Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 21

Living Room Reveal

Sending our hearts and prayers up to the friends and family of those who have lost lives and homes in the Oklahoma storms. It just breaks my heart to watch the coverage and I can’t imagine what so many people are going through this morning.


I’ve kind of been avoiding posting any pictures of our living room since we moved in. We still had our old furniture and it just wasn’t quite doing it for me. Luckily, our new furniture finally arrived and it’s a perfect fit.

I was also able to find the cutest little table for our entryway at TJ Maxx. It was marked as $79.99, but thanks to my bargaining friend, Jenn, I got it for $70. There were a few scratches, so when Jenn pointed those out to the manager, she cut us a deal. Thanks again, Jenn!! It’s still not styled quite how I like, but like most things in our home, it’s a work in progress. IMG_6263


Of course the sunburst mirror had to make it’s appearance. I made this out of paint shims and a store bought mirror. Find out how to make your own here.
I have a vision of a nice big fern in a cute pot on the left and a picture frame or two to spruce it up.




How did Lilly get in here? I just had to share her cuteness…it’s usually Barkley that steals gets the spotlight.

Lilly on couch


There’s the recently painted hutch on the right, and my DIY spring wreath on the left.


Living room from behindAnd here’s the new couch! It’s super cozy. We’re pretty much in love.

Eric and I walked into the furniture store and saw this gem staring back at us. We looked at each other and said, “that’s the one!”. We looked around the store of course, but always came back to the slate gray couch as our favorite. Luckily, Eric and I tend to agree on big decisions, but I’m always pleased when we can walk out of a store, purchase made and we both got what we wanted! That’s a good feeling. Living room full viewNow for the dining room wall color….the purple/maroon just isn’t doing it for me. Anyone envision a pretty green rocking the walls? I need opinions!

May 20

Fruit and Pecan Salad

I had the most amazing salad at Longhorn Steakhouse the other day. It screamed summer- spinach, strawberries, pecans, grapes…..heaven. The only thing that would’ve made it better was the feta, but ol’ preggers over here can’t have feta! So I settled for the cheese-less version, which was still delicious.

When I got home, I decided to make my own! It turned out wonderfully, so I had to share. Fruit and Pecan Salad 2 Fruit and Pecan Salad

I’m super picky about dressings, but this one was perfection. Just the right amount of sweet but still savory. Yum!
I found this dressing recipe on
Strawberry Dressing
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons strawberry jam sweetened with fruit juice, slightly warmed
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
fresh coarse ground black pepper
I wanted sugared pecans (duh), so I whipped those up as well. To do that, I cut up the pecans and placed them in about 5 tbsp of water in a pan. I added about 3 tbsp of sugar and let them simmer. Once the water evaporated, the pecans started smelling amazing in the pan! I added a little more sugar on top and took them out of the pan when they began getting slightly browned and fragrant. And that’s a sugared pecan!
This is such a versatile salad. I made it again the other day and added cucumbers. If you can eat cheese, add in the feta or goat cheese! I’m not a big meat eater, but I’m sure some fish or grilled chicken would be a great topper as well.

May 19

I Love Sundays…

There’s something about a Sunday that I love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love that it’s the day before we go back to work for the week, but there seems to be a laziness about Sundays that I appreciate. The storms last night brought a beautiful gift to the yard this morning- our first iris. It’s been fun seeing the flowers and shrubs coming up. When we bought this house, the land was covered in snow so we had no idea what to expect as far as the landscape goes. There’s a lot of work to do, namely taking care of the pesky weeds, and designating areas for flowers/shrubs/veggie garden. But we have a lot of room to work with, so we will take our time. For now, I’ll just leave you with a few pictures of the front yard as of this morning.Bird Feeder front yard Iris Bud IrisEnjoy the rest of your weekend!

May 18

How to Paint a Hutch. Drab to Fab for under $100!!

