Monday, February 20, 2012

Dresser Reveal

After so long without a post, I thought you guys deserved 2 posts in one day! Here is the dresser that I finished weeks ago now. I absolutely love the way it turned out!

So it started out as a white dresser that my mother-in-law gave us when they moved. As I was sanding it, I discovered that it was originally that fake wood grain stuff and had been painted white. Which was lucky for me because it meant I didn't have to prime it! I used a yellow test-pot that I got when I was trying to decide what color to paint my kitchen. After using it on my dresser, I almost wish I had chosen this color instead!

After sanding it down, I wiped it clean and then went straight to the yellow paint. It went on great and I had enough in my little test pot to even get two coats on. Once the yellow paint dried, I pulled out some Minwax stain in Dark Walnut and wiped it on and then wiped it off.
It toned down the yellow and gave it a ton of character. I've never tried this before but will definitely be using this technique again. After letting that dry for a while, like a day, I put on a poly top coat or two and used the martha stewart cup pulls that I originally got for "the thing" and the best part was that I didn't even need to drill new holes because the were the same size as the ones that were on it previously!

And here she is!

I even had so much extra space after cleaning out my clothes that I turned the top drawer into a space to hide my watches, jewelry box, etc. That cleared a lot of clutter off of our little table

And I don't recommend painting, staining, anything around a dog with this much hair!

Thanks for reading!


I am finally feeling somewhat human again and getting back to normal every day activities besides work and sleep. So I know Valentine's was almost a week ago but I wanted to share what we did to celebrate our first V-Day as a married couple. Let me just say it was the best! I usually work Tuesday nights but since Nick has Wednesdays off, I decided to take the night off. So thanks Crystal for subbing for me! (I teach swim lessons at SWIMkids USA) Our Valentine's celebration officially started when I got home from work Monday night and hubby surprised me with flowers when I walked in the door! I somehow neglected to get a picture of them.

In the morning we started the day with Starbucks thanks to a couple giftcards I got at Christmas and I made breakfast, Nick's favorite is french toast but I decided to cut the bread into heart shapes to add some extra love. And since I didn't have any cookie cutters I just used my kitchen scissors to make the shapes. He loved it.

Then I made some sugar cookie dough, I used this recipe from All Things Thrifty and put it in the fridge to chill while we went to see "The Vow" which we enjoyed. While we were out we had lunch at In-N-Out Burger (so good!). Then before going home, we picked up some cookie cutters at Wal-mart for our sugar cookies waiting back home.

When we got home I pre-heated my oven, rolled out my dough and made a bunch of hearts and bows. After they were all out of the oven and cool, I called in the hubby and we frosted them together. Of course quite a few got eaten in the process. Nick: frost ones cookie, then: "can I eat this?" They were delicious, we still have a few left, it was a big recipe and there are only two of us.

It was still early and we weren't all that hungry for dinner yet from our late lunch and sugar cookies, so we killed some time before going out to dinner with some video games. Then we went to dinner at Joe's Crab Shack and I got a huge bucket full of all kinds of delicious seafood, crab legs, lobster tail and mussels. So fun, and so delicious! I also ordered a fun drink in a mason jar that I got to take home as a souvenir of our first valentine's.

Back home, we watched the notebook and cried oh and we exchanged gifts. Overall it was a wonderful day with the man of my dreams!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sorry Guys

I know I just started this thing and I'm already slacking on posting, but I haven't been feeling very well. The dresser is done, I just need to get some pics of it so I can show you all.

talk to you soon