Red Painted Buffet

Red Painted Buffet

Some days I feel like I've been at this painting furniture thing for long enough now that it should all begin to look the same. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. I am continually amazed by each furniture makeover, and even more impressed by the new techniques and styles my team continues to achieve. While a lot of these makeovers tend to fall into the same pattern, this recent buffet was a bit outside the box, and left me inspired to push the envelope even more.

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

If you've been following me for awhile, you know it's no secret that I have a slight addiction to throw pillows. I think the first time I openly admitted it here on the this blog was about two years ago. You can read all about that here. Yep, I know it, but honestly, I have no intention of doing anything about it. Through my decorating escapades over these past couple years I've learned a thing or two, and one of those things is the importance of throw pillows. After my last post of our great room renovation, I received a lot of questions regarding where the throw pillows came from. I decided this was perfect timing to discuss in more details the lovely topic of pillows! 

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Great Room Renovation Reveal

Great Room Renovation Reveal

Ok, so who's ready for a room makeover reveal? Like, a biiiig room makeover reveal! Because that's what you're in for today. I've been working up to this post for a looong time, and although there are other changes that will probably be made to this room, I think it's finally to a point where I can put my perfectionist tendencies aside and share the end product. Given this is the main room of the house, and it actually doubles as two rooms, I guess I can understand why it's taken me so long to write this, and why this post is going to be so long. If you're still here by the end of this post, God bless you!

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Tips & Tricks of the Trade

Tips & Tricks of the Trade

It's hard to believe, but it's been a bit over two years since I've started my business. Seriously, where has the time gone?! Over the course of these two years, I've gained a lot of knowledge and have picked up a good deal of valuable information, making the physical part of this business a heck of a lot easier. Not that it took much; I was a bit of a novice when I started this whole gig! I cringe when I look back at some of the techniques I used to do and how painfully time consuming and laborious they were. You may get to the same result in the end, but when you can do it in half the amount of time, that means happy hour can get started even earlier, and that, my friends, is called working smarter, not harder. I thought I'd share a couple of these little tricks and tips with you today. For any of you out there who also enjoy refinishing furniture, you may find this post useful. Or, you're already ahead of the game and this is nothing but common sense to you. 

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Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Beautified! Part 1

Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Beautified! Part 1

I am really excited to be sharing this post with you today as it marks a new chapter for me. One of the main drivers that turned me to this whole furniture restoration business was my love for interior design. I don't know when it started, but I have always been drawn to beautiful interior spaces. When I was a little girl, I had notebooks full of my "blueprints" of homes I designed. I always wanted to buy the latest home decor magazines and remember sitting in my bedroom studying the pictures stressing over which home I should live in. (The struggles of an eight year old are rough I tell you!) In high school, I took an interior decorating class which I excelled at and proudly finished top of my class. Granted, this was high school and the majority of my classmates were probably just trying to fulfill some credit requirement and HomeEc was already filled. None the less, it was a proud moment...and made up for my C in Biology. 

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Furniture Trends for 2017

Furniture Trends for 2017

With 2016 officially in the books, it's time to start looking forward to the new year. What trends are we going to be seeing more of? And what styles are starting to look a bit stale? Before writing this post, I first came up with my own list of new trends. I thought back to new styles and colors I have been gravitating towards as well as techniques I'm looking forward to using more of in the future. Now I know that I alone am not dictating what's hot in 2017, so I then turned to the experts. I was pleasantly surprised to see a good deal of overlap. And as for the trends that didn't coincide...well, what do the experts really know anyways?!

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Best of 2016: Top 10 Countdown

Best of 2016: Top 10 Countdown

This is the time of year when everyone loves to recap the year in the form of lists. We look back and remember the good, the bad, and everything in between. Let's face it, there was a lot that happened in 2016...and it ain't all good! But for today we'll focus on the home & lifestyle part of the world. So, what exactly has happened? While Chip & Joanna Gains have captured America's hearts and have become our sweetheart couple, Christina & Tarek El Moussa have sadly announced their split. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint continues to grow as she expanded her product line to include three new colors, Honfleur, Giverny and Amsterdam Green, and two new waxes, white and black. I have yet to use the new colors, however that Amsterdam Green looks scrumptious! Although Restoration Hardware has invested millions of dollars revamping their image, building concept stores and adding the RH Modern line, their stock continues to tank. And finally, American designer Mark D. Sikes is making a name for himself as he transitions from the fashion world to the interior design world. He published is first book, Beautiful, which is filled with none other than beautiful spaces and tons of inspiration. 

