Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Kitchen Floor and More…

Last week the hubs was home from work and we had big exciting plans for all that time off. Lucky guy got to change our kitchen flooring. Woohoo! Fun times, right?! This was our grand plan when we renovated the laundry room to continue the tile all the way in the kitchen. 

Grand…eh…well it actually didn’t feel so grand last week. 

We had laid the linoleum about 6 years ago. It was a DIY flop to be honest. Just a few days after we finished the kitchen reno 6 years ago we were at a party and were chatting with a contractor about some of the work we had done. He asked Jon if we had used a certain kind of nail/screw…I have no idea…in the backer-board. I could tell my the look on Jon’s face we most certainly had not. I knew then that floor wouldn’t last long. So over the years the nails have been backing out and poking through the linoleum. Nice, huh? Then there were the dozens of little yellow spots. Yes, yellow spots. Where each nail was placed it turned the linoleum yellow. Soooo…now you see it was time for a change.

Are you seeing spots??? Then there was a gash or twelve that drove me nuts too.

So on with the demo. Jon took out s-i-x layers of floor. We went deeper than we had before so we didn’t have a big step down into the rest of the house. This was messy work for sure!

Thankfully, Jon had THE best helper ever!

Cement board down and tile is happening! Jon proclaimed early in the week there would be no design in his tile work. Ummm yea…he couldn’t resist. 

That was all fine and good right up until I decided I would rip the bead board off the walls. It seemed reasonable to me. After all, I had a plan. I do love bead board generally but it was put up in a craptastic fashion by the previous owner in my kitchen and with fancy news floors I didn’t think I could take the gloppy crooked paneling. 

Don’t worry honey I will take it down, this will be MY project…famous last words. First sheet down aaaaaand this is what it looked like….

YIKES! That’s what I was thinking anyway.

Sooo it all came down…down…down…because there was no turning back.

When we opened up the wall that backs up to our bathroom the tub and shower plumbing was revealed. It was an outdated, leaky mess. For real. An ENTIRE day was spent replacing plumbing and fixtures with the help of consequently the same contractor as mentioned before. On the bright side, I now have water to my freezer for the ice maker and an extra outlet in my kitchen that I desperately needed thanks to my tearing down of the walls.

What are we going to do with this mess? Well, I am so glad you asked. 

We are covering all of it with sheet rock and capping it off with a 1 x 6 to create a faux wainscoting. Clear? As mud. Maybe this will help…

I have plans for a fun paint finish for the wainscoting.

Sheetrock going up = less scary walls. Trust me, I got this. It will be quite lovely when we are all finished. I hope.

The New Look!

Looks a lot different around here, huh?! I have been teasing you all for last couple of weeks about some exciting changes happening! Here you are…welcome to The Charmed Nest! 

What’s in a name? A LOT! Just to give you a little background…

Monkey Doodles was created many years ago. I have been creating for as long as I can remember! Before Sam was born {that is how a mom keeps track of the years…according to each child’s birth…well I do anyway} my Mom and I created Monkey Doodles. We mostly sold our goods on the craft show circuit and our products consisted mostly of children’s items. We were always asked if we had a website or not. The answer was always no because I was clueless in how to go about that. Last January when Cate was almost a year {see there I go again} I was feeling ready to jump back into the business of creating for others.  I knew I needed a web presence so from there Monkey Doodles Creations was born. I had no idea the direction I was headed but I was ready to see where it would take me. A year later and the Monkey Doodles name was no longer fitting for what this business has evolved into. 

Often, I felt Monkey Doodles wasn’t taken seriously as awesome furniture rehabs. Soooo…here we are with a new name, a new look, a new feel, one that I believe is much more fitting to me and the services I offer.

I would also like to show you the future home of The Charmed Nest Studio…

It doesn’t look like too much now but I have plans! I am not sure how soon this all will happen but Jon and I are dreaming about a workshop/studio for me to contain all my work and have a place to show customer’s available furniture. 

I see a little pea gravel drive and walkway, flower boxes under the windows and a tin roof. The picket fence is perfect too, it just needs some TLC at the moment.

Thanks to each of for all your support! I appreciate every one of you! Take a minute a look at around at all the new designs here on the blog. Yes, I proudly have a web design degree from You Tube University. 🙂 BIG thanks to Ashleigh at Grow with Flourish for her creative eye in designing our logo!! She is awesome!

French Script Trio

Last week I worked really hard to get my stash of furniture finished and cleared out, only to fill it back up again. ANY WAY…I had this plain oak set that really needed some attention to make it something special. The ladies from Red Hen Home and 4 The Love of Wood inspired me with their french script pieces. I knew this was the perfect set for that look.

Uh Oh! I Completely spaced it on the before pictures but think plain jane oak and you got it!

I had to change my plan a couple times to achieve the look I was going for but in the end I could not be happier!

The oak is truly not as orange as it appears in this picture…

The side table and the bottom of the coffee table received the Annie Sloan treatment in Graphite. For the coffee table I stripped the top, burnished, and filled in this awesome french graphic from The Graphics Fairy. I distressed, stained and then used a wash of the Graphite paint to age the top more. I love how what took me HOURS over a few days to do I just crammed into 2 sweet little sentences. Ahhh well. Next, a few coats of polyurethane and I have a lovely set of french inspired tables. This is my most favorite rehab to date!!

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Happy lil’ dresser for baby girl

For the love of the baby in this family I flipped this antique pine dresser for her big girl room. I actually did this a couple months ago but had a hardware issue so I just now getting around to sharing it with you all.

The dresser before (actually lovely as it was but it did have some deep scratches you can’t see in the photo)…

I used Homestead Resort Jefferson White by Valspar and added the teal flowers in Catalina by Olympic. I stripped and stained the top dark walnut and the pine soaked the stain up. I love the rich color it left behind. Gave it a good ol’ distressin’ and sealed it up. I found the perfect glass knobs at Hobby Lobby and they had the exact quantity I needed. Umm yea that was perfect until I broke one of them and HL never restocked them. Believe me I checked and checked and checked. So plan B…started over with different knobs and I believe these are better than the first. Check it out…

This mirror was left over from a dresser I painted awhile back but the mirror was cracked so I did not sell it with the dresser. Since the crack was positioned in the corner it was nothing a few rosettes couldn’t fix. Now see if I hadn’t told you you would have never known.

Ohhh and this sweet canvas Auntie Amanda painted for Cate while she was visiting. Perfect in in missy’s room!
I have a few more ideas for her big girl room we will see if all of those actually happen. My plate is full right now and I am loving it!

Contest Winner!

The winner is…

#8 ~ Natalie 


Congrats Natalie! Look forward to seeing you at the workshop on the 14th! Contact me at for more details.

Thank you to all who participated!

Workshop Contest!!

**Giveaway Closed**

Thinking about attending the April Workshop but haven’t committed yet? I have a fun little contest for you this morning! I am offering $15 off the class fee to the winner! Super simple…just comment below this post and let me know you would like to be entered. 

To be eligible must like our Facebook page AND be a follower of the blog by using Google Friend Connect on the right hand sidebar. That’s it! 

You just have today though so get those entries in! This contest will close tomorrow morning {3/20/12} at 9:00. I will randomly select a winner using Good luck!

Just to remind you of the fun things we will be making…

8 x 10 photo canvas

Your choice of photo or patterned paper for your pendant necklace… 

* If you have already paid your class fee and win I will refund your winnings.

Spring Bloom Rehab

My friend, Stephanie, brought me these sweet little side tables. She really wanted to use them because they belonged to her mother but was less than lovin’ the finish. Monkey Doodles to the rescue!

She had bought this little round table from me last year and wanted the same pale yellow for her side tables.

I wanted to add a little flair to them and she gave me creative reign. In process of overhaulin’ this set my new Silhouette Cameo arrived! Whooop! I have so many ideas for this little jewel! Back to the tables…the timing was perfect and I used the Silhouette to jazz them up a bit. I know Steph loves to dabble in her garden and the outdoors so that was my inspiration.

Ta da…

So springy and fresh! I hope Stephanie is as happy with them as I am!

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This Old House {Dining Room}

The dining room was out first home improvement project we tackled in this house. Let’s get to it…

As it was when we moved in…

April Workshop ~ Photo Gifts

Hi friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! 

Hopefully, you have saved the date for our photo workshop coming up! You ready for the scoop?! Here goes…

Monkey Doodles has teamed up with Monica Parkkonen Photography to bring you this sweet deal! Monica has been photographing my family for years and for good reason…she is awesome! Some of my most treasured shots of my babes Monica has captured for me. Love her work!

For the workshop we will be taking on two projects. First up 8×10 photo canvases…

Psst…Monica took this photo of my baby girl!

Next up photo pendant necklaces…

If you prefer there will also be patterned paper available instead of photos for the necklace. Like this fun weathered paper I used here…

These are fun to make for yourself or would make great personalized gifts as well!

So what’s the deal you ask…let me tell you! When you sign up for workshop and have a photo session with Monica you will receive a free additional necklace from Monkey Doodles AND Monica is offering a free digital file and copyright from your session! You know you love some free stuff! So get the kids dolled up in their springy best, get some fabulous photos, then come to workshop and knock out all your Mother’s Day presents!

All the particulars…

When: Saturday, April 14th at 10:00

Where: Jennie Leigh Designs
             27 Mohawk Drive
             Greenville, SC 29609

Yes! We get to craft in Jennie’s lovely shop again! She is our local Annie Sloan Paint stockist. If you have never visited her shop that is a treat all by itself.

Cost: $25 (includes canvas and necklace)

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal to or I will directly invoice if you prefer. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request.

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, April 6th. You can RSVP directly to our FB event page here.

What to bring: Bring any 8×10 photo (old or new) you would like to use for your canvas with you to class. Email me your photo for your pendant as I will have it resized and ready to go on class day. Emailed photos should be received by April 6th.

Looking forward to seeing you then!