Aug 1 2016

Furniture Rescue: Oak Cerused


So a while back I fell in love with this oak coursed secretary that Little Green Notebook Did….

Little Green Notebook Oak Cerused Secretary

Check out the tutorial Here. It’s amazing stuff.

TNPLH: Cerused Coffee Table 1

So when I found this fun coffee table, for $40 on craigslist I thought it might look really cool with the same treatment. And it was only $40 so if it got messed up no biggie.

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Cerused Coffee Table 2

First caveat is that on Little Green Notebook, she explains that it HAS to be oak. Now I had no clue if this table was oak or not, but I knew that just from the look of it, the piece had VERY pronounced wood grain. So I figured it should work, directionally correct.

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Cerused Coffee Table 3

So the hardest part was the stripping of the wood. It took FOREVER! And it was a TOTAL MESS! I have done a lot of furniture in the past, however I usually paint (not stain), so I usually don’t have to do a perfect job stripping down to the bare bones. But in this case you have to put in the dirty work and get it all the way down to the wood.

Also – when I asked for the metal wire brush to stripe the wood, the hardware store looked at me like I didn’t know what I was doing. But the thing is you want to use this (not sand down) because you really are trying to get the deep divots of the wood grain to become more pronounced. So it will feel like you are being rough with the furniture, that is ok!

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Oak Cerused 4

The navy looked so cool I almost wanted to leave it like it was. I layered up 3 layers of the Shellac and then I waxed my heart away…you can also kinda see above that the wood grain was already pronounced…..

TNPLH: Cerused Coffee Table

Boom! I love the way it turned out. What a great inspiration Little Green Notebook was! I love it! Not bad for $40, $20ish in supplies, and some good hard elbow grease! Love!

Jul 10 2016

Door County Mini Break!


So in June we always have a lot to celebrate: My birthday and our Anniversary. So Chris and I took advantage and finally we did a long weekend in Door County. For those of you not from Wisconsin Door County is a treasure. Cute, quaint and right on the bay of Lake Michigan.

TNPLH: Fish Creek Harbor Door County WI

Doesn’t it look like the East Coast? So pretty!

TNPLH: Wild Tomato Door County

We got that around lunchtime on a Thursday and immediately hit up the Wild Tomato. Pizza, sandwiches and good drinks. It was so delish and had a nice outdoor seating area that we enjoyed.

TNPLH: Whistling Swan Door County

We stayed at the Whistling Swan. They are owned by Milwaukee’s Hinterland, which Chris and I love. So we knew it was going to be amazing. The service was top notch and the decor was inspiring.
TNPLH: Whistling Swan Breakfast

Breakfast was included with the stay, and it was a delight.

TNPLH: whistling swan wi bar

The bar was fun to sit at for an after dinner drink.

TNPLH: Whistling Swan Door County Dinning Door

The Whistling swan offers breakfast and dinner. We had both and each were fantastic.

TNPLH: Door County Brewing Company

While in Town we did our fair share of drinking and eating. One of our stops was the Door County Brewing Company. Local Craft Beer with an amazing wait staff. I definitely recommend a flight.

TNPLH: Peninsula State Park Eagle Trail

If you go to Door County definitely hit up Peninsula State Park. All kinds of hiking. We did the Eagle trail and Chris was al little unsure about it….

TNPLH: Eagle Trail Bluff

The whole trail was filled with beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Bluffs.

TNPLH: White Dunes Beach Lake Michigan

We also went to White Dunes Beach which was gorgeous. We walked along the Lake until we found this beach filled with rock towers that people had built through the years.


so naturally, Chris built one….

TNPLH: Rock Tower White Dunes Beach

TNPLH: Door County Stone's Throw Winery

We also went to Stone’s Throw Winery, which I highly recommend. Disclaimer: There are a lot of wineries in Door County, but many are very fruity local grapes, which are very sweet. However Stone’s Throw brings in grapes from California and makes wines on cite with them. So you get your traditional California Wines. They also have 2 restaurants on cite. One is a pizza brick oven restaurant which was awesome (we had lunch there) and the other was a tapas restaurant (which we didn’t eat at). Try it all! It’s a fun place!

TNPLH: Door County Weekend

Other notes:

Dinner: Try Parador! Tapas Restaurant. Food and service were both amazing, but I forgot to take a pic. For sure try it!

Dinner: Next time we go we need to hit up the Wickman House. When we travel every bartender/local/random stranger we come across we always ask for recommendations and this one was an overwhelming must do. Unfortunately, we hadn’t heard of it before we went, so we couldn’t get a reservation but it’s on the list for next time!

Day Time: Next time we would take time to rent a boat. This one was a short trip and we had a lot of stuff planned so we didn’t get out on the lake. But next time we would do that!

