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Wood shim shoe cabinet — and a prize contest!

Check it out, friends!

I picked up this bad boy at Goodwill for only $15! It’s actually a shoe cabinet — the “drawers” fold out! This is NOT a quality piece. Notice the paper laminate peeling from the corner of the before pic? This was a practical purchase for my family to HIDE THE SHOES! (Because shoes are always a problem.) Can anyone else relate?

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This is an example that shows just how much you can transform what was simply a boring piece of furniture.

You’re probably wondering what products were used, etc. So here we go. Let’s start with my paint choice for the exterior. I used Glidden’s Gel Technology High-Gloss Trim & Door paint in Bright White and also painted the knobs with the same paint.
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After planning out my alternating wood pattern, the shims were stained with Minwax Jacobean and glued onto the face of the cabinet “drawers” using Liquid Nails. This needs to dry for 24hrs and you’ll need clamps to hold the pieces into place as they dry. I used a miter saw to make a few cuts, but you could probably get away with just a hand saw since the shims are so thin.Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

The best part about this project is how budget friendly it was. Wood shims are about $1.25 for a pack of 12, and the paint and stain were both purchased for another project — so that didn’t cost me anything. That brings my total to only $20 for a custom shoe cabinet that has that high-end look without the high-end price!

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Contest

Now let’s talk about the contest portion of this post! This furniture piece is nameless. If you haven’t noticed by now, I usually name each furniture makeover something that fits its new character and style. So what do you think? Do you have a name for him or her? There are many ways that you can enter and increase your chances! Annnnnnnddddddddd……GO!

UPDATE: I’m having a bit of trouble with WordPress accepting the contest widget (hoping to get this fixed). Please click on the giveaway link below to enter the contest! There are 8 different ways to throw YOUR NAME in the hat!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE COFFEE ON ME, A $25 GIFTCARD TO STARBUCKS!

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Lots of love,
Mary

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Garage truth

This is my garage stash: five desks, two dining tables, two dressers, two headboards, two accent tables, one coffee table, one armoire, and one decorative screen. I’ve got some work to do! #truth

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Found this on Instagram and just had to share! I was literally laughing out loud!

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

source: http://instagram.com/p/cA-nWgPt2O/

The good news is that I have something ready to show you tomorrow!

Lots of love,
Mary

Caspian Blue

Today was a fun day! Movies. Forts. Snuggles. Baking. Blogging. More Snuggles. And all the in-between. Sometimes a mom’s life is a whirlwind. I couldn’t tell you what all I did today… but it was a lot! I did take a few moments to snap some photos of a project I did for baby Jude’s room – A painted dresser/changing table. This was my very first experiment with High-Gloss paint!

I introduce, Caspian:
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonCaspian is a Vintage Henredon Dresser that I picked up for a steal at one of my local thrift spots! The quality of this piece is remarkable and it was in excellent shape, save some deep scratches on the top of the dresser.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThis piece is one of the few things I’ve painted where the original wood is so beautiful. <Don’t shoot me!> Trust me, I had a very hard time deciding. To paint… or not to paint, That is always the question. Once I decided that it was going into Jude’s room, I had my heart set on a bright teal high-gloss finish! There will be others to show restraint with.
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe color is “Intense Teal” by Behr. I chose their Hi-Gloss Enamel for a super durable shiny finish. To help it adhere, I began with a coat of Glidden Gripper Grey. Gripper is an amazing primer that will literally stick to anything without flaking…even glass!
Caspian, blue dresser. Vintage HenredonThe choice to paint the hardware was an afterthought but really completes the look. Although this piece has a classical style, the paint has really transformed the look to more of a sleek modern or transitional feel. Perfect for my baby boy!
Corbinbluedresser4Photo bombed by a little cutie in the corner! My baby Gabby likes to be in front of the camera. (I wish you could see the smile on my face because this little one melts my heart to pieces!)

Sidenote: Nope, I’m not ignoring the fact that this dresser is standing in front of an AMAZING wood wall that I haven’t told you about yet! Thought I’d give you a little sneak peek. Truth is, it isn’t finished yet. I’m a little stumped on how to finish the wood. So maybe you guys can help a girl out!

Should I…
A. Keep the natural unfinished wood look?
B. Use Teak oil for a natural slightly darker finish?
C. Finish with a honey toned stain (Which would coordinate with the crib)?

Lots of love,
Mary

DIY Centerpieces

If you are one of the fabulous ladies from the San Tan Bible women’s ministry, you’ll recognize these photos! This past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to design this year’s centerpieces for our church’s weekly women’s ministry meetings. I truly LOVE doing things like this and was excited to get started.

