Blog

repurposed vanity, painted furniture
Makeovers

Old Vanity Piece Gets Repurposed into Side Table

Sometimes old furniture is not salvageable in its original form. Sometimes it needs to be reimagined into something brand new. This was the case with this old vanity piece.  It was one of two ends to a vanity that held a mirror, and somewhere along the way it became separated from the other parts.  When… Continue reading Old Vanity Piece Gets Repurposed into Side Table

General

Top 5 Ways to Source Furniture for DIY Makeovers

Sourcing furniture for DIY projects can be fun and exhilarating.  Check out my top 5 resources for scoring the best pieces. If you are interested in DIY furniture upcycling, the first obvious step is sourcing your pieces. I have gone through a lot of trial and error to determine the best places to find furniture… Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Source Furniture for DIY Makeovers

refinished furniture, before and after
Makeovers

Vintage Dresser Makeover

This gorgeous little dresser got a fresh face with some refinishing and a little paint. When a client contacted me with a picture of this little vintage dresser I absolutely swooned! Look at the lines and the details!  Granted, it was showing its age a bit, but it was clear that with a makeover it… Continue reading Vintage Dresser Makeover

Makeovers

The Leftover Makeover

We recently made over our master bathroom, and I wanted to share how a little creativity and some leftover materials can go a long, long way.  Here is the before picture. I knew the "feeling" that I was after for the room.  Let's call it spa meets rustic.  I'm over the moon for vessel sinks,… Continue reading The Leftover Makeover

let yourself off the hook
General

Time to Let Ourselves Off the Hook

"There’s nothing here that’s too perfect. And that’s OK. It works with the house." -Carey Vizzi Jacobs, Magnolia Journal, Summer 2017 Have you ever looked around your house and seen everything that was "wrong"?  Do you find yourself apologizing to company about the rug that needs replacing, the table that is showing its age or… Continue reading Time to Let Ourselves Off the Hook

Makeovers

A Challenging Little Bugger

I had in my mind that this dresser/nightstand combo would be a pretty simple makeover.  Shame on me for making that assumption!  I knew that the leg on the dresser was broken, but I wasn't concerned because I fix that kind of thing all the time. When I started in on the repairs for the… Continue reading A Challenging Little Bugger

Makeovers

The Big (re)Finish

A few weeks ago I posted about the makeover of a gorgeous buffet/hutch (see Beautiful Both Ways). I just had the opportunity to refinish the dining table top in the same room.  The table is solid hickory and beautifully made.  It did have a few rings on it from 30 years of use, and it… Continue reading The Big (re)Finish

General

Spring Cleaning Recycle Resources

Not to be Debbie Downer, but I did a little research and according to the EPA graphic, (most recent statistics from 2015) the United States generated 262.4 MILLION TONS OF TRASH.  IN ONE YEAR!!!  Of that, 137.7 million tons ended up in landfills.  The days of thinking that the garbage truck just takes what we discard… Continue reading Spring Cleaning Recycle Resources

Makeovers

The missing link

This project was so much fun! The client contacted me to finish this bookcase to go in her young daughter's bedroom.  The Lilly Pulitzer-style room was bursting with color and accented with navy blue.  She wanted the background of the bookcase to be Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and wanted a link pattern in gold across the… Continue reading The missing link

Makeovers

Dining table refresh

Sometimes all a dining set needs is a simple refresh.  This table had served my client's family for years and was still in excellent structural condition.  It just needed a little cosmetic refinishing. The client has a lot of wood in her kitchen, so after discussing options, we decided on painting the chairs, table legs… Continue reading Dining table refresh