Front porch to home office transformation.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I fully believe in that statement above. I believe that by practicing gratitude, a positive attitude and making the best out of every situation, no matter what it is, that our lives have the potential to be nothing less than amazing!

We have lived in our early 1900’s farm house for 4 years exactly this week!  In the four years here, I had not yet taken the time to set up a home office.  I have spent the past few years, however battling Lyme Disease + co infections, so my healing has taken most of my attention.  This past week, I felt extremely motivated and inspired to dig back in to my passion, regardless how I am feeling health-wise or whether or not my pain is intense, I will push through it .  I do not want to allow an illness to take me down, to discourage me, hold me back, and most of all define me.  I am not my illness, it does not own me, I will heal, I am healing, and I will continue moving forward into Gods amazing plan for my life!

On Sunday, I had a little buzz in my heart to turn the porch into a home office, where I will  have the space to write about my latest DIY projects, where I can create, dream, set goals, smash goals and inspire all of you from in the comfort of my own home! The porch has always been, ‘the dogs room’, because no one else wanted to use it, since it wasn’t exactly the most inspiring and fun place to hang out in with it’s old floral basket wallpaper.   It is time.  Time to change all of that!

With a little bit of money, and a whole lot of motivation, I headed into Menard’s to purchase porch floor paint and stain for a desk.

All day Sunday I worked on painting over the old floor tiles with porch paint. This is a temporary fix until our budget allows for us to redo the flooring.  My daughter, Camryn picked out the Icy Mint color.  We chose to use Dutchboy’s skid resistant porch and floor paint in ‘Minted Ice / 16WW’.    Keep in mind this is a very budget friendly makeover, it wasn’t planned and as time and money allows, more improvements to the area will be made!  (Like windows, flooring, new doors, comfortable desk seating:) , etc)

Okay, so you’ve made it through my little intro story and are now probably wondering where the photos are!  So let’s get to it!

Here is what our little front porch looked like before, as it was when we moved in.

Not that inspiring or relaxing of a space, is it?

Yesterday, also known as Monday, I spent 8 hours straight working on the the porch.  I did not run to town and spend any more money to decorate and put it together, I simply just shopped my own home, and below is what I came up with!

Most of the maps that you see on the walls,were my Grandparents, that I got after my Grandpas passing, some maps even had their routes circled & car trouble notes:) , the desk is made from 2 bookshelves my dad built when I was a child, my Grandpas old ladder & a piece of $13 wood from Menard’s with Minwax classic grey stain, that my daughter also picked out.

The silhouettes in the corner, are my Grandmother’s, as well as the flower frogs which I am now using for pen storage on the desk.  The little rocks on the window sills are heart shaped rocks that were curated from along the shores of Lake Superior, from my mother, my sister and some that I found also.

The sweet house drawing that is placed on top of the US map is painted by my daughter Camryn.

I could go on and on about all of the little details. There is family , heart and soul tucked all over the space and I am beyond excited to start creating in this area!  I look forward to the wonderful words, ideas, conversations and inspiration that happen here!

About 95% of the items that I used to complete this project were items that we already had around the house & outbuildings & I gathered today to use & decorate.  When decorating a space- shop your own home & other rooms first, before you head out and spend money!  You will be surprised at what you can come up with!

As a reminder, here is what the porch looked like, before:

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Here it is now.  I hope you see the love, effort and creativity that I jammed into this small little area!

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Well, my friends, there it is!  What do you think?  Not bad for throwing it together in less than 24 hours right!?  I am so excited to finally have a work space in our home! Leave a comment below on your thoughts, I would love to hear your what you have to say!

Wait! Before you go, let’s connect! Did you know that you can also find me over on Instagram @endlessacresfarmtiques & kellymwhitman , and also on Facebook for more DIY inspiration?!  I hope to see you over there!

Have an awesome & blessed day!
– Kelly

 

 

 

Tv dresser with Beyond Paint

Today I wanted to share with all of you a great line of paint, called ‘Beyond Paint’. 