In an attempt to keep the budget as low as possible, I began to search the web for DIY inspiration. Again with the chalkboard paint, anything is possible! Simple boards cut to size from the hardware store, framed out with painters tape and painted. These can seriously be used and reused in so many ways! I purchased the yellow polka-dot fabric to add that pop of color, and incorporated a cut square of striped wall paper that was actually a thrift store find from a few months ago.
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Real mercury glass is expensive! But luckily, clear mason jars are not! Especially if you get them at Hobby Lobby on a day when glassware is 50% off! Just type “mercury glass” into the Pinterest search field and you will literally stumble upon a dozen tutorials. They all basically give the same instructions. 1. Lightly spray the inside of your glassware with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. 2. Lightly spray the inside with “looking glass spray paint”. 3. Wait to dry. 4. Repeat until you get your desired look.
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The natural elements of the wood block as well as the twine add just enough warmth to make it all work. I’m really happy with them and can already think of a million ways to recycle each piece of this project when the year ends… it’s just in me!
Lots of love,
Mary

Joy – A Pocket Full of Sunshine

Hello Friends,

I’ve been painting… and I’ve got a special piece to show you! Her name is Joy, for obvious reasons. She’s so bright and cheery and gives life to almost any space — a pocket full of sunshine!

I didn’t venture too far from her original color, a yellow tinted wood vaneer. This piece was found at my local Salvation Army and has solid dove-tail drawer construction with wooden gliders (The two things I look for when determining the quality of the piece.)

I can’t begin to tell you the paint color of this piece. Lets just say it’s a custom mix. It took me awhile to achieve just the right shade. Sometimes I don’t know what a piece is going to be until I get started, and then it just evolves. This was one of those times. I brightened her up and went for a vintage, mustard-yellow tone.

After two coats of the base color, I was anxious to add some detail work to what was a simple frame. Rather than using a stencil, I decided to freehand a crisscross pattern on the top two drawers for a more organic look. Yes, it would have been quicker and easier to use a stencil, but I wouldn’t have gotten such a custom look. I love the imperfection! And when you step back, it adds just the right amount of texture.

I also painted the handle dowels in Behr Off-White to balance out the top detail work. Joy was finished off with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and aged with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. After cleaning and polishing the brass hardware, she is now ready to show her colors!

I really love how Joy looks in front of the grey wall! I’ve posted this piece on Craigslist here. Hoping she will find a good home!
Lots of love,
Mary

The History of “Grace”

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t post a furniture item yesterday. You see, I had to return the 5th item (the headboard). Somehow it got damaged between purchase and pick-up and my husband came home with just a piece of molding that wouldn’t do. Time to go shopping again!

Did anyone notice the painting that hung above “Rose – A Coral Beauty”?

I found him from the Salvation Army for only $2.50! I normally just glance at the photo section in thrift stores (mainly looking for good size frames with the intentions of throwing the existing artwork away), but this painting struck me! I’m drawn to how solemn the man is. He took the time to set his glasses down before giving thanks. He doesn’t appear to be particularly wealthy, but shows such reverence and gratitude. I did some online research and found that the print originated from a photographer by the name of Eric Enstrom in 1918. Enstrom, while speaking of this photo, said, “I wanted to take a picture that would show people that even though they had to do without many things because of the war they still had much to be thankful for.” The full story can be found here – a website run by the Enstrom family. They are still selling reprints online today. I’m so happy I found it! Although my print seems to be one of the older ones, it probably isn’t worth much due to the scratches and general wear — but “Grace” is just perfect to me!
Lots of love,
Mary

Jack – A Sophisticated Writing Desk

It’s day two, and boy have I got a fun one for you! Eeeeeek! I’m excited! Introducing Jack, Union Jack that is:

Jack started out as one of your basic large scale desks that are a dime a dozen at the thrift stores. You know the ones that you would picture lining a government office somewhere in the 1970’s?

I’ve been waiting for a piece to paint the famous Union Jack onto. This desk was simple enough to pull of such a grand image and the scale of the desktop was a perfect 30″ x 60″!

The base is a custom mixture of Behr Midnight Dream (two coats), and the desktop Union Jack design is done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White and Glidden Red Delicious. After complete, I did a light sanding with a medium grade sanding block, then finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax (Applied with a brush and buffed smooth with a dry cloth).

Since the edges of the piece were distressed a bit to show the wood underneath, I chose to leave the wooden legs exposed. I just polished them with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and they shined up nicely!

I’m sad to say that Jack has already been sold! But he’s staying in the family, so I can visit anytime! :)
Lots of love,
Mary
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