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It’s Raining Nightstands!

OK… so maybe it’s not really raining nightstands, but I’ve recently picked up a lot of them and I have a few to share with you today!

This is one side of a vintage vanity that someone removed from the original piece… it is very old… and I think cool looking.

BEFORE

After filling in some holes & sanding it down I painted it in a coat of Aubusson, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I heavily distressed this piece, I think it really called for it, and sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax.

AFTER

vintage aubusson blue painted nightstand

I soaked the handles in ammonia and water overnight… this is how they turned out… I liked them this way so I didn’t paint them!

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This is a Pulaski piece, it has a great leggy look going for it and was in pretty good shape.

BEFORE

Here it is now! I painted it with CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray, a very beautiful pure gray that I cannot get with mixing the Annie Sloan paints… this will be my new go-to gray for sure!

AFTER

Pulaski nightstand painted Pittsburg Gray CeCe Caldwell Paint

I sprayed the handles in Heirloom White, not sure if I’m 100% sold on them or not, but overall I love the piece! It fits PERFECTLY in my foyer beside the front door… it may just find a permanent home there Winking smile

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This is you typical “French” style nightstand, it is made by Dixie and is in very good shape… probably circa 1970ish… I thought this mirror was glued on but it was just stuck to the top with what I think was perfume… so strange!

BEFORE

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This one just “said” Pure White to me, so that is what I painted it… I had to sand down quite a bit of it so I first sprayed it with a coat of Kilz primer before I painted it with the Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

AFTER

vintage Dixie French nightstand painted white

I very lightly distressed it, painted the handle gold and waxed the piece with Annie Sloan clear wax. Nice. Simple.Clean… sometimes that’s just the way to go!

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Now this one was a pain in my backside! It doesn’t look that bad does it? Well it was COVERED in paint drips… and one cannot simply paint over paint drips! I wouldn’t ever want someone to think I had dripped and not fixed it… so one thing led to another and I was using my heat gun to remove the paint and well I just never could find a good stopping point! I pretty much stripped the whole darn thing! I think I spent 3 hours stripping… the heat gun was warm the garage was cold it wasn’t all bad…

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I just LOOOVE it so much now! I think it has a nice masculine vibe to it… don’t you?

AFTER

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I removed all of the peeling veneer off of the top as well, and stained it Dark Walnut. The paint is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chateau Grey, which is not grey at all but more of an army green? My Super Awesome Hubby made a new backsplash from some vintage tiger oak we had leftover from another project… did you even notice the original was not symmetrical… I did and it was driving me crazy!

vintage nightstand painted green

The accent pieces are painted with a mix of chalk paints that I called “Bone” and the lions heads pulls are painted a brown metallic. The “original” knobs on this piece were acrylic… so don’t be concerned… I didn’t distress this piece at all and I am totally digging the look!

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This last nightstand is my favorite of this bunch… I’m not sure why exactly but I really do love it!

As always thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

P.S. When my Hubby and I were discussing what pieces I should work on next he mentioned a few more nightstands we had, I said “no, we need to work on something else” to which he replied “good, otherwise you’d need to change your business name to ‘One Nightstand'”… Get it? Did I happen to mention that not only is he handy he is the king of corny jokes 🙂 boy do I love that man of mine!

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Yellow and Gold Sofa Table

This is your basic Queen Anne style sofa table… kind of boring isn’t it? This particular one was all kinds of scratched up on the top and was missing one of the handle pulls… not too bad but not good either!

BEFORE

I picked up a new-to-me CeCe Caldwell paint color, this one is Johnston Daffodil… a soft, pale yellow… and very pretty! I know in the pictures it seems more off white, but trust me it’s yellow!

AFTER

Painted sofa table Daffodil yellow

After sanding the scratches off of the top I painted it with 2 coats of Daffodil and VERY lightly distressed it.

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I taped off the stripe pattern with painters tape and sprayed the top with the same Krylon Gold paint that I used on the “new” handles… I then sprayed the top with Rustoleum’s clear matte spray, otherwise the gold paint would bleed when I waxed it. After the clear coat was dry I waxed the whole table with ASCP Clear Wax and buffed.

