Christmas in April

Christmas in April

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY |

1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after

1800's Linen Dresser

…in the works

...in the works

Christmas in April

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Yesterday I mentioned that Jeff and I went to the local tree farm and cut down a tree for my Christmas HGTV.com photo shoots.  It was a pretty odd event...cutting down a Christmas tree just a couple of days before Easter, but I have gotten used to the seasonal confusion that happens in the decorating and retail world.  You always have to be thinking and working well ahead of the seasons. Not only … [Read more...]

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

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It was a packed day.  I started cleaning as I was getting ready for the day.  I'm sure I'm not the only super-multi-tasker who tries to clean the sink while I'm drying my hair.  I have a lot of due dates approaching and the boys have a few days off school, so I needed to squeeze in a lot in the time I had.  In addition to cleaning the house a bit, I filmed two more segments for the Building a … [Read more...]

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary

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Oh, girls... I really got lost in last week's links.  At one point I had a ridiculous number of tabs opened that I wanted to select as favorites.  You wow me every week, but some weeks are standouts.  We must all be hitting the workshops as spring is making an appearance...although a somewhat shy appearance in my neck of the woods.  She peeked her head out for a few days and then winter popped … [Read more...]

1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after

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I hope you're ready for some furniture makeovers, because you're going to be seeing a lot over the next few weeks!  I've got quite a collection growing for Lucketts. Here's the 1800's dresser with the amazing carved handles that I finished yesterday... It was pretty rough when I bought it, but I could see the potential... It's painted in MMSMP Linen.  The wood was very soft and porous, so … [Read more...]

…in the works

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This is when blogging and doing everything else at the same time is hard.  I have a bunch of things in the works, but nothing ready for that beauty shot that makes the before and after posts so fun to share (and read, I'm sure!)  So, today I'm showing a few pieces that are in the works in the basement. I finished this 1800's dresser today in MMSMP Linen with a stained wood top... Cari prepped … [Read more...]

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

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 This chair has been languishing in my basement for a while...almost a year, I think.  Sometimes I don't work on pieces because I'm stalling, busy, uninspired or it keeps falling to the bottom of the to-do list.  I think other times, providence plays a small role.  I wasn't really sure what fabric I was going to use on this piece and was just planning on defaulting to natural hemp.  Then, I found … [Read more...]

open road…

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Over the past week, we have been finishing up projects in our home.  This week, Jeff used the power washer on the deck, my mom and I cleaned the basement and we had a handyman come out to fix a few things that were beyond our DIY abilities.  It feels amazing to have things done!  There are other projects on our wish list and I will always rearrange furniture and change paint colors, but things … [Read more...]

cleaning the basement & a stool for Lucketts

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Today, my mom and I spent a few hours cleaning out the basement.  After all of the project-finishing, organizing, cleaning, shopping for Lucketts, shipping for the online shop, etc, the basement was a mess.  I can tolerate a messy basement for a while, because I can close the door and not look at it.  There comes a time, though, when I'm tripping over things and can't find things and it feels like … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Link Party

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Furniture Feature Friday sort of caught up on me today, but I didn't want to skip it altogether!  So, here's the party without the favorites.  I'm looking forward to getting a lot of inspiration from you... Here are the rules for our furniture get-together… 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please…just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it’s not … [Read more...]

the right lamp shade

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A few months ago, I bought this pretty alabaster lamp at an antique store.  I loved the shape of it... It came with a shade, but I didn't think it fit the lamp very well.  I ended up hanging onto it without a shade in the basement for a while and finally moved it up to my desk when I was working on the family room.  One day my mom and I went out shopping and I was planning on hitting Target to … [Read more...]

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