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!