• bathrooms,  makeovers

    My Least Favorite Room In the House

    Want to see my least favorite room in the house? Don’t we all have one of those? NO? Well, I certainly do. I have a room that has taunted me from the day we moved in 13 years ago. Every time I would walk by, its lousy layout would scream at me. Not only is the layout bad, but the door placement is a nightmare. And don’t even get me started on the fact that the previous owner put carpet in the sink area…. What room is it? It’s the jack and jill bathroom between the guest room and my office. In case you were wondering, this is my favorite…

  • home decor,  makeovers,  outdoor decor

    Pink flamingo

    I am obsessed with the pink flamingo! I blame my obsession on Target.  A few months ago, I received my weekly email from Target introducing their Pillowfort line.  When I saw their pink flamingo sheets, I fell in love. One large problem. They were already sold out of the sheets.

  • home decor,  makeovers

    Architectural Details

    It’s all about the details. Well, in this case the architectural details. I love decorating with old doors, found objects, and unusual pieces that you wouldn’t normally see on their own. My sweet friend Shelli had these given to her, and then she gave them to me. Apparently once upon a time they graced the top of a cabinet or armoire.   Their finish was beautiful, but really, really dark. So dark that the details disappeared here at the castle. I found this new paint, or new to me, at my local Ace hardware store and decided to give it a try. It says one step painting. This is what…

  • candles,  home decor,  lamps,  makeovers

    Turquoise Lamp

    Y’all know I live in “manland” here at the castle. Well, except for Sadie the black lab and Firehydrant the cat, but I don’t think they care about the decor. For the most part I try to keep a balance on my decorating style, not too manly and not too girly – it keeps everyone happy. Awhile back I redecorated the game room and I recently added  a cute turquoise lamp to it that I can’t wait to share with you! When I redecorated I used a lot of my existing accessories, including a lamp I already had. The first lamp I used was a candlestick lamp on the bar… but…

  • home decor,  makeovers,  nightstands

    Nightstands Before and After

    I am so excited to show you the sweet little nightstands before and after! My seester and I were hitting the garage sales when she visited a few weeks ago. We found the cutest nightstands, but they are really small. I mean REALLY small. I was going to walk away when my seester told me I would be crazy not to buy them. I loved the lines. They were really sturdy. They would look killer awesome in a little girls bedroom after they were redone. So I bought them. I pondered what to do with them. I finally decided to go with a really pretty white that wasn’t too cold…

  • dob beds,  home decor,  makeovers,  trash to treasure

    A Royal Dog Bed

      Recently I made a few changes in my kitchen. I took down the metal pot rack hanging over the kitchen island.  Mainly because I never hung pots off of it. For years the only thing the pot rack held was a decorative vine with berries on it and a ton of dust. Not attractive. At all! I like to recycle when at all possible, so rather than toss the pot rack to the curb I decided to make it into a royal dog bed! I thought I had a before photo of the pot rack hanging in the kitchen, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it.…

  • crosses,  home decor,  makeovers,  trash to treasure

    Trash to Treasure Cross

      It’s trash to treasure time again. You remember that I found some cool stuff in the trash on my morning walk recently? No? Well, you can see that here.  I have been slowly but surely repurposing everything I dug in the trash for    I found. My first was a table/magazine rack that was turned into a table/planter. Today I am happy to share my new and improved trash to treasure cross with you! The cross wasn’t all that bad to start with, but I just didn’t like the goldish green color of it. The center medallion on it was also a coppery gold and the two together?  Well……

  • furniture,  makeovers,  outdoor decor,  Painted furniture,  spray paint,  trash to treasure

    Trash to Treasure

    I admit it. I own it. I pick up things from the trash occasionally. On my morning walks on trash days you might be surprised what people throw out. Now, don’t think I am actively digging in dumpsters, but a dresser by the side of the road will have me braking my car faster than you can say furniture! This past Tuesday I hit the trash to treasure jackpot! I found this magazine rack/ table. You can’t really tell it in this pic, but it was an ugly yellow ochre color. Yikes! The one good thing it had going for it was that it was sturdy. Of all the things…

