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May 062016

Well hello there! It’s been a while. Life has been kind of busy lately. Matt and I always seem to have something to do lately, whether it’s playing golf, doing stuff around the house, or just being lazy. I feel like we are so much busier now days.  

Three weeks ago I started weekly golf lessons. Our club is offering a weekly Ladies Clinic this Spring/Summer. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I was going to sign up. I recruited a few friends to join me and the past few weeks we’ve had close to 40 ladies attend, which is amazing. The first few lessons have covered the short game, chipping and putting. Neither of which I’m great at but I think I might have picked something up from the putting clinics. 

Anyway, I’ve made a new golf friend and we’ve been playing or practicing a few times a week since clinic started. We’ve even made the husbands go out with us. ūüėČ Since we are about the same level, she is a good person to play with.

I told Matt a while back my goal for this summer was to get my first Par. We have a couple of short Par 3 holes and I’ve had my eye on #3 for my first Par. Yesterday G and I went out with her husband to play a quick 9 scramble since Matt and a friend tee’ed off a few minutes before us. The goal was to eventually catch up to them.  

We get to #3 and I hit a pretty decent drive off the tee. I end up right on the fringe of the green. All I need to do is 2 putt and I’ll have Par. Well, I totally ended up blowing my putts and finished with a Bogie. Boo!

Lately I’ve been hitting my driver pretty well off the tee on #6 and yesterday was no exception. I hit a great drive to the bottom right of the fairway. Now I just need to get it over the “schmutz” (aka the crap/rough/hazard) which is sort of a problem for me. I grab my 3 Wood and end up hitting a great second shot to the front of the green! Holy cow I’m on the green in 2! I’m about 20 ft from the hole and have a great first putt just short of the hole. Tap in the second putt for Par! YAY!!!! Of all the holes I thought I’d Par, I didn’t think it would be #6, a Par 4 hole!  

At this point I’m feeling pretty good! I’ve gotten my Par. Now I just need to get my ball over the schmutz on #8, a short Par 3. The past few times I’ve played, I’ve completly jacked this hole and ended up not even finishing because I’ve lost at least one ball off the tee. I’ve been practicing hitting my irons off the tee at the range just for this stupid hole. I tee up and hit. “Just make it over, just make it over!” The ball clears the schmutz, lands on the green and rolls…..and stops about 5 ft short of the hole! Holy cow! I now have a shot at Birdie! A few deep breaths later, I tap the ball into the hole! YAY!!!! Cue minor freak out!  

We finish #9 and Matt is waiting for us! I proceed to give him the play by play for my awesome accomplishments for our round! It feels pretty good to know that I am actually getting better at this game and that one day I might actually be able to keep score! ūüėČ


Jan 262016

One would have thought I’d be jumping at the chance to decorate the new house for Christmas however, that wasn’t exactly the case this year. ¬†I couldn’t find my motivation, but I think I couldn’t find motivation because I couldn’t find my vision! ¬†I had no clue what to do with the new house this year. ¬†I knew I wanted candles in the windows and wreaths on the windows.

After Thanksgiving, I ran to Michael’s and picked up some garland for the porch. ¬†I really wanted to use spot lights for the outside of the house but due to the elevation, we couldn’t get them to look right. So we ended up outside one night just putting white lights on the garland. ¬†As it turned out, it looked good.

The house Christmas Eve. The neighborhood did luminaries.


The white tree.


The white tree topper. I found the gold topper and added a bow.

As the outside was coming together, inside was slowly getting started. ¬†I think the tree was up for a week without any decorations, whoops. ¬†Slowly I started to make my way around the house. ¬†I purchased a 6ft white tree from Amazon in November that I planned to put in the dining room. ¬†I bought a bag full of pink ornaments at our neighborhood garage sale back in the summer, so I needed a tree. ūüėČ ¬†Matt was not happy about the white tree, hehe. ¬†I also had my dad build a rustic box for the dining room table. ¬†I filled it with leftover ornaments, and it may still be sitting on the table because I love it!


