Revamping an Antique Table + Painting Tips!

Today, I want to show you a small revamping and refinishing project! I used to do this for a living, seriously. I would look at a piece and know how much I could make from it if I refinished it. So today was super therapeutic and enjoyable for me. 

Check out this super fun video we created, taking you along with us!

I headed over to Checkered Berry, a local antique store that I've frequented my entire life; it's been open as long as I've been alive! It is owned by a sweet lady named Jane!

Today the booths had a lot of good stuff, but ultimately I chose this cutie because of its lines and the details of the legs and the carved details around the top! I also liked the fact that it is a dark wood piece and it has a dark base to start with so when I distress it, its going to come through really easy. It's an antique piece and I paid $39 for it!

When I got started, I lightly brushed over one spot that had some tape and then lightly sanded over it with some 223 sand paper just to get the stickiness off of it to make sure that wouldn't be an issue. Then, I took my brush and dusted over it-- that was the only cleaning I did beforehand!

Of course, I chose my favorite paint to use-- Rustoleom Chalked Paint! I love this paint because I get it from a local hardware store here in town, Messers, the cutest little hardware store with the most helpful men and supplies for every project you can imagine.
I also love it because it requires little to no prep work, and I am not someone who is very patient and likes to do a ton of prep work before I can start painting.

It comes in a variety of colors, and if your hardware store is as bomb as mine you can have them tint it for you! If not, there are a ton of beautiful pre-mixed colors to choose from.

This is a chalked paint so its going to adhere to most surfaces. It's an extra flat paint and ultra matte with a chalky finish, so it will adhere to wood, metal, plastic-- you name it I've painted it with this. It goes on really smooth and provides a ton of coverage. This piece should only take two coats, even with how dark it started!

Next is my handy dandy brush-- the best brush in the entire world! At any point in time it may be sold out at Messers because I buy them up any time I can! It has a short wooden handle and it fits perfectly in my hand. I hold it like a pencil so the short handle is perfect for that! It also has a chiseled edge so when I hold it like a pencil, I can put it in the crevices and get those! The bristles are so smooth it makes it easy to work the brush strokes in and lay them all flat.

Another pro tip with this paint is if for some reason it is too thick for you, you can add water to dilute it for an easier application or for a spraying application! I used to spray quite a few of my pieces!

Yet another pro tip: When laying brush strokes, lay the lines down in varying directions, alternating back and forth between vertical and horizontal brush strokes until all of your brush strokes are laying flat. If you see that your brush strokes are picking up more than they are laying down, it means that section needs to dry a bit more before you continue.

It might look like I'm beating the piece back and forth, but the best way to apply paint on spindle legs is to literally slap the brush back and forth. It may not be the most professional method, but it makes the smoothest finish when you do that. So make sure you're wearing something that can get paint splatter on it.

You also want to feather the tip of your brush, so start with hard pressure when you first apply and then work with less pressure as you go back and forth.

Another thing to note is that chalked paint dries extremely fast, so this is a project that a beginner can knock out in half a day, which is another thing I love about this paint-- you don't have to wait around to see the results of your efforts!

After the paint dries, you want to distress it! I used my Ryobi corner sander, but because I fake it until I make it, I used the paper that goes with my orbital sander-- but it totally works! Sand around any corners and gently over the rest of the piece!

After that, I finished it off with Polycrylic spray to seal the piece!

Target Easter Outfit Ideas

Easter is quickly approaching and today I wanted to bring you some affordable outfit ideas for Easter Sunday! You can wear these to church and to your festivities afterwards because bonus-- they are all super comfy!

Like most of you, I am Target OBSESSED! I love their Universal Thread brand because it is an affordable Madewell dupe, and you all know how much I love Madewell! I also am not one to wear super bright colors and bold patterns, and so Target was the perfect place for me to find some affordable outfits that fit my personal style, but were still festive for Easter!

My first outfit choice was this super sweet orange/gold dress! I love the muted tangerine color and the buttons down the front! This option is great for those of you who still want to wear a dress on Easter Sunday, but are looking for something super comfortable! Speaking of comfort, I paired every outfit with my favorite Old Navy heels! These are the most comfortable pair of heels I have ever had and are sure to be perfect for your busy day!

Dress: Click HERE
Jacket: Click HERE
Heels: Click HERE

Jumpsuits are super popular this year! Do not be afraid to wear one on Easter because I promise you that there are sure to be many church ladies wearing one as well this year! This jumpsuit is a fun orange color as well, and I love how comfortable it is! You could for sure keep this on for any egg hunts with the kiddos! Add a hat for a chic look!

Jumpsuit: Click HERE
Shoes: Click HERE
Hat: Pin it Co. (this hat is from our in store collection)

Not only should you not be afraid to wear a jumpsuit on Easter, you also shouldn't fear wearing more neutral color options! I love this denim jumpsuit paired with a sweet striped top. You could add more color simply by wearing a brighter color shirt underneath!

Jumpsuit: Click HERE
Shirt: Click HERE
Shoes: Click HERE
Purse: Click HERE

If you take any inspiration from these ideas, make sure to send me photos of your Easter Sunday outfit on my Instagram @allyturpen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. - Matthew 28:5-6

Meet my Team!

Today I want to introduce you to my team! They are such a huge part of what I do every day and I'm super proud of the crew I've put together! I want to you to meet them, hear about what they do at Pin it Co., and learn a few other things about them!

My husband, Shane:

Shane is our inventory manager at the warehouse, co-owner, and also my husband!! 
He is an Army Vet and I'm super proud of him! He loves hunting all year round, and you can follow his very professional hunting Instagram @redbeard.outdoors!


