Antique Child’s Chair


Meet Grace (there I go again with the girl names). I’m already hoping one of my boys can give me a granddaughter. Maybe they will even let me name her. LOL. I named this antique child’s chair Grace because not only do I love that name but the stencil transformed the chair into a lovely and graceful [...]

Beauty and the Beast


Out of all the furniture I bought from a huge barn sale last December, this is the piece I was most looking forward to working on. It had everything I was looking for in a piece: solid, veneer in tack, beautiful details and kind on my wallet.  I did have to do a bit of [...]

Ain’t She Sweet


I sat on this piece for a while because it needed a few things that I wasn’t sure how to address. As you can see in the upside down before picture, I removed the original appliques from the doors because they were missing too many pieces. I hated to do that because they were so [...]

Charming Arles Dresser


This antique dresser is quite unique. Not only does it have beautiful lines, details and incredible workmanship, it has three drawers full of dividers to separate your “delicates” and linens. Everything is original, including the hardware. The only brainstorming I had to do prior to starting this project was to figure out what to do about [...]

Worth the Wait Dresser


This dresser, most likely from the 1920’s, was in great shape except for the nasty old musty smell that spilled out every time you opened a drawer. I thought the smell would be easy to get rid of. Wrong. It’s cold and wet outside and I couldn’t cout on the sunshine to help me out [...]

Antique Beveled Mirror


I acquired this antique beveled mirror at a barn sale. I was lucky enough to buy a trailer full of antique furniture, industrial items and many pieces that will require repurposing from the estate of a popular collector of unwanted items.  Many pieces I bought can be found on my Etsy page, including this beautiful [...]

Annie Sloan: Managing Colors


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lends itself very well for blending colors. Not only can you combine Old White with any color to lighten the shade, you can mix the paint with clear wax or even use multiple colors on a single piece.  Don’t be afraid to play with the colors.  An example of great color [...]

Annie Sloan : Managing Texture


Storing When your paint lid will not close and it has dried bits of paint on it, don’t continue to store the paint in the container. Transfer it to a canning jar or another sealed container. Thick and Thin Chalk paint will thicken up when exposed to air. If you don’t want thick paint, you [...]

Annie Sloan: Waxes


The dark wax will stain your piece if you do not put clear wax down first. It will not come off your furniture without clear wax as a base coat. The dark wax can be wiped off if you put clear wax on top and wipe hard. The dark wax in my opinion is intimidating [...]

Beachy Blue


This piece was sitting down in the basement, doors detached, at a local estate sale.  It was piled high with stuff, so much stuff that you couldn’t easily see the condition it was in. We moved as much as we could to take a better look and determined the buffet only needed a few touchups.  [...]