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double-welting tutorial

Well, it only took six months, but I finally finished the "deconstructed chair"!  If you think I always plow through my to-do list and nothing languishes, well, the fact this took me six months should make you feel better.  There are times when I drag my feet, lack motivation, or I'm simply not in the mood.  And upholstery is something I really need to be in the mood for. So, for those who  (read more …)

a grain bin turned coffee table

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn't work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with it, the more it felt off with everything else in the room.  Great piece, wrong space. Since I realized that, I've been looking around at antique stores and  (read more …)

my new creative workspace

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven't picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used.  It was time.  It was long past time. Kriste and I worked together, emptying out the  (read more …)

The art cabinet makeover

The art cabinet is finished! In case you forgot (or missed it), here is how it looked when I bought it... It was charming as is, but it was a bit orange for me and I had a "vision" for it.  You can see more details on the before HERE and the pieces that inspired me HERE. Finding really cool hardware was a key part of executing my vision.  I sourced these cast iron pulls from England on  (read more …)

Angie’s Landscape Dresser

Let me start by saying that I rarely accept custom work, but this one just felt right.  Angie, the client, said I could just do what I do and her only request was that I "add critters".  She also wasn't in a rush, so I was able to work on it when I had time and as inspiration struck. Kriste lightly sanded the piece and painted it in two coats of MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White to give a blank  (read more …)

upholstering a broken cane-backed chair…

...because you know you wanted to do that at some point in time, right?  Top Google search -"How do I upholster a broken cane-backed chair?"  Well, here is your answer! So, the chair itself isn't broken, but the cane back is.  It's actually missing entirely, but that qualifies as broken in my book. I bought this chair quite a while ago and Kriste commandeered it from the stash to use as her  (read more …)

Schloss Highboy Dresser

When we moved Calvin into the guest room, he decided to keep the dresser that was in there, so his old dresser became an extra.  A couple of weeks ago, we finally muscled this piece down the stairs and took it over to the studio. It's a beautiful piece, but the finish was pretty dinged up and tired.  It looks a bit better in the picture than it does in person... Kriste and I tag-teamed this  (read more …)

progress in Calvin’s room…

We made some real progress in Calvin's room the past couple of weeks.  As a reminder, we're transitioning our guest room into a room for our youngest son, Calvin.  He's ready to have everything done right now, but I've been trying to teach him that good rooms aren't rushed together.  It's about collecting just the right items and that can take time. With the addition of a desk, bean bag chair,  (read more …)