Painting gold stripes on sofa table

I just love the way the gold stripes help the piece feel more modern, maybe even gives the old Queen an edgier feel… either way I LOVE the stripes!

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I think this is a great sofa table or console table, hopefully it will find the perfect “new” home!

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by…

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Guess What Hubby Is Working on This Weekend

What happens when you buy an awesome antique walnut bed frame and then realize that it won’t fit a regular sized mattress (oops) ?

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You make 2 benches! YAY!! So excited… my hubby is making these, I literally am not helping at all… hey I’m working on other things don’t you worry Winking smile!

This is the larger bench in progress…

This is the smaller bench in progress… it is actually the same as the “larger” one the back is just shorter!

I’m very excited that he is building these! I will be painting them later and I might make cushions for them if I have time… but I think they will be great when they are done! Of course I’ll show you them… don’t you worry!

Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Until next time!

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A Couple of Nightstands

These were some crazy ugly, dirty nightstands when I got my hands on them! Don’t you worry though… they cleaned up quite nicely!

This one is pine and VERY beat up… I hope no one was using this in their house!

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Isn’t it so cute now? I cleaned it up, sanded it down and painted it a cheery yellow… CeCe Caldwell’s Carolina Sun Yellow to be precise… believe it or not it only took two coats and no primer!

CeCe Caldwell Carolina Sun Yellow painted nightstand

Also, it was waxed with CeCe’s clear wax after it was lightly sanded…

I think this would make a great nightstand or even a side table! Just such a pretty, happy color!

I can’t wait for my Hyacinth to open up!

Yellow painted pine nightstand

Here is “ugly” nightstand number 2! It was missing some of the wood plugs for the screw holes, had lots of scratches and was also filthy!

BEFORE

I changed out the original hole plugs for flat head plugs. I glued the plugs into the holes and sanded them flat with the wood. I cleaned it up and sanded it down where necessary…

I first painted it with the Carolina Sun Yellow as well, but then sprayed it with a top coat of Rustoleum’s Aubergine, a gorgeous purple! I lightly distressed it to allow the yellow to peek through and then applied wax and buffed!

Purple painted nightstand

I happen to think it looks awesome! The handle looks so much better painted in Chrome!

painted oak nightstand

For a while I was having a hard time sourcing nightstands, all of the sudden I am finding tons of them! Not sure what is going on… maybe some good Spring cleaning?

Anyway, thanks for stopping by as always!

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A Bed to Match the Dresser

This is the beautiful full bed that will be for my youngest client, to coordinate with her dresser that I also painted… Yes, this is Victorian and the dresser is French Provincial but paint is going to make everything jive together perfectly I promise!

My friend Gail and I picked this up off of Craig’s List a couple of month’s back… great price and in very good condition. Gail knew she wanted me to paint it, but was leaving the color choice up to her daughter… we both agreed that was wise move Laughing out loud

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I painted it the same mix as the dresser, equal parts Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Greek Blue, Pure White and CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Green. I painted the wood medallions and grooves in Pure White… so pretty… a little tedious both worth the extra time!

Green painted custom Victorian bed

I distressed it, sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax, buffed it with 0000 steel wool and then polished it with a soft cloth… it is super smooth!

Custom green Annie Sloan Chalk Painted bed

I haven’t done ANY Easter decorating, but I have this great bunny iron card holder that I just love… it’s always out, so I didn’t have to do much, just take the picture Winking smile I did pick up some jelly beans for the Easter baskets today, I hope they make it to Easter…

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I can’t wait to see the room all setup and decorated, I think it will be just gorgeous!

Hope you enjoyed the bed makeover! Sorry it wasn’t setup, but I didn’t have the rails!

I wish Spring would hurry up and get here already, I need some 60+ degree days!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Vintage Dining Table Refinishing Tutorial

I probably shouldn’t have titled this a tutorial, maybe it’s more of a “this is how I do it” walk through… Either way I’ve had this table for about a year and a half (totally ridiculous)… I think I was a little intimidated by the amount of work involved… but better late than never right?

