Monday, October 14, 2013

Dresser Make Over $60

I have been wanting a dresser to use as an entertainment center for awhile now. That side of the living room as always seemed a little bare to me. Since we spend a lot of time looking in that direction I wanted to warm it up a little.

My idea dresser would be a French Providential with curvy lines but I am on a tight budget and those have been hard for me to find. I kept my eyes open and ran across this one at a garage sale.

I paid $45 dollars for it. It does have all the handles I had just removed this one already. It isn't exactly what I wanted but it's well made and I think I can make her work. 

This is my entertainment area now.

I have to say its my least favorite area in my living room. Sorry for the bad lighting, it was cloudy all weekend and hard for me to get some good natural light to take pictures with.

I got started...

Painting I chose to make her two tone, a light beige in the outside with a lighter white drawer facing. I usually use Behr paint with primer when I do furniture but this time I used Olympic I have to say I don't like it as gave me a little trouble.

I also wanted fancy hardware to totally change the look but couldn't find anything to fit so I decided to add a little detail and paint the ones I had.

I went with gold.

I added this stencil under the handle to give it a little more interest.

And here she is

Can you see the two colors? 

It's hard to see in pictures.

And here is where I put her.

I like it much better. I also can conceal the wires and movies very nicely to keep a nice clean look. 

I have an idea for how I want to decorate the wall above I will show you soon!!

Here's another before and after:

What do you think? All together supplies and everything I came in under $65 so I am happy!

Hope you have a good week!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Floral Friday

Happy Friday to everyone! I hope you had a lovely week. I have a lovely weekend ahead and I am really enjoying my new job so I am thankful for that and so many things today. This past weekend I spruced up my Fall pots with some pansies ....I just love the orange ones!

The hanging pots at my local stores were not tickling my fancy yet this season, so I decided to make my own. It's cheaper since I already and the hanging baskets.

Got some lovelies 

And my baskets... all you need is a little soil

Plug them in

Adjust and spread some soil around

And your done ...these babies will last through snow and ice here in Texas.

Love the orange pop in my front yard.

Sorry this isn't a great pic but I added the kale and purple to my other pots and they look great. I love watching the kale grow huge!

I also brought a little fall color inside 

Grab your pumpkin spice latte...head to the fair and have a cuddly weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Weather

Chicken Pot Pie is pretty great anytime but especially when it's raining and you have left over chicken.

If you don't have left over chicken you can just pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. 

You will need cooked chicken about 2 cups full.
1 can of mixed vegetable ...I like veg-all. Or you can of course chop some fresh veggies. 
I stick of butter
1/4 cup flour
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 pie crust (pillsbury)
A pinch of white wine

Melt your butter

Shred your chicken

Drain your veggies

Sauté The veggies in the butter about 5 min on medium heat

While the veggies cook go ahead and get your crust and pan ready

 Use one to line the bottom

Add the chicken to the veggies 

Season more if needed

Sprinkle the flour in and stir it all in to thicken

Add chicken broth

Then add the good stuff!! This is what makes the pot pie so good!


A little white wine ( or a lot) 

Season a little more salt and pepper

If you fancy a few more veggies...I like to add peas at the end.

Poor into your crust 

Cover with the second crust

Tuck her in around the edges

Cut a few slits 

She's ready to bake

350 for an hour to an hour an 15 minutes 

It's ready and it's perfect!'


Serve hot and it is just as good or maybe even a little better heated up the next night!!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Wreath for Free

This weekend was beautiful. We had a lovely cold rainy day and a crisp cool sunny one. The cool snap gave me some energy and motivation to put up a few Fall items around the casa.

I hate buying wreaths, the are so expensive and I struggle with what I want on my door each season. I usually repurpose something I have or get lucky with a sale. This year was no different. At first I struggled then Super Man found this in the attic.

It was a little beat up and old looking but I was determined to revamp it with items I had. 

I had pined these for inspiration.

This is what I ended up with

I found some burlap with the chevron print on it that I had used for a garden party. I twisted it around the wreath. But I still needed something so I added the initial cake topper from our wedding. 

I was really happy with how it turned out and most of all that it was free 😉

What do you think?

I will post more Fall decor later this week.

I hope you have a great week!