blue toile daybed makeover

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Guest Room, My House, Room Makeovers, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers11 Comments

I hope you had a good three-day weekend!  We ended up doing a lot of work in our yard when it wasn’t raining.  It was hard, muddy work, but we got so much accomplished!  We dug up a bunch of plants and bushes to replace with hydrangeas and hostas, we moved and raked out a big pile of gravel, we … Read More

parsons chair linen slipcover reveal

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers35 Comments

I know that my house usually looks clean and tidy in the pictures I share here and on social media.  And, I will admit, that I am a bit of a neat freak.  I generally like to clean and I love having a spotless, organized, and clutter-free home.  But, life happens here.  I have middle school boys, a dog, two … Read More

parsons chair slipcover tutorial | part 2 | making ties & adding a skirt

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers7 Comments

The winner of the Dreamy Whites giveaway is Paula Jolly!  Congrats! If you missed part one of this slipcover tutorial, you can find it HERE.  In part one, I show how to make the “body” of the slipcover.  This tutorial works for almost any armless chair, but is specifically for a parsons chair with small wings.  You can also find … Read More

milk paint backdrops, blueberry ink, & creative community

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Art, Gardening, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint16 Comments

Last week was the first week that I felt like I was settling into a new routine.  The previous weeks were about figuring out this new normal…the stress of feeling like I’m bringing toxic waste into the house when I order groceries or check the mail, the struggle of learning how to do school from home, the worry of the … 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

Furniture Dilemmas

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Dilemmas, Furniture Makeovers33 Comments

I’ve been working on my second Decorating Dilemma and should be ready to post that next week, but it got me thinking…  What about doing Furniture Dilemmas?  I know my readers love furniture makeovers and, since I don’t have a studio space outside of my home any longer and I’m not getting ready for markets and events, I don’t work … Read More