This past week I decided to practice painting another piece of furniture that we had around the house. I actually painted this nightstand before with white paint and coated it with a dark stain. It really isn’t my personal taste. I like distressing and making furniture look like a piece of art. I feel like the way it turned out made it look dirty. Some people like the look I achieved (which is great!), but again, it’s not my personal choice. At the end of the day, it is in my home and I have to live with it.
I started this small project by wiping off the nightstand with a little dish soap and water.
Since the nightstand was previously painted, I felt that it did not need to be primed (because I was going to be using latex paint on this). I decided to use paint that I had around the house. I had left over latex paint from my dining room, which is called “Gatherings” from Magnolia Market. It is a light warm grey that is the perfect neutral for almost any space. I brushed on two coats of Gatherings and 3 coats of Bauhaus Buff (white neutral) chalk paint from Amy Howard.
I let this dry a full 24 hours before light distressing. You don’t need to wait this long. I’ve heard of many people distressing as soon as it’s dry to the touch. I used a sanding block this time and wasn’t a huge fan. For my last project I used sheets of sandpaper and I felt that let me get into the crevices much easier. After distressing, I added a white dry brush technique to the nightstand. I love adding a little bit of white for dimension and character.
I applied a thin coat of poly for some protection. I would recommend more thin coats if you are going to sell a piece.
I spray painted the handles black to get a classic farmhouse look.
This week I have been incredibly busy with a project I thought I would never get through. I’ve read a little bit about flipping furniture online and know a couple people that do it locally. I decided to give it a shot. I needed an accent piece for my office and I thought this dresser would be perfect. My office doubles as my closet so I can also use this for clothing storage as well.
I had this old dresser laying around at my father’s house, therefore I was able to get this piece for free!
My intention is not a DIY tutorial for this post, because this is my “guinea pig” piece. This process took about a week with MANY trial and errors. I am still learning, but this piece has taught me A LOT about painting furniture.
If you don’t feel like reading the entire story, the end result is at the bottom of the page*
My office is painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it has different shades of blue for accents. I wanted a color that would correlate with what I already have. I also wanted it to be a statement piece for the room. I chose a blue chalk paint (Serenity Blue by Rust-Oleum).
I really had no idea what I was going to do with it. I thought I could just wing it. So, when I got home I wiped down the dresser and eagerly started painting.
I painted the entire dresser with one coat of Serenity and let it dry.
At this point I was thinking to myself, “This isn’t so bad”. I decided that it needed some white to really make this piece stand out. I went to my local Ace Hardware and picked up a can of One Step Paint (chalk paint), Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard.
This was where things got tricky. I had let the first coat dry for 24 hours (the recommended was only 2 hours). I went to apply the coat of white paint and it was extremely tacky. I only coated the top drawers and top of the dresser. I “dry brushed” the rest with the white paint.
(Tip: I read online that you should mix at least one of your coats of paint with a little bit of water to make it less thick.)
Chalk paint dries extremely fast. You need to work quickly, use the accurate amount of paint in a stroke, and make sure to brush in the same direction (with the grain of the wood). I didn’t follow these rules very well and ended up with a piece that did not make me happy.
Back to the drawing board. I decided the white would need another coat (I probably should’ve done three, but it still looks fine!) I didn’t mind the look of the dresser, but something was off. The blue was clashing with my wall colors and my eye wanted to stay focused on the center of the dresser. I don’t think everything should be “matchy-matchy“, but it felt like an eye sore when looking around the room.
I decided that I would try painting the bottom drawers white to tone down the blue and even out the white paint.
After the drawers were all painted, I felt like I was heading in the right direction.
I spray painted the pulls a silver color.
I was debating on putting a dark wax so the blue would “go with” the room’s existing colors better..but I just wasn’t happy with it. I really didn’t want to half-ass this project.
I finally said “screw it”.
Phase 4, The Final Phase.
I dug out my Sea Salt acrylic latex paint and painted over the blue. I was hesitant to do this, because I don’t often hear of people using “wall paint” on furniture. Turns out, YES, you can do it. I had so many layers of chalk paint on this that served as a primer. The paint glided on like silk. There was absolutely no tacky texture.
