A Furniture Makeover Using Oil-Based Paint from Ipaint!

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to share my latest furniture makeover with you.  There is nothing like a good furniture makeover when you are trying to get the look for less, right?

So, I have been wanting to makeover this Chinese Chippendale table for ages.  It has been sitting in my garage collecting dust.  My husband just loves that 🙂  It was purchased for a steal from the amazing Shavonda at SG Style, my local blogging buddy.  It had good bones, but the color was blah and it needed a serious paint job!  My procrastination ended when I was approached by Ipaint to try out one of their amazing paint products.  I leaped at the chance.

Here is the before:


iPaint has been manufacturing high quality paint and coatings for over 55 years.  They stock the largest selection of quality coatings in any size, in any shine, in any color,  at the best price available, with free delivery and a written -warranty!   They have unique paint such as swimming Pool Paint, Boat Paint, Epoxy Paint, Concrete Coatings, and Garage Paint Deck Paint.  Huge businesses such as Disneyland and Google use their paint.  How cool is that?

I chose their Blue Water Marine Paint Mega Gloss Alkyd Enamel.   It is an amazing oil-based paint that is usually made for painting boats.  So, it is super strong and durable and UV resistant.

I could not be more pleased with the results.  The paint has depth, is durable, and is as shiny as glass.  I have always loved the look of oil-based paint, but it is near impossible to find here in California anymore.  I cannot say enough about how bright and shiny this paint looks.  My piece looks totally transformed!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I have to admit that painting with oil-based paint was everything I had heard it would be.  I sanded and primed my piece, but still had to apply three coats of the paint.  Every brush stroke will show if you are not careful, and clean up is a serious pain.  I had to use paint thinner to clean my paint brush (and my hands) every time!  It definitely requires patience.

However, it was totally worth it.  You simply can’t get these results with a water-based high gloss paint.  Here are the after photos.



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The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I can’t wait to use this paint again.  I think I may use it on my daughter’s desk because it is so durable.  Head on over to Ipaint to find the paint for your next project.

Until next time  . . .


*This is not a sponsored post.  Ipaint did provide paint for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

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Review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Two Years Later

Hey everyone and Happy Monday!  As a lover of Chalk Paint, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “how well does Chalk Paint hold up?”  Many have heard the amazing stories of chalk paint transformations.  You may have been lured by Chalk Paint’s claim that there is no sanding and no priming required.  It is also low in VOC’s and dries very fast (which can be a blessing or a curse!)

Using Chalk Paint is how I started out my DIY journey.  You can read all about how Chalk Paint changed my life here.  I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on a variety of different items.  I have used it on outdoor planters.  I have used it on console tables, bookcases, mirrors and bedside tables.  Two years later, I am here to tell you how it stands the test of time.

First, I truly believe that it is a remarkable product.  However, I don’t think it is for every type of furniture.  In my opinion, the best pieces to use it on are mirrors, console tables and other furniture that does not get a ton of wear and tear.  One of my favorite Annie Sloan transformations is this console table I painted in a pale purple color called Emile.  This table is for decorative purposes only and is never used or really even touched (even by my kids)!  Two years later it looks exactly the same as it did the day I painted it.  It is one of my favorite spots in our house.

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In complete contrast, are the bedside tables I painted in with Chalk Paint.  These get daily use. From putting water glasses down on them at night, to stacked-up books, to my children’s feet, these tables get A LOT of wear and tear.

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I also painted these tables a color called Old Ochre which is a much lighter color, almost an off white. They look horrible.


They are dirty and stained.  Ick!  I am tempted to start all over and just paint them with latex paint.

As some of you may know, you are supposed to finish off Chalk Paint with a wax that is supposed to harden and seal the product.  It is similar to sealing latex paint with Polyurethane.  I did wax these end tables, but in my opinion it offered little protection.  I have seen other reviews where someone painted their dinning room table with Chalk Paint and had a similar problem.

Finally, to my complete surprise, the outdoor furniture and pots I painted with Chalk Paint have held up surprisingly well to the elements.

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Apparently, the exterior of  Annie Sloan’s original store in the UK is painted with Chalk Paint.  I would definitely use Chalk Paint again to bring new life to outdoor pieces.  If you missed it, you can see how I transformed these inexpensive plastic faux terra cotta pots with Chalk Paint here.

At the end of the day, would I recommend and use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint again?  Yes, I would definitely use it for smaller or decorative accent pieces that do not get a ton of use.  Would I use it for a dining room table, end tables, or cabinets that get a lot of wear and tear?  A definitive NO. As I navigate my way through these DIY ropes, I am starting to get a better feel of what types of paint will work best on certain finishes.  You live you learn, I suppose.

Have you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or any of the other brands out on the market?  If so, what did you think of the durability?  I would love to hear your experience.





