Do you remember about 1,000 years ago when I mentioned that I am fixing up my master bedroom?  Well, we are one step closer to letting you see everything. But for now, I’ll show you the biggest project that I needed to tick off my list.

I am so completely thrilled to tell you that I SURVIVED THIS DRESSER MAKEOVER!

I was worried.   This is a big piece and I had very little time to work on it.  I also wanted to give it some interest instead of painting it one flat color.

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But I’m thrilled with how it now looks.

Here is a before shot:

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It was huge, black and had bad gold accents.  The only thing that I liked about it was that it had good bones.

I loved it immeasurably more even after the base coat of chalk paint.  It took the ‘weight’ out of the piece.  Then, when the milk paint went on with all of its variations and texture, I fell in love.  At the same time, the details started being more apparent.  Look at how the drawers are trimmed and look at the fluting on the side right below the leafy detail.  They all just seemed to jump out at me once the piece was painted a creamy white.

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Remember when I  painted the sconces and showed you each step?  I did the exact same steps on this piece.  Below you can see the ‘fly-specking’ on the top drawer and the antiquing glaze on the bottom drawer.  These are two separate steps.

Now, before you get all “I have no clue how to do any of this, so I’m just not going to try”, let me be clear–None of these steps are hard.

I took this piece and did one or two steps a day.  Break it down for yourself so that you don’t get A) sore and B) distraught.

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There is always a point in a big project where I feel like there is NO WAY this piece will turn out right.  At that point, it’s best to lay down the brush and go to bed (generally that point hits when I’m up past my bedtime).  Everything seems possible after a good night’s sleep.

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I hand-painted some detail on the sides and on the drawer fronts.  If I can do this, you can do this.  I don’t even draw stick figures, so there is no ‘artist’ in me.

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The top of the piece, I left alone.  It is a warm wood tone, that is in good condition.  I love the contrast between the light paint and the dark wood.

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The Toscana milk paint that I used is from Amy Howard at Home.  She has a fabulous line of colors to choose from.  The creamy white that I used is called ‘Strasbourg White’ and the blue is ‘Cote d’ Azure’.  I used the antiquing glaze and wax finishes from AH@H as well.

Do you have a piece of furniture that needs a little love?  Instead of replacing it, just find a way to update it.

And as Amy Howard says “Enjoy the bragging rights!”

Blessings,

MM Sig

Click on the links to see where I used AH@H spray lacquer, one-step paint and Toscana milk paint.

**The paint for this project was supplied by Amy Howard at Home, but the thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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Y’all I hate to brag, but I just have to.

You know that my husband works at Disney, right?  Don’t get excited, he doesn’t drive the monorail or anything.

He is a writer.

At Disney.

But that is not what I’m bragging about.

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You know that I have dubbed my husband ‘Mr. Creativity’ on here (he rolled his eyes at me when I did that) but it really is true.  He is creative from the top of his head all the way down to his toenails.  His brain never stops. He writes circles around me.  He can take a non-event kind of day and weave a story so colorful about it that you feel like it could be made into a movie–one that makes you do the ugly cry or makes you laugh til you wet your pants.

He doesn’t do ordinary.

He doesn’t do half way.

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Well today at the east coast/west coast town hall meeting he and one other were recognized as Walt Disney World Legacy Award winners.

My completely humble husband was caught off guard.  He had no clue that they were describing him as they were talking about attributes of the winner.

I love that about him.  He doesn’t sit with fingers crossed waiting for them to call his name.  He does what he loves, not for awards and recognition (don’t get me wrong, he loves knowing that people appreciate what he does) but he has found what he loves and he gets paid to do it.

So proud of you Mr. Creativity!

But remember, the trash goes out on Tuesday and Friday–don’t get too big for your britches.

Blessings,

MM Sig

Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner?  I feel like my Christmas decorations have only been put away for a day or two.

But none the less, it is almost here and I absolutely adore Easter.  Yes, all the pastel decorations are great and the Cadbury eggs are all I ever want in my Easter basket, but I truly love getting to discuss what Easter means with my kids.

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Just this afternoon Buster asked me “Mom, do you think God cried when Jesus died on the cross?”

Ummmmm, Really?

What 10 year old thinks about such things while eating chocolate ice cream?

