Fine Paints of Europe

Fine Paints of Europe

One thing that keeps this job interesting is constantly being tested with new projects. Although it'd be easy if every piece was a quick clean, sand and paint job, I know that would get boring pretty quickly. I've learned it's those challenging projects that are always the most rewarding (and the biggest relief once they're finished!). 

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Inventory Update

Inventory Update

I'm not sure how it happened, but apparently I blinked and five months have gone by since I've last written a blog post! Don't worry, all is well over here, and I still have a pulse. So what's been going on? Well, priorities have shifted a bit but work is still humming along. I'm learning how to manage both running a business and being a mom (while still finding time for myself). I've come to terms with the fact that it takes a good two hours of packing up before attempting to leave the house with a baby, and I now travel with a four bag minimum. You'd think with all that baggage, I'd be prepared for whatever occasion may arise, but what's most astonishing is there's probably only a 50% chance that I may actually have a spare diaper in any of those bags (mom of the year over here!). But, guaranteed I will have at least two tape measures and a handful of Home Depot receipts floating around my purse. That counts for something, right?!

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Guest Bathroom Magazine Feature

Guest Bathroom Magazine Feature

Happy New Year! 2017 was definitely a memorable year over here on both a work and personal level. On the work side, Vintage Refined continued to grow, specifically gaining a greater presence in Chicago. I was lucky enough to work with some really great clients who continue to challenge our creativity and capabilities. In my personal life, we moved into a new home and I became a mother (to more than just dogs). Looking back, it's no wonder this year flew by. It's going to be a tough one to beat, but 2018 is already off to a great start. I've had some exciting news that I've been eager to share with you, and can finally do so. It's been one of my personal goals for awhile, and I can finally check it off my list; our lake house was featured in the magazine This Old House!

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MCM TV Console

MCM TV Console

Well it's been a bit of a whirlwind over here these past couple weeks. After anxiously awaiting her arrival, and really starting to question if she was ever going to come, we welcomed Hannah Elizabeth into our lives December 5th, 10 days past her due date. She has since stolen our hearts and we are truly enjoying getting to know her and watching her change and grow each day. 

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Nursery Reveal

Nursery Reveal

At the time I'm sitting down to write this post, there is still no baby update. And at the rate things are going, I'm beginning to wonder if she's ever going to come. By the way she's kicking and squirming, I would think she couldn't get out of that cramped space soon enough, but it appears instead that she's deciding to soak up these last few days of peace and quiet before being drowned in kisses and slobber (yes, the dogs are eagerly awaiting her arrival as well)! 

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Hardware Sources

Hardware Sources

It never ceases to amaze me how a little bit of paint can completely transform a piece of furniture. However, as dramatic of a change as it may produce, sometimes it's just not quite enough. I'll look at a piece and it will still seem a bit 'off'. This is when I know it still needs some fine tuning, and in most cases, that means updating the hardware. New hardware can have just as powerful of an effect as a rich coat of lacquer and can make a dated piece of furniture look fresh and modern. The biggest downside of new hardware often times is that it can come at a steep price. I get a lot of questions from readers/customers wanting to know my hardware sources. So, I thought I'd share some of my favorite sources with you today.

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Six Decorating Tips to a Beautiful and Budget Conscious Home

Six Decorating Tips to a Beautiful and Budget Conscious Home

Over the past couple years one of my main focuses has been renovating and decorating our homes. I have spent more hours than I'd like to admit pouring over design magazines, home furnishing catalogs, decorating websites, and of course making the occasional shopping trip or two. Furnishing a home can be an expensive endeavor, and through this process, I've picked up some tips and have gained a bit of knowledge that I thought I'd pass along to you. Now if this were a post about tips to creating a beautiful home with endless funds, this would be a list of 60, and not six. Unfortunately, that's not the case over here, or in most situations.

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Custom Made Coffee Table

Custom Made Coffee Table

It's been almost six months since we moved into our new house and I can say it's finally starting to feel like a home. Furniture that had been ordered months ago is slowly starting to trickle in and much to the dogs' disappointment, rooms are beginning to fill up, making their evening wrestling matches a bit more challenging. I've also been working on a handful of projects here that have recently finished up, and I can now proudly showcase in my home. 

