August 15, 2014

It passed the test!

Whenever we do a project, it’s always a cross-your-fingers-and-hold-your-breath endeavor. We also fail pretty hard a whole bunch before we write a single word. for example, we should have some custom huge slabs of raw wood hanging up right now – but we don’t. We didn’t think about the fact that the wall might be curved on this 1930 cottage. Especially after Joey cut said wood perfectly straight to sit flush against that wall. Doh. Back to the drawing board. So it’s nice when we do something, and it works out, and then it continues to work. We love that […]
June 24, 2014

House of Stain

We scored. Big time. Nashville Craigslist is kind of magical at moments. We walked away with six new-to-us dining chairs. For $20. They were solid wood, but twice painted over with latex , and adorned with a country cushion. If you could see past that, you would see a super cute and pretty large chair that just needed a little stain and velvet. We couldn’t pick a color, we were kind of stuck between two, so we did some testing, and more testing on scrap wood. The top piece is Olympic Maximum in Royal Mahogany with a Semi-Transparent finish. Below is […]
November 26, 2012

Playing Dress-Up!

Restoring or completely altering the look of a dusty old piece of furniture that you found at Father Time’s yard sale can sometimes seem like more work than it’s worth. I’m here to tell you otherwise, my friend. Pretend I sound like Sam Elliott as I gently guide you through what it took to turn these… …into these. Most of this project, and any other project as I have found them, comes down to prep work. And every time I try and take a shortcut, I get burned worse than Lana’s favorite, “Burnt Broccoli”. In this case, I tried to […]
September 20, 2012

Campaign Dresser Prep

I finally found a matching pair of campaign dressers on criagslist! They are the right shape, the right amount of drawers, and have all their hardware! I don’t know if it’s an East Coast thing, but it was super hard to find a pair at a reasonable price. I feel out West, they basically give them away. They are in far-from-perfect condition, but with a little DIY-TLC, I am pretty confident we can get them ready for the nursery and looking good enough for our little prince! We have been inspired by so many great refinish jobs around the web! […]
February 8, 2012

DIY Wooden Lamp Base with the Beatiful Emily of Merrypad!

Hi Friends! It’s been busy. You know the story! Our friend Emily from Merrypad did an awesome job on transforming some reclaimed wood into lamp bases and making DIY paper shades! You know how we love a good wood lamp base! Give her a nice warm welcome, and don’t forget to check out her site. The girl has mad DIY skills. Hey friends of Joey & Lana! Happy to have been invited to play whilst miss Lana’s away (at NYIGF, lucky girl). Hope you enjoy this little tutorial (it’s one of my favorite pieces).   In my cozy real-life merry pad, […]
March 8, 2011

The Tree is Done!

I am so  so so over the moon excited, happy, and overjoyed (they all mean the same thing, eh?) that the amazing mural Duane has been working on is, in fact, complete. It’s the most amazing tree I have ever seen in my entire life, and the face that it was created by one of the most amazing people I have met in my life, makes it beyond special. The Tree of Life, over at Disney use to be my favorite tree ever. That was until Joey broke my heart and told me it was a fake tree. Kinda like […]
February 10, 2011


Drum roll please!!!! The day has come where we are actually sleeping on our brand spankin’ new King size bed we made from scratch! I can’t believe we finished this massive project. I cried. I actually cried the moment it was complete. Half out of pure frustration of the time it took, and half because I am so proud Joey was able to make the most beautiful bed! Behold (along with the glorious mess we made) the bed!   Now, this bed is HUGE. I’m not kidding or exaggerating. It’s massive. See the pillars behind it? Those are 7+ ft. […]
November 17, 2010

Fireplace Facelift: A (semi) Quicky Blog Squad Project

Good morning, friends! We have a few fireplaces in our home. Well, more like four. Ok, wait, three. See, the one is the basement is for “show”. Kinda weird, right? A faux basement fireplace….wonder what they were thinking when that happened. So the three real fireplace are in the living room, master bedroom, and my office. We were very excited about all the fire places when we moved in. We actively use the one in the master suite, and the one in the living room. We have plans for the living room one, kinda massive plans, but the rest will […]