Stencil Your Shelf Paper

Stencil Your Shelf Paper! Breaking Point

Painted Vanity

I finally got around to painting our Master Bath vanity this week – thank you, Spring Break. I will post on the full makeover soon, but wanted to share this little tip on my shelf paper alternative.

We recently painted the bedroom gray and cream and I wanted to give the vanity a facelift too. Paint, new hardware. I used Annie Sloan, mixing Graphite and Paris Gray 1:1. Loved the color and wanted to wrap it up with some pretty shelf paper before replacing the cabinet contents. But sadly could not find any paper in a gray pattern. In fact, I don’t think they’ve made new shelf paper since 1970.

Stencil Your Shelf Paper! Breaking Point
So, I decided to try my hand at stenciling. Hey, if I mess up, no one really sees the inside of the cabinet but us, right? I used Paris Gray along with the new vanity color. Finished it off with two coats of lacquer to protect it from toothpaste, lotions, oil spills and water. I learned less paint on the brush makes a neater stencil.

IMG_1539What do you think? Would you try it?

Stencil Your Shelf PAper! Breaking Point

Stay tuned for the complete makeover.

Old Speaker to Fresh Night Stand


I am so happy to finally have a bed and headboard in our guest room. Of course no guest room is complete without a nightstand for a bedside lamp and to lay a cell phone/alarm clock, right? It so happens that we had this set of old Advent speakers laying around that I rescued from garbage pickup in hopes of upcycling them. So I began the simple process of taking them apart. Wow, it took more muscle power than I expected!guts

This left some rough edges on the inside so I needed to get creative. What was flexible, paintable and easy to attach to the inside curves? I found some vinyl ceiling tile trim (2 for $8) that I could bend and attach with liquid nails and some finishing nails. Since I was using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I knew it would stick to the vinyl.

The speaker had a hole in the back so for the inside, I used paintable wallpaper border on the back panel. That wouldn’t be strong enough to cover the outside though. Again, more head-scratching and wondering what to use…. I was looking for a tin square to attach but couldn’t find any sold separately. So, found this faux-tin (vinyl) ceiling sample online at Home Depot for under $5 which they shipped for free to the store. I only needed 2 squares, so I have most of the sheet left. tile

Since we don’t have a level small enough to fit inside the speaker to ensure level shelves, I used the compass app on my iPhone. Open the app, swipe left and there’s a level!


I used the same Old Ochre Annie Sloan paint that was on the headboard spindles. Scuffed up the edges a bit, then added some Annie Sloan dark wax to finish! And done! Two projects done, so maybe not a Chalk Paint newbie anymore?

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My mom passed away in July and we siblings are just now going through and choosing what we want to remember her with. I picked her sweet little lamp with roses on it. She used it all the time and had it as far back as I can remember. What a perfect complement to the nightstand.


Here’s the post where I did the headboard.

IMG_5012Not sure yet what my next project will be. Maybe the cabinet in our master bathroom. Or the old teacher’s desk in our office….
Please stop back and see what’s next!!

Chalk Paint Newbie

We have a guest room that finally has an actual queen-sized bed. The air mattress, rest its soul, never made it past six months. I wanted a headboard now, but the new ones I shopped for were blah or pricey. I happened upon a new store, Sandpaper, that sells Annie Sloan chalk paint. Loved what I saw in the store and asked lots of questions. Next thing was to find a used headboard to refinish.

Went to a few salvage spots and finally found a great piece at ReStore where money raised supports Habitat for Humanity. The $30 price tag was cut in half for a Labor Day special so I walked away with this headboard in great condition for only $15! FYI, a full-sized headboard is smaller than a queen-sized one. Bring your measuring tape to salvage markets.

headboard found at ReStore
headboard found at ReStore

I took a chalk painting workshop, and boldly left the store with cans of Coco, Old Ochre, clear wax and a new brush in hand. I made trips back for dark wax and a second brush.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paints – Coco and Old Ochre
finished headboard

