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.Read More
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.Read More
Happy Black Friday! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and are spending this long weekend catching up with friends and family. I actually had no intention of writing a post this week...it just sorta happened. I know everyone is preoccupied with shopping, eating left overs and officially freaking out that there are only four weeks left until Christmas. Eeek!Read More
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.Read More
When it comes to home decor, I've learned awhile back that if you really like something, you should just buy it. Even if you don't have the perfect space for it at the moment, you will eventually. Our closets, garage and basement can all vouch for me on that statement! You just have to be patient and know that eventually the time will come, and when it does you can reach into your bag of tricks and pull out the perfect piece! You don't ever want to fall into the trap of buying something because it's the right size for the space or the right color for the room or just simply a great deal...but you're not totally into it. If you settle on a piece because 'it will work' for one reason or another, chances are you'll be replacing it sooner rather than later. I'm a believer that you truly should love everything in your home. This is your sanctuary and the one place you have total control of, so why not surround yourself with items that make you happy? I guess I applied that same methodology when I found this vintage washstand at an auction several weeks ago. I knew it may not be the most practical piece, and it may be a more difficult piece to sell due to its lack of versatility, but I loved it! And I knew refinishing it would make me happy, so I bought it. Here is what it looked like originally.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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".Read More
"I'm bold and I'm beautiful!" If this dresser could talk, I'm pretty sure that's what she'd say. Although she doesn't come with super powers or have killer knee-high leather boots, she's got some attitude, and she made that clear straight from the beginning.
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.Read More
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.Read More
If you've been reading my blog, by now you've heard me talk about 'Annie Sloan' and 'chalk paint' a fair amount of times. I'm sure some of you are wondering, "Who is this Annie Sloan chick? And why does Ashley keep talking about her?" I thought I'd clear up this confusion and use today's post to give you a little background on chalk paint, and in particular, Annie Sloan chalk paint.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More