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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…

Just before Thanksgiving I set my mind on reupholstering two chairs I acquired last summer, anticipating the need for extra seating in our living room during the Thanksgiving weekend.(Have I mentioned how absolutely filled up my love tank is from so much quality family time over Thanksgiving weekend?  Long visits, crazy games with the cousins, poem recitations, cooking together, much-needed sit-downs over late afternoon coffee, lounging in our pj’s….it was glorious.)So anyway, back to the chairs.  I did, indeed, get them finished just before Thanksgiving.They now flank the dark armoire that my husband asked me to never, ever paint ~ which is situated between our dining and living rooms.  I had a bit of a “what-to-do” moment when it came to covering the chair backs since the original fabric wrapped underneath from the front and continued on up the back.  But since my fabric was French scripted, wrapping up the back would make…

Thought I’d pop in this evening to show you two desks I’ve recently refinished.  I love painted furniture, but I also have an authentic appreciation for beautiful wood.  When I refinished this desk for my daughter’s room, I opted to strip the top and leave it in its natural state.  The desk started out looking like this, complete with carved wooden handles.  Along with a nightstand and a taller dresser, this desk is a family hand-me-down from my husband’s side.  We found out later it belonged to my daughter’s great-great grandmother!We worked together to strip the top, let it dry, then sanded thoroughly. We also filled all the holes on the drawers from the old handles with wood filler, in preparation for shiny new hardware. I then mixed up a whitewash solution of white paint and water to knock down the yellow tones a bit. I brushed the solution on, then wiped excess with a cloth.Here it…

Hello again ~ after a wonderful Labor Day weekend visiting family in Anchorage and Wasilla, it feels good to be back home.  With one child gone moose hunting with Mr. Mimsy this week, homeschooling only two seems like a breeze.  We’re getting so much done!I finished painting this buffet recently and wanted you to see.  I was trying to recreate a color I’d seen in Ballard Designs’ Casa Florentina collection called Distressed Blue Gray.  I think I came pretty close.I used Behr’s Windwood Spring, a fresh, brighter blue than I’ve used before, then warmed it up a little by rubbing/wiping Minwax’s Early American stain over it.The carving on the doors is so intricate and pretty.I love the design and heft of the original hardware.This buffet is currently placed behind the sofa in our living room, a relief after not having anything there all summer.  Although the backs of my sofas are…

I had to stop in this evening because for the first time I find myself in a serious dilemma.Not a serious dilemma as in a health issue, marriage difficulty, weather warning, or fire danger.  In fact ~ to most of you ~ my situation would not qualify as a dilemma at all.But for me, being in the furniture-selling business, it really IS a dilemma. Because for the first time since I started painting furniture and selling it, I’ve come across a piece I REALLY want to keep.People often ask if I’m torn when I finish painting a piece of furniture, whether I struggle with selling it or not.  Truthfully, this rarely happens.  I usually know upon an initial purchase if a piece is a seller or keeper ~ and most are sellers.  As a homeschool mom, any extra income is a tremendous blessing.  The fact that I love refinishing furniture and have been fortunate enough to find a…

Yay for 57 degrees in Fairbanks today!  This being our warmest day of the year (I know…it’s kinda sad really) we did what any good family would do: Dusted off our bikes and enjoyed an afternoon bike ride along the Chena River while simultaneously swinging by the ball fields to assess snow melting progress (baseball starts next week!), stopping to splash in some enormous puddles at Pioneer Park, and finally using our 5 year old Cold Stone gift card for ice cream.  Ahhhh…. I love spring.And now, while I should be freshening up for an evening at Book Club discussing “Killing Lincoln” and eating tenderloin, Artisan bread, and tiramisu (first time I’ve tried making this favorite myself), instead I’m taking a few moments to show you a darling table I painted green this week.Because it’s just a green kind of week around here ~I’ve been looking for something to ground the gallery wall I created last February, and I think this table…