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patience pays off

Usually, when I am dragging my feet on a project, it's because 1.) I'm not 100% sure of the direction I want to go, 2.) I know what I'd like to do, but the execution of it is going to be tedious, and/or 3.) I question whether I can pull off what I envision. There are times when I bulldoze through, anyway, just for the sake of being done.  Historically, that doesn't work out well for me or the  (read more …)

it gets worse before it gets better…

I took some time the day before I left for Montana to work on my "new" art cabinet.  The hardware I ordered off of Etsy had arrived and I was eager to start transforming it. I also added some antique wheels that I picked up at a local antique store.  I wanted something unique, but I'm still deciding if I like these or not.  I'll reserve judgement until it's all done, though. Casters are easy to  (read more …)

the great debate | to paint or not to paint

Right off the bat, let me say that I don't ever mind my readers sharing their opinions here.  Unless someone is being downright nasty on a personal level, which is rare, it doesn't bother me if someone disagrees with a decorating decision I make or they don't like something I made, bought, etc.  If ever I do feel ruffled, I figure that I probably wouldn't like every single decorating decision they  (read more …)

progress on the “deconstructed chair”

This is possibly one of the longest chair makeovers ever. I'm working on it in 10-15 minutes increments as time allows, which is not my usual style.  One reason I am so productive is that I knock things out pretty quickly and all in one shot.  The season of cranking pieces out one after the other will come again, but it's just not right now. So, this is where the "deconstructed chair" (that is  (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 …)

deconstructed chair progress

Sorry I was a little late getting the online sale up and running tonight!  I will be switching to another shopping cart that will allow me to schedule events, so that doesn't happen.  Anyway, just hang in there as we're going through a blog redesign and other updates to make things run faster, smoother, and look even prettier! Anyway, the sale is live now and I have listed the latest antiques as  (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 …)