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hand painted empire buffet | take two

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I showed yesterday how I styled the hand painted empire buffet as a piece for a nursery or kid's room.  In this post, I'm going to show the piece styled as a buffet... Kriste and I grabbed what we had around the studio...pieces in the studio "prop stash", things waiting for tags for the Chapel Market and things that are listed in the online shop.  I'm learning how much of a "prop stash" I had  (read more …)

hand painted buffet makeover

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I have always loved sharing my furniture makeovers here and I know they are what put my blog on the map, so to speak.  Now that I have this new space to work in, I'm more inspired than ever to work on pieces in my stash and it feels good. I started working on this empire buffet a few days ago.  I shared the refinishing, painting and waxing process HERE.  And here's the end result... I  (read more …)

empire buffet project | white waxing

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I spent some more time today on the empire buffet.  If you missed what this piece looked like before and how it got to this stage, check out PART ONE. So, we last left the piece with the top stripped off the finish and the body painted in one coat of Shutter Gray MMS Milk Paint with the bonding agent added in.  Since milk paint is thinner than most modern paints, the coverage can be streaky in  (read more …)

empire buffet project

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Last week I started to get pieces ready for the Chapel Market (on October 25 in Pike Road, AL).  I have a pretty nice stash and a plan in my head and now that I have space to work, I'm ready to go! I want my space at Chapel Market to have a cohesive theme this year.  Last year, I brought mostly leftovers from the Lucketts Spring Market, so it wasn't as pulled together as I wanted.  It still  (read more …)

the fate of the guest bed

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I knew this day would come, but I didn't think it would be so soon. We've always had a full-sized bed in our guest room and it's always worked just fine, but we've had it in the back of our minds for a while that we wanted to upgrade it to a queen.  I'll share more on it in a few weeks, but we now have the opportunity to upgrade to a queen, so we're doing it.  I'm so happy for our guests,  (read more …)

what I’m working on…

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As I shared yesterday, after a week of dealing with a lot of details of doing business, I was really ready to do something creative.  So, I headed to the basement to work on some pieces that were waiting for me. The first piece is a great old kitchen cabinet that belongs to Kriste, my online shop manager.  She's going to start working with me on some creative things as well, which is exciting for  (read more …)

a full look at the hutch

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I shared a preview of the hutch HERE, but many of you were asking for a full view of it.  So, here you go! It's smack by my front door (in the living room) right now, so it's not in a great place to be showcased.  Now, my usual rule is that if I don't have the perfect place for something, I don't keep it.  It's getting a little tough now, as our house in on the market, so I have given myself  (read more …)

hand painted wardrobe

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I realized I had a furniture make over from Lucketts that I never shared!  How in the world did that happen?  Well, I'm fixing that today.  This wardrobe was by far the worst piece of furniture I purchased to sell at the market. I bought it in a furniture lot that included two dressers, this wardrobe and a victrola.  All of them showed signs of neglect and had some degree of water damage.  This  (read more …)