I painted the sides and top with two coats of Sea Salt as well. I didn’t want the dresser to come off too “cookie-cutter” since it was the same color as the office walls, so I added strokes of white “dry brush” and distressing. I did a very thin clear coat of Poly from Rust-Oleum. (If I were to sell this piece, I would’ve done two thin coats for more protection.. or even used a clear wax.)
I should also mention that in person, the dresser is a bit more minty of a color, but changes throughout the day as Sea Salt does.
So the past week or so the voice in my head would not stop bothering me about creating a Halloween table setting. Seriously, it was driving me INSANE. Many of you know that I lost my job a little while back so I’m on a small budget. My goal was to spend less than $80 on this setting. Mission accomplished!
I think the timing is perfect because a lot of Halloween items are already on sale. I already had the jar, lantern, and sticks so that was a good start for this project. I got my items from Hobby Lobby, Target, and Dollar General.
Today I wanted to show you the products I use for my everyday make-up. I know many of you probably don’t use this much to begin with, but I have really uneven skin tones, large pores, and scars from acne so I need all the help I can get! I was not blessed with silky smooth skin like many women. I used to have pretty bad acne until this year. For some reason, it decided to clear up (thank goodness)! I have oily skin in my T Zone area, but it can become flakey and dry in the winter.
My routine begins in the morning with a shower. After I dry off and put clothes on, I put a tiny* bit of moisturizer on the dry areas of my face and then add primer to my T Zone. I then take my hair out of a towel and comb through it (which takes awhile because my hair snarls very easily). Next, I put on deodorant and brush my teeth. This gives the primer time to dry and settle. After the primer has settled (about 10 minutes), I begin to apply my liquid foundation with a brush. I just discovered the Fenty foundation brush by Rihanna and I LOVE it! I will be trying more Fenty products in the future.
This list is the general order that I put my make up on.
A few months back my best friend and I took a trip to a local sunflower field and did a little “photoshoot”.
Being a girl with anxiety and a very low self-esteem definitely has its set backs. I wasn’t always like this…in middle school I didn’t give a shit about what others thought of me. I was the girl with skunk hair wearing bronzer that was way too dark for me and a black tutu around my waist. It was an awkward phase and a little embarrassing to look back on.
When 8th grade ended, so did the phase. A blessing and a curse I would say. I’m glad I grew out of it, but I feel like when this happened I lost a part of me. I’m not saying the heavy eyeliner and “Rawr” thing was who I was. I was just trying to figure it out at my own pace (and enjoying it). In high school I wanted to be like everyone else, and when you are trying to be like everyone else, you lose sight of who you are.
I was able to take a clear view in the mirror after graduation. All the “popular” girls had gone off to college and I was able to focus on me. Not only have I been able to discover who I am, but who my true friends are. I took these photos with my best friend. She has been there since grade school and I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. She encourages me to show my true colors to the world.
I think we need those type of people in our lives. The one’s that we have so much in common with, but celebrate our differences. The people we can be absolutely real with by sharing thoughts, ideas, and dreams. The friends that support us to live life as we want and to reach whatever goals we have.
I was hesitant about doing a “photoshoot”, because of who I am. The shy girl who doesn’t pose for a camera, because she’s afraid of what people will think. I decided to say “Fuck what other people think.” I am working on myself, and the only way to do this is to not be afraid.
We ended up having a wonderful afternoon and have more memories to look back on. As I allow myself to let go and have fun, the more I am enjoying life again.
A little update on life, I painted my bedroom (again) this past weekend. I am waiting on different curtains and debating on the bedding currently. I will make a post about it when it is complete. That room has been quite the struggle for me because I didn’t know what MY personal taste was for a bedroom. I have finally found what I was searching for and cant wait to show you all! 🙂
In High School I was completely lost. Hell, I still don’t know who I am, but I do know that I’m not trying to be someone else. At one point I asked an older classman “How can I get more people to like me?” he replied, “You dress up every day. You should try to chill a little bit, wear a t-shirt or something.” So, I wasn’t well liked because I didn’t dress like the “sporty girls” (which were the popular group in my high school). No honey, you are wonderful. Dressing nice makes you feel good, DO IT. Don’t follow the next trend just because everyone else is doing it. You are the trendsetter, not a follower. Be YOURSELF.