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Holiday Inspired Buffet

Holiday Inspired Buffet

You may have noticed over the past several months my blogging has taken a nose dive. What I once did religiously every Friday without fail has now dwindled down to twice monthly...if I'm lucky. Rest assured, I'm not sitting around over here with this sudden new found time on my hands. There's several reasons for the decrease in blogging, and I feel that as a reader, you deserve to know what's going on. First, I'm starting to put more focus on other parts of my business...like that parts that actually make money. Yeah, it's an important one. Furniture sales in my Etsy shop have continued to grow every quarter and it's now at the point where managing the shop is taking up the majority of my time.  Second, if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed the style of my furniture has evolved and a lot more of the pieces I'm creating are professionally sprayed with a lacquer finish. Honestly, I could blog about each and every one of these makeovers, but I think it'd get pretty boring and monotonous. However, if you're itching to see all the furniture I've been cranking out over here, my Instagram account is full of it!

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Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to show off this bedroom makeover. It was one of the first rooms we completed at the lake house, and I've shared bits and pieces of it over the past couple years, but have never showed it off in its entirety. I think it's because I like the room, but I don't LOOOVE the room. I have been waiting for some 'ah-ha' moment to really complete the room. Well that didn't happen, but instead I had a 'I have a whole new look for the room' revelation. I'm telling you, you never know when these thoughts are going to happen, but you have to cease the moment when they strike. For me, I was in the middle of a spin class and it was like a wave of inspiration came over me and I was suddenly enlightened with how this room should look. Spoiler alert, it involves wallpaper and a lot of blue and white. Big surprise there, huh?! So, before I go and tear up this whole room, I figured I better document how it looks in its current state.

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Taste of Hope - American Cancer Society

Taste of Hope - American Cancer Society

Several months ago Kyle mentioned one of his friends was co-chairing an event for the American Cancer Society called Taste of Hope. The major fundraiser for the event would be a silent auction. He suggested I donate a piece of my furniture for the auction. It would be a great way to gain exposure in the local market as well as help out a cause I am passionate about and strikes a personal chord. I wasn't exactly sure how this would work, but I thought it seemed like a great opportunity. In life, I think we all have different qualities to offer, and often times the challenge is finding how to align our skills with activities outside of our daily job. This seemed like a perfect fit for me, so I contacted the event coordinator and went from there!

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Living Room Update - Custom Made Ottoman

Living Room Update - Custom Made Ottoman

Well, my upholstery guy strikes again! And in typical fashion, he did not disappoint! A couple months ago I shared my $10 Craigslist chair makeover. The upholstery guy at my studio worked his magic and completely transformed the chair. I was so blown away with the finished product and wasn't about to call it quits. All I could think about was what else could I have him make?! My mind was going full speed as I paced room to room, creating a list in my head of all the new upholstered furniture we now suddenly needed. Before this, I never would have thought we needed an upholstered headboard for the dog bed, but now...we absolutely do! (Ok, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.)

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Grey Changing Table

Grey Changing Table

It's hard to believe, but it's been just over two years since I quit my 'day job' and dove into this new venture of refinishing furniture, blogging, decorating, etc. It took a bit of time to clean out all those cobwebs on the right side of my brain and flip the creativity switch on, but after two years, I think I'm going at full force. There are even some days that when asked what I do, I respond, "Oh, I'm an artist." Yeah...that may be a bit of a stretch, but I like to try it out for size. :) Over these past two years, I've also learned a lot about my customers. Who they are, what they like, buying tendencies, preferences...all that good stuff that I could probably analyze, create into graphs and charts, and report on...if only I still used the left side of my brain! Although I may not have a bar graph to prove this, I have learned a lot of my customers are expecting moms shopping for their baby's nursery. Since this demographic comprises such a large percentage of my customer base, I figured it was about time to market my pieces towards this group of people.

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Master Bathroom Renovation Reveal

Master Bathroom Renovation Reveal

It is almost bittersweet that I write this post today, as it wraps up the final bathroom renovation reveal for our lakehouse. However, considering we have now been in this home for over three years, I guess I should just get on with it already! In case you missed the other bathroom renovations, make sure you catch up on the downstairs bathroompowder room and guest bathroom.

