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March 21, 2013

Coco and White Dresser Redo

 When I snatched up this plain little Craigslist find for a song, it looked pretty drab.  Wobbly wooden knobs, scratched and damaged sides, and the surface had definitely seen better days.  It had water rings from mugs, a big blog of ink and a faded, chipped surface.

And I don't know when contact paper was invented, but I'm fairly certain the original owners of this dresser were among the first users.  It was brittle and so hard to get out of the drawers.  The pattern?  Flagstone.  Because who wouldn't want it to look like a flagstone path inside your dovetailed dresser drawers?  (And why didn't I take a picture?!)

A little facelift later, and this dresser has a new lease on life.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco and Pure White.  I distressed it, waxed it, added some blingy knobs and voila!  From boring to beautiful!

This beauty is available!  
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February 22, 2013

Tall Blue Cabinet Makeover

As soon as I saw this cabinet, I knew I had to have it.  
Do you love the detail on it?

I was really excited when a client claimed it who is not afraid of color.  
The possibilities!

There was just one little problem with it...

The ball on the bottom of one of the carved wood legs was broken.  These old wooden feet were put together in three parts - the front, middle and back.  It was missing the front and back!  But my cute handy hubby put his creativity to work and took the back of the one foot and added it to the front of the other. Now it's almost like it was meant to be like that.  

I replaced the old, heavy hardware with some blingy glass knobs.  Gorgeous.

The outside is glazed with black, which settled beautifully in the crevices and details.

I LOVE the pop of color on the inside.  
It gives this beautiful vintage piece a classy, hip look.

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October 10, 2012

Where There's a Will...

When I'm finished with a piece of furniture, I move it from my garage inside to my living room.  I dress it up a little bit, and take a few pictures where the light is pretty good.  The lighting in my house isn't super for taking pictures, so I know I have only an hour or two each day that are ideal for picture taking against my living room wall.

The drawback to this is that my hubby isn't always home to help haul the furniture inside.

But where there's a will, there's a way.  
And this girl
(who is clearly too wimpy to haul large pieces of furniture solo), 
has to get creative sometimes.

I couldn't just drag this buffet across my sidewalk up to my front door.  
I was afraid the legs would snap!  Can you imagine?  
I would've cried.

But then I spotted them. 
My daughter's roller skates were peeking at me from a dusty corner of the garage and I knew what I needed to do.

And so we inched our way down my little walkway.
Sometimes they'd turn just enough that I'd have to stop after an inch and straighten them out.  
But we were a good team, Emma's rollerskates and I.

Until I had to turn, and then that fun game was over.  
It was just too much work to turn and reposition and turn and reposition...
But hey!  I made it about 6 feet.  Yay for me!!
And then I called a neighbor and she helped me haul it in.