Our Little A+Bode

Per request of a few, I'm posting my first "personal" post with a look into our little home and a few of my most recent DIY projects. I love photography and a very close second is design! I often get a little on the silly side of the spectrum when thinking of names for things. I landed on "Our Little A+Bode" for any personal home design posts, it's fun and brings a little giggle. I love the word Abode and we are A+B...well technically B+A because my hubby always comes before me, but it works. I've so dreaded this type of post for awhile because I've always thought, who really cares about my little projects anyways. I know....sounds terrible, but true! Until, I was encouraged by a few loving ladies in my life that changed my perspective. I love being a design diva on a budget, it's quite a fun game to me! Waiting months to find the perfect piece that's really not perfect until I repaint it, change the handles, or get it for less than I set in my mind to pay for it.  I realized not everyone thinks the way I do in terms of the single digit thrift shop finds or the dreaded but so loved pieces you just can't get rid of. Upon this realization, I decided to share parts of our design journey and my thought process behind the pieces to maybe help you start thinking the same way too! 


I'll start by introducing you to Annie Sloan products! Ya'll, I'm in Love. Pictured below is the Soft Wax that I used to add a finishing touch on the projects you'll see but her Chalk Paint is fantastic. My favorite color is the French Linen. It's not the average chalk paint. Annie Sloan chalk paint sticks to just about any surface! Which means if you are a dream it up....finished project with little time in between, person like me this product is a dream! 

My favorite new addition to our bedroom...I've claimed it as mine because I love it so much and quite possibly because I have too many clothes. 

Silly me, I didn't save the before photo but it looked something like this for $125 on Craigslist.

After we added two coats of Annie Sloan French Linen and a few Home Depot drawer pulls I love it! 


We received the "M" as a wedding gift but I wasn't sold on just having it hang on the wall alone. So, my handy hubby helped me make this from an old canvas I had painted in college that was in need of some change. I first covered the canvas with left over tissue I had from Anthropologie  shopping trips,  which I cut into 1" strips. Brent helped me mount the "M" safely on to the canvas. For a more personal finishing touch, I added the photos and our vows handwritten on some extra paper we had. Altogether, it was about a $13 art piece with a fun personal touch.