step-back cupboard in progress

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers

I have learned to trust my gut when I see a piece that is underpriced, underestimated and, perhaps, overlooked by others.  Such was the case with this step-back cupboard. It had, shall we say… issues? It was originally a built-in, so it was missing a back, top and trim, it lost its bottom somewhere along the way and it was … Read More

baker’s table & hutch top

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers

And so it begins…the shopping marathon for the Lucketts Spring Market was officially kicked off with a late-night scouring of craigslist that yielded four pieces already with a few more that we’re scheduled to pick up.  It feels good to have furniture coming into the studio again and to see a queue start to form. Two of the pieces that were … Read More

double-welting tutorial

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery

Well, it only took six months, but I finally finished the “deconstructed chair“!  If you think I always plow through my to-do list and nothing languishes, well, the fact this took me six months should make you feel better.  There are times when I drag my feet, lack motivation, or I’m simply not in the mood.  And upholstery is something I … Read More

a grain bin turned coffee table

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters, Family Room, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn’t work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with it, the more it felt off with everything else in the room.  Great … Read More

my new creative workspace

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Mustard Seed Studio, Organizing, Room Makeovers, Running a Business

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven’t picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used.  It was time.  It was long past time. … Read More

there is a time & place for spray paint

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers

I am just going to admit it.  I am a bit of a paint snob.  That is probably not a huge surprise to anyone, since I am an unabashed paint enthusiast and, therefore, I am a bit picky about my paints. That being said, even though milk paint has my heart, I do use other paints on occasion, like latex … Read More