Friday, January 9, 2015

Fun Spunky Mardi Gras Dresser & Armoire makeover

Fun Spunky Mardi Gras Dresser & Armoire makeover

Sometimes when life becomes overwhelming there always seems to be that ray of sunshine that peeks in… 

Today a piece of that sunshine shone into my life and brought that “these are the moments that make me realize what it is about my job that makes me so happy”!!! 

A story of 13 years ago began with a new baby brought home and this was his furniture that was then passed onto his sister a few years later. 

Now that furniture brings on new life, a life that is no longer baby but transformed into something that is totally… SOPHIA!!!  

Her personality is bright, cheerful, loving, free-spirited… 

Her personality says HEEELLLLOOOoooo I am here…

She’s spunky, cool, entertaining, feisty and a little fireball!

I say this furniture totally rocks and tells the story of the owner without one word needing to be spoken. 

We took a vision of layered on bright colors that consist of Gray Mountain, Golden Delicious, Mayo Teal and a final color of Mardi Gras.  All colors from the Benjamin Moore line. 

My client wanted more of a black to show through instead of the brown wood.  I used an ebony gel stain from Old Village over all of the edges.

Once the gel stain was dried I went over the entire set with Gray Mountain which is the wonderful color on Sophia’s walls.

Our next layer was the Golden Delicious.  At first I was worried, but then I was like this color is fantastic for this project.  It is super bright which really pops out from under the other colors.

I then used Mayo Teal from the Williamsburg Collection (which oh em gee...I love this color).  And, then I went back over with the Golden Delicious and then another coat of Mayo Teal.

And, then our last but certainly not least is this stunning color of Mardi Gras!! 

Each color is thickened with Plaster of Paris to generate a thick chalky paint finish.  I put multiple layers to create a chunky, old chippy look. 

I distressed to pull out each of the colors….each one complimenting the other. 

The hardware we choose was originally a brown cast iron look.  I spray painted it with a matte black.

This was such a fun makeover!  I am seriously in love with the way it turned out!

And, I do believe Sophia loves it as well!  My heart filled with such joy at the end of this video…  Do you see that lil firecracker!?!  I just love this girl…and it gives me such joy to see this type of transformation take place! And, knowing a Harley loving guy (her daddy) now wants pink furniture...well gives me that sense of accomplishment!


This is just a glimpse of what gives me the motivation & stamina to move forward on those days that I feel overwhelmed with life!  This is why I love my job… I get to make sweet little girls smile (and scream that “it’s pink everywhere”)…how awesome is that!?!

Once again mom had a vision and she nailed it for her daughter!!

Much love, peace & happiness....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Wishlist Giveaway

Today is a super exciting day for me...  

Why you ask!?! 

22 amazing bloggers from 2 countries have gotten together to offer 22 prize packages for this year's Christmas Wish List Giveaway! Each blogger has gathered some of their favorite items from their own wish list and put together a gift for you!

Visit each blog to see what items are included in their prize.  Every blogger has a separate giveaway that you must enter on their own site, to win their prize package.  

You might win more than one!

Go on and see all the amazing gift baskets that have been put together...  I spy lots of goodies I'd like to have.  Make sure to visit each blog for your chance to win!

Giveaways open to Canada will have a little Canadian flag in the top corner of their image (above).  If there is also an American flag that means that giveaway is open to both countries. Most of the giveaways are open to the U.S. only (no flag on image).
Blog Hop

1. Raising Memories // 2. Ginger Snap Crafts // 3. Rustic Refined // 4. Kleinworth & Co.//
5. 7 Alive // 6. A Momless Mom // 7. Dukes & Duchesses // 8. Happy Hour Projects //
9. It Happens in a Blink // 10. Create. Craft. Love. // 11. The Kim Six Fix  // 12. Crafting in the Rain //
13. create it. go! // 14. Bubbly Nature Creations // 15. Working Mommy Journal // 16. Fern Avenue //
17. B is 4 // 18. inkhappi // 19. Kathe with an E // 20. The Mommy Mix //
21. Play. Party. Pin. // 22. Frenchie

On My Wish List


If you're a long time blog reader, you'll know that I'm all about that paint!  I love  the Americana Decor Chalky Paint finish.  This paint is always at the top of my list!!

Washi fun!! So many craft ideas.   I've seen some great note cards on pinterest using Washi Tape!  

And, the stencils included have such a wonderful pattern....if you follow me you know how much I love stencils and the look it creates!

I am in love with my Silhouette Cameo and so I am including a $10 download gift card along with a $25 gift card to Target!!

1. Americana Decor paint in Vintage 8 oz
2. Americana Decor paint in Timeless 8 oz
3. Americana Decor paint in Refreshing 8 oz
4. MinWax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany
5. 2 - American Decor Stencils (Harlequin Pattern & Brocade Motif)
6. $10 Silhouette download gift card
7. $25 Target gift card
8.Washi Tape

These are just a few of my favorite things..

A group effort to bring many giveaways to make your holiday a little happier!

Visit EACH one of the other bloggers to see what is in their basket. Every blogger is hosting a giveaway on their site, for their basket. Enter each giveaway for a chance to win that basket. 

Who knows, maybe you will win more than one!!

Shipping is on me!!!

~ Open to US residents only

~ 1 Winner will be selected at random & contacted within 24 hours of the Giveaway ending

~ The winner will need to respond back with 5 business days or a new winner will be chosen

~ The giveaway runs from 12/8/14 12:01 am EST to 12/15/14 11:59 PM EST

Best of luck to you and a very HAPPY HOLIDAYS from On Fern Avenue!

Much love, peace & happiness ~