2. If Your Closest Friends Tell You He’s Holding You Back, LISTEN.
I dated a guy from 8th grade until my sophomore year of high school. All of my friends told me that I could do better, he was going no where in life, I put him too high up on a pedestal, I spent too much money on him, etc. Back then, it went in one ear and out the other. I wasted so much damn time on that relationship and it literally sucked the life out of me. Looking back, those friends were RIGHT and I realize how much of an idiot I was. I wasted so much time and energy on someone that I just cringe thinking about now. This may not be the case in EVERY situation, but it’s worth it to actually take in what your friends are saying. They are looking out for you, just as you are looking out for them.
3. Live Day By Day
You are in high school. You do not have bills to pay or a career at the moment. You may have a test coming up, but it’s going to be fine.. You’re smart. Please, go to the basketball game, the concert, or to the party. Be carefree while you can. Build up the memories, because every day is precious. Life is just a sum of your experiences, so gain some. The most exciting times I had in high school were with my friends drinking in their basement, playing beer pong, and cheering in the stands at basketball games. Don’t stress too much about the tomorrows.
4. Your Big Plan Will Change
In high school, I was focused on finding my path. I wanted a career that would take a few years of college and make $60,000 a year. Can we all please have a moment of silence (or laughter) at how naïve I was. Yeah…I graduated three years ago and I’ve had jobs from working in a factory to kitchen designing and they did not earn close to $60,000 or last too long. Focus on what you love and discovering your passions during this period. Now, will you end up in a career that you absolutely love? Not usually.. there are things that you will like and hate about your job, but at the end of the day it’s a paycheck. If you get involved in something that you actually love, then that is AMAZING! Sometimes dreams work out and you get the job you were planning in high school, plus make oodles of money… but don’t be surprised if that is not the case. You could change your “dream” or major six times. You may choose to not go to college at all (and that is OKAY!). You may plan to be married by 22, have a successful career, a brand new house by 24, and have three kids by 28. Life is not what you plan it to be. It could be in the totally opposite order. So, don’t get wrapped up in the big plan.
5. 90% of Your Classmates Become Irrelevant
This kind of goes along with “fuck what everyone else thinks”, because in a couple years you won’t remember half the people you went to school with. You will be on with your life and not worrying about what everyone thinks…because they’re worried about their own damn lives. This part of life gets easier after graduation. You start to care less about others perception of you. Some people will move far away and others may work in the same office as you, but you both have bigger things to worry about than how big your hair bump is. You may have not made homecoming court, but no one will care a year from now. The labels, gossip, and cliques are all temporary, don’t sweat it.
6. Compliments are Everything
You shouldn’t worry about what people think of you, but you can’t tell me that a compliment doesn’t make your day. High school is full of snickers and shit talking, but there are a few good souls out there. Seriously, try it. The best compliment I ever got was from a girl on the fourth of July a few years ago. She walked past me, looked at her friend, and exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, that girl is so pretty!” The compliment wasn’t even said directly to me. Just knowing this stranger said something so kind about me, truly made my day. I know us girls can be petty, but PLEASE take a minute of your day to make someone else’s.
7. Car Jams & Conversations Are Forever
Keep those old CDs and playlists. You know, the ones with the writing all over them? My first car was a Pontiac Sunfire. It was a pretty cheap car, but it had under glow and subs so it was pretty cool for my friends and I. We would blast the legally* burnt CDs from T-Pain to Shania Twain. My friend and I had a song called “I Hate My Life” by Theory of Deadman that we would literally scream to when we were having a bad day. Those cruises were full of singing to the top of our lungs, tears from bad days, and maybe a little hearing loss from the subs being too loud. Again, KEEP THOSE PLAYLISTS, because when you get together with those old friends or just want to reminisce…they will bring you right back to that car.
