We still have quite a bit to do before our new baby boy arrives.  I've been crossing off my to-do list frequently, but several things still remain.

Can't wait to show you the reveal of my 2 year olds new big girl room.  She still seems a little young to be transitioned into a big girl bed, but we have no choice.  This baby is coming and he needs the crib.

I've also been working on the new crib bedding, still have to sew the bumper.  Finding the time is difficult, every body seems to want to "help" when I drag out the sewing machine.

I hope you all stick around to see the new changes we will be making.  Although posts will continue to be sporadic, I thoroughly enjoy showing new projects to you!

Only 5 weeks left! 

Finished Bench

This piece of furniture, not sure what it was intended to be, was found down by my neighbors trash one day.  I'm thinking it may have been a part of a radio cabinet, maybe?  Let me know if you have any ideas.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you this area by my back door that we are turning into a semi-mudroom.  Over the weekend I finally finished the bench by putting on the nail head trim.

The top of this piece was open when I found it.  So I just used a wood board I had on hand to nail to the top, and then used foam, batting and drop cloth fabric to make the cushion.

The cabinets are perfect for holding shoes.

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Dresser Turned Linen Chest

We had a nice long rain storm last night that brought in a crisp new feeling to the air.
Along with this new cold front coming, I finally got the urge to paint the dresser that has been sitting on my porch since before I found out I was pregnant.

That was about 6 months ago.

The cabinet doors were in bad shape, and as adorable as they were, I decided to take them off.

In doing so I turned it into a linen chest.  It would be perfect in a hallway, bathroom or guest room.

The color is Woodlawn Valley Haze by Valspar.

This piece is for sale, if you live in the Atlanta area please contact me at

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Miss Mustard Seed 

Barn Wood Shelf

We are half way finished with a small project we've been working on by the back door. 

 I'd been dreaming of a quaint little mudroom area near the back of my kitchen for years now.  A place for my family to organize their shoes, bags, coats and other catch all items.

Simply typing "barn wood shelf"  into Craigslist, directed me to a nice guy who had some old barn wood and made these shelves in his spare time.  He used my inspiration picture from Pinterest.  And I got the hooks from Hobby Lobby. 

It's exactly what this space needed.  Previously there was just a small basket to hold everything.  Which was always spilling out onto the floor and becoming a tripping hazard.

Still working on the bench below.  It needs a top and I will make a cushion for it.
The "bench" was a roadside find :)  

A before shot of the same space 6 years ago.

 Between being almost 7 months pregnant and taking care of my wee ones, projects are just so hard to complete.  I will be sharing the full project once the bench is completed.

Provence Dresser and baby news.

This has been a very exciting, busy summer for our family.  Which is why you haven't seen me around much.

I want to share with you all some of the most exciting news I've ever received in my life.  I'm carrying a little boy inside me.

With my two girls, it came as no surprise when the doctor revealed their gender.  I knew in my heart that both of them were girls.  This one, I was only about 70% sure.

So when we saw the little boy parts on the screen, I was shocked and confused.  "What in the world am I going to do with a little boy?!"  I'll be honest with you, I was not expecting that.

But now that I've had a few days to get used to the idea, I'm becoming very excited.  I know boys pretty well. During my young babysitting career I watched mostly boys, and I have two male nephews.  So I have a general idea of what to expect.  Hence my apprehension about having a boy.  They are busy!  But I know how imaginative and fun they are, so I'm really looking forward to the new addition to our family.

Anyway, onto the next topic at hand, my new dresser.

The color is Annie Sloan's Provence. 

Hope you all have a great week!  Hopefully we will get at least one sunny day with no rain.

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If it's not Baroque
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Start at Home 
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Blue Cabinet

I thought this piece may be the end of me.  I didn't realize what a challenge it would be being newly pregnant, with two small children to paint a piece of furniture.

This was the first piece I took on after I found out I was pregnant.  Despite being nauseous for nearly two months straight, I managed to get a little work done here and there.

My client was very patient with me while I slowly completed the difficult task ahead.

This was a very old cabinet.  It had two layers of old, thick paint on it.
Very difficult to sand.  I had to strip and sand most of it, so the new paint would stick.  The color is restless Sea by Behr.

 I chose to take the top doors off, because I thought it gave it a more functional, updated look.

I hope to have another dresser to show you soon.  I miss blogging and all of you!

Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Chopped Collard and Kale Salad with Lemon-Garlic dressing

It's been a while since I posted a recipe.  Folks who've been here for awhile know that I only post one when it absolutely blows my mind.

This my friends, will do that for you. It's a taste explosion.

If you don't like raw kale or collards, skip on to the next blog :)


This recipe came from my Country Living magazine
Please hop on over to their website to take a look and print it out.