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My answer –very theological, mind you– “I don’t know bud.  But I can’t imagine He was happy.”  We went on to discuss how that must have hurt to see his only son die at the hands of people whom he was dying to save.  We know that the sky went dark, the earth quaked, rocks were split open, and the temple veil was torn.  But we also discussed how God must have rejoiced that Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to do this for us.

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But the joy that we have as Christians comes 3 days after he dies.

I mean, ANYONE can die.

Not that I take it for granted, because he CHOSE to die for us.  But our joy comes from the fact that he rose 3 days later.

THAT comes from God alone.

In the verse that I chose for this printable, there are these 3 little words are the reason that I am a Christian.

These 3 little words speak of His holiness.

These 3 little words mean everything.

I hope that your Easter is full of joy and that you celebrate these 3 little words

…and that you get several Cadbury eggs in your basket. ;)

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

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I am sure you all enjoyed getting to hear from Rachel earlier this week!  She is a doll.  But now it’s back to regular old me.

Sorry, not so sorry.

I shared on Tuesday over at Gingerly Made how I made a faux ironstone plate–I hope you visited her blog, she’s very talented and completely adorable.  But I thought I would share with you how I made the little rosemary wreath that was hanging on it.

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We have a rosemary bush tree in our back yard that has taken over.  It has grown from a small potted plant to a tree that fills an entire corner of our yard.  Some days I want to light it on fire. Some days it comes in handy.

Today was a handy day.

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I gathered a few of the more pliable twigs, some floral wire, twine and wire cutters.  My hands were smelling delicious and I felt a little like Martha Stewart (in her pre-incarceration days).

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I made a perfect circle, but messed it up so that you wouldn’t feel inadequate ;)

then pre-cut several pieces of twine so that they were handy to grab.

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Then it’s just a matter of tying on the rosemary in several places to make it conform.

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Make sure the knots and the wire are on the ‘back’ side of the rosemary.

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Trim the excess twine and hang.  These little wreaths not only bring in a little green splash, but also make your house smell like a gourmet cook lives there.

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I found these antique wire baskets this weekend at Renninger’s flea market (oh my gracious it was fun!) These came from a booth called Olde Tyme Marketplace.  They were so friendly and they have such cool stuff!  You’ll get to see a few more items in the months to come.

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Now that you know how to make them you’re welcome to come by and take a small tree off my hands (please, oh please!).

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Hey lovely people!

I have a treat for you today.  You don’t have to listen to me!!!

My kids would be so happy…

Anyway, The completely talented Rachel from her blog Craving Some Creativity (love that name!) is sharing with us.

Don’t think that I am just lying around eating bonbons though, I’m sharing with my Ginger’s readers over at Gingerly Made.  So sit back and soak this up, then head over there to see more fun!

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Hello! I am so excited to be here guest posting for such a wonderfully creative and talented lady as Holly. I’m Rachel from Craving some Creativity and I am here to share a tutorial for a menu chalkboard that I created for my kitchen.

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I love to DIY pretty much anything I can. I can often be found at stores snapping a picture of something I could make for so much cheaper (and in the right color). For the past several months, we have been renovating our kitchen and I knew I wanted a chalkboard on the wall. I happened to stumble across this shadowbox from HomeGoods for a nice $18 and it was perfect. Not to sound cliché, but this was calling out to me!

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The first step was to remove the burlap and foam backing. I wasn’t entirely sure what I would find underneath but I was so happy to find a clean backer board with only a bit of glue that needing scraping. I then painted it with a foam roller using Martha Stewart’s Black Chalkboard Paint.

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Using my silhouette, I cut these shapes out of vinyl. The ‘Menu’ can be found in the silhouette store and the laurels are of my own design but similar can be found for about $1 as well.

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Using painter’s tape to transfer the image, I placed the Menu cut-out as I liked and made sure all of the surfaces where well attached. I found that I needed to use a slightly thicker paint because of the bumpy nature of what I was painting. I used a multi-surface craft paint from that would cure after air-drying for 21 days. I painted a few thin layers to create texture.

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I removed the vinyl while the paint was tacky and allowed the “Menu” to dry for one hour before placing the laurels. I painted them the same as the step before.

Chalkboard Conditioning

I’m conservative with drying times so I let the entire picture dry overnight before conditioning. I took a piece of chalk and rubbed the entire surface gently. And then I wiped with a dry, soft cloth in circular motions to condition the chalkboard.

Chalkboard in Place

Voila! I am so thrilled with how this turned out. It is really adding personality in that area of the kitchen.

