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workbench turned kitchen island


I went to a local antique store a few weeks ago and bought a few pieces, including this workbench... Jeff was surprised at my choice.  It doesn't have the curvy lines I usually go for and the top is some kind of wood composite.  I just had a gut feeling about it.  It had a nice shape to it and, with the right additions and changes, I felt like it could be a really special piece. And here's how  (read more …)

upholstered ottoman & painted cabinet


Sometimes when I have a huge stash of furniture to work on, I'm overwhelmed and find it hard to even know where to start.  That is definitely not the case as I'm getting ready for Lucketts this year.  ALL I want to do in the studio is work on furniture.  My e-mail inbox was being so woefully neglected because of it, so I had to pin myself down and get it cleaned out last night.  I'm really  (read more …)

two chair makeovers


I had another BYOF workshop last weekend.  (BYOF stands for Bring Your Own Furniture, for those who didn't figure that out!)  I always love those classes, because I get to help people work on one of their own pieces as they learn how to use milk paint and the finishes.  Not only do they learn, but they get something done in the process.  This workshop was just two ladies, me and my mom, so it was  (read more …)

layla’s mint dresser


I bought this dresser off of Craig's List a few months ago when I was having a run on empire dressers.  I think I found 5-6 of them, all for under $100, within a few weeks.  It was crazy. This is one of the roughest dressers I've worked on, but it was the cheapest one of the bunch and I figured we could do something with it.  It has a pretty wicked shimmy at the moment and the drawers are a  (read more …)

boxwood empire dresser


Sooo...there is a dresser that's been hanging around in the studio for months.  It's a beautiful empire piece with some amazing graining on the drawers and I just wasn't ready to paint it.  I pushed it against the wall and waited until inspiration struck. I was thinking about the dresser one evening and it hit me... Boxwood.  It would look stately and fitting for the lines and size of the  (read more …)

lucketts green table base


 I bought a small farm table a few months ago to use as a center "island" in my booth at the Chapel Market and to, hopefully, sell.  Well, it was the one piece of furniture we took home with us from Alabama and it's been hanging out in the studio since then.   You can see it buried a bit in this picture... Kriste and I talked about it and decided that we should paint the base of the table to  (read more …)

primitive hutch makeover


Last week was a busy one and we got a ton of things accomplished.  I'm a bit whipped from it and I need to pace myself better, but it feels good to be really productive. Here's one of the pieces I picked up and painted this week... I spotted it on Craig's List and immediately texted my dad to see if he could get it for me. I have been looking for a great hutch or cabinet that could be a  (read more …)

design ramblings | the painted furniture trend


Several readers commented on the fact that I didn't paint the frame of the checked chair and the chair with the toile back.  I was planning to write about that earlier in the week, but I realized that much of what I was going to say (write), I had already said in this episode of Design Ramblings (that we filmed a couple of weeks ago.) The first time Kriste and I had a brain storming session about  (read more …)