Ikea inspired clock makeover and a few confessions

I’ve been reading a lot of home decor blogs lately, they have a way of keeping it honest, real and beautiful all at the same time. For that reason, I am writing the following post.

I’m a regular gal. I’ve never had a real manicure and I dye my own hair (I am so overdue right now).

I never buy clothes at full price yet I don’t consider myself cheap.

Most of my clothes (the entire family actually) come from Frenchy’s (second hand clothing store).

I still have a lot of guilt for a 44 year old (Catholic guilt I call it) and therefore I often feel that I am not worthy of the blessings that have been bestowed on my life (there are many.)

I still think that I have the same income that I did when I was a waitress (even though I am a Teacher) and I often spend like I still wait tables.

I have a tendency to doubt myself more than I praise my accomplishments. I always think that I could have done better (with almost every single thing I do).

I really dislike when people judge others (I’m working on it too). We all have issues, every single one of us.

I’ve finally realized that I happiest when I am creating something.

I’m always trying to be a better person and start fresh everyday.

There! Some random facts about me…

What are some things that others may not know about you? I’d love to hear, leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Here is my Ikea inspired clock makeover, The first picture is the Ikea clock, then my own kitchen clock and the steps.

ikea clock

My kitchen clock

before

with one coat of paint

all done!


Dresser Makeover with Milk Paint

Well hello there! I’m back with another dresser makeover (did this one a couple of weeks ago) and another one in progress. In fact I am thinking about selling my “original” blue dresser…This new one that I’m working on is my new favorite and I only have so much room in this little blue house, so it may be up for sale at some point.

This beauty might be up for sale soon....

This beauty might be up for sale soon….

It’s been a crazy busy summer filled with tons of painting and time well spent with family and friends.  This time next week, I’ll be back in my classroom planning for another school year.  It always amazes me how fast the summer goes by but I really cannot complain.  I love summer, but I also love routine so I welcome going back to school every year for that reason.  I also love Fall (isn’t it the best season?) so I’m actually looking forward to that crisp morning air and the leaves changing and lighting the wood stove.

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine (thanks Jan!) alerted me to this mid century dresser that was for sale online. At first glance, it was not a pretty sight at all.  I knew that I could change it up and make it a little prettier than it’s current state.  It was in good shape and the drawers worked well, so it wasn’t hard to transform.  I chose Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint (big shocker) in Ironstone for the body and Eulalie’s for the drawers.  It worked out beautifully as I had just enough paint in both colors to finish up this dresser.

The only problem I had was the handle issue.  If you look closely at the before pics you can see that the handles were offset and so u-g-l-y!  So I decided to fill in the hole on the bottom part of each dresser and to drill another.  I wasn’t sure that I would find pulls that would fit into my newly drilled hole so I improvised and used some sisal rope that I had on hand.  I love the way it turned out and so did the new owner!  Thanks Wanda!  This is the third dresser she purchases from me!! You rock!

 

Before...check out those handles! Yikes!

Before…check out those handles! Yikes!

Sisal handles

Sisal handles

All prettied up and ready to go to a new home.

All prettied up and ready to go to a new home.

 

 

Easy buffet make-over using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Okay…I have a confession to make…I am addicted to Kijiji (Canadian version of Craigslist), or at least I was.  I have searched frantically for a buffet/hutch that would fit into my dining room forevahhhh!  Last week, the Kijiji Gods spoke to me in a huge way!  I found my “perfect for me” buffet/hutch AND a sideboard AND a dining room table (more on that little beauty in an upcoming post).

I was excited to pick up all that furniture, I was also excited to pick up some Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint at Front Porch Mercantile.  I have been communicating with Wendy (the lovely owner) for a while now and we finally got to meet last Saturday.  She was just as sweet in person as I knew she would be.

This was my second Milk Paint project and I am learning how it literally has a life of its own.  I am compiling a list of do’s and don’t in my head as I learn to use this very unique paint.

I know for sure that I will ALWAYS use my blender to mix it. It is the only way that I can get it completely clump free.  I also know that I should let lit sit for about 10 minutes before I start painting, I can’t explain why but I just know it.

I got impatient and mixed the Luckett’s green by hand and it happened…clumps of unmixed paint when I reached the bottom of the paint cup and I was left with some yellowish colored paint on top of my beautiful green shade.  Luckily it was inside of the hutch and not noticeable.  Lesson learned.

It’s a little difficult to see in the photos, but there is some lovely chipping going on the top part of the hutch.  I totally understand that some are not into the chippy look, but I am NOT one of those people.  I LOVE it.  This is the exact look I was going for on the buffet.  My only regret is that I wish I would have painted it in only Ironstone instead of a blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

I am looking forward to getting to work on the sideboard and table also.  I will be ordering more Milk Paint before that happens though.  I also found a dresser that I cannot wait to get my hands on…more on that in another post.

Here are some before and after shots.

P.S.  I really do love when you guys leave a comment.  Warms my heart every single time. Just thought I’d let you know 🙂

The hutch before.

The hutch before.

Blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

Blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

The inside before I added all my dishes.

The inside before I added all my dishes.

Inside...I love that Luckett's!  And I'm so happy to finally see my Peach Lustre dishes when I walk by the dining room.

Inside…I love that Luckett’s! And I’m so happy to finally see my Peach Lustre dishes when I walk by the dining room.

Chippy goodness!  Isn't it lovely?

Chippy goodness! Isn’t it lovely?

My Grandmother gave me the sugar bowl and creamer for my Fire King set years ago.  It reminds me of her everytime I see it.

My Grandmother gave me the sugar bowl and creamer for my Fire King set years ago. It reminds me of her everytime I see it.

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