Rustic box.

The stairs got some light garland I found at Kirkland’s on sale and the fireplace ended up with some greenery picks from Hobby Lobby. ¬†The tree was put in the back corner of the living room and was slowly decorated. ¬†It wasn’t my favorite tree so I’ll have to try harder next year. ¬†My nutcrackers filled the tops of the built-in’s beside the fireplace. ¬†Then I have to figure out what to do with my newly acquired buffet. ¬†Mom gave it to me a few months ago and I still need to paint it but it’s currently on the back wall in the living room. ¬†I added some wooden frames above it and put leftover wreaths in the middle. ¬†This might have been my favorite decorating idea! ¬†The frames will also be painted and I will put some pics from our last trip to London in them at some point.

The buffet with the framed wreaths!

Fireplace with greenery.


I didn’t take a ton of pics this year.


Jan 072016

Oh hey! ¬†It’s been a while. ¬†A long while actually. ¬†I didn’t realize it had quite been this long. ¬†The last time I was on my blog it was because it got hacked. ¬†Nice. ¬†All is back to working order now, so that’s good.

The holiday season was really nice. ¬†I might post a few pics of some of the decorations in a few days, so stay tuned. ūüėČ

For now, I’m going to post my 2015 Book List. ¬†I didn’t quite hit 50 books this year but I came close, 45. ¬†I honestly wasn’t sure I was even going to get that many because I was only in the 20s by the Fall. ¬†I found a few series though and plowed through. If you’d like to see last year’s list it’s posted here.

Title Author
Closer to the Edge (Playing With Fire #4) T.E. Sivec
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest Daniel James Brown
Crown Me: Alexander and Clara #3 (Royals Saga) Geneva Lee
The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) (The Billionaire’s Obsession series Book 1) Scott, J.S.
Wreckage Emily Bleeker
Heart Of The Billionaire (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 2) Scott, J. S.
The Billionaire’s Salvation ~Max (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 3) Scott, J. S.
Billionaire Undone ~ Travis (The Billionaire’s Obsession, Book 5) Scott, J. S.
Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments: Rose Gardner Mystery #7 Denise Grover Swank
Never Never: Part One of Three Colleen Hoover
The Eternals Kristie K Shafer
Eternally Yours (The Eternals Book 2) Shafer, Kristie K.
Abandon Crouch, Blake
Badass: A Stepbrother SEAL Romance Barlow, Linda
Stepbrother Charming: A Billionaire Bad Boy Romance Snow, Nicole
Worthy Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series Book 1) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
This World We Live In (Life As We Knew It Series Book 3) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
The Dead and The Gone (Life As We Knew It Series Book 2) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
The Shade of the Moon (Life As We Knew It Series Book 4) Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Virulent: The Release (Virulent Book 1) Wescott, Shelbi
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo
Funerals for Horses Hyde, Catherine Ryan
The System (Virulent Book 2) Wescott, Shelbi
The Variables (Virulent Book 3) Wescott, Shelbi
The Color of Water in July Carroll, Nora
Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery Jourdan, Carolyn
Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) Blake Crouch
The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 3) Crouch, Blake
Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) Crouch, Blake
Primal Fear Diehl, William
The Martian: A Novel Andy Weir
Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys Book 1) Elle Casey
Dirty English Madden-Mills, Ilsa
Hard to Let Go: A Hard Ink Novel Laura Kaye
Shine Not Burn Elle Casey
MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn Elle Casey
The Survivors Book 1: Summer V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book II: Autumn V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book III: Winter V.L. Dreyer
The Survivors Book IV: Spring V.L. Dreyer
In the waning light Loreth Anne White
Crave Me (Royals Saga 1: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee
Covet Me (Royals Saga 2: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee
Capture Me (Royals Saga 3: Smith and Belle) Geneva Lee

A few highlights from this year’s list:

  • Life As We Knew It – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when a meteor hits the Moon. ¬†I enjoyed the first two books. ¬†Each book was set with different characters who eventually connected in Book 3. ¬†In Book 1, we meet Miranda and her family. ¬†We follow them through the first year following the meteor collision with the moon. ¬†This¬†causes earthquakes, tsunamis that wipe out many major cities, and a sky full of volcanic ash that blocks the sun. In Book 2 we follow Alex and his family during the same time frame in a different city. ¬†Book 3 finds the 2 groups meeting and struggling to survive. ¬†Book 4 is a continuation of Book 3 but 2 years later. ¬†I personally didn’t care for Book 4 and I’m not sure you miss much stopping at Book 3.
  • The Virulent – series. A post apocalyptic series about what happens when an act of bioterrorism is unleashed. ¬†We follow Lucy, her brother, and her friends as they make their way to rest of Lucy’s family. ¬†I don’t want to say too much more because I feel like that might give some away. ¬†It’s worth the read and one of the better series I read.
  • Wayward Pines – If you watched the TV show then you should definitely read the books! ¬†I think the books were SOOO much better than the series. ¬†I read the books first and then watched the series. ¬†I was pretty disappointed with the TV adaption. ¬†*As a side note, I read book 3 before I read book 2. ¬†Somehow I got out of order and there was some major freak outage when I realized what I’d done. ¬†So be careful!
  • The Martian – Again, I read the book and then saw the movie. ¬†Unlike Wayward Pines, they did a wonderful job of following the book. ¬†While it wasn’t spot on, which they rarely are, I felt like you didn’t really need to read the book if you saw the movie. ¬†The book goes into a lot of technical details that they gloss over in the movie, but honestly, I glossed over a lot of that because, well it was over my head. ūüėČ
  • The Survivors Book – series. ¬†Yet another post apocalyptic series (I’m hooked!) This one is set in New Zealand following an Ebola type outbreak. ¬†The difference here is that the virus doesn’t kill everyone and some of those people end up in a Zombie like state. ¬†It wasn’t heavily focused on that though. ¬†We find Sandy ten years after the initial outbreak struggling to survive, alone. ¬†Along the way she begins to meet more people and adds them to her group. ¬†Sandy slowly becomes the leader of the group, and eventually the face for a new start. I blew through the last 3 books in a matter of days. ¬†This was probably my favorite series of last year.
  • Wrong Number, Right Guy – this was a pretty fun book to read. ¬†I found it similar to the Hard Ink series. ¬†I’ve only read the 1st book but I will most like read a few more. ¬†If you want action and romance, this is your book.

I hope that this list helps if you are looking for something to read.


Oct 222015

**Blogging has kind of fallen by the wayside as of late. ¬†To be honest, almost all the blogs I started out reading are no longer around. ¬†Blogging seems like it’s becoming a thing of the past. ¬†I will probably continue to update this randomly. I have a few more projects I’m about to start so I will continue to post those types of things. **

Back when I was maybe a Sophomore in High School a friend and I were at McDonald’s one weekend night. ¬†(McDonald’s was in the heart of our “loop” so people would go there and hang out waiting to see people.) Anyway Jennifer and I were sitting around when our friends, Norman and Chris, came in. ¬†Norman and Chris were Seniors at this point, and they came over and started talking to us. ¬†Norman asked if we wanted to go see Cujo. Jennifer and I said yes so the four of us hopped in Norman’s car and headed towards the country. ¬†I have no clue where this place was but ¬†it was probably only 15 mins from downtown.

When we get to where we were going, Norman turns off the car lights and we all roll down our windows. We make our initial pass down the road with Chris standing up through the sunroof yelling Cujo. ¬†On our way back by the house, we hear someone yell and then we hear a shotgun blast. ¬†Chris falls ducks back in the car and Norman floors it. ¬†Jennifer and I are in the backseat dying with laughter as we drive off. ¬†Chris is totally freaking out because we just got shot at.¬†And by shot at, I feel pretty confident the guy didn’t actually shoot at the car.

Needless to say, we did not see Cujo that night but it made for one hellava story.

