Archive for the ‘misc.’ Category

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make me pretty round up

June 3, 2015

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!

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I don’t have a before for this chair but I love this anchor fabric!

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I did both these dressers with Miss Mustard seed Boxwood Milk Paint, possibly my favorite color paint ever!

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IMG_7921.JPGOnce again, no before, but I picked up this old mirror frame at a yard sale, painted it and turned it into a chalk board.

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IMG_8188.JPGAnd then we went to the beach!

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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!

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make me pretty – now it’s your turn

April 30, 2015

I am so excited about my new painting workshops offered at Governor’s Antiques. These workshops will be two hours each, on Wednesday evenings. Each workshop will focus on one or two paint techniques for furniture. The first workshop will focus on chalk paint – how to make your own, how to paint furniture with it, distressing and antiquing, perfecting the chippy layered look and the best ways to use wax.

We will also be offering workshops focusing on milk paint, stenciling, metallic finishes, dry brushing, distressing and antiquing, glazing, and decoupageIf you haven’t visited Governor’s Antiques you are missing out. Part salvage yard, part antiques shop, it’s like a giant candy store of cool old stuff! So stop by sometime and check it out or follow them on Instagram or Pinterest for lots of fun decorating ideas. And of course I would love to see you at one of the painting workshops!

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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!

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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:

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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:

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

2120 Rosewood Ave.

 

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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.

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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!

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And check out my amazing new studio space!

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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.

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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.

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expanding the pug pillow empire – introducing bunnies!

June 26, 2014

I am so excited to show you these new pillows. My six year old Jasper is completely obsessed with bunnies so I am so excited this project worked out. Thank you so much for the use of your amazingly cute bunnie’s pictures, Kelly from the wedding rabbit!

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So let me  introduce you to Gnocchi:

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And Orzo:

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And Ziti:

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You can find all this cuteness at Orange in Carytown!

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now you make things pretty!

January 27, 2014

Want to learn how to paint furniture like a pro? Want to try out chalk paint without making the $45 dollar investment for a quart of paint? Want to hang out with other fun creative people for a weekend while learning how to turn old furniture into beautiful new treasures? Then you should take my class!

I am teaching a weekend workshop of paint techniques for furniture at the Visual Arts Center on February 15th and 16th. The class is covers everything you need to know to start fixing up furniture on your own, from where to buy furniture, to what to look for in a piece, how to make repairs, and everything about how to paint and finish the piece.

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We talk about different paint options including chalk paint, milk paint and regular old latex. And we cover distressing, antiquing, how to get that layered chippy paint look, metallic paint, stencils, and decoupage. There is a lesson on basic upholstery and we go over the final finishing steps – providing a protective coat for your paint finish.

Each student will get to work on and complete 7-8 wooden test tiles and we will completely refinish one chair as a class.

I just checked and there are only two seats open so sign up quick. I teach the class four times a year so if you miss this one you can always sign up in the spring or summer!

Here is the chair that my last class put together. It is really fun to have everyone  vote on the fabric and paint. You never know what is going to happen but the chairs always turn out cool!

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