I took a fair amount of pictures throughout the process of refinishing this dining table so I thought I could share the steps with you, just in case someone is interested… so here it goes!

Step one…

Start out with a great vintage table (that’s the easiest part)…

BEFORE

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Step two: Repair structural issues

We removed the top in order to fix the bad repairs that the last owners did…

We removed the top layer of added wood (which was visible on the outer edge of the table) and then the original wood side supports. The original side supports had to be replaced due to damage that was effecting the stability. My SAH cut and routered the inside edges of the new pine boards in order for the wood cross braces to join in as they were originally made to do… I was VERY impressed, they were a perfect fit!

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I removed a leg that was repaired badly at some point before I bought the table. I sanded & cleaned the connection points of the leg and used Gorilla Glue and a frame clamp to attach the leg back to the base. The frame clamp was long enough to wrap around the entire base and I let the piece set overnight…

Step Four: Refinish Top

I stripped the top with CitriStrip and cleaned the residue off with 000 steel wool and Low Odor Mineral spirits. I let the top dry for a day or so and then sanded it with an orbital sander using first 150 grit sandpaper then finishing with 220 grit. The top is NEVER going to be perfect, but I did the best I could with what was there…

Step Five: Paint base

After cleaning the base with Formula 409 we painted it in two coats CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Grey… a beautiful blue grey color!

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Step Five: Stain Top

I applied the Kona stain with a soft cloth, applying with the grain, and let the stain soak in for about 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes I wiped the table down several times with paper towels removing all of the excess stain. Then I waited… a couple of days to ensure it was completely dry… the garage is cold, if it was a warm day I would have only waited 24 hours. If you add wax or a top coat before the top is completely dry the top product can pull up some of the stain and leave the piece blotchy… word to the wise!

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This is one of my favorite products… Watco Danish Oil, I especially like to use it on old dried out wood as it rejuvenates the wood and gives a beautiful finish. I have used it both as a finish coat and as a base coat for wax…

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Step Six: Apply Top coat

The oil is just applied with a paper towel in the direction of the grain. See how the shine is amazing compared with the un-oiled left side?

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Here it is completely coated… and I wait again… patience is a virtue right? I wiped it off after 15 minutes.

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Step Seven:

Apply coat of dark wax, applying with the grain, buff with 0000 steel wool and shine with a soft cloth.

Here it is all finished (thank goodness!)

Painted vintage table and chairs

I distressed all of the paint and applied CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to the painted parts. We then buffed the table with 0000 steel wool and a soft cloth.

Grey painted dining table and chairs

This is what the chairs looked like originally…

I painted them the same Smoky Mountain Grey, distressed, waxed and buffed them all. I removed the old fabric from the cushions, added some new batting and recovered them is this pretty grey and white trellis patterned fabric.

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Oh how I LOVE the look of all of these legs / columns… but I REALLY disliked painting them all!

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I have this set staged in my basement kitchenette area because honestly I was just too lazy to move it all outside and back in again Embarrassed smile

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So I am hoping that this is the last table and chair set I do for a little while, although I know I have another one to do for a client but she doesn’t need it done until November.. WHEW!!

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My Youngest Client and Her Vintage Furniture

My youngest client so far is a 10 year old girl, one of a set of TRIPLET girls if you can just imagine that! She is one of my daughter’s closests friends and she just loved the French bedroom set we painted for Brie. As she was in the market for a new bedroom set she and her mother decided that this little “gem” of a dresser would be perfect! The dresser was shoved back behind a bunch of other furniture, patiently waiting its turn, so they really couldn’t get a good look at it… which turned out to be a good thing…

This dresser was FAR from perfect, it was extremely dirty, it looked like someone had started a refinishing process on the top and had just given up and some of the drawers were in need of repair… sounds like fun right… not so much… thank goodness the dresser is well made, has a wonderful shape and all the handles are present and accounted for!

