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Pottery Barn Inspired Chairs


Awhile back Pottery Barn came out with a set of Queen Anne dining room chairs that came in all different colors. I absolutely loved them and wanted to try it with a set of 6 chairs that I had purchased from a local thrift shop.


My original plan was to paint two chairs each in red, yellow and Duck Egg Blue (Annie Sloan Paint Color). One side of our table has a bench and the other side has two chairs so I thought that would give me the option to change out the two chairs that sit permanently at my dining room table and add a pop of color & character into the room. I plan to store the rest in the basement to be used when we have get togethers and such.

So far I have two of the chairs done. I’ve painted one in Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk and one in Annie Sloan Arles with AS Clear and Dark Wax topcoats. I really like the fun colors together at the table but decided I want to try to paint the next set in more subtle colors so I’m going to use Annie Sloan French Linen. I think this color will blend really well with my dining room. I’ll be sure to share those when they are done. Thanks for looking!


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Sunroom Reveal


I started my back porch project in May  and finally took some pictures today so I could share the results. There are still a few finishing touches I’d like to do but for the most part it’s done and at this point probably one of the most completed rooms in the house.

Here are some before pictures to show you what it looked like when I started…..



And here are the afters….


I originally planned to paint the Cedar Walls, ceiling and furniture but ultimately decided that I liked the warmer tones of the wood so I left it. Pete also wasn’t fond of the idea so that may have had something to do with it also. (:

The coffee table is a laminate one I got off of Craigslist and painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the French Linen color. The “slipcovers” for the chairs and loveseat are painter’s drop clothes that I secured around the cushions. Eventually I would like to make permanent slipcovers for these but since I don’t know how to sew just yet this is my temporary solution. It also makes it pretty easy to clean if needed so that’s a definite plus.


The Curtain Rods I made from various materials found at my local hardware store. You can read all about that project here. The curtains themselves were simple sheer panels I picked up at Target.


The lamp was a garage sale find that I got for $4 and the tray is another garage sale find that I got for $1!! I love finding deals like those!


I planted basil in the planter below. I have to confess I bought these plants because they smelled good and because I liked the flowers – I already have Basil planted in the garden but these I will bring in this winter and see how long they last. (:


The Octagon Side Table is another repurposed table I got off of Craigslist that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. You can see more details here.

The Magazine Holder I made from a metal crate and wooden slats. You can see those project details here.


The Pillows were made from placemats. Another project I featured earlier on the blog here.


This farmhouse door is one of my favorite finds for this room. I bought it early this spring.  Not only did I love the character, the color and the hardware but it also has a unique story. It was taken out of a local country schoolhouse in the township that my grandmpa grew up in. I am still trying to find someone in the family that would know if this is the school my grandpa went to. I know he went to a country school just not sure this is the one.

There were a few spots that had some fresh scratches that weren’t as weathered as I wanted to I went over a few parts of the door with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and that helped it all blend together much better.

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This white stucco wall was the first thing I painted in the room. I quickly found out that stucco is not so easy to paint – which is not good because the entire outside of our house is stucco and is in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. That may be an all summer project next year. (:

The décor for this wall is still a work in progress. I have a plan for artwork I want to make for the frame hanging on the wall and I also plan to hang it the frame itself lower – it’s too high for my taste and looks even more so in the picture. (:

The small door on the floor was from my boyfriend’s family’s farm and the colors fit perfectly into the room. This may be reused in our living room as a backboard to a cuddly bear mount from my brother that we are putting up. Watch for future blog posts on that exciting project!!


You can see information on the Primitive Cabinet on a previous post  as well.


On top of the cabinet I have some more potted herbs for an herb garden.


The close up of the planter is also an item near and dear to my heart. It was from my grandparent’s farm before they moved and it makes me smile and brings back many fond memories.


And lastly the iron candle holder was a birthday give to me from my sisters from our favorite store in Duluth, MN. I spraypainted it white and plan to find some textured candles or something yet to put in here.


Overall I’m really happy with the transformation and had a lot of fun picking the perfect pieces for the room. This has definitely become one of my favorite rooms in the house – it’s so relaxing and peaceful. Last weekend my sister Mic was in town visiting and it was so nice to be able to sit out here with her and catch up. I look forward to many more memories like those shared in this room.

Thanks for looking! ~Jess

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The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict


Farmhouse Chair Makeover


After a fun and relaxing vacation with friends, I’m excited to be home and to get started on some new projects I have plans for.

My first task was to finish this farmhouse chair I started a few weeks ago. It is an old farmhouse style chair I picked up a few years ago at an Antique Store.  I had originally planned on painting the whole chair one color but after sanding it down I quickly changed my mind. I really loved the details and the character in the seat so I decided to try a little experiment and stain the seat of the chair and paint the rest.


On the seat of the chair I used Minwax Stain in Dark Walnut and wipe on poly to seal it.

For the paint I used my old favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint but tried a new color for this one. The name of the color is Versailles and it’s a really pretty light green.

