Month: July 2016

Farmhouse Fun: Entryway Table in OFMP Pitch Black

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! One of my favorite parts about getting to participate in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest each month is that it pushes me outside of my comfort zone.  Trying products I’ve never heard of or experienced, and giving different techniques a go stretches me in a really good way. This month is no exception, as the sponsor is The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and the theme is “Farmhouse Fun”. The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. is known for their naturally SAFE milk paint.  It mixes easily, dries quickly, and the color palette available is perfect for restoration of historic pieces.  If you want to create an old, chippy look, this product is the way to go. I wanted a piece that was worthy of this paint, and found a drop-leaf entry table on the online auction site, Everything But the House.  (You can check out some of my other EBTH wins here and here.)  I loved the details on this piece, and …

Sea Glass and Seashells: Simple Home Decor using Travel Keepsakes

We returned home from an impromptu beach trip about a month ago, and ever since I’ve had everything coastal-inspired on my mind.  Today I wanted to share how I took our beach keepsakes and turned them into simple decor that doesn’t feel like clutter in our house. One of our favorite things to do on the beach is to go shell hunting.  We went out to the end of the island at low tide and collected lots and lots of shells.  I’m not exaggerating when I say we had two buckets full of shells.  I knew we could not bring that many shells home, so I let each of my children pick 10 “special” shells to bring home. They took this task very seriously, and I love the creative ways they saw the shells they selected.  For example, Brady brought home a shell that looks like a dinosaur bone, and another that resembles a fish.  Addy just had to bring home her clear-colored “sea glass”…aka a piece of a broken beer bottle that has been …

How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom for under $200!!

Perhaps I should have named this post, “How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom, AND SAVED MY SANITY”.  Because really, that is what this project was all about. Do you have an area of your home that makes you completely crazy at times?  Nah?  Me either…kidding, of course! One of the most out of control zones in our home was the “shoe hell” that had taken up roots in our laundry room.  I can’t even call this teeny, tiny square of the room a legit “mudroom” because it really wasn’t.  It was more of a “drop all your crap when you walk in the door” collect all.  We tried to keep it clean…Addy and I organized shoes on an almost daily basis, and yet we could not keep up. I can’t believe I am doing this, but I’m going to show you a picture.  It’s embarrassing…but here’s to sharing our real life with you… Wow.  Yeah.  I wish I could say that was an especially bad day (it sort of was), but we had …

Yeti or Not…

I’m excited that with my new branding of Finding Purpose Blog, I can now share with you all the DEALS that I come across!  If you know me at all, you know that I love a good deal.  I also like nice things that will last for years to come.  So, when I find something nice at a great price, I get super excited!  Which leads me to sharing with you… The infamous Yeti.  I’m talking about those stainless steal cups that cost a million bucks and promise to keep your ice cold for the rest of your life.  Okay, I exaggerate.  But really, these cups are pretty amazing. In reality, a Yeti Rambler 30 oz tumbler does run about $40.  No matter where you buy it, that’s the cost…no sales, no deals to be found. Except…

How to Distress with Saltwash

Easy Distressing with Saltwash

I got to try Saltwash for the June edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, and ever since I can’t stop salt-washing EVERYTHING!  (If you missed my contest entry…check it out here.) We’ve had these letters to hang in the kids’ rooms probably since we moved in, so I finally decided to get them prepped and put on the wall!  (HINT:  Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing a very exciting, new space where these will be hanging in just a few days!!!) Since I had the Saltwash additive all mixed up with turquoise-blue paint, that’s what I used on the letters.  It was a combination of leftover Sherwin Williams in both Watery and Windowpane. You can see the rough, textured appearance that the Saltwash layer gives.

End Table Refresh

A couple of months ago, we inherited a set of end tables from a friend who was packing up and moving to South Carolina.  They were huge, heavy, bulky, solid, and very…brown.  I knew they would be a perfect candidate for a paint refresh. These end tables had a very glossy finish that I knew I would need to remove before attempting any painting.  Because of the curved legs and detail, I opted to use a deglosser instead of sanding this piece.  I basically painted it on, let it sit, and then proceeded to scrub and scrape the old gunk off.  Not the most glamorous step, but definitely important.

Grandpa’s Cinnamon-Sugar “Yummy Toast”

I’ve got a quick breakfast recipe to share with you this morning.  This cinnamon-sugar toast takes me back to my childhood, as it was a treat my Dad used to make for us.  I remember him talking about how his Dad (my beloved Grandpa Mason) used to make it for him when he was little too.  Somehow, that always made it taste a little sweeter.  🙂 I wanted to carry on the tradition, so I started making this cinnamon-sugar toast at our house.  Brady LOVES it, and he refers to it as “Yummy Toast”. Best part?  I’m almost certain you will have all the ingredients at home to whip this up this morning!  I love that it feels like a treat, but comes together in about 5 minutes!!!