|For the Love of Leftovers|

I love leftovers.

Let me be more clear; I love scrap material leftovers, not food leftovers. Yuck. Food leftovers are never as good as they were the first time whereas scrap leftovers get better with age; and I love them “ripe”.

Here’s one pile of my leftovers on hand.

Yesterday, I decided to turn them into a chalkboard for one of my barren dining room walls.

When we moved, our highend items were wood created by a specialty moving company. They came out and built custom crates in our garage to safely transport each item (tv’s, taxidermy, antique mirrors, etc.) I broke the crates down as we unpacked and saved the good pieces of wood for later use. (My coffee bar in our new house is also constructed using this scrap wood. That is the project I was working on when our house caught fire. Anyway – post on that project coming soon…)

I used a 1×8 board for the top, and 1×4 boards for the other three sides.

I cut an arch in the top board to resemble the archways throughout our home.

I didn’t have to cut down any of the boards. I used them all as is. That’s a perk of having so much on hand. There has to be the perfect piece somewhere (although, cutting a piece down probably would have been faster than “hunting”).

I sanded each board with my palm sander to get the best penetration for the stain at application.

I constructed the pieces with wood glue and stapled the seams together on the backside where the boards met. Plywood was then glued and stapled to the back side of the completed frame.

I then covered the middle chalkboard part with a plastic trash bag and painters tape so I could stain the frame without getting stain on the chalkboard area – I didn’t want the stain to hinder the chalk paint adhering to the plywood. I added a coat of my favorite stain (Minwax Honey) and after that dried a bit, I added some streaked black paint that I rubbed in to make it look as though the frame had been oiled or burned. I removed the bag and tape and added a couple coats of Valspar Chalkboard paint.

I let the project dry for 3 hours before adding script.

Here is the finished, hung project.

Construction/paint time: 1 hour

Dry time: 3 hours

Hang time: Forever (well, until the next relocation, anyway. It’ll have many homes in its lifetime.)

(I have the board hanging on the wall with Velcro Command Strips by 3M at all 4 corners. I love these things.)

She’s snug as a bug on that wall.



All of the colors for our house have been chosen. I am going to share them with you here, along with example pics from Pinterest. (None of the photos are of my house – I’ll reveal those later.)

All paint is Sherwin Williams (SW).

















SILVER PEONY (@half tint) SW6547

The painters have been hard at work in our home for 4 weeks. It’s moving right along nicely. It’s a big job.

Shout out to Barry Morgan Painting in Waycross, Georgia. They do fantastic work.

{Operation Rustic *Glam*}

When asked about my decor taste, I’m definitely a fan of rustic but I also love sparkle and metallics. 

My design pallet for our new home is Rustic Glam. Rustic Glam is achieved by incorporating natural elements with glamourous elements. Think concrete, wood, brick, iron, crystals, mercury glass, metallics and glitter all invited to the same party. Vintage meets modern. Boom. Rustic Glam.

Below are some examples of this decor/design style that I am using as inspiration for our new home makeover. These photos will help you envision what I am going for.

All images are from Pinterest searches.


I love everything about the picture above, especially the polished faucets and glass chandelier that scream glam and reclaimed beams that ground the rustic element.

The picture below has farmhouse cabinetry and beams for the rustic feel, while the fancy linen chairs with nailhead trim bring in some fancy.

The kitchens above and below are absolutely beautiful, but a little too over the top for my taste. It’s is still on the rustic glam scale, but also borderlines gaudy with the bulky, ornate trims on the cabinetry. I am not a fan of that at all. Too much “French” styling for me. The French style is overboard and bulky. However, I do love the mixes of Farmhouse colors and shapes along with the combination of wood and iron along side glass and silver these designs offer. Rustic yet classy.

This last picture is near perfection. You’ve got wood, brick, iron, marble, glass. A few pops of some silver and metallic accents. Upgrade those cheap looking bar stools and perfection is achieved. 


(The first two pics are the same room from different angles.)

Love it all. 

Still in love…

Wouldn’t change a thing. 

What a cute little space shown down below. But for heavens sake, get rid of that style cramping mini blind. Yikes. One word: drapes.

There’s promise below. Nice drapes. Cute settee. The chandelier needs to bulk up a bit while the thighs on those table legs need to go a few weeks carb free. All wood chairs would help too with a linen covered chair seat.

Dark beams and metal bar stools would make this home scheme shown below brilliant.

This last pic is a little too “French” for me also. Not as bulky as the kitchen photo examples above but signs in French sayings are not appealing to me, nor is a beadboard ceiling (looks cheap) or the provincial styled dining chairs. I would use a black windsor styled chair instead. The chandeliers, beams, chalkboard and the table can all stay. The rest is evicted. 


Chandeliers, sequins and beams; oh my. Heavenly.

This next one is a master bedroom, but it resembles my current family room fireplace so it’s a living room inspiration pic in my case.

This last room is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but screams hospital waiting room deep in the woods. Needs some color depth, badly. Get some kind of contrast in there. It makes me itch a bit.


I love the top picture but I’d switch out the linens. I see something more like this:

The pic above is of a master bedroom painted in Sherwin Williams Eider White. It happens to be the paint color I have picked out for some of my rooms during our fire restoration process.

This next picture is a bit too “shabby chic” for me. I like shabby chic, there’s just too much of it in this one little space.

Not feeling that light fixture below. Chandelamp? Nah. Pass.

The stuff dreams are made of:

Ooooh, marble.

Ruffles! Love ruffles.


Just a few photos of random rooms, accessories, decor and furniture pieces that fit the decor style profile.

Mason jars AND crystals. Brilliant. ^

Must haves; mercury glass and silver. Thank goodness these come in spray paint form. I have the perfectly shaped pieces that just need a little Rustoleum makeover.

I love the mixed media of the light fixture above and that silver candelabra below I want for my house!

Cute entry.

That buffet table below is perfect. I kinda dig those antler candlestick holders too. Maybe bottom tips dipped in gold? Or metallic candlesticks instead? Options.

Oooh la la. 

Tufted and nailhead sofa. I’m in love.

More tufting and nailheads…

Fur has joined the party!

Sequins! Speaking my language.

Polished silver. Classy.

I think you get the idea.

Now, I’m going to attempt to achieve it.

When In Doubt – Paint It! PART 1


NOTE: (I am posting in parts because I have a homeschooled high schooler and infant aged daycare kids so my time to blog is limited (due to Geometry tutoring and bottle feedings). I do not want to rush through each project because of time constraints so I chose to present this topic in a series of parts. Hopefully you get something out of this – even if it is just inspiration or the courage to try something new. Remember, it is JUST paint. GO FOR IT.)


You found the perfect piece (shape wise) but hate they way it looks? PAINT IT.

You once loved it as is, but your taste changed and you hunger for a refresh? PAINT IT.

Simply hate it, but can’t afford to replace it? PAINT IT.

Manufactures make paint for anything and everything – and I mean EVERYTHING. Paint is much cheaper than buying a whole new piece so it is a go to makeover method, especially in my house. I love making things pretty but HATE spending tons of money to do so. Before I go ripping things apart, I see if there is a way I can refresh and salvage what I already have to fit my vision before buying new (or other pre-loved items).

In this “series” I will share a few things I have given new life to through the application of paint. Some are large project, others are a quick 30 second jobs.


Our 70’s master bath in our house (from 4 years ago) needed a makeover but we were short on funds and knew we would be putting it on the market within the next 6 months to relocate. Selling the home with a gold tub would be a tough sale and replacing the whole unit would cost at least $500! So, we used Rustoleum Tub/Tile epoxy kit (about $40 each) and one afternoon to transform the pathetic looking monstrosity.


I cannot comment on the long term durability, due to the fact that I only had 6 months to test the results, but after 6 months, the tub still looked brand new and we didn’t have any issues with the product. My husband was the work horse for this project and he is very meticulous and followed the instructions step by step with great care. It did take him the whole day to complete the project (and it REALLy stunk), BUT, it would have taken much longer to rip out and replace the unit so keep that in mind!

Here are the before and after photos:


Besides epoxy painting the tub, we bought a new toilet, repainted the walls to a beige with a yellow base (rather than the red based beige which made the room look pinkish – barf), and ripped out the carpeting.  (Seriously, who puts carpeting in a bathroom?? Come on builders! That is about as practical as carpet in the dining room!! Carpet does NOT belong in bathrooms and dining rooms!!) We replaced the carpeting with a role of vinyl we bought at Menards in their markdown leftover section (yes, they exist! Check them out!) We used the carpet we tore out (keeping it in tact during removal) as a template to trace and cut our new piece of vinyl flooring then simply glued it to the subfloor. SUPER EASY install.

NOTE: Before buying new, always check clearance sections in a stores home improvement departments AND don’t forget to find your nearest Habitat for Humanity Restore where you can score tile and fixtures, cabinets, flooring, drywall, etc. that were surplus build supplies or pulled out of rehab homes and donated to the store to be reused. I have even seen furniture at Habitat Restores. SHOP AROUND BEFORE YOU BUY. Even one afternoon of shopping around can save a TON of money.

All said and done, we spent about $200 on this entire face lift. I hope the current owners are enjoying their updated on a “dime” master bath.

Have you painted any appliances or fixtures? How did they hold up?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, READERS!! Wishing you all good health and the many blessings of our Lord in the new year.