Hey Friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I am enjoying northern Michigan for a little getaway this week before our life gets really busy again with my kids’ dance and football schedules and back-to-school prep about to happen at home. I’ve been taking in some much needed peaceful time with my family…boating on our beautiful MI lakes, and some boutique shopping during the days, and nice dinners and sunset walks on the pier in the evenings… just a nice way to unwind from life a little bit before all the crazy begins again.
But I wanted to pause all that fun for a minute, to make sure you’ve seen the Instagram Giveaway I am doing, along with some of my other family businesses I’ve teamed up with… my Heirloom Grove home market business, Kai Kai Brai (my biz w/ my daughters), and my son’s business Country Crops Farmer’s Market for a really great Instagram Giveaway that is a $100 Value including:
Oh…and one last thing… there’s a HUGE Home Sale going on at Target right now.. Online Only! $10 off when you spend $30, and $40 off when you spend $100 – You MUST use Code: COLLEGE at checkout! A ton of their home items are marked down, AND Patio is 30% off too… so hop on there after you’ve entered my Instagram Giveaway to make sure you take advantage of their great savings until August 3rd! Shop the link below…
Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather! It’s been a really busy week for me but I’m glad to be back here to the blog today! Thank you all who entered my Target $100 Giveaway last week… if you missed the Winner, you can find out who won here. If you didn’t win, no worries… I am launching a NEW Giveaway this weekend, but on my Instagram this time…so follow me over there to be the first to see this great giveaway, and for more daily looks into my life and home, via my IG feed and in IG stories!
Today I thought I’d share a post about an antique redo I did on a cabinet I’ve had on display in my home for many years. I originally bought this antique cabinet from Gray’s Furniture (more about this quaint furniture store on my post here) about a decade ago, when I just fell in love with the rich red and gold tones that went so nicely with the tuscan/ french country feel I was decorating my home with at the time.
The cabinet has always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home, but I was ready for a new look in my living room (and house overall)…transitioning from the red accents and tuscan style, to more of a vintage/farmhouse style, using softer, neutral colors and comfy, cozy vibes. But… I still loved this cabinet! So, what to do?… I decided to take a weekend afternoon and just refinish it!
Some of you may not know, but I also own a company called Heirloom Grove, a new and vintage home decor market, selling unique treasures online and in antique pop-up locations in my area. One of the products I carry (and swear by!) is Dixie Belle Chalk Paint….I love this furniture paint line. It makes refinishing furniture so easy, enjoyable, and the end results absolutely gorgeous. I find painting furniture so calming and there’s a lot of opportunity to really be creative with the numerous colors, waxes, glazes, and finishes to play with until a piece reaches the desired look you want.
I always start refinishing each piece with Dixie Belle’s White Lightning Cleaner – this stuff is great at cleaning years of grime and dirt that can come with these antique pieces. A couple tablespoons of White Lightening in a gallon of water gives a deep cleaning and nice preparation before I paint.
After I let this piece dry, I painted the interior and shelves with the color Fluff – a pretty white paint that really crispened up the interior and added a nice two-tone dimension when paired with the gray exterior.
When I moved to the exterior of the cabinet, I painted 1 coat of Manatee Gray over the entire outside with my Belle Brush and Chip Brush… it took only 1 coat of this light gray finish to cover the dark RED… seriously, great paint with amazing coverage!
The gray finish was a bit lighter than I wanted for the cabinet though, and I also wanted to have more dimension and texture, so I applied Best Dang Wax in Grunge Gray with my Chip Brush, to all of the exterior detailed areas, and to the flat surfaces too…wiping, rubbing, and brushing until I had the desired color and texture I aimed to achieve. I used a spray bottle to wet the brush a little before I dipped it in the wax, as I find it spreads the wax a little more evenly.
The beautiful thing about this paint is if I don’t like how something is coming out, I simply paint over it and try again! The products are water based, so there is no particular “order” of products to use/when…. if you put a top coat on and don’t like the finish… then just paint over it and try something else.
I finished the project by applying 1 coat of Clear Satin Top Coat to seal with a nice satiny finish. You don’t need to apply a top coat of any sort with this paint line, but I usually like to add one of the finishing products to complete the look and help for long-term durability.
The whole project took about 8 ounces of Manatee Gray paint, 4 ounces of Fluff paint, 4 ounces of Clear Satin Top Coat, and about 4-5 hours of paint time, including dry times. A little of this paint goes a long way in achieving a brand new look for a treasured piece.
I am really enjoying the new look this redone piece has brought to my living room. It sits in the same exact spot as it was before (future blog post of my remodeled living space coming soon…) but it looks like a completely new addition to the room. I accented with some new decor pieces, and I am really excited for more years of use with this gorgeous piece of furniture (that I think I originally paid less than $400 for!)
