Finishing Touches {Final Dining Room Reveal}

Oh it is sooo pretty! Our dining room, I love it!!!!  Before the makeover it was my favorite room in the house and now after giving it its new look well I just want to be in the space all the time.  The funny thing is even though we have a new dining room we still spend many dinners in front of the tube. That is a habit we are working on breaking and now I feel I have an even greater reason to break it.

Because I love this space so much I took a lot of pictures so here they are.














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After we put the new color on the walls in the dining room I realized it looked awful with the color in the living room.  It looked very bumblebee-ish.  Black walls in the dining room, yellow walls in the living room equals bumblebee!  And I actually never really liked the color in the living room so since the dominoes had already begun to fall it only seemed natural to repaint the living room.  I will post pictures of our freshly painted living room soon.

I want to give a shout out to one of my faithful readers, my granny.  Thank you for loving me so much and for your faithfulness to me.  Glad we can stay connected via The Rescued Home.  Love you!


With love,


Pie Safe: A Painting Tutorial

It is finished! Painting right now in this season of life is not enjoyable.  I need projects that I can give attention to for a short amount of time and can be easily interrupted then set aside.  Painting furniture is not that kind of project.  But I did it, I finished the pie safe and love how it looks in our new space.  I thought I would share my tips on how I paint furniture since I will probably take a break for a while from it.

Here is what the piece looked like when I bought it.  I liked the painted detail but it didn’t go with the room.  It also originally had screen in the doors but you couldn’t see the dishes inside so I removed the screen and added glass.


I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams.  I always paint two coats, sometimes three.  If I were to distress the piece and age it with stain, glaze or wax I would paint one or two coats. I decided not to distress this piece because I didn’t want the original blue to show through so I painted two coats then touched up in some areas with a third.

When I paint a piece I paint a section by brushing in one direction first.


Then horizontally


In order to not see the horizontal brush strokes come to a stop at the edge of the vertical strokes I feather the horizontal strokes into the vertical strokes.


Then I go back with a bit of new paint and feather the vertical strokes over the horizontal ones.


Hope that makes sense!

My secret to inexpensive furniture makeovers is inexpensive paint so I buy $5 sample colors. The thing with buying sample colors is the guys at the paint store will tell you that the paint is not durable enough to be a top coat and I totally agree.  I would not use the sample colors on trim work or kitchen cabinets.  In order to provide a top coat I use Polycrylic, in clear satin by Minwax.  Polycrylic is water based so it won’t yellow over time like polyurethane.


I apply it using a foam brush.


The Polycrylic will leave a milky white finish when you paint it on but will dry clear.

I wanted a pop of color in the room so I painted the inside in Hazel by Sherwin Williams.


Here is the before one more time.


Here is the after.

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With love,

Dining Room Redo Part 2


A few weeks ago I told Joel I want to take more risks with the décor in our home.  I don’t feel like I am a huge risk taker when it comes to our home.  I usually play it safe with color or the accessories I put in it.  I think my desire to take more risks is a theme that keeps showing itself in every area of my life.  I don’t want to spend my life clinging safety.  I definitely don’t want to be foolish but I most definitely don’t want to live in fear of the what-ifs.

So this room redo presented the perfect opportunity to take a risk.  After putting up the board and batten paneling we were trying to decide on a color.  The room needed to be repainted but we were stuck between painting it the old color, Garden Sage by Sherwin Williams or going in a completely different direction.  We chose a completely different direction!

I had seen black walls in a few magazines and on Pintrest and loved the contrast of dark walls and light trim.  We thought maybe dark blue or green would look good but we just couldn’t land it.  Then I said lets paint it with chalkboard paint and we can draw on it for holidays or write scripture or notes to each other.  Joel said ok and so it was decided.


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Stay tuned for the post on the pie safe makeover.

In order to draw the eye to the windows I painted the window sashes in Latte by Sherwin Williams.


Here is the before, after and after one more time.

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After first makeover

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This room is an ever evolving room! I am in the process of making over the pie safe and will share the post as soon as it is completed. Also on my to-do list is,

A tutorial on how to get great looking window treatments on the cheap
Hang new art work
Makeover the dining table
Add a few new accessories

I think this room is going to keep me busy for the rest of the summer!

I want to add another thought. Here I go on my over analytical thinking.  Hope it makes sense.

I don’t think the risks I am taking define me.  What I mean is that they are not who I am.  I am learning that if God asked me to give up my home and all the “risks” I get to take with it I will not loose my identity.  I will be ok and will still have worth!  Does that make sense?  I don’t want the risks I take (or the lack of risks I take) to be a response to fear I want them to be an overflow of the security I have in Jesus.  I want my answer to be yes when God calls me to take a risk no matter how scary it is.  My home and the way it looks is not who I am.  But I do think the risks I take are a reflection of what God is doing in my heart.  The longer I know God the more secure I become and the less afraid I am to step out in faith.

With love,

Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.


I found the picture here Classic Casual Home 

Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,

Future Plans

The semester is winding down around here and we are gearing back up for the summer.  We will be heading back to Europe in a few weeks.  Last summer we spent four weeks in Greece

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 and this year we will be in England with Eliza in-tow!  We are going back to Wolverhampton, the city where Joel lived during his last two years of college.  Wolverhampton, England is a very dear place to us.  Our favorite restaurant, Jivan’s, an Indian Balti house, is in Wolverhampton.

Our first dinner date at Jivan’s

Some of our closest friends are from Wolverhampton.  Wolverhampton is the city where we fell in love!  I just can’t wait to introduce Wolverhampton to Eliza.  Last time we were there, in 2011, I found a charming antique shop that I am dying to check out again.  But what I’m most excited about is the new people we will meet and the friendships that will develop during this trip.

After we get back from England our plan is to finish painting the outside!!!! I decided to paint the window sashes in Weathered Shingle by Sherwin Williams.

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 We are also planning a master bathroom remodel.  Last summer, I was still suffering from morning sickness and extreme nausea so Joel remodeled our master bedroom while I laid on the couch, eating crackers all day.

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 I am sooo excited about this remodel because the state of our bathroom right now is just well, disgustingly embarrassing.  Our plans include extending the ceiling from 9 feet to 11 feet, adding antique ceiling tin, reconfiguring the layout, reworking our closet to utilize the maximum amount of space, changing the door from a hinge hanging door to a pocket door, a new vanity made from an antique dresser with a vessel sink and new hardware, new flooring, new subway tile on the walls and new light fixtures.  Pretty much a gut job!  The only thing staying is our claw foot bath tub that needs to be re-finished.  I’m not sure how it is all going to work with Eliza around, but it should be an adventure!

Here are a few inspiring pictures.








I also had to add a few pictures of my little nugget! She has grown so much this month.

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With love,

A New, Old Front Door

It is a rainy, spring day here in San Marcos, Texas!  It is wonderful, my little one is laying next to me sleeping, my curtains are pulled open and I’m watching the rain fall. What a good day!  I love spring because everything seems to glow.  All the new leaves look flourescent and full of new life.   Here is how Eliza and I have been enjoying spring…

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just lying around in our yard.

The past few weekends have been productive ones around The Rescued Home.  We started the remodeling process on the outside of our house in the fall of 2010 and it is still not complete!  We are still chipping away at it.  Joel was able to get some sanding done and the first coat up.

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Since I can’t help Joel with the painting I have worked on smaller projects.  This past weekend I decided to paint our front door.  It needed a fresh coat so I thought I would go with a completely different color after looking through my latest Country Living magazine.


What caught my attention was the colors on the seed box.

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I loved the blue-gray  letters, with the lighter blue accent against the yellow.  Since our house is yellow and I have a light blue bench on my front porch I decided to paint the door in Homberg Gray, a Sherwin Williams color.

I saw a tutorial on one of my favorite blogs, Jones Design Company.  She painted her house numbers on her door and then gave a tutorial on how to do it, including free downloadable numbers.  Here is the link for that tutorial.

I just love our front door! It has a great story behind it, we bought it at one of our favorite architectural salvage shops, Pieces Of The Past for only $100.  It originally hung in a 1920’s school-house in New Jersey.  When we first brought it home it needed to a little work, well actually a lot of work.  And on top of all the work it needed it didn’t even fit in the door frame because our house was soo wonky.   Joel and my very talented father-in-law had to push, pull, bang on, and shim the frame so the door would fit.

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We ended up painting it red and I have loved the red for the past three years.

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But I think I like the blue-gray color even better!

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We have plans to build window boxes (I will share that tutorial) and paint them the same color as the door.  Oh they are going to be soo charming!

With love,

A Little Yard Work

I’m here on my in-laws back porch enjoying the beautiful Texas sunshine and some much-needed R & R!  My in-laws went skiing for Spring Break and we needed a place to retreat to, just the three of us, so we are here lounging around in our pjs, watching tv, reading, writing and eating junk food.  Life is good!

