slipcovered settee

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, upholstery21 Comments

I usually don’t work on the weekends, but it’s crunch time as Lucketts is quickly approaching.  So, after sitting out in the rain most of the morning to cheer my boys on at soccer, my mom and I spent a few hours in the studio to cross some more things off the to-do list. My mom priced the shipment of German … Read More

bespoke chippy empire

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint27 Comments

I find it hard to resist a good empire-style dresser.  They are impressive pieces that have a balance of masculinity in their massive size and handsome features, and feminine in their curves, glass knobs, and carved keyhole escutcheons.  The downside to these pieces is that they are massive.  They are tall, heavy, and bulky, and, for those reasons, I made … Read More

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 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