washing & mending

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, upholstery35 Comments

I have found the weekends during this time to be especially difficult.  I haven’t put my finger on exactly why.  Maybe it’s because there isn’t much distinction between weekdays and weekends?  We’re just all home all the time.  Safe at home.  Well and happy, but home nonetheless.  Maybe it’s because the week is too busy with work and school to … Read More

studio built-in shelf dimensions & cut list

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Tutorials, woodworking5 Comments

Reminder – Always use caution and common sense when using power tools. Also, I know that most home improvement stores are still open right now, but I would suggest seeing if you can get a delivery option for the materials you need if you plan to build this shelf soon.  It’s simply not worth leaving the house to get supplies … Read More

Furniture Dilemmas | Connie’s Queen Anne Highboy

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Dilemmas, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials48 Comments

Let’s talk about furniture, shall we?  That seems like a welcome diversion! Today, I’m going to share the step-by-step how-to for painting and finishing a piece like Connie’s Queen Anne highboy…. Here is how it looks in the context of her room…   Isn’t that a lovely space?  It reminds me a lot of my Opa’s house.  And I mean … Read More

Furniture Dilemmas | Marylisa’s French Chairs

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers20 Comments

When Marylisa sent me a picture of her chairs, I knew I had just the posts, tutorials, and examples to share with her!  If you’ve followed me for a few years, you probably know how much I enjoy buying and reupholstering French-style chairs.  Well, I don’t really enjoy upholstery, but I enjoy the results and this style of chair is … Read More

painting checkerboard floors | part 2

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Room Makeovers, Tutorials33 Comments

When you last saw the floors, they were all taped off and ready to paint.  You can find that post HERE if you missed it. The taping was definitely the most time-consuming part.  After that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for this project. I initially purchased the same color I used on my kitchen walls – Stonington Gray mixed at … Read More

Painting Checkboard Floors | Part 1

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, home improvement, Home Studio, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Room Makeovers, Tutorials29 Comments

I’ve had this itch for a long time!  Back in 2012 I was contemplating finishing my dining room and living room in a two-toned stained checkerboard pattern (you can find that post HERE), but Jeff didn’t love the idea and talked me out of it.  I was slightly relieved because the prospect of doing all of that geometry made me … Read More