Posts Tagged ‘orange’


make me pretty – fancy sideboard

October 13, 2015

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!



make me pretty – another round up

July 30, 2015

I have been working on so much furniture, I haven’t spent much time blogging. So I am posting another round up of all my projects from the last month or so.

    I picked up this desk at an estate sale. I liked it’s petite size and roll top. It was originally white with metallic gold trim.

     Here I am in my new shed workspace.
  I loved the feet on this tv stand, and it already had a nice distressed paint job so I just decoupaged some paper on the doors.
 This is a chair my paint techniques for furniture students collaborated on at Vis Arts.

I have had this coffee table for years – got it at a Monument Avenue yard sale. I finally painted using a dry brush technique.


I rescued this desk from the alley of my old hood (I found Michael Jackson stickers in the drawers!) 





I gave this cabinet a super chippy finish to match it’s age.


I taught another class at the Visual Arts Center and my students painted this chair.

    Emerson bedazzled himself!

  I painted this mid-century dresser, and decoupaged fabric on the one drawer.

 I painted this very pretty, spindly desk.

And I made this cute bird and butterfly “chandelier” from an old lampshade and scrap fabric.


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.








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!


make me pretty – two new pieces for the orange anniversary party!

May 7, 2014

This first re-do is actually the second time around for this little table. I painted it orange about a year ago but was never able to sell it. I guess maybe the orange was too bright. Maybe there just aren’t that many orange people out there. So I decided to a go a little safer this time around with a nice blue paint and an Ikat stencil.





I also found this towel rack at the thrift store that I thought would be perfect for the bathroom art shoe at Orange. I had to loose the cross stitch and replaced it with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted it with chalk paint and distressed it. I am kind of in love with it. I almost kept it for myself!






make a pillow – insert your pet here

April 17, 2014

I write a bi-monthly DIY column for R•Home magazine and one of my projects was making a dog shaped, photo pillow of my pug Frankie. You can read the article here with all of the instructions.

Photo from R•Home Magazine

Photo from R•Home Magazine


















I thought the pillows ended up being pretty cute and I know there are many other Pug obsessed people out there, so I decided to try selling them at Orange in Carytown. People scooped them up so I put them on Etsy. Then I started offering custom pillows – I could make pillows of other peoples pets too. Here is the latest one:

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How cute is that! I have so much fun making pillows of people’s pets for them. I have done a bunch of pugs, mutts, and even a couple cats.

I also started doing kid pillows. I made a pillows of my kids for Christmas presents and they got such a kick out of them. And talk about a perfect grandparent present!



make me pretty – the throne

March 27, 2014

This chair was a freebie from a friend who was getting ready to move. It is a strong, heavy chair that makes me think of  a throne. It just needs to find it’s king, or queen. I started by tearing out the old leather seat and making a pattern to cut a piece of wood for a new seat base. I sanded the chair, painted it, put on an antique glaze and made a new seat cushion.







20140327-132001.jpgThis chair is now available at Orange in Carytown. Go get it!



make me pretty – a boring coffee table makeover

February 12, 2014

This coffee table really didn’t have a lot going for it. Pretty boring design. Pretty boring color. But it is solid wood and sturdy and I like a challenge!

I forgot to take a before picture so you will have to use your imagination but it was your basic reddish brown stained table.

I painted her cream and used a new stencil on the top. Then I finished her off with a couple of coats if polyurethane to protect my careful paint job.

It’s at Orange in Carytown if your interested!






make me pretty – the perfect candidate for chalk paint

October 4, 2013

People moving is always a good thing for me. When my neighbor was on he his way out of town he let me come over and pick through the stuff he was going to leave behind. I couldn’t pass by this crazy carved table. A little ornate for my personal style but how fun would she be to paint? But not so fun to sand so I decided to just skip that step and use some chalk paint. I took Emerson with me and he helped me pick out this pretty blue. I had originally planned to add the dark wax but I liked how it turned out with just the clear wax after I distressed it.









You can find this beauty at Orange in Carytown.


make me pretty – curvy chair

September 18, 2013

This chair got stuck in my garage. Hidden behind the bins of kids clothes and furniture projects waiting for my attention. I had even bought the fabric for it – like, a year ago. Anyway, I pulled her out, dusted her off and got to work.

I fell in love with the curvy lines of this chair – the shiny black finish and boring fabric, not so much. I painted it cream and distressed it very lightly. I just wanted to really accentuate the curves. Then I re-covered the seat with super pretty floral fabric. I love the colors!

Now she is at Orange in Carytown.








make me pretty – mid century chair

July 30, 2013

I have been a little bit distracted this summer. By this:


And this:


But I have been getting back to my furniture. I love the clean lines of this chair and I even decided not to paint the wood! Jasper helped me pick out the fabric. I re-stained the wood and painted the metal.


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If you like her, you can find her at Orange in Carytown!