When the paint dried I used a layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax followed by a light layer of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to accent the details.






Thanks for looking!!


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Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Creek Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
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The Scoop Link Party @ Cedarhill Ranch
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Placemats to Pillows

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I really need to learn to use a sewing machine. I’ve got a ton of ideas for curtains, bedding, slipcovers and most importantly pillows. I don’t have a large selection available in the local stores so I decided to use these placemats I found at Target.

They were so simple to make. Because they had two layers of fabric already sewn together, I cut a hole in the back panel that allowed me to stuff them with pillow stuffing I had from old pillows and then I hand sewed them back up.  The seam does show in the back but because they are just for decoration I wasn’t too worried about it.

It was a fun project – my 7 year old son and my 11 year old daughter had fun stuffing the pillows and my daughter even helped sew the backs shut. When she got done with the pillows she went and found all her stuffed animals that had gotten holes in them and repaired them and then even helped my son out and repaired his!

Thanks for looking!!  ~Jess



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Flea Market Side Table


I picked up this piece at a Flea Market a few weeks ago and I can’t believe I almost passed on it. Thankfully I was shopping with my sister Danielle who is my shopping enabler and she encouraged me to buy it. (;

I was most drawn to the hardware on this piece – it is what ultimately sold me on buying it. I love the antique metal side handle accentsand the rollers on the feet.


My biggest challenge was the top. There was a design inserted into the middle and I wasn’t sure how that would look painted but I thought it would be a great chance to give a try at stenciling or painting graphics on it.


To get the design, I used graphite paper and traced the French Transfer Printable from Graphic Fairy’s website. I then painted it with Annie Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint. This was my first shot at freehand painting like this and I’ll be honest – it took me FOREVER!  I got quite antsy to see the results but the wait was worth it for me.


To paint the table, I made my own chalkboard paint with plaster of paris. This is my second attempt at making it and I had much more success. I think my mistake the first time around is that it was way too thick so this time I put in plaster of paris until I got the same consistency as the other chalk paints I’ve used. It was just slightly thicker than normal paint.

It took a lot longer to dry than the Annie Sloan Paints did but once it finally did (I left it for a day) I sanded it and used a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax as a top coat.



Overall I’m really happy with how this one came out. I’m not usually drawn to long side tables but I absolutely love this one and may need to pick up a few more to work with!


Thanks for looking!



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DIY Curtain Rods


Another project that we recently finished for the sunroom is adding some curtains. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on curtain rods and there are three walls of windows (four rods needed) so I did a search on pinterest for DIY Curtain Rods and found this post “$7 Curtain Rods” at Kelly Hicks Design’s Blog. It was PERFECT!

Our local Menards had everything we needed so it was a quick and easy project and the cost was very minimal. We used 1/2″ Metal  Conduit for the Rods, Hooks for the Rod Holder, and Conduit Fittings for the ends. We needed a little help finding the conduit fittings and when we told the salesman what we were using it for he laughed and said that’s one he’s never heard before. LOL.

We pretty much followed the directions from Kelly Hicks Design’s post except we substituted hooks for the eyebolts. I was originally going to spray paint the rods white so I didn’t want to scratch the paint when I put the rod through the eyebolt but once I put them up I liked the silver in the room so I decided to leave them for now.


In the end the cost was very minimal – the two long side windows ended up being $5.25 each and the two smaller front windows were $4.61 each because we were able to cut the pipe for both. Not too bad!! I’m so glad I found Kelly’s post – this saved me a lot of money and I really like how they look too!



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Distressed Side Table

 I’ve had this table stained and painted with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue for a few weeks now but I wanted to distress and antique it to get the look I wanted to go with the stained top.


I’ve been putting it off because distressing furniture makes me nervous. I haven’t done a lot of distressing by sanding because I’m always a little worried that I’m going to ruin the piece and then I’d have to start all over again.

Last night I decided this can’t sit in the middle of the kids’ TV Room anymore. I needed to get it done and out of the house so I grabbed my sanding sponge and gave it a shot.

I reminded myself often to only sand those areas that would naturally get worn away and after a few minutes of anxiety as the paint started coming off I started having fun with it. Once I was done sanding the bottom I used the “Antique Glaze Technique” to give it that extra dimension.

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This is probably the most distressed piece I’ve ever done. Now that I’m getting over my anxiety about trying it, I’m looking at all the other furniture pieces around my house to see if I need to distress them too!

This is the first of many projects I have planned to complete this weekend. Here are a few before pictures of two of the pieces I’m going to be working on. I’m also sharing a peek at my sunroom. It’s almost completely done so hopefully by Sunday I’ll be able to do a feature on it here. It’s the most “completed” room in the whole house at this point so I’m kinda excited about it. Now I need to remember to take a break from some of these projects once in awhile and enjoy it! (:





Linking up to:

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
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The Scoop Party @ Lolly Jane
Link Party @ Lil Luna
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking