[CHALK] it up to [PAINT]

I have never used furniture chalk paint before. The expense to purchase a can is beyond ridiculous and I’m not insane enough to purchase any (so sorry if you are).

I have a few gallons of interior “oops” paint that I picked up really cheap from various hardware stores in rad colors like turquoise and sea foam green. When I purchased them I didn’t have any ideas for them but they were super cool colors that I figured I’d someday find use for. I used the green shade in my kids bathroom and it looks great! 

Here, you have to see it…

Moving on…

Turquoise has been hanging out on the shelf for months. When I scored a $20 desk at Goodwill, the first thing I thought of was that turquoise gallon at home on the shelf. The desk was either going to look super cool when I was finished slapping turquoise all over it, or, it’d look like shit. But, what the hell, the paint was $9 and the desk was $20. If it all went south, I wasn’t out much.

I searched Pinterest for a recipe for diy chalk paint. This is the recipe I settled on (and also the recipe I will be using for future projects). It worked beautifully.

I started by lightly sanding the desk. I know most chalk paint doesn’t usually require you to sand your project first but I wanted to be sure all of the gunk was removed before applying paint. That, and I didn’t want to do this project a second time because the first job didn’t hold up.

I removed the dust with a dry cloth then went over the desk with a damp cloth and let it dry, then I started to apply the paint. I used a brush, the Wooster Shortcut that I use on all of my paint projects. It is truly the best on the market (non compensated opinion).

I brushed on a thin first coat and let it dry. It dries very quickly. I then went back through and spot painted, only covering the places I wanted to stay completely painted, and left the spots with wood showing through so I could sand the paint off and create a distressed effect.

After I had the application I wanted, I took very fine sand paper and went over the entire desk (by hand). Very lightly on the turquoise color just to remove some of the grit on the surface from the baking soda in the paint mixture and harder on the parts I want to distress.

I did not do a top coat. I reinstalled all of the hardware, and reassembled the desk and called her done. It was a bit difficult to sand the paint down to the wood so I am pretty sure this will be durable as is. 

I have heard of Vaseline being applied to your project before painting on the spots you want to distress, but I haven’t quite wrapped my head around that technique. I hate the feel of Vaseline and I don’t want it hanging out on my furniture. Does it clean off of the project completely? If so, how? If you have used Vaseline to distress, I would love to hear from you. I would also love to hear what method you use to distress projects easily without the use of (nasty) Vaseline.

I refinished an ugly dining chair I already had to match to use with this desk. I used a canvas tote to cover a chair cushion and attached it to hide the few little holes in the black fabric of the chairs seat (I didn’t want to go through a reupholstering project too). I like the dimension the black and the decorated cushion add to the overall look. 

*Tutorial to cover a cushion or pillow with a canvas tote here: Canvas Tote Covered Pillow

Without further ado, here is the finished project:

I love this so much, I am shopping my house for other items to paint turquoise! Remember the sofa table mentioned in the Halloween Home Tour??? 


Stay tuned, folks… 



*Christmas Home Tour*

So there isn’t much to tour. I did not go all out this year. Everything you put up, has to come down so this year a minimalist theme sounded best to me. Also, I know a lot of bloggers have display on top of display. After about a million photos of their creations, I feel a bit deflated (and inadequate). So, maybe you would enjoy a minimalist home “tour” for a change.


I love a real tree and so do my husband and kids. But, I hate killing a beautiful tree (and cleaning up its mess). So, this year, we bought a potted tree that we will plant after the holidays (the galvanized tub the tree is sitting in was left at our last home from the previous owner – who was obviously crazy for leaving that beauty behind). I bought the deer heads at Big Lots this year and the greenery surrounding I found at Gordmans. A few stockings (PB) and decor on the mantel (train stocking holders – Target, candle sticks – Gordmans) along with my beautiful rocking horse thrift score (donated by another crazy) and we are good to go.

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This is the area between the entry and the kitchen that has a table but is not the dining room so I am going with nook. Here I have two artificial trees (thirft finds that were less than $4 each) and some small table decor. I love my Countdown to Christmas warmer from Scentsy fragrance (Christmas Cottage is my favorite fragrance bar). Get your holiday warmers and scents here Kelly Ditsch, Scentsy Independent Consultant while supplies last!

My reindeer and rubbed bronze tealight holder both came from Big Lots two seasons ago.



My dining room holds our large artificial tree and primitive wood ornament “signs” I found at Gordmans (I love that store, can you tell? Just wait, there’s more). The Christmas banner on the china hutch I just purchased on Black Friday at Gordmans along with the glittery pinecones and silver ombre battery operated pillars . My jar candle hurricanes that hold the pillars and cones I found at Big Lots two years ago. My glitter boxwood and berry candle wreaths are a thrift find and the silver bubble glass hurricanes were a clearance Gordmans score over the summer.


That is all for now. I do not intend on adding anything more. (Well, I do have an antique sled out in the garage that has been calling my name, so I better put him out on the porch outside, but beyond that, I am done decking any more halls).

How much do you decorate your home for the holidays? Are you a minimalist, or do you reach for the max?



What’s Hangin’?

There is nothing worse than hanging an object on the wall and then having to relocate it for one reason or another. Nail holes are bad enough but man, those anchor holes (trenches?) are the worst.

I am really good at most anything DIY, I can transform wood scraps into beautiful furniture, I can paint a straight line like nobody’s business, lay flooring, slap up a backsplash – Ā blah, blah, blah, but when it comes to patching a “little” freakin’ hole, I’m as worthless as a white crayon on white paper (I had “better” ones, but didn’t want to offend anyone). I’m not talking tiny nail hole, either. Most times, a fresh coat of paint will take care of those minuscule rascals, or a small glob of plaster on the finger tip will do the trick on the bit bigger ones; but no, I’m referring specifically to those craters that have protruding drywall post removal (thanks to screws and anchors) that really do me in. The process is always the same – tap in protruding drywall, fill damage with plaster, let dry, sand (feels nice and flat), then paint. But, the moment I add paint, **BOOM** the patch sticks out like a sore thumb. (Guess it wasn’t so nice and flat after all.)

So no, this is not a post about how I perfected the gorging hole technique so that I can share my expertise with you, if that is what you are thinking. Why?

BECAUSE I STILL HAVEN’T. I suck at it. I accept defeat.

What this post IS about, though, is how I have come to avoid the holes (or most of them) altogether.

My family really likes it when I visit because they get free decorating services, so they (excitedly) have it all ready for me when I arrive.

Enter sister-in-law (girl is a genius). SIL had a bunch of stuff for me to hang last visit since she didn’t know where to place things. Of course, I gave her a list of things I would need to complete my work and she got to work gathering. She brought me a few nails (but clearly not enough) and a whole bunch of these velcro 3M sticky things (what the heck was I going to do with those worthless things? They certainly weren’t going to hold much of anything)! I was very skeptical but she assured me that those strips were what she wanted the majority of her items (some were heavy!) hung with…

Her house, her stuff, her call. Go with it…

Really, this is a love story. Yep, I fell in love with these fancy, durable, quick and easy sticky velcro strips. They look a little something like this:



The Command strips came in different sizes too so the small jobs can be done with the smaller strips and bigger jobs with bigger strips! (Again, I get ZERO compensation from any companies – just my opinions and experiences here. Though, I would love free Command strips, I am out. Hint.) I have yet to find anything I cannot hang with these little lovelies. See, the sets that hold 16 pounds a pair will actually hold heavier weights if you use more strip sets! And, it is much easier than measuring, leveling, hammering, etc. just to hang. I simply add a strip (or two, or four) to my item, and sandwich the wall strip to it (you can actually hear the velcro clicking together!) and remove the paper to expose the sticky tape that attaches to the wall. Then I place my small hand held level on top of my item and when bubble shows level, I press it directly to the wall! Done! I’m telling you, these little puppies are AMAZING.

Here are a few things I have created in the last week thanks to these handy dandy life changers.



PLATE WALL (yes, plates!)




My life has been forever changed. NO MORE HOLES! Well, lots less anyway.

Thanks sister!

What tips/tricks have changed your life forever? I am always looking for more.