Pinterest Dreams Become a Reality

Posted January 10, 2018 by Prairie Wife - 12 comments

I’m not a DIY kind of gal. 

woman on computerOur Pinterest boards are full of amazing and beautiful décor and stunning rooms that will most likely sit and gather internet dust.

Every once in a while I get a wild hair and redo a room. It’s usually when I’m nesting or when The Cowboy is off Elk Hunting…but I think the last time I did anything to decorate my house was years ago.

After almost a decade of living on the prairie, the one room I haven’t changed at all is our bedroom, so I’ve spent the last few months pinning chalk painted furniture and rustic/shabby chic/French bedroom décor.

I told The Cowboy that I wanted to tackle this project over Christmas break and he took a deep breath and nodded his agreement. This didn’t mean he was going to paint or pick anything out…just that he would hang pictures and do the heavy lifting. I’m going to call that a win!

On a whim (and with the encouragement of my good friend and neighbor) I asked The Cowboy if I could paint our cabinets white.

I was shocked when he not only said yes, but went and bought all the paint and tools for me…that day.

So on Friday, after dinner, I began a major redo. 

dresser before

I did the bedroom furniture first and it was finished in about three hours. I painted one large dresser and two nightstands with chalk paint (best invention ever). I made the drawers different colors because I love the way it looks…it only took two coats of paint and dried quickly in our heated shop.

bedroom furniture done

We put everything in our bedroom the next day and I had The Cowboy hang up a few décor items I had purchased from Hobby Lobby (sign above bed) and Target (antlers).

bedroom 1

On my side I have a simple nightstand, and I love my quirky lampshade (Target). I have a few custom frames ordered to finish up my side of the room, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for pictures of that!

bedroom 2

I love how light and airy the room feels now, and I’m thankful that the colors I picked compliment the wall color and bedding that we already had. I know I could cover the bed with pillows and a big fluffy comforter but A. I hate to make the bed (as you can see) and B. It just wasn’t in our budget right now. Maybe I’ll find something that calls out to me and at the right price soon?

Our kitchen had simple light colored wood cabinets. We washed all of them down to prep them for paint and removed all the doors.

kitchen before

The Cowboy took all of the Cowkids ice fishing to keep them out of my way and I began the longest part of painting…taping off the borders. I was very thankful for a TV in the next room because as I worked away I was able to catch up on a full season of Younger!

kitchen in progress

I think you can agree that the final product was worth the time (three coats of paint) and energy! Once again, our budget didn’t allow for many changes but I did get a few new touches like the Pioneer Woman flour and sugar containers (WalMart). Flowers and bold colors…how could I resist?

kitchen done

The Cowboy replaced a regular outlet with one that had four USB plug ins. I found this rustic mail holder and it works perfectly as a way to store and hold all of our tech. I love the drawers for holding headphones and wall plugins. If you are really crafty you can drill holes in the back for the cords, but it didn’t bother me to have them out.

tech area

All in all we started Friday night and had everything completely done by Saturday evening at 11pm…not bad right?!

I am thrilled with the results, and The Cowboy keeps commenting on how nice it looks 😉 

It was totally worth the time, effort and money…but I think I’m done for a few years lol!

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12 thoughts on "Pinterest Dreams Become a Reality"

  1. Jamie says:

    What brand of chalk paint did you end up using? I am on the cusp of getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I used chalk paint on the dressers, it was from our local Ace and is Amy Howard “at home” this is a flat finish and may be a bit porous for cabinets but I’m not sure on that. On the cabinets we used Behr Premium Plus Ultra high gloss paint and primer in one. It’s a shiny smooth finish and seems to wipe off easily!

  2. Alyssa says:

    I’m a sucker for simple renovation, it all looks really great!! Christmas break was our time to get stuff done around the house too, so much work, but it’s so worth it!! Curious where you found the mail holder, I’ve been searching everywhere for one that I like but can’t find anything!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      amazon I can get you the link if searching “rustic mail holder” doesn’t work!

  3. Pa says:

    With all the prize-winning elk racks in the shop why did you need plaster ones? Just curious.

    1. Jenni Trimmer says:

      I’ll BET all those real prize winning ones are GINORMOUS!!

      1. Prairie Wife says:

        Agreed lol the smallest one is still over three feet 😉

    2. Prairie Wife says:

      The Cowboy said no…I tried to get him to do one of his deer on his side and then I could do my girly white with flowers on the other. He said his antlers stay in the shop where the men are…

  4. Hannah says:

    Both look awesome!! Can’t believe how much the white cabinets change up the kitchen…love it!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks Hannah, it surprised The Cowboy too lol!

  5. Bennie says:

    Ooooh, you just gave me an idea. I have a two USB outlet in my living room and a similar ‘holder’ to the one you put your I-pad and phone in to charge them up. I might be reshuffling that around in my place now. I like how your bedroom dresser turned out with the different colors on the drawers. It adds a pop of color to the dresser.

    I do NOT have the patience or follow-thru to tape off cabinets like you did. Good for you! I also don’t have a garage or such like you to tackle these types of projects. I’d have to put down tarps and dropcloths on my hard wood floors which is doable but scares me if I make a mess.

    Like you I have tons of stuff pinned to my Pinterest boards. I just need to find some time and nerve to start on those projects. 😉

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