Why The Name Change?

Why the name change? The name change to my site, that is. My business. My Facebook page. My Instagram account. 

Well, a year into this, I have learned a few things. I was told by a friend, KariAnne over at Thistlewood Farm, that what I was picturing for my blog, my business, the direction I would go, would most likely change over time. And she was right.

I LOVE refinishing furniture. I enjoy the blog side of this, too. But painting is my thing. I found myself redoing my own pieces and well, eventually you start to run out of things to paint. I’m sure those that know me wouldn’t be surprised that some pieces in our house are on their second DIY makeover. I just love it. It is hard work most of the time, but the elbow work that goes into it makes me appreciate the pieces even more. Many of them are pieces that have been in our family for quite awhile.

So what got me here? Well, like I said, I’m running low on things to paint here. Ha. Plus on top of that, I frequently have friends ask me if I redo furniture for people (ahem, they mean for them). I’ve always just shrugged it off.

Until recently.

I decided that I would give this whole refinishing furniture for people a go.

Let’s change the direction and the name. That is how I got to the name


Joyfully Restored. 

There were three Bible verses that helped me come to this name. 

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. I am not always strong, but it give me so much joy and peace to know that I don’t have to rely on myself for that strength. It comes from the Lord. 

“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.” Joel 2:25 No matter what it may be for you in your life, YOU are loved by the creator. He can restore you. We try to do a lot on our own. But in my own life, once I have realized that I need to rely on more of Him, and less on me,so much weight is lifted off. 

And the third verse, also about  restoration. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12. When I read this verse, I’m reminded to not take all that God has done for me for granted. And when we trust and obey Him, he will give us the strength that we need.

I find all of those verses so encouraging and I hope that you do, too. 

Well, here we are. I’m excited to announce that I am starting to book clients. I already have several pieces for next week!

Am I a business guru? Nope. That’s a big nope. But I’m not going to let that fear hold me back. I love refinishing furniture and if I can do it for others, that is even better. 

I’ll share pieces that I do on my site so that you can follow along! And if you are still reading this, YOU ROCK! Thanks for sticking with me!


I Found The Best Black Paint Color

Well, it’s official. After using it 3 times now, I have found the best black paint color!

I would probably describe it as more of a really, really, REALLY dark charcoal.

Or maybe light black. Is that a thing?

What I’m trying to say is that it isn’t a true, stark black. If that is what you’re looking for, then scroll to the bottom for a pic of our front door.

Ok, without further ado, I present to you….

Iron Ore

The first time that I used it was when I painted our french doors.

I wanted to use something other than white, but felt like a black was still safe. I’m never scared to paint things, but I have a comfort zone with colors.

Next, I used this lovely color when we redid our kitchen cabinets. I wanted a darker color on the island so I went with Iron Ore for this.

And last but not least, my most recent project. I used Iron Ore to paint our back door.

I carried it over inside, too. I LOVE it!

Are you looking for a true, stark black? You would like Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Here it is on our front door. (P.S. I know. I know. They look similar, but Iron Ore is lighter.)

Front door painted in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.

Lies Girls Believe Online Bible Study

Do you have a daughter that is between the ages of 8-12? Join Molly and me (and lots of other girls) for this online Bible study-Lies Girls Believe. It is a 6 week study on Monday nights. Can’t watch on Monday nights? No worries! It will be recorded and you can watch anytime over the week.

This information is from the registration site..

You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.

Equip her with the Truth!
Join us this March for a special 6-week online Bible study using the content from Lies Girls Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, a brand-new book from Dannah Gresh! We’ll meet live each Monday night at 7pm and dig into the Bible with you and your tween as we cover topics including:
•    Lies about God
•    Lies about Friendship
•    Lies about the Future
•    Lies about Boys
•    And more!

Each week will include poll questions, fun themes, Q&A time, and most importantly, we’ll give you and your daughter the opportunity to dig into God’s word together.

The study will be live Mondays  (March 25th-April 29th) from 7 PM – 8 pm EST. If you’re unable to watch live, a recorded version will be available for one full week after the live study airs.