Annie Sloan Review

Navy Walls

Hi friends!  Happy Monday!!  I am hoping that some of you have the day off and are relaxing.  I do, so I am just here, at home, obsessing about paint colors 🙂  I posted here all about my home decorating goals for 2016.  On top of that list is to paint the entire inside of our house.  Needless to say, I have been thinking about paint a lot!!

As you enter our home, there is a long, narrow hallway that has two architectural arches.  I was thinking of painting it a light gray.  However, a friend of mine recently convinced me to go with navy.  The hallway is long enough, there is lots of natural light and white molding to contrast the blue, so I think it will work.  I am inspired by the way navy used in these spaces.

How gorgeous is Aerin Lauder’s home.  This was the image that had me starting to consider navy.

Navy Walls

Harper’s Bazaar

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House and Home

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Dabito for West Elm

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Lisa Petrole

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House to Home

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Grant Scott

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Home Bunch

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Christine Hendrickson and Pontus Wahlgren For Apartment Therapy

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I love the blue in this last photo.  I actually pinned it because of the sofa.  I am on a quest for a stylish sectional and this one fits the bill.

What do you think?  Do you believe in the old adage, “small spaces need light colors.”  That phrase was holding me back.  Sometimes you just have to break the rules, right??

Until next time.



Bathroom Renovation Update: Black Trim

Hi friends!  Well, our bathroom reno is coming along very slowly, but very surely.  One final decision I have pending is paint selection.  I am going for a black, white and brass look, similar to the photos below.

Bathroom 2

Elements of Style

Bathroom 1

Elements of Style

After seeing the tile go in, I have decided on white for the walls.  We lost a window in the renovation and I really want the space to feel bright and clean.  I don’t want the entire space to feel stark, so I am toying with the idea of using black on the trim.

I am really drawn to how it is used in the spaces below.

Black Trim 1

The Nest

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House Beautiful

Black Trim 2

Apartment Therapy

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What do you think?  Yay or nay??

I am so used to white trim, that I love how bold and unique the black is.  I am in the process of re-thinking all new paint for our entire home, so I am going to need your opinions.  I am surprised at how indecisive I am being!

Until next time . . .



Happy Monday everyone!  As you can tell from my last post, and my Instagram feed, I have faux bamboo on the brain in a major way.  I just can’t get enough of it.  I think I really love how classic, clean and collected it looks and I think it is fun to pair with more modern pieces.

I love its presence in the interiors below:

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Tobi Fairley

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Lia Griffith

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Design Manifest

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Society Social

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Leta Austin Foster

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I posted here about this Craigslist find the other day.  This brings my faux bamboo total up to 11.  I may have a slight problem.

Thomasville Faux Bamboo Hutch

Here are the faux bamboo chairs I found on Craigslist to compliment the hutch  I plan to paint them a glossy black and am in the process of picking out a colorful fabric for the seats.

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I am going to have a painting filled weekend next weekend, but I can’t wait to transform these chairs.  Between the chairs and the new hutch, my dining room is going to feel like a completely new space.  I wasn’t even planning on re-doing it.  I guess that is the way a design addict operates.  Design, finish, repeat!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  I am already looking forward to next weekend.  I have two local blogger friends coming over for dessert and cocktails.  I can’t wait!!

Hugs and kisses,



Tips for Restoring a Campaign Dresser

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  I sure did!

I wanted to pop in today to follow-up on a post I did about my Campaign Dresser makeover.  I learned a few tips along the way that I wanted to pass along.

Tips for Restoring a Campaign Dresser

So, when I found my dresser for only $50 on Craigslist, I was beyond ecstatic. She was a diamond in the rough.  I realized that two or three of the hardware brackets were missing, but figured it would be super easy to find replacements on Ebay or Etsy. WRONG!!

I searched and searched for the missing L brackets and could find nothing on Ebay, Etsy or Craigslist.  CRAP!  The signature of a campaign dresser is the hardware and having missing hardware was just not going to do.  I went on a wild goose chase to track down the hardware, so I want to let you know where all the possible sources are in the event you ever find yourself wanting to restore a similar piece.

EBAY and ETSY:  I recommend first doing a cursory search on Ebay and Etsy to see if you get lucky.  Exact matches are hard to find, but it is worth doing a quick search.

SALVAGE FROM ANOTHER PIECE:  You may want to consider looking for another piece of campaign furniture on Craigslist and using it just for the hardware.  While this may seem expensive, if you are looking for something like a pull, buying it new will cost you a pretty penny. It may be cost-effective in the long run

HOME DEPOT AND LOWE’S:  You could consider buying inexpensive brackets from a box store.  This is my least favorite option.  It just does not look as authentic.  You have to use bulky screws, whereas campaign hardware uses tiny brad nails.  See what I mean by looking at the picture below?