  • furniture,  hand painted furniture,  home decor,  makeovers,  night stands

    Turquoise Night Stands

    My BFF Roxanne’s sweet momma Sarah just moved here to be closer to her girls. In the move she downsized and had to get rid of some furniture….you know where this is going, right? Miss Sarah was kind enough to give me some of her extra furniture! Yay… picture me doing some serious backflips! She gifted me two tables that would make awesome night stands, in fact they would make awesome turquoise night stands!    My sister T needed some night stands  to go with her new bed. After consulting with her, she was in love with the turquoise idea and said to just go for it. This is what the…

  • Chalk Paint,  makeovers,  outdoor decor

    Using Chalk Paint Outside

    I have been knocking out a ton of small projects, which is good – and bad. Good that I am finally getting around to getting them done. Not so good that it takes time away from my bigger projects.  A lot of these projects would normally have been done in the spring, but this years torrential rains kept me from getting them done. One of the questions I get asked a lot about is using chalk paint outside. Can you? Yes! It is as durable outside as it is inside. The only difference? The top coat finish. You clean and prep the same. Paint the same. However, you can not…

  • Armoire,  Chalkboards,  chandeliers,  furniture,  home decor,  makeovers,  office,  organization,  repurposed furniture

    Tiny Details In My Office

    I shared my office with you last week in a really HUGE post. So huge that I couldn’t show you all of the tiny details in my office in one post. So today I get to share those with you! Tiny details always make the piece come together. It’s just like adding jewelry to your favorite outfit. Here is a reminder of how my new/old tv armoire/office looks like. It was done in chalk paint, so it has a beautifully soft patina. The back plates on the doors would NOT come off without some serious damage to the doors, so I left them. I added these modern lucite and brass…

  • Armoire,  Chalkboards,  furniture,  hand painted furniture,  home decor,  makeovers,  office,  organization,  Painted furniture,  repurposed furniture

    TV Armoire Becomes an Office

    I hate to admit it, but most of my blogging is done from my sofa in front of the TV.( My ADD prevents me from just sitting and watching a TV show – at least that’s my excuse!) If you thought that I have a stylish office that is perfectly decorated where I sit with a big cup of coffee and write, you would be so wrong. I have the office, but it is also my craft room. Nine days out of ten, I have a billion projects going on at one time. It can be one hot mess!  As I get more involved in blogging I realize that I…

  • Entry Hall,  furniture,  home decor,  makeovers,  Painted furniture,  reupholstered furniture,  spray paint

    Small Gold Bench

    My good friend Susan called me and asked if I wanted some furniture that her daughter left in her garage after she got married. Of course! One of the pieces was literally “in pieces”.  It was a small bench that had a lot of potential. With a little glue, material, trim and spray paint it became a beautiful small gold bench! The leg was detached and splintered. A little glue, sanding and clamping took care of that! I removed the seat and started removing the material. Layer one: the gold and tan you see in the before photo above. Layer two: this red, and layer three the original white that…

  • furniture,  home decor,  makeovers

    Mid Century Modern Dresser

    I know that you won’t believe me, but I don’t paint every piece of furniture that clients bring to me.  Sometimes the piece of furniture is so perfect as it is, that it would be a crime to paint it. This  mid century modern dresser was one of those pieces. A friend and client of mine was looking for a mid century modern piece that could also serve as her TV cabinet and also provide storage.  When we found this mahogany dresser, we knew that it was the perfect piece for her Swank Lounge. It had a few dents and scratches, but was structurally sound and very well made. Instead…

  • above ground pool,  crafts,  lighting,  makeovers,  outdoor decor,  summer decor

    My Redneck Pool

    Remember when I shared my patio cover and new lights this year and you could see part of a “crop circle” in the photo?  The crop circle is the pad for my redneck pool. ( It’s only redneck because I thrive on super tacky pool decor!) I am a water dog. Texas summers have three temperatures – hot, humid and hotter. Some days I feel more like a lizard on a rock rather than a water dog. So a pool is high on this girls priorities.  We plan on moving in the next couple of years so an in the ground pool just doesn’t make sense financially. So  I did…

