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    Hey there! I'm Amanda and I'll be your co-pilot today. Along with my handy husband, Ben, we're remodeling our second house. We're avid DIY-ers, tackling large and small projects while raising two rambunctious boys. Thanks for following along on this wild journey!
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    A little more #halloween decorating. The boys helped me toss creepy things on a platter as a table centerpiece. Their favorite is the candy eyeballs in the mortar and pestle, naturally. In a survival situation, I'm nearly certain I wouldn't be able to make a fire-I can barely make one in our fireplace. Even then I think I go through a box of matches. To hopefully help, I picked up a box of extra long matches. Popped in a cut wine bottle, I think they'll come in handy on the mantel. Thinking of adding this small sign I made to the kitchen. Problem is, I don't want to drill into the marble because I'll probably change my mind later on and don't want to leave holes. This measures 12 by 25 inches and isn't too heavy. Think command strips could hold this in place?

Mini Dresser Pretties

I admit, I totally teased you yesterday about the mini dresser.  But, I hadn’t gotten pictures of it until later yesterday afternoon.  So, here it is, finished and ready to use.  Boom, in yo’ face.


Maybe finished.  See those pale legs?  Even after two coats of stain like everything else.  The different woods took the stain their own way. Thin veneer sides are slightly less red toned than the fronts.  Luckily it’s not noticeable in the small guest room.  But I might get a different, darker stain to try on the legs, just to see how it goes.  I haven’t coated those in poly for that reason.


Notice the blue between the drawers?  I did that to match the laminate top I painted.  And the top of the drawers to cover the plywood edges.  We’ve had a Carrara marble remnant in the garage that I considered using as the top.  Not sure the skinny legs could handle that much weight.  And I didn’t want to ask Ben to cut it.  I’m still hoping we can use it for a coffee table someday.


Taping the wood edges gave me a crisp straight line so only the top got paint.


For a little more fun, I painted the outer sides of the drawers blue, too.  (Mysterious from Benjamin Moore, color matched to a sample can of Glidden Duo)


I’m calling this make over a success.  What is better than simple lines, dark wood, and navy blue?


That ends the mini dresser love fest.  What do you think of the changes?


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