If you are interested in trying Dixie Belle Paint… please message me! I can help give you color suggestions (there are over 64 colors) and finish recommendations based on your desired look. I carry the top-selling products right on my Heirloom Grove site, and also sell the complete product line (as found on Dixie Belle’s site…just shoot me a message what yo u need! If you decide to try this paint, I would love to ship your first order to you FREE! (Also, my Heirloom Grove site always offers FREE Shipping on orders of $100 or more (including all of my Home Decor pieces, Antique Candle Co. Candles, and Dixie Belle Paint.) Seriously, contact me! I love repping this great USA made brand of chalk paint, and would love to help you get acquinted with Dixie Belle… I use this chalk paint line on all of my painting pieces!
For your easy shopping, here are the Dixie Belle products I used on this piece…
Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you had a restful weekend and the weather was in your favor. I had a nice weekend and was able to get caught up on some projects around my home, saw The Lion King with my girls (so good… go see it!), and spent some time yesterday tallying up ALL of the entries that came in for my $100 Target Facebook Giveaway!
I am so thankful for everyone who took the time to enter.. followed and liked my page, shared my post, tagged friends, and all of you wonderful new people here on my blog who signed up for my email updates… thank you so much…means a lot to me! If you missed the announcement of the WINNER of my giveaway… the Winner was Samantha Wilson of Oregon!
Congrats Samantha! If you didn’t win… no worries.. I am hosting another fun giveaway, but this time on my Instagram later this week…so follow over there and keep an eye out for it…It includes a few goodies from my other businesses…and maybe a little something from Amazon from me here at Jaime Lyn Life by Design too! 😉
So… what else is coming up, other than the Instagram Giveaway? Look for a new Blog post this week about a furniture redo I did on a beautiful antique cabinet in my home… I took it from a dark red/gold tuscan feel to a light gray farmhouse/vintage feel… and I amreally enjoying it in my living room. So don’t miss that post. I will also be sharing some more decor deals on my Facebook page this week, and more behind the scenes of my life, home, family, farm, and travels on my Instagram Stories... so please follow me over there to get to know me better (and pssst…tell your friends!) 😉
I really love doing Giveaways and engaging with all of you that way. It’s my way to thank you for following me!… so again, thank you for entering and stay tuned for more, as I’ll be doing more giveaways in the future… and one just for my Email Subscribers…so if you haven’t signed up for my Email Blog Updates.. do that today on my home page so you can be automatically included in that giveaway too!
Before I go, and while we are on the topic of Target… if you missed my post of some of my favorite decor pieces at Target right now (that were on sale… but still adorable regardless)… shop that Target post here!
Thanks again friends for entering my Target Giveaway and following me on social media and opening your emails from me inviting you to read my latest blog posts… means the world! Have a wonderful summer week!
Hey everyone…another day, another day of deals! Yesterday I blogged about some amazing deals going on at Amazon, and they are still going today… so check out my recommended products on yesterday’s post here! As Amazon Prime Days are rolling, Target is also running their summer Deal Days too, so today I am sharing some great home decor at great savings at Target for you to shop…but today is the last day, so hurry! I hope you Enjoy!!
Hey guys… so today (and tomorrow) is AMAZON Prime Day!….but before we get to all that, I want to make sure you seen that I am doing an awesome $100 Target Card Giveaway to celebrate my 1 year Blog Anniversary… if you didn’t see it, check out ALL the Details in my Post HERE and follow me on Facebook!
Ok…back to Amazon PRIME Day! So what is it?…It is actually TWO days, July 15 and 16 of EPIC deals on Amazon, exclusive to Prime Members…like Black Friday-esk deals for members! If you ever shop Amazon (who doesn’t shop Amazon?) you really need to be a Prime member… For an annual cost of $119 (discounted to about 1/2 that if you are a student) you get Free 2 day Shipping, access to Prime deals, and a ton of other great incentives… it is Amaz(on)ing & well worth it!
I wanted to share some of my favorite products that are on the PRIME DAY sales… some that I already own, and others that are definitely on my Shopping list today!
This thing… get it! It is a crock pot on steroids…what takes 6 hours in your crock pot takes 6 minutes in here (ok, maybe a few minutes longer, but seriously awesome!) and wonderful for busy families on the go!
I have these Fire Sticks on all of my non-Apple (smart) TVS.. plug it in and you’ll have access to all digital viewing things like HULU and Netflix.. it takes your non-smart TVs, from pre-historic to today’s digital age!
