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the $125 farm table

I needed to pick up some supplies for the glitter workshop last week and I could hardly be out and about for the day without stealing a few minutes in an antique store!  So, I meandered through one of my local haunts, hitting some of my favorite vendor's booths, picking up a few small things.  I wasn't looking for furniture, but, of course, a piece of furniture found me. I spotted this great  (read more …)

Farmhouse White Cupboard

 A few months ago, Jeff and I made a cupboard around a pair of reclaimed doors I bought at an antique market for $40.  They hung in my dining room for a few years, but I always thought they would be perfect in a custom-built cabinet. The full tutorial will be available on at some point and I will link to it when it is. I must admit, this cabinet gave me the "building bug" and now  (read more …)

bring your own furniture | makeovers

Today, Kriste and I shared the studio with some lovely ladies who came for the BYOF (bring your own furniture) workshop. It's always so fun to introduce people to milk paint and watch them transform their own pieces with just a little guidance and instruction. Here are the transformations... Then: A magazine rack saved from the side of the road. Now: Painted in a custom-mixed  (read more …)

book page dresser tutorial

Remember the dresser that was being a total jerk? Well, he has improved upon acquaintance.  He's a bit of a Mr. Darcy and I dare say that he is now dashing and (almost) ready to sweep someone off their feet.  I have a bit more finishing work to do on the painted portion and the Mod Podge is barely dry, but you get the idea...   Here's a simple video tutorial on how I did it... The  (read more …)

the file cabinet coffee table

First of all, I want to announce the winners of the giveaways I held last week.  Drum roll, please... The winner of the Antique Farmhouse giveaway is Becky Yaddis! And the winner of the Miss Mustard Seed in a Box giveaway is Melanie Milburn! As I was making the major push to get ready for Lucketts earlier this year, I found a very cool part of an old, oak file cabinet at one of my favorite  (read more …)

farmhouse white table

It was one of those days when I went to the studio, put my music on, and painted.  I love days like that.  I worked on a couple of pieces for the next MMS Milk Paint look book, but I was also playing around with a new milk paint color we'll be adding to the line, soon (early 2016)...Farmhouse White.  It'll get a proper "say hello to..." post closer to the release day, but I just couldn't wait that  (read more …)

zinc-top table gets a second chance

I brought this amazing zinc-topped table a few weeks ago to sell at the Market on Chapel Hill.  I didn't have time to fix it up the way I wanted to, though, so I was sort of glad when it didn't sell.  It was great as is, but needed a little TLC. And when it comes to furniture, TLC is something I can (and often do) do. Here's how the piece looked when I brought it to the market... (If you get  (read more …)

workbench revamp reveal

Remember this work bench I picked up a few weeks ago? Here's how it started... I almost passed it by, because it was a little clumsy.  It was sturdy as an oak, but wasn't a well-built piece, if that makes sense.  You can tell someone wanted to build a workbench and figured it out as they went along.  The finger-holds in the drawers are what pushed me to buy it. They endeared the piece to  (read more …)