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Kitchen Table with French Script

A mistake often leads to something unexpectedly wonderful.   That's exactly what happened here.  Initially I wanted to re-stain the top of my kitchen table a darker color.   I began to sand.....


Things got out of hand.  
What I thought was solid pine was actually veneer,  and before I knew it, there was an ugly divot in the table top.
Re-staining wasn't going to work so......

On to Plan B:  painting the table top.   (here's my helper ready to walk through the fresh paint)

 I decided on a simple Black and White design, 
one that imitates those appealing vintage enamel-topped drop leaf tables
you often see in the antique shops. You know the type I mean. 

But it looked too plain.
It needed something, so I added lettering using a stencil, and liked it much better. 

For those who ask, the template is from Cutting Edge Stencils.
You'll find lots to inspire you at their website.

Much better -- 


Not Your Grandma's Desk

My Mom has a desk just like this one in her living room.
On a recent visit to her home, I casually suggested painting it for her. 
but she told me that she likes it just the way it is.
In other words, "Hands Off"!
So imagine my surprise when my neighbor offered me a desk just like Mom's. I was delighted to have it, but would only take it, 
if she didn't mind that I paint it. No problem!
So I carted the desk home and began to think about how to paint it.
White?  Black?  Color?  
Have I mentioned that I'm enamored withMackenzie-Childs designs?
I'm a "plain-jane" sort of girl, and for the life of me, 
I can't explain why their sassy, exuberant style appeals to me, 
but it just does. I'm smitten by it!
(Go ahead - check out their site, guaranteed you'll have fun, too!)
 I plan to use this desk in my guest room.  It has shabby-chic white furniture and soft grey-green walls. 
This whimsical desk will be the focal point of the room.
To mimic the MacKenzie-Child s…

Thrift Shop Tray Make-over.

Trays, are the workhorses of home decor.
They're practical, versatile, functional and pretty all at the same time.
Now what could be better than that?

When I saw these trays (a set of 3) at a thrift shop in Canada  I couldn't resist.
They were a bargain at $4.
But then I realized that was $3.06 US. Even better!
At the time, I didn't know exactly how I wanted to paint them,  but they were definitely coming home with me. 

I had these decorative papers in my "stash of good things." They'd work well for this project.

But if you didn't have papers like these,
what else might you use?
....old sheet music, pages from a book, wrapping paper, 
vintage sewing pattern envelopes, maps.... 
any of these would be unique.
I used my Go-To paint formula: 1. First paint Black  
2. Follow with Westhighland White by Sherwin Williams. 3. Finish by sanding to reveal the black underneath.
Easy -peasy.
I randomly tore the edges so things looked less "perfect"
and applied the sheets with Modg…

The French Bench: made from a headboard

Just like you, I've seen beds turned into bencheson Pinterest.
So when these lovelies appearedat a local thrift store, it was time to build.
These are bunk beds. 
 I loved the board and batten style to them, and we snapped them up. 
Ultimately, the benches would be for sale in a local shop. Selling in a shop was new territory for me, because everything I do is for a specific client.
I was curious - and a bit nervous -  to see if anyone would find them interesting.

My husband quickly caught the vision of changing a bed into a bench
and took over construction.  
There's nothing he can't do!
I'll come back on the scene when it's time to paint.

Because the benches have a cottage-y style, they begged for shabby paint and some French lettering.


I never know what the next project will beuntil the phone rings. Often it's something that stretches my imagination, like this recent project.
A client wanted a painting for his office.
Cars. Muscle cars from the 1960's.
Yes, include the race car his business sponsored.
Yes, to bright colors. And yes, it had to be fairly large.
3 feet by 6 feet.

I know precious little about Chrysler cars.
Can't tell the difference between a Challenger and a Charger!

Fortunately, my husband and all his friends are car enthusiasts.
They provided me with advice and lots of photos of what to include in the design. 
The best way to incorporate all their suggestions was to paint a collage. 

Using photoshop, I manipulated the photos until I had a grouping that I liked. 
Mixed in with the cars were vintage MOPAR logos and a drag-strip tree.

Little by little, things took shape.

Painting multiple images made the large canvas more interesting 
than a single scene.
It allowed me to use a variety of cars and lots of bri…

1970's Dresser Refreshed

Maybe you have a piece of furniture from the 1970's,
but it doesn't look stylish anymore.  
Stop fussing, because you have a gem waiting to shine!

The best thing about 1970's furniture is that it's made of wood.  Frankly, if you're going to invest time to paint or refinish a piece of furniture, 
you want something sturdy and well made.  
You want wood.  Like this dresser.  It's vintage 1970's Drexel Heritage.
To bring this dresser up-to-date, I decided to paint it white. But all white seemed boring.  For contrast, I chose to keep the wood top.
It was in good condition, but it needed to be refinished.

Let me introduce you to a time-saver:
Minwax Furniture Refinisher This is the perfect way to remove varnish, shellac and lacquer without damaging the wood underneath.
No sanding. No scraping. No mess. 
The old varnish came off quickly and easily. In less than an hour, the top was done.

Once I saw the color of the natural wood, I decided not to re-stain it,
and left it natural.