We love living in Rodgers Forge, but space is, well, a commodity.  Some day I’d of course love a legitimate buffet or sideboard for our dining room, but this hand-me-down dresser has to get the job done for now.  And it does provide a great amount of storage!

Here is an old pic:



If you can’t replace it, you can at least re-do it.  Maybe that should be my motto.  Or as part of my epitaph, along with “lover of chalk paint”.  Because of course I turned to Annie to give this dresser a new attitude.

We had first moved the piece to the adjacent wall.  Then with Versailles, we gave it a unique pale creamy-yellow-green look.





Because of the dark blue walls and dark wood of our dining room table, I felt like the corner with our “buffet” needed to be lightened up. And I think this helped!


basement makeover

“Making over” has been a common theme in our house, since we found out our family would be growing by one more girl this June.  We knew we’d have to give up our third room (previously used as a guest room) to become Emmeline’s ‘big girl room’, and her former room would stay as the baby’s nursery.

So, our basement needed to be a multitasker; serving as a guest quarters and play/tv room. Luckily, we have our second full bath in the basement, so when people come to stay, they will have their own facilities.

We knew we wanted to get rid of the old sofa (which was featured in one of my very first posts, my barn sale steal!)…


…and replace it with a sleeper sectional.  We found just what we were looking for at Gardiners Furniture.  We purchased it on New Year’s Eve while they were running excellent specials, and it was well worth the wait… we were so excited when it arrived!


The couch is so comfortable and has been perfect for creating extra seating downstairs.  And boy is it great when you can both lie down, watching tv fully extended without touching! ; )


Here’s a pic so you have a clear visual of our coffee table and new carpeting.  The coffee table was a Craigslist purchase when we first moved in, and it was given new life with Annie Sloan’s “Antique White”.  Our posters once had homes in different rooms, but we collected and reframed them all for the basement, hoping to give them a greater impact when grouped together.  Pillows are needlepoint Jonathan Adler (barn sale purchase), side table is from Homegoods.

The low-grade carpet that was installed before we moved in had certainly started to show wear and tear.  We knew if two gals would be crawling/playing/lying on it constantly, we needed fresh wall-to-wall carpet.  Thank you Lowe’s!


The floor lamp was a hand-me-down from my in-laws, and we gave it a new shade to match the lamp’s seen in pictures above.  Blurry child has not been Photoshopped out, sorry.


Our Ikea bookshelf, also purchased off Craigslist when we first moved in, was stained dark walnut.  Annie Sloan to the rescue, once again!  We combined Antique White with Graphite {have a mentioned chalk paint is also great for mixing?!} to give it this medium grey, distressed look.  So much better.


This desk was once a bright blue {see below}…


…kindly purchased at a yard sale by my in-laws when we first moved in and I needed a desk space.  One day I would love to have a built in “command center”, but this more than does the job right now.  We painted in Antique White and wow, what a difference it made.  The chair was purchased from Lucketts in Leesburg, VA.  If you live in the area and have never been, it is definitely worth the trip! I know it’s dark {please pardon my extremely novice photog skills}, but the piece to the right of the desk is our printer stand. It’s faux wood and was formerly white, purchased from good ol’ Craigslist.  Painting it Graphite makes it look much better alongside the desk.

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The tv moved down from the living room and was mounted to create a better viewing situation, and more space for TOYS!  The bookshelf to the right was actually a ‘less-than-perfect’ piece that was supposed to be part of our living room entertainment center, which will have its own post soon….anyway, my father-in-law gave it to us to use to hold electronics, and with a coat of Antique White, it’s perfect for the basement!


My attempt at toy organization.  It’s been working for now, while Mom is saddled with most of the cleanup….


We are loving our “new” basement, and envision the hours we’ve already spent down there doubling when Emmeline’s baby sister arrives! : )

master makeover

SEVERAL months ago, our bedroom underwent a major facelift.  We had been living with a drab paint job, and a hodge-podge of colors….just not the serene, peaceful bedroom look we desired.  Some additional “before” pics can be seen here ,  back when we did a quick headboard fix while keeping everything else the same.

The “before”:

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After about a week’s worth of hard work, here is the “after”!



For our bed, we re-shaped and re-uphoulstered the headboard using a jigsaw and new fabric (which was purchased on sale at Jo~Ann’s).  We also traded in our old comforter for this one, found at Homegoods for a steal!



The walls are Valspar’s “Frosty Grass “.  We framed an old map of Baltimore, which is actually for sale by the sheet at Su Casa for $5.  The flamingo is a re-print of artwork my parents have at their house…I have always loved it, so for our last anniversary they gave us our own! : )


The window sheers are from Target’s Threshold line, as is the cream wool area rug.


This garden stool was probably my biggest splurge in the whole room.  I found it for $70 at Homegoods and scooped it (I ended up getting 10% off for a mark on it, which I was later able to remove)….Jason {very nicely} gave in to my begging and let me keep it after I brought it home…I told him if I didn’t buy it right when I spotted it, it would be gone from the store…us girls know how Homegoods works! ; )  Oh and please ignore the toddler fingerprints on top.


While Jason was doing a masterful job painting the walls, I transformed our bedside tables with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in “Paris Grey”.  You will see her product featured in many of my subsequent posts–as soon as this project was done, we were hooked!  Here’s my plug: it’s awesome.  No need to prime, prep, or sand.  It goes on beautifully and leaves a soft, velvety, distressed finish.  You then rub clear wax on top to seal.  We’re hooked.  Our running joke over the last few months is if it stands still long enough in our house, it will get chalk painted.  If you live in our neck of the woods, Laissez Faire in Timonium is an excellent Annie Sloan retailer, and they sell tons of furniture that has already been painted using her products.  Great for inspiration!


We replaced the old wood blinds with white blinds in the windows…

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An up-close of the headboard…we chose a herringbone print which I turned on its side to avoid having to cut it up and sew!

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You can see a glimpse of Jason’s chest of drawers, which we also painted in the Paris Grey.



I will always be a proponent of the transformative powers of a little paint and fabric!  We are so much happier to spend time in this room…it’s a far cry from when we moved in, and feels much more grown up and established.

Thanks for letting me share our makeover with you!