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Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

11th December 2015


Furniture Thrifting Friday- French Loveseat

Because I love finding antique and vintage furniture to makeover, I decided to designate Friday as the day to share my awesome finds.  You know how children get so excited when that receive a new toy?  Well that is how I feel when I find a piece of antique furniture.  

Today I am sharing the little antique french loveseat I found on Craigslist this week for $100.  I have been searching Craigslist for a very long time to find a smaller scale loveseat that I can reupholster to fit our multipurpose office space, for some extra seating.   This will be the first larger scale upholstery project that Mr. Wilson and I will take on, and frankly I am a little frightened!  

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You can see in the photos that the frame of the loveseat is really in excellent shape and really doesn’t need anything done to it, so we may consider leaving it natural and unpainted.

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The cushions and fabric however, look like someone spilled a pot of coffee on it, or a cat peed on it.  Im hoping its not the latter of the two scenarios!


I have ordered a few fabric samples and will let you know when they come in so you can help me select the perfect fabric.  I really want to do something fun with this piece since it will be in our creative office space.  Maybe something like this Navy Polka Dot Alston Loveseat from PBteen?

polka dot loveseat


Have a great weekend!




DIY American Girl Bakery with Craft Store Materials

2nd December 2015


DIY American Girl Bakery with Craft Store Materials


My daughter Sophie has recently taken an interest in American Girl dolls and is asking Santa Claus for the 2015 girl of the year “Grace Thomas.”  Apparently, Grace was motivated to start her own bakery with some friends after a trip to Paris, France.  The American Girl store sells Grace’s adorable French bakery for a wopping $500 and a smaller pastry cart for $150! Since Sophie and I love to bake, I decided to create a budget-friendly version of Grace’s bakery for some fun imaginary play.

For this project I used materials from Michaels craft store and Joanne Fabrics.  


-Half-size unfinished wood crate

-3 square long wood rods from Michaels (see picture below)

-4 rectangular wood boards from Michaels (see picture)

-Small hand saw

-Small screws

-Hot glue gun

-Paint of your choice (I used chalk paint and craft paint)

-Wood plaque


First Mr. Wilson assembled the basic frame of the bakery by attaching two square rods with small screws (using a drill) to each side of the back of the crate.


Then he attached one of the rectangular wood pieces to the top of the rods.  After that, I had him attach another rectangular piece on top of that piece so I could create an awning.


Here’s a side shot of the top and how it was attached to the frame.  Make sure to use small screws so that it does not break the wood when they get drilled.


At this point, my daughter said she wanted some shelves in her bakery and a longer counter to display the baked goods, so I purchased some additional items.  I used the square rod as the base for the shelves by cutting them to the right length using a hand saw and then hot glued them to the inside of the crate so the rectangular boards could sit on top of them as shelves.  I also had to cut off a few inches of the rectangular boards for them to fit horizontally in the crate.  

Lastly, I drilled the long plaque to the top of the crate to create a longer bakery counter…and yes I used a handsaw and drill myself…girl power!  My confidence with power tools is at an all-time high right now because all of my appendages are still intact after this project!


After the bakery was assembled, I painted it with a horrific shade of pepto pink and then was really questioning how this project was going to turn out.  So I decided to use some gray, white and black paint to create a marbled effect on the counter to break-up all the pink.  The awning is just black and white striped cardstock paper that I folded to create a canopy effect and hot-glued to the top wood piece.diy-american-girl-doll-bakery

Here is a close-up of how the shelves were assembled.  I styled the counter and shelves with a few chalkboard easels and plaques that I found at Michaels.  The play bakery food I found on Amazon. dig-american-girl-doll-bakery


The little dessert stands are made from mirrors I got at Joanne Fabrics glued onto the plastic pillars that are used between layers of cakes.  You can find them here and the mirrors here. I painted them with acrylic craft paint.





I can’t wait for Christmas to come so that Sophie can play with her new Grace doll and pretend bakery.



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French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint {Tutorial}

15th November 2015

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French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint

I purchased this french provincial dining room table sight unseen off of a Craigslist add.  It came as a set along with these six cane chairs and a hutch.  The table was pretty beat-up with lots of stains and grime and once again Mr. Wilson was questioning my judgement.


It was pretty clear that this table was not handled with care.


There was a lovely “speckled” finish that you find with mid-century furniture.  It was their way of making it look older or antiqued.


