Sidebar Redo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a really satisfying furniture flip and I am super excited about this piece. According to my Instagram feed, my friends pulled this off the side of the road for me 38 weeks ago and I justtttt redid it two weeks ago. Whoops? I swear I meant to do it like, 35 weeks ago.

dresser buffet sidbar DIY redo

This piece is solid, heavy, and definitely meant for a dining room. We decided to use it in my husbands office- the side drawers will hold clothes and the center ones will hold papers/job stuff (he’s a high school English teacher).

Honestly, I did not give this piece the love it deserves- it needed repair work and a good sanding and I didn’t do either. My thought process was that we could not carry it just the two of us so it needed to be done while in place in my husbands office, and I didn’t want to get sawdust everywhere. Also, this isn’t a family heirloom we’re talking about there, so I don’t feel guilty just painting it.

old wooden buffet - before - close up

I removed all the hardware and REALLY tried hard to restore them to bright shiny brass. It got to the point though where the brass was starting to wear from all my scrubbing (they’re just brass plated), so I had to call it off.

I gave the whole piece one coat of gray based Zinsser primer and one coat of Behr Wheat Bread paint in eggshell, then just a touch up second coat. Once that was dried, it got 2 coats of polycrylic (and an additional 2 coats just on the top, to help with durability).

Here it is styled up in my husband’s office now:

gray and gold buffet turned dresser - furniture flip

Isn’t it gorgeous?! It’s such a beast, and it fills the space perfectly. I love it! It’s hard to get a great picture of it because it’s so long, and the room is not that big- but it fits perfectly with the deep blue wall color and new rug.

painted furniture - grey and gold - dresser redo

As a reminder, here’s what the other side of the room looks like:

It’s not exactly gorgeous, and there’s a lot of decluttering that needs to happen- but it’s getting there!

What do you think??


Inspiration Friday

#InspirationFriday is a series of graphic quotes to lead you into the weekend. Feel free to pin, share, download for personal use, whatever-  just please don’t sell them! (ALL #IF graphics are posted here)

quote inspiration for home decor and decorating - paint a room

13 Plans for 2013: HOW I MEASURED UP

Friends, I have so many things to show you. Unfortunately, it requires daylight to take a proper picture of any of them and uhm, I happen to work during all the daylight hours. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get a zillion pictures taken and then have literally a whole month’s worth of updates and DIY’s for you.

Until then, I’m looking back at my 13 plans for 2013 to see where I measured up and where I fell flat:

1. Finish redoing the half bath. For crying out loud!

I am so close to this one, this is one of the things I need to photograph, and I need your opinion on one aspect of it too!

Instagram proof that things are happening!

Instagram proof that things are happening!


2. Finish removing the carpet on the basement stairs, and repaint them.

Carpet is removed, stairs are spackled, just need to be sanded and painted (which will, btw, be the death of me. I am dreading it)


3. Repaint the sun room with big, thick stripes. (oh wait, I DID THAT ONE EARLY)

I freaking love those stripes.

I freaking love those stripes.


4. Do something, anything, to our pit of a yard.

I did lots of things, but the one I’m most proud of is building a garden bed wall.


5. Finish the walkway I dug up halfway and then never touched again.

This is a work in progress, it’s so hard to get level and to get the drainage right- but we are making steps and I think after this winter we can re-level and be good to go!


6. Create a lovely herb garden outside my sun room bay window

Relocated the spot to a new area in the yard, but all summer long we enjoyed oregano, basil, chocolate mint, and peppermint!


7. Switch out the bathroom light plate and outlet plates (to white!)

Done! Will show this when I photograph the whole updated bathroom.


8. Refinish the top of the dresser, because I didn’t realize I needed to seal it the first time around.

Haven’t touched yet– but I still have a few weeks!


9. Paint the movie room (which is the finished part of the basement).

Done! Not only did we paint the walls, but we hid all the cords too.


10. Buy a leaf blower and properly remove leaves before winter.

Bought a leaf blower, totally didn’t remove the leaves before winter. Oops?


11. Learn to use more power tools.

YES! I am in love with my jigsaw.



12. Add the hanging shelf to the master bedroom, because it’s been leaning up against the basement wall for about a year.

Done! And stained!



13. Even out the color palette for the house.

Done! Check out the paint color house tour:



How’d you do this year? Anything you’re super excited you got done? Anything you totally put off (ahem stair painting ahem)




Painting Tile!

Today’s bathroom post is all about my absolute favorite part of the upgrade:

paint tile, how to paint tile

I have hated our bathroom tile for 2 years. It was a fiery hate. But I was so, so scared to paint it because I didn’t want to make things worse. The biggest factor in my decision to finally take the plunge: the shower is not tiled, only the walls outside of it. So none of the painted tile will ever get wet.

There are about a million tutorials to painting tile, but here’s what I did:

  • Spackled all the areas where the grout and/or tile was cracked (our grout was only about 1/8 inch thick, had it been thicker I probably would have opted to touch up with actual grout instead of spackle)
  • Sand the spackle and paint drips, no need to sand all the tile
  • Scrub clean with CLR, wipe with damp towel, dry with a dry tile
  • Use a small foam roller to roll on 2 coats of Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 primer (it notes on the container that it’s good for slick surfaces). Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.

