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  • children's furniture

    Children’s Toy Box

    Christmas is just around the corner, so the elves here at the castle have been very busy. Not just wrapping presents, but painting all sorts of things for little girls and boys.  This children’s toy box is one of my very favorite projects! My sweet friend asked if I would be willing to paint a toy box that she had built for her granddaughter? Oh, yes I would! I love painting furniture for children. It’s my favorite. I can’t believe that I didn’t take a picture of the chest before I started painting. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes, I can!  I get so excited to start painting, I always…

  • A pony for Christmas
    Holidays,  Painted furniture

    A Pony For Christmas

    Anybody who’s had children has probably heard “I want a pony for Christmas!”. My great niece, Beep, is in love with ponies. In fact, her Grandparents on her Dad’s side bought her a pony recently. She’s crazy about horses. So when a neighbor of mine was moving and had this horse themed table and chairs for sale I couldn’t resist. ( I thought  I had taken a picture of the before, but no. My bad.)  This table is the quintessential DIY project. The base, or horse part, was originally a cigar ashtray.

  • painting the nightstand
    home decor,  Painted furniture

    Painting the Nightstands

    A few weeks ago, I shared that I replaced the quilt on my bed. Which led to me buying a new dust ruffle. Unfortunately, the dust ruffle was a little too short. So, I bought a new bed.  At this point, I am sure that you know where I’m going. Now, none of the furniture matches. Which leads me to painting the nightstands! Now before you think that I’ve totally lost my mind by buying a new bed to fit the dust ruffle, you should know that I have been thinking of replacing my bedroom set since I moved into my house 12 years ago. In fact, I bought a…

  • Grandma shirley's piano
    Painted furniture

    Grandma Shirley’s Piano

    This is the story of Grandma Shirley’s piano. The story of how it came to be is actually pretty funny considering that  I don’t even play the piano, however almost all the women in my husbands family do! I purchased this piano from a local school that was having a garage sale.  When I purchased it I had another piano sitting in my house and had just sold one that was in my study. So why buy another one? That’s a good question!

  • trash to treasure vanity
    hand painted furniture,  home decor,  Painted furniture,  Uncategorized

    Trash to Treasure Vanity

    I’m not sure if you know it or not, but I started this blog to promote my furniture restore business four years ago. Over time the blog has morphed into more of a life style blog. However, there are still days /weeks where I’m swamped with furniture makeovers. That’s this week. Today I’m sharing a trash to treasure vanity makeover. A friend texted me asking if I  had seen this vanity in the trash down the street. Nope, I had not. So I hopped into the car and went to do a little dumpster diving. This is what I found!

  • table
    home decor,  Painted furniture

    A Magic Table Before and After

    I’ve got a magic table before and after to share with you today!  Why is it a magic table? Because if you pull on it’s legs, it changes sizes.  It took me forever to figure it out. I even called my neighbor who gave it to me to ask how it worked. I kind of felt like I need to take an advanced math class to figure it  out!

  • Painted furniture,  Uncategorized

    Changing the Hardware in the Guest Room

    I started redecorating the guest room a year ago. Just about the time I think I’m done  I’ll see something  else that I want to change or add. Another project! Changing the hardware in the guest room was my latest project. Oh, who am I kidding? I am constantly painting, changing, or updating something. My son recently called and asked what I was doing. I told him I was painting the kitchen hutch to match the new kitchen walls. His response? “Of course you are!”

  • Easter,  Holiday decor,  Uncategorized

    Easter in the Kitchen

    I have been so busy painting that Easter in the kitchen is going to be low key this year. At least the decor part anyway! I shared my white painted hutch, chalkboard and partially finished small cabinet with you last week. While I am so thankful that these projects are finished, I am still running behind on just about everything else. I decided to give myself a break. What gets done, gets done. If it doesn’t, oh well!

  • Painted furniture

    Updating the Chalkboard and Small Cabinet

    I’m back with the never ending kitchen facelift. So far we’ve replaced all but one appliance, painted the walls and the kitchen hutch. Once that was done, it was clear that there were a few more things that needed attention.  Like updating the chalkboard and small cabinet that sit next to the back door. This isn’t the best picture, but you can see what the chalkboard and small cabinet looked like before. The chalkboard always seemed a lot little too gold. I never could decide what to do with it that would look good against the yellow walls.  I loved the the small cabinet, and really had no plans to change…

  • Painted furniture

    Painting the Kitchen Hutch White

    I shared with you yesterday what I should be doing but wasn’t.  I should have been painting the kitchen hutch white instead of playing hooky in the back yard. This is what my kitchen hutch looked like up until a few days ago. I loved  everything about it. I loved the color, the mismatched pulls, and the size. Then I painted the walls. My beautiful hutch no longer matched anything. Unfortunately, it was time to paint it.

  • Painted furniture

    The Unfinished Vanity

    My sister has had the unfinished vanity in her room for about nine months now. Nine months ago, I left her with an old sewing cabinet and a can of Annie Sloane paint. She assured me that she was going to get the painting done A.S.A.P.! Fast forward nine months and like a lot of us, she got busy and the vanity remained unfinished.

