The 100 Day Project

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I've decided to do this cool thing. It's called The 100 Day Project and you basically choose something to do every single day for 100 days. I've chosen to journal. Whether it's art journaling or writing, I just want to get something down every day. Out of me and onto paper. I'm looking forward to this! I've had writer's block for like, 6 months now, and I want to remember what is happening. I don't want to forget the details. I want to develop the habit because I think journaling helps you process and explore. I won't share every day, because I'm sure many will be very personal, but I'll share some. Follow on Instagram too. 

xoxo

2015 garden planning

Wild Mae 2015 Garden Plans

It's almost the first day of spring, which, for those of us not in warmer climates and already IN IT, means gardening season is just around the corner! It's time to start some seeds, test the soil, plan the layout, direct sow other seeds, start some more seeds, set up grow lights, set up the compost, prep the soil, weed the walkways, visit the nursery, research drough-tolerant and native/adaptive plants for the flower beds, aerate the lawns, set up drip irrigation, decorate the garden, and more. Woooo, I'm excited and exhausted just thinking about it. 

wild mae 2015 vegetable list

This year, I'm putting a little more thought into starting my seeds. I think I'm going to use a grow light for my seedlings to prevent them from becoming spindly like last year. Even though all my seedlings were in a very sunny room, I guess it just wasn't enough sun for those little guys. I have even fewer sunny spaces in our new house, so grow lights it is. We have a short grow season, so I need to get as much of a head start as possible. I already know what I'm planting. I'm only buying 3 new seed packets this year (denoted on my list with an asterisk). I stored last year's seed packets in a cool, dry place all winter so I'm hoping they are still good and will germinate easily. I found this handy seed-starting calculator from A Way to Garden. You put in your last frost date (ours is May 14th) and it tells you when to start, when to transplant, and when to direct sow for a whole variety of plants. I printed up some calendars onto cardstock to use to track when things need to be done by. The design is just one of the  Microsoft Word ones. I like that it has a space for notes. 

wild mae March garden calendar
wild mae April garden calendar

Over the next few weeks I'll post my garden plans, lessons learned, and progress shots. I can't wait to kick off #wmgardens 2015! 

What are you planting this year?

furniture makeover: from desk to vanity

furniture makeover desk to vanity wild mae

I've been on the hunt for a vanity for quite a while now. I've scoured Craigslist and local thrift stores and consignment shops. I've looked at traditional vanities and chunky desks. It was just that nothing seemed quite right. Or it was too expensive. Or I was unsure of how it would look next to my early century antique dresser. I finally pulled the trigger last weekend and bought a cheap $30 desk off of Craigslist. I knew I could give it a makeover. It didn't look too much like a desk. It's "leggy-ness" went well with my dresser. 

desk makeover before wild mae

The desk was a reddish color and the top and sides were laminated with a plastic coating. It was soooo glossy! My first task was to get all that gunk off using a sander. It was a messy job. I was so scared of breathing in plastic dust and getting cancer that I wore 4 layers of scarves over my face and still held my breath as much as possible. You can't be too careful. Once I got the laminate sanded enough that it'd take some paint, I moved on to the legs. The legs were just varnished so I used deglosser I had left over from when I refinished our kitchen cabinets last year. I never posted that before and after.....sorry! I'll do it. Eventually.....

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Once everything was sanded and deglossed (just look at the difference in those two photos above. Exact same angle, exact same section of the desk top, no more reflection!), I was ready to start painting. I found some cans of old paint in our garage left over from whenever the previous owners painted the house. The color was "white dove." I painted the first layer. As you can see in the photo below, there was a lot of dark showing through. It ended up taking 4 coats of paint to cover all the dark and make it look smooth and consistent. I used a fine grit sand paper to sand everything between the third and fourth coats. Then I sanded the desktop one last time and applied a clear coat to the top. 

painting furniture wild mae

Oh, and about those new drawer pulls. They were the only ones at Home Depot with the right distance between the screw shafts. Luckily, I like them. And, luckily, the brushed nickel also matches the drawer knobs on my dresser. Win win. 

Furniture Makeover - Desk to Vanity by Wild Mae

Now, it's a vanity! Soon I'll have my boudoir/dressing room/my half of the bedroom completely done and ready for a full reveal. I can't wait!

xoxo Kerrie

updated cinder block and wood nightstand

Cinder Block and Wood Nightstand - Wild Mae

You might remember when I made myself a cinder block nightstand a few months back. I really liked the look of the cinder blocks, but the nighstand was just too small. Jake recently made himself a wall mounted nightstand using reclaimed wood. I'll show you when I post a full room tour hopefully in the next few weeks. I decided a wood top would be perfect for my side too.

Being that the reclaimed wood place is only open when I'm working and I keep forgetting to go, I got impatient and just went down to Home Depot and bought a pine plank and some stain that looked similar to Jake's nightstand. A couple hours later and voila! An updated, rustic, spacious nightstand. I love the combination of cool concrete and warm wood. I think I'll be happy with this for a while!

Wood and Cinder Block Nightstand wild mae
Cinder Block and Wood Nightstand Books Detail wild mae

Other details - the lamp is from Ikea, the marquee letter was from a Share Denver Class, the candle I believe is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and the alarm clock I've had since my first apartment when I was 18!