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It’s spring break this week, and although I didn’t plan to spend so much time on projects, the first few days have turned out that way.I finally finished painting this dresser:I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s French Linen on the outside, and the drawer fronts are Sherwin Williams Creamy.  The hardware was purchased at a local hardware store.  I hated to spend money on eight drawer pulls, but I knew it would be worth it on this piece.And it was.Here is the original piece:I don’t know what it is about this style of furniture, but I’m drawn to the “Jetson” legs, modern vibe, and vintage look of this era.  I have a nightstand in the same style.Here’s a similar piece I saw last summer at Ozarks Antiques & Decor in Anchorage:Love how distressed this is….and the number 62 is just really cool.I’m planning to sell the dresser as I really don’t…

It’s official: My first Annie Sloan chalk paint furniture project is complete.First, a few pictures ~For the body of these bookcases, I used the color French Linen, which I absolutely love.  I’ve always been a fan of the Farrow & Ball paint colors due to their their almost muddy, gray undertones.  Annie Sloan chalk paint is every bit as muddy, chalky and yummy as they claim.I didn’t actually taste it.  I’m just sayin’ yummy to express how wonderful it is.  But you knew that.A bit unfortunate is that these bookcases are not your high-quality, all-wood pieces.  We purchased them at The Office Place probably 9 years ago and they have served us well ~ have looked quite handsome, actually ~ in many rooms over the years.  When we moved to our new house spring of 2010, I stuck them in the living room, haphazardly arranged some books & accessories on them, and let them…

Today is one of my happy days.* I get to stay home all day long.* I’m reconnecting with my spaces and spending time re-evaluating my projects.* I cooked Chicken Curry for lunch and the kids and I sang “Oh the Lord is Good to Me” before dining & chatting together at the kitchen counter.* I’m blogging!I’m focusing intently on my living/dining room this month since I realized I’d become rather schizophrenic in my decorating lately.  I found some great fabric for my sitting room drapes, hung the fabric from the rod to see if I would like it, and it’s still hanging there.I started a wall collage one Sunday afternoon on a whim ~ even went so far as to size and order my prints for framing ~ then walked away and never finished.  So I pulled myself up by the bootstraps and made myself focus.  Living/Dining Room First.  Then we…

I tell ya, if you ever hit a dry spell of creativity and inspiration, 10-15 minutes perusing all the amazing blogs in the home design/decorating/refinishing community and you’ll practically bound away from the computer screen, eyes crazed, in pursuit of the nearest project not tied down. Which is what happened to me Wednesday after reading Little Miss Penny Wenny’s Chevron chair reupholstery project.  What a wonderful transformation!  I love the silvery wood color, the fabric is to-die-for, and I especially love how taut she was able to get the fabric all around her batting.  The finished product looks very professional ~ and I was completely inspired.  How hard could it be to reupholster a chair? I literally bounded into my living room, grabbed this chair I’ve been dying to upholster, and started tearing away at the piping. I got this far: Ummm, no one told me how extremely difficult it was going to be to rip out professionally stapled…

I’m very excited! I received a phone call from the shipping company this morning and they will be delivering our new king-size bedframe tomorrow!I’ve always been hesitant to commit to a king-size bed.  I told Mr. Wonderful I was afraid it would be too…….impersonal.  How far would I have to reach across the bed to know his warm body was beside me?  As it is now, on our queen-size bed, I bump into him all night long.  This, oddly enough, is a huge comfort to me.However, all the couples we’ve talked to who have a king-size bed say they wish they’d done it years earlier.  “You’ll never regret it” is the sentiment we hear over and over and over.We took the plunge when we were in Seattle a couple weeks ago.  They had this king-size bedframe on display, and it was marked 60% off because it was the floor model…

I am popping in to say hi.  After a week in Denver celebrating a dear friend’s 40th, I’ve had a difficult time reconnecting with All Mimsy.  Certainly not because I don’t miss it.  I do, very much.  I think it has more to do with nature.  Not my own, but the one outside.Since our return on Sunday, nature has been pulling me out..out…out…away from the walls of my rooms, away from my painted furniture, away from my projects, away from my interior creative focus.With the sun on my face and a spring breeze in the air, I have been raking, cleaning up fallen trees and branches around the yard, planning our landscaping for the summer, preparing my pots for bundles of colorful flowers.What a refreshing, much needed breath of fresh air.No worries, though, as I am already feeling a pull back to my blogging world.  I visited an enormous antique store in Denver and…