I was recently contacted by Beyond Paint to give their furniture makeover kit a try.

On their website, Beyond Paint says the following about their product:

“No Stripping, No Sanding, No Priming
BEYOND PAINT™ your cabinets, furniture and accessories in one convenient kit!
Refinish almost any surface with this combination bonder/primer/finisher that cures to a durable, washable surface in just one or two coats. Application is foolproof, and the result is a beautiful, professional finish that will transform your home.
The amazing BEYOND PAINT™ Cabinets Furniture & More Makeover Kit also includes the best tools for the job for your convenience and ease of application saving you money and hassle on your home projects.”

The furniture makeover kit came with everything that I needed to complete my furniture makeover project, it even included an instructional dvd!

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The Beyond Paint Makeover Kit Includes:

  • Paint (Quart)
  • Roller Handle
  • Roller Cover
  • Chip Brush
  • Tray
  • Instructional DVD
  • Brochure

For this project, I decided to update the TV dresser that is in our living room. My interior design style has matured a lot in the past couple of years, and I went from loving dark rustic colors only, to really embracing bright and light natural colors, with touches of wood tones. Last Fall I also painted our living room, for the second time. When we moved into the farmhouse 3 years ago, the walls were a dirty, smokey off-white, and I painted them a soft blue. After time I realized I didn’t like designing around blue walls, and now went with a super soft grey with blue undertones and it is so much easier to incorporate other colors into my space with that tone as a backdrop.

This is what our TV dresser looked like before I gave the makeover with Beyond Paint a go:

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In the winter months, my furniture makeovers usually take place in my dining room (sorry family!). I am still working on getting my little workshop heated so I can tackle more projects even when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

Since my dresser was previously painted, and Beyond Paint requires no stripping, sanding or priming, this was an extremely easy and quick project. All I needed to do to get started was wipe down the dresser with a wet rag, dry it off, make a big cup of coffee and I was on my way!

Here are the results of just two quick coats of the color ‘Nantucket’ by Beyond Paint!

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This blue adds a nice pop of color to our living room, without being too overwhelming. When I walk into our space, my mind feels relaxed and refreshed and I am surrounded by colors that remind me of beautiful Lake Superior and colors found in nature.

I finally feel content with the gallery wall as well. If you have a gallery wall somewhere in your home, you will understand when I say that it is an ever changing and evolving project.

I absolutely loved the final result and the ease of use of Beyond Paint. The paint goes on nice and thick and has amazing coverage!  I look forward to using Beyond Paint products again the future, and am hoping to give their counter top paint a try this Summer!

As always, you can follow along with my DIY projects by subscribing to my blog, and by following Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook , Instagram, and Pinterest.  You can also shop Endless Acres Farmtiques custom furniture, home decor, vintage goods, jewelry and art 7 days a week at my booth that is located at The Shed (1519 Mayer Road, Altoona, Wi – Booth # 56 ) !
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Decor Sources:
Paint provided by Beyond Paint .
The “W” and deer print in the center are both from the amazing Hobby Lobby, the Hope canvas I found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store,  the amazing scented soy candle is from PF Candle Co and was purchased at Reds Mercantile in Eau Claire,Wisconsin,  the the rock canvas is my own photograph that I took along the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, and the little clip board was my Grandfathers and I currently have a cute little vintage car picture that I actually reused and cut off of a Christmas gift bag!

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The Shed; Booth update, early December.

I want to first say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this new journey the past 3 weeks!  Our first 3 weeks of having a little 8×9 booth space at The Shed in Altoona, Wi has been extremely successful, because of you all !  Because of your support, encouragement, and belief in Endless Acres Farmtiques and what it is that I do!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive community around me.

I have been restocking my booth at The Shed once per week.  I typically restock on Friday afternoons closer to closing.  I will do my best to do weekly blog posts showcasing my booth in its current state and focusing on the newest additions, so you can easily see some of what I currently have for sale, before you venture there to view and or purchase items!

