the gray shoe cart

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds9 Comments

The days are ticking away and the Lucketts Spring Market is getting closer and closer.  Even though I am in pretty good shape, I do need to squeeze in shopping trips when I can.  So, Saturday, after my son’s soccer game, my mom and I hit an antique store to see if we could find anything.  It was a quick trip!  We … Read More

looks can be deceiving…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters, Cleaning & care, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint26 Comments

Let me take you back to high school. Remember that first day of a new class, looking around the room, scoping out your classmates?  Who might be your friend?  Who is going to be a troublemaker?  And where is the – oh, there he is… The hot guy. Perfect hair.  Great smile.  Gorgeous eyes.  At first glance, he is your … Read More

antique mail sorter

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds21 Comments

I shared a preview of this find on Instagram and everyone thought I was talking about the marmalade jars. Those are awesome, but I was actually showing a preview of this antique mail sorter… The cubbies are the perfect size for all sorts of little goodies and the wire backing is the cherry on top. It was one of those … Read More

revamped balance scale

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters28 Comments

When shopping for pieces, I try to look past things that aren’t my taste cosmetically, like color and fabric, and try to envision what the piece will look like when I make it my taste.   In the case of this scale, the bright yellow just wasn’t my taste.  I love yellow, but this yellow was pretty in-your-face and I felt like … Read More

antique goodies & things for sale

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds31 Comments

You know how you can plan out your week, but those plans don’t exactly work out? Well, this week is turning out to be one of those weeks.  My plan for a super-productive, get in a good rhythm on a few things (like exercise, organizing, etc.), knock a bunch of things off to-do list, etc. was derailed when Calvin came down with … Read More

a total heart purchase…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers19 Comments

With milk paint and distressing and the right combination of techniques, one can give a pretty convincing aged look to a piece of furniture.  But, none of that can compare to what time can do. And time did a beautiful job on this piece… It’s perfectly dented, scratched, cracked, crazed, and worn in all the right places. And this was a … Read More

the cottage bed craigslist score

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds92 Comments

Last fall, Marshall got a new mattress for his bed, so we had an extra twin mattress.  I’ve been hanging onto it in the hopes that I could find a great twin bed frame to match, so I can set up a comfy, fluffy bed at Lucketts.  I had one last year and it was such a nice touch of … Read More