Now I just need to get the tile backsplash and cork board up. That’s DIY in a foreclosure home for ya – always another project.

Thank you so much to Holly for having me stop by today to share this home décor project with you!

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How completely adorable is this??? Rachel, I am totally cliché because I think it actually WAS calling out to you!  I think I hear my name being called as well…

If you want to see more of the fun stuff going on over at Craving Some Creativity check out these recent posts from Rachel:

http://www.cravingsomecreativity.com/2015/02/20/kitchen-reveal/

http://www.cravingsomecreativity.com/2015/01/30/diy-map-art-wall/

Don’t forget to head over to Gingerly Made to see my little project.

Blessings,

MM Sig

Hello Lovlies! I have laughed so many times over the raging debate that was going on over the painted door issue.  My friend and I started the #painteddoorgate phenom and totally enjoyed seeing the comments going back and forth on facebook (for the record, it was OVERWHELMINGLY in favor of painting the doors a color).

Since I know how much you all love painting projects, I thought I would walk you through the latest decorative paint method that I have tried.  It’s got quite a few steps to it, but none of them are difficult. This is Toscana Milk paint and Amy Howard has great videos that you can watch to build your confidence (and her southern drawl is just like butter).

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I plan on painting a large piece of furniture in our bedroom using this milk paint (using different colors) and thought I would show you step-by-step examples on a smaller piece.

Here is my before piece:

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First, I painted the fabulous One-Step Paint in Ballet white as the base color.  I chose the light color so that when I distressed the top layer of paint, this would show through.

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The next step is to mix up the Legno Gesso.  When working with a smooth surface,  you need to prepare the surface to accept the milk paint.  You can sand down the piece so that the milk paint can grab on, but who wants to do that??  This is a furniture gesso and it acts as a surface that the milk paint can adhere to. Mix equal parts gesso and warm water and paint on in a random, messy fashion.

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Can you see the lines?  It is a rough surface with lots of texture.  This will give the milk paint lots of crevices to fill in.

Next comes, the Toscana milk paint.  I chose Noir, a dark charcoal grey. This is also mixed equal parts water and milk paint powder.  This paint dries to the exact color as the powder.  This makes it so easy to choose the paint colors you want!

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See?  Look at that milky paint goodness!

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This step is so much fun!  This is the antiquing glaze phase–yes, I just came up with that on my own…

The antiquing glaze softens the paint so that you can rub away the top layer where you want some distressing.  So instead of sanding and scraping, you can rub away the top layer with a cloth, easy peasy.

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This picture shows one of the sconces waxed with dark wax and the other unwaxed.  See how it darkens the paint and makes the distressing pop?

Nice.

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These two beauties are now hanging on either side of the TV in the bedroom.  I think they really pop against the light walls and add just enough detail

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Amy Howard says “Enjoy the Bragging Rights”, so I will.  I’m quite please with the results and can’t wait to see how the dresser turns out.

Check out the full line of products and colors at Amy Howard at Home.  You won’t be disappointed.

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

My other painting projects using Amy Howard products are here and here.

The paint for this project was supplied by Amy Howard at Home, but the thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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You guys, it has been a doozy of a week here at the manor.  Momma has been sick.  So you know what that means…the house is a wreck!  Ahhhhh!

But I woke up this morning and I can breath a little, which is a good thing.  I might even have a little energy.  We shall see how long that lasts.

I went to a friend’s house (well, they will close this week) to help her pick out paint colors.  She is having a painter come in as soon as the house is theirs and she wanted a second opinion on her direction.  I LOVE giving an opinion, so I showed up with my paint deck in hand and we got to work.

One of my suggestions was to paint her interior doors a dark color.

You should have seen the “come again?!” look on her face.  We went ahead and picked a color and she promised that she would test it out, but she sounded doubtful even as she said it.

This is a look that you don’t even realize that you like.  It is a subtle change that sounds like a big scary deal. BUT IT’S NOT!

Here’s the deal:  You think it’s going to make the doors stand out in a freakish I-put-on-way-too-much-eyeliner kind of way.  But in actuality they stand out in the I-am-rocking-the-smokey-eye kind of look.

I’m pretty sure I just lost my male population of readers, but all the ladies are nodding their heads in understanding.

Adding a dark color doesn’t mean stark black. It can range from a charcoal to a brown/black to even a bold splash of color.

