Monthly Archives: April 2012

May Workshop!

Our May workshop is just around the corner and I have a fun project planned for us! We are going to be making chalkboards using salvaged cabinet doors and mini bunting to adorn them. Fun!

These can be used in a variety of spaces…kitchens, bedrooms, work spaces…whatever suits your fancy! They are perfect for scriptures, organization, or to entertain the little people in our lives. I plan to use ours in our kitchen for inspirational tid bits.

Initially I wanted to make these magnetic BUT have you ever used magnetic paint? I am not a fan. I gave it a go and it was terrible. I am not sure how many coats would actually make it magnetic but I gave up, plus it is oil based and super messy! NO fun. 

I have my chalkboard made but I have not had a spare moment to take pictures…so what does a girl do…why she heads over to Pinterest of course! I perused until I found a few pictures to give you an idea (ours will more resemble the first picture)…

Boards will vary slightly in size but will all be approximately 28in by 18in.

Important Info:

When: Tuesday, May 8th @ 6:30

Where: Email me at Clara@thecharmednest.com for location details.

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal to monkeydoodles@att.net 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, May 4th. You can RSVP directly to our FB event page here.

Optional: I will have lots of fun paint colors to choose from for your frame but feel free to bring paint if you are trying to match something specific. 

So come hang out with some lovely ladies and make something fun for your home! It will be fun for sure!

Quick Kitchen Update

I have been stalling on showing pictures because the “we’re almost there” pictures aren’t as fun as the final reveal. This is taking FOREVER so I thought an update was needed. Plus I need a little input from you!


We decided to tackle some budget friendly DIY butcher block counter tops. I seriously could not be more pleased with the look! I will share the how-to for that process in another post but for now here is what we have…

See a sneak peak of my new cabinet color on the bottom? Thank you Jennie Leigh Design and all your fabulous Annie Sloan paints for making the daunting task of painting my entire kitchen more doable. More on that too but I will say this…yesterday I was able to completely paint all of my bottom cabinets…that is impressive for one days work!


All my doors waiting for some sealer and to be rehung…

What do you think about the tin back splash? It appears more silver in this picture than it is in person. It is silver just not a bright silver, it has a subtle brown patina to it that compliments the counter tops. OK, so really what do you think?


Now to decide what to paint the upper cabinets? Hmmm…

Black Beauty

Hi my friends! I have super busy lately with lots of fun projects. One of which I am excited to share with you today! I started with this dresser…

And I ended up with this buffet..

I thought this piece could also work for a media center. Just loose a basket or two to place you electronic components and there you have it!

Details…just a little distressing was all this one needed to bring out the lines.


I painted this baby in Annie Sloan Graphite and used layers of Jacobean and Dark Walnut for the top. Added some fun fabric and baskets because I love lots of texture.  Delivering this lovely to it’s new home tonight! 





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BIGGEST giveaway yet!!

Here we are…our BIGGEST giveaway yet and it is yours for the taking!


So have you been oooing and ahhing over the Nest’s furniture restyles? Well here is your chance to have your furniture customized for FREE! Yep…that’s right…FREE! Pick your paint color, distressing, glazing…all of it! You know you have that piece of furniture around the house that is screaming for a makeover! 🙂


Here is how it works…


Send your friends and family over to The Charmed Nest’s facebook page to vote for you. There is a tab on our page titled, “Enter our GIVEAWAY here,” they can click it and vote for you! Easy peasy!


Every time you have 20 friends vote for you your name is entered into the drawing. The more times your name goes in the pot the better your chances are for winning the grand prize! So invite, invite, invite and get those votes in! 


Psst…you can vote for yourself once too! 🙂


The drawing will take place on May 13th IF we reach our goal of 1000 total fans! Yes, that is Mother’s Day! Pretty sweet gift!


Furniture eligible for this grand prize includes one of the following…dressers, buffets, and chest of drawers. Prize valued from $150 to $275.


I will give updates as names are being entered in. For example, if I have 40 votes for Maggie I will update THIS page to let Maggie know her name has been entered twice and so forth.


Sound like fun?! Yep! Let’s do it!