FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary


1800′s Linen Dresser | before & after

1800's Linen Dresser

…in the works the works

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

humble upholstery & an ornate frame

open road…

open road...

The Vintage Pearl $50 giveaway(s)


  I love inspiring business stories and women who found their inner-entrepreneur at their kitchen counter while caring for little ones.  It always encourages me to see their success. Erin of The Vintage Pearl is one of those success stories. What started out as a creative endeavor, turned into a small business selling on E-bay and has blossomed into a thriving company with their own … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – A Link Party


Well, time got away from me today, so I didn't have a chance to pick favorites (it's after 9:00 pm and I'm just now making dinner!)  Sorry about that, but I hope you'll still link up and mingle... Here are the rules for our furniture get-together... 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please...just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it's not because I'm … [Read more...]

wardrobe progress…

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Sorry for the suspense, but I didn't show the reveal of the wardrobe in yesterday's post about working with Milk Paint because it wasn't finished, yet.  I worked on it more today and I'll take reveal pictures tomorrow before I haul it down to Lucketts.  Since you last saw it, I applied a second coat of Shutter Gray Milk Paint and painted the door panels and side panels in Grain Sack.  It doesn't … [Read more...]

If Milk Paint freaks you out…

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...this post may help prevent that.  Hopefully. Let me start by saying that I love Milk Paint and I'm currently selling Milk Paint under my own brand.  That doesn't mean that I think everyone else will love Milk Paint as much as I do or that I think it's perfect for every painting situation.  I love it, but I can love it realistically.  So, when people tell me they are scared to try it, I … [Read more...]

the 1840′s hutch

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Alright, alright!  I kept it.  I did!!  I just wasn't sure I wanted to sell it, yet, so I sold some other things instead.  I may just need to love this piece for a while and then I'll be ready to let it go or I may never be ready.    We'll see.  I love the warm wood of the piece...   ...and this glass.  Oh my word.  It's the original glass and the bubbles and waves are amazing. … [Read more...]

True Value Gift Card Giveaway!

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 It's been such a great experience to be a part of the True Value DIY Blog Squad for a second year.  Last year, I was able to paint my kitchen cabinets as one of my big projects...    ...and it made a huge difference in my home.   ('s hard to remember when my cabinets looked like that!)   I also replaced all of the hardware, which completed the … [Read more...]

shortcut to hemming curtains

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When I was a newlywed, I traded my mom my rollerblades for her sewing machine.  I wanted to learn to sew and make things for my house.  And she wanted to...well...rollerblade.  I don't know if she ever took up rollerblading around the neighborhood, but it was a great trade for me.  Today, I helped her hem 12 premade drapes for her family room and that trade paid off for her as well. Hemming can … [Read more...]

bonding agent video tutorial

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I show in my latest "Boxwood Dresser" how Milk Paint can look when the bonding agent is added and it's not distressed.  As you can see, a beautiful finish can be achieved (without using a separate primer coat!)   Here's how...   More videos to come... … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Link Party & Favorites


 Good evening fellow furniture-fans!  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking through last week's links.  I had a tough time picking favorites, but I managed to settle on three... I love this gray-toned union jack dresser by Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors.  I've seen lots of takes on the British flag and this is one of my favorites. I am head over heels for this rich blue bedroom … [Read more...]

from blogger to author

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 November 17, 2010, I put it out there - I said I was going to start working on a book and just see where it took me. In November 2011, I had a book contract in hand from Thomas Nelson.  In November 2012, I'll be at my first book signing.  Totally insane.  I finally have my book, Inspired You, in hand.   I posted it on Facebook, but haven't mentioned it otherwise.  My friend Barb Blair … [Read more...]

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