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August is here.The month when you begin to look back and realize the summer is nearing the fall.  When you suddenly feel the pressure to do all those things you haven’t done yet.  The month when you begin to evaluate whether or not your summer has evolved suitably enough to meet your high expectations.I can honestly say that, for me, this summer has.  Exceeded expectations.  And not just because of what we’ve done or said or with whom we’ve spent time ~ although each has been important and meaningful.  But more because of how His plan has continued to unfold in our marriage and our home and our lives…..in spite of us.This August I want to thank Him because He loves us so much and never, ever throws in the towel over our stubbornness, pride, attitudes, and mistakes.  Waiting on Him is one of the most difficult things I will ever do,…

It is late afternoon and I have no energy left.  Lots of birthday partying, tackling home projects, entertaining, and late nighting have done me in over spring break this week.  So I’m sitting here in my “sitting” room, gazing at my new fireplace surround and mantle, sipping a delicious latte, and trying to convince myself it’s okay if I do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day.But of course, there is that mantle to think about.Although I’ve hardly had a minute to style it yet, I wanted to show you our finished product.  The light is not great due to that aforementioned late afternoon sun, but you can still appreciate what a vast improvement we have made in this room.This is what the surround looked like when I first picked it up at a local thrift store.  Mr. Wonderful designed a couple boxes to support the surround as it…

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…