Category Archives: Furniture Re-Do

Church Pew Bench Makeover

You guys! Let’s take a break from all those kitchen demo updates & check out something pretty in our farmhouse today. A while back this past fall I got a church pew from Wayfair [HERE] when I worked with them on a project. Long story short, it came in late for the space I needed it for & so I didn’t really have a spot for it. Until now. It was at the end of our bed upstairs when it was in it’s original state & it was ok, but here at White Cottage Farm I like to make things customized for our space & sometimes that means that we paint the things. This time was one of those times….

Here is what the church pew looked like before…


You may remember it from when we had it at the end of our bed in our Christmas bedroom…

& after some paint in it’s new spot….

My idea was to move the church pew bench into our dining room to use at our antique farmhouse table. & since the table is a beautiful dark wood I chose to use Ivory chalk based paint by Maison Blanche. It’s my favorite paint & probably my favorite white for furniture. I did two coats on the piece & waxed it with clear wax. This bench is literally the perfect size for this table & fits three people comfortably eating at it. I put a long lumbar pillow from Madreana [Here] on the back side of it for some cozy texture. I love [This Pillow] by her so much & own quite a few & they are all amazing.

This little church pew inspired bench is the perfect little addition to our dining room & I love the added charm it gave to the room with the three different types of seating around the table now. I also love ivory paint so nothing is safe. What do you guys think of our new church pew at the dining room table? Do you have a bench at your table? Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

 

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Read all about our dining room chandeliers [HERE]

White Farmhouse End Table

This post is brought to you by “stop having things in your house that you don’t love”. I am the worst at this. THE WORST! I keep things around in our house for the wrong reasons like if it’s a popular item, others like it, people don’t want me to change it, I’m too lazy to make changes, and so on. I have really been making a point in our new farmhouse to rid our house of items that I don’t love. My point of doing this is to make this a home filled with people & things that we love & to get rid of the mess that might stress us out. Now of course this can’t all be done at once because of time & that pesky thing they call a budget, but it can be done with time & effort. This past week I took a little step in making a change to a piece I’ve had for quite a while. I picked up this table a year ago & I think I loved it for the shape & the top of the piece. The teal color was fine, but I wanted to make it a little more Liz Marie…

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Here is how the table looked like before…

Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover
& after I worked a little magic with some chalk paint…

Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover

Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover
Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover
& yes, there are no photos in my picture frames yet… please don’t judge me. Soon! I promise! it’s not about perfection on this blog, it’s about real life. Anyways on the table I used Maison Blanche chalk paint in ivory. If you follow me on Instagram you saw me do this live & it didn’t turn out so great at first. I distressed it way to heavily with some sand paper & I hated it. To fix it, I simply dry brushed more of the ivory paint over the distressing & it came out quite all right. I left the top natural & it gives the table a little contrast & definition which I like.

Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover
Cozy cottage farmhouse sunroom - Maison blanche chalkpaint farmhouse side table makeover

Much  more me, more more us, & I love it so much more. I hope in some small way I can inspire you to do the same thing in your house. Not paint everything white, but to make your house somewhere you love & look past what is popular or what everyone else likes. What do you think of our table refresh? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

 

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See more of the sunroom [here] & [here]

Chalk Paint Bookshelf Makeover

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In every furniture makeover post I do I always say how I’m so impressed and amazed by the power of paint. Well, this post is no different. Seriously you can do amazing things with paint! Today I wanted to show you how I brought a pretty “blah” bookshelf & made it “ta-da!” Ok.. that was a really lame way of saying that, but you get the picture. I transformed an old run-down bookshelf into something that you would actually want to display in your house. Well, maybe you wouldn’t want to, but pretend you do just to make me happy.

bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
I love how this little bookshelf turned out! It went from super boring to super fun. When I picked it up, it looked something like this except we added legs to it before we got ready to paint it…

bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
& after adding some legs [from Home Depot], painting the back of the bookcase & the legs Maison Blanch french blue, the shell of the bookcase Maison Blanche Oyster, & leaving the shelves the natural wood…

bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!

I asked on my Facebook page what color I should have the shelves be. Either oyster or wood. I think oyster won, but in the end I wanted to experiment with leaving the shelves wood & I’m happy with my decision! I think it adds warmth & makes it a really unique piece. What do you think with my choice? I lightly distressed the piece with a light sandpaper & I sealed the bookshelf with Maison Blanche clear wax & the piece was complete!