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Color Crush: Navy Blue

Color Crush: Navy Blue

It's no secret that I am slightly obsessed with blue & white decor. This personal taste of mine often times flows over into my work, and I find myself redoing A LOT of pieces in various shades of blue. If you remember back to the beginning of the year, I even declared that navy is the new black. Well, I can say that it's now August, and I've stuck to that trend and it's still going strong over here! Since I don't share as many furniture makeovers anymore, I thought I'd focus today on all makeovers navy and reasons why I'm such a huge fan.

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How Our Dining Room Came (is Coming) Together

How Our Dining Room Came (is Coming) Together

For those of you familiar with the site Everything But the House, that title is pretty fitting for our dining room, however it'd be changed to Everything But the Furniture Store. That pretty much sums up where our dining room furniture came from. Auctions, check. Estate sales, check. Craigslist, check. Seriously, where is the fun in walking into Pottery Barn, pointing to a dining room set, and declaring, "I'll have that one."?! C'mon, waaaay too easy. For those of you who have been following me for awhile now, you know that's not really the way things work over here, especially when you have the talented resources I have at my fingertips. Since moving into our new home, I think I've become my #1 client, taking advantage of the full gamut of services. 

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Blue & White Powder Room

Blue & White Powder Room

When we first moved into the new house, everything seemed PERFECT! It was turn-key move in ready and we weren't going to have to do a thing! However, now that we've been here for a couple months, I've had time to really dissect each room in excruciating detail. I mean, we're talking down to the type of lightbulbs used. It seems with each passing day, I manage to add five new items to the to-do list, while we are checking off items at a much slower pace. What initially looked like a fresh, blank slate quickly started to look a bit blah and boring. We needed color and texture and pattern and most of all...personality! I'm telling you now, it's going to be a slow process, but we'll get there, one room at a time. I decided to start small and first tackle the powder room.

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Why I Will Never Stop Shopping at Thrift Stores

Why I Will Never Stop Shopping at Thrift Stores

A couple weeks ago I made reference that I had some exciting news to share, and because of it, there would be a lot of interior decorating inspired posts coming up. Well, here is the first of many! However, I should probably take a step back and fill you in on the details. After nine plus years of living in our condo, we finally decided it was time to say good-bye to high-rise living and move into a single family home. It was a big change, and there are many things we are missing about condo life - smelling what our neighbors were eating for dinner, waiting 10 minutes every morning for an elevator, receiving dirty looks when we let our dogs run around the lobby off leash, and being woken up at 3 am by our 20-something year old neighbors after a night out. (I'm laying on the sarcasm here if you can't tell)! Yep, it was a hard choice all right, but we were ready! 

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Louis Blue Entryway Table

Louis Blue Entryway Table

It's been quite some time since I've done a furniture project for myself, but last week the opportunity struck, and I took advantage of it. We were up at the lake over a cold, rainy weekend which meant we were restricted to indoor activities. Kyle was suddenly motivated again to start a new home renovation project, so there was no way I was going to interfere with that! You know what they say, "Let a sleeping dog lie." So, that left me with finding my own rainy day project. That's when I decided to turn my attention to our entryway table.

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Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market

Oh hey, guys! Remember me?! Yeah, it's been awhile since I've posted a new blog, I know! Things have been crazy busy over here, and it seems like every time I've sat down on my computer to write a post, I've gotten sidetracked with responding to customers, scheduling deliveries, listing new items in my shop, etc., that by the time I'm finished with that, I'm spent! There's been some other exciting things going on over here as well, and I'll be sharing more about that soon. To give you a hint - there will be A LOT of interior design / home decor posts coming up. Yes, these are all good problems to have, and you're not hearing me complain, but I really do miss my blogging!

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Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Part 2

Bucktown Bachelor Pad...Part 2

It's been a couple months since I kicked off the Bucktown project, and I thought we were due for an update. If you missed the first part, you can get up to date here. We've made some significant progress, and things are slowly starting to come together. We were hoping to have things wrapped up by late March so everything was settled by the time the baby arrived, but apparently the furniture industry doesn't work around due dates and when they say it takes 10-12 weeks for a couch to arrive, you wait patiently. So, let's take a look at where we are today.

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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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