Going From Mrs. to Ms.

I remember the first time I met him…it was 13 years ago this past February.

He was teaching a computer class.

I popped in his classroom and said, “Hi, I’m Karrah and I’m teaching down the hall.”

He smiled and said, “I’m almost done. I’ll come see you when my class gets out.”

It took until April for him to ask me out, but once he did, we were never a part. We took our vows on October 1, 2005…promising each other “forever.”

Apparently, that means 11 years and 3 months.

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Essential Oil Fizzing Shower Bombs

shower bomb header

Who doesn’t love fizzing bath and shower bombs?  I know I do, so I wanted to try my hand at making some.

Simple is the key here.  I’m not adding any oils or Epsom salts like I would if I were making bath bombs.  These can be used in the bath, but they are mainly for the shower. [Read more…]

Finishing the China Cabinet

It’s done!  The $5 china cabinet has been repaired, restored and repainted!  Let’s look back first, at how it came to me.

china cab base

broken china cabinet

Here is the final product!


china cab

If you haven’t read the previous posts about this little journey, you can find out how we acquired the $5 cabinet here.  I planned the re-build in this post and completed the base.

Along the way, many improvements were made like scraping off the gold etching on the glass.  You have to see my trick for getting that stuff off!

gold etch mark

With the top of the cabinet, I only had to add a bottom piece of plywood and paint the entire thing with chalk paint.  The new base made it so sturdy, it won’t ever fall over!  Which was exactly what I wanted to make sure of, before it went to the new owner!

If I would have had room in my house, I 100% would have kept this piece.  I’m so in love with it.  I will say that when I do this kind of project again, I will not use the wax.  Wax hates me.  You can get the same benefits from a poly and they come in matte, satin and gloss… so there are several sheen options.

One final look at this piece, then it’s off to the new owner.  <3

before after china cab base

pre paint china cab

china cab



Building A Top For The China Cabinet

The top is officially on the china cabinet base! You may remember in the first post, when I said that I ripped it off because it had a huge chunk missing, it also was made of particle board…which I hate. I plan on selling this china cabinet when I get it completely finished and I refuse to sell something that is not sturdy, so…it had to go.

The Plan

The china cabinet was originally built like this:

orig china cab

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Updating Furniture With Chalk Paint

My husband went to a storage locker auction and I seriously had my doubts.  He won his first one for $5.  I won’t lie, it was awful.  Cleaning out other people’s trash is not something I want to do at all, so I stayed away.  I ended up asking him if there was any furniture in it and he said, “Yeah, but just an old broken down china cabinet, that I’m going to throw away.”

“Noooooo!!!!!” [Read more…]