Fast forward about a year. ¬†The company dad worked for was always hiring guys I went to school with. ¬†One day, dad comes home and asks me if I know a guy named Norman. ¬†I tell him I do, and I proceed to tell him about the Cujo story. ¬†The next day dad goes to work and decides to ask Norman about Cujo and why he’s getting his daughter shot at. ¬†I think that probably freaked him out more than us getting shot at. ¬†Of course dad wasn’t mad but I think that makes the story even funnier.

There are a few random stories I might try to blog. ¬†Details to all are a little fuzzy but some of them I’d like to write down.


Sep 102015

I know I’ve talked about this a bunch so I won’t rehash all the details regarding our door debacle. Anyway, a few weeks ago, a car guy Matt knows, posted some window frosting he’d done for a local hotel. At that point, I had no clue how I was going to get our door frosted so I asked Matt how to contact him. He gave me his email and then I basically begged him to come do our door. He agreed and we started talking details. I already knew what I wanted so he drew it up. Matt and I agreed on a design and then I decided on a film. The film was ordered and once it arrived Matt’s friend cut it and set up a time for install.

Last Friday he came over around 10:30 to start on the door. It only took about 30 mins and man does it look amazing! It’s pretty subtle from the outside during the day but I LOVE how it looks from the inside and outside at night.


Sep 032015

Matt and I knew that when we bought a new house there were various items that would need to be upgraded. ¬†Our bedroom furniture is on that list. ¬†We are currently in possession of my childhood furniture set. ¬†However, this set did not come with bedside tables so a few years ago I bought some cheap side tables from Walmart. ¬†We couldn’t have anything too large in our old room at the townhouse. ¬†These fit nicely even though they were cheap.

Since we moved I’ve been randomly keeping my eye out for various pieces of furniture. ¬†Hence the dining room table sans chairs right now. ūüėČ About two weeks ago I was on FB on one of the buy, sell, trade sites I follow and someone posted a set of small chests for $120.00. ¬†I commented for dimensions and said I would be interested if the first deal fell through. ¬†The next day I received a PM from the lady. ¬†The chests were available, and they were just about the right size! ¬†I im’ed Matt and he said “whatever”! ¬†I PM’ed the lady back, asked if she would take $100.00 for the pair and the next day I went to pick them up. ¬†They weren’t in perfect condition but they were in good condition. ¬†I just needed to decide on a paint color and I was in business.

For a while now, I’d been looking at new chests. ¬†The only problem was that most of the new chests were 1) more than I wanted to spend and 2) too tall. ¬†Our bed is pretty low so we needed chests that were under 30″ tall. ¬†Most new chests are several inches over 30 which I knew Matt would complain about. ¬†The used chests came in right at 28″ tall which makes them only a few inches taller than the bed and not uncomfortable while reaching up from the bed.

The weekend I got the chests, Matt and I ran to Lowes to look at paint colors. ¬†I ended up choosing Morning Fog by Sherwin Williams. ¬†It’s a really pretty light greyish blue color. ¬†I was a little¬†worried there wouldn’t be enough contrast between that and the wall color but decided to just go with it. ¬†First I primed the chests and drawers with Kilz. ¬†Then over the next few days I painted the chests, and then the drawers. ¬†Within a week I had everything done. ¬†(Which was kind of shocking!) Originally I had planned to use the pulls that were on the chest and just spray paint them but then I realized almost all of them were pulling apart and Matt didn’t really think he could fix them. ¬†I searched on Amazon and fell in love with some antique looking glass knobs but they were $17.00 for a set of 4. ¬†I would need 12 and I wasn’t sure I really wanted to spend $50.00 on knobs. ¬†In the end, that’s exactly what I ended up doing. ¬†The chests were really cheap so I figured I could splurge a little on knobs.

