When we first moved into this house, I was completely overwhelmed by design choices. I mean we could see the ground through the floor, walk from one room to the next with ease because of the giant holes in the wall, get lost in the grass outside because it was over our heads, and don’t even get me started with the snakes!
My parents had bought this house to flip, and I fell in love with it – or at least the layout. The hubs wasn’t quite so excited about a fixer, but in the end we decided to sell our trailer and buy this house. We worked on the house ourselves when we could while our trailer was on the market, but then our trailer sold. We decided it was time to hire a pro…especially considering we were living with my parents in my sister’s room, and it was Stacy, me, and the 2 kids (at the time) all crammed in one room.
Let’s just say we hired the WRONG person.
A job that was supposed to be finished in 4 weeks, ended up taking 5 months, and most of it was done by us AND I found out I was pregnant. Needless to say, design concerns went out the window. It was like slap some stuff on the wall, and LET’S GET IN THIS HOUSE!!!
I was never really happy with the paint colors I chose, but I didn’t really have any sort of vision for what I did want to do in the home, and as a mom of three kids 3 and under, aesthetics were the least of my worries. Life went on, and fast forward almost 9 years, and I have still done very little to actually turn our house into a home.
Then, at the beginning of this year, we needed new sheets for the master. I told the hubs I was going to buy some, and he asked me why I didn’t just buy all new bedding – we were still using stuff my grandma gave me in college…that was handed down to her!
And that’s where it all started.
The bedding I chose didn’t match the paint color, so I decided to paint the walls. Then, the dressers no longer matched the walls. I’d been wanting to do something to update them – our bedroom furniture was also a hand-me-down, – and it was finally time to take some action.
After lots of research, I settled on a look I liked, and it just so happened I had all the supplies I needed. I’d bought some white paint and gel stain 8 years earlier when we first moved in that I never ended up using, so I got to work…and I’m really happy with the result.
When I posted the before and after, I got tons of questions about the technique and products I used, and since I still needed to do the mirror, I decided to do a video series detailing each step. I was going to do it in one fell swoop, but there is a good bit of waiting between steps, so I figured it would be easier to watch a quick video on the step you’re on than to watch a longer video showing the whole process.
I will put all the videos into one long one once I’m done posting them all so that you can sort of “read through all the instructions” beforehand, but for now here’s Part 1. This video goes over the supplies you’ll need and my product recommendations. I certainly am not an expert – this is my first time doing this particular process, – and I am aware that there is more than one way to skin a cat – so to speak, – so please feel free to share your experiences in the comments, so that we can learn from one another, but this is what worked for me and I hope it helps you out.
God and internet willing (the joys of country internet), I will have video 2 up tomorrow night. In the meantime, you can download this printable supply list here:
So what do you think? Do you have a piece of furniture that is ready for an update?
April was born and raised in south Louisiana where she still resides with her husband and their 3 children who she homeschools. Her hobbies include sleeping late, procrastinating, starting complicated DIY projects it takes her ages to complete, buying more books even though she hasn’t had time to read the last batch she bought, and finding ways to mildly annoy her husband (see first 4 hobbies). She’s overly opinionated, talks too much and too loud, and refuses to simply go along with the status quo. While she would love to be able to say she is one of those ride or die chicks, she simply has too many questions such as, “where are we going, but more importantly, can we stop for nachos??”