Have you been anywhere else in Door County? Where else should we go next time??

Jul 8 2016

Loving Lately…


So lately I have been loving lights/sconces over paintings.

Trad Home Magazine

Love this space that was featured in the recent issue of TradHome. Isn’t it gorgeous!

But I don’t want to have to re-wire everything on the wall.

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So I recently found this one, and now it’s on my wish list. I think it would be really cute above the art in my living room, and help lighten up the wall.

TNPLH: Living Room

Wouldn’t that be fun? Not sure I will get them for a while, but they are on my mind!

Jul 7 2016

Impromptu Pop Up


I love a good pop up party, and a good dinner party in general so I was pumped when my mother in law got me some outdoor chairs for my birthday. Outdoor furniture has been on my mind all summer, but with all our other projects and expenses it was on the back burner. So it was a nice surprise that they went on sale and I got them for my birthday!

TNPLH: Backyard Pop Up Party 1

Our dinner was very last minute, and we don’t officially have a table yet. So I just used a folding table with a white splatter painted table cloth I used for the Valentines Day Brunch Shown Here.

TNPLH: Backyard Pop Up 2

I just love the green chairs! they come in black too, but I love a pop of color and they look so amazing against the green backdrop.

TNPLH: Backyard Pop Up 3

I still just love these buffalo check napkins. And the best part – they are so cheap. They are from a Wholesale Linen Website. Find them here. I think I eventually need them in every color. And they wash beautifully!

TNPLH: Backyard Pop UP 4

The dogs had fun too!

Do you ever do fancy dinner parties outside? I highly recommend them! they are so fun!

Jun 8 2016

Craigslist Chair Rescue


A while back I found these incredible chairs on craigslist.

new craigslist chairs

I got both chairs for $50 total.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room Before PIc 1

Just a reminder this is what the corner of the living room looked like when we moved it!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 1

I have done some reupholstery in the past, but I wanted these done fast so I sent them to my amazing upholsterer to they could be done quickly! It’s nice to see how far along the living has come over the last year. Slowly but surely!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 2

TNPLH: Living Room 3

I like how the living room is coming along so far. As you can see we pulled up the carpet when I FINALLY found an are rug. It took me a while to find something I liked (that wasn’t $5,000). This rug I found at world market. Isn’t it fun? Check it out here.

TNPLH: Living Room 4

I also love these little garden stools (from home goods!). As you can see we still have to refinish the floors and then I will need to paint the trim. I am hoping to have them done when we are gone for vacation for a week this August!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 5

May 9 2016

Little Yellow House: Dinning Room Reveal


I have shown some pics of the dinning room with some of the dinner parties I have throw, but I haven’t officially taken nice pics to share!

Little Yellow House: Dinning Room Reveal 2

For the most part I just picked up my dinning set from the condo (seen featured here) and brought everything to the house with a couple updates.

The cane back chairs I just love. Craigslist over 7 years ago. $50 for the set of 6. Not bad in my book. A couple weekends ago I finally got around to re-upholstering the cushion. I hadn’t done anything with the pink that was previously there, and then one Sunday I realized I had extra of this navy and white fabric (Tilton Fenwick for Duralee) on a bolt still and alas, had enough for re-finihsing them. So that was a great quick update and really helped bring the space together.

Little Yellow House Dinning Room Reveal 1

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen me toiling away sewing these curtains. I followed the Design Sponge Pleated Drape Tutorial found here. The thing with curtains is (this was my first time making them so am far from an expert), in my opinion the hardest thing is the quantity of fabric you are dealing with. I laid mine out on the floor when I did mine (it’s also a fantastic butt workout because of all the squats you end up doing).

I plan on posting on how I made my curtain rod later this week, so check back!.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room Before PIc 1

Just as a reminder here is what the total space looked like. As you can see from above we pulled up all the carpet, which we knew had hardwood floors underneath. We were going to wait till our kitchen was done to protect them, but I couldn’t handle the hideous carpet anymore. You can see above we still need to refinish the hardwood, they are on the orange side. But for now, they look much better.

Little Yellow House: Dinning Room After 3

This picture shows the behind, which again I haven’t shown too much of, but I will be posting on that later. Yes, that china cabinet was from craigslist, as were those upholstered chairs….I reflected the other day that in the first year of being here at the new house I have purchased 6 pieces of furniture all on craigslist and I swear that I didn’t pay more than $1000 for all of them together (and that includes having my guy reupholster the chairs!!). My theory is…..that many of you know…I hunt and hunt on craigslist for everything. 85%ish of my furniture is used. So, that allows me to splurge on things I just can’t get right!