Tip: On the first coat, I cut in with a brush and then just rolled on the paint, like you would in any other room. For the second coat I loaded up my brush with paint and literally shoved the paint into the grout, then rolled it smooth. Work in small sections and take your time.

  • Use a small foam roller to roll on 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Super Paint + Primer. Follow the same process as above: let dry completely between coats, focus on shoving paint into the grout
I am not affiliated with any of these products, I just used them and they were awesome.

I am not affiliated with any of these products, I just used them and they were awesome.

The paint will all dry to the touch within an hour or two of being done, but you should really be very careful and go easy on it for about a week so it has time to fully harden.

The absolute most difficult part was getting coverage on the grout, I destroyed my brush doing this so don’t use a brush you ever want to use again.

I am debating whether to go over it with a coat of poly, because I’m so so nervous that it’ll chip. So far my verdict is to at least poly the toilet paper roller because it gets touched a lot, but to leave the rest of the wall unless it looks like it really needs it. What do you think?

painted tile

I’m also debating whether or not to paint that wood trim white. The first level of our house has all white trim and the second level has all wood toned, so it could go either way.

I’m extremely glad I decided to go for it and paint. The flaws in the tile are gone, the weird places where they tiled brown tiles on top of  beige tiles (??!!) blend a bit more now that it’s all one color, and it is endlessly brighter in there.

painted bathroom tile how to



Bonus Post: A great paint deal

Earlier today I shared a giveaway I’m doing with juNxtaposition, but maybe you’re looking to get something for free right now? Well my friends…. Ace Hardware is giving away a free quart of paint this weekend! And the best part is, there’s no catch. You don’t have to buy something to get something.

To receive a free quart of paint, customers must present a “Free Paint Saturday” coupon that is available at and, just print it up and bring it with you.

click the picture to be brought to the coupon

click the picture to be brought to the coupon

And here’s the no-need-to-be-fine print:

Free Offer Limits: Valid March 9, 2013. Valid on Flat Enamel only (SKUs 1485184, 1485226, 1485242). While supplies last. Average availability 40 quarts per store. Most colors available for tinting. Limit 1 free quart per household per calendar year. Must present coupon to redeem free quart.



Note: this post contains affiliate links. but it leads you to free paint, so I’m extremely ok with that. 🙂



Bedroom Progress

My camera battery has been located! And the bedroom is no longer sparkly! Yesterday I got up two coats of primer, and today the color. Just to be on the safe side, I think we’re going to wait until tomorrow to bring in the furniture- we’re not quite sure how to set it up yet and I don’t want to risk smudging the walls if they’re tacky and we have to move things around a few times.

The room itself is plenty big for all the furniture we have- and by all, I mean 3 pieces. However, 2 of the 4 walls have windows right in front of them and a third wall hosts the double closet. It’s impossible to create a balance between the tv stand, bed, and bureau so

we’re going to need to get creative. I like the bureau under the window, but it I’m not sure what that will mean for the bed and tv stand. Our bed has a nightstand connected to it and I’m pretty sure it’s made to attach to either side, so that should help somehow…

My other thought now that it’s painted is that I’m not so sure our old wall art goes with our new wall color. It’s a cream colored wall with a slight orange tint, and my main piece of art is a 5 canvas painting with brown, gold, and blue tones.  I don’t think it’ll go in this room anymore, but I’m hoping it will work in the office once that’s up and running because I absolutely love it.

Making Due

We are clearly not made of money, and I’ve gotten to the point where we need to hold off on the big purchases for a bit. I still have plenty of crafts and painting (we stocked up on paint) to do, but we’re going to have to make due with the furniture we have for a couple more months.

Eventually, we would love to have a little white tea cart in the kitchen to put our coffee maker, tea, tea cups, mugs, etc. We’re big tea drinkers, and we have a LOT of glassware so any way we can move things around and store things in new places is helpful. Unfortunately, for now this shelf from Big Lots will have to do. We got it from Matt’s parents and used it in a nook at our old apartment to store all our cleaners and laundry supplies.  For now, it’s our make-shift tea station. The top shelf has our coffee pot (blocked by a cute little knick knack) and our ceramic cookie jar- which is full of tea bags, and is kept out all year because we love Halloween. The next down shelf holds our japanese tea pot, cup set, and loose tea balls. The middle shelf holds our Ikea mug set, decaf tea, and loose tea leaf containers, and the bottle shelf is just for art’s sake. Inside the handy dandy draw we stowed away our ipod speakers and mixing cups. This freed up a lot of space in our cabinets for spreading out dishes and glassware.


Upstairs in the guest room I stationed three mix matched Walmart shelving systems into one big old book shelf. It’s really important to me that things are cozy and lived in, I hate when people just put things on shelves without thinking of the aesthetic of it, so I tried to balancing out stacked books and display books and rows of books. It insane how much time I spend thinking about these things… I call it “shelf styling,” and Matt calls it “insane.” Right now, the crazy painted walls will have to stay. I have enough primer to cover them up, but I’d rather wait and start the walls when I can afford to finish them.


Also in the guest room, we made use of our extra bed, my old nightstand (from my parent’s house), an Ikea lamp I used to have in my office, and some picture frames we used to have in our dining room. With the sunny window and white accessories it almost almost makes the crazy walls bearable. But it’ll do for now!