So Mr. Wilson and I did what we had to do, we removed the old finish with Minwax Furniture Refinisher and gave it a good sanding. I will not be using this product in the future, because it has a very strong odor.


This is what it looked like after being sanded down with 100 grit sand paper using both an electric palm sander and sanding by hand.


Next I sanded down the legs and removed the speckled pee-yellow color paint.  Then I pondered for days what to do with the top.  My first instinct was to stain it a rich walnut color and paint the base off-white.  Then Mr. Wilson had a great idea, he suggested that we bring it in the dining room and then decide.  Once I had it in the dining room, I realized that staining it dark would just not work in the space.  Upon the suggestion of a Facebook friend, I decided to whitewash the top to give it a brighter look.

I used some left-over Country Chic Paint in Lazy Linen which is a very light gray color to mix up my own whitewash with a hint of gray.  Basically I just added about 60% paint to 40% water.


I have never whitewashed anything before, and it was pretty daunting to do an entire table top, but I made it work. I used a regular paint brush to paint the wash on the table one section at a time, then I immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  The key is to use a clean, dry part of the paper towel each time you wipe off the paint so you don’t unknowingly deposit blotches of paint back on the table top.  I love the variations in the finish, I think it gives it a beautiful aged finish.


Then I painted the legs in Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint and waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax tinted with a little Old White Chalk Paint. This gave the legs a whitewashed finish to match the top.






I couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out! Now I am going to whitewash all of the furniture in my house…just kidding…well maybe.

Next I need to finish the six cane chairs that go with the set, and my dining room will be ready for a nice Christmas dinner!

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How to Create a Great Holiday Card Without Breaking the Bank

4th November 2015



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Without Breaking the Bank

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching and unfortunately for us New England folks, so is the cold weather…eeek!  If you are a planner like me it is time to start thinking about a holiday cards and family photographs.  I have been kind of lazy over the years and have not sent out any holiday cards until last year.  

I have made many excuses for why I didn’t send out any cards, but the main reason was that I didn’t want to spend $$$ to hire a professional to take family photos, worrying that one of my three children would be having a bad day and ruin all the pictures!  I have seen some gorgeous family photographs taken by very talented professionals, but for some reason I always had doubts that everyone in my family would cooperate to take a great photo, and I could flush the money right down the toilet!

Here’s my son Reid trying to climb out of the wagon to escape!  There goes that photo!


So last year, I decided to plan ahead and take photographs of my children only (excluding my husband and I to make things easier) at Thanksgiving, giving me lots of time to edit the photos, select the perfect card and mail the cards out in time for Christmas.  I was very happy with how the cards turned out, that I wanted to share some tips that I learned for creating a holiday card without breaking the bank.

 {Tips and Ideas{

Take the Photos Yourself:

Take the photos yourself or enlist a family member or friend with experience in photography to take pictures for you.  You don’t need a fancy camera (although that’s a PLUS), I take all my photos with my iPhone.

How to Take a Great Holiday Card Photograph

Plan Ahead:

If you are taking the photos yourself you need to start planning a few months in advance.  This means deciding on a location for the photographs, outfits for your children and any props you may need.  You may need to do a couple of photo sessions depending on how the photos turn out, remember if you are not a professional photographer, it may take a couple of rounds to get the perfect shot.

Locations for photographs could include your own yard, a local park, apple orchard or farm. All the photographs in this post were taken in our backyard and my parent’s backyard, so you may not have to travel far to get a beautiful backdrop for your holiday card.  

How to Choose Outfits for Your Holiday Cards

Use Outfits You Already Own:

You don’t need to purchase new outfits for all of your children, just pick clothing that coordinates well and is fairly neutral.  Work with what you have and what suites your child’s individual personality and flatters them.  You can use inexpensive accessories to make the outfits cohesive.

If you need to purchase something new, I have found a lot of great stuff at children’s consignment stores, especially high-end consignment stores that carry a lot really great designer brands for a quarter of the retail price.

Use Props:

If you have a toddler that will not sit still for a photo, get creative!  I have used a vintage wagon and an old toboggan to pull them around in.  If you don’t own a wagon or a sled, try looking on Craigslist or ask around if a friend has one you can borrow. This also makes the experience as a whole more fun and spontaneous, which will yield a better photo!  


