Outfit Idea // Little Back Dress for Spring

It's hot, it's cold, it's hot again!  I can't keep up.  That's why these transition months are all about the layering.  A little black dress goes a long way, when worn as the base of an outfit.  You'll never believe what a steal this cocoon dress is Old Navy!  It is so versatile, forgiving and flattering, plus it packs well, so it's a perfect piece for weekend getaways from spring through summer.  I've paired the dress with my favorite blazer in the color of the moment, blush.  Because blush is a non-neutral neutral, it adds the perfect pop of color, without screaming too loud.  I wore the look with knee-high boots, but this look works just as well with booties.  And finished it off with a light neutral bag and mirrored sunnies.  

Spring Little Black Dress
Spring Little Black Dress
little black dress for spring
little black dress

dress: Old Navy / blazer: Top Shop (similar below) / boots: Elliott Lucca (similar below) / sunnies: Asos / earrings: Urban Outfitters // wrap bracelet: Victoria Emerson


One Room Challenge // Garage Turned Studio Makeover Reveal

Welcome to the big reveal!!  To say that this I was flying by the seat on my pants on this project is an understatement.  Six weeks ago, I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge.  During previous cycles, I've followed other blogger's journys in renovating and documenting a room in 6 weeks, I've always wanted to play along, and I finally threw my hat in this time, only to be sidelined for the worst reason possible, the loss of my dad.  You can read my whole tribute post to my dad here, but he was my inspiration to work my butt off and finish in time for the reveal.  Without further adieu, the after, a highly functional garage space that is half studio, half storage, and a home for my Vespa and a one mini VW bus.

Before, the garage, as many are, was a dirty mess.  The floors were dirty, the workbench, covered in tools, nothing was organized and storage boxes were stacked on top of each other, instead of neatly placed on a shelf.

So, what did I do?  

  • painted all the walls and ceiling, Polar Bear by Behr, my favorite white paint color
  • Painted the cabinets in Valspar "Swiss Coffee" which were recycled from my kitchen, which I removed to add open shelving, hung cabinets
  • Installed shelving on back walls for tools and paint
  • refinished the work bench
  • hung decorative shelf and peg board for organization
  • refinished the floors with Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble in Mountain white
  • Installed a storage wall
  • unified storage to create a cohesive look
One Room Challenge Garage Storage

My biggest challenge aside from the time constraints, was working with the concrete walls.  I foolishly decided to put all my storage on the concrete blocks, leaving right wall free to use as a white backdrop for projects and photos.  In order to hang anything on the concrete blocks you need to use lag shields and lag screws.  For each screw you need to drill a whole into the concrete, many of them took at least 10 minutes to drill, and I estimate I needed about 46 screws, that's almost 8 hours of just drilling!!  

One Room Challenge Garage Turned Studio // Undeclared Panache
One Room Challenge Garage turned Studio
One Room Challenge Garage Makeover
One Room Challenge Garage Turned Studio // Undeclared Panache
Undeclared Panache Garage Studio

Despite the challenges, I am thrilled with how this room turned out.  It's so pretty that I don't want to mess it up, but I can't wait to start a project in this space.   


Storage Wall: Elfa storage systemdrawerswood crates / handled wood box / white tote bins (used as recycling on floor) / large white tote bin (on top shelf) / small white tote bins (on middle shelf)

Hanging organization: Rubermaid Fastrack System

Paint: Walls and ceiling - Behr Polar Bear / Floor - Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble floor refinishing kit in Mountain White / cabinet paint - Valspar "Swiss Coffee"

Dresser - thrifted (refinished on this post) / work bench - left by previous owner, refinished using Minwax Antique Walnut / Rug - souvenir from Morocco (similar) / paper lantern - Elbow Grease Design

A BIG thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for pulling this all together.  And another thank you to Rust-oluem for sponsoring the floor refinishing.  And finally to Kathy Davies for the amazing photos! See all the amazing reveals here.


One Room Challenge // The Floors

I have shared my plans, but haven't shared too much of my progress for the One Room Challenge.  That is largely because it's been a lot of shuffling things around while I painted the walls.  After returning from spending almost two weeks in Michigan with my family I fell pretty far behind, but this last week has been full steam ahead.  In case you want to go back and check out my previous posts

And that leads me to today's topic, one of the biggest undertakings of my garage project was the floors.  It was quite a process, but I am so happy with the end result.  I partnered with Rust-oleum to use their Rocksolid Marble Floor Coating kit.  I choose the lightest color they had "Mountain White."  I love the results, but I did have a few hiccups along the way.  Here's what you need and how I did it and the things I learned.  This first photo is the after. 

One Room Challenge Floor Refinishing
Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor Coating Kit

You'll need:

1. Cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more.  After clearing everything out, I swept several times.  I mopped with soap and water twice, then I started the concrete etching kit.  

2. Follow the instructions to mix the concrete etching solution with water.  Use a scrub brush to scrub the floors.  I actually did this twice too.  They say to use a hose, but unfortunately my hose does not reach, so I scrubbed a few more times with plain water.  Repeat this step until clean.

Garage Floor Refinishing

3.  Let the floor dry completely

4. There are two Polycuramine Burst Pouches, each with two parts.  Mix each pouch individually, then roll part A into part B and mix very well, do this for both sets.  

Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor finishing

5. pour one color into one side of the roller tray.  Then pour the other color into the other side of the roller tray.

Rust-oluem Rocksolid Floor Coating Kit

6. Use a paint brush to edge the room, blotting the colors together to get the marbled effect.


7. Use the provided roller to roll paint in M and W patterns, layering the colors, but not mixing them completely.  

Rust-oleum Rocksolid Floor
Rust-oleum Rocksolid garage floor
  • A few things I learned:  I was under somewhat of a time crunch for this project, had I had more time, I would have allowed additional time for the floor to dry.  The floor had some bubbles after drying, not sure why, once I walked on the floor the bubbles popped and you can't see them anymore.  You can see the photo below.
  • I am not sure when the best time to do this project is.  For me, it was early May and there is all kinds of spring crap falling from the trees.  Some particles inevitably blew on to my tacky floors and made a mess. 
  • Be sure you start at the back point of the room to avoid boxing yourself in.  
  • As the instructions warn you, you'll need to work quickly, as the product hardens quickly.  
One Room Challenge