What do you all think?  Is this a look that you are intrigued by? Or do you think it is too bold and maybe needs to tone down the make-up a bit?

I would love to hear your thought. (Mr. Creativity, there’s no need in giving me your two cents…)

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

When our kiddos were little bitty we would sit them in down on their birthday and put all of their wrapped presents in front of them.  Some children make a bee-line for the present nearest them and some sit and try to decide which one to open first.

I was the child that went for the biggest and shiniest present with the largest bow.

Go for the gusto.

That is how I am feeling about sharing with you regarding our Master Bedroom makeover.  We have been working like mad people on this room and the bathroom that adjoins it and I want to show you my favorite part first.

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But I’ve decided that the time has come to talk to you about my favorite part of the whole room!!

Adding ship lap was an easy way to add a little bit of farmhouse to our ‘new’ house. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and was a little intimidated to tackle the job.  Just so you know, we are not big wood-workers.  We have several tools, but our skill level is moderate.  So, if I can do it, you can too.

So here’s how I got this fabulous ship lap wall:

Step one: make 436 runs to Lowes to get all of your supplies.

You know it’s true.

I measured my wall and did a little math to figure out how many boards we would need to cover this wall.  I chose tongue and groove #2 pine boards.  This gave us lots of (ahem) texture to our wall.

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Step two: Mark your vertical edge (If you aren’t running your boards to the corners) and mark your studs. You’ll need to nail the boards to the wall on the stud if you want these suckers to stay put.

Step Three: Cut your boards to the correct length.  We didn’t have to do this step because we got 8ft boards which was the perfect length for the space between our windows.

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Step Four: Using a nail gun, put the first board up and make sure it is level. Use your safety goggles because you can’t come crying to me if you shoot your eye out…

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Step five:  Put the rest of the boards up.

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Step six: Love your wall.  With all of your heart.

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Step 7: We then primed and painted the boards.  Boom.  Done.

Seriously this was one of the easiest (and my most favorite) project to date.  I think from the time we started putting the boards up to when we were finished was MAYBE an hour. MAYBE.

I keep finding other walls that need a little love.  Mr. Creativity is somewhere rolling his eyes right now…

Well, what do you think?  Do you have a wall that needs a little ship lap love? I want to hear from you!

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Back in 1983 my family moved to Alabama from Tennessee.  I was in the 5th grade and in the full-on-awkward stage.  Bad hair for days, goofy clothes and pale beyond pale skin.

If you didn’t have an awkward stage, you need to say a prayer of thanks right now.

If you did have one, you know…It was rough.

It was one of the hardest moves of my life.  I told my parents that I would NEVER, EVER be an Alabama girl.

Tennessee ran through my veins.

It was in my blood.

…Thank goodness I wasn’t dramatic…

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Then, I made a friend.

She was new as well.  She moved there from another town in Alabama–so obviously she wasn’t as torn over the whole ‘new-state’ issue that I was dealing with, bless my heart.

But we were both in the awkward stage (she would totally agree AND she grew out if it way before I did) and bonded over our ‘newness’.

She became my best friend forever.  We spent weekends at each others houses.  We were cheerleaders together through our high-school years.  We even dated a few of the same boys. By my senior year I lived with her family since my mom and dad moved BACK to Tennessee (Seriously, pick a state already!!)

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This friendship has spanned marriages, children, many miles and 3 (cough) decades.

If I had it to do over again, I would always choose to be one of the new girls in Alabama.

Goofy clothes/hair/paleness and all.

I have made many best-friend-forever type friends during my lifetime and I count them all as a blessing.

If you have a friends like mine, this printable is for you.  You are among the lucky.

Let them know how thankful you are.

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Want to know what else you can be thankful for?  11 projects made by my friends in the #MakeIt group.  These talented ladies have whipped up fun ideas just for you!

Click the links below to visit their sites!

11 Pink Valentine Projects #MakeIt1. LOVE Letters Simple Valentine Craft 2. {Friends}…a Printable 3. Show a Little Love {Rolled Fabric Flowers Valentine’s Art} 4. Painted Heart Burlap Plaque 5. White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie 6. Strawberry Banana Cupcakes 7. Valentine for Teachers 8. Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate Rose 9. You’ve Got The “WRITE” Stuff Valentine Gift 10. Valentine’s CRUSH Gift + Free Printable 11. Fabric Wrapped Valentine’s Wreath