Turquoise: A Wardrobe Flashback


In my 20s, I frequently dressed in the brightest colors.  My friend Kim rocked black early and often.  I admired her wardrobe a lot more than she will ever know.

Listeningimg_7370-1 to NPR a number of years ago, I caught an interview about how popular “Fantasy Football” was becoming for women.  That night, I decided to sign up and was instantly hooked.  I played for years, and even though my draft picks weren’t always rock-solid, my “Waiver-Wire” game was on point.

While I haven’t played Fantasy in a few years, my “Waiver Wire” game is still on point, but now it’s using Craigslist.  Trolling on the FREE section, I find all kinds of junk, including a lot of fill dirt, but occasionally I find a piece like this dresser (left).  As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew turquoise was in its future.

The dresser drawers needed a lot of work, but overall it had gorgeous bones.  After some research on the internet, I found two drawer rails at our local Orchard Supply Company for $5.99 each.  Requiring way too much patience, I left that part up to My Man.  He could work on about those railings after the dresser was painted.

A couple of strokes of Home Depot Marquee Turquoise Oops paint, and I saw this dresser was well on its way from being liberated of the boring brown it had previously lived its life. Note: remember Home Depot Oops paint! This quart of custom-made paint cost me $2.


As I began work on the piece with a second coat of chalk paint, my past fashion choices popped into my head. I think of some crazy stuff while I am painting, but it’s amazing stress relief.  For some reason, I thought about how much I always loved how Kim Hudson (Williams) dressed when we travelled together with USC volleyball.  She had so much style!

I started life wearing homemade frocks – including this beauty my mom made me when I was less than two years old.  My mom has since crocheted hundreds of these dresses!


Fast forward.  After a year of junior college, that let’s just say didn’t go as well as expected, I chose to wear this outfit (below).  I served in the U.S. Army’s signal corps for two and a half years, including two years in the White House.  Yes, that White House.  Luckily, I wore business suits in the White House.  They didn’t want the general public to know how many military personnel served there.img_7410-1

Back in college full-time at Illinois State University, I found peace in bright pinks and flowers.  Lots and lots of flowers.

After I graduated with my Masters’s and completed a post-graduate internship in Chicago, I moved to South Carolina.  The bright colors of my wardrobe moved there with me and featured home-sewn outfits like this jumpsuit (below).  My mom made me three or four of these and I wore them all over.  Do you remember me from the pages of Glamour magazine as a fashion DON’T?img_7414-1

My wardrobe has matured, mostly featuring a lot of black. I occassionally mix in some bright colors on special occasions, but no more homemade jumpsuits for this girl.

Let’s get back to the dresser!  When it was finished, I was stunned. It looked drop-dead gorgeous!

This curbside throwaway had taken on a new life in turquoise! img_7399-1

Standing there in awe, my favorite dress from Anthropologie popped in my head!  I smiled big as I remembered it!  My  wardrobe wasn’t made up of all blacks and grays these days.  I grabbed my I-Phone and looked back at my birthday pictures from this past March.  There it was — the photo that proved the revamped dresser and I were dressed exactly alike!


About UpCycling

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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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  1. Great post! I love the dresser….and I knew you looked familiar when we first met…I totally recognized you from all those GLAMOUR magazine “Don’t” sections where you had the black bar across your face.

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