Monday, May 18, 2015

Journaling Rays & Refinishing a Dresser

Art journaling is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I love everything about it…making the journals, painting and playing with every art supply known to man, spreading my thoughts and hopes and dreams across the pages, I love every single thing about it!

The wonderful Kelly Kilmer (if you don’t know her, she is an amazing art journalist/teacher/artist…click on her name to check out her blog) is so open with her journals. She shares all of her journal pages, nothing held back, journaling and all…just lays her heart and soul out there for the world to see.  And it’s not always just the pretty stuff, either…warts and all, I tell ya.

I am striving to be more like Kelly.

With that, here’s a new journal spread:

Yeah, so there’s that.

In other news, am working on refinishing a dresser I caught for a bargain ($50 delivered!!) at a thrift shop. It looks like pure hell (right now) but it’s solid wood, sturdy and well made. Here’s the before photos:


I know, butt ugly, isn’t it? And tell me, who in this world puts fake wood Contact Paper on a solid wood dresser top? The first order of business is scraping that crappy stuff off the top…immediately…then I can take off drawer handles and get busy sanding.

I’ll be sure to post some “after” pics when I’m done. It may take me a while so don’t go holding your breath. lol

Oh, be sweet and do me a favor, please…tell me which of these colors/finishes you like better:


I am leaning toward white just because our bedroom is very dark and that would help to lighten it up some…but that black sure is gorgeous….and that red!?!?

Can you tell I’m just a little wishy-washy?

I have to find all new hardware, too. I can’t stand those ornate pulls that came on it so I need to scope out new ones. But that leads me back to paint since the color will affect the hardware choice, right?

OMG, I overwhelm myself just talking about it!

If you have any words of wisdom or great ideas, throw them at me. Please. I need all the help I can get!

Back soon. Promise.

Peace & Love,


  1. Lol on the silly person who preferred fake wood (contact paper) to real wood! I love the black coloration but would choose the red instead under the low light circumstances. I am not a big fan of white. Have fun with it!

  2. I love your use of the English language: "butt ugly" and "crappy stuff". lol You speak just like I do. ha Of those 3 choices I would absolutely choose white. It is so clean looking and there are some really cool/funky colorful hardware to choose from out there. Have fun sanding!

  3. Gotta go white if it's a dark room, I think ... although the red is pretty amazing. Glad to see you back!

  4. I would choose red as well although I'm sure by now you've chosen your color and are happily working away. I stumbled across your blog when I searched collage journaling on Pinterest. I introduced my three younger children to collage journaling just last week. In fact, that was probably the first time I've actually created a collage journaling page, but I have unknowingly done art journaling before. I'm so happy to have found you... I hope my search will continue to inspire my visual arts as I work on the art I do best: writing.


Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. I am open to any comments, questions, suggestions, critiques, etc, so lay it on me...
Peace & Love,

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