Using chalk paint to get a drift wood look

i’ve been using chalk paint for the better part of 6 years and am continually surprised by the various looks i can get. the giant frames below were made for a client. these measured 6′ x 8′ and eventually had beautiful sea scape canvases placed atop. i find painting to be so relaxing and meditative. […]

Using wood glue to get a chippy paint look

i’m back. good grief…i’ve neglected my blog. boooooo….. but…. my boys are all on a camping trip and man have i taken the opportunity to do a bunch of projects around the house. i decorated our living room for halloween. stay tuned for that post as i’ll detail how i painted the mantle to look weathered. […]

farm house style bathroom

y’all! i’m soooo excited for this post as it’s been a loooong time coming. my pea brain has been swirling about this bathroom ever since we moved into our house last year. i originally bought this dresser on Craigslist to use as a vanity for the boys’ bathroom. but the cowboy carpenter we used for our initial […]

Old Glory – wooden American flag

we’ve been testing ways to make big wood walls that aren’t as heavy as Noah’s arc. 🙂 so we built this prototype and i was inspired to paint Old Glory. this is a 4′ x 5′ piece that i hand-painted with a custom blue blend of Annie Sloan graphite + napoleonic and Gilbertson’s chalk paint […]

oversized rustic wood and metal console table

my friend showed me a photo of a console table she was about to buy. i took one look at the price and immediately knew that we could build the exact thing and save her money. and let’s admit it. who wants to pay retail?! so we go to work. i busted out my tools […]

gigantic weathered wood frames

well, it’s happening folks. my buddy and I found a workshop in an industrial part of town and we’re building custom furniture! it’s crazy….and crazy fun. we’ve been keeping busy with custom furniture builds, and this is one of my favorites. gigantic wood frames. our client has 40″ x 60″ canvas prints of photos they’ve taken […]

Grow Up

our school fundraiser is around the corner and I’m excited to be donating these Grow Up height charts to the cause. our classroom is putting together a Frozen-themed basket for auction. of course, my son said “Ew! Frozen.” but when i told him i’d be making one of these, he was less unenthusiastic. (how’s that for a […]

a gigantic shabby chic wall

well, this was interesting. we built a huge double-sided wood wall. and when i say huge, i mean HUGE. my buddy holding the wall on the right is 6’6″. this is a 12′ x 8′ wall made of planked wood on both sides. probably 350 lbs. yowza. and the fabrication all went down in my garage while […]

weathered wood bars

things have gotten really busy in my garage as my buddy and i’ve been building and painting up a storm. ok, fine. he’s been building. and i’ve been painting…and painting…and painting…. what you’re looking at here are a few rolling bars. perfect for any type of party. but as y’all know, while i love wood. i […]

stain a bar to look rustic & weathered

my buddy built this bar for a client. they requested redwood with a clear coat of varnish. then they decided it was too red and didn’t match the rustic look they really wanted. so i got to work. on a dreadfully cold and rainy day, i bussed in the Minwax Dark Walnut and some watery […]

painting Michael’s wood crates to look like Restoration Hardware

do you have a friend (or many) who inspires you to be healthier? i mean, like when you’re lounging in bed at 7 am, dreaming of  sidecar doughnuts while checking facebook and she’s already finished a marathon? right.  that friend. my friend Robyn is that to me.  she’s a smart, hard-charging, all-natural beauty, and is usually […]

fall bbq Palm Springs style

let me begin this post by apologizing for my crappy lens.   maybe it has something to do with the time i dropped my camera while catching a woman and her infant as they were stumbling down some stairs at a pee wee baseball game. maybe not. maybe this stock lens is just lame and i […]

transform a dark wood bed into a beachy chic treasure

i was in search of a queen bed for a beach property. i scoured craigslist over a few weeks and scrounged all the furniture that i planned on painting. GREAT deals to be had! this waterfront house is all whites and blues, to match the airy, beachy vibe of the lovely town, Coronado. i chose all solid wood […]

chocolate Mandy’s cookie thins + pink lemonade frosting = cookie sandwich delight!

  you can’t tell me this doesn’t look ah-mazing! my friends run the most amazing confections company called Fusion Gourmet. Mandy’s Cookie Thins are by far the yummiest, crispiest (is that a word?!), crunchiest, most delicious cookie crisp you’ll ever try. when friends come over, they all end up arm wrestling to see who can […]

How to paint wood to look like weathered Restoration Hardware wood

hi friends! i’m back with another furniture painting tutorial on how to use chalk paint to get a weathered wood Restoration Hardware finish. here’s my inspiration. a wonderful wood pier that we visited on our summer road trip. the irony is that the piece i was painting, was in fact, a real Restoration Hardware dresser….from the early […]

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