DIY jewelry displays

New year means new projects around here! Recently I had the opportunity to expand my boutique area. I started with a small wall in a boutique and now I have a bigger space to offer really cute boutique items and clothes along with my painted furniture. I’m going to show you how to make your own jewelry displays with things you may have around your home.

First, with any project I like to challenge myself with “use what you have” mentality. I went to my backyard and found small branches.


Second, I took gold spray paint (which I had from a previous project) and sprayed all the branches gold and let dry.



Third, I took a jar I had from my kitchen. I used a strand of pearls from Christmas decorations and filled the jar. My first jewelry display was done!


Fourth, I found a scrap piece of wood that I painted and added a back of a frame with small nails.


Last, I nailed wire brads on top of scrap of wood to hold jewelry.


Both projects took about an hour total to complete. I’m very happy with the results. I can’t wait to put it my new section of the boutique with cool jewelry.


Thanks for reading. I hope this inspires you to make your own display! Check out my current items for sale in my gallery. Just keep scrolling down!


3 things to do with an empty frame

As we approach a new season I wanted to share 3 ideas you can do with frames. I personally love frames! All shapes and sizes! I love creating with frames. I also sell them in my booth at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall & My Anchored Soul Boutique. image

  1. This frame was painted white and distressed lightly. Staple twine in the back and add art work of your choice. (Curbside Design sells these bible page art at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall) Right now this frame is in my home!

image 2. This was an unwanted shadow box frame. I added burlap and lace. I screwed in white hooks to hold jewelry. Makes a great jewelry organizer!


3.  Add fencing wire or chicken wire to a frame and instant organizer! This frame is currently for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall for only $7!

There are unlimited ideas. If you follow me on FB or IG you will see I’m always posting frame ideas. I hope this inspires you to do something with frames. Thank you for reading. Share your ideas! I would love to hear from you.


How I made my own King sized headboard

I’m going to show you how I made my own headboard! I was able to snatch these wood closet doors that were thrown away! I cleaned them real good and were just sitting in my back porch ready for a future project. I decided to make a headboard with them for myself. I have been living without a headboard for years! Here is a before picture of my bed without a headboard.image

imageimageThe doors were plain white when I got them. I made sure everything was clean before I started painting. I chose french linen (gray) & Florence (turquoise) with old white mixed in. I painted a pattern. There are 6 doors all together. This was perfect for my king sized bed.

After all the doors were dry I sanded all the doors especially where I painted.image The next thing  was putting all the doors behind my bed. I did not have to secure them on the wall. My bed is tall from the ground and supports the doors as is. They added light in the room and made my ceiling look taller. I am super happy how they turned out. I’m going to distress a little more for that chippy look. I also refreshed my pillows with covers from Hobby Lobby. My duvet cover is from Anthropologie a few years ago which I still love! The S frame that I added was in my living room and I just decided to bring it in my bedroom. I used the command strips to mount on the headboard. the cost of this was under $20. I already had the paint from left over projects. The doors were FREE!  The pillow covers were $18 altogether. (I used the 40% off coupon) the project took about 4-5 hours to complete. What do you think? Would you try to make your own headboard? Let me know! Thank you for reading my blog! Scroll down below to see some of the furniture for sale at Wagon Wheel. I also just started up my etsy store (Blackpearlupcycled) for my small Upcycled art that I also enjoy making. Check it out!


Hobby Lobby Inspired Chair Makeover

I’m so excited to share my latest project! I recently purchased a farm table from Farm Fresh Collections. I became obsessed with finding the perfect chairs. I went to Hobby Lobby to get some Valentine’s supplies where I wondered off to the painted furniture section. I immediately saw these chairs and it was love at first sight!

Except when I saw the price tag of $100. Each chair!!!! I took a picture and carried on. I remembered seeing some chairs off craigslist. I called the lady and the chairs were still available. With determination and focus I began my project.

First I cleaned the chairs. I took the seats off by unscrewing the bottom of chairs.


Next, I decided to paint a pair with milk paint Linen color. I’m beginning to experiment with milk paint and it’s growing on me. You have to mix the powder with water so it’s an extra step. I painted 3 coats of paint the two chairs.image

Then, I painted two other chairs a light aqua color. I mixed a little old white paint with Florence ASCP. I painted two coats of this.

I sealed all chairs with a wax and distressed to the look that I wanted. I took some dark wax & mineral spirits to Antique the old white chairs.



After all the chairs were dried I took burlap and stapled unto the seats.

Finally, I sprayed Scotch Guard  on all burlap seats for extra protection. (Two layers)


Overall this project took me about a week. It was a lot of work but I’m so happy with the finished chairs! Best of all my family loves our new eating area! I hope this inspires you to try new things! Thanks for reading my blog!



DIY Painted kitchen cabinets

I’m going to show you how you can paint your own cabinets. Let me start by saying that this is not a weekend project! Even if you had an army of people to help! I did a lot of research on how to paint cabinets and it was overwhelming. After gathering all information I took a big leap and went for it! I have done plenty of painting projects before but not cabinets so I was up for the challenge! This project took me two weeks to complete. The owners wanted crisp white cabinets and that is exactly what I tried to aim for. I admit I was a little nervous and all I thought is if I messed up I would not have friends anymore! It’s amazing how your mind just goes there. Here is a before photo.

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The owners took the hinges out and numbered the first set of cabinets which was a big help! The first thing was cleaning the cabinets with TSP. The guy at the hardware store recommended this to me when I was purchasing primer. I had to use gloves with this and it really cleaned the cabinets real good!

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When I was done cleaning I started sanding with a medium grit hand held sander. It was a workout for sure! Make sure you use a breathing mask when sanding.

