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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 …)

landscape dresser no. 4 reveal

I finished "landscape dresser no. 4" yesterday and had the chance to style and photograph it today.  The prop-pickings were slim in the studio, but I love how everything came together to showcase this piece. As a reminder, here is how the dresser started.  It really was pretty as it was, but I've learned that even pretty wood pieces don't usually sell for me, so I went ahead and painted  (read more …)

master bedroom nightstands

I don't show a ton of the goings-on in my house these days largely because there's not a lot happening as far as home improvements or decorating changes are concerned.  We are transitioning the guest room to Calvin's room, but other than that, things have pretty much stayed the same. We are changing a few things up, though, and I must say that it's been refreshing for me.  I love making tweaks  (read more …)

The Tricycle Dresser Reveal

It's been a long time, but I finally painted another red piece... ...and it makes me wonder why I don't do it more often!  This piece really wears red well. Here is how it started... It wasn't bad at all, but the finish was a little tired and a refresh felt in order. I painted it in two coat of Tricycle and finished it with one coat of Antiquing Wax.  You can see how I applied the  (read more …)

soft landscape dresser | reveal

The "soft landscape dresser", as I've been calling it, is finished! I had to struggle my way through it a bit, but I've learned that's often the way it is with new creative endeavors.  My first venture into sewing, my first refinished dresser, my first blog post...they were all a learning process.  And let's not even talk about the first time I attempted upholstery! Anyway, I pushed through  (read more …)

BYOF Workshop Makeovers

This weekend, we hosted a BYOF (bring your own furniture) MMS Milk Paint workshop at the studio.  Those workshops are always such a fun time of painting and fellowship and we had a great group of ladies who brought some awesome furniture pieces. It was a good excuse for me to take a couple of days to thoroughly clean and tidy-up the studio and restock our supply of drinks, snacks, and, of course,  (read more …)