Interiors

LUSH – Halloween 2017 Releases
Hello everyone! I received a packet in the mail with information on the LUSH Halloween 2017 releases, so I wanted to share all of them with you -- as well as which ones have caught my eye! These are limited edition, so they will only be available for the season. So if you're interested, stop by LUSH, or if there isn't one near you, feel free to click the links below to check out any of these for an amazing autumn bath!  

Bath Bombs

A huge guilty pleasure of mine are bath bombs. Especially if they're infused with skin benefits, I'm a huge fan. Many times LUSH's bath bombs are a bit strong in scent, so just something to keep in mind.  

LUSH Halloween Releases 2017Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Pimento berry oil

This "bath-o-lantern" is fall vibes. This bomb is a fizzer, and it'll fizz out a "spicy-sweet pumpkin pie perfume full of exotic pimento, sweet vanilla and cozy, warming cinnamon." Berry can be a bit more exhilarating than relaxing, but this sounds like soaking in fall, which I'm all about.        

LUSH bath bombsLord of Misrule - Featured ingredient: Patchouli oil

This one starts out with a gorgeous green and then the center releases a reddish wine-colored center. It's a spicy herbal blend, so it's a more invigorating with a stronger scent. Patchouli is great for the skin, so this is going to be a more nourishing bath bomb.        

LUSH bath bomb Halloween 2017Monsters' Ball - Featured ingredient: Himalayan Rock Salt

I'm not going to lie, I'm the most excited for this one. First of all, duh, it reminds me of Monsters Inc. Secondly, the inside of the bomb is blue, so it creates a gorgeous swirl of pink, blue and purple around the bath. It also has a fruity lime and neroli perfume, which I imagine leaves a gorgeous lingering scent when you step out of the bath.        

Bubble Bars

I typically get 3-4 uses out of the bubble bars at LUSH, so I will break off portions of the bar and crumble it under the tap for a beautiful bubbly bath. Sometimes I will even combine a small amount of a bar with a bath bomb to mix my own bath.  

LUSH Halloween 2017Bewitched - Featured ingredient: Frankincense oil

From the look of this one, it'll turn your bath into an almost black bath, which is very appropriate for Halloween. According to the website, this bubble bar will "conjure up a shroud of berry-scented bubbles and dark, mysterious waters with mountains of fluffy, fragrant bubbles." Frankincense essential oil has a lot of skin benefits, as well as for overall health. Some include: stress and anxiety relief, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even helping to fight cancer.      

Pink pumpkin bath bar LUSHPink Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Bergamot oil

* Warning - This bubble bar does have glitter * Marketed for those who would rather dress up as a unicorn than a zombie, this bright pink bubble bar uses a blend of bergamot, geranium and jasmine to create a bath full of pink shimmer and bubbles.        

Halloween bath bombsSparkly Pumpkin - Featured ingredient: Cinnamon stick

* Is it necessary to give a warning for glitter when it's called "sparkly"? * After reading the description, this is basically everything I love about fall in a bath. It has the warmth of cinnamon, the energizing refresh of lime and grapefruit oils, and the color of autumn. YAS.          

Other Products

 

LUSH 2017 halloweenLord of Misrule - Shower Cream

Just like the bath bomb, this shower cream has an herbal blend of black pepper, patchouli and vanilla. The shower creams are notorious for being really nourishing, so that plus patchouli and vanilla -- YUM. The only thing you would need to figure out is if this particular scent is for you.                

Black Rose lip tint LUSHBlack Rose - Lip Tint

I'm not sure how I feel about this... it starts out black in the tube, but when applied to the lips, it gives a pinkish red tint to the lips. It has kalahari melon and jojoba oils, as well as a fruity spearmint-mandarin flavor. But hey, maybe that sounds amazing to you!                  

LUSH halloween 2017Goth Fairy - Body Shimmer

* Warning - This body bar does have glitter * If you're looking for a body highlight, this is your shimmer fairy. During the winter, they have Snow Fairy, but this "goth fairy" applies iridescent sparkles on your skin, while adding hydration with illipe and cupuaçu butters.            

LUSH soap 2017 halloweenHedgewitch - Soap

Staring at the rows of soap is probably one of my favorite things to do at LUSH. They're just these huge tube-like structures spread out all over the counter. The featured ingredient in this soap is extra virgin coconut oil, which has amazing softening benefits for the skin. Hedgewitch has blackberries and a fruity fragrance if that's your style.          

