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Dirt Road Adventures – A week of Recovery & Thrifting

Hey sweet friends and Happy Sunday!

Y’all I think I might have finally recovered from all the work we did on the Beach Cottage Renovation.

We traveled home last Sunday and I was like a zombie for several days.

Sometimes you don’t realize how exhausted you are until you slow down and rest.

Needless to say, it will be a few weeks before we will be able to tackle the rest of the renovations.

I will leave you with another sneak peek at the progress.

See that red chest among everything else in the cottage? Well, it looks so much better with a fresh coat of paint.

I used Annie Sloan Graphite Chalk Paint and only needed two coats to cover all the red.

I was excited that my front door was featured on the Delaney Hardware Display at the International Builders Show in Orlando this past week.

This is a shot from their Instagram feed and you can see my door and Rudy in the upper left hand corner.

I loved working with Delaney Hardware during their 12 Doors of Christmas campaign, spring porch refresh campaign and most recently on our beach cottage renovations.

To see more from Delaney Hardware Official, click here.

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

I began the week with a detailed post about how we built our Budget Friendly Open Kitchen Cabinet

Next, I shared some links to Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day Ideas.

There is one more day so here are the last Valentine links you’ll see this year. Hopefully! LOL

Here’s one that would be great for Spring as well as Valentine’s Day. Easy Moss Heart and Vintage Seed Packet Garland.

And anytime is a good time to plan girlfriend time. Click here for How to Plan Girlfriend Time and see all the benefits of spending time with friends.

Next, I shared How to Use A Vintage Headboard and how to refinish one with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Wax.

17 Best Game Day Recipes

How to Freshen Natural Moss for Spring

Thrifting Adventures

I managed to fit in a little retail therapy after I recovered. Here are some of the items I found.

I have plans for these lemon salt and pepper shakers and stay tuned to see how I’m using them. They were still in their original packaging.

Staying true to my Thrifting Goals for 2022, I found some great vintage brass deals.

Can you guest where I might use these brass sconces?

Valentines Day

What are you hoping to get for Valentine’s Day? I’ll forego the candy and flowers for some more vintage shopping. Stay turned to see what I get for V day.

Galentine’s Day Adventure

I did get the opportunity to spend some quality time with my girlfriends this past week. We started the evening at Leo’s Whisky Bar, which is a cute little speakeasy style bar, downtown Asheboro, NC. Although I’m not a whisky drinker, I found something yummy on the menu and we had a great time.

We then walked over to the The Flying Pig for dinner. If you’ve never visited Downtown Asheboro, you should come and check out the vintage and antique shops and other surprises. Everything is within walking distance and there’s plenty of free parking.

BTW, no one would allow any photo’s for the evening. We are getting to that age. LOL

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Coco from The Crowned Goat made these Air Dry Clay Hearts and since they are white, they can be used year round. I’m getting some air dry clay soon.

Stenciled Air Dry Clay Valentine Heart-4 Days Drying Time-The Crowned Goat

Ann at Dabbling and Decorating finds the best vintage furniture and you need to see this fabulous makeover.

Fabulous Vintage Hutch Makeover

I love how Michelle used peel and stick wall paper inside her bathroom drawers. It makes opening the drawers so fun. See all of Michelle’s Easy Bathroom Organizing Ideas here.

Makeup drawer organizing in plastic trays. Chrome towel rack with white towels and a plant on a tray. Easy Bathroom Organizing Ideas..

Bits and Pieces

You are going to love this Bedroom Before and After Painted Floors from KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms.

These 13 Beautiful White Living Room Ideas shared by Carol at Blue Sky at Home are all stunning.

A little trash to treasure DIY Spoon Rack from Jenn at Down Shiloh Road is so cute.

Kristin at White Arrows Home post – Cozy Home Decor Drinks and Activities will encourage you to stay home and enjoy your spaces.

Self Care: Hands from Mary at Life at Bella Terra has so much great, much needed, information about keeping our hands strong and healthy.

Check out Kim’s adventures on a Day Trip to Oregons Williamette Valley.

I can’t wait to try this Sesame Green Bean and Bacon Recipe from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm.

Shopping Deals this week

Click here for some great candle deals.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

So excited about your feature week, Rachel! That is so cool and definitely well deserved. I love all the treasures you found and I can't get over all the progress you're making at the beach house too. I know it's going to be a masterpiece when you're finished. Thanks so much for including my air dry clay hearts this week. I really appreciate it! Big hugs, CoCo


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

CoCo, You are so kind. It was a great week and I'm looking forward to revealing the full renovation soon.

Jennifer Howard

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Ooooohhhh, those sconces are amazing!! That's a great score!! The Delaney Hardware poster is amazing...seriously how cool to see yourself on a big brand like that!! Rock On!


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Jennifer, I was very honored to be on their big board. Thanks so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 14th of February 2022

I'm so glad you painted that red piece. I have painted my cabinet with the Annie Sloan graphite and I really love it. You have done so much with your beach cottage. It's been so fun to watch. Thank you for sharing my girl's day trip. Have a great week.


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

You are welcome Kim!

Miche Ortega

Monday 14th of February 2022

Wow, you have been busy! Love your painted cabinet, and all of your Valentine ideas. Happy V Day, Rachel!


Monday 14th of February 2022

Miche, Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you like it.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 13th of February 2022

Rachel, I think I need a nap after reading about all the work you have done on the beach cottage. That is not only impressive, but amazing! Thanks for all the great inspiration and love those sconces..for the beach house? Again, thanks for the feature on my Self Care for hands. As I get older, I am noticing I can't open jars as easily. Am actively trying to strengthen and care for the two amazing tools God gave us.


Sunday 13th of February 2022

Mary, Thank you for your sweet comments and encouragement. I to find that with age my hands don't function as well. I loved your tips.