I found this side board at one of my favorite estate sales, Overbrook Estates. They gather up stuff from lots of different estates and bring it to one warehouse location. I decided to get a little fancy with this one!
I painted the whole thing in a pale grayish blue and then highlighted some of the details with a warm platinum metallic paint. I painted the drawers and inside parts of contrasting orangy-red. A little distressing, an antiquing glaze and new drawer pulls and she is ready to go. Find her at Orange in Carytown!
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It’s hard for me to pass up a yard sale, even when I am traveling! I got this little cutie when I was in Blacksburg a couple weeks ago. I didn’t mean to go shopping for furniture but this yard sale was literally in the yard of my hotel! I couldn’t resist.
I think this piece was meant to be a vanity but it would also work as a small desk. Now at RVA Antiques!
So May was my first month at RVA Antiques and I have been painting like a mad woman. I have been burning through the stocked up furniture projects and haven’t had any time to blog about it. So I decided to do a big before and after post of all my projects from the last month.
I also want to tell you, if you live in RVA, you need to go to RVA Antiques. It is seriously cute, filled with cool vintage, antiques and hand made stuff. And the prices are very affordable. If you go out on a Saturday you can hit the Lakeside farmers market, too – just across the parking lot!
And this Saturday would be the day to go because RVA Antiques is having their first Vintage Market!
Now for the furniture!
I don’t have a before for this chair but I love this anchor fabric!
I did both these dressers with Miss Mustard seed Boxwood Milk Paint, possibly my favorite color paint ever!
So come check out my space at RVA Antiques (and all the other awesome stuff they have there!) My booth is a work in progress – I just switched to a bigger space and don’t really have any walls yet but it’s getting there!
The kitchen is done! It has been done for a couple of weeks but I have been getting everything moved back in, putting on drawer pulls and assembling chairs and stools.
I still haven’t finished the island. It still needs some trim around the bottom and an antiquing glaze over the green paint – but we are almost there!
Just so you can recall how bad it was before:
And now the beautiful afters!
When we bought our new house one of the things we liked about it most was the potential of the kitchen. The kitchen itself was very small but connected to it was a strange den like space and amazing breakfast nook full of windows. We wanted to combine these three space into one big, wonderful kitchen.
We had pulled up really gross carpet when we moved in and found old cork tiles covered in black tar adhesive. We had them tested for asbestos and it the test came back negative, so we have just been living with them till we could start the renovation. I also pulled down some faux grass cloth wallpaper. I can imagine that this place was pretty styling in the 60s!
It was decided that we would have to pull up the floor to see what was causing it to be so unlevel. Then it was decided that we should take down the plaster walls to put in new electrical and why not take out the ceiling while we are at it. So right now our kitchen in a big black hole. I know it will all get put back together and be wonderful but this part is pretty scary.
One good thing about this renovation is we figured out where our hot water heater is! They put it in the corner of the kitchen cabinets under the countertop! So we bought a bigger one and moved it to the mud room.
I know these pictures of destruction are not very exciting so I will leave you with this beauty! We are going to be combining some vintage pieces with new cabinets. I found this beast of a pantry at Class and Trash. I working on fixing her up with a new “old” paint job and new hardware. Can’t wait to show you the after!
And if you are in RVA and looking for a contractor, I can’t recommend ours enough – RVA Fixer! He showed up for the first day of demo in 9″ of snow! He seems to really love his work and is enthusiastic about all of my crazy ideas. Plus he has plenty of good ideas of his own. If you are into design and don’t want something cookie cutter, Russell is your man!
I’ve had this old rocking chair in my garage for a long time. I imagined that it was going to be a very involved re-do but it actually ended up being super fast.
This chair is old and the wood had an interesting texture to it, almost like leather, that I didn’t want to loose so I just did one coat of paint and then sanded some of it off.
I took off the crazy, falling apart seat and cut a new base out of plywood with my new best friend, the jigsaw. I used a super thick piece of foam and covered it with this pretty fabric, which was actually a Dwell Studio table cloth that I got on clearance at Target a year or two ago.