LUSH 2017 halloweenMagic Wand - Soap

Harry Potter anyone? Another sweet/fruity smell, this soap is infused with pomegranate for brightening and charcoal for detox, leaving the skin squeaky clean!              

The Ones I Definitely Will Be Trying :

  • Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar
  • Monsters' Ball bath bomb
  • Lord of Misrule bath bomb
  • Either the pink pumpkin bubble bar, or the pumpkin bath bomb (not both though, cause I ain't loaded)
    So that's it for this season's LUSH Halloween 2017 releases! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment down below if you've already tried any of these and what your thoughts are.   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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August Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
August Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OX8JtJffWo[/embed] If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I'll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow... where you lead.   Today we are going to be unboxing and doing a review of the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to double the cost. I'm so excited for the fall and winter boxes because it's my favorite time of year, and considering Stars Hollow is located in Massachusetts, I'm sure there are a ton of amazing items to come!   Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes     So this is what I received in my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:  

August Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box

 

Doose's Market Mug ($14.99 Value)

Even though Taylor was one of the most annoying characters for me on the show, you have to admit the man had the cutest shops. I wish Doose's existed in real life. This mug is awesome. The emblem isn't painted on the mug (it's pressed on), which immediately makes me think I'm going to need to wash it by hand. I did already have someone who thought the mug was for a real place that spelled "deuces" wrong....  

"I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore" Tumbler ($14.99 Value)

I may or may not have squealed when I opened the box and saw this. I'm OBSESSED with good coffee, and I've been needing a larger tumbler to bring my morning cup of coffee to work in. I have a test that any travel cup has to pass for my morning coffee. It has to keep my coffee hot when it's poured while I'm getting ready for the day, it has to survive the car ride to work, and then it has to still be piping hot when I get to the office (because sometimes, as Mr Heckles from FRIENDS would say, I wasn't ready for it). This passed with flying colors.  

Luke's Non-Slip 4 Pk Coasters ($19.99 Value)

I only have a slight note for these... the "non-slip" part refers to the bottom gripping onto the table, not the coaster holding onto your drink. There is a difference for me. Besides that, these are so unique and awesome. I'm not sure if the people who partner with the box write the price for what it retails for, but I personally wouldn't pay $20 for these. But either way, the value of the box covers what I would actually pay, and I love them.  

Stars Hollow Coffee Sample ($2.99 Value)

Oi with the poodles already! This entire box is basically coffee themed, and I'm not mad about it -- Lorelei Gilmore is basically my spirit animal. Lit Cube also has a coffee club in addition to their two other subscription boxes, so if you're a coffee lover, you may want to add that on to your list to check out as well! I haven't gotten around to trying this one quite yet, but it smells a bit berry-esque which will be interesting for when it gets a little cooler out.     So that's it! What do you think of this box? The fact I have a huge love for coffee, hot chocolate, and any other hot fall drink means I was a pretty big fan of this box. You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here.   J.   Check out the July Stars Hollow Monthly box review here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Fall
Football, scarves, hoodies, smelling like a camp fire... man, I love fall. I don't care what the calendar says, it's late August. Therefore, it's fall. This weekend I pulled out the fall decor, so of course it made sense for me to share my favorite essential oil diffuser recipes for fall. I've said this before, but I'm not a fan of air fresheners, sprays, or plug ins. I love my candles, and I continue to burn those, but everything else makes the house feel stuffy and heavy.  
Note: If you don’t have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
  I’ve been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I’ve really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I’ve been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.  

