Color of the Year: Emerald

This year Pantone named Emerald as the color of the year. . . . .

TFP EC 14. . . . .isn’t it just dreamy?? Since I’m usually looking for an excuse to paint something our entertainment center got a fresh coat!Turn an old dresser into an entertainment center! From thefrontpoarch.comWe started with hiding our TV cables the hard way and then acquired this dresser from my grandparents’ weekend home. The mirror and the first 2 drawers were removed.


Using the drawers as a template, Phillip traced and cut 2 shelves for the top.


It then sat in our living room for about a month until I worked up the courage to actually paint it. The first time I showed Phillip the paint color he said, “. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . I won’t say anything until you get done.” I took it as him saying, GO FOR IT!!!

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I had some of Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin left from painting my Vintage Serving Tray so I started by spraying the interior gray and painting the interior of the drawers. If you paint the drawers guides, be sure to give them a lite sanding before replacing your drawers so that they will still slide in and out easily. TFP EC 5Then the fun began! The color I purchased was Valspar’s Luscious Green in Gloss and it t took 3 coats to get a smooth even, finish. I opted to paint the legs gray which I’m not too crazy about but I’m hoping they will grow on me.

TFP EC 12As per usual, Leland came to help. . . .until he tried to lick the wet paint and I kicked him out of the garage.

TFP EC 4Now that all is said and done, this beauty sits in my living room.


Before I painted the dresser I found this tag attached to the back and was overjoyed to find out that it was the original sales tag when this piece was sold to my grandparents. Judging from their address, my guess is that they purchased it in the mid-50’s.

TFP EC 11The drawers now hold movies, video games and kids toys for visiting friends.



Have you repurposed an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

DIY Mustache Wreath

The weather is turning warmer here in west Texas and I thought it was time to say goodbye to my Winter Wreath and create something fresh for ‘Spring’. Out here Spring is more of a thought than a season, we’re really just waiting for May when scorching temperatures will set in for the long hot summer. That’s beside the point though. . . . I was looking for something fun and spunky and as you know, I always enjoy a wreath that strays from the traditional so after digging through my craft supply stach, the DIY Mustache Wreath was born! (See what I did there?)DIY Mustache Wreath from

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • oval or rectangle shaped canvas
  • paint of choice, I used a can of spray paint I already had, Valspar’s Hacienda Tile
  • large letter of choice, I used P for Poarch and purchased it at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, you can find a similar one here
  • pom-pom ribbon, any color
  • thick, fluffy fringe, about 2″ wide, both of these can be found at a fabric store
  • thick black paper like scrapbooking paper or cardstock
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • staple gun
  • cord or ribbon for hanging the wreath

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Anytime I work on a project outside, our cats always want to steal the lime light. . . . Mustache Wreath 1

. . . . back to what I was saying, start by painting your canvas, mine took 2 coats and I let it dry overnight to cure.

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Now it’s time to attach your letter to the canvas. Quickly spread a generous amount of hot glue on the back of your letter and press it into the canvas, making sure it is centered and straight. Be sure to let your hot glue cool for a few minutes before moving on.

Next, you’ll need to make your mustache. Depending on the size of your letter and your style preference, you can determine what type and size of mustache you want. I went with the classic handlebar that as about 2″ x 6″.Mustache Wreath 5

I was able to free hand my mustache out of black scrapbooking paper but you could easily cut one out with a Silhouette. Another great option would be to do a Google image search for mustache, print one that you like, cut it out and then trace it onto your paper.

Once your mustache is cut out, glue it to the fringe using your hot glue gun. Give it a minute to set and the begin to trim away the excess fringe. You can thin flip it over to the front and trim it to your taste.

Spring Wreath 1Attach your mustache to your letter with hot glue.

Now it’s time for the finishing touches! Starting at the bottom (it’s the least visible area), attach your pom-pom ribbon using a small drop of hot glue every 2-3″. Work your way around until you get back to the bottom, overlapping the ribbon just slightly so no raw edges are exposed.Mustache Wreath 6Hang it on your front door, step back and admire it!

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Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comCongrats, You did it! Now go tell your friends about the awesome wreath you just made!Make your own Mustache Wreath from




Recap: The Trip of a Lifetime

It’s hard for me to believe that my Trip of a Lifetime has already come and gone! I still remember the time when my friend was recommending the Good Sam checklist, and now everything has come to an end, and I am back to the daily routine again. My mom and I had a blast and I will always cherish the time I got to spend with her. I know I won’t be able to give you a complete recap of our amazing week but I’ll do my best and fare warning, you’re about to see A LOT of pictures!

Mom and I have been planning this trip for years and since my parents are train buffs, we opted to take Amtrak from my hometown of McGregor, TX to Pittsburgh, PA. For those of you who have never ridden a train – DO IT! You’ll have the time of your life! Train travel is very relaxing and luckily for us, has awesome luggage requirements as compared to its airline counterpart.

