drifting away

Good day friends!  Is anyone else out there dreaming of summer? 
Cocktails outside.  Long, lingering sunny days.  Bright blooming flowers. 
And of course anything beach side.

I sure am!  I had a styrofoam tree leftover from Christmas crafting. I never got to this one and rather than tucking it away into the Christmas bins for next year, I decided to make a year ’round project with the tree form and splash some more sunny beach decor into the house.

I collected some small pieces of driftwood from the beach and I will admit I bought some as well.  The pieces needed to be just 2-4 inches long.

I started at the base of the tree hot gluing bulkier pieces neatly together and working my way up.  The pieces have to fit together like a puzzle as to not expose the styrofoam in between.  The driftwood pieces should also hang over the edge of the tree base a bit for a natural shape.  Keep gluing round and round til you get to the top!

The last step to making a driftwood tree is to adhere a flat round piece of driftwood to the bottom to create the tree stump.

Finally, shop a spot around the house to display the driftwood tree all year!

Are we any closer to summer yet?

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happy friday

TGIF! Seriously, thank goodness. Even if it is raining here. I am so ready for the weekend but first I’ve got a couple of winners generated via random.org…

Sally & Rebecca, you’ve won a new car! Come on down! Just kidding. You’ve won yourselves some fab Vintage Rescue Squad 2012 calendars. Enjoy!  Thanks for all of your comments.

So whatcha up to this weekend? I am looking forward to working on a room makeover tomorrow for some good friends. Pics and deets to come but here is a preview of some of the elements we plan to incorporate into their den to transform it into a sophisticated and cozy space.



The goal is to keep to a tight budget and therefore DIY and repurpose the high style (read: expensive) elements. Obvi. Stay tuned!


Remember the after picture of this dresser that I posted yesterday?

Well here is the before, sort of.  I didn’t get a proper before picture with the drawers in place.  This one is super heavy!  I snagged this one just before Christmas when I brought home a truckload of junk.

But you can see that it is really scratched and dinged up. I used a hand sander to smooth out some of the surface scratches and the flaking finish. Then I thoroughly cleaned it but that was all for prep work. No need for primer since I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Next, I applied 2 coats of Duck Egg Blue. I love this color. It has a nice coastal vibe and would also be perfect in a nursery.

I lightly distressed with a sanding block to let some of the natural wood come through.  I finished with clear wax and then buffed for shine.  There’s great texture in the paint and wax combination.  This is just one of the reasons I love ASCP.  BTW how cute and perky is that little fan?

I must have changed my mind 4 or 5 times on the hardware only to end up using the original drawer pulls. I decided to dry brush the pulls Duck Egg too. I sealed them with a clear coat so they won’t distress further. I switched it up though with the 2 small drawers on top. I chose to use a pair of porcelain knobs that I had in the vault.

This pretty piece will be for sale at my pop up shop at the Philly Home Show. Don’t forget you can win a pair of tickets by commenting on yesterday’s post. Go check out the giveaway!  It ends tomorrow!

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paint n pallet

Hi friends!  Are you all back in full swing after the holidays?  I am just about there.  Not quite but just about.  Last week while many of you were relaxing in your pj’s and drinking egg nog, I was getting a ton of work done…my day job, my night job – the blog, house projects and more.  Therefore I spent yesterday in sweats putting away Christmas decorations which was surprisingly less depressing than usual; snuggling my snoring puppy; catching up on blogs; and watching a Sex and the City marathon which made me feel old since I watched these episodes all throughout college.  I tend to still think of college as just a couple of years ago but I guess a decade is longer than just a couple of years ago!  Hmmph.  Anywho, it was a perfectly uneventful day off after non-stop busyness.

Moving right along…today I have a before and after reveal for you that I am super excited about!  Here’s a glimpse at the after…

Last week we spent some time focusing on the dated galley kitchen in Cape May.  The cabinets, appliances, countertop and backsplash were all very late 80’s style but in excellent condition from little use over the years.  It is like no one ever used the kitchen in this old beach house ’til we got here.  With that said, we just couldn’t justify a full reno nor was it in the budget.  Here’s the awful before…

We found a couple of ways to transform this galley to become the rustic coastal kitchen that the beach house (and us) deserves.

Starting with the backsplash…the original was a sheet of plastic.  So 1988.  In the photo above it looks like drywall but it is actually waterproof.  This turned out to be a great base for the new reclaimed wood backsplash.  Would you believe it if I told you that reclaimed wood is an old shipping pallet?  For more details on the pallet wood, click here.

True story and I love it!  Ryan took a weathered oak pallet board apart and cut them into 18 inch segments.  He laid them out to play with the configurations and I scrubbed them clean.  I actually bathed them in the bathtub.  Weird but totally worth it.

The bf adhered the wood backsplash to the plastic walls with liquid nails.  He mixed up the light and dark colors and stained and plain in the layout to give lots of texture to the wall.

Then it was time to give the cabinets a makeover. We removed all of the doors and primed the wood veneer.  I couldn’t wait to kiss the 1980’s builder grade cabinets goodbye!  Isn’t it crazy how much of a disaster zone a little project can become?

We chose Benjamin Moore’s Woodmont Cream for the cabinets to brighten up the space.

It worked.  Two coats and they’re like new and so. much. brighter.  For more details on how we painted the laminate cabinets, click here.

And I’ll tell you what, with this new look in the kitchen I like the old school appliances.  I might even call them vintage, with love.

I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Would you believe this transformation only cost about $60?  The cost of paint, primer and liquid nails plus our time planning and labor.

Did I mention the pallets were free?  Trash to treasure baby!

Here is an update on how the kitchen looked in 2013.

UPDATE: Check out the 2014 update here.

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