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bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!

bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
bookshelf makeover - By adding legs & painting with a little chalk paint it completely changes a cheap little bookshelf into a show stopper piece of furniture!
What do you think of my lovely bookshelf makeover?! I’m pretty excited about it & I love how the legs completely changed the bookcase into a new piece of furniture. I also have a new favorite chalk paint color combo! I love how oyster & french blue pair together & I will probably be using this combo again in the near future. Have you tired Maison Blanche chalk paint before? What’s your favorite color? The question of the hour is if I’m going to be keeping this piece.. the answer, unknown! I may be bringing it to my booth to find a new lovely home for it, or I may be keeping it. I’ll keep you updated! Let me know what you guys think of the makeover in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! xx

See what some of my blogger friends did with Maison Blanche chalk paint int their homes…

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The Golden Sycamore. 

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Jenna Sue Design.

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Southern Hospitality 

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Wood Grain Cottage.

This post is brought to you by Maison Blanche, but all opinions are mine of course.

Leggy Bookshelf Makeover

We have now been living in Michigan a couple of months now & I’m finally starting to do things that I love that are not necessarily just for our Michigan casa. Things like creating art, painting furniture, & stocking our booth. This past week I painted a homely looking bookshelf for our booth & you’ll never guess what color I painted it… gray. Seriously the few pieces of furniture I have painted since we have been in Michigan, like this chair [here], have all been gray. I promise I have another furniture makeover coming very soon that is not gray & I will branch out to new colors soon. I just love gray. It’s different than white, it’s neutral, it’s warm, yah.. I just love it. This little leggy bookshelf needed some love & I think the gray paint gave it a whole new life that it needed.

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I mean it’s just simply cute. I can see this piece being used in a little kids room as a bookshelf, in an office, as a small entertainment center, a drink bar in a dining room or kitchen, a coffee bar, I mean the list can go on. If our house wasn’t bursting at the seams with furniture, I would keep it for myself. But alas I’m trying to work on that whole not being a hoarder thing. It’s going well so far. Here is what the bookshelf before I got my hands on it…

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& after some Maison Blanche fransiscan gray paint, a good cleaning, some distressing, & a little bit of clear wax to seal it. & I emphasize a good cleaning including getting rid of all that dust…

Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
Leggy gray bookshelf makeover with chalk paint.
I keep trying to not get attached to this bookshelf, but man is it cute!  This little guy will be in my booth soon & ready to go to a new home. What do you think of this quick little bookshelf makeover? Are you loving gray furniture as much as me? Or is it just my obsession? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

Source list:

Rug: Marshalls
Small cream baskets: Target
Bookends: Target
Large cream basket, candle, frame, plant, large jug: Marshalls
small clear jug: antique
Green jugs: Target
Fiddle fig print: unkown. It’s been so long I forget. If you know leave it in the comments below! Thank you!
Frame: Antique window.

Large Card Catalog – A New Furniture Adventure!

Hi friends!! I have something exciting to share with you! So, last week I was getting my hair cut & Jose went to an antique store right around the corner from the salon while I was getting pampered. I got out of the salon & Mr. LMB told me that he had something really exciting to show me & that I needed it, but it would need a lot of work. I was immediately intrigued! He brought me over to the antique store & sure enough I fell in love. He found a large card catalog {I say it’s a card catalog because to be honest I don’t know what it is. It seems as if it was used in a garage for tools. If you know what it is, please let me know!} For now, it’s a large piece of furniture with a ton of lovely drawers, & I’m obsessed. Here is a little sneak peek I shared on Instagram when we brought the beast home from the thrift store…

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I’m such a tease! Ok. So as many of you know we just moved into our new home & most of you know after moving you never want to move again. You almost promise yourself that you will never move another piece of furniture again. Well, two weeks later Mr. LMB lost his mind and found this piece for us. Bringing it home was AWFUL. It is so big, awkward, & heavy even with the drawers out. I joked that when we moved this piece is staying with the house. I kid! I’m never leaving it. At the same time, the price was a steal & it was really too unique to pass up. Here is where we set the new piece in the new house. It’s not going to stay here, but right now it’s in a hallway between the dining room, sun patio, & the living room….

