1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after


I hope you're ready for some furniture makeovers, because you're going to be seeing a lot over the next few weeks!  I've got quite a collection growing for Lucketts. Here's the 1800's dresser with the amazing carved handles that I finished yesterday... It was pretty rough when I bought it, but I could see the potential... It's painted in MMSMP Linen.  The wood was very soft and porous, so … [Read more...]

…in the works


This is when blogging and doing everything else at the same time is hard.  I have a bunch of things in the works, but nothing ready for that beauty shot that makes the before and after posts so fun to share (and read, I'm sure!)  So, today I'm showing a few pieces that are in the works in the basement. I finished this 1800's dresser today in MMSMP Linen with a stained wood top... Cari prepped … [Read more...]

Cabinet up for Auction


I was recently asked if I could donate something to a local private school for a fundraising auction event.  I sort of hemmed and hawed over it and dragged my feet.  For some funny reason, I felt like I didn't really have anything to donate that people would want to buy.  I know.  A lot of you probably want to smack me in the head through the computer, since anything I put in my shop sells out in … [Read more...]

Antiquing & Waxing Video Tutorial


I had a chance to finish the foot board and rails of the "Bavarian" style bed I've been working on for our guest bedroom.  You can check out part 1 and part 2 to see how the bed got to this stage.  I'm excited to get it set up in the guest room and take some pictures of it in natural lighting, but here are some I snapped in the workshop.  And to show you the process I used on this piece, Jeff … [Read more...]

Painted Guest Room Bed | part two - antiquing


The weather has been amazing over the weekend!  Just a couple of sunny days in the 40's and 50's and I'm ready to throw open the windows and go out for a hike.  There's still a lot of snow on the ground, though, so I had to settle for a walk instead of a hike.  It's given me the shot of energy I need to finish home and work projects.  I was moving furniture around and cleaning out closets.  That's … [Read more...]

Painted Guest Room Bed | part one


 Remember the guest bed I bought a few months ago?  My mom and I found it at an antique store for $100.  It needed a bit of gluing, but only on the decorative parts.  The bed is very solid...  ...and I was totally in love with the curved footboard. Since 2002, I've been holding onto a magazine with a picture of this bed in it...  I've always wanted to replicate it if I ever found the … [Read more...]

Painting the Dining Chairs

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I have been looking for a sturdy pair of oval back chairs to use in my dining room for years.  They were always too expensive or too rickety for practical, regular use.  So, I was ready to buy some from Restoration Hardware, but the day I was planning to press the "purchase" button, I found a set of four chairs on Craig's List.  Woohoo!!  You can read the full story HERE.  They were perfect, but … [Read more...]

the joy of painting to sell

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I'm often asked if it's hard to sell pieces I've painted.  Sometimes it is, yes, but there is a real freedom in it, too.  I don't have to force a piece to work with my existing decor.  I can paint it in whatever color, finish, design, pattern, style I want. Every piece is then a blank slate...     ...and I don't have to worry about where it's going to fit or if it will … [Read more...]

Apron Strings Dresser Reveal

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When I last showed the dresser painted in MMSMP Apron Strings, it looked like this... ...and this is how it started out... ...and here is how it looks now... First off the color looks a little bit more raspberry than coral on this piece, but I love how it turned out.  It's spunky, vibrant and fun. I think most of you know, but the cherry blossom design is hand painted, not a … [Read more...]

Typewriter Vanity/Desk Reveal

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 This is how the piece looked when it came into my possession...   Typewriter MMSMP is our color of the month for October, so I thought it was good timing to use it on this piece.  I generally don't paint pieces all black, but I knew bleed through would be an issue and nothing hides that better than black.     Here's how the piece looked when I last showed it to … [Read more...]