A Ladies Desk

My girlfriends keep telling me I need to expand my color palette…..soooooo hard for me….I really love a neutral room with just a little pop of color that I can change out every couple of months as the weather changes. Well, I came across this petite ladies desk at the Salvation Army Friday and worked on it over the weekend. Hope you like it :) I need to strengthen my staging skills.

Ladies Desk...just finished

Ladies Desk with my little pop of color

My daughter,  Michelle,  shared her latest painting with me today.  Michelle is a full time student and has been fooling around with painting this summer.  I love it!  Any thoughts?

Michelle’s Painting 1

Dining Set, Bernhardt French Table 6 Chairs

I wanted to share one of the dining sets that will be offered at our show. This was a Salvation Army find. I loved the legs, particularly the raised foot. The quality was obvious even from a distance. When I got close though, I could see the top was heavily scratched. I flipped over one of the chairs and saw the Bernhardt tag and the quality was confirmed. I believe this set was made in 1927 or there about. The chairs were in perfect condition, really solid, and they still had their original seat covers! Ugh, the padding was pretty much nonexistent, all that is easy to change.

After a long period of sanding

I didn’t mention that after all the sanding, I stained the top in a dark walnut…..awful….it was so uneven from the level of sanding that I had to do that I decided Paris Grey it will be. I like it so much. Any thoughts?  How about that Ikat fabric!

Here is a shot of the buffet and mirror that coordinate with the table and chairs.  I have worked on this buffet off and on for a month, I changed the hardware and filled the previous holes where the old screws had gone and for some reason when I waxed the painted drawer the filler would take the wax different than the rest of the drawer and stand out.  Frustrating….I finally removed the filler and purchased the Elmers brand and that did the trick.  I could still see traces so I painted the harlequin design….I like it so much!   These are all going to be hard to part with, but remember this is staged in my basement….there is no room to bring this loot upstairs!


Hope you are getting excited about the sale :)

Leather and Linen

Today I finished up a pair of vintage chairs. Ten more to go! I love the lines of these chairs.


I have purchased quite a few pieces of high quality upholstery fabric on E-bay over the last 6 weeks and also one brown leather hide. For this set,  I painted the frames with Annie Sloan Chateau Grey (which is green/gray) and then did a dark brown glaze over the entire frame so that all the detail around the back, sides, and legs would show.    I then waxed with a clear wax and buffed. Next, I covered the seats with natural linen, followed by stapling this same linen to the back and then trimming out with 1/2″  taupe gimp. The back I covered with the brown leather and nail head trim.

After front and back view

Partially staged

Fabric and Gimp Detail

More Chair Detail.

Any thoughts?

Four French Chairs and a Bolt of Linen

Oh my, I slipped out to the Goodwill last night after my husband left to catch a flight to Rhode Island. I don’t usually check Goodwill in the evening, I may have to change that strategy. Here was the find….

Four French Chairs As Found

And the fabric……

Stunning Creamy Yellow Linen Calico Corners Fabric Find

I now have 12 chairs that I need to paint and reupholster! Exciting!

Work in Progress

As you can probably tell, I am new to the blog world. I hope you will be patient with me as I muddle through learning how to do this! I love being creative and I think this may be a good avenue to share the things I am working on.

Here is a before and after of one of the pieces for the December Sale event:


I can imagine these at the foot of a bed, tucked under a sofa table or across from a couple of occasional chairs. Love to hear your thoughts.

Redeemed French Buffet

When the seasons change, I often feel like my home needs an update. That was how I was feeling about my dining room, when I came across Miss Mustard Seeds Blog on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She had transformed her dining room by painting her china cabinets, buffet, and table and chairs. Beautiful. I had to find out where to get this incredible paint she was talking about that didn’t require the usual prep work of priming and sanding before application. When I googled the brand and the color chart came up, I knew Paris Grey was the color for me and I immediately ordered it online.

Grandma's Dining Room Buffet Before Photo

This piece has had many homes, when it was offered to me, being the furniture hog that I am, I accepted and have stored it in my basement for several years.  I thought it was the perfect candidate for painting since the shape was pretty, but the finish was scratched and damaged.

Grandma's Buffet Makeover

Grandma's Buffet Using Annie Sloan Paris Grey

Some of the hardware on this piece was damaged also, so I replaced the hardware with modern stainless steal to update the overall appearance.   I am liking the “modern edge” it gives the piece.  Since painting this beauty I have found two more pieces for this room that I will be showcasing in the days ahead.  Loving how the room is coming together!

Thanks for stopping by.

Redeemed Vintage Winter Event Plans in the Works

As many of you know I am a deal magnet. It seems that wherever I go I come across incredible pieces of furniture, accessories, art or garden pieces selling for great prices. I love to browse the resale shops, or clearance aisles of my favorite shops in the Chicago Northwest suburbs.

A couple of my girlfriends and I have decided to purchase the items that we run across that are just too good to pass up, redeem them by, repairing, painting, staining or just cleaning them up and have a couple of “invitation only” sales per year for our friends, family and neighbors (and their girlfriends)  :)

So, the collection of loot has begun in a big way.   Below is a sample of one of my first redeemed pieces.  Stay tuned for pictures of before and after items that we are working on.

Here is a sample of the items that we are finding:

Before 3 Drawer Chest

Before Photo of 3 Drawer Chest

After  3 Drawer Chest

After Photo of 3 Drawer Chest


Please be patient with me, I am trying to figure out how to create and maintain a blog.  My girlfriends and I are starting to purchase furniture and accessories from resale shops, garage sales and consignment stores to “redeem” and sell on a semi-annual  “event” basis.  My finished basement is being transformed into a studio/showroom.  I plan to show you pictures as I finish pieces, would love to get input.


I would love to hear your thoughts.  Thanks for stopping in.