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Holy cow! Look at that lovely baby!! Now, the most exciting part to me? It needs a lot of work! As you can see from the photos there is a lot of damage {some of it may have happened while moving it into the house… shhhh!} A lot of the work will be messy & tedious, but so worth it. This piece of furniture is going to be a really fun journey & I wanted to take you on it! I also want your input along the way too. First things first.. cleaning it!

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When we took it in the house I took out the murphy oil soap and really scrubbed this baby down. I went through two buckets of water and the solution mixture & both buckets had black water. Gross! I really love this cleaner & the reason I bought it was because my mom used to clean with it growing up & I trust my mom’s opinion, if she used it, it must be good! I picked it up right at Lowe’s & so far I’m super happy with it. I didn’t do a super thorough job with it, but I just wanted to get it clean enough before my parents got here so they didn’t think I was a crazy furniture hoarder. I will go back at it soon and do a super thorough job of cleaning it.

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Here was the piece right when we brought it in the house. Full of dirt and nasty stuff. & after a wipe down with some Murphy Oil soap it’s looking a little like this…

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Blogging about this has made me realize how much work this piece actually needs {structurally it needs a lot, thanks to Mr. LMB he is really wanting to do a lot of that} We ripped off all of the trim {not pictured} while we were at the store already because it wasn’t in good shape so we will be adding more trim. Also, I’m going to have to replace two of the handles. Ok, I could go on, but I want YOUR opinion. What would you do with this piece? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you! xx

DIY Craft Closet Office

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As we are getting ready to pack up this house & move I realized that I had never really done a tour of my DIY craft closet office that is in the front guest bedroom. WHY? Because before a recent clean out it was quite a mess, but creativity is messy right? It’s still not a spotless area, but it’s real & this closet was a great place to store my craft supplies, blog things, & my interior design school supplies. It’s also a great desk as well. I really didn’t want to take up an entire room in the house with my craft supplies so confining it to this closet really helped control the beast inside me that wants to have craft supplies in every crevice of the house. Let’s just say it played it’s role in the house & I will be sad to see it go as we pack up this little house of ours.

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DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com

DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
I first blogged about this dresser to shelves that’s in the closet two years ago {here} when I first started this little blog. The dresser was missing drawers so we turned it into a shelving unit for storage in the closet. It also turns out that it actually works as a great desk too, bonus! On the dresser I have my sewing machine, printer, TV { I mean I’m not the only one who watches the Real Housewives while crafting right?}, & also my silhouette machine as well. The shelves hold drawers of odds and ends from burlap, fabric, adhesives, paint samples, stamps, tools, hardware, & a lot more!

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Another fun thing? I used a vintage marquee light in the closet for lighting. The light has a chord going out the side of the closet to an outlet & has a dimmer on it as well so I can control the lighting in the space. Perfect solution for a closet with no light! Also on the top shelf is a tote from Initials inc, 2 storage boxes from Target, a vintage metal basket that holds magazines, & a DIY burlap bag that holds fabric scraps. The wreath was a a little craft by yours truly, the stool is from Target {I painted it with a copper spray paint}, the rug is from Ikea, & the lovely prints on the back wall are from French Press Mornings. 

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DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com

DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
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DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com

DIY craft closet office - lizmarieblog.com
I’m probably going to shed a few tears when I pack up this craft closet this weekend, but guess what? The rental has a cute little closet in the office so I will be able to have all the goodies in a good home over there. What do you think of the craft closet office? Do you have a craft closet at your house? Does it look something like this? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. xx

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Mountain Smoke End Tables

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A couple of weeks ago I asked on my Instagram & Facebook what color I should paint these lovely wood end tables. Some of you said white, very few said taupe, & the majority of you said to use the gray which was mountain smoke by Valspar. My instincts said to go white & play it safe, but I’m so happy that I didn’t play it safe & went with something other than white.

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This look was achieved by using a couple of coats of the Valspar mountain smoke in satin. After the paint was dry I used a sanding blog to create a slight distressed look on both end tables really focusing in on the corners & edges. After I was done distressing the end tables I sealed it with annie sloan’s dark wax. The wax really made the color a bit deeper & brought out the distressing a little more. All in all, I love how they came out!

Mount smoke end tables - A makeover & beautiful living room!
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

You might be wondering who’s lovely house this is that I took the photos of the end tables in. Well, I would like to introduce you to my dear friend Sidney. Do you ever meet someone organically, in our case walking through Target, who you just click with & talking is so easy. Right away I knew Sidney was put into my life for a reason. She walks so closely with the Lord & is a beautiful example of a wife, mom, & working woman. Up until this past year Sidney was a realtor, but now she runs a very successful business with Rodan & Fields {The eye cream is a miracle worker… trust me!} & she just started her own blog {here}. She has encouraged me to be a better person & to not settle with just a good relationship with God, but to bring that relationship to a higher level, to be a better wife, a better friend, & a better mom to my future children here on earth. On top of all this she has a beautiful cozy home that is so welcoming complete with a sunny yellow front door. We were meant to be friends wouldn’t you say?  I was painting these end tables for our new rental, but as I was painting them all I could think about was how pretty they would be in Sidney’s home, so since we are not quite in our rental yet I photographed them in her lovely living room & man o man I feel like they fit right in!

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Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com
Mountain smoke end table makeover & a gorgeous neutral living room - lizmarieblog.com

Isn’t her home just lovely, & that is just one corner of it. & what about those mount smoke end tables? I’m a little in love & I can’t wait to show you them when we get them in our new home {you can read more about that here if you missed the latest news}. Let me know what you think of the tables in the comments below, on Facebook, or Instagram & I hope that you all had an amazing Easter weekend! xx

Room details: 

Coffee table – DIY
End tables- thrifted
Couches- Rooms To Go
Rug- Rugs USA
Candle Holders- Pottery Barn
Vase- Pottery Barn
Lamb- Gift
Lamps- Target
Frames- Pottery Barn
Sticks- DIY

DIY Rustic Bench

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

Hi friends! So, a few weeks ago I showed you our new “DIY small entryway”. By small, I mean small. Our house has an open floor plan so the little space by the door is the entryway we have to work with. Let’s not focus on how small it is, but instead make lemonade out of lemons & make it pretty! The entryway was cute before, but it was missing something. Since we are about to move out of this house I didn’t want to build something specific for the space because again we are moving in a few weeks {more on that here} & we wouldn’t have the piece for that space very long. So funny, because one day Mr. LMB  was cleaning our garage out & found a bench top that he had built a few months ago for a small bench we were going to use as a plant stand in our bedroom that we never finished. How big was it do you ask? Well, it was the perfect size for our little entryway! Coincidence? I think not. It was meant to be.

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Doesn’t it just perk the whole space up a little bit? Say hello to our new shabby little bench….

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
Want to know something else that’s really cool? This bench was seriously so easy to make! Since we wanted the bench to look rustic we didn’t use any trim or anything fancy. We kept it super simple. To put the top together we laid the middle boards out & then created a boarder with the smaller boards around the edge. To attach them all together we placed support boards across the bottom on the two sides and in the middle {as seen in the photo below} & used a nail gun to secure it. For the legs we used legs we found at Lowes & leg anchors also found at Lowes. If you want to add things to the bench, you could add trim to hide where the legs are attached, but again, I loved the rustic look with out the trim.

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For the painting process. I first started out with staining the whole piece special walnut from Minwax. After the stain dried I painted the legs and the boarder of the bench in antique white from Valspar. When the paint dried I took some sand paper and roughed up my entire paint job. After I was satisfied I sealed the piece with Miss mustard seed wax to seal the piece. That’s it! Super simple!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
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There is our lovely little rustic bench in our lovely little entryway. It’s so funny that we weren’t planning on doing anything in this spot, but out of a discarded top to a bench we created this little bench so quickly & easily yet it made a big difference. What do you think of our DIY rustic bench? Have you made a bench like this before? Leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram, I would love to hear from you!

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Buffet Makeover with DIY Chalk Paint

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
This is one of those projects that has been done for an entire year.. yes, a year, with out me blogging it. Sometimes I’m really bad at sharing projects that I do, but I get to blogging it eventually & that’s all that matters right? Well the backstory on this buffet is pretty simple. I wanted an interesting dresser for our master bedroom makeover last year & I came across this buffet at a local antique store for a great price. It needed some work,but my plan was to leave it natural despite all of it’s flaws for that makeover. Mr. LMB uses this buffet as his dresser & it also acts as our media stand. The buffet is a pretty perfect piece. In our last master bedroom makeover we left it natural & I really liked it…

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To see more of our last master bedroom makeover before we started to neutralize for the move you can go {here}. The photo of the buffet doesn’t show the flaws on the buffet, but there were lots. Chipping wood, water marks, discoloration, & more. When we started our master bedroom make-under it was time for a fresh coat of paint for the piece. I used my DIY chalk paint recipe with Behr frost which covered the piece & all it’s flaws so well…

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After I painted the buffet with my Homemade chalk paint, I used a sanding block to sand the edges & crevices to give it a warn & vintage look. To seal the piece I used annie sloan’s wax & voila I had a brand new piece of furniture!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
I love the new look of the piece & it really helped to brighten up the room & give the space a whole new look. I will be back later on how we use this piece as a dresser and media stand. What do you think of the makeover? Do you like the freshened up piece? Let me know in the comments below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat! 

A New Chair & Spray Painted Legs

There has been an ongoing search in our household for quite sometime now for a new chair for our living room. We went through a few chairs in the corner in the living room, but always knew that they were temporary. This past week Mr. LMB & I  suddenly got the urge to really start looking for a more permanent chair for the living room & we thought this it was going to take a lot more searching. We wanted a wing back chair that was tufted & possibly a grayish taupe color. After going to Target for a cherry coke & coming out of their with some barstools {Target gets me every single time. Check my Instagram to see the barstools} we went to our local mall where we wandered into the TJ Maxx {Also never a good idea!}. While in the store I spotted a wingback chair that made my heart skip a beat I knew it was the one.

Before we look at the new chair, let’s take a trip down memory lane of the chairs in this corner in the living room…

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This black beauty was the original chair in this corner of the living room when we first moved in our home. I actually picked this chair up at a garage sale when I was in high school. My love for re-doing furniture & vintage finds started very early on! We still have this chair, but it currently no longer has a place in our home.

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The next chair in the corner of the living room is this lovely wicker chair that I thrifted from a local flea market. It’s a Pier One wicker chair that was missing a cushion when I got it. After purchasing a new cushion & fixing the chair up a little, it was as good as new. This chair is now in our front guest bedroom & I’m still loving it.

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& here is the new chair! Isn’t she pretty? I am loving this new chair & this little corner in the living room a lot more now. Also, notice how that throw never changes. It’s my favorite throw of all time that I purchased at Meijer before we even built this house. The chair is really comfortable & I’ve already sat here countless times since purchasing the chair a few days ago.  The only issue with the chair when we bought it was the legs of the chair. They were a light pine color & I knew that wouldn’t go well in our home. Luckily for us we all know I like to paint everything I get my hands on.

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Please excuse the awful cell phone photo I took in our house when it was getting dark outside, but you can see that the legs were just not going to work. For a temporary fix I spray painted them with my favorite bronze spray paint. You can read more about that spray paint {here}. We are actually wanting to replace the legs on this chair in the near future with something very different, but for now they are much prettier in bronze.

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What do you think of our new lovely little chair & it’s new spray painted legs? It’s fun to look back at all the changes our living room has been through & I’m really happy that we finally found more of a permanent chair for this little spot. Do you play musical chairs in your home & switch chairs around a lot? Talk with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram.

DIY Wood Pallet Clock


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I was so mean last week & I showed our Simple Winter Entryway on the blog with a sneak peek of this DIY clock. Well, as promised here is the tutorial & the full reveal. This is such a simple project & it has a huge impact on the space that it is in. I came up with this idea when I was desperate to replace the mirror that was in our entryway. I was so sick of the mirror & just the way it looked all together & I wanted a large piece of art in it’s spot. After a little brainstorming and a few ideas I remembered I had this cable spool pallet lying around begging to have something done to it, so rustic clock art it was. For now the clock is not functional & it’s not yet hanging on the wall, but all in good time & for now this lovely clock is just sitting on our entryway table making it a little prettier.

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I got my wire spool pallet circle from a local business. You can call around to local places {i.e. electricians, lighting stores, hardware stores exd..} To start out the spool was already stained with minwax special walnut. I liked the fact that it had the dark base to start out with, but you can choose any wood finish base for this. You can also find spools in different sizes for this project, but the one I had is 4ft in diameter. I loved the large size of it!

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Next I mixed two Behr paints together. I wanted the paint & the paint technique to look old & rustic so a bright white paint was not going to do the trick. I chose to mix Behr’s cozy cottage & snow fall together. It created a perfect antique white for me to use to dry brush the clock with.

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To get this finish on the clock, it really is super easy. After I got my perfect white, I took my brush & dipped it in the paint. I scraped off all of the excess on the side of the cup a few times to make sure that the brush was dry. I then lightly brushed it onto the clock in upward motions with a very light hand so that there were no heavy spots of paint. I continued to dry brush the entire clock until I was happy with the coverage.

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After the paint dried, I took my sander & lightly sanded the entire clock down for more of a worn & antiqued finish. After I was done sanding, I sealed the clock with annie sloan clear wax.

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After the wax was dry, we took some bronze house address numbers that I had purchased from Lowe’s & simply screwed them onto the wood pallet to create our clock art. You could also paint the numbers on the piece, but I wanted the metal on wood look for our clock. For now this clock has no arms, but we will be getting some soon & I’m still in love with this piece with or without functional arms.  We also want to hang it on the wall as well, but for now this clock is just setting on the DIY card catalog entry table looking all pretty & stuff.

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What do you think of the DIY wood pallet clock? I am loving the new addition & I can’t wait to style this table around it. I’m also really excited for it to hang on the wall because I think it will add an even bigger impact. Let me know what you think of the clock in the comments below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram! Have a great day!

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Target Table Makeover & The Best Bronze Spray Paint!

Around Christmas time I was walking through Target with my Starbucks & I spotted this lovely red metal side table that I fell in love with. It was so cheery & if I was a cool person who switched my side tables out for the seasons or if I had one ounce of red in my home decor, I would have bought it. But since neither was true I went on my merry way. Fast forward a few weeks later after Christmas & I’m walking through Target again with my starbucks in hand & that same red table is staring me in the eye & this time it has a magical red clearance sticker on it. Are you kidding? How can I pass up this beautiful table for just $20. As much as I loved the red, I knew it was going to get a little makeover. It just had to happen to fit in our casa. I knew exactly where this little table was going to go too, our corner in our living room with the lovely corner gallery wall

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So there is the little table all finished! I’m loving it in this little reading corner. O, & there is a sneak peek at our new slipcovers. No more white! More on that later. For those of you wondering, the lamp is from Lowes & it’s my new favorite thing too!

Target side table makeover & the best spray paint ever - lizmarieblog.com

The best bronze spray paint for any DIY project!! lizmarieblog.com

So, there is the whole process. Seriously this makeover was so easy! I give most of the credit to my favorite bronze spray paint. I have a crush on the rust-oluem metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze. In my opinion it’s the best bronze spray paint for any DIY project & that’s proven to me by how many empty cans of this I have in my garage. 😉  After using 3M scotch blue tape & a plastic bag to cover the wood top, I sprayed a layer on the outside. After the first layer dried I put another layer on & flipped the table over and repeated the same thing for the inside. I love how easy this stuff goes on & how quickly it covers what you need painted. The finish of the spray paint is matte with slight metallic shimmer, which is usually what I am looking for in a bronze spray paint. One other BIG thing for us impatient people, it dries very quickly! That’s a must. I realized how much I grabbed for this color in all of my DIY projects {I have two more projects that I worked on this weekend that I used this spray paint for too} So of course I had to share this gem with you. Have you used this spray paint before? What are your thoughts? Here is our little corner of the living room before the table & after…

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Target side table makeover - lizmarieblog.com
I think it adds a little something something to this little space & it’s so handy! We typically use this spot for blogging/reading/homework, so to have a spot to set things is very handy. O, & I also realized there was a HUGE update to our coffee table that I haven’t shared yet… Can’t wait to show you!

Target side table makeover - lizmarieblog.com

Target side table makeover - lizmarieblog.com

Target side table makeover - lizmarieblog.com

What do you think of our little side table makeover? I’m so glad I didn’t pass this little guy up at Target! Have you made over a table from Target or any other store before? What’s your biggest clearance Target find you got lately? I would LOVE to hear from you! Leave a comment below, chat with me on Facebook, or find me on Instagram! xx

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To see the DIY corner gallery wall & how we hung it go {here}.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam Step Stool Makeover

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Hi friends! So, recently I placed an Ikea order, because sadly the closet store to me is 4 hours away. Insert crying here. With my order I purchases some new chairs for the dining room that you can see {here} & the cutest little wooden step stool you ever did see. It’s the  Bekvam step stool & it’s only $14.99 at Ikea. There are so many possibilities with this little guy. I painted my little stool, so I wanted to show you how it turned out.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
The first step with this stool was of course putting it together. As many of you know Ikea furniture comes ready to assemble. The stool was very simple to assemble & I was so impressed with the quality of this little stool! For the price, the wood is so heavy duty & sturdy. After assembling the stool I stained the stool using Minwax stain in dar walnut so that when I sanded it to distess it, dark wood would would show through.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

After the stain dried, I then painted the stool with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint that I received from my lovely painter friend Allison from Refunk My Junk. It was my first time using the paint & loving it! I will do a full review and demonstration later for you. If you have any questions about the paint or how I like it, leave your questions below! Anyways, the color I used was grain sack which is a lovely light gray. After a few layers of milk paint I used a sanding block to heavily distress the piece. I love how old this piece looks now.

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com

Ikea Hack: Bekvam stepstool makeover - easy makeover & this stool is less than $20 from Ikea!! - lizmarieblog.com
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hat do you think of my chippy little stool? I kind of love this little piece in our dining room & it’s already come in handy for my little 5’2″ self!! Do you own this step stool from Ikea? Did you paint yours? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram. Have a great day!!

DIY Glass Top Makeup Vanity

DIY Glass Top Makeup Vanity - The best & MOST organized bathroom vanity of all times!

Up until recently I have been using an antique desk in my makeup vanity closet. It worked for a while, but the antique desk wasn’t cutting it anymore. The drawers would stick & were hard to open, there was not enough storage, & it just wasn’t practical. Having looked for a while for the “perfect vanity” The hubs and I decided to build one ourselves. We want it to be easy, cheap, sturdy, & with lots of storage. Not too much to ask right? I came up with some plans for a DIY glass top makeup vanity {You can choose glass, we chose plexiglass because of it’s durability} The see through top would allow me to store all of my beauty items in plain sight so it would be easy to use & I would be more organized. Now of course these photos are taken in our master bathroom where there is only a small window in the shower {Yah, I know} Also, it needs one more coat of paint, but I just couldn’t wait to show you this lovely desk that I have been enjoying…

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com

This desk was really easy to make & only took a couple of hours to complete…

We measured the inside of our closet to get the exact measurements for vanity.

We built a frame and placed a piece of plywood on top to make box with an open bottom. This is going to be used as the base of the vanity and where the legs will attach.

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Next, build another frame just like the previous frame, except this frame will be without one of the long sides of the rectangle. This is going to be placed on top of the box build in the previous step, and used to lift the plexiglass to allow for storage.

Placing dividers on the top frame from the previous step is used for organization and also for support to allow the plexiglass that will be placed on top to be supported equally and to prevent dipping of the plexiglass.

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Once all items are fastened the legs can be attached.

We then placed the vanity into the closet.

For an accent piece we attached molding to the lower box frame to break up the look of the wood and also to conceal the screws on the front facing side of the vanity.

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Lastly, place the plexiglass on top vanity. Based on the weight of the plexiglass we decided not to fully attach the plexiglass to the vanity to allow for a thorough cleaning of the top and bottom. We did purchase plexiglass adhesive to be placed along the top of the frame and dividers if we later choose to fully attach the plexiglass. So far, the plexiglass has not moved or created any problems being not attached.
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com
I purchased the plastic containers at the dollar store. I was seriously impressed with the quality of them & how much they held. I am a hoarder of more than just furniture & even though I hardly ever wear more than concealer, eyeliner, mascara, & bronzer this is all just to fun to play with on special occasions to get rid of it 😉

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com
DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com

 

DIY Glass Top Vanity Desk - Directions on how to make your own at lizmarieblog.com
This post may have been a little premature because I still need to sand and do another layer of paint on the legs, but I just couldn’t wait to show you! & you may be wondering where I sit. Well, for now I have been using a stool that we just had lying around because I have yet to find the perfect chair for the vanity closet, but I will update you on that later when I find one. What do you think of the DIY vanity desk? Leave your thoughts & comments below or find me on Facebook & Instagram!

DIY Clay Label Knobs

DIY clay drawer label knobs- Quick & easy & a cute way to keep you organized!!

