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DIY, Home Blog Posts, Our Beach House, PaintingAnneke McConnell

Hey friends! You have been sharing so much amazing feedback on the Beach House Vacation Rental! I'm so glad it is inspiring you to plan a trip with some girlfriends, because it really is a special time to connect and recharge. :-)

Back when I shared our Master Bedroom Makeover plan, I didn't include two things in the design board.  One was a dresser that we already had (I had previously painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with Dark Wax) and am almost done making over into a classic coastal white beauty. More on that makeover soon!

Today's DIY makeover post is all about the other item, an IKEA Songe mirror (no longer sold). The original finish was a silver which we spray painted gold for my daughter's bedroom makeover.  Now that the mirror was moved into our bedroom, I wanted to give it an update since we were going for a casual coastal, but sophisticated vibe.

Here's how it turned out and I have to say I am so in love with it!


The process was simple, layering a couple of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors using a dry brush technique. That is one of my favorite finishes to get a beach coastal look. 


To get the look I used:

Purdy Cub Angle Brush

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

220 Grit Sandpaper


DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover by Anneke McConnell

I love how the gold from the previous makeover is peeking through! One of my favorite color mixes is gray and gold. I'm pretty happy with the details when you look close!

DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover by Anneke McConnell
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell
DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover with Anneke McConnell

More details coming soon on our entire Beach House Master Bedroom Makeover! It's been such a fun process to pull it all together.  The Serena & Lily rug is currently 30% off with all other rugs site wide which is a HUGE discount for a rug that's so versatile and durable - we LOVE it!!!


DIY IKEA Mirror Makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint



DIY Mirror Makeover Using Chalk Paint


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Weekend Faves and Sales

Boys Room, Christmas, Coastal Interiors, Deals, DIY, Fall Fashion, Fashion, Fave Picks, Furniture Makeover, Handbags, Gift Ideas, Holiday, sale alert, Recipe, InteriorsAnneke McConnell

Hi friends! It's been a fun week of LIVE videos on Facebook, connecting with my Mom Bosses, and creating things for our beach house!  Today I even got to have some girlfriends over to shop my closet as I was cleaning a ton of pieces out from style blogging.  I would probably have never planned it if not for reading Present Over Perfect recently - things were definitely not perfect around here, but it was SO fun to spend that time together!

Also did you happen to try the Pear Sauce Recipe I shared this week? Ours is already almost gone!!!

Here's a quick run down of this week's Favorites across the internet and not to miss sales!


1. Most Liked Photos on Coastal Interiors.



2. Most Liked Photos on DIY Painted Furniture

Teal Painted Dresser





3. Favorite Recipe to try - Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte!




4. Favorite Quartz Layered Necklace.

This one is currently 50% off and so SO pretty! This will go with everything and is perfect for the upcoming Holiday season, from casual nights with your spouse or girlfriends to a fancy party.



5. Favorite Book.

We are getting ready to tackle money mindset in the Mom Boss Book Club and will be going over The Abundance Code!  If you're a small biz owner and mama, come join us!


6. Favorite Christmas New Arrival.

P.S. The older I get the more excited I get for Christmas! Let a girl be happy! lol This Santa Stop Here Door Mat is just too fun! I've started creating a separate page for all things Christmas Holiday HERE and will continue to update it through the season!

7. Favorite Blog Post.

My style blogger friend Mallory from Style Your Senses recently created a super helpful blog post on Family Photos 101 with how to pick your family's clothes for photos and little tips and tricks!


8. Fave Handbag.

Anthropologie is having a huge sale this weekend for their 25th Anniversary and this round crocodile print cross bodybag immediately caught my eye. It's been a long time since I've seen that print and loved it, so I think we have a winner and it would look great with a neutral Fall and Winter sweater like this one.  More favorites from the sale are below!

Some not to miss sales!


Anthropologie - 25% off everything

Loft - 50% off everything

Madewell - up to 60% off select items (check out this tie-cuff sweater)

Pottery Barn - up to 40% off select items

Coach - New to sale up to 40% off

Wayfair - up to 70% off holiday



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How To Seal Furniture with Matte Creme

DIY, Furniture MakeoverAnneke McConnell

Hello friends!

Today I was on Facebook LIVE sharing more about one of my FAVE sealing products, Vintage Market and Design Matte Finishing Creme.

The console table was painted with Rustoleum's Chalked Paint in Serenity Blue and I couldn't be more happy with the outcome.  All that was required for this furniture makeover was a quick cleaning with baby wipes, two thin coats of paint, minor distressing, and sealing with this matte cream. 

I LOVE it and think it will make a great addition to my home office. ;-)

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Also, if you have any questions or comments about this topic, ask away in the comments section below or on this Facebook video.

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Thrifted Nightstand Makeover with FAT paint

DIY, Furniture MakeoverAnneke McConnell

First off, thank you for the social love and comments on my last post - family and life balance is a major passion of mine, so making that video was a special labor of love for my kiddos.  They LOVED it!! 

As for today's post, you know I love a good makeover on a piece of furniture - who doesn't right?  For myself, painting is a form of therapy of sorts.  I can have a glass of wine, music playing, and contemplate the things of life while working away....usually in the evenings or while the kiddos are in school (but replace the wine with espresso).

The scene from today's makeover was a little different because I decided to begin the makeover process on Periscope, which was super fun by the way.  I love helping you see and learn how easy it can be to create your own in your dining room in very cramped quarters ;-) (That's my ring light by the way, just to help periscope viewers see better!)

In my excitement to get the makeover started, this is the only before photos I have.  Sorry guys, but I think you get the idea.  


This is what I call a "nap time makeover". It's a smaller more manageable piece of furniture, and easy to paint and dry quickly, seal, distress, etc.  And yes, for this makeover (and a few others lately), I set up shop in our dining room nook.  This works ok with chalk like paint or milk paint, because it's not messy, takes very few supplies, and dries quickly.  With the colder weather here in Seattle this time of year, I prefer to avoid working in our garage if at all possible. Otherwise I just set up a space heater. 

Today's makeover is featuring The FAT Paint Company, who sent me some of their paint to give a try.  Overall, I give it a thumbs up from the paint to the beeswax polish.  They have a really great color palette to choose from and of course you can create custom colors by mixing 2 or more colors together. I still have a couple more products to try out so I'll keep you posted! 

All I did was clean the nightstand - did I tell you this was only $5 at our local Goodwill thrift store??? Score!  Ok, here was the process:

  1. I removed the existing hardware and cleaned the nightstand.
  2. I painted about three layers of FAT Paint Warm White with a brush. I currently use a Purdy or Wooster brush for most projects.

  3. Let the paint dry for at least 30 minutes between coats. I tried to rush it and ran into the paint coming off of the nightstand because it wasn't ready for a 2nd coat. This is easy to fix with some light sanding and blending, but a bit of a pain. So be patient! It's not that long compared to other paint and prep options out there.
  4. I applied two coats of beeswax polish.
  5. I let it cure for a few days.
  6. I installed new hardware and voila! A new nightstand for our kiddo's bedroom.

What do you think??? I hope this helps take the intimidation out of painting furniture. It's fun! And it's probably about the same cost as my Starbucks coffee drink and the time I take to drink it.

On another note, I opened up an online furniture painting class in October and will probably be opening one up again early next year or so.  If learning more about how to paint furniture is of interest to you, click below to stay in the loop and learn my tips, tricks and techniques!



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