Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jewelry Display Cabinet

I didn’t take a picture of this before I got started… argh! I can tell you it was that old, dark brown wood and one of the drawers had a big piece of the bottom edge missing… not sure why…maybe a dog?

I think this piece was originally meant to display small plates, but I’m not sure what the bottom drawers were for? After rebuilding the mangled drawer I spray painted it white (because I thought that was what I wanted) but after it was sprayed I decided it really would look better with a coat of color! The color I decided to use was Old Violet Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which is a pretty blue / purple.


I removed the back and painted the rest of the cabinet with two coats of Old Violet.


I lightly distressed the edges so that the white would peek through. I then sealed the paint with Clear Annie Sloan wax, buffed it with 0000 steel wool and polished it with a soft cloth.


This piece has a lot of great lines to it!


And I just adore the little drawers with the porcelain knobs.


I added this great paper to the back to give it some additional interest and texture!


I didn’t put any hooks in it, just in case someone wanted to use it for something other than jewelry display… but I think it would be so cute with mismatched teacups with earrings hanging of the edges and rings or bracelets inside of the teacups… There really are a lot of possibilities for this piece!

It’s not a keeper, but I think it will find a loving home, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by…

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My Very First Give-Away

I think this is very exciting… my very first give-away!

Tezz at RAMSIGN contacted me out of the blue about sponsoring a give-away on my blog… of course I said yes, this is a fabulous opportunity for my followers to win something cool!

So go checkout the RAMSIGN website… the give-away is for one of their house number signs. Below are just some examples…

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Pretty awesome right? And they don’t need to be for the outside of the house… these would look great as part of your interior decor as well!

Here are the rules, they are very simple…

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2. You need to leave a comment here about why you would love to win one of these signs AND IF

3. You have an Instagram account I would LOVE it if you would follow me through this link… I’m kind of lonely out there Sad smile

Super easy rules… I will close this contest in a week and email the winner, so please make sure you have an email address linked to your comment so I can get in touch with you…


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Renewed Cedar Chest

A client of mine brought me this lovely cedar chest to update for her… it was a Craig’s List find and good deal! This Lane cedar chest was structurally in fabulous shape, still smelled nice inside, but the addition of the heart and vines was a little country for her taste…

Sorry about the not so perfect BEFORE shot… I was antsy to get sanding!


My client knew exactly what color she wanted… CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain… which is very pretty blue-grey color!


After lightly sanding down the decorative painting on the front, I cleaned it really good with Formula 409 and then painted it with two coats of the Smoky Mountain clay & chalk paint.


After the paint dried I lightly distressed it and applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal the paint. The variations in the finish were really accentuated once the wax was applied… it has a great multi dimensional feel!


I let the wax sit for about 24 hours then buffed it with 0000 steel wool and then a final buff with a soft cloth… check out the sheen!


This is such a super fast and easy project to do to help update some of those outdated pieces you may have stored away… I would totally buy this now and put it at the foot of my bed for extra blanket and pillow storage, it’s just perfect!

As always thanks for stopping by… I hope you’ll come back again Smile

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The Rest of The Sewing Tables

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last few weeks or so you may remember that I had two vintage Singer sewing tables on hand… well actually I only had one sewing table, but two identical bases…

One of them started out looking like this…


Then we took the two cast iron bases and created this super cool playroom table


I used the tilt out tray from the sewing cabinet and created a tabletop organizing tray


My hubby and I then worked on the drawers… I detached the drawer towers from the sewing table top and my SAH used the wood from the table top to create tops and bases for the towers. He created ogee edges for them with the router to give them a little more interest and then attached them to the drawer towers with nails.

I filled in the nail holes and lightly sanded the pieces. After cleaning them with Formula 409 I painted them with a coat of creamy colored Restoration Hardware paint (I have a LOT of Latex paint leftovers) and then topped it off with a coat of a new (to me) CeCe Caldwell paint color I just picked up… Nantucket Spray… it’s a very pretty light beachy blue color!


I lightly distressed the towers with a scrub sponge and warm water… super easy and as a bonus I could do it inside!


I sealed the paint by applying a coat of clear wax to the piece… I used a wax brush for the application because of all the detail on the piece.


I let the wax cure overnight and then buffed it with 0000 steel wool followed up by a soft cloth.


I had a set exactly like these at Lucketts Spring Market last year… and they were among the first pieces to go! I think a lot of us have a love for pieces like these… Now what to put in these cool little drawers?

Hope you like my little “towers”… I think they are super cool!

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Valentines Day Wreath

I decided to make a “wreath” for our front door in celebration of  Valentine’s Day. I’m using an oval canvas, burlap and three bags of those large conversation hearts…

The first thing I did was rough cut the burlap to fit the canvas and overlap the sides. I ironed it after I cut it to remove the wrinkles from the burlap being folded. I then sprayed the canvas with multi-purpose adhesive and quickly set the burlap on it, pressing out all of the wrinkles… the instructions said for a permanent bond adhere in 15 seconds… so I had to move FAST!

I flipped the canvas over and stapled it to the wood support.

I may have gone a little overboard on the staples but I wanted to make sure it stayed put!