I have always been fascinated with messing around with clay & making things with it. There’s just one little thing, I’m not very good at it. After making things with clay I have a whole new appreciation for people who can make beautiful things with clay. Lucky for you and me this project doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact I think these DIY clay label knobs look better a little shabby & with some character. At least that’s what I tell myself. Knobs are such a quick and easy way to bring new life to a piece of furniture & to give your piece a new look, so these simple knobs are perfect for a quick makeover & to help you keep your life a little more organized. I will be back with lots more knob ideas, but today I’m showing you these quick clay label knobs that I made for my craft dresser.

DIY clay drawer label knobs- Quick & easy & a cute way to keep you organized!!

1. Start with a ball of polymer clay that you have kneaded and warmed up with your hands. I found my clay at Michael’s, but you can find yours at any craft store or online.

2. Roll out the polymer clay with a rolling pin. Don’t have a rolling pin handy? Use a wine bottle. It works. Roll the clay out until it’s smooth and about 1/2 inch thick. You can play around with this as you see fit.

3. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a circle that is about 1 1/2 inches wide. Don’t have a cookie cutter? Use a small shot glass. It works.

4. Place your knobs in a oven safe glass, or metal pan. I used a pie plate. & bake as the directions on your clay package tells you. I baked my knobs at 275 for 15 minutes.

6. Once your knobs are dry, glue your knob backs to the clay. I used E-6000 glue & it works perfectly for these knobs. I purchased some knob bases {here}. But you can also form your clay around an existing knob and bake. I will also be showing other ways in future posts. At this point you can stamp your clay knobs using any stamps you had. These cutie stamps can be found at michael’s but I found mine on Etsy. You’re done!

DIY clay drawer label knobs- Quick & easy & a cute way to keep you organized!!

DIY clay drawer label knobs- Quick & easy & a cute way to keep you organized!!

DIY clay drawer label knobs- Quick & easy & a cute way to keep you organized!!
I googled that word. I did not know that a wound ball of yarn was called a skein. Just in case you thought I was smarter than I actually am. Just in case. You can see this dresser makeover {here}.  Anyways there you have it, some simple clay drawer label knobs. Have you made clay knobs before? How did you do it? Share any comments, tips, questions in the comments below or find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat!

Back Patio Makeover Full Reveal & Source List

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!
So it’s been about a week since I announced the reveal of our back patio makeover over on the Home Depot website. It was amazing being featured over there & such an honor. Well, now I’m here to chat about the whole space. This patio makeover has been a long time coming. Thank you to Home Depot for motivating me to finally make this a pretty space for our home. Before this space was a just a place to work on all of our DIY projects & it was almost embarrassing for anyone to see our backyard so we never went back there when we had people over. I really wanted to create a cozy space in the backyard that was almost like another room in our home. I wanted to do all of this without spending a whole lot of money. Not too much to ask right? Well, not when you shop thrift stores, make DIY projects, & re-use items from around your home that  you aren’t using anymore. & that is exactly what we did to create this outdoor patio space.

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!
We are so happy with this space & have used it quite often since it has been finished even though the heat & humidity here in NC has been out of control. But you know what my favorite part is? NO BUGS! One of the main reason we didn’t like using our backyard was the creepy crawlers, but with our gazebo it is really rare that a bug gets in. So nice. There are no regrets about the time it took to make this space what it is today, & we have a few more plans to add more back here, but more on that later.

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!
Patio Makeover specs list:

*Pergola: Home Depot: 10 x 10 Arrow Gazebo
*3 blue pillows: Tuesday morning
*burlap pillows, 2 small pillows, green pillow: DIY projects
*rug- Target
*light fixture- thrift store
*burlap ottoman- antique store, recovered in burlap
*grey tray table: TJ Maxx
*Art: TJ Maxx {hung with command strips}
*plants: Home Depot
*string lights: Target
*tubs with grass: tractor supply company
Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!
Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!

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Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!

Back patio makeover- use thrifted items to make a space beautiful. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your space beautiful!
What do you think of the space? Does your back patio need a little love? I hope you see  by this post that you do not need a hug budget to make your space look great. Leave your questions, comments, and thoughts below or find me on facebook or instagram!

A back patio makeover on a budget! A must pin!! Proving you do not have to spend a ton of money to have a beautiful patio!