bright colored front doors :: my new obsession

i’ve always had a fascination with paint and color. when people ask for my opinion on colors, my instinct isn’t to be too matchy matchy. but i know that people don’t typically like this answer. so be forewarned…if you ask, i’m going to say “throw in some color!” life’s too short to have everything match perfectly. […]

stain a bar to look rustic & weathered

my buddy built this bar for a client. they requested redwood with a clear coat of varnish. then they decided it was too red and didn’t match the rustic look they really wanted. so i got to work. on a dreadfully cold and rainy day, i bussed in the Minwax Dark Walnut and some watery […]

Restoration Hardware finish on a keg

i blog for fun..and mostly about painting furniture.  so when one of my 3 readers asks for technique tips, i’m humbled and sort of freaked out.  i’m by no means an expert.  i just sneak moments after the kids are asleep to paint stuff i find on the side of the road. with kids, i’ve […]

paint technique to make Ikea Hemnes mirror look like Restoration Hardware finish

  i picked up this Ikea Hemnes mirror for a property in Mammoth Lakes.  i wanted a rustic look to match the gorgeous and majestic Sherwin Mountain Range that is viewable from the house.  i started with a light dry-brushing of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s Paris Grey.  after brushing in the direction of the grain, […]

projects in the works

> i’ve taken a little hiatus as my second son was born just a few weeks ago… but you know as i’m struggling to keep my eyes open during the night feedings that i’m keeping up with all my inspirational blogs and am so eager to get back to my furniture projects!! here’s a teaser […]

Shabby chic dresser rehab

> here is a free dresser i stalked on craigslist.  it was curbside, was in really sad condition, and needed some tlc.  but i saw the potential!  while i don’t have a picture of my sad piece (i need to get better at this), here’s a picture of a highboy dresser with the same paint […]

my first furniture refinishing project. french side table.

>  A work in progress….my first antique refinishing project! Not sure how I got myself into this furniture refinishing hobby…but I think it started about 3 weeks ago when I was 8.5 months pregnant…unable to sleep.  and maybe it has something to do with the fact that we’re moving to a new house in a […]