5 Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

 

Brisk Air

       

Autumn Leaves

     

Harvest Moon

     

Trick or Treat

 

     

Fall Sweets

          So that’s it! Do you have any blends for fall that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love!   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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July Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OX8JtJffWo[/embed] If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold. All you have to do is call my name and I'll be there on the next train. Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. If you need, you need me to be with you, I will follow... where you lead.   Hello everybody! Today we're going to be unboxing my Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box! Each box is $34, and the value of the box comes to double the cost. So for anyone new to my blog, I have only a handful of TV shows that I watch. The Big 5. And most of them are re-runs. FRIENDS, Gilmore Girls, That 70s Show, House of Cards, and So You Think You Can Dance. That's basically it. My dog is named after Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls, so needless to say when I found out there was a Stars Hollow monthly subscription box for Gilmore Girls I was like, YAS GIRL.   Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes   So this is what I received from my first Stars Hollow Monthly subscription box:  

July Stars Hollow Monthly Subscription Box

Dragonfly Inn pajama shirt ($29.99 Value)

This shirt is so soft! I definitely feel a strong kinship to Lorelai Gilmore... maybe it's the coffee or the fact that I talk really fast about incoherent things. Oi with the poodles already. This is definitely a great shirt for the summer time because the fabric is very breathable and it has a loose fit to it. I will say the only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was that mine fit a bit strange at the bottom, but I think it has to do with the fabric.  

"Where You Lead" white socks ($8.99 Value)

These are probably my least favorite item in the box. They're super cute and I love that the stripe matches the shirt. I'm just not a huge fan that the words are made with that tough/sticky paint that I used to use during craft time in Girl Scouts. It just makes it feel a tiny bit cheap. (Despite the high listed price tag)  

Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in "Vicious Trollop" ($14.99 Value)

I am ALL about that name... for those who need a refresh, "Vicious Trollop" was the name of the lipstick that Lorelai and Emily bonded over while they were away for a spa weekend. The color is a deep red-pink color and it has almost a duo-chrome finish. So far I haven't experienced any chipping on day two, which usually is a pretty good sign for me. Apparently the two other colors you could have received were "Ready to Wallow" (when Rory breaks up with Dean) and "Wookie One Night Stand" (which is self-expainatory if you've watched the Netflix reboot).  

Megpies strawberry poptart ($3.99 Value)

Megpies is an Brooklyn manufactured bakery that started doing bake sales, then moved to a cafe with deliveries available on bicycle, and now you can order from them online. Obviously Lorelai and Rory only really have coffee and strawberry poptarts for breakfast, so this is fitting. Ironically strawberry or cherry poptarts were the only thing I could eat in the morning before school without feeling sick, so I'm excited to try this out tomorrow!  

Al's Pancake World fridge magnet (price not listed)

If I'm being 100% real, this may be my favorite item in the box. It makes me laugh so much. Because now anyone who comes over who hasn't seen Gilmore Girls is going to be so weirded out that I have a magnet of a Chinese takeout box with "Al's Pancake World" on it.    

Other Purchases

So on the website for these monthly boxes, they also let you buy merchandise from previous boxes with leftover stock. You may have seen this on my Instagram already, but of course this is a planner I had to have. It's so awesome. It's Luke's Diner menu, and on the front page, it has Luke's classic sign of "NO cellphones."             So that's it! What do you think of this box? Are there any boxes you're obsessed with that I should check out? You can check out Lit-Cube and the Stars Hollow Monthly subscription boxes here.   J.   Check out my July Sephora Play! Box review here.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes for Summer
Summer may be coming to a close soon, but that doesn't mean you can't fully enjoy these last few weeks diffusing summer essential oil blends! Air fresheners have so many harmful ingredients and personally I hate how "heavy" a room feels after using an air freshener... is it just me or does anyone else feel like that? I've been diffusing these mixtures that I received in a pamphlet by artnaturals and I wanted to share their recipes with you because so far I've really been enjoying them. Essential oils have so many amazing benefits. I've been using them regularly in my diffuser, in my skincare routine, and for my hair! You can also check out my Top 5 Essential Oils here.  
Note: If you don't have a diffuser, no worries. Bring a medium to large pot of water to a boil and then add a few drops of essential oil for a similar result.
 

5 Summer Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

 

Summer Solstice 

 

 

 

Awakening

     

Sweet Summertime 

     

Cool Down

       

Paradise Bliss

      So that's it! Do you have any blends for summer that you love? Leave a comment down below on what essential oil combinations you love for your diffuser!   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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5 Essential Oils You Actually Need In Your Life
I'll come out and say it, there is SO much information on essential oils out there. And it's really stinking overwhelming when you want to start using them. #InformationOverload. So I decided to come up with my top 5 essential oils list and what I use each one for to help those of you who may be wanting to get into essential oils for the first time. (Or hey, maybe you love them and are an expert yourself!)
Pro Tip: One thing to keep in mind when purchasing essential oils is that you want them to be 100% pure.
There are a lot of places that you can purchase essential oils from. I personally have a lot of oils from doterra, and recently I was sent some oils from artnaturals. Personally I love them both, but artnaturals is way friendlier on the wallet so that's where I will be heading to repurchase. I also love that on the artnaturals website, you can shop by ailment. So if you're looking for a solution for stress relief, the drop down menu brings you straight to the oils that will help with that. But anyways, here are my top 5 essential oils that you actually need in your life.  

