Necessity is the Mother of… Rearranging.

I spent a week up to my eyeballs in kids’ clothes, going through eight bins and five boxes, and realized I needed to rearrange furniture so my two oldest girls could use small matching dressers from other rooms for extra storage of undergarments and shorts/jeans/skirts.

You may not be able to tell, but there was a system in all this madness.  Post-its everywhere: “Too big for S” or “Too small for A” and so on, so I knew into which bin it would need to be sorted.

The small dressers were previously in my other girls’ bedroom and the main bathroom, where they were either too small or not well utilized.  My older girls’ nightstands were also small and not well utilized, and toys littered the floor under their nightstands.  The new dressers-as-nightstands also freed up some much needed space in their tiny under-the-attic-stairs closet.

Form and function… aaaaahhhhh.  And a free project among so many money projects this summer… double aaaaahhhhh!


Campaigning Again!

I made over a campaign desk earlier this year and love how it looks in my guest room.  So when I saw a campaign dresser in my favorite resale shop, I wanted it.  But I really had no way to incorporate a black piece of furniture into any room in my house.  I’m all earth tones.

campaign dresser

After playing Musical Furniture (again), I was looking for a wider – but still lower than the window – dresser.  I kept coming back to this dresser, then walking away.  For a few months.

Earlier this month, I purchased a table for my foyer and painted it an almost white.  It’s basically a smaller version of what was there before, but meant I had less space to fill.  Still on the hunt for new hardware.

It finally occurred to me that I could *gasp* paint the already painted dresser.  The heavy beast was purchased and loaded into my van, taking up an entire row of the bench seats and having only an inch or so of clearance. I managed to unload it from my van, but couldn’t even move it from the driveway to the house.  A dolly went on my Christmas wish list.

Did I mention the hubby was coming home from a week long work trip THAT DAY?!  “Hi honey, how was your trip?  I have no idea how that large black object appeared in our driveway.  You want to help me carry it upstairs?”

After procrastinating for a few days, and therefore making my children walk around the dresser and drawers, which were removed in an attempt to make the extremely heavy piece slightly less heavy, I got around to painting.

I let the girls put their clothes in the dresser last night and put the hardware back on this morning.  I think it looks great in their room!

Progress on the Desk!


When I saw this campaign style desk in the warehouse for my favorite resale shop, my first thought went to a blog post I read a couple of months ago, where several bloggers had “The Great Crate Challenge.”  I loved the emerald green against the brass, and knew I’d found the right piece to finally incorporate green into the house!

Green Living also sells CeCe Caldwell paint, so I grabbed a quart of Emerald Isle and planned to use the rest of the Endurance top coat from another project.

I removed the handles, but couldn’t get the brackets off.  After two coats of paint, and a chance to dry overnight, I already saw a big improvement.  This picture makes the desk appear aqua, but it’s more kelly green.  Of course, it was after I painted the desk that I realized I had Bar Keeper’s Friend in my laundry room and decided to start scrubbing the brackets.  As careful as I was, I kept rubbing off the paint near the brackets.

Two brackets down, eight to go!

Since I wasn’t making fast progress on the brackets, I decided to work on the drawer pulls.  What a difference a few minutes of scrubbing makes!

When I got home from Bulgaria, my hubby said he had a surprise for me.  As soon as we turned the corner into the guest room, I squealed.  It really doesn’t take much to make my day.

Even though he says he doesn’t like the desk, he’d made it his mission to get the brackets off so I could really clean them.  Maybe it’s growing on him?

So, since I have a Saturday with NO PLANS, I’m working on finishing this desk!  Once it’s finished, I’ll be able to decide on some other things for the room, like bedding and curtains.

My Find From “Shop Local Saturday”

My favorite local shop, Green Living Resale, has been talking up their warehouse sale for several weeks, and I’ve been excited to go!  Three out of five kids are at the beach with my mom and stepdad, so the hubby and I took two kids with us to see what goodies we could find at the shop and the warehouse.

I’m helping my best friend with the centerpiece for one of the tables for our church’s Women’s Ministry brunch next weekend, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for terrariums and other decorative jars, and they had one in the shop!


It’s the tall one on the right.  The other two I picked up at Marshall’s, which is definitely in my top 3 favorite stores.

Over to the warehouse, we looked at furniture, lamps, pictures, frames, books, beds, and I didn’t see anything I could justify bringing home right now.  Until I saw this:


My husband has faith in my upcycling and refinishing capabilities, but apparently this was too far gone for him.


Which is why I never bring him with me when I want to buy something.  He appreciates the afters and goes along with the befores, but it’s bringing them home that he’s not always on board with.  For $25, I felt like I got a steal of a deal.

I’m excited to show you what I have planned for the desk!  I have a date with a can of CeCe Caldwell paint!

My husband picked up items and put them back down, like an old photo of the original courthouse here in our city, and seriously contemplated a Charlie Chaplin lamp, which gave me an internal freak out, wondering where in the world I could put such a thing to both show it off and not totally clash with the house.  He decided he didn’t know where he’d want it, so it stayed at the shop.  I did seriously think about how I could work that lamp in.  And I did seriously breathe an internal sigh of relief that I didn’t have to figure it out.

Did you have any Shop Local Saturday successes?