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CUSTOM ORDER THROUGH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER:  You can have an interior designer order them through the Decorative Hardware Studio, but it is very expensive.  About $25 per piece.  If you are replacing all the hardware, this really adds up.

BUY IT NEW ONLINE:  You can buy new brackets and hardware new at Vintage Hardware. They sell recessed pulls as well as L brackets and T brackets.  This is the route I went and I was very pleased.  While I only needed 4 pieces, I wanted mine to match exactly as far as the finish was concerned, so I ended up replacing them all.  If you have to do this, you could always make up for the cost, buy selling the existing hardware on Ebay or Etsy.

I was lucky that I did not have to buy new pulls.  Mine just required a good soak in some Brasso. I let them soak for about 20 minutes.  I have also heard you can use baking soda and lemon juice. Centsational Girl has an excellent post about polishing brass that you can read here.  Here is a before and after of the hardware:


All shiny and new!  By the way, it is important to find out if you are dealing with real brass or brass plate before attempting to polish.  If you take a magnet to the hardware and it sticks, it is only brass plated.  If it falls off, you are dealing with real brass.

So, there you have it, all of the information you could ever need about campaign hardware.  If you ever need to replace or find pieces, I have done all of the legwork for you!

What are your tips for finding vintage hardware?  Do you go on wild goose chases too?



Carving Out a Work Area In a Small Space

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Recently, I have been looking for small space office inspiration.  I stumbled upon a site called WeWork, and was inspired by the many creative office spaces they feature.  WeWork is a co-working company that can find the perfect work space for you.  WeWork has many locations around the nation and provides creative and unique solutions for all types of business owners.

As some of you may know, in addition to writing this blog, I also work part-time.  I am very lucky to be able to work from home as it provides a ton of flexibility for my other part-time, aka my children. However, there is one teency weency problem. I don’t have an office or desk.  Working on your bed may sound like a little slice of heaven, but in actuality, it can be rather counter-productive.

So, are you ready to see what my current office looks like?  I use the term “office” very loosely. Before you feel sorry for me, this post is going to end with a little DIY project I did to carve out more of a work space.  Here is the before:


Yes, you saw that right.  I am using the BOX that my printer came in as a “desk.”  I pile my laptop and all of my disorganized paperwork on top of it.  It is not a good situation and is beginning to create mental clutter and make working difficult for me.

So, I was really excited when I remembered that the owners of our home had left these really ugly end tables in the basement and said we could use them.  The end table I chose was a really ugly redwood color that looked like dated office furniture. Here it is before I worked a little magic on it.


Not exactly the chic desk I envisioned when designing my dream office.  But, I knew it had potential and that a little paint and attention to detail would spruce it up.  So, I used some paint I had on hand and ordered some O’verlays.  You can read about using O’verlay’s on our Ikea dresser here.

This time, instead of purchasing an O’verlay’s kit, I bought a strip of greek key trim for a little over $20.00.  It came in a big long strip, but I was easily able to cut it using a utility knife.  A little gold spray paint later, I had this:

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Overlays Greek Key Desk

Not bad for almost free, right?  My favorite part is that it has storage underneath where I can keep my ever accumulating paperwork.  The top  of the table is just large enough to keep some flowers and a few small accessories.

This is a short-term solution.  We are hoping to eventually have our little girls share a room, which would open up an entire room that could serve as my office and/or a playroom  In the long-term, I would love an office space that is much larger and put together.  My must have essentials for any office space include a desk with clean lines, acrylic and gold accessories, a lamp for lighting, and to keep work fun, flowers.

Having a creative and beautiful work space is so critical to inspiration and productivity.  For example, I love how completely glamorous this office is.  If I end up having to share my office space with a playroom space, this is probably too over the top!

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Heather Telford

I love how this office space was carved out of an attic space.

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I think a gallery wall is a nice addition to any office space.  Use one with beautiful artwork, or inspirational quotes to get you into your work groove.

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Studio Castillero for Glitter Guide

Who would not die with an office surrounded by this much natural light?

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Brittany Ambridge for Domino

As I said, gold and acrylic accessories elevate everyday office supplies into statement pieces.

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Danielle Moss

Do you have a home office?  What are your tips for making it a creative and productive space?

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Have a great day!



Campaign Dresser Makeover

Happy Friday!  I can’t wait for the weekend as it has been a grueling week over at our house with everyone being sick.

I am so excited reveal to you my campaign dresser makeover.  You may recall the dresser I posted about here that I found on Craigslist.  It was only $50 bucks and you can see why below.

Here is the before:

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

It needed lots of TLC.

I removed and polished the hardware.  A coat of primer and two coats of paint later I had this.

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

I was trying to knock-off Pottery Barn’s Gemma dresser, which costs about $1,350 not including tax and hefty shipping costs.

