cabinet base + hutch top =

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers21 Comments

Remember this cabinet I picked up a couple of weeks ago? I cleaned it all up and removed the doors, that were rotten from water damage, to get it ready for the next step. My dad and I worked together to rebuild the bottom of the cabinet and I nailed on the trim pieces that had come off. And then … Read More

looks can be deceiving…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters, Cleaning & care, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint25 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

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

a total heart purchase…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers18 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

cottage bed update

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers23 Comments

 I finished the twin cottage bed today and I had so much fun styling it to shoot. Let me back up, though. We painted it in two coats of a custom mix of Kitchen Scale and Boxwood from the MMS Milk Paint line.  After the second coat, the milk paint started chipping in certain places.  It pulled up the pale pink paint as … Read More

furniture updates…

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Mustard Seed Studio28 Comments

I have spent the better part of this week playing catch-up and getting back into the swing of things after my trip.  I had a full day in the studio on Wednesday, though, and it was so great to be in my creative space again.  I cranked my music, got some things checked off the to-do list, and worked on some … Read More