When a Picker Finds French Provincial

As a picker, I never know where the job will take me or what I’ll find. Last week we found ourselves in a small shut down factory town, and we hit a French Provincial goldmine in someone’s shed. Yes, someone’s shed. Midmonth is not usually when I stock up on inventory but I couldn’t pass up this darling dresser. I handed the owner some cash, loaded that baby in the truck and brought her home for some TLC.

Like many of you, I’m a fan of French Provincial furniture. 😍 No doubt, it makes my heart beat a little faster. (You can totally imagine my emotions during the movie Beauty and the Beast with all that lovely French Detail 😍)

Once I got the dresser home I realized the shape was beautiful but the color was awful and it was filthy. 😖 (I know this pic is dark but it’s the only before pic I have 😐)

I began scrubbing with all purpose cleaner and then proceeded to painting it with my go to chalk paint which is Old White by Annie Sloan. On a side note – the inside of the drawers reeked with an ungodly smell so I cloroxed the heck out of ‘em. 😷

After two coats of Annie Sloan Paint, I went in with some sandpaper and LIGHTLY distressed detailed areas. (Picker’s Secret – When distressing I go for areas with the most detail 😍)

Finally, I began buffing in the Annie Sloan wax. This wax adds a little shine and protects the furniture from moisture.

Tada!!🤗 It’s styled for display since it’s in my vintage shop but you can see the beautiful French detail. To me, being a picker means picking an item in the midst of junk and bringing out it’s natural beauty.

Let me know if you enjoy post about “picking” and “secrets of a picker” 😉



Karlee Bowman

Our Easter Without Children

During holidays such as Easter, it’s easy to feel like something is missing when you don’t have children of your own. As I walk through Target I see the fun bunny goodies and beautiful Easter dresses. 🐣🐇 On the radio I hear about huge egg hunts (One was a swimming pool egg hunt.. How cool is that??) Many of these wonderful events are geared to families with children.

So, if you are childless or even an empty nester, this blog is written for you! Here are a few ways I made Easter special for my family of two. 👫 It’s not too late to use these ideas.

Special Breakfast

Typically we try to stay away from pure sugar for breakfast but I throw rules away when it comes to a holiday. Yep, I got Krispy Kreme donuts for tomorrow’s breakfast. 🍩🤗 We went for Spring colors with sprinkles just to make things special. Tomorrow morning we’ll kick off our day with pink donuts and coffee!

Easter Baskets

Who said Easter baskets were just for little ones? I’m never too old to receive an Easter basket. Easter baskets always look so fun to make, so I’m making one for my husband. You could do the same for a spouse, friend or anyone!

I didn’t make this complicated. Magazines, candy and hair supplies go a long way. You can totally get creative. 😉

Make Plans for Easter Dinner

For years my mom made the most beautiful Easter dinner after church. She now lives 9 hours away. Life is always changing.

Let’s face it.. 😒 I’m not making a big ham dinner for the just two of us. It’s simply too much time and energy. So, Aaron (that’s my husband😏 ) made reservations at a local seafood place. Here’s another option – share Easter dinner with some friends.

The point of this blog is to encourage you to enjoy every holiday no matter what stage of life.

Good Friday Favorites!

Happy Easter weekend, dear friends! (Yep, I consider you friend by this point 😉) It’s Good Friday, so let’s talk about Friday Favorites! One can never go wrong with a moisturizer, book and canister set.

Hempz Body Moisturizer

This non decor related item is on point! I’ve been lathering it on my skin for three years now because it’s the perfect moisturizer. Each scent is amazing. 😍  Triple Moisture  and Age Defying are my favs!


Small Great Things
Months ago I read Small Great Things Small GreatThings by Jodi Picoult. Let me just say, my ol heart is still in knots from this deep story. Warning – it’s not a little hearted storyline but it’s a wonderful read. 😭 Friend, you won’t be able to put it down.

Enamel Canister Set

Woah, can you say $18.49 on Amazon. 🙄😂 I spend more than that on a toilet paper run to target.

Seriously, I ordered this Enamel Canister Set a few months ago as some fun happy mail for myself and I’m still in love. This set is perfect for a coffee station or really anywhere in the kitchen.

4 Farmhouse Finds from the Thrift Store!

Many of you know I am a picker! I am going to let you in on a few secrets of the trade. 😉 You can sometimes spot really awesome finds at a thrift store. I’ve heard people say they like the idea of thrifting but don’t know what they are looking for. Well, I’m here to help!! 😃 Here’s five farmhouse treasures you can often find in a thrift store.

White Blankets

Yep, nearly all of my white throw blankets have come from thrift stores. Blankets are nearly a guarantee find. I spot the ones with neat textures such as hand knit or quilted. Since I always go for white, I throw them in the washer machine with some bleach to wash away any germies. 😖

Vintage Books

If you’re like me, (#jojomademedoit) you love Joanna Gaines and the Magnolia Journal. In the Spring 2017 edition Joanna talked about decorating with old books. (I highly recommend this magazine)

You can find antique books at thrift stores!! 📚 In fact, I found one today from 1935 for $2. I’ve found some books from 1915 for less $5. I’m a nerdy book lover.

🤓 Told ya I’m a nerdy book lover.

Milk Glass Vases

Yep, those 1950’s milk glass vases that are populating Instagram can many times be found at the thrift store. They are typically no more than a couple of bucks and there is endless possibilities. I still love adding to my collection. 😍


Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs are a true love of mine. I have at least one in every room. (uhh..embarrassing 🙄) It’s surprising how many I’ve seen at thrift stores. I’ve purchased three jute rugs at thrift stores within the past four months. One happened to be a Pottery Barn that retails for $479. 😱 Last week I bought a 6×9 for $10 at the Salvation Army.

There is no guarantee what you’ll find while hunting. Start off by training your eye to hunt for these treasures and check the stores often. Instead of heading to TJ Maxx for a blanket, I’d rather buy it at a thrift store and save my Moolah for a special item on Etsy or at an antique store! 🤑😘

DIY Stair Rail Painting

Staircase, you make such a small statement in a big way! Before we knew much about stain (and our knowledge is still limited 🙄) my husband stained the handrail and balusters of our staircase. 😩 Let’s just say, the stain turned out to be extremely dark. If you follow my insta, you know I love wood but this was not a pretty color.

It was time to do something… 🤔

I painted it plain-Jane white in three simple steps and it looks beautiful! Also, Everything I used I found in my broom closet.

Step 1

Clean the entire surface. Don’t skip this easy step! Why? Getting dust and dead insects in paint isn’t fun.

I did everything freehand but if you need to tape off with painters tape now would be the time.

Step 2

Apply TWO coats of primer on the baluster and handrail. Don’t forget underneath the handrail. I started at the base of the baluster then worked my way up but you can do it however. I allowed the each coat of primer to dry one hour.

This is the primer I used, but you can use any primer. I chose this one because it’s what we already had in the broom closet and I like to save moolah. 🤑

Step 3

It’s time to paint! Paint the baluster and handrail the color of your choice. Again, don’t forget underneath the handrail.

I chose Cameo White by Behr Marquee because it’s my absolute favorite white and I already had some on hand. Also, I totally swear by Behr Marquee because it’s the best paint ever.