You can register for the 6 week study here.

Or if you want to purchase the books separately, you can do that below.

Here is the book for your daughter.

Here is the guide for moms.


How to Remove the Dingy Smell From Old Furniture

Ugg. That dingy furniture smell. Here is how it might go…

You found the perfect piece of furniture.

The measurements are exactly what you need for the space.

It needs some help, but you like the challenge. You’re feeling excited and inspired.

Then it happens. You open the drawers and the smell hits you like a ton of bricks.

Can you relate? If not, this will happen one day and now you will know exactly what to do.

You probably already have the supplies on hand.


Here is what you will need:

  • 1 old stinky piece of furniture
  • white vinegar
  • saran wrap
  • a bowl per drawer
  • a fork or other sharp item to pierce the saran wrap. Make wise choices with your sharp item of choice, please.

From here, it is super easy.

You will pour your vinegar into a bowl. Pick a bowl big enough but not too big to fit in your drawer. This piece is actually two big drawers. So I pulled two old bowls out of the cabinets and filled them with vinegar.

Next, you will wrap the saran wrap around the top of the bowl and poke holes in the top.

Now close the drawers and wait. I think I left the bowl in there for about two days. It was Christmas break and just don’t ask me to remember details like that when we aren’t on a schedule.

I forgot to add tire pump and cute assistant to the supply list, but it helps.

I did end up painting this piece and lining the drawers with removable liner, but I’m happy to report that there is no trace of dingy smell anymore! 🙂

Our Hiking Day at Waterloo Lake Park

This past weekend, we all slept in. I was enjoying my cup of coffee while the kids were watching some goofy cartoon.

Then Mr. Man said “Hey, we should take the girls to Waterloo.” He’d ridden his bike at this Lake a few weeks ago and told me he knew the girls would love it.

The introverted homebody in me wanted to stay on the couch, but I said “Let’s go!”

It was completely unplanned and the girls ate frozen uncrustables in the car for lunch. Uncrustables that we bought on our way out of town haha, but it ended up being one of my favorite family days ever!

Waterloo is located in Denison, TX. It was about a 45 minute drive for us and if you’re near Collin county, you should take your crew to Waterloo. I’ll show you some of the highlights of our day. 🙂

This is right by where we parked. There were people feeding the ducks and fishing at a little pond. There is also a covered area to picnic. But remember we had uncrustables in the car.

Little bit, Millie, started out in the backpack. Unlimited Pringles. It was a good thing for her.

Daddy’s turn to carry her. Also note the evidence of chocolate on her face. 🙂

This was probably one of my favorite parts of the morning. Walking behind these two and watching them skip together. They may have been arguing in the car. But the sunshine and an open space outside to run and play turned that around quickly.

Maggie’s word of the day was TREACHEROUS. She said that word about 86 times in a matter of hours.

“I love these treacherous trails.”

“Can we look for more treacherous trails?”

“Oh this trail sure is treacherous.”

And for the record, I had to google how to spell that word.

Millie was running wild and free now!

This was really cool! It is a little cave that you can walk into. Look for the trail called “Cave Trail”. I’m sure you could’ve figured that out, but just incase.

This was a little area that they climbed right outside of the cave.

It was a little treacherous. (Channeling my inner Maggie.)

Daddy taught them how to skip rocks. A skill that I still have not mastered. They were pretty amazed by his rock skipping abilities.

I was trying to get them to laugh and it actually turned into real laughing. Mom win!

Halfway through the trail, there was a big open field and they went straight for the dandelions.

This is the fun little playground that we found along the way.

Just past the playground is this cool rock structure. They put those limbs down so that they could cross the water.

And climb some treacherous rocks.

We were almost back to the car at this point. But they saw this huge hill and begged to roll down it. I tried to roll down it too (the video of that is top secret) and was nauseous after about three rolls. And then one sister kicked another in the head on the way down the hill. That was our sign that it was time to get back in the car. Ha.

If you want to check it out, here is the Waterloo Park website. We had a lot of fun!