That was so easy, I decided to chalk paint some old Advent speakers that I’m upcycling into night stands! And I have an old desk to transform. Stay tuned…

Christmas 2013 Decor

I want to create a Pinterest pin to include new Christmas ideas I used this year so I can remember them next year. So far the only way I can see to add multiple pictures to one pin is to grab them off a url. So…trying to do that here. If you know how to do that with multiple picture files, please let me know.

deconstructing christmas
deconstructing christmas
chandelier 2
chandelier 2
upstairs tree
silver bead and gold ribbon garlands
bannister greens
bannister greens
downstairs tree
plaid ribbon and white birch garlands
fireplace shot
copper bin of logs, greens and lights
easy centerpieces with battery light strings
wooden crate with logs, greens and lights for fireplace


He sees me. He knows me. He loves me!

IMG_4319Many times I struggle with my priorities when I wake up. I have two main desires, to spend time with God and to spend time with friends and family via facebook and twitter. Lately, God has not been my first choice. This is a heart issue that I’ve asked God to help me with.


Today I decided to take Jesus Calling and my phone (only to check the scriptures) outside to focus on God and keep my social media distractions at bay. One quick swipe of my bench and I realized the dew was too thick to sit on any furniture, so I landed on the concrete steps of our patio. And here’s what God had to say:


Let the dew of My Presence refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me. …

I laughed out loud and smiled with Him.

Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10

I Just Took a Walk

Finally went on a prayer walk through my neighborhood. Oh, I’ve walked these blocks several times already this summer, but I drown out most everything listening to my iPod.  Today, I left the ear buds out. Instead, I tried to hear everything God had in my path. This time I really set out to pray over my neighbors.

I signed up for the Summer Initiative at Salt & Light and June’s assignment was to prayer walk your neighborhood.  More on that here. June is fading quickly. I think fear had me stalled in the idea stage. Fear that God might have a plan for me in my own neighborhood. Fear that He might ask me to do something that will make me look crazy or feel uncomfortable.  Fear that when I reach out, I might get turned down.

Turns out, the walk was pretty powerful. My heart was opened to really wanting to know who my neighbors are. What’s their story? God helped me examine myself as I walked as well, surely to humble me. Keeping in mind that I am on the same journey I hope to invite my neighbors to join. Remembering that I struggle with sin daily.

For too long I have pushed aside the command of ‘love my neighbor as myself’.

How well do you know your neighbors?

GroupLife Midwest: Ten Essential Awarenesses… with Rick Howerton

Ten Essential Awarenesses…Small Group Leadership That Transforms with Rick Howerton





  1. All of us have fallen or will fall into every one of the life situation categories at some time in our lives.
  2. Tribal group members may have a Mark 9:24 perspective of Scripture.
    1. God is a person, not a genie in a bottle.
    2. Faith is belief + doubt and acting on the belief part, and letting God be God.
  3. Tribal group members will “investigate then embrace” the truth rather than “embrace then investigate” it.
  4. Tribal group members need to discover truth in community.
  5. Tribal group members are comfortable firmly planted in a Deuteronomy 29:29mindset.
    1. It’s ok to live in a mystery, I can’t think in the same dimension as God.
  6. Tribal CMC members today are more likely to have emotional trigger points than before.
    1. When we recognize triggers, we can lead them to healing.
  7. Most welcome dialogue but will shut their minds off if the Bible study, by design or not, becomes a monologue.
    1. If group members cant speak openly/honestly about what they think, they wont hear what you are saying.
  8. Tribal group members are hearing “voices“ that are not in the room.
  9. Tribal small-group members will not always accept that the author of the study or the lecturer on the DVD is the final authority.
    1. If they have baggage with the local church, they probably wont hear the pastor as an authority.

10. Tribal small-group members need the freedom to discuss other belief systems.

Spiritual growth begins with discomfort.

Many times Jesus left people with a ? instead of an ! Allow time for people to process what they are hearing.

When God’s opinion is hard, help them accept a hard opinion.

Give your small group members time to investigate truth, they will embrace it in God’s time.