I'll be back sometime soon with a new piece of furniture for you!

Where'd she go?

It's been nearly 2 months since my last post, and a few of you have written to me wondering where the heck I've been.

I've been avoiding the blog world for good reason.  We are expecting baby #3 in December!  I've just recently started feeling like myself again.  The nausea has been taking over my life.  Along with my 2 other little priorities.

Summer is my favorite time of the year.  The smell of fresh cut grass, the bright green trees, and the sound of happy children glad to be out of school.

We are usually quite busy during these months.  Between all of the weddings, parties, new babies and friends, I also like to take it easy and just let the girls play and be kids.
 I'm taking on less furniture, because honestly I'm a little burned out from painting at the moment.  And these sweet peas demand my attention most of the time.

I don't really know what the future holds for this blog, but I'm trying to figure it out.  I don't want to stop all together, but the posts will continue to be spaced out quite a bit.

You all have been great supporters of my blog and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  3 years of doing this and I've "met" so many people around the world that I would have never been able to connect to without this here internet.

 Thank you!

Cottage Side Table

This little side table came to me from the same client who wanted this dresser and this side table done for their cottage by the lake.

He explained that this will go on the sleeping porch next to a larger piece with a white, distressed finish.
I needed to match the color and the distressing technique with a cell phone picture of the other piece.

 We both believed I came pretty close.  
Color is Battenburg by Benjamin Moore.

Slow Cooker Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup

Seriously the best tomato soup this girl has ever had.

My husband was scraping out the crock pot to get the last little bits, after it was considered "all gone".

I've made this soup numerous times in the past few months and now I want to share it with you fine folks.
I know spring is just around the corner, but I think there may be a few cool days left to enjoy this soup.

What am I saying?  I will be making this stuff in the summer too!

I found this recipe at 365 Days of Slow Cooking.
Click on over for the full recipe
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 Happy Friday everyone!

Painted Bathroom Door

This is the entrance to the half bath right off the kitchen.  I wanted to give it a bit more character with some white and grey paint.

I'm still working on the re-do of the bathroom interior.  I will get a chance to work on it this weekend, since my girls and my husband will be gone for a couple days.

The original color of the door was this lovely orange wood tone which dominated our early 80's home when we first bought it.  I've since painted it all white.  Check out my kitchen.

My door already has the recessed rectangles, but I have seen people do this with tape and a ruler.
This would also look good in an upstairs hallway, you could paint all your bedroom doors.

See that little blur running through the bottom of the picture? Not a ghost, just my baby girl.

Teal Dresser

Sometimes I like to take chances with my furniture.

There are times that going with a "safe" color will guarantee a sale, but I like living on the edge when it comes to choosing a color.

This bold teal, with no name, happened to be sitting on the shelf along with all the other discarded paints that no one wanted.
If you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I get most of my paints from the "oops" section at my local Lowes.

It never disappoints.

Case in point, this beautiful teal.

The dresser drawers have a delicate curve across the fronts.

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Still here

In case you are wondering, I'm still here.

Furniture painting has come to a halt at the moment.  I have a dresser sitting and waiting, I also have a half bath currently torn apart awaiting my attention.

Me and cold air do not mix.  We cause a tornado of unfinished projects, that seem to only get worked on when the weather is nice.

I believe I have undiagnosed seasonal affect disorder. No, I'm not a doctor but I've read the symptoms and I'm pretty sure I qualify for most of the.

My mood greatly depends on the sun.  And I've seen very little of it the past several days.

When the sun is not showing it's pretty face, an all around laziness sets in.  This blog suffers.

Right now the thought of posting this is making me cringe, because I don't want to bore you with my drabness.
But I wanted you all to know I. am. still. here.

Here's a really cool picture so you don't feel it was a total waste reading this.

                                              Source unknown (believe me I tried to find one.)

Ten on Ten

Wow, I can't believe it's already been a month since my last installment of Ten on Ten.   A great link party over at A Bit of Sunshine.

All sorts of things happened this past month. My girl started going to preschool a couple days a week.   Which is so great for both of us.  And just a lot of usual business.  Keeping up with the blog has proved to be difficult for me.

The weather has also started to warm up a bit.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm partial to summer.
Winter is just something we have to endure to get back to the weather that really matters. Spring, Summer and Fall.

Cold weather, who needs it?!

On with the show~

Ready to eat!  (Hand made plates by my talented sis Christine)

Sticky bread.

 Fresh basil and rosemary, can't beat it.


First warm, beautiful day = yard work.  Raking leaves for an hour = sore back.
Bubbles are hard to photograph.  Try, you'll see.

 I love weddings!

Clean pots ready for plants.

3 week old flowers going strong.

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