My Top 5 Essential Oils

artnaturals lavender essential oilLavender - My favorite essential oil

Uses: Think of lavender as the "soother." You can use it to combat anxiety, sleep problems/insomnia, and skin irritations How I use it:
  • Diffuse 4-5 drops in a large diffuser around bedtime to relax and sleep like a rock
  • Add a couple drops to an evening bath after a stressful day
  • Mix in with daily moisturizer or coconut oil to calm sensitive skin (on face or body)
  • Mix with coconut oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet to moisturize and treat insomnia
   

artnaturals essential oil tea tree beauty june favoritesTea Tree- My skincare secret

Uses: Tea tree is a natural disinfectant (as is Lemon). You can use it around the house as well as on the body. (See my June Monthly Favorites post to learn more) How I use it:
  • Use a drop of tea tree oil to directly treat acne
  • Add a drop or two to an evening cleanser for an extra boost
  • Add 4 drops to a diffuser to help clear the mind (and the air)
  • Add a couple drops to a bath for a detox
    artnaturals peppermint essential oil

Peppermint- My migraine lifesaver

Uses: Peppermint is perfect if you get migraines or tension headaches. It's also great to keep bugs away, and open sinus passages if you get allergies. How I use it:
  • Apply to fingers and rub behind the ears and back of the neck for headaches/migraines
  • Diffuse (or inhale from the bottle) to take away nausea
  • Mix with water and spray the outside of windows/doors for a natural bug deterrent
   

eucalyptus essential oil artnaturalsEucalyptus - My treatment go-to

Uses: Eucalyptus is an amazing antiseptic. It's great for cuts and bruises, as well as for cleaning the air of toxins How I use it:
  • Mix with tea tree oil and spray on a dry shower curtain to disinfect and kill mold
  • Mix only a couple drops into a spray bottle filled with water for an itchy pet (more info)
  • Diffuse to clear nasal passages and alleviate chest congestion when allergies are acting up or when sick
   

frankincense artnaturals essential oilFrankincense - My anti-aging weapon

Uses: Just saying, if they brought it for Jesus, it's a pretty big deal. Frankincense has been used for centuries during prayer, but also for healing of the skin and inside the body. It's an anti-inflammatory oil and it also helps encourage cell regeneration. How I use it:
  • Mix 2 drops in with a moisturizer at night to fight age spots, acne scars, wrinkles etc.
  • Mix with coconut oil and put on the bottom of the feet to stabilize mood
  • Diffuse during prayer
      What are your favorite essential oils? Do you use any of the ones above for a different purpose that you think is worth mentioning?   J.     For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!  
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Smart Levitating Air Lamp Kickstarter
Check Out This Cool Kickstarter – The Air Lamp

Levof Tech launched a kickstarter campaign that is taking modern home decor to an entirely new level.

Last year, there was the floating lightbulb. Which I would have purchased based on aesthetics alone. #Hipster. This is the "Air Lamp," which was created by the same manufacturing group as the floating lightbulb. It's completely portable, and the light portion levitates and spins! [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://foxfacewithjennifer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Smart-Air.mp4"][/video]   The lamp comes in three colors: silver, rose gold and black. (Rose gold - YAS!) It has two USB ports and can last up to 12 hours. It's also wire-free, which means you can move it wherever you want. (Man, that would have come in handy when we had that awful thunderstorm last month and had to use candles and a cell phone ring light to see) I love Kickstarter campaigns. I love when entrepreneurs find something they're passionate about and just go for it. Kickstarter is a lot like having traditional investors (without them having a say in production or distribution, which helps entrepreneurs avoid getting screwed out of their own inventions).   The Air Lamp kickstarter   What do you think? If you're interested in learning more or supporting the Air Lamp, click here. And let me know what other awesome Kickstarter campaigns that you find that we should check out!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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My Favorite Artists – Spring
If you're new to my blog or just getting to know me, you should know that I'm heavily into aesthetics. Whenever I'm in a new apartment or office, it's important that I make the space my own. So it's pretty typical to find art, vintage pieces, photos, etc. around. I'm constantly on the lookout for new inspiration and pieces, so I'm pretty sure this post is going to become a reoccurring series.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso
Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite artists with you. There are some watercolor artists, interior designers, an illustrator, and a stationary couple. All of them are amazing. Some are friends... some I dream about being friends with one day. But all of them have immense talent and I highly recommend you checking them out.  

