Friday, March 8, 2019

DIY Painted Vase

Hi y'all!  Man oh man, I feel like I am starting to feel like myself again annnnnnd a bigger hot mess than ever.  Please tell me I'm not alone... #motherhood I'm giving myself a pat on the back for already showering three times this week!  I can give you a high five because I smell ok!  ðŸ˜‚  Now that I have scared half of you away, I am going to share one of my latest DIYs.  

Our tall dresser in the master needed something big on it and I fell in love with a vase that Chris Loves Julia shared.  It was $90 dollars.  NINETY DOLLARS!  No way jose.  You know how much I could get for that Homegoods?  Target?  So much!  Anyway, the vase seemed simple enough for me to DIY and when I was at Ikea looking for kitchen organizers I found this:

Perfection!  Twenty bucks and I was sold!  I decided to paint the inside of the vase because I do not plan on putting water in it.  After making sure the vase was super clean I taped a line a little less than half way up.  

I gave the vase about 4 thin coats of paint {that I already had in the basement} and removed the tape before the paint fully dried.  

How do y'all think it compares?!

Our bedroom has been a constant work in progress since we moved in.  The problem with just doing a little here and there is that it doesn't always go together...  Or I buy something that I like "ok" but after 6 months I want to throw it in the dumpster.  Ever since I {refinished my grandad's dressers} I have been going crazy to finish the room.  

My biggest problem with the space is our bed.  The headboard doesn't seem to work anymore, I have pillow inserts on the bed with no covers, and every nightstand I've bought doesn't work.  My goal was to get all this figured out in March so if you are interested following along with me find me on insta!  
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Friday, March 1, 2019

8 Month Old Levi

How in the world is it already March?!  2019 seems to be blazing by and at the same time this winter seems never ending...  Every winter Sean thinks I've lost my mind because "I'm not acting like myself."  Well honey, this Texas girl thinks spring starts in February and for some reason that's not how Colorado works... 😭  Thankfully #fingerscrossed Levi has been healthy and happy!  We went to the doctor yesterday and he is 29.5 inches long and 18ish lbs.  He's pretty much Mack 2.0 when it comes to being long and lean.

8 months and 27 daysssssss

Levi has started eating more solids this month.  Praise the Lord, I can see the end of breastfeeding!  He loves peanut butter, graham crackers, and eating pouches by himself.  

I had to ask the doctor about him not really wanting to move STILL.  I feel like I have said this for 3 months but I am trying to not FREAK OUT about him not moving.  Maybe he is lazy?  Or content?  Content is a better word.  ðŸ˜‚  I thought Mack was normal but I am beginning to think {thanks to Dr Google} he was advanced in the gross motor department.  It is just really hard because Levi is acting like Mack did at 6 months.  Like I can leave him on the bed and not worry about him crawling/rolling off... I told Sean if nothing has changed by 10.5 months I'll probably have him evaluated...  I'm just praying that he all of a sudden decides he wants to get moving.  

I'll probably regret that statement someday... 🙏

I've already started brainstorming Levi's 1st birthday and it will be his golden birthday {June 1st}!  Have you seen any cute gold boy birthday parties?  Glittler just seems to girly for me... Help!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dipped Valentines Oreos

Hey y'all!  With Valentines coming up this week I thought I would share an easy & kid friendly treat.  Mack loves baking with me and I've realized the feeling isn't always mutual...🤣🤪  I do love baking with him if the recipes are simple and don't require a lot of ingredients.  I think everyone would agree that a 3 year old and flour {or even better.. powder sugar} don't always mix well.  These dipped Oreos are perfect to make with kids and hopefully won't end  in time out and your kitchen covered in sprinkles!   

Valentine Dipped Oreos

Red and pink Candy Melt {found at Joann's}
Vanilla Almond Bark {or white candy melt}

1.  Melt almond bark and candy melt. 

2.  Dip Oreos in candy melt with a fork and shake of excess candy
melt.  Place on wax paper.  Add sprinkles or a different color candy melt!

Mack and I put 2 cookies in cellophane bags and tied bows with pipe cleaners!  

Here are some more of my Valentines recipes from years past! 💕💕💕

Red Velvet Cookies

Oreo Hearts

Valentines Blondies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

7 Month Old Levi

Levi Paul, how on earth are you closer to your first birthday than your birth?!  Y'all, this little love bug is still the sweetest baby and he is starting to interact more each day.  I'm almost embarrassed to say this... but I didn't know if this whole "Mom thing" was my cup of tea until Mack was 8 MONTHS!  And guess what?  That's totally fine/normal if that's how you feel.  We don't have to love everything about the baby phases because some older woman says to cherish every moment.  That is how I feel about that...    

