coral frames

Hi all!  Just wanted to share a couple frames I’ve painted recently.  I’ve been trying out a coral pattern for a summery + beachy look.

This frame I made for my dear friend Amy’s engagement…

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…..and I did an aqua/turquoise color scheme for my mother-in-law’s birthday.

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Happy Wednesday!


diy frames

Happy Monday! Just wanted to take a moment to share a frame I made recently as part of a shower gift for my friend Molly and her husband Jason.

They were married just a couple weekends ago and hosted a beautiful ceremony and reception in Bay Ridge, Maryland.  They did a lovely job of integrating a nautical theme, which is meaningful to both of them  {as Jason is a boatsman and the event was right on the Chesapeake Bay, where they currently reside}.

So, I attempted to integrate the same theme into the frame’s design:

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For more frame ideas, feel free to take a look here & here at past posts.  🙂



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!

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!

phase two: living room re-do

Things are looking far less messy, cluttered, and unfinished in the living room! Which makes me very happy, as I could feel my blood pressure rise every time I walked down the stairs or came in the front door. Phew!  Thankfully the Ravens game was on til midnight on Thursday, giving Jason an excuse to stay up and help me put things back together while simultaneously screaming at the television.  Just kidding, he was pretty uncharacteristically calm.  So thankfully, no hammers went through the wall and nothing was thrown.  He is loving me while reading this, I’m sure.
Yesterday morning I took some pics of our progress.  This shoot is entitled “Where’s Waldo?”, as you’ll find a tiny human in most of the pictures if you look closely enough.  (Please ignore the unbuttoned onesie over the pants…sometimes, it’s just not worth the struggle.  Remember, we call her Barracuda.)


The curtains were Ikea purchases…a good find I think!  They are velveteen-ish, and look “luxe”, as Hannah tells me.  The curtain rods were originally brown; a quick spray paint job turned them black.  We put the striped rug from the dining room in here now.  And the former brown sisal living room rug is in the dining room, which worked out well! Nothing new to buy there!


(Those swatches on the chair are potential fabrics for pillows.)


The cute white bowl is a new addition…I couldn’t pass it up on a recent trip to Richmond…$6 at Williams & Sherill!



Okay, I was a LITTLE picture happy. Most of the time it’s because I can never seem to get the lighting just right…I think I need a new camera…

You might recognize the side table from our guest room.  They were Goodwill purchases with a new paint job.  It occurred to me that they matched our new color scheme quite well, and after lugging it downstairs, I decided it was a great fit!  So we switched out the old wooden side table and put that in the guest room.  Which is okay in the meantime, since our guest room doesn’t get much face time other than my sister Hannah and the occasional friend sleepover. 🙂

Disclaimer: the slipcovers and curtains need to be steamed.  I was just so anxious to post pictures!  I will get to it, I promise myself.

A few things left to be done: painting our entertainment center white (and possibly adding cabinet doors to it!), and painting the frame of our sailboat print white (this will be tricky, as it’s a custom frame job so we can’t take the print out!)

Happy November!

Hello all!  My posting has been quite sparse lately…if you are a teacher you know how busy November can be.

I haven’t done too many projects as of late…but with Christmas rapidly approaching, I have lots in mind!

I did make this tray for our good friends, Ainsley and Alex…we had a wonderful dinner at their house the other weekend.

I found this neat octagonal shape at Hobby Lobby.

We also gave our kitchen a very tiny makeover recently.  I had this chrome etagere (it was actually an over-the-toilet storage unit from my bachelorette days) that we had re-purposed as an over-the-trash can storage unit.  It’s a nice place to store cookbooks, mail, and our bowl of keys…but it still looked very bathroom-y being that chrome color!  I would have a “before” picture, but Jason is still new to this blog thing and forgot to take one before surprising me by spray painting it black. 🙂

Picture something like this:

…transformed to this, with a 97-cent can of black spray paint!

I think it almost looks like wrought-iron! A nice little facelift 🙂

Well, that’s about it unfortunately…please check back in the next week, I’m hoping to have a few new things up!

Painted Bedside Tables

Our guest bedroom has been very sparse since we moved in, as we never had a second bedroom in our apartment!  I’ve been on a mission to find bedside tables for the room, and happened upon these gems at my neighborhood Goodwill:

I thought they had good bones….and at $14 for the pair, how could I resist?!  They were different styles and slightly different heights, so I decided to bring them together with a cohesive paint job.  I went with an aqua and black combination with paint purchased at Lowes (Olympic One Paint +Primer, semi-gloss enamel in Kingston Aqua and Black Magic, to be exact). They were $11 a quart.

I began by sanding the varnish off, using this sander and some extra sheets of medium-gauge sanding paper.

Then I taped off what I would eventually paint black using painter’s tape.  One of the tables had more detail than the other, so I created a faux grooved border on the more plain one to give it some extra pizazz.

Then I began to paint!  The aqua took two coats, allowing ample time to dry in between.

(I challenged myself on the table with the grooved border by not using painter’s tape!)

After the aqua paint dried, I taped off the reverse so I could now paint with black.

The black was slightly streakier than the aqua, but still only required two coats!

(Please excuse our laundry in the background!)

While I waited for the black paint to dry, I spray painted the fixtures (which were cute already and didn’t need replacing) with shiny black spray paint.

When the paint was dry, I peeled off the tape, revealing my two-tone tables!

Some of the edges required touching up, which I did with a tiny watercolor brush I had on hand (the kind that comes with a the little watercolor set).

After everything was completely dry, I replaced the newly re-done drawer pulls by simply screwing them back in.

I really enjoyed this project–witnessing the transformation of two Goodwill tables was very satisfying!  Such a nice addition to the guest bedroom, for just a few bucks.  Next on the list: repainting the walls of the room–the periwinkle color simply won’t do with my new tables!  My husband is thrilled that with the finish of one house project, I have created another 😉

Good night!