Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sweet Petite Buffet

This Sweet Buffet is the perfect size for small spaces! I love the pretty legs and how gorgeous are those bowed drawer fronts!? I wanted to give this piece an updated look, while not covering up the original beauty of the wood. I think by painting the frame in ASCP Paris Grey, lining the drawers in a striped paper and adding big glamorous knobs, we accomplished just that! It has some light distressing and has been sealed in ASCP clear wax.
Measures~ 33"H {37"including the backplate}x 38"W x 18"D.
Price is $495 tax included.
  We are located in the Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington.Please email us at  to schedule a viewing. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Painted Antique Armoire

Antique Armoire painted in a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in the colors Trophy and Typewriter. A beautiful grey with lots of color variation and chippiness.
New knobs. Interior is lined with a vintage looking map paper and painted with a mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in the colors Seagull Grey and Driftwood.
Measures~ 66"H x 39 1/2"W x 22"D
We are located in the Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington. Please email us at to schedule a viewing. 




Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Queenstown Gray Buffet

Vintage Buffet painted in General Finishes Queenstown Gray. 
Refinished top using General Finishes Java Gel Stain. 
New glass knobs with flecks of gold from Hobby Lobby. 
Measures 37"H x 56"L x 21"D.
We are located in the Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington. Please email us at to schedule a viewing. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Empire Dresser

Coastal Blue Empire Dresser

I have to start off this "blog post" with a disclosure...this is not a blog post at all, or at least not what I consider or think of as a blog post. I'm not a blogger.  I just don't have the time, dedication or even real ability to write a post I'm proud of and think people would be interested in reading right now. I'm going to continue using Blogger, because it's free and I'm too cheap to pay for a website. Maybe I could get a website for free but I'm also an ignorant caveman when it comes to all things computer related. So for now, Blogger will act as a website for me to post my furniture pieces for sale. I'll tell you what products I used, but I won't be posting before pics or any how to's. I will add (if I can remember how to do it) a pin it button for Pinterest. 

My first piece of 2015 is this Empire Style Dresser painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue, a beautiful dark navy. For a fun pop of color I painted the interior in Evening Plum, also by General Finishes. Sealed with polyacrylic. Updated hardware by Cynthia Rowley in cream and gold add beautiful contrast. This would make a great dresser obviously, but it would also work well as a buffet, changing table, TV console, entry piece, wherever you need a fabulous piece of furniture! 
Measures 35"H x 21"D x 42"L.
Available in the Tacoma/Seattle Washington area. Email to arrange a showing. 



Monday, June 23, 2014

Pretty Side Tables get a Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Makeover!

I call these my splurge tables! I've never paid so much for side tables before, but I fell in love with the harp base and rose detail. My husband would never want anything this feminine in our home, so it was especially fun to be able to work on a style of furniture I love but wouldn't ever have in my home. 
These tables were meant to be painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I went with Paris Grey and was really impressed with the coverage! I've been working on some MCM dressers in white and even though I primed and primed and primed, I still had a hard time getting them white, so I was nervous this color wouldn't cover that well. (Save that for another post) thankfully two coats gave me solid coverage. I wanted more texture, so I mixed up some pure white with Paris Grey and water and did a quick wash over the entire piece. I just brushed on then wiped off with a rag. 

They were lovely before, but I think having them painted is a beautiful update. 

Here's after just one coat of paint!

I mixed Antibes Green with Duck Egg Blue till I got a green shade I liked. I used a small brush to paint the leaves, it only took one coat. Then I mixed Henrietta with pure white for the rose. Again, one coat and it was good to go. I used my "wash" mixture over the flowers and leaves. 

Next step was to distress the entire piece. I used a wet rag to distress along with a sanding block. After wiping it down, I used Minwax in clear to seal the entire piece. I'm always a little nervous using dark wax, so I made sure the parts that I would use the dark wax on were really well coated in clear 
wax first. I kept my rag for clear wax on hand in case I needed to pull off the dark wax in a hurry. I used Maison Blanche dark wax because that's what I had on hand. 

Looks a little scary at this point, but thankfully it wiped off nice and just settled into the cracks giving it a beautiful aged look. I used a brush to apply it to the details, waited a minute and then gently wiped it off. 

I did the same in all the recessed detail to add that aged look. Buffed it all out with an old rag to get a nice sheen, put the gorgeous marble tops back on and now they await a new home! Would love to see where these beauties end up. 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eastlake Table gets a Milk Paint Makeover

Hello! I'm gonna keep this post really short as I forgot to take photos during the painting process. Oops. 
There's not a crazy amount to share anyways, so I know you'll let me off the hook ;)

Here's a "before" picture. It had quite the varnished finish so I used my orbital sander where I could and a sanding block on the rest. I was planning on using Milk Paint and even though I sanded, I had a feeling I should use some bonding agent mixed in with my milk paint. I may not have needed it, but I didn't want it crazy distressed so I added it for good measure. 
I used The Real Milk Paint Co. in the color Union Blue. It's a really beautiful, rich, masculine color. I did two solid coats. I had minimal "chipping" but it did distress nicely. 
I used Minwax Special Dark Wax to seal the table and again it buffed out to a nice shine...I love this stuff! 
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Friday, June 13, 2014

A Green Milk Paint Table

This petite drop leaf table was begging for a rustic makeover. I headed out to the hardware store in our area that carries The Real Milk Paint Co. to decide what new colors should be purchased. This color is Green. Not really a shade I'm drawn to, but thought it would fit this little table perfectly, plus it's fun to try new colors. 
I lightly sanded this piece and then cleaned it before painting. 

If you're a diyer and after that super chippy look, you really should try a true Milk Paint that comes in powder form. It's so easy to use and in a lot of cases practically does the hard work for you. I painted 2 coats after mixing equal parts powder to water. I didn't add any bonding agent because I wanted it to be chippy. 

As you can see from the above picture, the paint starts to pull away as it's drying. In my experience, it's random and really unpredictable, which is one of the things I love about a true Milk Paint. Once my second coat was dry, I took a fine grit sanding block to the entire table. Like I said, it really does the work for you at this point. The paint decides where it will chip off and be distressed. Easy peasy! The paint stuck a bit more to the top where I sanded better to get rid of some of the nicks. So I did have to sand a bit more and decide where I wanted distressing. 
I used Minwax in Special Dark to enrich the color and seal the Milk Paint. It went on beautifully and buffed to a nice shine. This was my first time using Minwax in Special Dark. I was really happy with the way it went on and buffed out. I will definitely be using it on future projects. 
This little table has a new lease on life and is ready for a new home. It's now available at The Design Cottage in Tacoma Wa. 

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