Friday, May 3, 2013

She could be named Audrey.

I am slowly getting more and more into the work I would like to be doing in conjunction with owning a store. I can see the whole thing in my head, and a lot of the planning is in motion. Soon, but not next week or anything. There is so much learning and reading to do about owning a business. It's exciting but scary too. Any advice?

I love painting unloved furniture pieces to bring new life into someone's home. Most older pieces are solid and have a lot of life left, and they are a quarter of the price of buying new flimsy MDF. Painting, sewing pillows, decorating and gardening. That's where it's at for me. Unless someone plans to pay me for drinking red wine and listening to a lot of music. Probably not.

I will occasionally be showing my transformations here because what is a blog but not the perfect outlet for before & afters. Some of the pieces that are for sale will be listed here, in my etsy store and on Kijiji for more local pickup. It will be neat to see the response in this area as I think there are only 2 or 3 people that are painting furniture, 1 quite messily (no names). It appears that these few are doing quite well. Our area is awful for home decor needs. We have a Homesense, that's about it. No real home decor stores and the ones that are available, are not quite following any modern trends. It is a niche that needs filling.

Moving on,

I have been working on a design project for someone I work with and have been helping her love her home again. Our styles are quite different so, it has been fun going sparkly and bright. She needed a new media center and desperately wanted it to be turquoise. The media centers out there are too big, too small or way too expensive (ridiculous really for what you get) I found this very unloved dresser at the thrift store and quickly went to work turning it into a Tiffany box.

Here she is in all her blue glory. This colour is Benjamin Moore Origins French Blue OR-386, which I made into a custom chalk paint. The 2 center drawers were removed for all the components that needed to be put in here. I added trim to the front of these for a more polished look. Square mercury glass knobs were added for some sparkle.
Just like at Tiffany's.


A before and after. The dresser was kind of a gawdy medium tone with massive handles.

She turned out so pretty and was delivered to a new home last night.
Before I even began this piece I made up the perfect area for furniture photography. I wanted somewhere just for this that didn't require me moving furniture in and out of the house. (I don't really have the room for that haha) I love the white brick wall from knack studios but seeing as I don't have a spare brick wall handy, I made my own industrial wall out of some fabulous old sheet metal. I think it looks pretty awesome and different.

Hope to see you again soon with more furniture.

Have a good day, I have some more painting on tap today!


  1. Gorgeous color! Love all your pretty styling too. Adding it to my Pinterest board of painted vintage furniture.

    1. thanks mary. i went over and actually checked out your board and started following. you have some great inspiration pinned.

  2. The cabinet looks amazing and I do love the color, so current and fresh. Great idea for the background to photograph things, it looks perfect. I owned my own business for about 30 years, just be prepared for tons of work and make sure you love it, there is hardly ever a day off. I had a small chain of stores, even good employees need to be cared for. 24/7, but if you love it it is worth it. Hugs, Marty

  3. P. S. I am so glad you saw that I copied your dining table. I love your design, so I gave it my own twist. Hugs, Marty

  4. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tonight!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #78!

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    1. Would you be able to provide the steps you took to get this new look? I am currently looking at an old piece that is very similar and want to get some ideas. Thanks!


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