For just over $150.00, I was able to get us new bedside tables and they turned out AMAZING! The knobs really add a little something and the color blends nicely with the room. ¬†Seeing how well these turned out, kind of makes me what to buy the Hurdal dresser and chest from IKEA, paint them and add the same knobs. (Side note, we saw these at IKEA and they are quite large and sturdy which is the only reason I’m really considering them.) That would redo our whole bedroom (chests included) for under $1000.00. ¬†I told Matt I’m not really ready to take on this project but it might happen soonish. ūüėČ

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Before: Our small crappy little tables.

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The chests before, during, my knobs, and after.

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Jul 292015

For the past year I’ve been drooling over this one specific dining room table that I kept seeing on Pinterest. ¬†Of course, none of the links listed where the actual table was from. ¬†I searched high and low and one day I finally found a blog that stated where the table was from, Restoration Hardware. ¬†I immediately went to their website and found the table I’d been lusting over was the Salvaged Wood Trestle Dining Table. ¬†And then I found the price. ¬†No matter how much I loved this table I just couldn’t (and Matt said no!) see spending that much on just a table.


I began searching for something comparable, specifically with the same or similar style legs. ¬†I found a few that were similar but either they weren’t solid wood or they were out of my price range. ¬†If i was going to spend $1500+ I figured I might as well just buy the one I really loved. ¬†Here are a few similar ones I found: Harverty’s Avondale, the Randall from Wayfair (which is really cheap and mostly made of veneers), the Manor House also from Wayfair (which I can’t currently find online but was listed for $2500.00), the Arcadia Extension Table from World Market (again mostly veneers).

Once I’d decided I probably wasn’t going to find my table, in a price range I liked, I started looking at other options. ¬†There is a wholesale store called Nadeau in Raleigh that has solid wood pieces from India. ¬†A coworker and I would run over at lunch and look around. ¬†I finally decided that I’d most likely just buy a table from there when the time came and while it wouldn’t be my RH table, I could probably find something with that similar rustic feel.

I started following Nadeau on FB and IG since they get shipments in quite frequently. And then last week it happened, my table on their FB page! ¬†I freaked and immediately commented to see how much the table was listed for and how big it was. ¬†They responded and I showed Matt. ¬†The table was still a little more than I wanted to spend but it was THE table! I even waited another week before I went to check it out in person. ¬†I was able to get the guy to hold it for the rest of the day so I could go home and measure our space. ¬†Once we knew it would fit, I told Matt he had to go see it so on Saturday we ran to Raleigh to check it out. ¬†The table is made of solid mango wood and 7’3″ by 3.5′. ¬†Matt agreed it was nice and I bought my table. ¬†It was delivered yesterday and I can say it is spectacular! ¬†It looks beautiful in the space. ¬†Now I just need chairs and a rug. ¬†I’ve had the rug picked out for a few months now but I’ll wait to purchase it since the table was a little more than I was hoping to spend. ¬†I’m hoping the rug will help me decide on what chairs to buy. ¬†For now the dining room is coming together. ūüôā

Empty dining room


With the table!


The rug I want to go under the table.


Jul 282015

Right after Matt and I moved into the new house we had a really bad storm come through and our front door leaked. ¬†You can read about that here. ¬†That was 3 months ago. ¬†Since then I’ve been waiting for my new front door. ¬†While we weren’t happy that the front door leaked, it gave me the opportunity to actually get the front door I wanted. ¬†When we bought the house, I had dreams of removing the grids from the front door and frosting it with our address in the middle. ¬†However, the grids on our door were glued in and the builder said they couldn’t remove them. ¬†I was totally bummed.

Anyway, fast forward to today. ¬†It’s been 3 months and I am just now getting my new front door. ¬†Somewhere in between the door leaking and our 2 month inspection, the warranty guy was let go. ¬†So when it came time to sand down the foyer floors by the door and replace the door, the door went missing. ¬†No one was really sure what happened to the door. ¬†It was either misplaced or stolen which meant a new door would have to be ordered. ¬†Last Thursday we got a delivery. ¬†A new front door! ¬†The CORRECT front door was delivered to the house. ¬†The builder picked it up to have it painted and now I’m waiting for them to come and install it. ¬†I was hoping they would be early but seeing as it’s after 9am, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. ¬†Hopefully it won’t take long to replace the door.


