilded Pesto this weekend, and it has made me design a whole new living room (that I can’t afford!). One piece at a time, Heather, one piece at a time. (If you like my Gilded Pesto chairs, go check out Roeshel’s Gilded Pesto sliding door at DIY Showoff! I love it – her post is what made me want to paint everything in sight again)

So, to keep me from spending money I don’t have, I created an Ideabook on Houzz. I’ve glanced at the site before, but never spent too much time on it. It’s pretty handy, and I’ll be doing more (imaginary) rooms now! Here’s a slideshow of what I came up with – this is VERY modern for me, but I kind of think that the colors I like lend themselves to a more modern room than I’m used to. I like it!

Check out the slideshow and tell me what you think – I’m thinking I need to make this room a reality! Houzz is fun – whether you’re dreaming (like me) or actually doing. Go make a room and share it with us! (PS: If the slideshow doesn’t show up, refresh your browser and it should work just fine)

Browse Accessories And Decor on Houzz- For Example:
Artwork · Clocks · Frames · Mirrors · Plants · Rugs · Throws · Waste Baskets ·

So, whatcha think? I’m thinking I need to make this room a reality!

Monday’s Minute Makeover: Painting without Permission!

How many of you have a mantel that looks like this one?…..

If you do, I’m talking to you!


What? You can’t even see the mantel? My thoughts exactly!

It’s simple and serves it’s purpose, but it just blends into the brick. So, I thought I’d remedy that real quick before decorating for Halloween. And while dad was out running errands.

My life motto has always been: “It’s easier to get forgiveness than it is permission.”


Then, dad came home. (I held my breath. Prepared for the worst.)

And…nothing. He. Never. Noticed.

It’s now mid-January and he’s never said a thing. And neither have I.



That Heather made me a cute “thankful” garland for Thanksgiving. Love it.


Do you have something you want to desperately paint? Take the plunge and do it! You’ll be glad you did :)

Have a great Monday y’all!






big finished coffee table

I Spy with my little eye…

Somewhere in the late 90′s/Early 2000′s as I was making the transition from “college furniture” to “for-real furniture”, someone told me that a monochromatic color scheme lent an air of sophistication.  BOY, did I listen!

Our first house had lovely mocha walls with a taupe couch and chair (in a microsuede fabric that no one should consider if they are even entertaining the notion of children) and furniture that required an allen wrench for assembly. Fast forward 12 years, and sadly, our house was stuck in the same color scheme, only we had graduated to a chocolate leather sofa and love seat.  I’m the girl that likes to try new things, but I have no idea where to begin. Brittaney?  Not so much.  I told her that I was tired of my home looking like it wasn’t put together.  Brittaney has an insane ability to pull together a room with knick knacks she found from every corner of the globe. Without her help, I’m afraid the older, more refined, less thrifty version of myself would have delighted greatly in this room:

I gave Brittaney carte blanche to make whatever suggestions she might in our living room.  We were off to the races, and she had completely re-configured my living room with (GASP!) the furniture floating in the center of the room.  Then, she suggested a pop of color. I needed a rug to anchor the space and a coffee table.   I found a fun/funky rug at the Home Fabrics and Rugs, and I LOVE it.  All my favorite colors were brought together without looking like a train wreck.  This was a bold choice for me!

Next up on our shopping excursion was Goodwill.  Who would have known I longed for the days when I bought things at the furniture store, only to figure out I could really put my stamp on the place by finding “treasures” (that likely require a fair amount of elbow grease) at thrift shops?  This little gem was hiding in plain sight, and was mine for the bargain price of $5!! The guys at Goodwill broke the glass table top.  That’s fine, I wasn’t going to use it anyway!

Coffee Table with Missing Glass

Then I had luaun (loo-on) cut to fit the top of the coffee table.  Using a staple gun, I attached it to the frame of the table and caulked the seams.  One of the things I love most about this coffee table are the feet!

coffee table luan foot detail




Now for the pop of color I need….My absolute favorite color in the world right now is the turquoise blue in the rug.  Valspar has a fabulous color that matches it completely called Jackson Glen.

After One Coat of Paint

**A word about the paint selection…  I love all of the specialty paints we have used on other projects (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed, etc.) but for cost, durability, and a plethora of color options, I chose Valspar HD in a Semi-Gloss finish.  We use our living room all day every day, and this table will be used for snacks, homework, coffee, and much more.  I wanted something durable that I would be able to touch up quickly if necessary without additional finishing steps.  I did poly the top for added durability.   Without further adieu, this is the finished project!  I love it!

big finished coffee table



Bring on the Laundry! Or, How I Almost Died.

Finally. A room reveal. The laundry room/area!                                                                           It’s not the laundry room of my dreams, but it’s what I’ve got to work with.                                          It’s A LOT better than it was.                                                                                                     Our bathroom & closet are up next. Golf Guy is laying the floor as I type this.

Before….I know, I didn’t even bother to clean up.

bathroom door before

laundry closet before

laundry room doorway before

Look what he does on his day off! Ahhh….he only thought this part was bad….just wait.

golf guy demolition

Then, I asked him to repurpose the top part of our entertainment center we no longer needed into a folding table/countertop area. I couldn’t stand to just throw it out.

There are no pictures of the day he constructed it. I’ve only seen my husband really mad/frustrated a handful of times in 13 years. That was one of them.

I’m pretty sure he had thoughts of killing me in my sleep. At least prison is DIY free.            Yes, he was THAT mad.


repurposed entertainment center

So here’s the finished product. Except the fug floor. That will come later.                       Later, later.

backpack hooks wall organizer

Yes, the doors don’t match. It bothers me. Doors are expensive so I have to live with it.


Our bedroom door on the left, bathroom door on the right.

Our bedroom door on the left, bathroom door on the right.

Our bathroom door and laundry area.

Our bathroom door and laundry area.

The folding table that nearly got me murdered. It was worth it. Almost.

The folding table that nearly got me murdered. It was worth it. Almost.

The counter had to be put high since it had to go above the water connections so we wouldn’t see that ugliness!

View of leaving the laundry room.

View of leaving the laundry room.

Right by the washer & dryer is the giant life-size ruler that measures the kid’s height. It’s one of my most favorite things!

Just got summoned to help…have a great Sunday y’all!