Wallpapered Nook- Take 2

I finally finished wallpapering the nook! Remember the great wallpaper debate we had a while back?  Well I changed it all up and now I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

Cheery Nook with Wallpaper

The paper I chose was "Daydream" by Hygge and West.

Wallpaper Nook

It makes the perfect whimsical backdrop for my yellow sideboard.

Hygge and West Wallpaper in this cheery little nook

Atop the sideboard I placed my favorite bud vases and a ruffled bowl

Cheery nook with wallpaper, bud vases, cake plate and ruffled bowl

I found these football mums at my local florist. Aren't they beautiful?

Pink milk glass cake plate with bud vases and football mums
Cheery Little nook with football mums

I also have my chalkboard where I write a current scripture that I am "ponderizing". "Ponderizing" is 80% pondering and 20% memorizing. I pick a new scripture every week and spend some time each day thinking about it. This week I am ponderizing Matthew 5:16. I love how seeing it every morning starts my day off on a spiritual note. (Read more about Ponderizing here.)

Be of Good Cheer Chalkboard

And on the other side of the chalkboard sits one of my favorite vases from Anthropologie and a few books I stole from my daughter's bedroom.

Anthropologie Turquoise and Orange Vase

I guess the failed wallpaper project wasn't a complete waste because I used the remnants to line the inside of the sideboard drawers.

Yellow Sideboard with wallpapered drawers

I just cut them to size then used double sided tape to attach it.

Oh Joy Wallpaper lining the drawers of this yellow sideboard

Here is my view when I come down the stairs each morning...

"Well Hello happy little birds and cheerful yellow sideboard! Why yes, it is nice to see you too!"

Cheery Wallpapered Nook

Wallpapering was a bit of a beast, but the second time around it was much smoother since I bought a few more tools to help me.  I found these wallpaper tools at Lowes.

Wallpaper Supplies

I also pasted all the papers on this folding table.  It saved my back from bending over and saved my wood floors from getting paste on them.

Table for Wallpaper

The hardest part was trying to cut a nice clean line on the edges.  I bought 2 brand new razor blades, but I still had trouble with the wet paper ripping. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to get a nice crisp edge I would love to hear them.

Cheerful Wallpapered Nook With Yellow Sideboard

I absolutely love how it turned out.  Even though it was a ton of work tearing down the old paper and repapering it again, it just makes me so happy to see it each day.

Cheery Wallpapered Nook

So does anyone have any good wallpaper tips? I'm all ears.

Yellow Sideboard with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

I found this great little sideboard at a local antique shop.  I loved the clean lines and the original hardware, but it was pretty beat up.

Antique Sideboard

After some elbow grease and a few coats of paint... here she is all full of sunshine.

Yellow Sideboard with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Before beginning the painting process I removed all the drawers, doors and hardware and gave everything a quick 10 minute sand with a medium grit sanding wedge. I then used a dry cloth to wipe off all the dust. Sanding is a great way to clean your piece and also provides a good surface for your paint to adhere.

Antique sideboard hardware

I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try my hand at Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint. Milk paint is different from traditional paint because it comes in powder form and you mix it with water. To learn more about milk paint look here.

Image from Miss Mustard Seed

Image from Miss Mustard Seed

The best part about Miss Mustard Seed's paint are the beautiful colors.  I chose Mustard Seed Yellow. It is the perfect shade of cheery yellow without being too lemon or too green. 

Image from Miss Mustard Seed

Image from Miss Mustard Seed

Now I can't lie, mixing it was a PAIN!  It was tricky getting the right proportions and no matter how long I mixed it (even in the vitamix) I still felt like there were little granules of pigment left over. (This was especially problematic as I got to the end of my paint supply and the color changed to a darker hue because of the settled pigment... very frustrating!)

Once the paint was all mixed up I also added Miss Mustard Seed's bonding agent to make sure the paint would stick well to my sideboard. I wanted a nice even finish without any distressing or chipping.

Here is how it looked after just one coat. 

Yellow Milk Paint

As you can see the paint is quite thin and I had to do 4 coats to get the coverage that I wanted. So even though I didn't have to prime, I made up for it with all the extra coats of paint. 

Yellow Sideboard with Milk Paint

Helpful tip: If I am painting a sideboard, buffet or dresser I never paint the inside of the piece or the sides of the drawers. I only paint the drawer fronts to ensure that the drawers will still slide correctly. 

Yellow Sideboard

After the painting was complete I followed the package directions to apply the clear Furniture Wax. This was the first time that I had worked with the wax and it was super quick and easy.

Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax

After the waxing I got to work on cleaning up the hardware. I used a combination of lemon, salt, steel wool and lots of elbow grease to remove the years of grime.

Antique Hardware

After a good scrubbing I used "Rub and Buff" in Gold Leaf to give it that nice extra shine.

Gold leaf Rub and Buff

I love the way the gold handles look agains the buttery paint. 

Hardware on Yellow Sideboard

All in all, I love how the sideboard turned out, but I am not sure if I will use the milk paint again.  Here are the pros and cons that I found.


  1. Fabulous Color
  2. Nice Hard Finish (unlike latex where you can easily scrape off the paint)
  3. Flexibility in mixing the color to change the saturation and consistency
  4. Sands and distresses easily


  1. Mixing was a pain
  2. When I got to the end granules of paint had settled at the bottom creating a darker color (If you look closely you can see this in the bottom drawer)
  3. 4 coats to get a nice opaque finish
Yellow Sideboard with Milk Paint

I think painting is a little bit like having babies, while you are in the middle of it it seems like it will never end but once you have the beautiful finished product you tend to forget about all the struggles in between :)

And one more "before and after" shot just for fun.

Yellow Milk Paint Sideboard Before and After

I can't wait to show you the finished nook with this beautiful sideboard! Remember the big wallpaper debate with the golden flowers? Well, it is all redone and it is so so lovely! That post is coming soon!

Decorating With Bud Vases

Bringing fresh cut flowers into my home lifts my spirits. There is something so beautiful and simple about a flower. It feels natural and luxurious all at the same time.  If I had my way, my home would constantly be filled with giant bouquets around every corner. But as we all know flowers can get expensive! Especially if you are like me and are lacking in your gardening skills.

Enter my newest obsession... bud vases! Have you seen these cute little guys? They are quite small, only a couple of inches tall, and are made for holding just one or two blooms.

Decorating With Bud Vases

Group them together on a cake stand and you have a lovely little display with big impact and a small price tag.

Bud Vases

I purchased this particular cake stand at a local Minneapolis shop, Hunt and Gather. I just love the feminine curves and the smooth pink milk glass.

pink glass cake stand

It is the perfect perch to showcase the natural beauty of these lovely roses.

Roses and bud vases

Bud vases come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. And since they are small they are generally quite inexpensive.

I purchased all of my vases at Crate and Barrel for less than $5.

Aqua bud vase

I like to sprinkle them throughout my home, placing one or two blooms in each vase. That way my bouquet of flowers gets to be enjoyed wherever I might be.

Bud Vase in the Bathroom
Bud Vase by the Kitchen Sink
Aqua Bud Vase

So thank you dear bud vases for helping spread a little more joy throughout my home!

Decorating With Bud Vases