A "New" Bedroom Set

I recently had the privilege to work on this bedroom set acquired by a client of mine. She wanted it for her little girls’ bedroom.

The dresser The bedset

The headboard needed some TLC but oh I could see the potential.

Damaged headboard

I had some repair work that required some tricky gluing but I was pleased when it worked.

Repair work

The priming and painting process began

Headboard in progress Footboard in progress

Mirror in progress

I decided to slightly distress these pieces and finished them off with a very light “raw umber” antiquing.

Dresser closeup Bedset complete

The added details and hardware on these pieces make them so beautiful. I was personally very pleased with the end product. What do you think?

Finished Dresser Mirror closeup

Classy pulls

The details


Cupcake day

friends Libby and Carrie

I wanted to post this before our recent Valentine’s Day holiday, and well, life got busy. But I still wanted to share this with you and present a challenge to all you readers. I recently spent an entire day baking cupcakes with a couple of friends. You may ask yourself, “How can one spend an entire day doing this? Just open a box, add it and a few ingredients to the mixing bowl and voila: cupcakes.” Well, these were no ordinary cupcakes, my friends. We made the Best Ever Chocolate Cake cupcake with peanut butter buttercream frosting topped with Reeses peanut butter cups, and the Best Ever Chocolate Cake with mocha buttercream frosting. Then we made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcakes, and yes, they have cookie dough in the middle of them with cookie dough buttercream frosting on top, then followed by Lemon-filled Poppyseed cupcakes with buttercream frosting, with a finale of Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! I have never made so many varieties of cupcakes at one time, but oh my, it was so much fun.

cupcakesmore cupcakeseven more cupcakes

My friend Carrie’s kitchen and dining room looked like a cupcake shop later in the day with cooling cupcakes being piped with frosting by Libby. Mixers were mixing, ovens were baking, and laughter was flowing. It was wonderful catching up with my girlfriends. The astonishment of our kids, who walked into the house after school with absolute delight in their eyes while staring at our accomplished work, was hilarious. What made this day so delightful was sharing it with two of my dear friends. I find we can all be so busy with good intentions of spending time with our friends, but we find weeks turning into months before we accomplish this task. I am as guilty of this as anyone out there. If Carrie had not declared February 10th as cupcake day she, Libby and I would never have done it, and I would have missed out on so much fun. We had so many cupcakes at the end of that day; many were delivered to teachers, friends and family. It amazes me to see the delight that a baked goodie could bring to those we care about. Yes, the cupcakes were a little fancy and a little out of the ordinary, but no recipe we made was difficult or time consuming. I would like to remind us all to take a moment to let someone we know and care about that you are thinking of them, whether it be delivering a special goodie or something as simple as a text saying, “I’m thinking of you today” or even an actual note sent through the postal service, snail-mail style. The delight we can give through such a simple task is so often forgotten, so I say purposely mark you calendar and spend some time or share a goodie with a friend! It will be time well spent. Well, as promised here are a couple of the recipes with more to follow...

The Best Chocolate Cake

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 package Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a very large bowl (4qt), mix together everything except chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into cake pan of choice (cupcake pans, two 9inch rounds or 9x13) For cooking time, use the cooking times on the back of the cake box as a guide and usually add 10 minutes to whatever it says. Then do the toothpick check, and if it’s not done, check on it every 5 till done.

Peanut Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 tbsp. milk
4 cups powder sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and peanut butter together till light and fluffy. Add vanilla and 2Tbs. of milk. Add powder sugar and mix on low till combined. Add in more milk until frosting is the desired consistency for spreading or piping.

We topped these cupcakes with chopped Reeses peanut butter cups. We frosted some of the chocolate cupcakes with Mocha buttercream frosting...

chocolate cake with peanut buttercream frosting chocolate cake with mocha buttercream frosting

Mocha Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup butter flavor crisco
7 tbsp. baking cocoa
t tbsp. instant coffee
3-5 tbsp. milk
4 cups powder sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and crisco till light and fluffy. Add coffee to the milk to dissolve. Add vanilla and some of the dissolved coffee milk mixture to the butter mixture. Mix well. Add powder sugar and mix on low till combined. Add more of the milk mixture till desired consistency for spreading or piping.

chocolate chip cookie dough reveal

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Buttercream Frosting

For the cookie dough:
2 sticks of softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the cupcakes:
3 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla

For the frosting:
3 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

To make the cookie dough, combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on med. high speed till light and fluffy, about 2 min. Beat in milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a 1.5 tbsp. scoop, shape the dough into balls. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet overnight.

To make the cupcakes,
preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total). In a mixing bowl combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat together on med high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed and alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients mixing each addition just until incorporated. Blend in the vanilla.
Using a 3 tbsp scoop, fill the prepared cupcake liners 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
Bake at 350 for 16-18 mins.

To make the frosting, combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in the salt, milk and vanilla until smooth and combined.
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

cookie dough in batter baked cookie dough cupcakes
the final product of yumminess

We got these recipes from Kevin and Amanda’s Blog


My "new" bedroom dresser

I finally got my “new to me” dresser in my room. This dresser was given to me by my aunt and uncle when they moved to Kendrick, Idaho. It has taken me a long time to tackle this project, because I kept putting other things before it! Unfortunately, I do not have any before pictures of this piece of furniture, but I am so pleased with the results. I painted this dresser with “Dover White” (Sherwin Williams) paint and then antiqued it with Minwax’s “American Walnut” water-based wood stain. I simply watered down the stain slightly and brushed it on and wiped it off. This created a more brown antique finish than some other products I have used in the past. I am very pleased with the end result. Take a look at this beautiful piece now:

antiqued bedroom dresser

I so love the hardware and aged look of the mirror.

antiqued dresser hardware

Recently I realized that many mirrors in my home have an aged look to them and laughed when I realized my kids are not going to know how to keep a mirror clean when they move out because all of our’s have spots and wear marks on them that don’t come off!


Family photo update

My family had our photos updated by a friend of ours recently which led to a simple project that needed to be done: Inserting the new family photos in an old window frame I have hanging in my living room. The former pictures had my daughter in braces, so needless to say, she was anxious for the new ”no braces” pictures to go in. I had painted this window some time ago with some “heirloom white” spray paint. I decided to use vellum and card stock to matte each photo. My quandary was what color card stock to use.

window with white matting

The white looks crisp and clean but the vellum is definitely unnoticed. I wasn’t exactly happy with the result, so I decided to try black card stock with the vellum to get a grey. Bingo, it worked but I am still not sure if I am happy. I will have to live with it for a while and see. My family, especially my daughter is pleased with the results. This was a quick and inexpensive way to display multiple pictures in one area. Now I’m off to the next dresser!

window with black matting