BEFORE

The top that appears to have been stripped…

I first removed all of the hardware, sanded down the uneven paint finish and repaired the drawers that needed to be repaired. I painted the top with a coat of Kilz to even up the finish and remove the possibility of any of the remaining stains bleeding through the final finish.

I soaked the FILTHY hardware in a solution of 3/4 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup hot tap water in order to remove all of the buildup and finish… I let them soak overnight…

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My client had a VERY specific color in mind so I worked up a few samples for her to choose from and luckily she found one she liked! It is an equal parts mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White & Greek Blue and CeCe Caldwell’s Spring Hill Green… so YUMMY!

AFTER

Blue Green Painted French Dresser Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell

I am in LOVE with this beautiful shade of blue-green… I think it could make both a blue and green lover happy!

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Just the right amount of distressing and a nice top coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Blue Green Painted French Dresser Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell

Also, because some of the drawers were pretty gross I cleaned them, sanded them where necessary and primed them with a coat of Kilz. I then painted the drawers with a can of “oops” paint from Lowe’s, it just happened to coordinate perfectly with the chalk paint!

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I sprayed the handles with Rustoleum’s Chrome spray paint… How great do they look now!?

Chrome painted drawer pulls handles

I am also painting a bed for her in the same shade… I’m pretty sure she will love her new furniture and she will become a vintage furniture lover for life! Maybe that’s the key… get them hooked on quality vintage furniture while they are still young Winking smile

I seriously hope you liked this makeover as much as I do… I think this is going to be my new favorite color!

Thank you for all of the great comments week after week, I love hearing from you!

Until next time…

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Lets Try This Again

Ok… I don’t like to admit I’ve made a mistake… it’s a character flaw I know but I REALLY don’t like making mistakes! Sadly I made one with this French style Thomasville dining table…

This is a wonderful table set I purchased over the summer, it’s Thomasville (from the 1960’s I believe) and it has 2 armchairs and 4 side chairs as well…

I was hoping to refinish the top in a darker stain but there were too many issues with it to make that work (I tried)…

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Here is the first “After”… I do love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite top but the base in Florence with the dry brushed Graphite is just too harsh for me… I waited for DAYS to see if it would grow on me but it didn’t so then I had to fix my “mistake”.. ARGH!!!

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So I decided on Annie Sloan Duck Egg instead… as I was re-painting it I felt better immediately… I knew THIS was the right choice!

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Now onto the chairs… 6 of them to be exact… have I ever mentioned how much I dislike painting chairs? They are very labor intensive as they take sooo much time, painting distressing & waxing… if I was just spray painting them no big deal but of course I was hand painting them… my poor hands are like claws now!

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Here they are so much prettier in a couple of coats of Duck Egg!

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And just check out this PERFECT fabric I happen to have on hand… and have enough of… I got super lucky with this! The blue in the fabric is almost exactly the color of Duck Egg!

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I removed the chair seats from the frames and removed the old fabric. The two armchairs are going to have their backs upholstered to give the a slightly different look… no need to paint the cane on these!

I picked up a new roll of batting… trust me I will use all of this, not on this project but I have a lot of chair seats to update!

As you can see I have already distressed and waxed the chairs. I have also reattached the recovered seat cushions… now on to the backs!

First I cut out a piece of batting roughly the size of the back of the chair.

I then attached it to the back of the with staples, no need to use this many staples (I didn’t on my second chair) you are just stapling it in to loosely hold it in place. Trim the overage with scissors.

I roughly cut the fabric to size and stapled it in over the batting staying close to the edge of the chair. These staples should be positioned very close to one another and the fabric should be pulled taught before stapling it. Always start your place staples first with one at the top, bottom and both sides, pulling the fabric taught before each staple. Once you have our place staples in then start from the middle and work your way to the sides.

I made double welt cording and hot glued it around the edge.

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I did the same process as above for the back but I had to staple the pieces to the sides of the chair as there was no wood to attach the staples to on the back. This is a great dark grey fabric with a herringbone pattern…

Again I made double welt cording and hot glued it around the edge.

