Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classic Cottage Sideboard

It's been a while since I've painted a distressed white piece of furniture... When I first started painting furniture 5-6 years ago, I painted most pieces white or off-white and distressed them.  While not everything was painted this way, I started veering away to experiment and try new "looks". I'll go through phases of black furniture, a favorite paint color, etc.    
I usually have a vision in my head of what I want a piece of furniture to look like before I start painting and I didn't plan on painting this sideboard white, but I knew that I wanted to distress it and/or use dark wax or glaze to bring out all the details.  I started off mixing some custom colors with my paints and tried them out on some areas and just didn't like anything!

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Fall Mantels of 2012

Alright, I'm a little least my family probably thinks so when they watch me shuffle decor around the house and changing things out here and there.  You see... I have a lot of "props", or home decor accessories, that I've accumulated over the years of antiquing and vintage shopping and selling at shows and shops.  Thank goodness for some big china hutches and a house with quite a bit of storage.  It's nice to be able to "shop" around the house for things to put new vignettes together, which is what I did for my fall mantels this year.
The first mantel I put together is one my favorite styles...mixing soothing neutrals with silver accents adds a little bit sophistication to the normal fall color palette...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Inside Spoonflower - Custom Fabric Printing

Have you ever searched high and low for that perfect fabric only to come up short?  You have this picture in your head of the fabric or a design that you love, but just can't find what you want...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Old Oak Table Transformation

Back in my post about my silver dresser, I mentioned that I was able to go to a local auction and picked up a few pieces.  My mom and I spotted this table before the auction started and we both wanted it...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Table Centerpiece

A few weeks ago I shared my new planter box centerpiece and that I was excited to decorate it all up for fall.  I didn't think I'd find any white pumpkins for a while and to be honest, the weather in North Carolina doesn't feel much like pumpkin weather.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lily's Little Table

Quite a few months back I shared "An Art Desk for Lily" and that my six-year-old daughter wants to be an artist when she grows up.  Most kids I know change their minds everyday when you ask them what they intend to be when they grow up, but Lily's maintained her choice of occupation for the past couple years now.  She pretty much sticks to drawing and coloring, but I thought with the very "forgivable" chalk paint out there now, I'd introduce her to painting furniture....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Slate Blue Metallic Dresser Makeover

I've always loved going to auctions, but don't get the chance to go very often because they are just too long to attend with small kids.  My mother-in-law picked up the girls for an overnight this last Saturday and my husband and I were able to go and enjoy ourselves at a small local auction.  I brought home some new projects including this dresser...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Planter Box Centerpiece

I've always loved those beautiful holiday photos that have large tables with wood planter boxes filled with holiday trimmings, pumpkins for Fall, wheat grass and eggs for springtime, etc.  Now I'm excited that I finally have one! 
I never had a table long enough for one of these before we moved into our new house.  My trestle table is the perfect length for this rustic wood planter box that I picked up from a fellow Luckett's Market vendor.  Although it wouldn't be difficult to make one of these, I like how this one was a bit "pre-aged".

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vintage Phone Secretary

But here's my number... call me maybe.  Ha!  I couldn't resist. No this funky little secretary was not inspired by that song, but more like this cute vintage telephone I picked up at the Raleigh flea market a few weeks back...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How to Make a Vintage Laundry Cart Liner

First off, I want to say thank you for all of your sweet comments on my newly re-decorated laundry room. You are all the best and yes, it does make laundry much more enjoyable! As promised, I wanted to share a how-to on creating these liners for vintage laundry carts and I'd like to introduce my wonderful mom to you as she's going to show you step-by-step...


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