Sauleja Ilgune (SaulejArt)

sauleja watercolorI'm very blessed to call this first artist a close friend of mine -- and she is beautiful inside and out. Sauleja and I went to college together and we have a pretty special story. She received her first art supplies in a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child while she was living in Lithuania as a child, and I ironically was working for OCC when she told me about her box. It's incredible to see how that shoebox was the starting point for Sauleja's beautiful watercolors. Sauleja's work has made an appearance behind-the-scenes on my Instagram for a while now... I quite proudly display all of the pieces Sauleja has gifted to me over the years. I have watercolor paintings of a few animals, beautiful flowers, and water scenery. Most recently, Sauleja mailed me a beautiful card (pictured) with a Bible verse in Lithuanian. She should be getting her website up soon, but for now check out her Facebook page and Instagram.  

Caitlin McGauley

Caitlin McGauley watercolor Speaking of water color, I've literally been dreaming of having an original Caitlin McGauley hanging in my bedroom... or in the hallway... or maybe above the mantle in the living room... anyways it's been a dream for a while. This lady's work is incredible. She's a watercolor genius, and I love her Instagrams of her sweet kids and when she gives an inside look of her paintings. She paints with her heart, and you can definitely tell. I would say my favorites are her creations of Paris, London and New York. Her flowers are also gorgeous, as are her fashion shots. Really all of it is amazing. Check out her wallpaper and prints here, and definitely be sure to follow her on Instagram.    

Pencil & Paper Co.

pencil and paper co interior design If I weren't in PR, interior design would have been my calling... and Benjamin and Genifer would have been two of the designers I would have fan girl'd over if I met them in person. (Though no promises that wouldn't happen anyways) I'm kind of obsessed with the fact that their website lets you shop their favorites for decor. I'm a huge fan of enhancing the beauty of a space, and they execute that with impeccable detail. Natural sunlight, open shelving... I'm hooked on their work. Whenever I'm aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, their posts always make me scroll back up and take a moment to soak everything in. They're an amazing husband-wife design duo, and my love of marble, brass, white with pops of color is made complete in their designs. Check out their website!      

Art of Chelle Elle

art of chelle elle - michelleMichelle is an old roommate and co-worker of mine. We interned at Georgia Aquarium together, and well I just couldn't get enough of her so we ended up roomies prior to both of us getting married. Michelle is an illustrator, a lover of asian culture, and one of the best listeners I know. Her sketches are some of my favorite to binge-scroll through because they're so free and full of inspiration. I also love when artists show more of their process, their thoughts, and new experiments to get better at their craft. Michelle is constantly trying new things and pushing her boundaries, which I have mad respect for. She also recreated one of mine and Joseph's wedding photos as an illustration that will be framed in my house forever. Definitely follow her on Instagram/Facebook, and check out her website.    

Rifle Paper Co.

rifle paper co. stationaryI don't care what anyone says, school supplies make me giddy with excitement. I'm an ENFP, so I'm not really the Type A organizer, but I always loved school and school meant supplies. Rifle Paper Co. makes the most beautiful designs. The end. Bang gavel. Court dismissed. But really, they do. Every time I'm in a shop and find myself picking something up to get a better look, it's usually made by Rifle Paper Co. This husband-wife duo makes some of the most gorgeous planners, greeting cards, art prints, recipe cards, and the list definitely goes on. Check out their Instagram, and be careful on their website, you may purchase more than you planned!     So that's it for this round-up of artists. I know I used the words 'gorgeous' and 'beautiful' a sickeningly large amount of times. I hope that you found at least one, two, or hey maybe all of them made you feel inspired and cleaned out your soul a bit like Picasso was suggesting. Feel free to share some of your favorite artists and I'll be sure to check them out! Have a great weekend!   J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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DIY project dresser to entryway entertainment unit
DIY – Old Dresser to Entry Piece
This is the story of why my DIY mantra is "If it's more than 4 steps, better not." I will definitely walk you through my upcycling process in case that's helpful. But things never go as planned, and that's just fun to read. So whether you want to use the painting tips, the reconstruction tips, or just learn what NOT to do, then buckle up.

