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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A French Flea Market

A French Flea Market

For anyone who has any interest whatsoever in vintage decor, thrifted style, or finding unique pieces for your home or closet, you know flea markets can provide all of this, and often times at discount prices. Well folks, let's just say last week I met the mothership of flea markets. With almost 2,000 merchants (75% of those being antique dealers) divided into 15 different markets, I was on sensory overload! I spent the better part of my day walking around with my jaw dropped in amazement at the mass amount of furniture, home decor, and fashion accessories all brought together in one place. But, before I get too far ahead of myself, let's take a step back and start from the beginning.

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Spring Look Book

Spring Look Book

I was recently having a conversation with someone who follows my blog and she asked me if the pieces I write about each week are the only pieces I refinish and sell on my Etsy shop. The short answer. No. The long answer. Heck no! If you follow me on Instagram (and if you're not, you should be!), you probably already know that a lot more of my work makes it onto that feed than it does onto my blog. As much as I'd love to ramble on and on about all the excruciating details of every piece I refinish, I know it may be overkill. Plus, I have a limited amount of time I can sit in front of a computer, and all that writing would eat into my online shopping time! 

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Emerald Green Chest

Emerald Green Chest

I don't know about you, but for me it's always this time of year when I'm just over Winter. It's cold, everything is dirty, my hands are permanently chapped, and above all else, my tan lines are officially non-existent. I start to look for any clue that Spring is just around the corner. And even if it means I have to create those signs, I'll do just that. So what better way to get out of this Winter rut than to do a furniture makeover in a bright, cheery color?! 

If you haven't had your morning cup of coffee yet, don't bother. This dresser will not only make you think Spring, it will also give you a jolt of energy for sure! Go bold or go home. That pretty much sums up this furniture makeover. 

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Black French Provincial Buffet

Black French Provincial Buffet

Happy Friday! I hope you all survived Halloween and are now full swing into holiday mode. I know I am...but more on that to come later. Over here it's been a week of firsts...first time using black on a furniture makeover, first time using General Finishes Milk Paint, first time I can remember a whole week in November being in the 60's (and 70's) and first time making a trip to Home Goods and walking out empty handed (gasp!). While I don't actually have physical evidence of that last one, I promise you, it's true! However, I can back up those first two statements, so let's focus on those today.

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A Timeless Classic

A Timeless Classic

Being a resident of Chicago, I was so looking forward to this Friday and the big unveiling of my new Chicago Cubs collection. It was going to be great! Tons of blue and red painted pieces, little Cubbie bears plastered all over the place...I'd even been practicing stenciling baseball bats. Every little boy's bedroom in Chicago was going to have a piece of my furniture in it. Let me tell you, I was ON the bandwagon and loving the ride...until it came to a screeching hault. Well clearly that marketing campaign would have resulted in a huge flop. #NextYear. So, I decided to stick with something a bit more reliable this week. And nothing is more reliable than a classic piece of furniture that never goes out of style.

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Yellow Dresser

Yellow Dresser

Last week I started working on a new dresser. As usual, I first sat and stared at the piece, tossing around different makeover options in my head, then ultimately decided to paint it blue. I think I was on the second drawer when I thought to myself, "You know, just because you love blue and green, doesn't necessarily mean everyone else loves blue and green...maybe you really should try to mix things up a bit." Not even 30 seconds after that thought passed through my head, the guy who works in the space next to me glanced over, took one look at my latest project, and commented, "You're really into those blue and green pieces, huh?!" Well, there it was. Out in the open. I can't deny it any longer. I have a thing for blue and green. I proceeded to halfheartedly finish that dresser, deflated with the thought that I am totally lacking creativity and have fallen into a rut, but made a promise to myself...the next project was going to different! So, without further adieu, I give you...the YELLOW dresser! 

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Serpentine Dresser

Serpentine Dresser

You know how people say you can tell a woman's mood by what she's wearing? I've decided that theory also holds true with furniture. I've come to the realization that I paint my mood. So, seeing as Summer finally decided to grace Chicago with its presence (nothing like holding out until the end of July!) it goes without saying that my mood has been 'easy breezy' and loving life! Think flowy maxi-dresses and wavy beach hair. That's the look I've been channeling these days, and it's been reflected in my work as well. Good thing I got out of Finance...I don't know how my 'beach hippy' mentality would have mixed with quarter-end close! 

