Santa Fe Turquoise Desk makeover

I can't help but smile with this gorgeous makeover for a few reasons...


1. The first is this color makes me smile and so very happy!  

2. It's a desk that I've had sitting waiting for it's makeover for a very long time.  

3.  I used one of my all time favorite paint lines - CeCe Caldwell Paints.  

4.  Oh and it was for a family I adore!!

Desk painted with CeCe Caldwell paints



Waterfall China Hutch Makeover

I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard Yellow and Snow White to update this outdated Waterfall China Hutch.

Mustard Yellow milk paint

This Waterfall China Hutch was left next to a dumpster.  I scooped it right up knowing I could make it look pretty.

China Cabinet

Waterfall furniture is certainly not my style of furniture.  This particular piece had many small pieces of veneer missing.  But, that's an easy fix especially if you are painting.  I used a little wood filler, let dry and sanded to smoothness.

I used two colors from Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard and Snow White.  I knew I wanted a nice yellow, but Mustard was just a bit much on the golden side.  So, I added Snow White into the mix.


I love mixing colors with Old Fashioned Milk Paint.  I think besides the coverage and how fun it can be to see the results, mixing is one of my favorite things to do.  I love to see the variations in colors I can achieve.

This was the exact yellow I was looking for.  A nice not too bold yet not too pale.  Once I had my paint mixed, I let it sit for about 15 minutes.  I clean the cabinet well, then I used a sanding block and scuffed it up good, and then wiped it down again ensuring all the dust was removed.

I wasn't looking for a chippy look, I poured about 1/4 of my mixture into a separate cup & I added in some extra bond.  The extra bond would only be used in my first coat & it allows for the milk paint to adhere without creating that chippy paint look.

I gave the hutch 3 nice coats of milk paint.  I then used Daddy Van's clear wax over the entire hutch.

mustard yellow mixed with snow white milk paint

It's super smooth and it looks nicely updated now.  I absolutely love this color!!  And, the Daddy Van's wax finished it off so nicely.  I use a wax brush and it goes on so easy.

Waterfall china cabinet painted yellow

Iris - A dresser transformed

Meet Iris..


Iris was created using CeCe Caldwell Paints and Modern Masters Metal Effects.

turquoise, gold, metal effects and patina


I am slightly obsessed with Iris, and love how she turned out.  One day I ventured out of my comfort zone.  I went to a paint n sip with a few of my lovely friends.

California Gold, Santa Fe Turquoise, Destin Gulf Green, Smoky Mountain Gray

It wasn't the sippin' part that was out of my comfort zone, it was actually the painting part.  I know WHAT!?!  You see I have not once picked up a paint brush & laid it on canvas.  I know I know...  crazy, right!


So it took me on a journey that day, one that I am not sure I can describe in words here, but I will try.  I know my way around paints well, but to paint on canvas is a whole different ballgame.  I didn't realize how different it would be.

sip and paint class

Picking up a paint brush to create a picture.  I have a fairly creative mind, & I can duplicate by vision, but to actually create a painting scared me.  Mind you creating custom colors & mixing I can do & love to do.  I have extremely artistic family members, my Grandma Brewer was very artistic and many of my traits are from her.  SO why couldn't I do this I asked myself.  Well...guess what!?!  I did it and I loved it.


I need to work on certain things, but the blending of colors and working them was pure bliss for me.   In fact, the instructor John & his wife Jackie said I could come to their studio and play err I mean learn more.  I can't wait!  They'll probably regret telling me that.

The class gave me inspiration for my next piece.  I've always admired Dionne of The Turquoise Iris..her work is amazing.  I just never ventured into that land.  But, after the class I decided to jump in...hands first.

This dresser once sat in my girls room.  Where did it come from?  I haven't a clue.  Thing is when we first moved into our home, we hadn't bought much furniture.  The insurance company let us "rent" from them while we were rebuilding the home.

pink and purple girls dresser

I had picked this dresser up, it had been painted white but the drawers hadn't been touched.  The girls were sharing a room and they wanted pink & purple.  We painted the top with a silver metallic and then used paper on the drawers.  Cute at the time.  But, probably one of my worst makeovers to date.
I brought the dresser into my shop and started the clean up.  I cleaned off all the paper, and then removed the silver and white paint.  Tedious but well worth it.


Once it was all cleaned up I grabbed all the colors I knew I'd be working with.  I used CeCe Caldwell paints in Santa Fe Turquoise, Destin Gulf Green and a tiny bit of Smoky Mountain Gray.  I mixed the 3 colors until I got the exact color I was looking for.  And, then I used California Gold.

I used Modern Masters Metal Effects.  I knew I was going to go for a layered look so I used the rust, green & blue patina.  I used the iron, bronze and copper oxidizing paint.  


