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the jelly cupboard | distressing & antiquing

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As a recap, this is how the jelly cupboard started... It looks like wood grain, but it was actually painted brown. I painted it in MMS Milk Paint Artissimo without the bonding agent added.  The previous coat of brown paint wasn't glossy, so I expected the milk paint to adhere pretty well.  It chipped in just a few places, which was perfect. The jelly cupboard had amazing texture on the  (read more …)

process of styling

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I've been asked to share my thought process for styling a photo shoot, specifically with a piece of furniture, and this post is in response to those requests.  I think styling is something that is hard to teach, because it is an art in itself and is based so much on personal taste.  As I walk you through my thought process on styling this piece, you might like one of my "rejects" better than the  (read more …)

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 …)