Painted Mantel Makeover

Now that all the Christmas decorations are finished around the house, this week I was finally able to tackle some projects that have been waiting for some attention. I spotted this mantel months ago at the antique store where I have my booth, and even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it had a good price and I knew I could customize it later to fit the style of our house. After some design modifications and a creamy coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, this mantel is now even better than I imagined!

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel.

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel. [Read more…]

Soft Blue Hand Painted Dresser Makeover

Hi friends! Today I’m going back to one of my favorite kind of projects that I haven’t been able to do in awhile, but is something that I really enjoyed doing when I first started decorating our home years ago. Buying new furniture didn’t always fit in the budget, so I learned to live with the hand-me-down pieces I had by painting them to better match the look I wanted. It saved me a lot of money and felt good seeing such a big transformation in our home after just a few hours with a can of paint and a paint brush. And I actually find it really relaxing to put on some good tunes and get lost in a paint project for the day. It can be very therapeutic!

An old dresser gets a makeover with soft blue paint and a delicate hand painted design [Read more…]

Armoire Makeover – Whitewashing Tutorial

This project/tutorial has been on my need-to-blog list for way too long, but starting the new year (and getting a pretty new blog planner) has finally motivated me to get it done! Last summer I transformed this antique armoire in our entryway from the original rustic wood finish to a soft, dusty white, and I’ve had a ton of questions on how I got this look. So I thought I’d put together a whitewashing tutorial for you guys and show you how I did it! I’ve painted quite a few pieces of furniture in our house, and this technique is one of my very favorites because it tones down the color of the wood but still allows the gorgeous wood grain to show through the paint. And it’s really easy to do!

See this antique armoire get a beautiful whitewashed makeover and learn the perfect technique for whitewashing furniture!
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Milk Can Coffee Table

Hello, sweet friends! The last few months here at the farmhouse have been a complete whirlwind, from a major kitchen renovation to writing my first book. I’ve been consumed with these massive projects, but today I’m going back to one of my very favorite methods of decorating and DIY. I’m turning something old and unwanted into something new and beautiful for our home, and I’m doing it for less than $50!

Take a look at our beautiful new coffee table.

How to turn an old milk can into a gorgeous coffee table! See how this blogger created a unique piece of furniture perfect for her farmhouse at

This week I spent a glorious afternoon sipping on some Starbucks and shopping around the thrift stores and antique stores in town. I walked past old chairs with floral fabric, dressers with years of wear and tear, lamps, window frames, and a few benches, but nothing really caught my eye. I wandered up to the top level of the old antique warehouse where they keep the stuff that doesn’t sell and stumbled across an antique milk can hiding underneath a crooked formica tabletop with a random hook attached. [Read more…]

Stairway Makeover

Today, if you were to visit our home and walk upstairs, this is what you would see…

A gorgeous furniture flip and some rustic decor gave this stairway a completely new look! See more photos at

If you visited a few months ago, things would look pretty different… [Read more…]

Repurposed Blueprint Cabinet Coffee Table

Our living room got a new (old) coffee table this week! The farmhouse-style coffee table we had in here was beautiful… it really was. It was the first “big” furniture build I tackled all by myself, and I was so proud of that piece. But I may have overshot the measurements a bit for the space we have in our living room, and it was just a little too big for my liking. So I listed it on my city’s Facebook garage sale page, and one day later, it had a new home. It was an middle-aged gentleman who came to pick up the table for his wife, and when I told him I built the table myself, he asked if it came with a return policy in case it fell apart when he got it home. He seemed to be half joking and half rolling his eyes at the thought of a woman building furniture for him, but I simply smiled, took his money, and said that I hope they enjoy the table as much as we have.

So now that our living room was without a coffee table, I needed to find a replacement. As I was sitting at my desk trying to write a blog post the other day, I somehow got distracted and sucked into scrolling through my Facebook feed. Does that magically seem to happen to anyone else but me? A post popped up in the same garage sale group where I sold my coffee table earlier that week, and it said BARN SALE… lots of items to be sold! I had my shoes on and the Jeep pulling out of the driveway before that blog post was ever finished. I found the sale at one of the many old, abandoned buildings here in town and met a group of guys who buy and sell “junk” for a living. And by junk, I mean antiques and primitives and barn treasures that are pure gold in my eyes! There were a ton of items to look at, but nothing that I really needed that day. And then I spotted a stack of antique architect blueprint file cabinets…

See how this antique blueprint file cabinet gets transformed into a beautiful coffee table at

I think there were probably four of them… all in good condition, with original hardware, and a great story behind them. They came from one of the old buildings here in Kokomo, and I loved that they still had little labels on some of the drawers. I knew I had to bring one home for our new coffee table. The cabinets are meant to be stacked on top of each other, so mine was missing a top, but it already had a nice wood frame around the edges that I could easily attach new boards to. Here’s what it looked like when I brought the cabinet home: [Read more…]

Trash to Treasure Cast Iron Bench

Hi friends! We’ve been so busy working on our master bedroom lately that I thought it would be nice to take a little break and share this story with you today. My Instagram followers have already heard the story behind this project, but for those of you who missed it, here is the story I shared:

Tonight as I was leaving the gym, I drove past a pile of junk sitting on the side of the road. Most of it was garbage, so I decided to keep driving. About halfway down the road, I couldn’t get this little bench off my mind. I turned the Jeep around and asked the sweet lady if I could take a look at what she had. The bench was in rough condition and worn, with one broken board and a dead vine growing up through it. But I said I’d take it anyway and sent Jeremy to pick it up since the Jeep wasn’t big enough.

A little while later he came back with the bench, and I halfway expected him to make some comment about what junk I was dragging home now, because let’s face it… he knows me too well! But this time, he didn’t. He said, “Babe, my grandma and grandpa had a bench that looked just like this up at the farm. It sat by the front door for as long as I can remember, and grandpa would sit there with me telling me all his favorite stories.” Turning the car around for this old bench was the best decision I made all day. Such a simple thing brought back so many sweet memories of his grandparents and the farm, and now we get to fix this piece up and enjoy it in our own farmhouse. This is why I love what I do… I get to create this beautiful home for my family that is filled with love and laughter and memories of the past. Thank you for sharing this journey with me, sweet friends! I’ll keep you updated on what we do with the bench!

Here is what the bench looked like when we first brought it home:

Check out this trash to treasure transformation! An old wood and cast iron bench is refinished and used in a beautiful farmhouse entryway. See photos at

It was obvious that all the wood needed replaced, so that was the first project we tackled. Jeremy picked up some 1 x 3 boards and cut them to fit the bench. Then I sanded each board, cleaned off the sawdust, and applied a coat of Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan in Old White. Once that was dry, I added a coat of clear wax and buffed it into the wood. To soften the bright white paint and give it some age, I mixed a little bit of the Chalk Paint ® with dark wax and buffed it into the wood. I didn’t completely cover the boards in the dark wax, just certain areas to give it a naturally aged look. Once they were dry, we attached the boards to the cast iron frame with new bolts, washers, and nuts.

We moved the bench into our dining room/entryway right in front of this sunny window, and I just love the coziness it adds to the space! [Read more…]