Tips for Taking a Great Christmas Card Photo

Take Lots of Photos…I mean LOTTTTSSSSS:

You make take 100 and only 1 will turn out great, just keep pressing the trigger and taking those shots.  You can make some slight adjustments with each shot in your positioning relative to the target (the children) to see what works the best with the light and the angles.  Sometimes you may need to move the children around to a few different spots at your location to find the perfect backdrop and light.

Edit, Edit, and Edit some more:


There is great, free apps and software that you can use to turn mediocre photos into amazing photos.  Try different filters or changing the photo to sepia or black and white to see what works.  The ones I like to use are: 

-For my phone: Adobe Photoshop Express App

-Computer: Pixlr

Non-Edited Photo


Photo After Editing


 Choose a Great Card:

Since you are saving money by taking the photos yourself and using outfits you already own, you can splurge a little on the card itself.  There are many great websites out there, where you can upload your photo and pick the perfect card to fit your style and make your photo standout.

My absolute favorite is Minted because their designs really appeal to me. Some other websites include SnapfishShutterfly, and Vistaprint


 So don’t waste any time…..start getting into the holiday spirit now!


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Fall Rag Wreath

21st October 2015


Fall Rag Wreath

I was inspired to make a rag wreath when I read this tutorial from AKA Design.   I had all the supplies already around my home….embroidery hoop, check, left over linen fabric, check, pretty ribbon, check.  It is the simplest wreath you will ever make and I really like the texture of the frayed linen fabric.


I embellished the wreath with some fabric flowers I had purchased a while ago on Etsy and some pinecones I found with my kids in the yard.  I also painted a wooden “W” for “Wilson” in left-over gray paint from this project and attached all of the embellishments with my handy-dandy hot glue gun (my favorite crafty tool).  So basically making the wreath cost me nothing because I used things that I already had around the house…pretty thrifty!


I found the perfect spot for the wreath in my family room and I think the wreath works well with the wall color which is Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter” (one of my favorite paint colors) and the wood tone of the little wall shelf I purchased at Home Goods.

embroidery-hoop-rag-wreathMr. Wilson says it looks “raggy”  haha…but I think it looks rustic and cute!

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Vintage Bar Cart Makeover Reveal

16th October 2015


Vintage Bar Cart Makeover Reveal

Do you remember that vintage bar cart that I purchased at a yard sale for $5?  This was one of those DIY projects where we had lots of good ideas, but when it came to execution, we realized that it wasn’t going to work out as planned.  I felt like a contestant on “Top Chef “where Tom Colicchio would tell me that my “concept” was good but that I FAILED on execution.

So after many ideas that just didn’t work out, Mr. Wilson and I decided that we were just going to spray the whole cart in a fresh coat of gold spray paint.  After coating the cart in the wrong shade of gold, we finally settled on this gold spray paint from Rust-Oleum.  


Overall, it is not a HUGE change from the before picture but the whole cart feels a lot fresher and brighter now than it did.  We also added some wine racks underneath the top shelf of the cart for added glass storage.  We attached them with liquid nails since the shelf was too narrow to drill any screws.  I found the wine racks here, for only $3.75 a piece.  



My mom found me some really cute glasses with gold polka dots on them at Marshalls…thanks mom!  How do you like my DIY botanical art prints?


Now it’s time to get my drink on!

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French Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

2nd October 2015


I decided to give this little french dresser a makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  The dresser color is Annie Sloan “Duck Egg Blue” which is a beautiful fresh blue color and the hardware is Annie Sloan “Arles” which is a mustard yellow color.  The inspiration for the color palette was the fabric I used to reupholster these cane chairs, since this sweet dresser will be used as a sideboard in my living room re-design.  I thought the color combination was modern and a little bit funky.


Here is the before photo of the dresser:


I also had to replace one of the drawer glides that was completely chewed up and broken.  


I did lots of research online on drawer track replacements and I figured out that you can not find an exact replica of track seen above.  Instead, you have to purchase a complete replacement drawer track for that particular drawer.  I purchased this one from Swisco.com.  If you are not sure which replacement system to purchase you can email them a photograph of your current track system and they will recommend a replacement for it.  


It is not the best drawer system, but it is better than a drawer that just falls out.  Here is a close-up of the hardware.


I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White to add some dimension to the detailed areas of the dresser to make them pop.


I am happy with how it turned out, I really love the duck egg blue!


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