Last week Friday I restocked and rearranged my booth with my daughter.  We have highly enjoyed this new little venture, and it has become a fun family affair.

The lighting in my booth is not the greatest, so I hope to remember to tote along my regular slr camera and flash, for better photographs.

In my booth, I am currently trying to minimize on the current items I have for sale in my sheds, like furniture, projects, home decor, vintage goods, etc.  Once my current inventory gets down to where I’d like it to be, my booth will have more of a ‘theme’ and a general overall feel of adventure and wanderlust mixed with vintage flair.

There will also be bigger and better changes coming to my booth over the next few months, including a large custom Endless Acres Farmtiques sign, custom shelving I am currently designing, and more!  Stay tuned!

Below are photos I took on Friday December 2nd after restocking my booth with new vintage goods and finds!  You can click on an image to enlarge it.

You can shop my unique goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin.  They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

I am booth # 56 , first booth on the left side of the right isle in the new addition! (whew, did that make sense?) If you can’t find my booth, ask Ed or someone at the front where to find me!  When you visit, be sure to say hi to Jackson the dog as well.  Nicest dog you will ever meet!

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Thanks again for your support! What a fun adventure this is becoming!

As always, you can also follow along with my DIY and treasure hunts, over on Facebook as well!

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Potato Sack Ottoman

“The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants, and discovers, along the way, what he needs.”

Two weeks ago I came across a great little ottoman at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wi for $3.00!  After my employee discount the total came to around $2.80! What a deal! (p.s. a tip for shopping there, if you are 50+, on Tuesdays you can save 20% off your entire purchase ! )

I just loved the style of this ottoman and knew it was a piece of furniture that I could breathe new life into.  Below is what the ottoman looked like as I found it at the Bargain Center, and what was underneath that dirty green fabric!

I let it sit in my living room for a few days, where I could see it, and try to figure out a plan for it. I kept going back and forth between giving it a light beach cottage feel, or a Western rustic style.

As I looked around my home to see what I had for material to cover the top of it, I came across an old potato sack that I found last year at Oronoco Gold Rush Days, where I went on a hunt for anything that had a Western design or feel to it.
The potato sack was dirty and had stains all over it, that discouraged me a bit, but then I discovered that I could simply just wash the stains out!

Below are photos of the potato sack getting a bath.  I simply filled the bath tub with warm water and a bit of laundry detergent and gave it a good 10 minute soak, then scrubbed gently with a scrub brush in the areas that it had dirt stains, wrung it out, then hung it out on the clothesline to dry over night!

 

Once the potato sack was fully dry, I cut it open along the seams on the side and bottom, laid it out on the floor, image side down, set the ottoman upside down on top it it and cut a circle about 4+ inches bigger than the ottoman, so I would have enough material to go over the sides, and underneath the ottoman where I then secured it with staples, using a Staple Gun.    After the potato sack was secured, I then painted the legs red and topped them off with Minwax Polyshades stain + poly, and it was finished!

This was a really fun and easy project and the great part is that if I decide I want a different style, it is simple to removed the potato sack and recover the ottoman!  But for now, it looks right at home in our old farmhouse.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to see beyond what something IS and to see what it’s potential can be!

Have a beautiful Sunday, get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Remember, you can follow along with my DIY adventures over on Facebook as well!

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Serene dresser refresh.

‘Don’t be afraid of change, you may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.’

We have moved several times as a family, from rental apartments, to rental country homes, to home ownership in town and now home ownership in the country.   As we have moved, each home calls me to a different style.  Our first home was filled with dark, cabin themed, rustic styled colors and decor.  Our current home is a little farm house on 5 acres and I am aiming at styling it like an old farmhouse cottage with a bit of a soft rustic flare.   Living on a small budget, each time we moved and styles changed and evolved, I couldn’t go out and buy all new furniture and decor, so I had to make do with what we already had from the past 10 or so years- and that is when I started doing DIY.

