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My son’s new dressers!

Yesterday I got dresser #2 done for Keaton’s room and I LOVE it!! This picture doesn’t do the pair justice…..because of the lighting and the really, really small space I had to take a picture it’s hard to compare them together but in the room the stains look the same and they look like a completed set.

Now it’s inspired me to completely change the rest of the room, I’m going to paint his walls a light grey and his bookshelves and the Ikea loft bed are also going to get the refurbished treatment. I’m excited about all the new ideas I have for this room!! ~Jess

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Rustic Stool Makeover

This stool has been with me for a long time. I bought it in 2004 to use in my photography sessions and I used it in pretty much every session including this one from my daughter taken in 2005.


Taylor 2005

Since then it’s seen better days. It’s still a nice, sturdy old stool but the finish was rubbing off and you were bound to get a sliver if you rubbed it the wrong way. I struggled with redoing it because of the memories, but ultimately decided that it’s doing me no good hiding in the basement and I really wanted to see what this stool would look like with a makeover and I just love the results – I’m so glad I finally did it.

Here is a before picture of the stool in it’s current 2013 state (along with some other pots I plan to repaint to fit my current décor)….

Stool Before

And here are the afters…

Stool Full 2

Stool Closeup 1

Stool Closeup 2

Stool Full 1

I used two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on this one and was starting to panic a little as the paint was drying. It was looking like a bright, bright red. But after the initial paint layer dried I applied a layer of clear wax and then went over it with the dark wax and immediately started to love it again. I absolutely love how the dark wax fills in where it needs to and showcases the years of age and memories this stool has been through. Thanks for looking! ~Jess


Photograph the Details

A project I’ve been working on for a little over a year now is to get my family’s digital photographs organized and printed so we can get them off the computer and enjoy them!! I got my first digital camera in 2004 and I have only edited and printed a handful of those pictures so I literally have thousands and thousands of pictures to print – it can be quite overwhelming. I stumbled upon a few posts last year about Blurb Books ( and I loved this concept of being able to create my own layouts and have them all printed and bound together into a book. They do have easy to use software as well but I’ve choosen to upload my own layouts created in Photoshop.

I’ve been challenging myself to create at least two layouts a week and wanted to share this one from 2004. I took these pictures of my daughter’s room in 2004 and she would have been 2 years old. She’s 11 years old now and looking back I’m so very glad I took these pictures. It brings back so many great memories of her childhood – her favorite movies and favorite toys that I had forgotten about. And her adorable bunny towel! How could I forget that? LOL. So my photography tip of the week is to remember to photograph all the small details in your family’s life.

For this layout I used Cinzia Loosemore’s templates from O’Scraps but had to customize this one a little to fit the 8×10 size I’m using for my 2004 album. Thanks for looking! ~Jess



Duck Egg Blue Side Table

This is one of my favorite recent finished projects. I really love this Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue color. I only bought a sample size of it and now I want to paint everything Duck Egg Blue!!

It’s been said many times that you don’t have to prime pieces when you paint with chalk paint but I did prime this one because it was a laminate piece and I wanted to prevent scratching as much as I could. I used a white primer and about three coats of the Duck Egg blue with AS Clear Wax to seal it. This was my first time using the ASCP and just clear wax by itself without putting a layer of dark wax on top and I absolutely love how clean and fresh it looks! Very beachy and perfect for my porch! I can’t wait to get more of this paint – I will definitely order a quart this time!!  ~Jess


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Potting Bench

I’m so lucky to have an amazing and talented boyfriend who has furnished almost half of our house with his handy skills!  I wanted to share the completed pictures of the potting bench that Peter built. I mentioned to him one day that it would be great to have a potting bench and a few days later  he had a potting bench all made up! It’s he awesome? I think we are going to sell this one and he’s going to make me another one just a little bit longer so I can have some more space to work and I’m going to hang some hooks on it to hold my gardening tools.  I’m thinking of painting it a fun, bright color to add some personality to the outside. Any ideas?

Hopefully by the end of the week I can get a few of our other completed projects up to share. We’ve completed a cute, rustic little stool and my jewelry holder project is really coming along too! I’ve found two more frames to paint and I’m pretty excited about the ideas I have for it!!  Be sure to check back!!


Potting Bench 1

Potting Bench 2

Potting Bench 3

Potting Bench 4


Executive Desk Project…

At Danielle’s request I’m putting up a picture of the desk Pete and I picked up yesterday. It was a  find on Craigslist and we thought it may look kinda cool after we get it all fixed back up. We even found some hidden treasures in this one. Kinda funny.

Stay tuned for the finished pictures – Pete has made this one his own little project and he’s on a mission to get it done. He started stripping it immediately after getting it home and off the truck, as you can see in the before picture. ~Jess



Refurbished Dresser

It’s been a busy weekend here in our household! Pete and I have spent the majority of it in the garage working on some of our projects. I’ve acquired quite a few pieces over the past few weeks and they’ve started to overtake the garage. Pete would really like to have at least half of his garage back so he’s been helping me get some of it done.

I’m so excited about how this dresser turned out – I just love it! I’ve been wanted to do a two toned grey and dark stained dresser since I saw these two blog posts pinned on Pinterest:

I decided to use one of the dressers I bought last weekend. I loved how the natural wood looked and knew this would look great stained! Here is the before (forgive bad picture – I almost forgot to take the before picture; as you can see I was a little too excited to start this project and had already taken off two of the handles LOL)

Dresser Before

And here are the afters:




I love this so much I’m working on doing the other dresser I bought last weekend in this same fashion for my son’s room!