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Life is beautiful when it’s Monday morning, the sun is rising so that every tree you see is glowing pink, and your sister texts and asks if you’re up for a run.  How convenient that you already had your running clothes on so of course you say YES, and that is just the best way to start the week EVER. Today I’m going to show you the fruit of our weekend labor: the DIY Plank Top Work Table we made for the studio.  Already loving this table.  As matter of fact, it currently sports three drawers I’m painting and is proving quite the workhorse. Plus it’s quite handsome-) I painted this table white three years ago for our homeschool room.  (If I begin to recount all the work, play and creating that occurred on this table I may get emotional, so I’ll move on quickly.) I started the transformation…

I thought I would pop on this afternoon to show a quick before and after of a desk I refinished a couple months back.  My son and I found this desk at the transfer site one day in poor shape, abandoned, and upside down.  My three kids stopped questioning long ago when I suddenly rubber neck, back up the car, and excitedly announce, “I need your help!” I like to think I’m implementing important life lessons in #budgetshopping, #usingwhatyouhave, #humbledumpsterdiving.The blessing is that my boys are becoming so tall and strong, I rarely have to move my own furniture anymore.  The bigger blessing is they do it with servants’ hearts.Most of the time.This piece is currently for sale and longing for a new home.  Check out my All Mimsy page on FB for more details!

For a moment, can we interrupt Sixteen Days of Getting Our Houses in Order to talk about the color pink?I just picked up the mail and was tickled (wait for it….) pink when I saw the front of the new Ballard Designs catalog.  Have you seen it yet?And then on page 6, this beautiful chair and ottoman.  In pink.I don’t know about you, but something about this bold pink color reminds me of this ~And this ~And this ~This isn’t the first time I’ve painted or decorated something, only to see within days a similar furniture piece or style.  I like to tell my family I’m ahead of my time. Truth be told, it’s most often coincidental. Here’s a Before of the little pink desk I finished painting last week. Found at a local thrift store, it was pretty beat up and tired-looking, but the the top took stain beautifully,…

Every now and then, a woman just needs a good furniture makeover.  This dresser is one of them.Right away I need to clarify that, so far, this one isn’t for sale, simply because….well….I’m not ready to let it go yet.From the wavy drawer fronts to the scrolled pulls, not to mention the stripes all around, I can’t quite bear to part with her yet.  And I’m sorry.This dresser was sitting outside one of those garage sales held by a couple who lived in the same house for 40 years.  The same house in Fairbanks, ALASKA, for 40 years.  You can only imagine the oddities I discovered, as well as the treasures.The kind, old man told me he’d have to take $15 for this dresser because “She’s real solid wood throughout.”  Well, I could certainly understand that (shriek!), and proceeded to empathize with him as we loaded up my Suburban.But the…

I’m so excited to have finished my first slipcovers!  Granted, they weren’t extremely difficult, but their creation is a new chapter for me. Would you like to see?My plan was to paint only the two armed dining chairs at the ends of our table.  Remember how they looked originally?And then how I painted them, much to the shock of friends and family members?  (Painting the other six chairs seems too daunting, but don’t underestimate my intent to tackle the table legs next…)My new slipcovers have ruffles….and pretty grosgrain bows….Just like the ones I’ve admired for years.  I’m very in love with them.  It was late as I worked on these, so I did not take process photos.  If you are interested in sewing similar slipcovers for your own chairs, Miss Mustard Seed has two amazing tutorials here.  I followed her basic concept of pinning the fabric inside out (I used…

I finished the Union Jack desk in my oldest son’s room, along with a chair to match.  You can see the Part 1 here.We are slowly “growing up” his room this summer and his desk received the first overhaul.  I’ve always wanted to do a Union Jack design and, because we planned to keep this desk in his room during the overhaul (he used each and every drawer!), it was a great place for Union Jack!His chair was a Value Village find with a torn vinyl seat.  I painted it Sherwin Williams Creamy , distressed a little on the edges, and waxed.  The seat is screwed on from underneath, so I simply removed four screws, lifted the padded seat off its base, and stapled a cut-to-fit swatch of painting dropcloth right over the old blue vinyl.  So cheap since I had extra dropcloth anyway!What makes the chair special, though, is…

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  Dear Lord, may we never forget the principles which founded this great nation.  And may we forever honor those ~ living and passed ~ who fight to defend our liberty and way of life.  We cannot say thank you enough.How fitting that I just happen to be working on some red, white and blue today.  Although this design is undoubtedly British, the colors are truly American…and those three colors together always bring a swell of emotion to my chest.I’ve wanted to paint a Union Jack piece for a long time now and was delighted when, after a recent decorating brainstorm with my son Gabriel, he agreed his desktop would be the perfect place.  (We are redoing his room slowly but surely.)Wherever would I be without this little helper of mine?  We painted the entire top Sherwin Williams Stolen Kiss first,…then taped off the lines roughly following…

I started this post a couple weeks ago to share a turquoise buffet I painted recently, but then we wrapped up homeschool, I headed to Minneapolis for a quick getaway with family, and never finished the post.  First, a little back story:  A couple months ago, I sold a mustard-yellow dresser to a woman who asked if I’d be willing to paint her buffet-turned-tv-stand as well.  After sending me a few inspirational pictures of chipped, heavily-distressed turquoise pieces with stained tops, I went to work.I snapped the following pictures in my garage right before she picked it up, so unfortunately I didn’t have time for a good photo shoot.  But hey, some days are like that.Even in Australia. I’m never certain what will happen when I strip and stain a piece of furniture.  I need not have worried on this one; the wood was absolutely gorgeous.  I wanted to keep…

Tuesday.  Who doesn’t love a Tuesday?  No pressure, no expectation, just simply…..(deep breath)…..Tuesday.What’s not to love?I finished painting a very large hutch over the weekend and wanted to share the final results with you.  I love the combination of heavy distressing with sublime robin’s egg blue interior on this piece.And of course a little glass knob sparkle. I gathered several white serving pieces and vases from around my house to stage the inside for photos.For the body, I painted one coat of Behr’s Sterling mixed as a home chalkpaint (1 1/2 cups paint, 1/2 cup Calcium Carbonate, 1/4-1/2 cup water).  Sterling is a very, very light gray that looks almost white but it’s not ~ because it’s gray.Like a white with a past.  Scandalous.I found this piece on Craigslist and snapped this Before picture after I’d removed the original hardware.  You’re not missing anything there: Chunky, clunky and 70’s is all…

I call this piece my Old World Dresser.  My eye is always drawn to unique pieces of furniture, particularly ones I know are hand-painted. Wisteria magazine, for me, is a heavenly walk down painted~furniture lane. I was recently inspired by this one, and this one.  No doubt you can see their inspiration in this Old World Dresser. This piece is one of those rare finds in my area, an original Drexel Heritage.  The lines are beautiful, most of the hardware was there, but it needed quite a bit of detail work before I could paint it.One side was missing a trim piece, so rather than try to mimic the original, my husband removed the piece that was left and fashioned two new, matching pieces of trim instead.  His attention to detail continually impresses me…just look at that beveled edge.The top of the dresser was laminate (why ever why, I just…