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I’m so close to finishing my latest piece and am eager to reveal the whole thing, but it’s missing a detail up top that’s rather important.  Trouble is, I’ve been waiting for Mr. Wonderful to help me with a compound angle cut because I’m too intimidated to try it on my own.His schedule’s been downright crazy with fishing trips to Valdez, hunting moose with our two boys, and back-to-back shifts at the fire station.  I’m hoping he’ll be up to a little woodworking after church tomorrow……A very little I promise, hon!Anyway, I snapped a couple pictures tonight because I just couldn’t take the wait anymore.  I’m eager to hear what you think of this piece.  Remember when I said last post I was feeling a little crazy?  Let me just say that once I got the yellow on… …a sudden surge of inspiration brought to mind this certain 1/2 yard of fabric I’d…

It’s late and I’m headed to bed, but I had to share with you a quick glimpse of the project I tackled tonight using my own homemade chalk paint.If this stuff is as good as it seems tonight, I could get very, VERY excited.Here’s the piece I’m working on:After removing all the hardware, washing it down well, and sanding only to smooth spots that were damaged from unidentifed sticky goo or chipped areas, I removed the free standing top from its lower cabinet & I went straight to painting over the shiny, stained surface with my chalk paint mixture.No primer or nuttin’.I don’t know off the top of my head what this color is (the can is still in my garage and I’m too tired to retrieve it) but it’s a deep yellow my sister used on her library table.  She gave me the leftovers and I knew I wanted…

Why is naming things after food such a comforting delight?I finished painting a French Provencal dresser last week.  When the time came to describe it online, I discovered that serving up a little Oatmeal for the body and French Roast for the top elevated this dresser from simply pretty to a warm mix of comfortable and yummy.  Would you agree?Because the top was not solid wood but composite, I opted to paint it dark brown to mimic a stained top.  I was apprehensive because brown can often look cheap and, well, like you’re trying to mimic a stained top.Which I was…. :-)The first brown I tried was too light, so I did the second coat in Behr’s French Roast (ha, see where I got the name?)  This time it was perfect:I love how rich it turned out.  I sealed the top with 2 coats Minwax Polyurethane in Satin and the bottom with WipeOn poly. …

Do ya ever have one of those projects that quite simply gives you fits at every turn?I just finished one of those.  And in spite of all the things that seemed to keep going wrong, as I take a moment to reflect on the process, I can’t help but appreciate the story this dresser could tell.Which reminds me a lot of our lives.  Of that amazing moment when you look back at a particular challenge or heartbreak and gradually begin to understand God’s allowing it in your life.  Not only does a small understanding of His ways fill you with gratitude for such an all-comprehending God, but it also helps reassure you that in the next hard stage you encounter, God will probably have a diving purpose there, too.And oh, what a story you will tell.This piece told a story from the moment its shape caught my eye during a…

PART ONEI’ve come to the conclusion I’m not a very good blogger.  I don’t post consistently.Sometimes I don’t respond when others graciously visit my blog and leave supportive, kind comments.I throw ideas around, but then don’t always follow through in a later post.And I’m sorry.See, when I first discovered the DIY blogging world back in November of 2010, it quite literally changed my life.  Shaunna was my first blogging hero.Then came Marian.Then Kate.  Then Layla.Since these first few amazing ladies, I’ve discovered many wonderfully gifted and inspiring writers in the blogging community.And I’ve discovered that one of my dreams is to be a more successful blogger.But I’ve also really struggled this last year with what that means, what this technology-based version of myself should look like.Everyone in blogland says to just be yourself, and I do believe that is important.  But I’ve often recognized the temptation to make things sound or look better than…

My husband’s folks boarded a plane this morning back to Middleton, ID, after a week-long visit to Alaska.  What a special time.  While here, my father-in-love helped Mr. Wonderful install a new pump to our hot water heater which brings almost-instant hot water.  We’ve lived in our house for two years with very slow hot water response in our tap, often moving on with showers or washing pots while the water is still lukewarm.  What a simple blessing to have fast hot water!Another gift from my mother-in-love was a complete servicing of my old, yet precious, Bernina sewing machine.  I’ve owned it for years, having received it as a gift from our pastor’s wife and dear friend, yet had never had taken it in for complete servicing.  I can already see and feel a huge difference, and am thankful for this simple yet meaningful gift of love.I was able to finish…

Okay, I feel almost sacreligious comparing anything I produce in my dusty garage to renowned furniture mogul Ethan Allen.  Furthermore, I should be extending a gracious thanks instead because working with this beautiful wooden table of theirs the last few days has been immensely gratifying:When I found this table a year and a half ago (Mr. Wonderful will be SO happy I’m finally working on this one), its 1970’s darkness was hidden under a gray army tarp in a family’s back yard wall tent, one of its edges resting against bare ground, all four legs removed.  It’d been there for quite some time.  The lady was almost giddy when I hauled it away in my Suburban.I decided to whitewash the top after sanding and stripping and sanding and sanding and sanding.  Those folks at Ethan Allen don’t only start with gorgeous wood, they take their staining step very seriously.  My belt sander…

I hit the gym early this morning, immensely grateful I could do squats again with a strong knee. I’ve never had knee problems, but last week during my squat routine I felt something pull…or tweak…or (gasp) rip in there and I thought, “Oh no, what was THAT?” The next several days I really favored it and cringed when the pain would come back, worried I might have an injury. However, I truly believe in the power of prayer, and I’ve been praying lots of healing over my knee. Today it worked great, and I give Him the glory for that. I’ve been saying for, oh, 6 years now that I wanted to be a bread maker. The kind of bread maker who makes her family wholesome, nutrient-laden breads that nourish both the body and the soul. I’ve read books on it, taken a bread-making class, subscribed to a bread-making newsletter…yet…

It’s spring break this week, and although I didn’t plan to spend so much time on projects, the first few days have turned out that way.I finally finished painting this dresser:I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s French Linen on the outside, and the drawer fronts are Sherwin Williams Creamy.  The hardware was purchased at a local hardware store.  I hated to spend money on eight drawer pulls, but I knew it would be worth it on this piece.And it was.Here is the original piece:I don’t know what it is about this style of furniture, but I’m drawn to the “Jetson” legs, modern vibe, and vintage look of this era.  I have a nightstand in the same style.Here’s a similar piece I saw last summer at Ozarks Antiques & Decor in Anchorage:Love how distressed this is….and the number 62 is just really cool.I’m planning to sell the dresser as I really don’t…

It’s official: My first Annie Sloan chalk paint furniture project is complete.First, a few pictures ~For the body of these bookcases, I used the color French Linen, which I absolutely love.  I’ve always been a fan of the Farrow & Ball paint colors due to their their almost muddy, gray undertones.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is every bit as muddy, chalky and yummy as they claim.I didn’t actually taste it.  I’m just sayin’ yummy to express how wonderful it is.  But you knew that.A bit unfortunate is that these bookcases are not your high-quality, all-wood pieces.  We purchased them at The Office Place probably 9 years ago and they have served us well ~ have looked quite handsome, actually ~ in many rooms over the years.  When we moved to our new house spring of 2010, I stuck them in the living room, haphazardly arranged some books & accessories on them, and let them…