Year: 2015

Merry Christmas From Finding Purpose Furniture!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas filled with family time and memory-making.  Use this season of love and giving to be the good you want to see in this world, and then continue that goodness into the New Year. Thank you for your support of this blog; whether you have stopped by once, or read every post…I appreciate you!  Looking forward to sharing lots more projects and inspiration in the coming days, months and years!

10 Minute DIY Baby/Pet Gate

Goodness, where is the time going these days?! I’ve been meaning to get this post out for at least a week now…Christmas festivities keep taking priority, and of course I wouldn’t have it any other way.  But, without further ado, one of the easiest projects we’ve DIY’ed in a while…a baby/pet (pet in our case!) gate. Since our darling babies are now 6 and 4 years old, I thought we were LONG past the need for baby gates.  It was a glorious feeling to move so freely from one room of the house to another, without the hazard of stepping over a gate.  Alas, that short window of time has ended.  I had a brief period of losing my mind, and agreed to get a dog.  (In all honesty, we have the sweetest dog on the planet so I really should not complain.)  But, we are back to needing gates in our house.

Furniture Painting 101: The Tools

This post includes affiliate links.  I would never recommend a product that I haven’t personally used and loved.  When I started this blog, I was hopeful that I would inspire others to begin DIY or repurposing projects of their very own.  I’m really excited to report that it must be working!  I’ve been having quite a few people reach out to me asking for tips and suggestions as they embark on their very own projects. Many of the questions stem around painting; specifically painting furniture.  What type of paint to use?  What type of primer?  Do you really have to sand?  Where do you start?  What if you mess up?  How many coats?  Sanding…really?! I thought it would be helpful for many of my readers to begin a series on Furniture Painting.  My hope is that this will be a resource for those interested in painting furniture, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, or other pieces.  I’ve mentioned all of these specific products, as well as general tips, in many of my other posts.  However, I’ll do …

How Painting Has Built My Confidence

Did you read that title and wonder what on earth I could possibly be talking about?  How could PAINTING have anything to do with confidence?!  Let me start by telling a little story… As a newly-wed in our first home, I was anxious to add my own touches by painting the walls.  I remember feeling completely overwhelmed as I flipped through the humungous color swatch booklet my cousin brought over.  I vaguely even remember that I was so overwhelmed that I defaulted most of the decisions on colors my husband and mother in law liked.  Regardless of who made the decisions, the colors were selected and the paint was purchased.  I’m talking paint for an entire house- three bedrooms, several bathrooms, kitchen, living room, hall and stairway- everything. I asked my dad to help with the painting; he’s so good that he can do everything by hand (no taping involved!) and it looks perfect.  Here is the really funny part:  I thought we would finish our paint job in a weekend.  A WEEKEND.  Just me and him …

Operation Beautify: The Master Bathroom Vanity

If you have been following along with my blog for a while, you know that when we bought this house it was pretty much a “50 shades of wood” situation.  I’ve spent the past two years painting and updating lots of surfaces in our home- trim, kitchen cabinets, walls.  Although the end is not quite in sight yet, we are definitely making progress! Our master bathroom was one area that I had no idea how to tackle.  Here’s the situation; it’s a DREAM bathroom.  It’s huge and has every feature that I could ever imagine wanting.  I actually often feel spoiled in here, and then feel guilty about not loving the cosmetic features in the room.  The best way I know how to put it…this is the ultimate “1980’s custom designed” nightmare style.  I basically thought the countertops (which are granite) were the ugliest things on the planet, and the floors just aren’t my style (I feel like they always look dirty). I knew that there wasn’t money in any budget to redo this bathroom…or even …

Pantry Door Redo: Staining Made Easy with Java Gel Stain

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we? When Brandon and I bought our current house in 2013, this is what the kitchen looked like:  Brown, anyone?!  Although very pretty, it just wasn’t my style.  I longed for clean, white, bright spaces in my home…and none of that was happening here.  However, I saw the potential in the space…and ran with it. You can read all about the biggest part of my kitchen overhaul (painting the cabinets) here.  Once the walls and cabinets were painted, this room felt much more like “me”.  But, something was still not quite right.  The pantry door (as all the doors in this home) was SOLID wood.  As much as I knew the color of the door wasn’t right, I couldn’t bring myself to paint these doors.  I just couldn’t.  (And this was coming from the girl who will paint just about anything.)  I left them alone for over a year, but each time I looked at my pretty kitchen, the pantry taunted me with a “this room …

Take a Seat: Playroom Ottoman

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are completely my own. It’s that time again…I once again had the opportunity to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for the month of November.  This month, the theme was “Take a Seat” and the sponsor was none other than Minted.  Have you ever checked out the products available on Minted?  Oh my.  Beautiful. Although I knew Minted mostly for their artistic prints and stationary, they also have an entire home collection, including fabric.  For this project, Minted graciously supplied each participant with 5 yards of fabric of our choice.  I spent the better part of a week swooning over the hundreds of gorgeous patterns available (many of which have entire color palettes to chose from!).  I narrowed them down to these 9 options, and I really wanted each and every one of them… I think my saving grace in decision making was that I really, really wanted to tackle a piece for our newly reconfigured playroom (this past month we moved my office downstairs to …

Thank You: Recap of My First 4 Months of Blogging

Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I started this little blogging adventure in July, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I loved sharing my DIY adventures on social media, and the idea of pairing those projects with my equal loves of photography and writing just made sense.  I didn’t know if I would be any good, I didn’t know if anyone would read, and I surely didn’t know how to build a website!  But, I felt the stirring of a dream in my heart, and I knew I was meant to pursue this journey into the world of blogging.  With the help of a supportive husband, a sister who believes in me before I do myself, parents who will always lend a helping hand, and of course Google…it’s been an amazing ride over the course of the past 4 months. Over the past few months I’ve taught myself (basic) code, I’ve learned how to make widgets (how fun is that word?!), I’ve joined blogging networks, and even entered my first furniture flipping contest.  …

Nightstand Fix: Master Bedroom Progress

I was off and running with our master bedroom makeover (read about the first steps here or here or here).  Then, I got distracted by a couple of really big furniture projects- the updated hutch and that cute little vanity. I’m happy to report, I got to check another item off my Master Bedroom to do list this weekend.  When we bought our bedroom set, we only purchased one nightstand (note to self- ALWAYS buy them in a set when given the chance!)  I always kept the nightstand on my side, but when I repainted it Brandon mentioned that he needed one.  Since I have way more storage than him already, I gave it to him. While I hemmed and hawed around trying to decide what I wanted as a nightstand, I had a lovely collection next to the side of my bed- a lamp on the floor, my phone cord always just out of arm’s reach, and my glasses. Yes, my glasses were placed on the floor each night, and each night I added …

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Warning:  I make and share lots of healthy recipes (including those fit for the Whole 30…read about those here or here); this is NOT one of them!  I made this recipe up a couple of months ago, and it has become a family favorite.  I like that it’s a quick and easy dinner, tastes super yummy, and my kiddos love it. Last night, as my firefighter husband was working his 24 hour shift, this was our go-to dinner.  Sometimes, after teaching high school all day and coming home to be a solo parent, getting a decent dinner on the table for the kids and I is a struggle. I can hardly even call this a recipe…it’s more of a dump a few things together sort of deal…perfect for a busy weeknight.  This recipe happened on accident over the summer.  We had been outside all afternoon and my plan had been to make stuffed shells for dinner, but by the time I came inside and remembered the prep time for the shells I knew it would …