It is incredible to see how much Levi has grown.  I still remember the Starbuck's Barista asking me if he was a premie.  Which made me want to jump over the bar and deck her.  This was probably because of my hormones but irregardless I was so offended.  #andirrational 

Air guitar?  ðŸ˜‚  Levi is still super content to not move...  Just in the last 2 weeks he really started rolling more but doesn't seem anywhere close to wanting to crawl.  I keep trying to remind myself that this is nice because when babies start moving it totally changes  everything.  Levi doesn't seem to love one food more than any other but reeeeeally wants to feed himself!  

Still waiting for the crying basket picture but Levi doesn't seem to care!  Here is one last pic of Levi wearing his first pair of jeans 😍...

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Refinishing Antique Dressers

Hey hey hey!  I am so excited to share my dresser transformation with y'all!  Our master bedroom has been renovated for over 3 years but I never loved the space.  I'm still not finished... but I'm stinkin' close!  Here is our room when we moved in 4 years ago:

Can you say, dingy?  Here is how we have had it for the past 3 years...

The biggest issue we had with our master was the storage situation.  Tall Tan Man uses a basement closet to store his work clothes.  Our dressers were from Ikea.  They worked great and looked fine, but they were really shallow.  When I would put away our laundry {like when all our clothes were clean} I would have to cram all the drawers to their brim.  #athleisureproblem

When my Grandad passed this last summer I knew I wanted to keep his dressers but would want to put my own spin on them.  Here is how they started out:

This style of dresser must have been really popular in the 60's because I feel like all my friend's parents/grandparents had similar ones.  Right away I knew I could easily update the pulls but that wouldn't be enough.  They were super orangey and the legs were not my style.  If you're still reading, put your seatbelt on because I'm about to take you on a wild refinishing ride.  ðŸ˜†


Drill/Screw Driver
Palm Sander
4 - 60-80 Grit Sandpaper
2 - 120 Grit Sandpaper
2 - 220 Grit Sandpaper
Old Rags
Stain Color of Choice {Recommended: Dark Walnut}
4 Wooden Legs {Lowes}
4 Leg Casters
Finishing Wax
New Pulls {Hobby Lobby is the best!}


Step One :: Prep

Remove all the hardware and wipe the dresser down.  

Step Two :: Sanding

Sand everything with the 80 grit sandpaper.  Make sure you sand with the grain and get as close to the edges as possible.  I'm just going to be frank with y'all.  This is the absolute worst part of the entire process.  It takes for. ev. er.  And is SO messy.  Did I want to lite the dresser on fire and say screw it?  Absolutely.  When you finish you will be glad you didn't give up! {Sounds a lot like childbirth 😂}  One piece of advice, don't be afraid to use lots of sandpaper.  The second your sandpaper starts to wear out switch it out! I used 2 pieces on the drawers and 2 pieces on the body of each dresser.  A.K.A., Don't be so cheap you lose your sanity #preachingtothechoir

After sanding everything with 80 grit sandpaper remove all the dust.  Sand everything with 120 grit and then 220 grit to get the wood as smooth as possible.  This sanding is much quicker and not nearly as terrible!  I used this time to make sure I didn't miss any spots.

I was not able to remove all the old stain but it is hardly noticeable once I restrained it.  GET EXCITED, THE WORST PART IS OVER!

STEP THREE :: Apply the PreStain

Wearing gloves, apply the pre-stain with a cloth.  This will make the wood look very golden but don't worry it will help the stain look even.


I did two coats of stain.  At first, I used a 50/50 mix of Minwax Weathered Oak and Dark Walnut.  This ended up being too light so after 4 hours I did a second coat of just dark walnut.  I'd like to mention that the old drawer pulls left mark on the drawers but disappeared with the second coat of stain.  


If you cannot successfully sand/stain your dresser with the current legs on, you will want to remove them before step two.  To remove the old legs I used a screw driver and a hammer/rubber mallet.  Kind of hard to explain but mine just came off with a little muscle.  


Apply PreStain and Stain to your legs.  Now attach the leg casters and legs.  

I had to drill a small hole in the bottom of the dresser to accommodate the screw on the leg.  This allowed the legs to sit flush with the dresser.  


Apply a finishing wax and, YOU ARE DONE!

Well Mom, thanks for reading that whole post.  Love you bunches! 😙  In all seriousness, if you made it to the end of this post and decide to refinish a dresser please tag me so I can follow along!  Happy refinishing! 

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