} Rustic Masculine Painted Side Table

Hi friends!

Happy Hump Day!

I can’t believe we are almost done with July.  The back to school panic anticipation has set in.  The girls are excited to buy pretty school supplies, and the Genius refuses to discuss it.

That leaves the Graduate; who moves in to his dorm at The Ohio State University in 22 days.  He’s excited, and I refuse to discuss it.  (cue buckets of tears here)

Just one or sixteen years ago, he was my Target shopping buddy.  Much to the engineer’s dismay, I think “shoppin'” was his first word.

Things have changed (he kinda hates to shop now), but we’re still pretty close and I’m going to miss him terribly.

Even though he’ll only be about 12 miles away.  😉

Let’s talk about something else…

How about a table??  A painted side table maybe?


rustic masculine side table before


} Trash to Treasure Wall Art With Thrift Store Frames

Hi friends!

How is everyone?  Stuff is crazy here, as usual.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t know what to do if it wasn’t.  😉

So, anyway, it’s Tuesday…and you know what that means…

Yep, I’ve been digging in the trash pile again…


Trash to treasure tuesday


It all started with this chalkboard in our dining room.  I love it, but unless we’re hosting a wild party with a fabulous menu of goodies, it sits blank.  And dark.


2015 Home Goals Reinvented 2


I am in the process of making over our dining room, and turning it in to a more casual and functional space, so I wanted to add some fun trash to treasure wall art over the chalkboard for those dark days.


} DIY Dog Gate For Your Porch

Hi guys!

How was your weekend + Monday?

I attended the Haven Conference for DIY and Home Decor bloggers over the weekend in Atlanta.  It was glorious.  I learned a lot, slept too little, and ate too much; and on Sunday, when all I wanted was my own bed, I was stuck in Chicago’s O’Hare airport for HOURS.  I finally arrived at the reinvented home at 1am.

It took me all day Monday to recover.

I was so happy to see the engineer I decided to share another of his genius ideas today.  My heart gets a little mushy when I’ve been away, what can I say?

This one is for the pet owners out there.  Dog parents, actually.

I’ve mentioned before that we like to sit on our porch.  In these rocking chairs.  With wine.



DIY aged metal table 7



We’d be okay with dogs too, but the huge little buggers won’t stay on the porch.  They run off after every chipmunk, babies in strollers, and even the occasional breeze.

I wish they would just relax, like this dude.


dog with ball


But…they won’t.

So to solve this little problem, the engineer built a DIY dog gate for the porch.  It is made entirely of 2×2’s.


} Trash to Treasure-A Reinvention Round-Up

Hi guys!

Reinvented is coming to you from Atlanta today, where I’ll be for the next four days from the Haven Conference.

This is my second year at this Home Decor/DIY Bloggers’ conference, and I. am. so. excited.

Learning will be done.  From some of my fave bloggers and brands.

Since I didn’t bring any ugly furniture or paint with me…I thought it would be fun to share some favorite trash to treasure projects from my Reinventions Pinterest board, the place where I share lots of amazing upcycles.  I would love it if you followed along!


Trash to Treasure Reinventions


} Painted Mirror Transformation, Farmhouse Style

Hi guys!

I am here today to prove to you, once and for all, that you can transform anything from not yo style, into just my style.

Enter a golden oak solid wood mirror.  With aged brass hooks on each side.  A really solid and beautiful piece, just not my style.


painted farmhouse mirror before


Along comes to the rescue,  a quart of my favorite vintage paint, a piece of sand paper,  some furniture wax, and a can of ORB spray paint.


} Summer Porch Tour

Hi guys!

I am excited today to be joining the Procrastinators Summer Porch Tour with Kathy from Petticoat Junktion.

Kathy is a favorite, and PROCRASTINATION is one of my thangs so this tour is a perfect fit!  😉

I’m sharing my front porch tour today.  It’s a tiny space, so the tour will be short, but there are some fun DIY projects out there that will hopefully inspire you.



} Reinvented Spaces–Adding Pattern With Stripes

Hi guys!

Thank you so much for coming by to visit me!  I love hanging out with you guys and talking paint.  And junk.  And furniture.  Maybe someday we can hang out in person.  That would be fun, huh?

So…I striped another thing today.  I seriously can’t stop.  I thought it would be fun (or funNY, depending on your perspective…) to share this latest project along with all of the other ways I’ve added my fave pattern to our home.

Today I decided to stripe a wall.  I picked the largest wall in our powder room.  The wall that one stares at while sitting.  doing you know what.  Because it was boring, that’s why.

The room is a basic light beige.  China Doll from SW.

I’ll give you the step by step, just in case you want to go crazy and stripe everything too.  😉


} Striped and Stenciled Bedside Table

Hi friends!

I have a little riddle for you.

What mammal can be the cutest, most fun and sweetest creature one minute, and the meanest, loudest, and angriest the next?

Give up?

Why the teenage girl, of course! 😉

I’m talking about other people’s teenagers, of course.  Not mine.

As volatile as they can be, teenage girls are SO MUCH FUN to decorate for, and mine is no exception.

Today I’m sharing my entry into the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, and it just so happens to be a piece for a sweet teenager’s room.

(one of these days I’m going to share the whole room, but the whole room would have to be clean for that to happen…)

I recently joined this fun contest, and am thrilled with this month’s theme, Let Your Colors Burst.  Right up my alley.

The contest is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT, an amazing product that is a combo of stain and glaze, and comes in really vibrant colors.  It can be used over bare wood, or even over chalky type paint, and it smells like jasmine!  Seriously.



To see more fab projects using Unicorn SPiT, or about the contest group, please visit Stacy at Anastasia Vintage, or Lynn at Fern Avenue, our featured hosts.

Let’s get to my project, shall we?

Here’s the before pic.  I’m ashamed to admit how many layers of paint are on this table.  This look is from many moons ago.

bedside table before


} Rustic Painted Welcome Sign

Hi friends!

How was your holiday weekend?  Ours was great, I actually had 2 days off work, and we enjoyed a wonderful traditional 4th of July, complete with a parade and fireworks with friends.

Another of our favorite summer pastimes is rocking away the evenings on our front porch.  Sometimes even a competitive game of what we like to call “porch Scrabble” will break out.

While I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary, I stink at that game.

Anyway, our porch is small, but it’s a good place to hang out and greet our neighbors as they stroll by with kids and dogs.

I want it to be welcoming.  Literally

So I painted a Welcome sign to invite visitors.

As much as I love painted wood sign made with reclaimed wood, I was concerned about the weight of this sign, as it will hang over a small window.  So I went with a plain, very lightweight, wood and already stained sign from Michael’s.

Rustic Painted Welcome Sign 1