Monthly Archives: December 2013

DIY Bookcase Makeover


See that little black bookcase? It’s been with me since my college days. Someone painted it before I inherited it, and even though you can’t tell in these pictures, it was quite chipped and worn. It also didn’t match the room’s color palate in the slightest.

DSCN0743However, it is solid wood and a great size for storing toys, so rather than replacing it with something new, it remained on my DIY To-Do list.

Like I said, I knew for a while that I wanted to update this little puppy but wasn’t totally sure what direction I wanted to go in. After perusing Pinterest one day, I pieced some ideas together and was inspired. Once that hit me, I couldn’t wait to get started! In fact, because it warmed up a bit last week,  I decided to seize the opportunity. Forget the fact that it was the week before Christmas and already a little nuts around here!

Here she is, sittin’ pretty today!


The run-down:
Step 1: Sand the paint and rough edges until smooth.

Step 2: Paint one coat of primer.

Step 3: Apply four thin, even coats of paint (This happened to be a quart of paint I got at the Habitat ReStore for a buck when we first moved into this house. Little did I know it would go so well with all the furniture we now have in the room. SCORE!)

Step 4: Allow to cure for a few days.

Step 5: Stamp with orange and turquoise paint using a toilet paper roll. Isn’t it cute?!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I chose orange to tie the color from the pillows to the other side of the room. The splash of turquoise is the same paint used on the little side table.

DSCN0879I decided to fill in the turquoise circles because they didn’t make quite as bold a statement as I was envisioning.

DSCN0877I love how the circle pattern is repeated in the curtains and the throw pillows. (Anybody else wondering when I started thinking in designer terms?!)

Anyway, the whole project cost me just $3–for the sample container of orange pain (Behr’s Citrus Blast) since I already owned the off-white and turquoise paints and the primer.

DSCN0876There are still some finishing touches I’d like to do (for example, I’m scouting out more/different baskets for storage), but I’m really happy with where it’s at. Much improved, I’d say!


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Christmas Musings

Merry Christmas, everyone! Even though the official day was earlier this week, it’s still on my mind. We were so blessed with multiple celebrations of the season, including time with each of our families. This year, we also got an entire day to ourselves with the kids. It was fun to explore what traditions might actually work in practice. 😉

Some pictures of this year’s holiday cheer:

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Some holly and pine cones at the kitchen sink window

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Our first Advent Calendar

photo 1The glorious tree (real, again, but smaller this year)

This was the boy’s first year to sing along to some Christmas carols. His favorites included: Jingle Bells, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Frosty the Snowman, and Little Drummer Boy. I must say, I think he’s helped to strip away some of my cynicism. I’ve never really cared for songs like Little Drummer Boy but there were times this Christmas where the lyrics would make me tear up.

I can’t seem to shake the line,

I am a poor boy, too. I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give a king (Pa-rum-pa-pa-pum’s excluded from the text 🙂 )

It’s just been such a beautiful picture to me of how Jesus emptied himself of his glory and became one of us. He made himself so relatable, even to the very lowest and most humble of people. The fact that a little poor boy could feel he shared circumstances with the King of everything breaks my heart in a wonderful way. I’m so grateful for the lowliness with which he came so that we could know him.

And as I was reading in 2 Corinthians 8, I was reminded that his becoming poor was not just so that we could relate to him (and him to us) but so that we could become co-heirs with him. Christ is made our brother by his great suffering. What a mystery! It’s not right. It’s certainly not fair. And I am reduced to tears to consider it.

Hallelujah! Happy Christmas, guys.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

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DIY Pillow Covers: Remade

How’s your Friday? Mine’s going quite well. Thanks for asking. That’s because both of my children are napping…at the same time! It’s almost like the old days when I had a nap time every day to get things  done!

I’ve had project brain lately (I was actually starting to wonder if it was ever going to return!) but no down time to accomplish things on my mental to-do list. I was going a little crazy not being able to do anything.

Until this afternoon (I had time, that is. The verdict is still out on my craziness 😉 )

This is just a little thing, but I’m hoping it will be the start of some beautiful projects completed.

To those of you  who have followed this blog since its inception, you may remember the decorative pillow cases I made a couple of years ago. Well, one of them was getting a little worn and dirty.


As it happens, I was going through my craft supply box the other night and realized that I kept the fabric from my table runner/body pillow cover. The light bulb came on. Are you guys connecting the dots too?


I just cut it up and sewed the edges together. Piece of cake!




All in a nap’s time, ladies and gentlemen!

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