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How To: Dry Brushing Technique (and some major CUTENESS)

How To: Dry Brushing Technique (and some major CUTENESS)

A couple weeks ago I showed you a French Provincial chest I just finished. That chest was actually a part of a full set I purchased. This past week I finished up the remaining pieces. After completing the chest, I was really digging my color choice and wasn't ready to put it to rest, so I ended up finishing the nightstands in the same color scheme. Here is a quick peak at how the nightstands turned out. 

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French Provincial Chest

French Provincial Chest

I have always had a soft spot for French Provincial furniture. Maybe it's because growing up, my bedroom set was this style. Or maybe it's because I live under the impression that anything French must be fancy and sophisticated, so I can't help but to like it! Who knows?! But whatever the reason, I've always been drawn towards the curved lines, turned legs and ornate hardware that defines French Provincial furniture, so when I found a set at an auction a couple weeks ago, I was all about it!

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Light Blue Buffet

Light Blue Buffet

This past week I started (and finished!) making over a buffet. This is actually the first buffet I have redone, but currently have a couple more in the works. Like I've mentioned before, the most challenging part of a makeover sometimes is settling on a color and style. It can be nerve wracking I tell you! The hours of sleep I lose over major life-changing decisions like this are countless! Ok, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic here, but it is definitely on my Top 10 list of "Things That Keep Me Up At Night"

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Two-Toned Desk

Two-Toned Desk

A couple weeks ago I showed off a two-toned dresser I just finished painting. When I purchased it, there was also a matching desk that I bought as well. This past week I got around to finishing the desk. I went back and forth deciding whether or not I wanted to refinish the desk in the same style, or do something completely different. In the end, I landed somewhere in the middle. 

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Two-Toned Color Washed Dresser

Two-Toned Color Washed Dresser

Happy Friday everyone! I'm sure you're all aware, and just as excited as I am (unless of course you have no interest in college basketball) that today isn't ANY Friday...It's MARCH MADNESS Friday! Today is hands down one of the Top 10 most fun days of the year. I just love the excitement of the non-stop games with the buzzer-beater upsets, the Cinderella stories, the bracket breakers. Mix all of that with the hint of Spring in the air and it's enough to make anyone want to dance a jig in the middle of the street (oh wait...St. Patty's Day is over). Anyways, you get my drift. But, we're not here to talk about basketball today (I'm sure Joe Lunardi has his own blog for that)...so let's talk furniture.

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White Lacquer Dresser

White Lacquer Dresser

You know when you go out shopping for a particular item, it never fails, you WILL NOT find what you're looking for. But, when you're just out browsing, it seems like you always stumble upon the perfect item that you just have to have, even if you have no use for it at the moment. Ladies, c'mon, I know you can relate to me here! Well, that's pretty much the way I ended up with this piece.

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Stained Top Dressers

After last week's post I received a lot of feedback regarding the stained top feature of the dresser. I agree with all the comments; I think staining the top adds an element of richness to a piece and gives it a bit more of a sophisticated look. And being the sophisticated lady that I am, a stained top is right up my alley! (I can just hear all the sarcastic comments being made right now). Anyways, I want to share a couple more projects I've been working on with stained tops. I'll spare you all the nitty gritty details, and just get straight to the finished products.

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Repairing a Dresser

Repairing a Dresser

After a bit of apprehension, I finally pulled this dresser out of our garage this past week. I found this dresser awhile ago on Craigslist and have been hesitant to do anything with it for several reasons. First, as you can see, it was in pretty rough shape. I knew this was not going to be a "slap a couple coats of paint on it and call it a day" kind of project. I wanted to make sure I had mustered up enough patience before taking on this task. Another reason I delayed was I really didn't know what I wanted to do with this piece. And as you'll learn soon enough, I kept changing my mind throughout the process as well...go figure!

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