Why You Should Always Listen to Pottery Barn (a bench story)

farmhouse table and metal chairs

In my last post I told you about how I bought the galvanized metal chairs I have been lusting after for years. Today we're talking about the other side of the table...the farmhouse benches. These are the complete opposite of my metal chairs... their homemade, cheap, and NOT sturdy. And even though I spent ridiculous amounts of time stalking my … [Read more...]



Pecan Farmhouse Dining Table

Pecan farmhouse dining table

Surprise! We built another dining room table. That kind of came out of left field, I know...after all, we just built our current pine farmhouse table last year.  Allow me to explain... Adam is a wood snob. Now Adam isn't snobby about much. He will gladly drive old crappy cars, sport goodwill t-shirts, go waaay to long between haircuts because I … [Read more...]



Front Porch Reveal and a History of Clutter

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Oh, our porch. Those of y'all that have been following for a while know what a blessing and a curse it is. We love our porch...it's HUGE, shady, and pretty much amazing. It is also our dumping grounds...it's where most activities happen (like projects) and it is normally looks like a disaster. AND it is right out there in the open and the first … [Read more...]



Three Tables

Three tables

 Today I have a random post for you about three random tables. Just stick with me, it will make more sense soon. Let me introduce you to the tables... This table might look familiar, it's been around for a while. I bought it at a garage sale about five years ago, and since then it has been an end table in the living room, a nightstand in out … [Read more...]



15 Ways to Give Your Furniture New Life

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Let's face it, buying new furniture is expensive. So expensive, in fact, that I've never actually done it (besides couches, because I'm not awesome/crazy enough to DIY a couch). There is also the problem that new furniture is, well... boring. To me it all looks the same and  basically has zero personality. A great (and super cheap!) solution to th … [Read more...]



How to turn a Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

How to turn a dresser into a vanity - Domestic Imperfection

Dressers are super versatile,  you can transform them into a host of things. I've seen them made into media centers, changing tables, buffets, benches, bookshelves, toy storage, and last but not least, bathroom vanities.  When we decided to start renovating our bathroom last month I knew I wanted a dresser as my new vanity. I liked the idea of the v … [Read more...]



White To Green – A Dresser Before & After

Painted green dresser with wood top

I'm slowly chipping away at my boy's room renovation. I've paper bagged the floors and were about halfway done with planking the walls. My next victim was this dresser/changing table. It's really feminine, plus it's slowly turning from a nice crisp white to more of a muted yellow. Wait though, that's not the actual before picture. Get ready for t … [Read more...]



Kids Step Stool (with Yardstick Steps)

Kids Step Stool

I do projects around here when there is a need. Or a want, wants are project-worthy too. In this particular case I needed Elijah (who's in full potty training mode) to be able to turn on the bathroom light by himself. Enter - the need for a step stool. Or the want, cause I don't want to stop what I'm doing every twenty minutes to turn the lights on … [Read more...]



$5 File Cabinet Makeover

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One of my "loose goals" for 2013 was to buy a real file cabinet and finally take control of paperwork in our house. Why is it that it is sooo easy for paperwork to get out of hand? My command center has helped a bit, though only in my kitchen and only with recent paperwork. The rest of it is still a mess.  My current "file cabinet" is too small and … [Read more...]



The Mystery Table

Kitchen command center/mail sorter

A few days ago I showed y'all my new command center and asked for guesses as to what color I painted the small console table that sits below it. Well, 98% of you (let's not check that math, mmmkay?) thought I chose green. Two of you said orange, and one lonely intuitive soul guessed correctly (Yay Molly!). What color is it now? … [Read more...]



Built-In Outdoor Bench

Built-In Cedar Bench

You know how everyone has a spot in their house that just seems to collect stuff? That place that is everyone's dumping ground? Perhaps it's your entryway, mudroom, kitchen counters or your garage. Ours is our front porch. Yup, right out there in the open. Let's just pretend for a second that I'm not a giant redneck who stores all her stuff on … [Read more...]



Updating The Updated Barstools

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So you probably remember last month when I took my uber brown craigslist barstools and lighted them up. I love them, they look great...but they needed something.  Nothing crazy, just...something. A reader suggested numbers and I knew right away that's what I wanted to do. I also knew that I did NOT want to hand paint them...I can see that going … [Read more...]



Upcycled Porch Entry Table

Upcycled Faux Entry Table

 It took me forever to come up with a title for this post. The one it ended up with isn't that great, but its better than "Antique Dumpster Vanity Mirror Holder Thingy Turned Faux Outdoor Entry Table", or a variety of other things I things I came up with. So a few days ago I showed you this broken old vanity top that was found near a … [Read more...]



Drop Cloth Barstool Makeover

dropcloth barstools

Two years ago we bought our barstools off of Craigslist for about $40. I wasn't particularly in love with them, but they were cheap, tall, and there were three of them. And they were brown, and we all know how I love brown. But it was time for a change... after all, I am still working on debrowning the living room. I wanted to lighten them up and … [Read more...]



The Wobbly Old Shelf (And A Chalk Paint Review)

Distresses Yellow Shelf

 A friend of mine lives in an old farmhouse. One day she went into the attic of said farmhouse and discovered this really old shelf. She asked me if I wanted to redo it and I asked her what she had in mind. She said "I don't know...just do something." Do something...I can run with that. First thing I did was remove the little corner doo-dads. … [Read more...]



Indian Inlay Stenciled Table

Domestic Imperfection - Stenciled "Indian Inlay" Table

 Bone inlayed furniture is really popular right now...not with people like us, cause we're cheap, but with people that have money to throw around. The first dresser (the little black one) has a price tag of....hold onto your britches....$2,999! Holy cajoles...most of the cars we've owned have cost less than that.  Do people really pay that much f … [Read more...]



DIY Chalk Paint Fail & The Bed That Almost Killed Me

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So unless you've been living under a rock, you know that chalk paint is all the rage here in crafty blogland.  As a member of crafty blogland, I felt as if I was my duty to give chalk paint a whirl. Annie Sloan makes the stuff everyone raves about, so I went online to order some....that's when I saw that it is crazy expensive. Like over $40 a quart … [Read more...]



End Table? Dog House? Both!

end table with dog bed

Remember when I gave this old 70's table a makeover? Well, that table has an ugly step sister that I never told you about.... I decided that I didn't want to put this one in my house, so it has just been hanging around in the furniture pile on my front porch. So when my (one day) sister-in-law said she needed a large end table, I jumped on … [Read more...]



The “Dirty Cowboy” Treatment

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Ahh, the Dirty Cowboy...a great way to give your furniture some personality. That's right... furniture. Is that not what you were expecting? What kind of blog do you think I'm running over here? So I didn't entirely make this technique up, it is really just dry brushing... or antiquing, or distressing with stain, or a variety of  other names. I've … [Read more...]



{Awesome} Paisley Stenciled Table

Modern Cowgirl table

Let's talk stenciling. Now, I've done my fair share of stenciling (like on my pantry, toy box and end table), but it's always been with a homemade stencil and it takes F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to do. Plus the final product always looks kinda wonky when you get up close and the design is very simple. Also it takes forever....that's worth mentioning twice. So … [Read more...]