h1

make me pretty – chalk paint desk

November 10, 2014

My husband sweet talked the junk pick up guy out of this desk when they came to get some trash from our house. I painted it old white and then layered some gray and blue and white for the drawers. I happened to get to Hobby Lobby on a 1/2 price hardware day and got my pulls for a steal.

IMG_6507.JPG

IMG_6510.JPG

IMG_6509.JPG

IMG_6508.JPG

IMG_6511.JPG

h1

make me pretty – our old house for sale

November 4, 2014

As happy as I am in our new house I am really sad to let go of our first home. This is the house that my husband and I bought about a year before we got married. We brought three babies home to this house!

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is also hard to let go of all the work we put into the house. When I look at the pictures of the house when we bought it, compared to how it looks now, I know we really put in a lot of effort.

Here are some before pictures:

ry=400 ry=400-3 ry=400-2 ry=400-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, that yellow!

Over the years, we painted every room, pulled up carpet upstairs and refinished the wood floors, pulled up carpet (burgundy!!) in the basement and put down tile, pulled up linoleum in the kitchen and sanded the original floor and painted a checkerboard pattern, pulled up linoleum in the first floor bathroom and put down slate tile, created a raised bed garden in the backyard and planted all kinds of pretty stuff, gutted the upstairs bathroom and pushed the wall back to make it bigger, added a full size closet to the master bedroom, installed a spiral staircase to the attic which we turned into a playroom, installed a built in desk under the basement stairs, built a railing and gate around the front porch, and refinished the wood floors on the first floor. I am exhausted just reading this list!

Here are some afters:

1

2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get all the details here or come to the open house, this Sunday, November 9th from 1 -3 pm.

2120 Rosewood Ave.

 

h1

make me pretty – our mudroom

October 30, 2014

One of the many things that makes me super excited about our new house is finally having a mud room. With three kids, trying to manage the coats and shoes and backpacks is a major headache. I love having a  first stop room where all the junk can stay.

When we closed on the house, one of the first things we did was take down these mud room window treatments. I am almost as anxious to remove the horrible laminate floor but that will have to wait. I would love to put in slate tile but patience, I must have patience.

So here is phase 1 of the mud room re-do.

We start with the before:

IMG_5437 IMG_5438

And after:

20141030-144940.jpg

Our old friendly Ikea bench, and Ollies new favorite napping spot.

I used an old wood plank I found in the garage and some Ikea brackets to make a shelf and installed mis-matched hooks underneath for coats, bags, etc.

20141030-145022.jpg

Our plants are very happy here!

20141030-145033.jpg

20141030-145048.jpg

I made a kid height coat check area. Do you think a cute, chalk board hook with their initials will encourage them to hang up their coats? Probably not but it’s worth a try!

20141030-145057.jpg

I hung up some of my favorite art work.

20141030-145121.jpg

20141030-145127.jpg

20141030-145144.jpg

And somehow found this street sign that not only has our previous street name but also the number of our  block at my favorite local junk shop – Class and Trash.

20141030-145151.jpg

h1

make me pretty – our new house!

September 17, 2014

I have been totally slacking on this blog and I haven’t painted a piece of furniture in at least 3 weeks and I am going into withdrawal! My time has been totally absorbed with packing and unpacking because we moved! We had been living in a lovely house in Byrd Park in the City of Richmond for almost 9 years. I really loved that house and our neighborhood and our especially great neighbors. We just needed more outdoor space. With three kids, two of them wild boys, our postage stamp, brick paver, back yard just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

So we moved to Ashland, to this crazy cute storybook english cottage. I am totally in love with this house. It is very charming on the outside but a bit of a fixer upper on the inside. I think the last time anyone did any real interior updates was in the 60’s.

10641188_10204400548751958_8433541801837111195_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But I’m not afraid. I am really excited to turn this house into exactly what we want. I am especially excited about this great kitchen space that we are going to gut and re-create. So stay tuned for posts about the house re-do, and of course there will be more furniture transformations too!

IMG_5439 IMG_5440

 

And check out my amazing new studio space!

IMG_5369 IMG_5366

 

h1

make me pretty – milk paint

August 14, 2014

Since I taught a class all about milk and chalk paint this past weekend at the Visual Arts Center this past weekend I thought I should do a post about milk paint. If you have never used it you might want to give it a try. It has some similarities to chalk paint (no sanding or priming – wax finish) but it is sort of opposite in it’s consistency. It’s watery to milk paints creamy. And it doesn’t really cover completely (unless you add a special solution to your first coat.)

I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Boxwood on this table and stained the top. I finished with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

20140813-210429.jpg

20140813-210443.jpg

20140813-210450.jpg

20140813-210501.jpg

20140813-210512.jpg

20140813-210532.jpg

 

Milk paint usually comes in a powder that you mix yourself with equal part water. It only lasts for about a week once it is mixed – make sure you store it in the fridge.

If you would like to make this table your own go to Orange!

h1

the wonderful world of chalk and milk paint

August 7, 2014

If you get into painting furniture you will eventually try chalk paint and you will most likely fall in love. Chalk paint has so many benefits (no sanding, no priming) but probably the best part is in the act of painting. Chalk paint goes on so smooth and covers so well. I could go on and on, and I will in my next class at the Visual Art Center.

20140708-091627.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join me Saturday and Sunday, August 16 – August 17 (Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) and bring a piece of furniture. We will go over everything you need to know about re-doing furniture, from where to find it, to what to look for in a piece, types of paint, an upholstery tutorial and finishing steps. We will also paint and finish each piece that you bring in.

Visit Vis Arts to sign up.

IMG_1369

h1

learn how to decoupage paper onto furniture

July 8, 2014

Join me tomorrow on Virginia This Morning where I will demonstrate how to decoupage paper onto furniture. Or check the latest R•Home magazine for step by step instructions.

RhomeJuly2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other pieces I have done using this technique:

20130908-201641

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girly Cabinet

20111207-023340

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Cabinet

multitdresser6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Dresser

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 888 other followers