Tip One: Pick Out the Right Piece to Upcycle

One of the things Pinterest DIY professionals don't tell you is how they picked out the piece that they decided to upcycle.  To be honest, it's difficult to look at a piece and see what it could be in your head. Because there are some hideous pieces of furniture that suddenly become gorgeous with a fresh coat of paint.
My best advice here is this: pick a piece you would be perfectly happy just painting and switching out hardware. If you choose to do more, do it to make something even more beautiful.
I thought this piece would be gorgeous in my head. And it's a good piece of furniture overall. But it originally belonged to a woman who must have morphed into a chimney by now from all of her smoking. It stank. It also was a bit bulky for my taste... but luckily now I have a better understanding of how to spot the right piece. Pro tip: fall in love with the bones and you have a much better shot of loving it later.

Tip Two: Pick Something that You Don't Need to Knock Out Supporting Beams

This one blogger made me think it was so easy to knock out the supports for the drawers in the front. Maybe it was for her, but not so much for me. The back on my dresser was warped... from the smoke, from exposure to water, I don't know. But it had to go, and I had to create a new back. FYI: if you're upcycling a dresser, most do not have a floor. So if you take any of the drawers out, you will need to build a floor. Which in my case, led to an uneven floor and an adult tantrum since I couldn't get it level. But hey, you do you boo.
Note: if you need to make a new back or floor, go with particle board. It's cheap, solid, and only becomes compromised if you literally soak it in water.
Since the original back of the dresser I had was of lesser quality wood, it meant that the front vertical beam of my dresser was a main support. Which meant if I knocked any of it out, it would compromise the stability of the entire piece. Ugh. So I purchased a long metal L bracket to screw into the front underneath where the original support was to distribute the weight. The things I do to make sure my furniture doesn't come crashing down to earth.

Tip Three: DIY Painting is Great if You Have the Right Paint

Annie Sloan's chalk paint is my absolute favorite for DIY projects. It's smooth, it dries beautifully, and my favorite: you use less coats of paint. I used Graphite for the top and handles, Old Ochre for the sides and front, and Paris Grey for the inside. [easy-image-collage id=409] Annie Sloan also makes soft wax, which can give a really great antique look to furniture. It also helps seal the wood and keep water from damaging the paint. I used the dark wax on the entire top, and the clear wax everywhere else. (If you're going for a vintage feel, you can use the dark wax on light paint in the corners to create your shadows)
Pay close attention to the quantity you need... that's all I'm gonna say on that.
One other tip I have on the Annie Sloan chalk paint is that you definitely need to look at the photos on their website for what the color will actually look like on furniture. I've found the swatches to be slightly misleading. But I absolutely love their products, and highly recommend them if you're painting furniture. One last thing... there is such a thing as too much chalk paint.

Tip Four: Hardware Can Transform a Piece

Unfortunately, another thing that my DIY project didn't have going for it was the hardware. And by hardware, I mean the handles. I wasn't a fan of the look or feel of them, but alas, no amount of pulling, threatening, or banging on them removed the hideous handles. So I was stuck.
Just in case no one has told you before, Home Depot and similar stores are not the only places to purchase hardware!
I just wanted to put that out there because I didn't know that at one point. (Or that you get what you pay for when it comes to skincare and makeup, but visit my skincare and makeup section for that)
Here are some of my favorite places to purchase hardware:
  • Local antique shops or secondhand stores (mismatched ones look cool if you do it right)
  • Etsy
  • Anthropologie
  DIY projects can be incredibly fun, but for someone like me who has the patience of a 10 year old, I plan to stick to my 4 step rule. But hopefully some of these revelations I've experienced will help you in your crafty projects! Leave me a comment down below with some of your DIY project mishaps. Because who doesn't need a good laugh? J.   For more fun, follow me on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER!
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