Pottery Barn Gemma Campaign dresser

Not bad for $50 and the cost of paint, right?  Bam!  Take that Pottery Barn!!

Stay tuned as I plan to write a post all about restoring campaign furniture, including tips for making the hardware “shine bright like a diamond!”

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Have a lovely weekend!



A Pop of Chartreuse in the Dining Room

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!! I am starting to get that refreshed New Year feeling at last, and I think the bright pop of color I added to my dining room has helped.  I have been looking for an affordable piece of art for my dining room for “ages,” as my daughter would say.  I just can’t find the right piece for my space at the right price. So, in the meantime, I have had this room decorative room screen/divider that was taking up space in my garage.  It was inherited from my husband’s grandmother and was a really solid and sturdy piece. DIY Decorative Screen Room Divider

I also really liked that it had beautiful decorative scroll work on it.  I thought if I painted it the right color, it would make do as artwork until I found the right piece of art.  My dining room has really muted tones and lacks color.   I have a beautiful black and white photograph framed and I thought a pop of chartreuse would pair nicely with it. I chose the color Citronette from the Home Decorator’s Collection at the Home Depot.  This photo actually makes it look more mustard yellow than it actually is in person.  Paint is madening that way!!

CItronette Home Depot Home Decorator's Collection Chartreuse

So after two coats of primer, and two coats of Citronette.  Here is what it looks like.  Not too bad for the cost of a quart of paint, right?? DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

Please try to ignore the dust all over my buffet!  I have not started my new year’s cleaning yet 🙂

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

You can see the decorative scroll work in this close up photo.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

In this photo, you can see how it pops against the black and white framed photo on the other wall.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse Pop of color

What do you think?  Do you like the jolt of color or is it way to much for you? The good news is that when I tire of it, I will hopefully have found a new the perfect piece of art to replace it with. Have a wonderful weekend friends!!

Linking up at the Shabby Nest and Flaunt it Friday.





DIY Dress Up Armoire


I posted here about some updates I did to my daughter’s room for her 5th Birthday.  One of the projects was converting an old computer armoire into a dress up armoire for my daughter’s ever-growing collection of dress up dresses.

Below is the computer armoire before.  It seriously dates me.  We used to house our giant computer complete with huge hard drive and keyboard.  It was very useful back in the day and is very well-built and has some nice detail work on it.  Now that we use a laptop, this bad boy has been collecting dust in our garage for about 5 years.  I was about to get rid of it when I had an idea for re-purposing it.


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The first thing we did was tear out the shelving.  We made sure to save the keyboard shelf as we intended to use it on the bottom of the armoire for my daughter’s shoes.  The goal was to put it on the track so she could pull it forward and see all of the shoes including those hidden in the back.  Here is a photo of the armoire with the shelving removed.  Sorry for the poor photo quality, but my garage does not get the best light!


Next, we took some MDF board from the Home Depot and cut it to fit the inside walls of the armoire.  Ripping out the shelving had left some marks on the sides that we wanted to cover.  Plus, I wanted to cover the inside with decorative paper, so using the MDF board would make it very easy to apply.


Next, I painted the armoire using American brand chalk paint by Art Deco from the Home Depot.  I used a color called Everlasting which is between a true white and an off white.  It was very similar to Annie Sloan’s Old White.

I did not sand or prime this piece before painting because it is not required when using chalk paint.  I needed three coats of paint to cover the entire armoire.  Here is a photo of what it looked like after one coat.



I would say the coverage of the Americana brand is similar to that of Annie Sloan.  I think I had to do three coats because I was doing such a light color over a dark wood.  I applied a coat of wax when I was finished and then distressed some of the edges for a weathered look.

I wanted to cover the inside of the armoire with a print.  I envisioned something floral because her room has a botanical theme.  I really wanted to use wallpaper and figured that it would be relatively cheap since I was covering such a small surface.  Not the case.  Most of the wallpaper I fell in love with was over $100 and you had to buy it by the roll.

As an alternative, I found this adorable floral wrapping paper called “Garden Roses” from Paper Source.  It was only $3.50 a sheet to boot!  I applied it directly to the MDF board using wallpaper paste.  I used a ruler to work out any wrinkles.  If you don’t have wallpaper paste, Mod Podge that is specially formulated for paper would probably work too.  It turned out beautifully!  I think the key to wallpapering with wrapping paper is to use thick, quality wrapping paper.



Finally, I installed a rod inside the armiore at a level where my daughter could easily reach the dress up dresses all by herself.


Here is the final product with some of her dresses lined up.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and am so glad I decided not to get rid of this beautiful piece of furniture.  My daughter loves it and feels so special!

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Birthday Girl 3

Have you ever tried Americana brand chalk paint?  How do you feel it held up to Annie Sloan?

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