This is the old door. You can see the silicone they put around the panel to try and keep the water out. I feel we are lucky it didn’t leak again.

Of course the guys didn’t show up to replace the door till closer to 10. ¬†It look about 45 mins to get everything swapped out but I must say the new door is BEAUTIFUL! ¬†I love it soo much! ¬†I really wish I could leave the glass open but you can see straight up to the master at night. ¬†The full pane of glass gives the house a little move charm, I think. ¬†I know it’s not a huge difference but I’m really happy.


Old door on the left, new door on the right. SOO much better. I think the new door looks older with more charm. The glass is also a little wider.


From the inside. I had the door painted the same color on both sides.

As for frosting the glass, I realized last night the new door is tempered glass and the glass etching stuff won’t work on tempered glass. ¬†I guess I’m going to have to use the spray frost. ¬†This is not my ideal method but it’s also a little less permanent than glass etching. ¬†Oh and I should mention the sheers I had covering the front door don’t work now because the area around the glass is covered and not boxed off. ¬†Does that even make sense? ¬†Anyway, my tension rods don’t have a place to fit now. ¬†So we are totally ghetto and have suction cups on the glass holding the sheers. ¬†Whomp!


Jul 022015

Hello, almost vacation!

Matt and I are planning a little trip to the beach for a few days. ¬†I feel like I am in desperate need of a vacation. ¬†Our last “real” vacation was two years ago to Jamaica.

So, let’s see, what have I been up to. ¬†Well, I am still working on my craft room. ¬†I think it’s going to be a work in progress for a while. ¬†It’s been so freaking hot lately that I haven’t wanted to work on the stuff I need to finish, like painting my shelf brackets or my chandelier. ¬†This past weekend it cooled down enough and I was able to get outside and spray paint my shelf brackets. ¬†I bought the Ikea Ekby Gallo shelves while we were there a few weeks ago. ¬†I knew I wanted to spray paint the bracket piece gold since gold will be my accent color. I bought some Krylon metallic gold spray paint¬†(I think this is it) and it was the BOMB! ¬†The nozzle swiveled and the push button was super smooth. No more spray paint hand cramp. ¬†I used 1 can for both brackets.

Now that I have the shelving painted I need Matt to help me install them over my craft table. ¬†Then, I need to start working on my chandelier. ¬†It’s one mom had and is no longer using so she’s offered it up for my craft room. ¬†It’s already goldish ¬†but I want it to be a little more gold. ¬†I think it will look amazing painted the same gold as the shelf brackets.

I brought my brackets and shelves inside last night so I could take some pics and I realized my shelves are the wrong size. ¬†Whomp whomp! ¬†The brackets are Gallo or something and the shelves are not. Total IKEA fail! ¬†Thankfully the shelves were’t very expensive. ¬†I’m sure I can find another place to use them. ¬†I told Matt last night I would just have to run to Lowe’s and get a piece of wood that would fit. ¬†While not ideal, this will actually allow me to paint the wood the same color as the table, chair and trim. ¬†So it might actually look a little better.

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While we are on the craft room, I said a while back I would review the fabric I bought for my chair from Spoonflower. ¬†Spoonflower is actually local, they are in Durham, and they print their own fabric. ¬†This allows for hundreds and hundreds of choices you can’t get anywhere else. ¬†I fell in love with several of their patterns¬†and I couldn’t find anything close at other fabric stores. ¬†Here’s my review:

They have tons of fabric choices you can’t find anywhere else. ¬†They also have a variety of fabric types. ¬†Since I was recovering a chair I bought their basic cotton fabric. This runs $17.00 a yard. ¬†Not terrible considering it’s custom. I think it took less than a week for my order to complete and ship, which isn’t bad. The packaging arrived and it was pretty cute. ¬†Now the fabric. ¬†I can’t say I’m blown away with the quality of the fabric. ¬†To me, it felt kind of “flimsy”. ¬†It’s a very thin, lightweight fabric. ¬†I was expecting it to have a ¬†little more weight to it. ¬†I have various other cotton fabrics in my stash and I don’t think this feels like quite the same quality. ¬†With that said, I will say it washed okay and looks fine on my chair. ¬†I’m not sure how it will hold up but this is also a chair I don’t plan to use daily. ¬† I think the colors and pattern were what I expected and I was very pleased with that. Would I order fabric from them again? Maybe, but only if I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and they had a pattern I liked. I think I would probably try to find something from Fabric.com first. ¬†I only got their basic cotton so I’m not sure how the other fabrics feel. They may be a little nicer but they are also more expensive. ¬†I went cheap. ūüôā

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May 272015

When we picked our new house I knew I was going to make one of the bedrooms into a craft room. ¬†Matt was getting an office and I wanted a craft room. ¬†We had the space so I decided to use the bedroom next to the the master. ¬†It’s the only bedroom not connected to a bathroom and I wasn’t keen on having a bedroom right next to our bedroom/bathroom so this was the perfect space.

For months I searched and searched for a desk.  I found one at Ikea but due to the shipping costs I kept looking.  Then I found one on Amazon that was similar and ordered it.  Thanks to UPS, the desk was left in the rain by our garage, not on our front porch, and the desk was ruined.  I shipped it back and continued the search.  I also realized that one and the one from Ikea would have been too small for the space so it worked out.

I still hadn’t found anything when my mom called one day to tell me that her work was getting rid of their display tables. ¬†Employees would be able to purchase them for $20.00. ¬†I knew it was just a wooden table but for $20.00 I told her to get me one. ¬†Turns out it will work great for a craft table.

I decided to be lazy and not actually strip or sand the table down. ¬†I bought some Kilz instead and used that as my base. ¬†Next I painted the table with 2-3 coats of paint. ¬†I decided to use our trim color since it wasn’t quite white. ¬†I thought a bright white table might clash. ¬†I’m really glad I used the trim color to be honest. ¬†Everything flows nicely.

Since the table was going to be used for crafts I thought it might be a good idea to put a top coat on the top. ¬†Boy, that was a mistake! ¬†I bought a spray clear coat. ¬†I did several light coats but the finish wasn’t glossy like it was supposed to but so I decided to put it on a little heavier. ¬†Well the damn stuff turned yellow, the can said it wouldn’t turn yellow! ¬†Grrr! ¬†So I ended up having to sand the top down to the gloss off so I could then add another coat of paint. ¬†In the end it turned out fine but it was kind of a pain.

Before, with Julio photobomb


Fast forward a few days. ¬†The table has finally been painted and I ask Matt to help me get it into my craft room. ¬†Well I didn’t measure the table. ¬†Whoops. ¬†After about 20 mins of trying every possible way to get the table in Matt decided it wouldn’t fit. ¬†Okay so that’s not really an option. ¬†I immediately told him to cut the feet off. ¬†He was hesitant at first but we took the table back downstairs and on the front porch he sawed off the bottom few inches. ¬†I found some casters to replace the feet with and I think everything will be fine now. ¬†This will also allow me to move the table around should I need or want to.

The chair for my craft room has been a little less dramatic. ¬†I found the cutest chair at the Flea Market a few months ago. ¬†It just needed a little paint and some new fabric. ¬†I’ve been on the hunt for fabric since I found it.

Over the weekend I was able to get the chair painted with the hope that it would make finding a fabric a little easier. Well today was the day. ¬†I was going back through my fabric board on Pinterest¬†and finally decided to order one. ¬†I think it will look really nice on the chair. ¬†It should be here in a week or so. ¬†If I like the fabric, I’ll do a quick review on the fabric store I used.


Chair before paint. Notice the brass tips on the feet. I’m going to spruce those up with a little more gold paint.



Chair after paint. I need to add the gold.


craft chair fabric

Fabric for the chair seat.

I still have more work to do but this is the start.