8. Learn The Basic Functions of “Adulting”
I moved out the day I graduated. I wish I would’ve known how to do certain things like- how do you brown hamburger meat? How often do I need to clean? Oh, the reason I have so many damn spiders is because you’re supposed to spray for bugs. Oh really? The things I feel are common sense now, were foreign to me then. Learn how to pay a bill, budgeting, cook basic meals, replacing furnace filters, how to flip a breaker, and that drinking a bottle of wine by yourself should be celebrated.
9. Your Mom & Sister Will Become Your Best Friends
Okay, this may not be true for EVERYONE. My sister and I spent our fair share of name calling, hair pulling, and bitch slapping growing up. We said that we hated each other many times…She threatened to miss my graduation because she was mad at me once. After all the mayhem and hurtful words we still managed to watch scary movies and sing duets together. Mom was always so bossy and such a know-it-all. We made fun of her for always making a fuss to clean the house before company arrived. Truth be told, I cried during my first week on my own. I missed my mom…it wasn’t the same. At least once a week I will be over at her place, ruining her afternoon nap to talk about life. I call HER when I have questions or need advice, because she does know everything and I find myself scrambling to get my own house together for company. My sister is one of my best friends now. She is someone I can trust and talk to about anything. We also still sing incredible duets, in case you were wondering.
10. Keep Going, Keep Your Confidence, & Keep Having Faith
Make a habit of pushing yourself. Keep pushing yourself to get a better grade. Keep pushing yourself to hit that note in choir. Keep pushing towards your goals. Learn that there will be set backs, but you should try to overcome the obstacles. Some goals are just not meant to be, but that should be determined when all options are exhausted. People are going to tell you that you can’t do it, but you need to listen to the voice that truly matters; your own. It hurts to hear you are not good enough or to get rejected for a job. It hurts your pride, but you need to get back on your feet. You may have a jack ass boss who said you were “Dumber than a teapot” & then quit that job because you know that you deserve better. What’s meant to be will happen, but you need to have the motivation and will to make it happen. Stay strong, be brave; you can do this.
I really hate to bring up the weather, because that screams “not interesting”…but it’s fricken COLD!!! I am ready for nice fall weather..sweaters and pretty leaves..why the hell is there snow falling? Looks like I should buy some mittens early this year? *pulls out hair*
It has been a pretty relaxing day. You know, the kind of day where the hours just fly by? I spent most of my day riding on the lawn mower. We have had rain nonstop the past few days so it’s made the grass grow extra fast. I also have to admit that an untamed lawn is a huge pet peeve of mine. One of the most satisfying things for me is to see those straight lines and smell the fresh cut grass in the air. It’s the little things.
Today I have an outfit that kind of reminds me of spring, but I think it’s good to keep things interesting! It’s a flowy pinkish-light beige top (they call it macademia), white pants, and sassy leopard print shoes to throw it all together. This is one of those outfits that inspire me to be the hot mom in the Range Rover someday (keep dreaming right?).
The flowy v-neck and white Miss Me jeans are from Buckle. The V-neck is very soft and comfortable, but I will admit the neckline goes a little too low for my personal preference. I feel the money was worth it, because it was less than $30! These jeans are seriously my favorite. I am obsessed with the rose gold stitching and beautiful design on the back pockets.
I also added this pink and gold necklace from Francescas to add a little sparkle.
My favorite part of this particular outfit is the leopard print heels from Nordstrom. I scored them for $90 when they were on sale!
Hey friends! So, I’ve decided to add a fashion/beauty segment to my blog. I have dreams of becoming a jaw-dropping fashionista and interior design guru, but as of now I have a small budget and a world of planning in order to get that far. Eventually these posts will be filled with dozens of spectacular pictures..so bare with me for now. I did a little premature online sweater shopping this summer and picked out this cozy open weaved sweater from Buckle.
I love these jeggings not only for the stretch and softness, but also the price! They are listed under $30! The Corral boots are a splurge of over $150, but they are worth it to me. They are built tough and go with just about anything.
The best part about the sweater? Its under $40! It is from the Daytrip line at Buckle. I love this line because it is super affordable 🙂