Craigslist Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Craigslist Dresser Main
After moving recently, we are still in “settling in” mode…perhaps will be for some time…making furniture work in each room, making decisions about what to keep or give away or purchase, making time for the ever-dreaded task of hanging pictures.

For our master bedroom, I had been searching for a long dresser as an anchor for a tv above, and Craigslist did not disappoint!  I’ve found several pieces on Craigslist to redo, and it’s a fun challenge to find terrific deals!  (To date, this Craigslist Hutch Makeover remains my favorite redo!)

Thankfully, David tagged along on the ride to pick this puppy up.  We pulled into the driveway of what resembled a scene from Breaking Bad.  Or Cops…the Mississippi version.  Glaring reminder to always take a buddy on Craigslist adventures:).

It wasn’t until we got the dresser home that I realized how bad of shape it was actually in.  A bit disappointing, but I loved the lines of the piece and knew paint would bring it back to life in no time.  Although the photos do not do justice to the terribleness, trust me, it had been used and abused, and it showed.

See here below, she’s deceivingly pretty!  
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But ohhhh no.  Just a few of her battle scars here.  Perhaps “Adam” was  a 4th grade crush…Craigslist Dresser 1
For the final look, I wanted fresh, simple, and clean.  After a few trials of mixing Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Old White, I landed with the combo of 3/4 French Linen and 1/4 Old White.  I highly recommend mixing as much as you think you’ll need for the whole project in an airtight container (tupperware or ziploc container). This way, you can seal the container during your project and come back to the paint without having to remix.  Also, another tip I read on some blog…place your wet paintbrush in a ziploc bag and refrigerate it.  It keeps beautifully, and you avoid washing brushes every time you take a break from your project.
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The final finish shown is two good coats of the French Linen/Old White combo and two coats of clear Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax.  For the hardware, I removed each piece for painting the drawers, but loved the finish the way it was and did not change it.  Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint or black spray paint (the kind for painting metal) are good options for refinishing hardware easily.  Just be sure to sand the hardware with steel wool before spray painting.

After the paint cured and the hardware was back in place, the insides of the drawers were begging for a fresh look.  The previous owners must have eaten meals in the open drawers. I found this adhesive drawer liner on Amazon Prime for about $12!

The drawer liner makes these drawers pop when you open them up!  I love how they turned out.

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Transformed beauty in our master bedroom!
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Amazing what the simple act of paint will do to completely change a piece of furniture!  Now on to my next project…:)

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Easy July 4th Centerpiece

This past week, I was getting ready for two of my college friends to visit and wanted something easy, fresh, and patriotic for the kitchen table.  In just a few minutes and a few dollars, a festive, July 4th centerpiece is born!July4thCenterpiece2

These blue mason jars are some of my favorites that can be used all year long.  You can find them many places now…Michael’s, Amazon, and Target, to name a few.

Browse through your local grocery florist department for fun color combinations.
For interest, group odd numbers of containers together.  If you have mini American flags, they would be a fun addition to this easy July 4th centerpiece!

Happy 4th to you and yours!

Easy Coleslaw

Coleslaw Recipe
I don’t know about you, but the people at our house are glad it is summer!  For months now, the blog has taken a back seat due to a move, new schools, and three kids, and I am thrilled to be back at one of my favorite happy places today!

With summer in full swing, I’m sharing an Easy Coleslaw recipe!  I have never been a fan of coleslaw until I made it at home, and now it is a staple when we eat BBQ or cook out.  David and I tried and tweaked several versions, and this coleslaw recipe has risen to the top as the favorite.  Enjoy!

Easy Coleslaw (make a day ahead if possible)

1 pkg prepared Angel Hair Coleslaw
1 cup shredded carrot..about 2 whole carrots  **omit if using bag of regular coleslaw that contains carrots)
1 cup real mayo
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 t. celery seed
1/4 cup sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a food processor with shredder attachment, shred carrots.  In a large bowl, mix together coleslaw and carrots.

In a smaller separate bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, celery seed, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw and mix well.  Chill until ready to serve. If your coleslaw has too much extra liquid, drain a small amount with a strainer before serving.

Coleslaw Recipe 2

Coleslaw Recipe


Tay Morgan Easter Egg Giveaway

I love Easter.  Everything about it.  The colors, the food, the traditions, the promise of new life!

One of our family’s favorite Easter traditions is collecting Tay Morgan Designs personalized wooden eggs.  You may recognize her trademark design as these adorable keepsakes have quickly become a Mississippi Easter tradition.  Tay is giving away one of her eggs here at the blog this week!  The winner can choose between these two designs, and Tay will personalize the egg and ship it straight to your home!

1) Snuggle Bunny and Bee or 2) Hearts with Bible Verse


A few of our favorites…


Pine Cove Family Camp egg!


Tay’s eggs are so fun display in a fishbowl in the middle of your kitchen table or coffee table.  Our kids love to peek through to find their special eggs every year.

This year I changed it up a bit and put a few in this wooden box and love the sweetness it brings to my kitchen hutch!


So…I’d love to give away one of Tay’s eggs to you!  Entering to win is super simple!

Just one requirement to enter and you will receive two entries for it…

“Like” Tay Morgan Designs and Amanda Jane Brown on Facebook and simply leave me a comment here at the blog saying you did (or already do!).

For an extra TWO entries, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let me know you did.

Giveaway ends next Tuesday, April 8th, at noon.

Start your Tay Morgan Designs Easter egg tradition this Easter!  You can order your school logos, sports or other activities, favorite camp, or other design.  Visit Tay’s Facebook page to see her work!