Farmhouse Sampler

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You may have noticed I have taken some time away from blogging.  I have been so busy while preparing to open my first shop. My city friends call it a barn, my country friends call it a shop, and a stray cat calls it home. So, when I saw this months Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is sponsored by Old Fashioned Milk Company with a Farmhouse theme…I could not hold back.


Old img_1731Fashioned Milk Company is fantastic for busy moms. It’s so hard to get projects done with 3 boys. I don’t want them around a lot of products, although I do use low VOC and environmentally “friendly”. Which is kinda like asking a waitress if they have a gluten free menu and being told they have a “gluten friendly” menu. What?  Is that a kind of, but not really? So I was excited to try an all green product! Check out the product here.


So, what to paint?  This project needed to be quick and easy! This piece is what I refer to as the “sampler”.  It gets a little bit of everything on it.  Paint techniques, paint colors, even a little marker art. I have been waiting around on how to make it pretty, bc I just didn’t know.

I mixed Federal Blue with equal parts water and stirred for 5 mins.  Then let it set to break up anything that’s left.  While painting it’s important to keep stirring because it will settle.

It was 100 degrees, with Kansas humidity when I painted.  So, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.   It dried in about 5 mins, which was great because it needed 2 coats.  It has very thin coverage, like milk!



img_1710I also wanted to fancy up a simple clay pot so I added plaster to the milk paint and stenciled a pattern on it.






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S is for Donovan

It’s Transformation Tuesday and this week I found found a dresser for my 3 year old.   He was showing off his new dresser and pointed to the big letter “D” and exclaims “S is for Donovan!” Oh my sweet boy, you stick to telling me the size of the smokestacks on that 379 over there. His main area of expertise is in garbage trucks, worker-man trucks, and most importantly BIG PETES! He is kind of a Peterbilt snob.

I found this solid dresser for $60 bucks. It’s solid wood with plastic drawers screwed into the wood. Really an unattractive piece. I let him pick his favorite color of blue and in 3 really easy steps we finished this giant dresser.


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 I wanted to try a new chalk paint so I tried Art Minds, found at Michaels. (They didn’t have a black wax so I tinted the clear). This is the only chalk paint that I have noticed a bad odor. So awful. Must paint outside! I did not and I still have a headache. Other than that it went on very smooth and adhered just like I needed on those plastic drawers without any prep work.


First coat on and ready to put lighter blue on.







I used a dry brush technique so not all the dark blue would be covered. This elimates having to sand for the layered effect and keeps that depth.






Dry overnight or for half a day. This brand took much longer than others I have used to dry.

Final step is to wax.  Tint the clear wax to whatever color you want. I wanted black to antique the look and give it some character. Wipe it on and wipe it off and then gently buff after it has dried.  This step is super messy so I did not get any pictures!
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I am normally hesitant of custom orders because it doesn’t allow me to do whatever I want and that is kind of my thing. However, this was a lot of fun.  I had the privilege getting to know a fantastic lady who is a opening a day spa in Lincoln.  She needed a big dresser for the makeup area.  I sent her a picture of what I had.


She told me she wanted it white and with big chunky legs.  No Problem.

Ok, legs were kind of a problem on this beast,  but it still happened.  I was going to do a leg tutorial but honestly, it’s kind of easy and you can just look on Pinterest.

I will explain my paint though.  I knew I wanted to use Linen white and a chalk paint so it would sand smooth.  Impress all the ladies relaxing on their well-deserved day out.

So paint, Flat Linen (found at Ace), some kind of plaster or chalk additive, and water.


Microwave a small cup of hot water, will just use a tiny amount.  While that is heating up dish out about 1/3 cup of plaster and add in a little water at a time until you get the consistency of peanut butter.  The good kind of peanut butter, not the natural stuff that you can barely mix.


Perfect. Now mix into paint and stir.  You might need to do this a few times until you get the thickness you want.

Now paint. Dry OVERNIGHT. Then sand away!  I sand the paint strokes away and wax for that nice slick protective coating.  I waxed this one 3 times because makeup was going to be on it daily and I wanted it really easy to clean.


Then there are legs…

We screwed in the required hardware underneath and then waited and waited for these beautiful chunky legs to arrive.  We went with an antique gold look to match the mirror that is going over it.

Spray paint gold. Let dry.


I stopped taking pictures at this point.  Starting seeing red shoot across the baby monitor. Time to just get it done!  Just have to imagine any kind of black antiquing glaze. Brush it on, get in the crevices good, and wipe off.

And it all came together like this….

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Better yet, go see it in person.  Make an appointment with Eucalyptus Day Spa!


Snow day project!

Snow days are fun and all.  Thirty minutes of bundling children, two minutes of snow fun, and then screaming and entitlement of hot cocoa and treats.  Everyone loves being trapped indoors with their children and spouse all day, especially me.  My husband was excited when I said I had projects I needed to work on.  He thought it was the weeks worth of laundry I have ignored.  However, this happened.

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Here are the steps.


Purple basecoat.

Now the plaster and stencil.  To make the plaster I just make the same consistency as I do when I make my own chalk paint. Get any kind of plaster and mix it with water until you get the consistency of peanut butter.

Next, spray adhesive the back of the stencil and put in place.  Simply smear the plaster of the stencil and let dry for 5 minutes and remove.

Then, I painted what I thought was the top coat. It was too pink, so I made 2 more colors. Only 1 coat for each color because I wanted all the colors to pull through.


Then, I mixed a walnut stain with my wax to make it dark, just using what I could make at home since there is a foot of snow outside.  Wipe the wax on and buff off.  Leaving the final look, that I adore.


Now, that laundry…



I’m Bringing Dinner Back

Disclosure: DecoArt provided me the paint for these pieces, but all opinions are my own!

finaldDinnertime at our house is chaos, not that beautiful chaos those mothers who have it together talk about. Like the real people chaos.  I am very blessed to stay home with my beautiful boys, but when dinner rolls around and everyone is in meltdown mode (myself included), I start to dread it.  So, with this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest I knew exactly what I wanted for our the “Make a Statement.”  I’m bringing dinner back!  So here’s to you, Deco Art for making family time my happy place again.



I chose white and cream with a show stopper green.  The exact colors are Everlasting (white) and Fortune (green).  Check out their other chalk style decoart_logopaint options.


First thing I always finish on a project is staining. I like it dried and sealed before I paint. It’s easier to clean paint than stain if there are any little ones that come streaking by.  Scrub the petrified ketchup and smashed up berries out of the cracks and sand down if needed. I used a dark gel stain, 3 coats, with a day to dry between coats.  Deco Art has a self-sealing stain , which eliminates putting a finish on it.

FINAL BNow the fun happens.  White and green both have 2 coats of paint on.  Drying time in between was about 15 minutes.  So easy.  I then used a dark brown wax as a sealer on both table and chairs. It really deepens a color and gives it that dimension I was looking for.  The white was a little too dark, so I lightly brushed the same white paint over the top in the bigger areas.  

Staple down the new upholstery make a chair bench if the little ones are insistent.  Two opinionated parents makes quite opinionated children as it turns out. Sew some piping and you get something like this…


Yes, I know the chair on the right is missing an arm.  That’s the mommy chair, best used for impromptu sprinting to the paper towels.

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