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DIY-ish Picture Matte

DIY-ish Picture Matte

If you ask my husband, I am the queen of finishing something 98%, then calling it quits. I will clean the kitchen spotless, yet somehow every time overlook the kitchen sink, leaving scraps of food laying in it. I don't necessarily mean to do it, it just somehow happens. As much as I'd like to argue against this fact, this last guest bedroom renovation has been no exception. I really should have done a room makeover reveal months ago, but instead have continued to stare at this large blank wall on one side of the room. Really, everything has been done (for so long now that I'm already itching for a new duvet cover), yet this one wall has remained bare. This time I can't plead the case that I forgot about it. Oh no, that big blank wall just stares you in the face every time you walk in. It was more so that I didn't exactly know what I wanted to do with the space.

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Traditional Navy Dresser

Traditional Navy Dresser

These past two weeks have been busy busy in the studio. We've had a lot of custom pieces for clients that have taken up a good portion of our time, however have managed to squeeze out a couple pieces that have actually made their way into my Etsy shop. This dresser is the latter of the two...for now anyways. 

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My $10 Craigslist Chair

My $10 Craigslist Chair

One of the perks (or challenges...depending on how you look at it) is that I am constantly shopping for new furniture. The benefit of this job is that I see a lot of really cool stuff, often times at dirt cheap prices. The drawback of this job is that I see a lot of really cool stuff, often at dirt cheap prices...and I have a hard time saying no. I'm telling you, when the auctioneer sees me walk into the weekly auction, he knows he's going to have a good night! But it's not all bad. In this process of picking up a lot of random items (some of which I've regretted soon after), I've also scored some really great pieces. 

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Mud Room Renovation Reveal

Mud Room Renovation Reveal

"Okay, it's time." "You can do this." "It's just for a day, then things can go back to normal." These were the encouraging words I kept telling myself when preparing for this room renovation reveal. Why? Because it's the Mud Room. The room we enter through after being outside and dirty all day. The room we lock the dogs in when we're too lazy to clean them. The room we use as overflow storage. The room that has a never ending pile of laundry next to the washer. So, as you can imagine, the thought of getting this room photo-worthy was daunting to say the least. It meant I had to clean up our 'real-life' clutter and present it as a tidy and organized space. Trust me, I tried to photograph it 'as-is' and those pictures were less than appealing. I learned long ago I'm no June Clever when it comes to being a domesticated house wife.

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White Hutch Makeover

White Hutch Makeover

Oh hey, guys! Remember me?! Yeah...it's been awhile, I know. When it comes to blogging, I've been Summer breakin' it with the best of them. However, I haven't totally slid into Summer break mode. It's been heating up in the studio, literally and figuratively. Yes, 90º and no A/C makes for long, hot days. Things are heating up in other ways as well, but more to come on that later!

Today, I want to share with you a project I just finished for myself, a dining hutch. It had been sitting in my inventory for quite some time, not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. And then it hit me, this piece would be perfect in our home! We are currently working on decorating the front room of the lake house. When we opted against building built-in shelving along one wall, I knew this hutch would be a pretty and cost effective alternative.

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Bedroom Update - Perfect Linens

Bedroom Update - Perfect Linens

This past week our Master Bedroom got a little upgrade. I teamed up with Perfect Linens, a bedding company who specializes in creating high quality bed linens. I don't know about you, but I tend to hang onto my bed sheets a bit longer than I probably should. So when I say little upgrade, it was more like a big (and much needed) upgrade! Unlike many bedding companies, Perfect Linens focuses solely on bed sheets, meaning they put all of their effort into ensuring they provide you not only with good looking bed sheets, but also with sheets that will hold up through many nights of sleep and runs through the washer.  

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Factory Cart Coffee Tables

Factory Cart Coffee Tables

If you've been following me since the very beginning, like waaay back, these factory carts may sound vaguely familiar to you. If not, you can catch up on all the details here. Over the past two years, my collection of factory carts has slowly been dwindling down. The biggest challenge with refinishing these carts is the mess they make, requiring me to work outdoors, weather permitting. Actually, that's probably the second biggest challenge. Getting motivated to refinish these carts is definitely more of a battle. It requires a good week of giving myself a pep talk, telling myself I can be rewarded with a massage and wine afterwards, and maybe (just maybe) we'll have our garage back at the end of this so we can quit parking our car in the driveway. 

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