I started with the Metal Effects primer.  I went up more than I knew I'd be using the oxidizing paint, but that was fine.  I actually like the color of the primer.  



I then just started playing.  One of the things I realized was, I was truly in my happy place.  I was using the dresser as my canvas.  Just letting things flow.


Blending as I went.. I had multiple paint brushes and a spray bottle with water to help with the blending, but mostly kept my brush dry.  I played, it's paint and can always be fixed if you don't love it.

I did the fronts and sides all together.  I also did the drawers shut..this gave me a full canvas to work with.  I normally take the drawers out.

I left her like this for the night.  I used my metal effects and sprayed her to bring me a surprise in the morning.  I couldn't wait to see how it sat up for me.  As you can see I opened the drawers so they wouldn't stick.


The next day I played a bit more on blending and pulling the colors together.  One of the things I learned in class was the hard stop of colors.  Some may like that look, I learned that day, I do not.  

I also gave the hardware it's Modern Masters treatment.  turning them from a brassy look to a beautiful rusty patina.

Now this is where patience is needed... I am learning y'all but it's not my best trait!



Meanwhile I let things sit and age while I went on to work on a custom piece for a client.  I needed to sand the top and prepare it for it's updated look.  A perfect distraction... I must say.  And, really you should come back to see it.  It also turned out gorgeous..


That was the perfect amount of time... The dresser was completed, the metal effects had done it's job & all the layers set up better than I could have hoped for.

turning hardware rusty using Modern Masters Metal Effects

The color combination is just stunning.  I loved how well the colors worked together.  The inspiration behind this dresser came from sitting with friends, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

It's amazing what we can conquer when we try something new.


teal, yellow and patina

I look at this dresser and really can't believe the transformation it took.  I am in love with how it turned out.  I will have to fight the urge to keep it...





A stool with a Revelation!

Ahh hello there friends..

I have a story to share with you today.  It's a story of a revelation that came to me as I was working on this sweet stool.



Pitch Black Buffet Makeover

I love a good Old Fashioned Milk Paint makeover.  When I was asked by a sweet friend about doing a makeover on a newly acquired piece for her, and she said she wanted it black with distressing... Well I turned to one of my absolute favorites -

Pitch Black by Old Fashioned Milk Paint (OFMP)




Autism Awareness Charms

I am super excited to let you know that I've partnered up with Cricut to bring you all sorts of craft ideas, with fun easy project tutorials.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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Hi friends....

April is going to be here before we know it, and I've been itching to do something that represents that months awareness.  Autism Awareness!  Every year for the last 3 years I've had blue highlights to show my support.  My girls do them as well, but the ones that wash out.  As a family we also have our blue outside lightbulb.  This year I wanted to do something a little more permanent...

unicorn spit, rock chalk jayhawk, blue gel stain, puzzle piece charm


My Cricut and why I love it!

Hey guys..


I know I have been on a Cricut everything kick lately, but seriously I absolutely love my cutting machine.  This post isn't sponsored by Cricut, this one is all my own to show you a roundup of some of my favorite projects to this point.  And, because I wanted to talk with you all about this amazing cutting machine!

Stencil, craft, cutting machine

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There have been some burning question so many have asked, and I want to be able to answer those for you!  What questions do you have about the Cricut?  Or using the Cricut?

1.  What different kinds of DIY projects can I make with the Cricut?  The better question is "what can't you do with the Cricut"?   No seriously.

I've made so many things with it from home decor to jewelry to cute t-shirts.  I love sitting down and designing something to make using my Cricut Explorer Air.  This actually keeps me up at night.  I can lay in bed on my iphone or ipad and play on Design Space creating ideas, save to my library in design space.  The next time I log in on my computer, they are there ready to be made into whatever my mind had for it or better yet, I can just send it to my Cricut directly from the device I was on.  I will admit to saving things and not remembering because it was in a moment of insomnia. :/ . But, hey at least my creative mind had a place to save it as I was creating it.

Emoji Valentines Day Shirt

I am super excited to let you know that I've partnered up with Cricut to bring you all sorts of craft ideas, with fun easy project tutorials.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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Cricut Made heat transfer vinyl



Refreshed Desk using CeCe Caldwell Paint

Today, I'm excited to share this refreshed desk using CeCe Caldwell Paints & finishes.  

Let me show you how simple the power of paint can have such an impact on this refinished painted custom desk is with you.


Desk and chair painted using CeCe Caldwell Paint


DIY Leather Cuff Bracelet

I am super excited to let you know that I've partnered up with Cricut to bring you all sorts of craft ideas, with fun easy project tutorials.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest!

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Designing and making leather cuff bracelets using my Cricut Explore Air 2

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