I swore I would never own an Alexa or an Echo, but seriously she is my best digital friend eva’… she tells me the weather, I can add things to my grocery list, change the volume and song on the stereo, turn my lamps on/off in my house!!… just by using voicecommands… seriously she listens better than my kids and is one of the greatest inventions to making life easier!
Whoever hasn’t owned a Mac Book laptop, I highly recommend! My husband and I & both of my older kids each have one & love them! If you can use your iPhone, you can use this Apple laptop – I couldn’t function in my work or personal life without it.. goes with me everywhere!.. It is on a BIG time Sale today…so if you’ve ever thought of getting one…get it during Amazon Prime Days!
I have this little Roomba Robot Vacuum and it is a God-send… it vacuums your entire house by itself when & where you want.. let that sink in a minute.. by itself! Good for carpet and hard flooring. It is voice activated with your Alexa if you’d like, or you can even start it from your phone wherever you are…works beautifully and does a great job!
Do you have an Air Fryer? They are all the rage right now and so easy to use and make your traditionally fried food, much healthier as you are frying it literally with air. You will get great crispy fried taste & texture you love in just minutes… and on major sale today!
I know Silverware isn’t the most exciting thing to buy in the world…but you guys, these Lennox Sets are on major sale and even more savings when you sign up for an Amazon Business Prime Card – if you are going to apply, today is the day to get even greater savings on Amazon!
Huge Sale on Samsonite Luggage today…Holy CRAZY savings! My mom got my husband and I both new sets of Samsonite hard surface luggage for last year’s Christmas and we just love them! Great Christmas gift ideas or for your own use!
Those are some of the BEST Sales on Amazon Prime Days for you to enjoy! I love getting deals on household items that just make life a little easier, our time more productive, and our homes more efficient! I hope you find some great Amazon Prime deals today for yourselves and homes, friends!
Hi Friends! Today is my Blog’s 1 Year Anniversary AND my 41st Birthday! If you’ve followed my Blog from the start, you may remember I launched Jaime Lyn Life by Design last year on this very day, on my 4oth Birthday while at Magnolia Market in Waco TX! Hands down one of the best trips and days of my life (besides my wedding day and having my 4 kids… seriously could be one of the next best days!) If you missed seeing that post, check it out here…
I’m really happy I decided to launch my blog while in such a memorable place, on a special day in my life. This last year has been so rewarding, sharing Jaime Lyn Life by Design with all of you, here on on the blog, and on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages too. Honestly, the only drawback has been the challenge of carving out the time to devote myself to this creative space that brings me such joy. Having four kiddos who are very busy, my husband and I owning several businesses (I head up the finances & marketing, manage our real estate properties, & my interior design work) and starting up Heirloom Grove, my new home decor market… life just gets busy! But I do enjoy the hustle, and have to remind myself to embrace this season of life, while allowing myself a little grace at times when struggling to fit it all in. Through it all though, I realize how important it is to make time for the things that bring us personal joy and happiness, amidst all the things we do for others. For some of you that ‘thing’ may be your daily run or workout, a side business you work for yourself, a special talent or hobby you enjoy doing, a great TV series you indulge in every week, or even a Starbucks & Target morning you allow yourself, all by yourself from time to time… whatever it is, it’s good to prioritize time for ourselves to devote to those things that bring us personal joy and fulfillment.
With all that being said, I am really excited for this next year on my Blog… I have so much more I want to share with you… more of myself, my home, my travels, design ideas, products I love, the cutest boutiques to shop… And so today on another birthday and this 1 year blogging anniversary, I’m so excited to continue on with this journey. I hope you will continue to follow along and enjoy the journey with me! So… let’s CELEBRATE!…
What better way to thank you all for following my Blog this last year, and to CELEBRATE a new year of exciting things ahead for Jaime Lyn Life by Design, than with a GIVEAWAY! Today I launched an AwEsOmE GiVeAwAy on my Facebook page, that I think everyone would love to WIN!…
How to Enter for your chance to WIN a $100 Target Gift Card from Jaime Lyn Life by Design!
Like and FOLLOW my Facebook Page (set to “see-first” so you always see my posts.)
Share the Giveaway Post to Your Facebook Page (make the post “public” so I can see you shared it.)
Tag Your Friends (the more friends you tag, the more entries you get!)
BONUS ENTRY – Sign up for my Email list here… so you never miss my latest Blog Posts!)
I will announce the WINNER in one week on Sunday, July 21st, so there’s lots of time to like, follow, share, tag, and sign up! Best of Luck to you!
Thank you everyone for following along and encouraging me with my Blog this year. It means more to me than you know. I hope you will stay tuned and continue to follow along with me at Jaime Lyn Life by Design!