Leaning on Others

By Kendra Hunt
By Kendra Hunt

I recently had the unique opportunity to join forces with one of my very talented friends to organize a “Girls’ Night Out” Painting Night. My friend, Christy is a triple threat. She is a talented artist, a gifted teacher and a leader among women.

The school year was coming to an end and we went for our usual jog in Bear Creek Park. As group leaders at our church, we began anticipating the need for a fun event and/or reason in the summer for our friends to get together.   Continue reading


Craigslist Secretary Desk Makeover

I’m looking forward to sharing this project with you, since it is one of my favorites and the desk that I sit at while creating these blog posts!  About a year ago, I went out in search of a desk that fit in the nook you see below in my bedroom.  The trick was finding something that wasn’t too big, but also big enough to be practical (and also cheap!)  Usually I like less ornate, more modern furniture, but this one definitely checked Continue reading

Free to Bloom


I was pruning my roses this morning when I noticed something amazing-a new branch, full of buds that had shot up just in the last couple of weeks.

So why would I think a rose bush growing (gasp) roses is an amazing feat?  You see, a couple of weeks ago I was pruning these same rose bushes when I discovered something disturbing hidden in the foliage.

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Faux Cabinet Feet

One of the little upgrades we did during our cabinet makeover was add faux feet.  We added the beautiful new header and crown molding as well as some extra trim, and the bottoms were needing something to dress them up.  My mother-in-law has done this to her cabinets before, usually adding bun feet, but after searching high and low for feet that would fit under my cabinets without having to make some serious modifications I came up empty-handed.  Then (too quickly) came the day we were scrambling to get everything ready for the painter (who was coming early the next morning), so I was out of time and options.  Time to get creative!

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Our Kitchen Transformation: From Dark to White

I am so incredibly happy to be writing this post because it means my kitchen project is DONE!!  Okay, well not completely, but enough that I’ve cleaned up and am back to being able to cook without having to tiptoe around ladders, paint cans and project mess.

Before & After

As you can see, we took on the task of painting our dark, mahogany-stained cabinets white.  (To see the run-down of how we did the painting process, click here.)  Alas, I cannot pass off

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(Mostly) DIY Kitchen Cabinet Transformation: The Process

We recently changed our cabinets from a dark mahogany stain to a clean, crisp white.  You can see the reveal here.  If you want a walk through of how we did it, keep reading!

 Our kids were home for spring break and so what did we do?  Sand!  For a whole week! (Before you start feeling too sorry for them we did take a day and went to Six Flags for some family fun.)  First things first, we put them to work taking off hardware. I would love to post a photo of them hard at work, but as I was going through my photos I realized that they were working shirtless.  Boys!

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A Bird (Not) In the Branches

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of a man plans his way, but the lord establishes his steps.

Tap tap…thump…tap. I’ve been sick for three days and all my aching body wants is some rest.   Apparently the bird outside my window does not realize this. He is flying from window to window outside my bedroom, tapping and sometimes even loudly thumping like he is desperate to get inside. I don’t know why; I’m not sure the bird knows why either. Maybe he sees something he likes in here, or maybe he’s curious about what is on the other side of that shiny glass?

What is he looking for?
What is he looking for?

I have no idea, but as I was putting the covers over my head and trying to muffle the noise, I felt like God was giggling at me.

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Kitchen Chairs Painted Duck Egg Blue

Hello and welcome!

I’m new to the blogging world and never really considered it before a few short weeks ago, but I felt a stirring in my heart to begin this site. As I was preparing I realized I had been unknowingly preparing for years-I have always snapped before and after pictures of my projects and dreamt about putting them online somewhere, someday. I had more of an online portfolio in mind, but the idea of a blog is intriguing since I love to encourage others in their creative process as well as in their journey with the Lord. My goal is to blend these two things here at Beautiful Branches, two of the things that fill my soul with fulfillment and happiness.

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