This dresser is a great example of how my style has grown and also fits along nicely with my new approach to simplistic design and minimizing this year in my home.
Originally the dresser was dirty white when I purchased it for $10 from a thrift store and was one of my very first dresser makeover projects!   I love the color mustard yellow, but again want to aim for a serene feel in my home and felt that the mustard color on such a big piece wasn’t working at this ol’ farmhouse any more.
So, two days ago I got the motivation to paint it- again!   My 11 year old son was such a big help and took of all of the drawer pulls and knobs!  He maybe complained once or twice, but he still completed the task and I thanked him with a bowl of cookies n’ cream ice cream (wouldn’t you help me for a bowl of ice cream too!?)

As I was planning the idea in my head, a whole 5 minutes before I got out my paint brushes and got to work, I also decided the green lamps didn’t look right in their current space any more either.  I have always wanted big clear , or neutral colored glass lamps- but again, budget friendly decor, doesn’t allow for the purchase of 2 new lamps every time your design style changes.  So I decided to paint those as well.  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  I do that well.

Here is the dresser before It was refreshed;

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Here it is as it stands now in a beautiful grey from Sherwin Williams (The same color I used in my kitchen and dining room)

 

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& a few reloved items that I found at Flea Markets style it as well ;

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That is all for today my friends, stop by again soon to see what I have been up to today!

As always, to keep up with my latest projects, flea market finds and treasures and to be inspired weekly, head on over and follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook!

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Travel inspired desk | Before & After

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

If you are a regular follower of the Endless Acres Farmtiques Blog, and lifestyle.  You by now, well know, that I am a lover of travel, adventure, wandering back roads and the outdoors.   Oh, I love it so.  I find myself often day-dreaming of driving the car, down an old back road in the mountains of Montana, windows down, radio on, the wind blowing through my hair… (okay let’s be realistic,  … * the wind blowing my hair into my face…) , and nowhere to go, ..but everywhere.

I’m a dreamer.   A day dreamer, yes.  A night dreamer, of course, but most importantly,  I believe in the dreams that God has instilled into this heart of mine.   Progress, no matter how slow, is progress.   A step forward, is still a step, no matter if it’s a running step or a walking step.    Little by little, we get closer to becoming who God created us to be.

With each piece of furniture I create, I feel more like me & I feel my wings opening further.  This, an artist, is who I am.   I am here, to create and inspire you.

I came across this lonely desk while I was working at Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and knew it needed to come home with me to my workshop.  I knew, it had potential, I could see it.

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I was originally planning on giving the desk a new life and selling it at my favorite little local coffee shop, The LIving Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, but once finished and placed in a corner of my living room,  it was like the desk looked at me and said ‘Let me stay right here,’  and there, it still sits.  Now it has a new life, a new home and is once again loved and provides my kids and my family with a little school / home work station and organization for all of the papers they bring home from school every day.

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There it is friends!   Completely  perfect for our family!   I used an old Montana map, that shows two of the towns where my kids first saw the mountains a few years ago on a road trip.  I was blessed to have been given my late Grandfathers chair that he used in his basement workshop at his desk, every time I look at it, my heart smiles, and every time I sit in it, like I am now, writing this blog post, I know my Grandfather would be proud of the work I do.

If you are interested in a custom furniture piece, like this for your home, or place of business, feel free to contact me with any questions; endlessacres@live.com

You can also follow Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook.

Have a blessed day- get out there and unleash your inner artist!  Dream, Create, Believe in YOUrself!

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Products used in this transformation;
Arrow Drawer Pulls – Junk Gypsy at Gypsyville.com

Paint – Sherwin Williams- Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Stain- Minwax

Industrial pipe corner book shelf DIY

Of all of the rooms in our house, at this point, our 10 year old sons room is my favorite. It is the ‘showcase’ of
what I do, of my projects, and of the style that I truly love.     The style of his room is so great, that it will grow with him all of the way through his teen years, without having to change a thing.

