100 Mile Yard Sale!

I know… what is this craziness?!! Have you heard of this HUGE yard sale getting ready to take place July 6th? I hadn’t either but now that I have I’m thinking I might just have to check it out!

Here are the details…

yard sale

They were even kind enough to provide a map of the route…

yard sale1

I’m not sure if 100 miles of yard sales will be overwhelming for me or I will love it… What about you? Have you been to any yard sale events like this? If so any advice for me?

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!

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Zebra Stripes, Butterflies, Secretaries, Oh My!

A new client of mine brought me this pretty vintage secretary to refinish for her. It was in very good shape, she just wanted to bring a pop of color to her room…


The front had a small amount of veneer loss and some puckering. I filled the missing veneer with wood filler and sanded down the puckered areas.

Here it is after a couple of coats of Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… remember my client wanted a pop of color right!

Provence blue painted secretary desk

She wanted very little distressing so I just focused on a few “key” areas, waxed and buffed the piece. I also sprayed the handles with Rustoleum chrome spray paint.


I just love claw feet don’t you?


Now for the “surprise” part… she wanted the inside painted Cream Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which paired beautifully with the Provence. I sprayed the area first with Rustoleum Heirloom White to help get the best coverage for the Cream. Painting inside of these little cubbies is pretty brutal!

Secretary desk with zebra striped drawers

Oh, did you notice the zebra stripes? I thought you might… I freehand painted those (pretty proud of myself too) leaving the original wood as the background stripe, they really are just cool!

zebra striped drawers

My client had a special request to create a small butterfly inside of the secretary, the butterfly reminds her of her Grandmother who has since passed on. So I cut the butterfly out of some floral paper and used spray adhesive to attach it to the wood, I think it’s a very sweet touch…

decoupaged butterfly inside of desk

This is the 3rd secretary I have painted in the last 6 months! They really are fabulous and great for storage as well! I wish I could find a narrow one for my foyer!

Provence blue painted desk

I hope you dig this project as much as I did! I was not too sure about the zebra stripes when she requested them, but obviously she knew what she was talking about as I just think they’re perfect!

And now totally off the subject… recently I have been noticing that when I am painting I’m standing with my left hand on my hip… like I’m getting ready to start clogging or something… what’s up with that?! I think sometimes I’m loosing it Winking smile

As always thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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The Evolving Chest of Drawers

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned before how much I hate repainting pieces I have already painted… well I did it again (clearly I’m not very bright)! This time it was partly my “fault” and partly Mother Nature’s fault.

You may remember I started off with this…


Did a quick update to this


Took it to Lucketts Spring Market and the super hot direct sunlight heated up the original paint and it bubbled like it was cooking… WHAT?!!!


So of course I had to fix it and since I never seem to be able to sell pink I decided to change it up entirely…

This is the beauty that it is now…

Painted and stained vintage chest in custom ASCP mix, turquoise and white.

I striped the top with my heat gun and sanded it down starting with 100 grit paper working my way to the final sand with 220. This process took about 45 minutes, I know there are a few of you who may like to use strippers… try a heat gun it works like a charm! For the staining process I first applied a coat of dark walnut stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. After I wiped the stain off I coated the chest with Watco Dark Walnut Oil, I use this to replace the lost oils in the wood keeping it moisturized, I did two coats following the directions on the can. I finished it up with a coat of Briwax Dark Wax.

The top has some small pits in it with leftover paint, but it still looks great!

How to refinish a dresser top

For the drawer fronts I first removed the wax coating with 00 steel wool and Mineral Spirits, wiping it off with paper towels after I scrubbed it. I let everything dry and then applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, this shade is a custom 50/50 mix of Provence & Florence. After the paint dried I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and then immediately applied a coat of Briwax Dark Wax.


I think the chest looks so great! I am actively trying to find a piece in the house to replace with this one I love it so much!

Painted and stained vintage chest in custom ASCP mix, turquoise and white.

Even though I hate redoing pieces, I am thrilled that this one turned out the way that it did! I guess I won’t be painting anymore pink for a while… but I certainly will be using this color again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

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Between Naps on the Porch, The Dedicated House, A Stroll Thru Life, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Elizabeth & Co., Savvy Southern Style, Domestically Speaking. From My Front Porch To Yours, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, Redoux Interiors

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