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antique iron bed makeover & a mattress in a box

I acquired this sweet full-sized antique iron bed frame from a reader/customer a few weeks ago.  I have sold a few beds in the past, but they are tough to style without a mattress and don't usually sell fast or for very much. This year, for the Lucketts Spring Market, I decided to go all out on styling a bed to sell.  (And, if it doesn't sell, we have a perfect napping spot in the  (read more …)

milk-painted wash stand

I was done buying furniture, but my friend Traer offered this old wash stand to me at such a great price that I couldn't refuse.  It's sort of like fitting in dessert after a big dinner.  It's just a little piece of furniture, so we can find room for it! The finish was pretty messed up and it was dirty and lost its luster, so painting it was an obvious solution. This was another tag-team  (read more …)

the antique display case makeover

A large part of finding "good stuff" at antique stores and junk shops, is taking the time to really look through each booth and, in some cases, to dig around.  I know when I hit antique stores that I will usually end up needing a good hand-washing and a change of clothes when I'm done with the place! This cool, really old wood and glass display case was literally buried.  It had another cabinet  (read more …)

cleaning cart turned garden cart

Before I get into today's post, I am so excited to share that I will be a speaker at The Sage Farm Antiques Autumn Spectacular in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 7-9, 2016. You can get more details on the Sage Farm Antiques event's page. I'll share more details when we get closer to the event, but I'm excited to see New Hampshire for the first time and visit with some of my New England  (read more …)

the garde manger (aka pie safe)

When it comes to paint, sometimes I just can't help myself.  Something comes into my possession and I just know it will look better painted.  I think it's partly because I'm a paint enthusiast, but partly because the designer in me wants to put my stamp on everything.  That can be an asset, but it can also work against me when it comes to taking on a mountain of work that one person cannot  (read more …)

“lebensmittel” & the man-made shelf

I find my furniture-loving eye lately enjoying more primitive and humble pieces than I did even just a year ago.  There was a time that anything curvy and flouncy stopped me in my tracks, but now I love more simple lines and looks that are a bit more casual.  Don't get me wrong, I still love a good turned leg and appreciate the curves of a bergere chair, but there is something about simple pieces,  (read more …)

grain sack dresser

Again!  I don't have a before picture for this piece.  I am sure now that I took before pictures of a few pieces and then deleted them in my enthusiasm to keep my camera card uncluttered.  That's what I get for trying to be organized! So, you'll just have to imagine the before.  It was brown and that's about all I can say about it!  It did come with a mirror set in a large frame and I have plans  (read more …)

the boxwood dresser

There's been a lot of white going on in the Mustard Seed Studio these days.  But, I think you do need some color to balance out whites, so I'm adding in some greens and blues in small doses. I decided to do one dresser in a bold green - MMS Milk Paint Boxwood layered over Lucketts Green. I thought I took a before picture of this piece and somewhere in all of the furniture shuffling (or perhaps  (read more …)