So it’s the end of October, and fall should be here, but here in the great state of Texas… it still feels like summer!! So call it wishful thinking or just full fledged denial, but I’m welcoming fall regardless of the temperature outside!

And that involved planting some fall flowers this weekend (I’ll post about that later this week!) and decorating my dining table for fall.  I didn’t do much different than I did last year, using the box I made and stained for the table last year. But my photography has improved… so I took a few additional pictures!


I get the pumpkins and gourds fresh every year, but add in the potpourri that I bought several years ago from Pottery Barn.  And it always makes it feel like fall since it smells like pumpkin and spices!






Chalkboard Garland

I got a great gift for Christmas that I just hadn’t found the perfect place for yet, but as I was upstairs in our bonus room I spied the perfect place for it!  The gift was a cute chalkboard garland that has 6 circles of chalkboard hung on some brown twine.


When we hung the shelves in our bonus room I remember thinking… it really needs something over the TV to fill the empty void.  This turned out to be the perfect size! So I added in the words to one of my favorite hymns: “It is well with my soul” on the first five circles and on the 6th wrote the words to the first verse:

When peace like a river, attendeth my soul

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, It is well with my soul

Its a beautiful hymn and one that reminds me of the small towns I grew up in.



I think it filled the space nicely! I wrote the words with a chalk marker so they would be clearer.  Voila… easy project.



Mirror, Mirror

Some friends of mine had an extra mirror at their house that they weren’t going to use, so offered it to me for F-R-E-E and so I jumped on that opportunity! The gold isn’t really my style, but I loved the shape of it! And I knew that with A LOT of painters tape and some spray paint, this baby would look much more my style. (Ignore the blurry picture… apparently my camera thought I wanted a super in focus picture of my living room upside down and I didn’t notice)


In order to prep this guy for spray paint I needed to cover all of it’s mirrored surfaces with painters tape, so I put on a good TV show and started the process.


I found it most efficient to lay the tape down on 6 or seven at a time, being sure to push it into all the crevices.  Each little hole was a little wider than the wide painters tape, so I added another strip of  thinner tape overlapping.


I used my thumb to make sure it was down into the crevice.


Then I took a utility knife and cut each piece at both ends to cover just the mirrored part but leave all the gold exposed for painting.



After covering the middle with magazine pages and more painter’s tape, this baby was ready for her color change.



I took her outside and I used this spray paint in Carbon Mist. If you look really carefully in the picture below you will see that the can says oil rubbed bronze, well…. about one coat in, I realized I was pretty much out of oil rubbed bronze (and my experience with this paint is that when it gets to the end it gets MUCH splotchier).   mirror7

So I made a SUPER FAST trek to HD and decided I’d rather have it a more truer black, so I picked out Carbon mist for the second and third coat of spray paint.  My SUPER FAST trek is because you are supposed to apply the second coat of spray paint within an hour or wait 24. And patience is not a virtue I possess.  1 hour it is! Here is how she looks after one VERY THIN coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze:


As with all spray painting, each coat should be VERY thin (the above picture shows what almost all of my first coats look like) and you should keep your spray can moving at a moderate pace. This is what it looked like after the second coat, you can see a few spots that need a little more, but for the most part it looks covered and not splotchy:


And as soon as I put the third coat on and it dried enough to barely touch, I started pulling the tape up.  I used the knife to help me scrape the tape up from each corner and pulled it the rest of the way off.  Pulling it up before it has dried hard makes it less likely that you pull up some paint with your tape.  Plus its fun to get immediate results!!


And after I let her dry for a day in the garage, the husband and I hung the mirror above the mantle.  I hadn’t changed the mantle decor since I had moved into the house and had decided the picture that hung there before (see the perfectly in focus picture at the top of this post) would go really well in the foyer, so I thought this would look great above the mantle!

Don’t let the dainty gold from her original state fool you, this beast was HEAVY.  We had a few minor obstacles to successfully hanging it above the fireplace, (the husband hammered his thumb pretty good, and scraped my foot when I fell off the stepladder) but once it was hung it looked GREAT! And I better like it because it isn’t going anywhere for a LONG TIME.


Excuse the picture with the dog crate in it… this is real life, and since my nice 70 lbs scared-y cat of a dog is afraid of the sprinklers, her crate can’t be against any windows.  Plus she loves this spot where she gets to watch all the goings on at the house, choosing to be in here 99% of the time, even when she isn’t locked in there. And before you dog lovers start thinking I’m a cruel dog mom… she will get a crate pad when she can go a week without eating it.