Brittany has been a friend of mine for so long! She handles ALL of our live sales, mini sales, product wall postings, etc.! That means she is always busy prepping these super far in advance and finalizing what is going on every day!
She is a mom of a 2 year old, sweet Myra! She is the only mom (of humans) here at Pin it Co. and we love when Myra comes to visit us! She's lived in various states and countries when her and her husband traveled with the Army. She also loves the outdoors-- camping, skiing, traveling, and the like! She also is a fur mama, and has two rough collies that she loves!


Katie is our shipping-extraordinare! Seriously, anything you receive in the mail from Pin it Co.-- she has had her hands on!
She is a crazy chicken lady-- the mom of NINE of them! She also has had her rabies vaccine, believe it or not! You'll have to ask her for that story! And, she is a proud Clemson grad! One of the best days of her life happened this year when Clemson won the National Championship!


Maddey is my store manager! She has been in retail of some form all her life and makes an excellent fit for our store!
She loves shopping-- naturally! She also just recently got married in October, and lives in a cute farmhouse with her husband and two dogs, Eve the lab and Zoey the wiener dog! She loves to host parties and so of course, her love language is gift giving!


If you have visited our storefront, you have seen Jessi! She is there almost every second it is open helping all of you create a home that you love!
She is also engaged and will be getting married this summer! She loves golfing (seriously, she even goes with my husband sometimes) and spending time with her friends and loved ones.


EJ is our primary content creator! She photographs events, new items in store, and the majority of photos and videos you see on my blog are her doing!
She is not only our photographer though, she owns her own photography business- ENewbern Photography! Go check her out! She is married, has an adorable bulldog, and a cat that often finds herself stuck in trees. Another fun fact-- she has a Youth Ministry degree!

Anna K.:

Anna K. is one of our storefront girls who is also probably a familiar face if you've been by-- she's there every day!
She has a degree in Social Work and would really love if Stevie Nicks (if you're ever reading this) could sing at her upcoming wedding!


Haley is our expert order picker and local pick-up fulfillment extraordinaire! She moves at the speed of light, I'm really not kidding.
She is a big time animal lover, as you can see above, and is always smiling! 


Danai is one of my girls who works in a ton of different aspects of Pin it Co.! She alternates from tagging products, picking orders, and working in the storefront.
She has three guinea pigs, a rabbit, a dog and a fish-- practically a zoo right! (As if I have any room to talk). She also used to live in an Amish town in Pennsylvania!

Anna T.

Anna T. is our social media gal! She schedules out posts for Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest (follow us at Pin it Co.) and creates some of the content for those posts like photos and graphics! You've also probably seen her at craft night with a paint brush in hand.
She is a cat mama, a student at UWG, and a lover of ice cream. She's also planning to move overseas after college to do mission work teaching English!


Lindsey is our creative genius! 
She has been keeping it crafty since 1992 with numerous up-cycling projects, but took her trade to NY in 2010 where she attended school for fashion design. After school she taught sewing and art in studios in Manhattan while crafting for event companies in New York. Now she freelances creating online content for commercial companies, as well as crafting imaginative displays for our storefront!


Callie is another one of my girls who alternates between various tasks! She frequently tags products, and is more recently being trained to work in our storefront!
She is also Lindsey's sister-- which makes work super fun! She plays tennis and is the youngest on our Pin it Co. team! Also, if you challenge her to a whistle off, she will so win! Seriously, she's got mad skills.


Aside from my husband, Rex is the only other man on our team! He brings a fun energy in our storefront.
He is a student at UWG majoring in Early Childhood Education and also works with the Bowdon Elementary School Afterschool program. He substitute teaches and even styles hair for weddings, proms, pageants and other special events! Truly a Jack of All Trades!

I hope that you enjoyed getting to meet my team through today's blog and I hope that next time you shop in store or online you'll say hi! They're a really incredible group of people and I am immeasurably proud of all of them! 

My Best Friend's Wedding

Last weekend was the sweetest celebration for my best friend and her now husband! Lauren has been my girl since middle school and it was so incredible to watch her find love in Cameron and celebrate that with her wedding day! It was so fun getting to be one of her bridesmaids and today I wanted to share a few photos with you!

We started the day getting ready of course!

Amanda Adam-Inman did all of our makeup and it looked beautiful! It also held up and did not budge the entire day! I loved the lipstick she used on me so much that I went and bought my own!

My Pin it Co. girls seem to come with me everywhere! EJ was Lauren's wedding photographer and Lindsey made sure Lauren's dress was always straight and that no disasters arose! I love having these girls with me!

This is probably one of my favorite pictures from the day. 

Of course after we got ready we had to have some fun around the venue! How sweet is this photo of Lauren's sister and dad!

Speaking of the venue, Dunaway and Lillian Gardens were both beautiful! It had such a romantic and dreamy feel. Honestly, like it was straight out of a movie!

Lauren got all of us girls the sweetest and most meaningful bridesmaid gifts! These embroidered family frames fit everyone so perfectly! I can't believe how much this actually looks like myself, Shane and all of our animals!

Have you ever seen such a beautiful cake? Me either! And I haven't tasted a better one either! Seriously, incredible!

I definitely had to get my moves on at the reception! And look-- Shane even danced with me! Can you believe it?!

It was such a beautiful day and I loved getting to celebrate my girl and the love she has found in Cameron. Lauren, of all people, was so deserving of this perfect day and a forever kind of love!

"Sometimes in life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken. Sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what. Maybe you'll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding, but theres also the chance that the one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you sometimes better than you know yourself is the same person who's been standing beside you all along."-- Bride Wars