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Next, I laid out the cabinets doors in order on a cloth canvas and plastic tarp and they were ready to start priming. I used Kilz premium primer. I used two coats on each side and let dry overnight and sanded between coats. I used special rollers for cabinets that you may get at your favorite hardware store. This helped tremendously because it did not leave any brush strokes. I used an angle brush for the sides and indentations.

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While these cabinets dried I  worked in the kitchen area doing the same process cleaning, sanding and (26)

Next it was time to paint the color. The owners chose Valspar in Bistro White. I chose satin finish because it really has a natural look for the kitchen. I noticed after applying primer some gaps that needed caulking. I have never done this but took on the challenge. You can now call me the caulking queen! It really made a difference!

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I also learned that propping the cabinets up instead of laying them flat is best for painting. Two pairs of saw horses helped and I used plastic buckets that the owners had and it worked wonders!

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After applying two coats on each side and letting dry overnight it was time to take the painter’s tape off. This time I ran into a minor set back. The tape was not coming off completely. I had to use a razor a putty knife to remove and it worked.

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The final stage is the clear coat. I used two clear coats on everything front and back. I used clear satin polycrylic. I wanted to use this because polyurethane gets yellow over time.  I also suggested not to put hardware up for at least a week. The paint needs to cure. It takes up to 30 days for paint to cure. Here’s a sneak peek of the cabinets.imageimage


Overall I’m happy how they came out. They are beautiful! I am inspired to do my own too! Best of all the owners love them! That makes me super happy! All that hard work was worth it! Have you wanted to paint your cabinets? I will be painting some cabinets with chalk paint soon for a customer. I will let you know how that will turn out.

Turn a headboard into a chalkboard

This week I’m going to show you how to make a cute chalkboard out of an old headboard.


  • First, go ahead and make sure all the pieces are clean.
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  • Next, paint the sides and back any color you wish. I chose a crackle finish for mine. Seal with a clear wax.
  • Then, paint the middle part with chalkboard paint with two coats and let dry in between.
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  • Last, for added flair measure holes for knobs. Drill holes to size.
  • I think this would be great near an entry way or mud room! I hope this inspires you to try something new and different! Please share any thoughts!
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Diy plate stand

This week I’m going to show you how to make a plate stand with thrift store finds or maybe you have these items around your home. This is what you need:

  • Vintage plate
  • candlestick holder
  • glass top
  • gorilla glue or similar


First, make sure everything is clean. I painted the candlestick prior to making this project for a shabby chic look.


Second, take the gorilla glue and apply sparingly (a little goes a long way) on top of the candlestick holder. Go ahead and place the vintage plate on top. In this case the candlestick holder is heavier so flip it so the weight is going down.


Third, let dry for a few hours and you can enjoy your masterpiece!


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Transform an ugly frame

I’m working on some frames this week.I found some frames at a local thrift store.
I will show you how you can transform an ugly frame to a very chic frame.


First , I cleaned the frame with windex.
Second, I painted the frame Provence color using a regular paint brush.

Third, I started making a flower out of twine. I used a paper flower on top of the twine. All you have to do is make loops and hot glue together.


I used a small piece of burlap to hold everything together.

Last, I sealed with a clear wax and the frame is ready!

Just think the endless possibilities of all the cute frames you can transform with paint!

Have you tried something similar? Please share.

Materials used

hot glue


paper flower

small piece of burlap or felt


paint brush


I have to admit sometimes it’s nice to spice things up and decoupage! If you are not familiar with this technique it’s really simple.  The definition of decoupage is the decoration of a surface with applied paper cut-outs, often finished with varnish or lacquer. I’m going to show you how to decoupage a small jewelry box with scrapbook paper!

  • First, I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of paint using Provence color Annie Sloan paint and let dry.


  • Then, I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper to fit on the sides.


  • Next, I used Mod Podge to glue the piece of paper. I used a small foam brush to apply the Mod Podge. Make sure you smooth out and there isn’t any bubbles.


  • The next step is to let dry and apply the Mod Podge again. I used 4 or 5 layers. I lost count after 3 times. Basically you want the smoothest finish and the look that it was part of the piece all along.
  • Finally, I used clear wax on the painted areas to seal the paint. It is now ready!
  • I hope this inspires you to decoupage something too.


Materials used:

Annie Sloan Provence color paint

scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Clear wax

Foam Brush


In honor of Independence Day this week I decided to do a patriotic upcycling project. I have seen the big wood pallets painted in the American Flag but not small wood pallets. I’m going to show you how you can make a cool American flag out of a small wood pallet.
The first step before all steps is to find a small piece of wood. I had mine pre-cut  by a friend who has given me old pallets. (Thank you Don & Nicole)

First, sand the piece. I used a simple sander.


Second, draw the lines for the stripes. I used whatever was near me. It happened to be a stick.

Third, I used a scrap piece of trim to make the square.

Fourth, I used red, white & blue Annie Sloan paint. ( Emperor’s silk, Provence, Old White) Use a small brush to paint the stripes.

Tip: Don’t aim for perfection. The more imperfect the better!
Finally, I used clear wax and dark wax to seal and darken a little. I used hot glue with a little of a Gorilla glue for the star shell. The rope was stapled on the back with a staple gun.


I love how simple it was to make.

I hope this inspires you to do something too!

Feel free to comment below. Happy 4th!
*update* Another way to make these are to go ahead and paint the entire pallet old white and then paint the red stripes. I found this to be a little easier.
* note I was planning on making two but made one instead because I ran out of time.

Materials used:


star shell

Annie Sloan paint (Emperor’s silk, old white, Provence)

small paint brush

clear & dark wax


straight edge tool