Small Farm Table Makeover | Chalk Paint White Wax Tutorial

By |August 23rd, 2016|

Well, I’ve officially gotten back in the proverbial groove of painting.  The store was open last week, as we were still putting the finishing touches on the space.  I’ll share some before and after pics with you soon, but I wanted to show you one of the projects I worked on…

You’ll have to mind our […]

Salt Wash

By |February 10th, 2016|

Speaking of paint inspired, we found a new product we’re thrilled about…

If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Periscope, you’ve seen us talking about Salt Wash.  It’s a powder additive that can be mixed with any paint to create a textured and layered finish.

I love this look from their website…

I also fell in love […]

Tinted Wax Tutorial

By |September 17th, 2015|

Hey there, folks!

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a little bit of background for you.  So I started my business back in 2009 with babies on my hip (literally), and began custom painting furniture here in Troy, Alabama.  You can see my very first video tutorial I did for the blog here.

Good Lord […]

The Handmade Home Art Challenge: Simple Paper Ornaments

By |November 6th, 2014|

Happy Thursday, friends!

We are so excited to be a part of a fun party today.  If you’re joining us from Finding Home, welcome!  Our friends at The Handmade Home wrote these amazing art books and compiled one of a kind pieces into a handy tear-sheet collection.  I’ve used them in loads of spaces these last several months: […]

Simple Glitter Milk Bottles

By |August 16th, 2014|

It’s been quite a couple of weeks.  I’ve been a little quiet here, and hopefully things are settling back into routine.  Our business is changing and shifting, and we are with it.  We are excited to continue all the ventures we’ve begun these last couple of years, but it’s also fun and refreshing to reevaluate, […]

Reclaimed Wood Shelving & The Backsplash

By |July 31st, 2014|

The kitchen is mostly done, with only some lighting and decor left to install.  Counters are in, cabinets are in, and just a week or two ago, we finished the backsplash & some open reclaimed wood shelving over the desk area.

I’m in love with how it’s all turning out.  We went with basic white subway […]

TV Cabinet Makeover | How to Use Dark Wax

By |July 4th, 2014|

Happy 4th of July!  I’m going to be taking off the rest of the weekend to enjoy time with the family here at the beach, and I hope you and yours have an amazing weekend.  A quick furniture before & after for you today…

While I don’t paint as much furniture as I used to, I […]

A Loft Fort Bed

By |March 4th, 2014|

Right before Christmas, Matt decided we should rip out Gray’s floor and build him a bed.  One week out until the big day.

What the what?

But I got out of the way, and let him love his boy, and well, he built the bed and changed the flooring in enough […]

My #1 Tip for Mixing Milk Paint

By |March 3rd, 2014|

I have learned to love milk paint.

I have to admit that though my sweet friend, Marian, was coming out with her own line of milk paint  over a year ago, and I was excited for her and to try it, milk paint was not my favorite medium to work with.  I […]

Trunk Side Table Makeover

By |February 19th, 2014|

Morning, lovely people.

I canceled my dentist appointment…again.  I know, random.  But, I may need to know there are other “cancelers” out there like me.  Woke up with a crazy headache and I couldn’t imagine them digging around in my head for an hour and a half.  So, with an hour to go, I canceled.  Super […]

Fuss-Free Holiday Decorating–from a real imperfect mama

By |December 12th, 2013|

We all know how it goes.

You take out the mounds of Christmas decorations because you want to, and by the time your little ones are done coming behind you and pulling things off the tree or knocking a Santa off the dresser, you’re wondering why you pulled it all out in […]

How To Make Wood Slice Ornaments

By |November 25th, 2013|

Good morning, lovelies!

I’m in official book-crunch mode, and have finished every single one of the 75 book projects (hear me roaring/squealing/beating my chest), and have moved on to writing the rest of the book.

Yes, that’s me: writing 40 tutorials in the last couple of days.  My sweet mother-in-law is […]

Simple Craft: Painterly Pillows

By |September 25th, 2013|

It’s no surprise that the painterly trend is a favorite of mine.  I love, love, love to have a paint brush in my hand, so any product that showcases a smear, streak, or brushstroke makes me h-a-p-p-y.

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I’ve been in a crafting mood lately, and have been inspired […]

Fall Crafts: How to Paint Pretty Pumpkins

By |September 16th, 2013|

Happy Monday to y’all…

You know we’ve been busy gearing up for Fall at the shop in our displays and have some awesome decor coming, too.

We painted about 30 pumpkins to fill our shop windows, and after showing you some sneak peeks on Instagram & Facebook, you guys […]

End Table Makeover using a Dry Wash Technique

By |June 18th, 2013|

**We sent this post out last week, but were having some issues, so let us know if you can see this post today!!*

Happy Friday, friends….I’m pumped for the weekend so we can finish up (maybe?) our guest bathroom redo.

There are so many projects I’m behind on sharing with […]

How to Remove Tile Floor | Guest Bathroom Update

By |June 10th, 2013|

If you follow us on Facebook & Instagram, you know we’ve been working on little projects for our guest bathroom redo.

I posted an inspiration board forever ago, and we’re just now getting to working on that space.  While some of the original inspiration stuck, some just didn’t fit or work with […]

More Furniture Waxing Tips

By |June 3rd, 2013|

Happy Monday to you guys!

Matt and I spent our weekend purging the garage–and let me tell you something: it was hoarder central in there!  We barely made it out of there.

Well, a little dramatic, but it. was. bad.

Before we show you the scariness that is our garage’s […]

Mixing Your Own Chalk Paint® Colors

By |May 1st, 2013|

Thanks so much for the sweet comments about our hutch & table redo!

We’ll cover the finish & waxing tips in another post, but I wanted to chat a little today about mixing your own colors with Chalk Paint®.  I had never really done a ton of my own color mixing until […]

DIY designer books & a tutorial

By |March 25th, 2013|

If you follow us on Instagram, you saw I went on a mad book-covering mission last week.

We’re finishing up Ava’s bookcases for her room, and I wanted to use the opportunity to add color & pattern into her space.  I love covering our books to create a unified look…you can see […]

Simple Peppermint Wreath

By |December 10th, 2012|

I’ve been staring longingly at my sweet friend, Myra’s peppermint wreath for a while now.  It is stunning, and like everything she does, so cheerful and purposefully happy.

Last week, just as the Christmas-oh-my-word-I-haven’t-bought-a-single-gift-itis hit, I did what any proper woman would do.

I sat down and crafted my own version.