  • Chalk Paint,  hand painted furniture,  home decor,  makeovers

    Small Black Table

    If you haven’t noticed before, I love navy. Years ago I had a ton of navy in my house. Then the red, gold, and green trend came along and I reluctantly waved good-bye to all of my navy. Well, things have come full circle and navy is back, jack! In the next few months I will be redecorating one of my guest rooms and guess what color I am doing? Yup, Navy! Navy, white and gold. I have this small black table that I have had for years that needed a little TLC. This post is about how a cute small black table became a navy rock star! I bought…

  • Chalk Paint,  Father's Day,  Holiday craft,  makeovers

    Father’s Day Memory Box

    When my sisters and I were trying to figure out what to buy our Dad for Father’s Day we really had to rack our brains to think of something! I mean, he rarely wants or needs anything. Don’t get me wrong, he seems happy with whatever we give him, but we always want to give him something that would be truly special, ya know? So we bought him a small patio set. Bet you didn’t expect that! Well we did cuz he really wanted one, but my sweet sister Darrla also came up with the idea of a memory box. The idea was, that we would all – kids, grandkids,…

  • bathrooms,  Chalk Paint,  home decor,  makeovers

    The Powder Room

    If you have been following me for awhile you are probably looking at this post thinking “Didn’t she redo the powder room before?”  Well, you would be right, I did!  You can check that out here. But you KNOW that I am never truly done with a room – ever. It is always evolving. My BFF Roxanne is one lucky girl. She recently remodeled her powder room and had a custom upper storage cabinet made for room.  She was tossing this upper cabinet and I snatched it up. I was going to use it in the garage, but then I had that light bulb moment and realized that putting it…

  • Chalk Paint,  Entry Hall,  home decor,  makeovers,  repurposed furniture

    Repurposed Cabinet Door

    A few weeks ago I was in Oklahoma visiting family and my seester D took me to Restore to do a little shopping. We found a ton of old cabinet doors. My mind was whirling with all the possibilities. Sign, chalk board, coat rack, bench, bulletin board, etc… So today I am sharing with you my first repurposed cabinet door. Because I love you. Just how I roll. There was this HUGE bin of cabinet doors. I looked at them and all I could think was “where are the cabinets that go with the doors!” Seriously, I couldn’t buy them fast enough. They were $2.00! I started by painting the…

  • makeovers,  outdoor decor,  spray paint

    My Little Blue Planter

    I have to admit that I have about twenty projects in the works at one time. Which is rare for me. Now that we have sunny days, I am trying to play catch up with everything I had planned to get done this summer. This painting project was one of them and it was so simple that I am almost embarrassed to share it with you… however simple it may be – it makes a huge statement. My little blue planter went from pretty – to pretty darn spectacular! I won this sweet little planter at PoKeeno. If you are from the south -sweet southern (pronounced “suth-urn”) ladies either play…

  • laundry room facelift
    laundry room,  lighting,  makeovers,  mirrors,  organization,  painted walls

    Laundry Room Facelift

    My sweet seester Darrla has been talking about giving her laundry room a facelift for awhile now. One problem. She hates to paint. Say whaaaaatttt???? I KNOW, I have been telling her she is adopted for years! Just kidding.. Since I love to paint, I told her that when she was ready I would be there with paint brush in hand. Cuz we all know I lurve to paint. I should tell you that she rents her home so she is limited to what kind of laundry room facelift she can make. Her walls? Yup, she can paint. Her cabinets and woodwork? Nope.  We so wanted to paint it all…

  • hand painted furniture,  home decor,  kids furniture,  makeovers,  Painted furniture

    Dresser and Desk Makeover

    We share in our family. Pass things down. Recently, my seester-in-law Judy gave my seester-in-law Stephanie her daughter’s old dresser and desk for her girls bedroom. Have I lost you yet? Of course, I couldn’t be left out and volunteered to paint them to match my niece’s room. I have to say that this was one of my very favorite desk and dresser makeovers. This is what we started with – the dresser… and the desk. Both had great bones and were in good shape, but my nieces,the cute Miss C and the marvelous Miss M had visions of something different. First thing first… a good cleaning to prep for…