I drew a very rough sketch of the heart with a pencil onto the burlap fabric and I started to layout the candy along the line beginning with the bottom.

I placed all of the hearts along the line setting up the shape of the heart prior to adhering them. Once I was happy with the outline I went back and glued each of them in place with my hot glue gun… I continued working from the bottom to the top to fill in the rest of the heart shape.

I attached a ribbon with staples to the front top wood support and then put a line of hot glue over the staples to join the two sides of the ribbon in order to create the top loop.

I also strategically glued down sections of the ribbon to keep it pulled to the side…

I wish there had been more pink and white hearts in the mix… but there were a ton of orange and yellow for some strange reason?! I may need to email Brach’s to let them know…

Well here it is all finished!


I think it looks quite cute and festive! Now I just hope the kids don’t try to eat the candy off of it Winking smile


Thanks for stopping by as always!

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Working through the list…

I have had quite a backlog of custom pieces to get finished and this is “one” of them…

My client has a beautiful vintage Thomasville dining room set that she wants me to paint for her… a buffet, dining room table and six chairs! Whew… that’s a lot!

Here is her set… all of the pieces have great lines, but they are old, worn and need a little pick me up for sure!


Since she was a new client I wanted to start out with the buffet, one… to see if we worked well together and two… for her to decide if she likes the way I refinish the piece. This is a critical part of the process for me… I think it is important for all of the parties to be comfortable and honest with one another about their expectations and desired results… communication is key! Creating a finished product that everyone can be thrilled with is VERY important to me!

So the buffet I started out with with looked like this…


No, the other drawer is not MIA, it was at the client’s house. You see I will usually make up a sample drawer or panel for the client before painting the whole piece. As my client was a little unsure of the colors I wanted her to take the drawer home and live with the color scheme for a while to be certain… because you KNOW I hate repainting a piece!

As it turned out she and her hubby loved it…

Here is the AFTER


It’s painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White & a custom mix of Graphite & Pure White (3:1 ratio).


I first washed the buffet down with Formula 409 and removed all of the hardware before painting. I also lightly sanded the top as it had a few blemishes that needed to be filled and sanded as well. I painted 3 coats of paint on the top, but only two coats everywhere else.


It’s very subtle and a little hard to see but I did use my gold leaf pen on the stiles around the drawers and the panels on the front of the buffet.


I painted the handles and hinges in Krylon’s 18k gold plate spray… I LOVE this stuff… it creates a beautiful gold finish!


I distressed the buffet with a combination of wet scrub sponge and sander with 220 grit paper.


After I finished distressing it I waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax and then buffed it with 0000 steel wool and a soft cloth. See the sheen on the top of the buffet in the picture below… FABULOUS!


My client and her hubby (and her 2 super cute full of energy girls) came and picked up this beauty last Sunday… They seemed very happy with it and even sent me this picture…


She also asked when I would be able to get to her table and chairs… whew! But she’s great so I can’t wait to get started… just have to fit it all in!

I hoped you liked my buffet update… the table and chairs will be much more labor intensive but I’ll get it done!

As always thanks for stopping by…

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Pieces and Parts

If you saw the custom table we built for the playroom then you may have been wondering what I did with the rest of the original sewing machine table… I only had the wooden cabinet for one of the bases, the other base had no cabinet when I bought it. We took the cabinet apart and I now have 2 projects I am working on using the parts of the cabinet. This is one of them…

This is what the original Singer sewing machine table looked like…


This is the tilt out drawer that was part of the original sewing cabinet…

BEFORE (sort of…)

I thought (among other things) that it would make a great vanity makeup holder!


I painted it with another new (to me) CeCe Caldwell’s paint… “Destin Gulf Green”. It looked very similar to Provence (ASCP) before I waxed it… but after the wax the green really showed through.


Look at the variations in the paint color, I’m pretty sure it’s the clay part of the paint that pulls this off… I waxed it with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, but once I am out of that I am going to try CeCe’s clear wax… that wax has almost no smell and what you do smell smells just like a candle!


I didn’t paint the inside of the drawer as I liked the contrast of the wood with the paint, but I did clean it really good with Orange Glow… man do I love that stuff! The size of the tray is the perfect fit along the side of a bathroom vanity top!


The little pockets would also be great for stationary, jewelry etc…


This was a super quick and easy project, but I am very happy that I am able to salvage so much of the original cabinet and repurpose it into items that are more likely to be used today…

Hope you like my little tray… what would you use it for?

Thanks for stopping by…

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Repurposing An Old CD Tower

This is a “lovely” little pine CD tower I picked up recently… not that I think there is a market for CD towers… but I love the size and the fact it is solid wood is a plus! I was sure it could be a perfect organizer for the bathroom (or really any small space)…


I bought some new CeCe Caldwell paint colors over Christmas break and I was excited to try them out! This one is Carolina Sun Yellow…

Below is a picture of how this clay & chalk paint dries… very much like a clay mask you would put on your face… it looks kind of funky doesn’t it?

It took 2 coats to cover the piece the way I wanted it to and I just LOVE the bright, cheery yellow color!

