Mistakes & Happy Endings: DIY Farmhouse Nightstand

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”– Bob Ross

I’ve been chompin’ to get started on the second night stand for my Bedroom Revamp, but repairing the water-damaged Family Room took precedence. Finally, last weekend we were able to get going, using the same basic pattern as the first bedside table we made.


Instead of a tray top, I designed this piece to look like a vintage wash stand.  With wood and supplies left from the other table, I only needed to purchase two glass knobs and sand paper. Once built, I stained it with Minwax Early American and let it dry overnight.


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Signs of Spring . . .

Why, hello Spring!

Why, Hello Spring!
Why, Hello Spring!

Ginene, of Fox and Finch Antiques, held a recent Springtime Thank You give-away. I was the fortunate recipient of a Green Grass Yankee Candle! It couldn’t have arrived on a better day. It was cold, windy, rainy and I had indoor recess duty. 😕


Ahhhh! The wondrous, light smell of green grass . . .


Ginene lives above her antique shop in a renovated 1929 bank building in the quaint Village of Richmond, Illinois just off the Wisconsin line. To follow her adventures as a historical building owner, or for a variety of tutorials, or to learn more about her antique shop; come pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and visit FoxandFinch.Worpdress.com.

So . . . Thank you very much Ginene! You made my day!

Have a good week!! – – Joanne

DIY Farmhouse Bedside Table :: Done!

I finally completed one of the DIY farmhouse-shabby chic bedside tables for our bedroom update. I think it turned out rather nice; if I say so myself. 😀  


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Valspar Paint Giveaway

It has arrived! The box was on my doorstep when I arrived home from a long-g-g snow makeup day at school.  I participated in the Pretty Handy Girl’s Valspar Paint Sample Giveaway promo featured in the Library Makeover Reveal post. 

valspar gift

The sample chip and the complementary colors palette were missing (per pamphlet), but I was stoked regardless. The opened box revealed a sample of Valspar Glass Tile, 2 mini rollers and a mini tray.


I love this color! I can’t wait to roll this lovely, soothing sample on the wall as part of an ongoing bedroom project.  I’ll let you know how it turns out! 😉

Thank you Valspar and Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl!

DIY Bedside Table :: Sneak Peek

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Baby it’s COLD and SNOWY and ICY outside!

wp-snow day-birdbath

Last I checked I was living on the Virginia coast? Two snowfalls in two weeks. The good: the school snow days off has allowed me to work on a room that desperately needs updating. The bad: we’ll have to make up these days. 😦

tired. tired. tired.
tired. tired. tired.

This room begs for updated lighting, bedside tables, new scatter rugs, bedding and window treatments.


The first task, finding the right bedside table, proved a little harder than I thought.

But, finally after months searching I figured out what it was that I wanted. I want a combination of Ana White’s farm table plan . . . a green side table I saw on a Pinterest board . . .


source: pineconehill.com

. . . and a table I coveted during a visit to Anderson-Wright Rooms & Garden.



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Repurposed Beer Bucket

This shabby pail was created from one of the saved beer buckets from our daughter’s DIY Vintage Rustic Wedding. The only item I purchased was the spray paint.  It was a quick project and was super easy.



Time: 45 minutes (add additional drying times)

Cost: $2.49 (spray paint)

Difficulty: Super Easy!




Rust-o-Leum Hammered 7213 Silver spray paint

Behr Brushed Almond homemade chalk paint

foam brush

The Graphics Fairy typography

wax paper


inkjet printer

dark brown Briwax

clean rag


To achieve this shabby look, I covered the blue island-themed (not a favorite) pail . . . 

Corona, anyone? ;)
Corona, anyone? 😉

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