One of my most recent projects is another unique way to give our sons room storage and a bit of rustic , industrial character.  With my wonderful husbands help, we created an industrial corner pipe shelf which holds books, and whatever else our son can balance on the pipes!    Eventually I will have a pipe shelf in the 2 corners of his room that surround the window, along with a cool curtain rod I will be creating as well!  (Stay tuned for that project over the winter months).

Read on below to see how you too can create an awesome industrial pipe corner book shelf!  It is simple, and only takes as much time as it does to eat mac n cheese.   (unless you eat slow, like my daughter, then it takes as much time as it does to eat a pb&j).


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(please note, you can create any size or shape of shelf for your space.   All you need to do is purchase different size pipes to create the look you want.  Below is a list of what I used to create the shelf shown in this blog post.)

Materials

-2 circular pipe flanges

-8 wood screws

-2 threaded pipe ends (1″ diameter)

-8 10″ threaded pipes (1″ diameter)

-2 threaded  t-pipes (1″ diameter)

-8 corner pipes (1″ diameter)

-8 90 degree pipe elbows (1″ diameter)

-2 3″ industrial threaded pipes

Tools

  • Hand Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Stud Finder
  • Screw Driver (if desired)
  • Extra helper (like a husband or friend)

Steps

  1. Use a stud finder to locate a stud on the wall you wish to have your pipe shelf. (if you can not locate a stud, I suggest using anchors prior to placing your screws in the wall) If you do not have a stud finder, you may find a basic one at just about any local hardware store for under $20.00. Your stud finder will come with directions on how to use properly.
  2. Hold the top flange on the wall where you have located a stud. Use the pencil to mark the 4 circles where you will be inserting the screws.
  3. Have your helper hold up the flange, lining up the pilot holes with the 4 you drilled into the wall. Using your hand drill or screwdriver, screw in the 4 wood screws, holding the flange in place. Repeat this for the bottom flange as well. Make sure to measure, and lay out the pipe design that you would like, before attaching both flanges to the wall.
  4. Place the 2 threaded pipe ends on top of each T near the top and bottom, as seen in photo.

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6.) Attach the pipes in the order you would like them.  Place an elbow wherever you would like the shelf to have a turn up or down.  Start by screwing the T shaped pipe into the first flange you installed.  Continue threading pipes and elbows in whatever design you desire to have.

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7.) Place books on shelf. It works best to put a larger book on the bottom if you are stacking them on top of eachother, this helps balance the books.

8.) Sit back, and relax!  Take some time to admire your work!

Extra Tip:  If you would like the pipes to have some patina/rust, soak them in water overnight prior to attaching to the wall.
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I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest DIY project and leave feeling inspired to take on a similar project in your own home!   Keep on believing in yourself and what you are capable of!   If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below!    As always, you can follow and connect with Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook & Twitter!

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Red license plate dresser | Before & After.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman
Red license plate dresser by Endless Acres Farmtiques
I love being an artist.  It is my passion.  I love the feelings that come along with creating and transforming a piece of furniture.   It gives me such satisfaction to take something old, worn, and broken and restoring it and giving it a brand new life and a new purpose.
Last week I got a vision for this plain brown dresser and marched forward with the vision and the details came to me as I went along.Here is the before image of the dresser;
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How I transformed this dresser;
1.)  Sanded and painted red.
2.) Applied a thin layer of Minwax stain + poly.
3.)  Removed drawer pulls and filled in holes with wood filler.
4.)  Attached rusty license plates to each drawer, for character.
Dresser after;
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I hope you enjoyed this transformation!  Be on the lookout for this piece to be featured soon on News channel WQOW 18 in a Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center commercial, along with myself and 2 other pieces I have transformed from Hope Gospel!Thanks so much for reading!
Have a beautiful evening,
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From dresser to tv stand | Furniture Before & After

   ‘ The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.’  ~ E.F. Schmacher

Art to me is about vision.  It is about seeing potential in something that others may not see.  It is about taking something and changing it, making it unique , making it your own.  It is about expanding your eyes to see beyond the norm and the usual.    Todays project is just that.
It is about how I took a normal little white dresser and made it into something different, and gave it a new life as a tv stand.