Whew, this post has been a long time coming. We bought this amazing hutch on Craigslist for $80!   What a steal that was.  With such a good find, it was the perfect opportunity to teach myself how to paint a hutch.  I have to admit, we’ve kind of become Craigslist pros with this move to Kansas. We were able to buy brand new kitchen appliances for $1,000 less than Nebraska Furniture Mart quoted us (same exact models), our nursery furniture (more on that later!), and a riding lawn mower. Score, score and score! There really is a sense of accomplishment when getting a great deal on something that completes a space, or lawn in the case of the mower.

This hutch has a purpose in our new house. First of all, we had the perfect space for a large piece of furniture, and secondly, I was wanting a place to display all of my pretty platters and bowls that I rarely use. It’s also been a great way to store some extra things that we don’t necessarily want displayed but need to access, like chargers, batteries, etc.


Let’s get to the fun stuff. Refinishing this hutch was a lot of fun and is a piece we will have in our home forever. We’re in love with it!How to Paint a Hutch: Fireside Dreamers

To start with, here’s a list of items you will need to complete a furniture re-do like this:

You’ll Need:
Solid wood hutch
Paint- we used Glidden with primer
Electric sander (or muscles and heavy grit sand paper)
Spray paint- black
A wood finisher- I used Howard Citrus-Shield Wax
Good paint brushes and rollers
Screw driver


This is how we bought the hutch. It’s cute…but it definitely needed some love.

hutch before

And this is the paint that we used. You definitely don’t need to use this brand, but I would suggest a paint with primer in it. It makes application much, much easier. Glidden paint  The first step was to remove all the hardware, drawers and doors.

taking off hardwaredoors, sanded

Then I used the trusty Shop Vac to clean the sucker up.

shop vac

I used the sander on literally every surface- top, inside, sides, drawers, and doors

sanded surfacesanding the hutch

And we used this black, satin Krylon spray paint for all of the hardware. Krylon spray paintOnce it was all sanded, I wiped the whole hutch down with a microfiber cloth before painting. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any dust left behind that would show up in the white paint.

Wiping off the surfaceLet the painting begin!

IMG_5966One coat of paint

I will admit, this project took a whopping three coats of paint. Let’s just say I wanted it to be perfect, so the third coat may or may not have been necessary. It definitely gives it the finished, professional look I was going for. Door with 3 coats of paint Indoor paint stationIt was finally time to put the hardware back on…

Eric adding hardware

I knew that the finished product was going to to need a good sealant to keep all of those scratches and marks at bay. I decided to go the natural route and used a wood wax.
To apply this wax, I used a clean cloth. I started out with a thin coat of it to see how it applied. I used the most wax on the top since it will be getting the most wear and tear. On the rest of the hutch, I just applied a thin coat of wax.
Paste Wax

And this is the bottom half, done!

Eric worked on the top half of the hutch while I was gone one afternoon, so we no pictures of that process. BUT, I will assure you, he followed the exact same process as I outlined above. We decided to take off the glass doors that came with it originally, so he patched the holes with some wood filler.

Bottom Half


Now, to go along with my Spring Cleaning segment, I’ll show you how I spruced up the inside of the hutch to make it functional for our family! Drawer Lined 2

I used contact paper from the Dollar Tree to line the drawers.
The I used these little plastic baskets (also from the Dollar Tree) to separate our chargers. Each one gets a clothespin label to specify what device it belongs to (see how I organized our electronics here).
Drawer lined

The drawers aren’t totally full yet, which I’m actually loving. I’m sure once the babe gets here, we’ll acquire more things that will be stored in the hutch. Drawer Liner Hutch and Accent Chair

The decorations are a constant work in progress. I find myself changing things up almost on a daily basis. I’m sure the theme will be ever-evolving with the season and my mood.  Hutch decorating Top Half of Hutch


Bottom Half decorated copy

And just as a reminder.

Hutch Before: How to paint a Hutch

Final Product!


Hutch most recent


So, that’s not so scary, right? I think that the idea of refinishing a piece of furniture can be daunting. Hopefully this how to paint a hutch tutorial took some of the guess work out of it and gave you the inspiration you needed to get started on your own piece!


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