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Here is the finished dining set!

Painted vintage French Thomasville Dining table

The fabric coordinates perfectly with the table and chairs!

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I love that the captain’s chairs have the padded backs.

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I also added a little pop of Provence chalk paint in the grooves around the table and chairs.

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One complete dining set down… one more to go!

Painted vintage French Thomasville Dining table

This was a TON of work and thank goodness my SAH (Super Awesome Hubby) helped me out a lot on this project! I just love the final results and I am so happy to have it completed! I have one more table and chair set that is VERY close to being complete as well, I should be able to share it with you this week!

This set is for sale and will be listed on my FOR SALE page, which seems terribly empty… I am going to the Lucketts Spring Market again this year and I need to have a whole lot more done before May 17th or my 10×20 booth will be very empty! If you are interested check out some pictures from my booth and around the Market from last year… I hope you can make it to the show it is ALWAYS full of great stuff!

As always thanks for stopping by…

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Faux Bamboo Nightstand

I’m pretty sure some of you may be thinking “Why oh why did you buy this Susan?” and once I would have thought the same thing… The top is a wood grain laminate, but it is a great mid-century piece made by American of Martinsville, very sturdy and well made. Although I’m not generally a mid-century furniture kind of girl I have recently seen quite a few pieces that have caught my eye and I am really starting to appreciate this period of furniture!

A new client of mine, who also bought the curvy front chest, wanted this piece to go in her teenage daughter’s bedroom as a nightstand. I suggested she paint it red… which not only coordinated with her bedding but also would bring a nice pop of color into the room!

BEFORE

First I lightly sanded down the top with 150 grit sandpaper to increase the adhesion of the paint. I then painted the table with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperor’s Silk. I lightly distressed the table and sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax. I buffed it with 0000 steel wool and a soft cloth.

AFTER

Faux Bamboo Table Painted Red

While I was painting the cabinet I was soaking the drawer handle in Ammonia to strip off any coatings and prepare the knob for paint. I painted the handle with a few coats of Krylon 18k Gold spray… I think this paint is my new obsession!

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I love the faux bamboo on this table so much more now!

ASCP Emperor's Silk Red Painted Table

Look at the beautiful shine on the top… all from waxing and buffing!

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I hope this little table is well loved in it’s new home!

As a side note I’m currently trying to finish 2 dining table and chair sets (YIKES!)… so it was nice to be able to take a break from those big projects and finally finish something! I happen to love this little red table!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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Vintage Marble Topped Washstand

This is a great Eastlake style “washstand” with a marble top and original wood wheels… it is one of those pieces that I think would be a great accent piece in so many different places in the home.

The cabinet had previously been painted yellow, was missing a knob and the inside of the drawers were in pretty bad shape.

BEFORE

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I sanded down the inside and outside of all of the drawers and then conditioned the wood with Hemp oil. I painted the cabinet with CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray… it’s such a soft beautiful gray!

AFTER

Pittsburgh Gray painted washstand with marble top

I distressed it with warm water and a scrub sponge… I love how the yellow peeks through the grey now! I used CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to seal the paint… let me tell you this wax is WONDERFUL to work with!

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The door knob is original because it has a special mechanism on the back of it that allows the door to self latch with the knob… it’s pretty cool and I have never seen anything like it!

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I did replace the knobs with antique brushed nickel cup pulls…

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I also painted the inside of the cabinet yellow with some Restoration Hardware paint I seem to have a TON of! The inside just HAD to be painted, it just didn’t look good at all!

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Among other uses for this piece I think it would make a great coffee,tea or wine bar!

Pittsburgh Gray painted washstand with marble top

I just HAD to show you this cute silver tea set I picked up at an auction a few months back… I just love the bird and flower finials, so unique!

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I hope you like the update I did on this cabinet! I certainly think it looks sooo much better and I am really loving the Pittsburgh Gray!

As always thanks for stopping by…

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