Monthly Archives: September 2012

Workshop ~ Reversible Burlap Banner


Whoa baby I am squeakin’ this in at the last minute! I assure you it is not for lack of trying. I had a few flops and maybe a brain freeze or two. Nevertheless, we have a really cool project for October just in time to get you in the spirit of the beautiful Fall season. We are making burlap banners that are perfect for a mantle or if you don’t have a mantle like me I use mine on my “faux” mantle. They would be cute across the top of an armoire or even on the wall! Get creative!

The best part is they are reversible! Use one side for your Fall decor and the other for Christmas decor! Sweet, huh?!? 

Check it out…


You will have 8 individual banner pieces to work with so you are welcome to use any wording that suits your fancy or stick with what I have done. I will have all the supplies ready to go for your banner! There will be a variety of ribbons and colors to choose from! 

Details…details…

When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30

Where: Outreach Church
           2414 Wade Hampton Blvd
           Greenville, Sc 29615

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal. As you RSVP I will directly invoice to your email address. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request.

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, September 28th. You can RSVP directly to our Facebook page HERE.

**Please note our RSVP deadline. It has always been our policy that payments must be made by deadline in order to reserve your spot. If you have not paid, I do not have materials for you. I can no longer accept payment on workshop night. Each workshop requires lots of preparation on my part to ensure you have all the materials needed for your project. If you have paid and for some reason are not able to make it I will complete your project for you. Thank you so much for your cooperation!**

Optional: Any extra embellishments if you would like.

Thanks for being patient with me girls! Looking forward to a fun night!

How I Painted My Kitchen Cabinets ~ Annie Sloan Style!

Ummmm K so I am pretty sure I promised this post some months ago….a promise is a promise…right?!?

Remember the before….


The After…



Let me share with you what worked for me in this process. I have worked with Annie Sloan on many projects at this point and really appreciate many qualities about the paint. Of course…the minimal prep work part is a biggie. When it came time to paint the cabinets it was a simple choice to go with the ease of the chalk paint.  Still I tend to like to do things the good ol’ fashioned way…you know where lots of elbow grease is required and anything less than that is cheating. Resisting the urge to go crazy with the sander on my cabinets I choose to wipe them down with a couple coats of liquid deglosser before painting. This may have been an unnecessary step but for me I rationalized it with the thought that these were my cabinets that I was going to be living with for many years to come and durability was key. Also, I wasn’t going for the distressed look either. I really just wanted a smooth satin finish. So liquid deglosser it was. 

Next I filled my spray gun with paint and went to town spraying the doors. I know…I broke the rules again. I rarely use my sprayer but sometimes it is just necessary. Like I said I really wasn’t going for the hand painted look but more sleek and the sprayer seemed like the best option for this look. The paint sprayed beautifully by the way! I did, however, brush on the cabinets themselves and I must say they turned out pretty smooth as well. I diluted the paint slightly and used a nice dense foam brush.

I went back and forth a dozen times about how to seal my lovely new painted cabinets. Annie recommends wax, which typically I use with ease and love, but for my cabinets I was very unsure. Keep in mind I have 3 littles around my house, a dog, and a hubby…there are messes to be dealt with all the time. I needed the sealant I used to be highly durable and cleanable with water. I skipped the wax and chose General Finishes High Performance water based sealant. LOVE this stuff! It went on like a dream and many months later I am very pleased with how everything has held up!


SO that is my cabinet story. If I had it to do all over again I would make all the same choices. I am so pleased with how everything turned out!

Recently, I had a customer walk in my house and comment on how much she loved my modern farmhouse vintage-y kitchen. Ahhhh….mission accomplished. Just what I was shooting for!

College Desk Makeover in Chevron

Landon started her first year of college this year and this Summer was in search of the perfect desk for her new room. Rummaging in her basement she came across the perfect table she already had. Score! After talking with her and finding out her colors were purple, yellow, and white I immediately started envisioning white with some yellow chevron details with maybe a punch of purple. When she brought everything by I was so happy to see a chevron-y white and yellow pillow in her bedding set. I knew I was on the right track!

Before:


After:



Hope you have a great week ahead! As for me I have three three extra ladies with me this week. The bestie is up for a visit with her twin baby girls. Ready for a week of baby snuggles, late nights catching up, and lots of girl time!