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“So there was this old dresser……”I wonder how many bloggers start posts like that, another story of a furniture transformation achieved with a couple coats of paint, some elbow grease…and a little Annie Sloan wax, of course.Of course.This post isn’t about a dresser.  Well, kinda.  It all started when I found a certain hutch on CL (is it okay to abbreviate Craigslist with CL now?  I think everyone knows what CL means, but perhaps that’s presumptuous of me?), and the lady selling the hutch also had an old dresser for sale which included two tall, tacky mirrors that looked like this.I knew right away this wasn’t a whole lot of beauty to work with, but I held onto both mirrors the last few months as I brainstormed what to do because the thing is, who doesn’t love a mirror?  They can go anywhere, they reflect light, they add movement……..and even…

I started today with such high hopes.  So many tasks I needed to do, so many projects I wanted to do, and an entire day before me.I hardly knew where to start.  However, with piles of family laundry strewn throughout the house, starting here was a no-brainer:After washing and drying a couple loads, I retrieved the mail on the way back from the kids’ make-up piano lesson.  After a quick lunch, our dining room table then looked like this:Of course, while the kids were at piano, I managed to stain a few more of my sitting room shelves and call my sister-in-law to say hi.  The other end of the dining room table then looked like this:Meanwhile, with everyone home today, our kitchen has become Grand Central Station.  You all know what that means.  A floor that looks like this:Around 1:30, I was so tired and unmotivated I placed a “Please…

Hello friends!  I know it seems I’ve been out of the loop for awhile, but just like “Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear,” I will claim the following:”Projects Are Completed Even When Not Appearing in Blog” 🙂 We are just coming off a four-day weekend.  Between sledding with my kids in the dark on a huge bumpy hill (quite a thrill), hiding behind tall boots in my closet for an eternity playing Sardines in the house (best hiding place ever), and spending time with friends from church, I was able to complete a gallery wall in our hallway featuring photos from a shoot we took in Maui a couple months ago.  We could not have been happier with the results of the photoshoot:  sunset, Hawaiian beach, tanned family, laughter….it couldn’t have been better.Here’s the completed wall:I’ve been tossing in doses of turquoise lately and loving the results.  Such a happy…

The foyer hallway has been a very long work in progress, but I’m finally ready to show some pictures.  Our foyer is a space which has been fairly easy to put off simply because we’re not there very often. Furthermore, most of our visitors enter through the much more casual side door of the house—-which in some ways is kind of a bummer because that door has no presence at all, something I really hope to remedy this summer.But wait, I must stay focused.  (If you’re a projecting DIYer, staying focused tends to be a continual discipline…)I mentioned in my first foyer post that natural light tends to be slim, and we have two long hallways that branch off from our front door.  It’s a bit challenging, to say the least.  I’ve struggled with not wanting it to appear like too much is going on; however, with lots of wall space and very long halls, I also needed…

I do so love me a good caramel latte.No, I am not talking about the coffee.  I am talking about paint.Oh, what a difference paint can make.  I spent some time Friday transforming a few pieces around the house with my new favorite color spray paint, Krylon’s Caramel Latte.  After four picture frames, one framed print, and a gilded mirror, I finally forced myself to sit down and calmly place the Caramel Latte on a shelf.  I was afraid I might start painting the car next :-)I purchased these picture frames one at a time at Michael’s several months back using one 40% off coupon after another.  They were a bit too spendy without the coupon, but I loved them and wanted to call them mine:No, that is not me and Mr. Wonderful pictured in the frame :-)My initial plan was to hang a collage with them in my bathroom,…

Unlike I promised last post, this post will not be showing my bathroom re-do yet but I assure you it will come soon! :-)I’m back :-)Can you believe I’m still working on painting my hallway?Yes, it’s true.  With Mr. Wonderful’s surgery, a daughter with strep throat, wrapping up our Bible study, and 3 family birthdays over the last two weeks, I have found very little time to paint.A couple nights I even took the night off and laid down beside my husband to watch Netflix.  We started a BBC series called “Wives and Daughters” and are really enjoying it.I am on a lifelong journey about spending my time wisely.About prioritizing my God, my family, my projects, my ministries.About learning how to really rest.  And more importantly, when to really rest. So as I sit down to post this afternoon, I realize my unfinished hallway has been a wonderful lesson for me.  In the…

What a crazy weekend it’s been around here.Greg had surgery on Friday, which turned out well but stretched out 5 hours longer than anticipated.  After a long day, we were eager to get him home, tuck him into bed, and let him rest for the remainder of the day watching Netflix.Only, our internet service was out.  And not just ours, but the majority of our town’s.  So, off to Blockbuster I went.  I haven’t been to Blockbuster in a very long time.On Saturday I was cooking supper and ran out of gas browning ground beef on our range.  My resourceful, yet still very sick husband, rigged up the Coleman camping stove so I could finish cooking the meat.  Although we are on auto-fill for our gas, the vendor must have miscalculated our usage and not filled our tank in time.  So…. we will have no gas until Monday.  But that’s okay…we still…

Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re DYING to spend hours of uninterrupted time working on a home project?But then you look ahead at the next few days and realize that unless you stay up until 1am, those hours are simply not going to happen?….But then you find yourself seriously considering the 1am option??That’s me this week 🙂  I started painting my foyer hallway Sunday night after the kids went to bed.  My entry hallway is challenging in many ways.  It is actually two hallways ‘diverging’ from the front door (Robert Frost fans anyone? 🙂 and there is not a lot of natural light.  This is view #1 from the front door, with the walls painted what I like to call the “original cocoa color”:…and view #2:Definitely not a bad original color at all, right?But one of my goals in this house is to Lighten.  Things.  Up.  This…