Not much has changed about this old station since my childhood and I couldn’t love it more! I have so many memories of waiting in this station, to travel by train or just watch it go by.Fiestaware Tour 9

Most trains consist of several coach cars, a few sleeper cars (where we traveled), a dining car, a lounge car (the one with the big windows) and of course, an engine.Fiestaware Tour 10

Our sleeper car room had it’s own bathroom which is a huge luxury on the train and chairs that folded out into beds.
Fiestaware Tour 13Coming and going from Pittsburgh we had a layover in Chicago so we took the opportunity to see a few sights! Chicago’s Union Station is beautiful and if filled with lots of classic architecture.

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On our way home we stopped by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Museum where we found this Civil War era $500 from the National Bank of Lowell (MA) which also happens to be the name of my brother. Oh, and that large cube? That’s what $1million looks like in $1 bills!Fiestaware Tour 11

In Pittsburgh, we rented a car and drove about 45 minutes to Newell, WV, home of Homer Laughlin China Company that makes Fiestware. The factory itself . . . .is  little lack luster. . . .let’s just say it’s not exactly a tourist destination but since we were the only ones there at 9am and it didn’t open until 9:30am. . . . we had to find a few touristy photo ops. I mean, we came all the way from Texas for this!Fiestaware Tour 14

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Just down Fiesta Drive, there’s a bone yard of broken Fiestaware which we later found out has just recently been sold to a start-up company that wants to make concrete counter-tops with speckles of Fiestaware mixed in. I might have to look into that in the future!Fiestaware Tour 22Needless to say, when 9:30am came, we were the first ones in the door.

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It was every color of the rainbow we’d dreamed of AND more! I mean, eat your heart out!Fiestaware Tour 15

At 10:30am we got to go on a tour of the factory and as luck would have it, mom and I were the only 2 on the tour! We weren’t allowed to take pictures but we did get to see the entire process from clay to the finished product and it was very fascinating. When I made the reservation I was told we were going to walk a mile and a half and they weren’t kidding, we definitely got our workout in! At the end of the tour we got to see the Fiestware museum, a small room off the factory that had shelf after shelf of every retired Fiesta color.

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Just off the main show floor was the 2nds room which was filled with slightly blemished dishes that were a fraction of the price. We spent most of our time in this room, filling egg crates with stacks of colorful dishware. I mainly tried to buy pieces that you can’t regularly find in departments stores so I came home with several different types of serving bowls, a carafe, pie plates and loaf pans.Fiestaware Tour 16

Once everything was said and done we had an entire trunk full of Fiestware!

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We packed our dishes into our suitcases and headed home! I didn’t get a ton of pictures of my ‘loot’ but here’s a shot of my kitchen table as I was unpacking it.

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Doesn’t it just make you happy? It’s like a rainbow of color everyday!

If you’re ever in the Pittsburgh area, I highly recommend you make the short trip out to Newell, WV, you won’t regret it! For my mom and I it truly was the trip of a lifetime!

A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.


In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Maid Easy offered a good house cleaning option. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

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Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!

Vintage Serving Tray

As we cleaned out my Grandad‘s house, I came across lots of great vintage finds, most of which I shared with you last July. On later trips I found a few more pieces that I’d like to share today.

This awesome orange arm chair was tucked away in a corner my entire life and I never even noticed it! Although I do love the orange, an upholstery job is in store as well as some love and care for those beautiful tapered legs. They are the screw-in type and although they aren’t stripped, the fitting is VERY loose. Anyone have any experience fixing a similar problem?

This vintage tray was another hidden gem that I found, in all places, stuffed in the attic, covered in dirt. It was next to my giant piece of original art that was the source of great agony last fall when it took, not 1, not 2, but 3 attempts to hang it in my dining room! Today the tray is getting a makeover!
TFP Tray 1It cleaned up nicely but it definitely was showing it’s age.

TFP Tray 2TFP Tray 3One of the handles had broken off but my awesome wood-working father-in-law was able to make a new one over Thanksgiving.

TFP Tray 4The x-stand was also in rough shape and missing one of the fabric brackets.

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After a few coats of paint, here’s the final product!TFP Tray 6

The tray was sanded and paint with Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin. I got the paint plus primer and it worked wonders!TFP Tray 7TFP Tray 10

The stand I left as natural wood and gave it a good rub down with Murphy’s Oil Soap. I made new braces out of some gray webbing that I picked up at Hancock’s which allowed me to make sure the stand sat completely level, it was a little wonky before.TFP Tray 8

So there you have it! Ever rescued any trash that you thought was a treasure?TFP Tray 9

PS – Did you know that I’m hosting my very first giveaway? It only takes a few minutes to enter! Click here to enter by Monday, March 11th at 11pm!

PSS – I’m being featured over at Life as a Thrifter today! Go see how I turned a baby crib into house numbers.

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Our First Giveaway!

Our 1 year blogiversary is quickly approaching and to celebrate we’re hosting our very first giveaway!Daily Tote Giveaway - thefrontpoarch.comSince launching my Etsy site, FrontPoarchCreations, I’ve been designing and testing new bags and purses and today I’m happy to announce that the Daily Tote will soon be joining the line up!

To celebrate our 1 year blogiversary, you have the chance to win your very own Daily Tote, before they are available on our Etsy site. To enter you’ll need to complete the rafflecopter giveaway below and be sure to check back here on March 12th when we’ll announce the winner!

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