Month: January 2016

DIY Luxury Marble Tray (on a Budget!)

I’m blaming Target for this post.  Or maybe thanking them.  Yes, I believe I should thank them.  Here’s the story:  Target has really upped their game recently with the new home section.  Am I right?  I’m drawn to that special place in the center of the store where all the Nate Berkus goodness is housed.  My current obsession?  Marble. This new marble obsession really caught me off guard.  I typically go for a more beachy feel.  However, I’m slowly jumping on this mid-century modern train, and the marble trend has my heart too.  Each time I’m in the store, I’m oohing and ahhing over some marble side table or tray.  But, who wants to pay $80 for these items?!  Definitely not me! This got me to thinking, there must be some way to bring some marble joy into my home without the price.  A few Pinterest searches later, and I had myself a DIY plan.  I gathered my supplies, and now present to you my Luxury Marble Tray (on a Budget!).

Painting Furniture Blue or White: The Collection

I had a good laugh with my family the other night when I joked that I should have titled my blog “Painting Furniture Blue or White”.  In the back of my mind, I knew that I’d completed more than my fair share of some variation of either blue or white furniture.  In my defense, I think most of the time it’s not even intentional…I’m blaming my subconscious!  Even as a teenager, my mom refused to buy me any more clothing in the shade of turquoise blue because my closet was so full of the color.  Today, I put on my turquoise coat, grab my travel coffee mug and cell phone- both the same shade of turquoise- and can’t help but smile.  Turquoise makes me smile.  Okay, any blue makes me smile.  White too, apparently.  At least when painting… I thought it would be fun to look back over the various projects I’ve completed in the past couple of months that either fall into the blue or white category.  Join me in this little stroll through memory …

A Fresh Start: Kids Art Table Redo

While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are completely my own.   I was once again lucky enough to get to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for the month of January.  This month, we were challenged to give an old item a “Fresh Start” using General Finishes new line of Chalk Style paint.  I was really excited to give their chalk paint a try for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s a brand new line and I’ve been eyeing the gorgeous shades on social media for a couple of months.  Second, I’d recently tried out General Finishes for the first time and really liked the product (read about my Pantry Door Redo using Java Gel stain here).  Finally…and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this…I’d never used chalk paint before.  Yep; there you have it.  I’m a total newbie. All that being said, I was ecstatic when I heard that we would be using General Finishes Chalk Style paint for this contest.  I started browsing their color options and although they have …

How to Transform Furniture with Paint and Hardware

Since this past weekend we had absolutely nothing on the calendar (that NEVER happens!), I was finally able to tackle a project that I’ve been meaning to do for months.  Seriously, I bought the paint to complete this project over Thanksgiving break.  That obviously didn’t happen.  Christmas break?  That didn’t happen either.  A gloomy Saturday and Sunday in early January?  Done and done! Today I bring you…How to Transform Furniture with Paint and Hardware, featuring the dresser, nightstand, and bed frame in my 6-year old’s room.  In the coming months, I’m on a mission to transform his room into a functional and fun bedroom that he can grow into.  I’m envisioning industrial piped shelves, a desk and funky chair or stool, and lots of organized space for my boy after my own heart. In the meantime, I got a good start on the room by painting the dresser, nightstand, and bed frame.  I finished off the new look with some great new hardware.

Those Resolution Things (Setting Intentional Goals for the New Year)

I’m just going to say it:  I don’t really believe in setting “New Year’s Resolutions”.  There, now you know the truth. However, when my 6-year-old came home from first grade this week with his New Year Resolution paper filled out, my heart melted into a little puddle on the kitchen floor.  Adorable. His resolutions?  “I will practice bowling.” and “I will practice workout.”  (Story behind these statements- we recently got a playstation and his little sister has been kicking his rear in bowling.  Little Mr. Competitive doesn’t like that too much.  In other news, my husband and I have been trying to get in shape…hence the working out.  It’s amazing to me how much kids pick up on.)

The Perfectionism Bug (And How to Cure it)

Have you noticed that I haven’t been posting on this dear blog of mine quite so much lately?  Some of my absence has to do with the holidays and purposefully focusing my time and attention on my family .  Some of it has to do with being overwhelmed with the tasks on my plate in this season of life (and working through how to make it all happen).  But some of it…some of it is because I’ve been afraid.  Afraid I won’t be perfect. I’ve been bit by the perfectionism bug. This is not a new experience for me; I’ve struggled with perfectionism my entire life.  I’ve always been hard on myself, and always set the bar high.  I’m strong, and tough, and…not perfect.  Not perfect.  Not. Perfect.

How to Plan Your Way to a Successful 2016

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love all things organization.  And when it comes to organizational tools, my love of planners runs deep.  I was the kid in school who loved filling out my agenda (there was even a special satisfaction of writing the words “no homework” for various subjects throughout the day).  When I started college I went back to my alma matter high school and purchased the planner I was so accustomed to using.  There have even been times in my life when I’ve used multiple planners (school, personal, business…) that I kept coordinated.  I’ve tried MANY variations of planners out there, and in pure desperation a few years ago even attempted to make my own custom planner.  It was okay…but wasn’t perfect, and really wasn’t worth the HOURS and HOURS it took to create. Then, I stumbled onto the Passion Planner.  This is in no way a sponsored post; instead, this is me sharing a real product that has helped me to have the best year of my life. …