  • furniture,  home decor,  Painted furniture

    Tyler’s Dresser!

    Tyler’s dresser has had many lives here at the castle… I’ve painted this dresser so many times I’m not even sure what the dresser looked like originally anymore.  I think maybe it was white? It was a garage sale find from many years ago. It has had a funky silver faux finish, it has been brown and as you can see black.  It is a smaller dresser so it has been perfect for my son’s apartments all through college. My younger son recently moved into his own loft apartment and thought it was time for some grown up furniture, so Tyler’s dresser came back to me.

  • chairs,  children's furniture,  Painted furniture

    Children’s Chairs

    Children’s Chairs Before and After Our community had our neighborhood garage sale last weekend. I didn’t have my self together enough to participate and sell all of my nick nick paddy crap that seems to just appear out of thin air around here, but I did have fun doing a little shopping! Even the Hubs decided to tag along.

  • Painted furniture,  Uncategorized

    Vintage School Desk before and after

    Remember I told you that I scored big at garage sales lately? Well today I’m going to show you one of my finds. A vintage child’s school desk! I already shared with you a cute wicker table that I found at a school garage sale, if you missed it you can read about it here. Well, I also bought these awesome tiny children’s school desks at the same sale.

  • Painted furniture

    Outdoor Table

    I hit the jackpot lately with garage sale finds. One of which was the cutest wicker outdoor table that I know my sister’s bungalow needs! My sweet friend Laura called me about a garage sale that her school was having and  I couldn’t get off of the phone fast enough to get down there. The school’s last garage sale  was very, very good to me! I found many cool things including this wicker outdoor table. The minute I saw it I knew my sister needed it!

  • Painted furniture

    Sofa Table

    We recently decided to give the office a makeover. One thing that had to go was a 50 gallon fish tank that sat on a sofa table that we have had forever. The fish tank went to a good home, but the sofa table stayed and got a face lift! This is what the sofa table looked like before. Really, really dark.  It’s new home was in the living room where all of the furniture that is wood is dark. I have been slowly trying to lighten that room up. New sofa, accent chair, flower arrangement and crazy stool – all lighter. My trim is white so it just made…

  • furniture,  Painted furniture,  repurposed furniture

    Turquoise Bench Refresh

    I’ve got a sweet little Turquoise Bench Refresh to share with you today.   Remember the turquoise nightstands that I painted for my sister’s new bedroom? If not, you can see those here. She needed something in her bedroom to sit on that would  match the turquoise nightstands. And it needed to be small, as she only has a tiny spot for it. Remember this bench? ( yep, it’s all about testing your memory today!)  I had it in my entry hall, but honestly we rarely used it, unless you count piling newspapers, purses and packages on it. So being the giving person that I am, I volunteered to give this…

  • hand painted furniture,  home decor,  kids furniture,  Painted furniture,  Uncategorized

    Before and After Changing Table

    I’ve got the cutest before and after changing table to share with you! Two days after Christmas a friend in my neighborhood called me to tell me there was a huge mirror in her neighbors trash, did I want to come and get it? So I hopped in my car and raced to the back of the neighborhood. I picked the mirror and was headed home when I saw this changing table on the side of the road. At first glance the drawer was in pieces. The plan was  to just  remove the drawer and paint the changing table. However, once I looked at it, I realized that all it…

  • chairs,  home decor,  Painted furniture

    Vanity Chair Makeover

    This vanity chair makeover was so easy I almost didn’t share it! I’m still occasionally helping my sister Terri decorate her Bungalow and this vanity chair was our latest project. On a recent trip to Oklahoma, my sister and I stopped by an estate sale and picked up a sewing cabinet – which we plan on painting and making into a vanity and this sweet chair to go with it. The vanity will be painted black with gold accents.  The chair was already painted black, so we really could have left it as is. Except it has some major dents and dings! It needed some major sanding and cleaning. Ever…

  • hand painted furniture,  home decor,  Painted furniture

    Terri’s Black Bed

    A few months ago my sweet seester Terri sent me photos of a house that she wanted to buy. It was a craftsman bungalow that was so cute! I immediately fell in love with it! We got busy buying, painting and repurposing furniture for her new home. Over the next few months I will be sharing her new home with you. Today we are starting in the Master bedroom. I am so excited to share Terri’s black bed with you. Here’s the first photo she sent to me. I could just see sitting on a porch swing in the summer time on that front porch! Here’s what it looks like…

  • furniture,  hand painted furniture,  home decor,  Painted furniture

    Painted End Table

    I tend to lean toward furniture that has a lot of detail and curves. However, in the past few years I have found a few pieces that I love that are more stream lined. This painted end table is one of them. I found this very dusty, poorly painted mid-century modern end table at a garage sale. Even though it was dusty and painted hot mess, it was very sturdy and I could visually exactly how to give it a little life. I wanted to paint it black – again – and I wanted to give it a high gloss shine. And then I went to Hobby Lobby. Have y’all…