I gave at the office.

Did you guys miss me on Wednesday?  I skipped right over having a post because … well … I gave at the office this week.  In other words, I spent all of my energy at the day job.  I’ve been putting in a little overtime of late because this is crunch time for me at my ‘real job’.  I’m not going to lie, it’s been a bit stressful.  I just haven’t had any energy left at the end of a long day to work on blog projects.

In addition, I can’t share the dresser that I finished last weekend yet because it’s part of a collaboration that I’m working on.  The reveal date isn’t until February 10.

But … you know what … how about if I give you a sneak peek at my piece …

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone that I showed you that 😉

Anyway, my point is, I have very little to share this week (and possibly next as well).  I’m going to spend some time this weekend working on my next piece(s) of furniture, but don’t know that I’ll get any of them done in time for a photo shoot before the sun goes down on Sunday.

In the meantime, I have one little project that I can share today.  This is one that I wasn’t even sure I would blog about because it’s not terribly exciting.  However, since I’m desperate for content, I’m just going to go with it.

Remember the Cosmic Roses dresser?

When I purchased that piece the seller asked me if I wanted the mirror frame that went with it, even though it didn’t have the mirror glass or the harp for attaching it anymore and the trim was broken off.

Of course I said yes.

Although I’m fairly sure this frame never went with that dresser.  It’s not the right size, and had a totally different wood finish.  I knew I could do something with it though.

My handyman Ken made quick work of gluing the trim piece back on the top and cutting a piece of hardboard to fit.  I just had to paint the hardboard with some chalkboard paint (I used the Rustoleum black chalkboard paint on this one), and then paint the frame.

For the frame I went with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Farmhouse White.

I haven’t been using as much milk paint these days, but this piece reminded me how much I love it when it gets perfectly chippy.

I really love taking something that was destined for the dumpster and giving it a new life.

Not only have I been too busy to create things for the blog, I’ve also been too busy to get my stuff in to Reclaiming Beautiful.  Hopefully I’ll make it in there next week, and this chalkboard will go with me.  I want to get it there before Valentine’s Day has come and gone!

Thank you to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for providing the milk paint I used on the chalkboard frame.

23 thoughts on “I gave at the office.

  1. Stop, take a deep breath, calm your soul and rest. It’s okay to be busy but it’s also okay to rest!! Don’t get run down.
    The chalkboard is neat. Loving all the smalls. Thank you for once again showing us what can be done with something on it’s way to the trash!
    Have a peaceful weekend. Kaye


  2. Damn day job…lol. just remember not to wish away your life! My Mom used to say that to me, and I’ve always remembered it. Sometimes the balance in life shifts, and you need to give a little more to home life, married life, work life…in order to keep it all meshing well. You have mastered that balance more than most people I know. So…keep balancing and carry on!


  3. Love it! Will get snapped up right away I’m certain. Good vibes coming your way to dispel the stress. Enjoy the weekend and get rejuvenated!


  4. Work does get in the way of what we’d really like to be doing, right? As much as your readership looks forward to your blog posts, I believe each of us would encourage you to take some time for rest and rejuvenation. You’re worth waiting for, Linda!


  5. Well Miss Quandie………no apologies necessary! You’ve got your bar set really high……Most people would feel gratified and productive just getting the pretty chalkboard done! But I guess that’s what makes the the whiz of beautiful projects!


    1. Thank you Connie! I will be the first to admit that I tend to set my expectations a bit too high on occasion (and now Mr. Q will be laughing and rolling his eyes because that might be an understatement).

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  6. Hi Linda,
    Great project! Love that frame!
    I was browsing instagram the other day and came across your feed… then came to the blog… What can I say… I’ve been staying here since then… with some occasional breaks for food, family life and well.. work 🙂 Your imagination is fantastic, I really admire your talent to see the beauty behind the ordinary.
    And thank you for sharing the sources – I just placed an order at Maison de Stencils, and eager to try their stencils!!


    1. Welcome to my blog Olga! You’re going to love working with those stencils 🙂 I took a quick peek at your blog and the little boats you made out of blocks are adorable.


  7. Love that dresser. And the new/old mirror. My grandson once asked my son if he liked his job. My son said “Not really, but it gets me money to play at the things I like to do.” (Play on the farm, hunt, go camping…family things,) I thought that was a wonderful answer. Not everyone has their “dream job”. I’ve been retired for 5 years & still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!!! You do a great job at your “on the side” profession!

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    1. Actually, I do like my day job. It may seem like an odd combination, accountant by day, furniture restyler by night, but it works well for me. I don’t think I would want to do the blogger/furniture thing full time. I suspect that relying on it to pay the bills tends to add a level of stress to even the most enjoyable hobby.


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