I removed the back to make it easier to paint, it was just attached with long staples and was very easy to remove… I lightly distressed and waxed the rest of the tower while I had the back off.

I painted the back with “Storm” by Benjamin Moore (I had a sample pot on hand), it’s a very pretty warm grey color.

I added some silver label holders each of the cubbies…

I predrilled the holes and used very small screws to hold the tags in place.

I think the addition of the tags helps take away the CD tower feel and turns this piece into something a little more special…

I think this piece would be fabulous in a bathroom where there is usually limited space or sometimes a lot of people sharing it. A shelf for products for each person… it would be great for a dorm bathroom too!

Hope you like my little bit of Carolina Sunshine organizer!

Thanks for stopping by as always!

Until next time…

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Hey Good Lookin’

Well the shape of this console is good looking, but nothing else about the finish is! However my next door neighbor wanted it for her foyer as it was a PERFECT fit and great decoration storage!



Below is my first attempt at painting this for her… she picked out the paint and color so what could possibly go wrong… right?

Well, I totally hated painting with this paint… not only did I have to prime it I had to paint 3 coats… chalk paint sure has spoiled me Smile

The final result was very clean, no distressing and gold highlights along the edges… a modern finish for this silhouette… I LOVED it… she obviously did not…


So here is attempt number two (and the last I might add)… It is now painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (mix of Emperor’s Silk & Barcelona Orange)… I distressed it VERY lightly, waxed and buffed… this is what she was looking for!


I did leave the gold accents on the table but muted them significantly with paint and steel wool. I think she is still questioning whether she likes the gold handles or not… but if not that is an easy spray paint fix…


The sheen and feel of this console is fabulous! The color is now much more red, with just a tiny hint of coral…


The piece itself has a great shape to it and is perfect for tight spaces because of its depth…


I hope she likes this color for many years to come… because I won’t want to repaint it any time soon… Sarcastic smile


I REALLY hate to repaint a piece I have already completed. I have rarely have a piece I have finished that I didn’t think turned out just the way I wanted it to… but that is the difference between painting something and selling it to someone who digs it and interpreting someone’s idea of what a piece should look like and finishing it to meet their expectations… I will admit that is the hardest part for me, but I love a good challenge!

Hope you’re digging my latest paint project!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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(PS sorry if you received this post twice.. I accidently published it before it was complete)

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It’s Called Using What You’ve Got

Happy New Year everyone! I didn’t work too much over the Christmas holiday, but I did get this easy project done… and while I realize that most people may not have two vintage Singer sewing machine bases on hand, we did… actually I only had one, but I found an exact match at an auction and snatched it up in order to do this project!

We (really me) wanted to make a table for the kids playroom… I had just bought a low vintage chest that I’m repurposing as a window seat (with storage!) and I wanted a table to sit in front of it for the kids to play with their houses etc.… They love building towns and frequently have their “towns” setup all over the floor and will play with them for days!

This is the story of the build… (it TOTALLY looks like SAH is doing all of the work in these pictures, but he’s not… someone has to take the pictures right?)

We used 3 6×10 pine planks and lined them up on a flat surface.

We attached the planks together with 3 pieces of 1×2’s using 2 wood screws in each plank. We drilled pilot holes prior to screwing… very important or else the wood can split!

We left a gap between each plank, using a paint stir stick as a template, very hi tech!

We sanded the top and sides of the planks with 150 grit sandpaper and took all of the pieces to the playroom to assemble. We attached the top to the bases with wood screws and set the table in place.

I stained the top of the table in place, I REALLY should have stained the planks first because I had to use a teeny tiny brush to get the stain in between the planks… I will remember this for next time! The stain is “Kona” and I only applied one coat as it is a very dark color.

I’m so glad I had all of this help Sarcastic smile

I knew I wanted to do something else with the top and this is what I came up with… The stencil shape just happens to mimic the shapes in the sewing table bases…


I used the same used the Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio I used on the stenciled bookcase transformation and some Benjamin Moore paint I had color matched to Provence ASCP… just a quick roll with the sponge roller, seriously it took maybe 10 minutes to do…


After the paint dried I applied a coat of Briwax Dark Wax to the surface which toned down the blue and gave it an aged appearance, it also added a beautiful richness to the finish…


After the dark wax had dried I applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, making sure to rub it in really good. The next day I came back with some 0000 steel wool and buffed it… what a gorgeous sheen!


This is the perfect place for the kids to sit and play now! They can play board games or setup their LPS houses or whatever! My oldest daughter doesn’t understand why we went through the “trouble” of making this table look nice as she is certain the kids will “mess it up” but I have some faith… Thinking smile

Anyway here is the breakdown of the costs & time in case you are interested:

Sewing table bases: $24 for both (what!, I know…)

Wood: $44

Total = $68

Total time = 2 hrs.

I think that’s pretty awesome for a one of a kind table that is custom made for the space!


I’m super excited and I hope the kids will enjoy using the table! I’m also hoping that the extra storage added with the bench will help the playroom stay more organized but I’m not holding my breath! I still need to make a bench cushion, but I tend to procrastinate when it comes to sewing projects so it may be a while before I get to it…

What do you think… is the table just too nice for the playroom?

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