PECAN DINING TABLE AND BUFFET

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I’m running a little bit behind on Market Monday. We had no internet for two days. I have some cool stuff to share and I want to introduce to you my friend’s new blog, but I was cross eyed last night and it is going to take some time to get it together. So, that [...]

PECAN DINING TABLE

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I’ve spent several days over at my friend Stacey’s house helping her over haul her dining room before our church starts spring small groups. She is wonder woman, hosting 3 at a time. Stacey’s dining room was crowded and her furniture was speckled 1970′s pecan. The varnish was worn in several places too. The last [...]

THICK CHALK PAINT? { NO PROBLEM}

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I got ready to do some painting this morning and realized the lid on my pure white chalk paint had not been on good for months. Air got to it and it was thicker than molasses, even a little clumpy. Not only was it thick but there was rust and flakes of dried paint all [...]

Crackle Textured Finish Using School Glue {Video Tutorial}

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Last week I showed you this Ethan Allen Dresser Makeover. I told you that I had a secret ingredient and some of you guessed it, school glue. Can you believe it??!! I know there are a lot of tutorials out there showing you how to crackle with school glue, but this is a tiny bit [...]

Ethan Allen Early American Dresser

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A few weekends ago I came across this beautiful, Ethan Allen Early American Dresser. It was in pristine condition, solid maple wood and heavy as lead, but it was a little dated. I used Chalk Paint and a secret ingredient that I will share with you on Thursday when I offer you the full tutorial. [...]

Painted French Dresser

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I finally finished my painted french dresser, the one that I have been using to create a video to explain how to use crackle tex, my product obsession right now. I thought I would show you pictures tonight because it is eleven o’clock and I am so ready to put my head on my pillow. [...]

FRENCH CHEST

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I had a lot of fun with this piece. I fell in love with its petite, feminine shape when I saw it on craigslist. I was able to get this piece along with its matching night stand and dresser. I played around with layering again using not only annie sloan chalk paint but with craft [...]

LAYERED FRENCH NIGHT STAND

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Thank you all so much for your prayers for my friend Summer. They are cherished more than you know. When I receive updates from her I will make sure to pass them along. Yesterday was the last official day of school and today was a GREAT day. Although I never found my phone, I was [...]

A LOOK A LIKE

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Like most of you, we are preparing for the last week of school. This week was my littlest baby girls last week of preschool and my oldest gets out next week. We have had parties and tests and projects and I have had little time to paint. I have 3 dressers, some mirrors, more lamps [...]

ANOTHER CRUSTY LAMP

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Happy Mothers Day to all of you moms! I have had such a wonderful weekend. We prepped our house for a big Mothers Day Mexican fiesta at my home last night. All of my sisters and brother in laws, my in laws and parents came over to celebrate with us. My girls surprised me with [...]

BABY GIRL’S FRENCH DRESSER

I don’t know about you, but my computer has been burning up the Turbo Tax software. UGH….tax time PAINS me. I was never a math pro and my organizational skills could use a little honing. I have learned a lot for next year and I can promise you…I will not put myself in the same [...]

FRENCH BLUE SIDEBOARD

I am hosting Thanksgiving breakfast at my house for my family. We love to watch the parade, but after it’s over, we have to head out to visit three sets of parents. It gets a little crazy. I wanted the girls to wake up to a beautiful dining room with breakfast casserole, blueberry muffins, sausage [...]

A LITTLE HOLLYWOOD GLAM

My mother in law has been cleaning out her dad’s house.  We started talking a few months back about how I have been LOVING chalk paint on brass or just plain ugly lamps. I told her to PLEASE not throw anything out that I might could use. My husband was helping his dad with some projects [...]

A FINISHED DESK

I know I said that I was going to show you more pictures from Urban Suburban but they turned out terrible. I learned some new things about my camera last night, practiced a little bit with some of the settings and will re attempt them tomorrow. Hopefully the letters and curtains will be hung and the [...]

FINISHED DRESSER

I painted today at Miss Jenny’s, in her sweet daughter’s room.They wanted a vintage feel with a modern twist. We worked together to come up with a custom color to match her new room perfectly. Oh..this before picture is just awful. My flash was broken and I was shooting with my D70 that did not [...]

CUSTOM DESK AND DRESSER

I have given you way to many sneaks and not enough reveals over the past week. I am SO sorry. I showed you the legs of my french table………………..   A table scape for my new space………..   And now I am about to do it to you again. On top of all the irons I have in [...]

TEXTURED MIRROR

I’ve been experimenting with different mediums in my painting to try and get some different textured patterns. The chalk paint makes a great texture in itself, especially if you apply it in a cross hatching motion. I was reading a few weeks ago in one of Annie Sloan’s books from the early nineties. She had [...]

FRENCH CHINA CABINET

I can never resist these little pieces when I see them. I found this one on craigslist a few weeks back. It belonged to a sweet girl named Margaret. I had arranged to go and get it when we had a serious plumbing issue and I had to dip into my business furniture fund. Thankfully [...]

CHILDS TABLE AND CHAIRS

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things that I owned was my child’s table and chairs that was also my mother’s as a child. I have so many memories of my friend Ginger and I, pretending we owned a restaurant or sitting down and serving each other tea. I bought a [...]

MEDIA CABINET TAKE TWO

My new camera equipment came on Tuesday. She and I are having a hard time getting acquainted but I know that as soon as I figure out her personality, we are going to get along just fine. This camera does so much more than my beginner camera and I want to take advantage of all [...]

RESTORED IT WEDNESDAY

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I can’t pull a favorite from last week, because it wouldn’t be fair. Although, you guys have linked up some amazing chalk paint projects! I am impressed!  If you are just joining us, my friend Stacey who owns Faux Studio Designs, is hosting a chalkpaint contest on my blog. You can find all the details [...]

BEFORE AND AFTER BED AND DRESSER

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I finished up at my friend Doran’s house this morning. Her daughter’s furniture turned out SO well. I love the colors they picked out for the room. Doran is on our local radio, here in Birmingham, as the Savvy Mom. She discusses topics that concern the family, thoughts on saving, and making your budget stretch a little further. Ya’ll, [...]

BUFFET MAKEOVER

You may remember this buffet my mom bought at a yard sale for 80 bucks. It’s an old Hepplewhite and was in great condition. The previous owner however had painted it a flat dark gray and there was a lot of wear on the paint. I also decided it needed to be lightened up for [...]

MY FINISHED MEDIA CABINET

I know….I have not blogged since Thursday.  I have literally been working on this baby in ALL of my spare time. This piece has taken me longer than any piece I have ever done, but I can say, it is by far my favorite and it was worth every hour spent. I saw right through [...]

WAX ON WAX OFF…A FIRST RESTORE VIDEO

I put my dad and my husband to work over the past two days. Mom and I bought a dining room suite we picked up last night. It was her find. We are still trying to decide how we are going to split it up. I’m not sure if it will get painted or not…..that’s still [...]