Here is the dresser as it was before..look at the drawer pulls, kind of crazy – my daughter said they looked like a face.  lol

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Here is a list of what I did to the dresser to make it into a tv stand;

1.)  Sanded, and painted entire piece,  including sides and insides of the drawers in Sherwin Williams ‘Light French Grey’ paint.

2.)Removed the top drawer and added in old cedar fence boards using small finishing nails, to make a shelf.

3.) Drilled small hole into back wall of dresser to allow cords to go through if used as a tv stand.

4.)  Replaced original hardware with yardsticks for drawer pulls.  The yard sticks have been stained lightly.

Here is the dresser after;

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This tv stand dresser is for sale and can be viewed and purchased after 3/21/14 at The Living Room Coffee House at 2006 Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin .   Purchase prices is $175.00.

This would add great character to any home, business or office!   Use it as a tv stand or for a statement piece.  The 2 drawers are deep and make great DVD / movie storage!

Thanks for viewing my latest project!  If you like what you see here on the blog, you can follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well!

~Kelly

9 drawer dresser makeover | Before & After

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.” ~ Winnie The Pooh

My son just turned 10 last week.   I am trying my hardest to not let his age make me feel sad about the fact that I am losing my ‘baby’ boy.   It is a hard transition when they go from sweet little boy who follows mommy everywhere  to becoming so independent and not needing their mommy as much any more.   I miss those pounding little fists on the bathroom door every time I take a shower, I miss the tugging of the pant legs when I am needed for something, I miss the sweet calls of  ‘Mommmmy come play with me’ from the other room.   But I am also thankful to God that my son is a healthy, adventurous boy who has been with me for 10 wonderful years.    He has now grown into someone who loves the Lord, enjoys a good conversation about anything that involves facts,  loves getting dirty in the mud, and is one of the greatest travel buddies I’ve ever had.

Lately he has been really interested in my projects, and has been asking me what I will be working on next when I am in between projects.   He has enjoyed going with me searching for my next ‘victim’ and I can see a huge change in him that has happened recently, where he is really understanding and appreciating the work and love I put into my furniture makeovers.   As a mother, it is such a great feeling to have a son that wants to learn from you and also looks up to you.  And now I also see, that even though he is getting older, he still does need me, just in different ways.   This morning before school, he hugged me and said “Mom, thanks for making my new dresser and my other desk too, I really like them both.”  Ahh, talk about melting a mothers heart!

I have slowly been working on getting his room together and out of all of the rooms in the house, his is still my favorite, and the closest to being ‘complete’ .   Last year, I worked on making over an old desk from a thrift store for his room, and this year I have been in search of a long dresser with plenty of drawers for his clothes & toys.   I was lucky enough to have a friend donate a dresser to me over the weekend and once I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for , for my little mans room!

This is what the dresser looked like before;

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I let my son pick out the colors and theme for the dresser.  Below is a list of the changes that I made;

– Stained the top of the dresser & legs with 3 coats of Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black.

-Painted dresser & drawers in red satin paint.

-Stained over the entire dresser & drawers with Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black (which is stain + polyurethane) to give it a dirty/aged look as my son requested.

-Lined the drawers with ripped out pages from a 1973 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

I decided to use the original copper pulls that were on the dresser, I just love the patina that they have and their simple, straight lines.

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I completed this dresser in a day and today I am planning on setting it up in my sons bedroom to surprise him with the complete product when he gets home from school.

Here are the after photos;

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In the photos, the dresser is staged in my living room, once I get it into my sons bedroom I will add some new photos of it in there as well.

I hope you have enjoyed my latest furniture makeover, and that you leave feeling inspired to take on a project at your house too!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly