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Weathered Blues

Whew! It’s been a busy month full of custom goodness. I am so thankful and enjoying it so much! 

I have a fun little rehab to show off today that I just completed for a friend. Christy brought me this fabulous antique dresser she wanted to use in her craft room. I was excited to do something really fun for a creative space! 

Here is the dresser before…


Vintage inspired papers line the drawers…

This piece is quite the mix of colors. After a good cleaning and priming I painted it with a slate blue. It was a little too slate and not enough blue…happy accident. I added two more thin coats of a pale blue oops paint. I allowed the slate color to show through in areas which gave a really nice result thus the happy accident. I am on a bit of a kick with the Silhouette, so I churned out some cutesy tall stemmed flowers. After getting them positioned perfectly I painted two more thin coats of Annie Sloan Graphite over everything but the top surface. Lots-o-distressing and sealer coats later..she’s all loverly!

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Primitive and Proper

::Limeade:: Side Table Makeover

Who is ready for Summer? Me! I find there is such excitement around each upcoming season. No matter what time of the year is around the corner I get excited about what that season will bring. This year we are finishing up Sam and Maggie’s first year at the BIG school, Jon and I are completing our second round leading Financial Peace University, and then there is Cate…and Cate is 2…enough said, right?! So in just 2 more short weeks Summer kicks off at this house! I am ready to park it at the pool for the next couple of months but first we are going to visit Mickey and Minnie! Yep…the kids are so stinkin’ excited! I have some really fabulous memories as a kid at Disney World and I can’t wait to make those memories for my kids! This is your warning…Disney pictures coming soon!

On to the furniture re-fabu-lication business. I finished up several projects this week but these say Summer to me for sure. The before…


I primed this pair and painted them with an oops paint from Benjamin Moore. They were very green…maybe too green…so I decided they needed some pizazz to tone down the green a bit. I broke out the Silhouette and whipped up some vinyl dandelions. I placed them on the table top and then coated the top with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Pure White. I distressed everything but more heavily on the white as I wanted the green to show through more. I painted the hardware white and distressed it as well.

These are a custom order for my friend, Stephanie. I love that she is not afraid of color and she gives me creative reign. Thanks Steph, you are awesome!

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UPDATE: Kitchen

Hi friends! What have you been up to lately? Me, oh…juggling. Juggling all the demands of wife, mommy, and my 100’s of projects. Anyone been there?

Jon and I were finally able to get our kitchen in livable working order. Whew! That turned out to be a lot of work BUT so worth it! I still have lots to do to bring some decor, curtains, rugs, etc. back into the room but I am not in any big hurry. I will just add things as I find them…or…re-purpose them sounds more accurate. 

I am so pleased with the painted kitchen cabinets! We went with French Linen by Annie Sloan and it was the perfect choice! I was worried the grey color might be too dark at first but we have a large open kitchen with high ceilings and lots of natural light making the grey work beautifully! PLUS the ease of the Annie Sloan paint was a dream. Seriously, no prep necessary. I love that I can just pop over to Jennie Leigh Designs and pick up a can at anytime and not have to wait on shipping. Nice!

The first two pictures show the most accurate cabinet color…

I really love the crisp look of the white subway tile with the light grey grout. I had to talk the hubs into this one a bit but in the end we were both pleased!

The color is off on this picture. You can see the corbel we added under the cabinet on the left side for some character. I like how the corbels give definition to where the tile stops as well. I still need to paint the inside of my glass cabinets but I will…at some point. White...maybe a color? Hmmm…decisions…decisions.
Ohhh the counter tops. Me like! I will post on how we made these happen later. Wait for it. 🙂

Just in case you forgot ALL the places this kitchen has been go here for the changes it has undergone over the years.
Posts to come…
How I painted my kitchen cabinets
DIY Butcher Block Counter Tops
Paint Colors…
Trim: Marshmallow Creme by Glidden
Cabinets: French Linen by Annie Sloan
Wall: Sweet Leaf by Valspar

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 for location details.

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, 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!

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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