This is how Eliza is enjoying her time away.

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She was 9 weeks old this past Sunday!  I love being her mommy! Everyday I fall more and more in love with her and Joel.

For the past two months I have been sitting on our couch watching home improvement shows, dying to get my hands dirty.  We had some free time last weekend so we decided to do a little work in our yard.  We put in front flower beds last spring and plan on working some more on them this year.

Here is what the yard looked like when we bought the house.

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Here it is last spring after we put in new beds.

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A huge improvement!

 I have been admiring the rock in these flowerbeds for the past seven years.

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 I love how natural and organic they look, like they have been there for years.  My favorite kind of outdoor spaces are ones that look like they naturally happened there.

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So last weekend we loaded up in the truck and headed to the rock yard to find some rocks.  We came home with 1,500 lbs of rock!

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This is how it now looks when we do projects…with a little one in tow!

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After a few hours this is what we came up with.

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They are going to look great once the plants grow in.

I was so sore the next day but it was the best feeling to get to work with my hands again.

With love,

White-Washed Trunk

Painting…Either you love it or hate it!  Most people I talk to hate painting.  This is something I can’t understand, I LOVE painting, especially when I get a chance to put paint on a cool piece of furniture.  I recently had an opportunity to revive a family heirloom trunk for a customer.  I love this trunk! I couldn’t wait to get started on giving it a new look.

Here is the piece before I got my hands on it.

This is the concept picture I sent to the customer.

Here is the trunk, all dressed in its new paint.

I applied a white-wash treatment and distressed the edges to give it a time-worn look.

I am so pleased with how it turned out.  If you live in the San Marcos area and have a piece that needs an update, let Rescued Home Interiors give your furniture a new look.

With love,

Stretchy Pants and Paint On The Walls

I did something today that I have never done before….I shopped in a maternity store. Yep, I bought stretchy pants!  And to tell you the truth I don’t know if I will ever go back to normal jeans.  It is so wonderful to have a large spandex band holding up my jeans.  Before I went into the maternity store I stopped into a few of my favorite stores and left very discouraged after seeing that nothing really fit me right. Once I was in the maternity store I was soo encouraged, everything was long and stretchy, perfect for my growing belly!

Onto some other changes.  The student housing project I have been working on with Melodie from Primitive Modern Design is coming along.  This past week our lighting was installed and paint went up on the walls.  I love seeing paint go up, that is when the transformation really starts to come to life.  Here are some pictures of the progress.

We had two large drum lights installed over the desks in one of the main leasing centers.They need a little adjusting but they are going to look so good once the new furniture is in place.  The blue wall in the background will be painted Tango, a fabulous orange color by Sherwin Williams.

Remember in my last post I said we were having light boxes similar to these made.

The artist that made them did a wonderful job and they look amazing in the other leasing center.

The walls  have been updated from a muddy yellow, green to a soothing gray.

This space will serve as a lounge area right inside the roof top pool on one of the properties.  I can ‘t wait for you to see the new furniture in place.

What an awesome view out onto the pool that overlooks The Drag right off of the UT campus.

This fitness center once looked like a skating rink with purple and lime green walls.  It has now been updated with a crisp gray and cool blue.  The blue wall will sport a hand painted longhorn mural painted by a local San Marcos artist.

There are many other changes underway and I will update as soon as I can.  Many people have asked me about the nursery and I am dying to get started on it.  Can you believe I haven’t done anything to it?!?  I can’t, it so out of character for me but once I get moving on it I will post pictures.

Ok that is all for now.  Take care!

With love,

White, My New Favorite Color

I have always loved using the color red in my home decor.  My eye is always drawn to red fabrics, pictures with red objects,  and red accessories.  Red, I just love it! But lately there is another color in the picture, white.  Yep red has a little competition.  I love how white is classic, clean, and refreshing, and different shades of white just make my heart go pitter-patter.  When it came time to come up with a look for our master bedroom, white was what I wanted.  I haven’t finished decorating it but it has come a long way over the past couple of months and I wanted to share the progress.

Remember I was going to try to accomplish the Swedish Country Gustavian style.

Here is what I have come up with so far.

Remember this shelf? It was sitting by the curb.

Voila! All it needed was a little paint and

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We have had this dresser for a while and I painted it black years ago.

All it needed was an update.

I bought this picture at Goodwill for the frame.

It was the perfect fit for one of my bridal portraits.

These mirrors were taken from the vanity I cut apart to create my sister-in-law’s bedside tables.

Stay tuned for more updates on the progress.
With love,