I Felt the Earth Move Under My….Chair

What a day, huh?  As I’m sure all of you know, we had the largest earthquake in Virginia since 1897, a 5.9 on the Richter Scale.  It was felt all the way from Toronto, Canada to Alabama.  Crazy!  I was working and had my earphones in (watching listening to Design Star) and thought someone came up behind me and shook my chair and whole cube.  Nope…earthquake!  We’ve since had a few aftershocks, the latest a 4.2 at 8:04 pm tonight (when I was again trying to watch Design Star – what’s up with that?).  Let’s just hope they are all aftershocks and not foreshocks.

By the way, are you all watching this season’s Design Star on HGTV?  I love this show.  Do you have a favorite?  My favorites are Mark, Karl, and Meg, although Meg disappointed me this week.

So, on to a furniture makeover.

As you know, I’m helping a reader, Julie, makeover her master bedroom. (See original posts here and here.)  We almost have everything finished, and will be revealing the final product soon.  She is loving the elements so far, which make me so happy.

We are only painting one piece of furniture in her room, her desk.  She told me she was about ready to sell it because it was so boring.  Oh no…we can fix that!

Here’s what we started with.  A great solid wood desk, but yes, it needed a little oomph. So, I loaded her up and took her home with me to work a little magic.

If you will remember is Julie’s bedroom moodboard, our inspiration was a blue/white desk painted by Miss Mustard Seed.

So, I painted the base of the desk Old White (Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint of course) in two thinned coats.

Then the drawers in Duck Egg.

Lightly sanded the whole thing to make it smooth and did a little distressing all over.

Then it was time to wax.

Here is a picture of the difference in an unwaxed and waxed drawer.  See the nice sheen on the after?  To get this finish, I just brush on the wax let it dry for a few minutes – usually by the time I get all the waxing finished, its ready to be buffed where I began.  On the drawers, I just buffed with my wax brush.  You can also use a soft cloth.

And…here’s the finished product!

And to think, she was getting ready to sell this!  Can’t wait to see it in her bedroom.

Linking to:

Restore Interiors Restored it Wednesday 
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday
Primp Your Stuff
Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party
Perfectly Imperfect All Things Furniture



A New Trick

Well, I finally picked up a paint brush this week.  I’ve got to get back in the groove here.

So, I’ve had this set of shutters forever just waiting for the perfect project.  Actually, I have 4 sets.  Picked them up at the Habitat Restore.

In Julie’s mood board, I included some shutters with a book page wreath that I think we may put over her desk.  So, here’s where these shutters come in.

Since we are accenting the room with turquoise, ASCP Duck Egg is the perfect color.  So, I slathered on a coat of paint.  No need for a second coat, as I’m going to distress it pretty good anyway.

Then, to give them a little more texture and age, I broke out the hair dryer.  Yep, the hair dryer.

If you put on a thick layer of paint and then dry it with a hair dryer (or heat gun if you have one) on hot, the paint will crack, giving you something like this.

Isn’t that cool?  A new trick.

So after adding a little crackly age, I distressed the whole thing with my handy dandy sanding block, then put on a coat of clear wax.

And, here’s the final product.

Pretty quick project and it will look great in Julie’s room.

Linking to:

Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party
Primp Your Stuff
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage  


Julie’s Casual Cottage Bedroom Plan

The past few days I have been working on Julie’s bedroom plan and we are both loving it.

To remind you, here is the before.

And here is the plan:

We will be picking the exact wall color in the next several days and Julie’s wonderful husband will be painting the walls for us.  She has decided the only furniture that will be painted will be the desk, something like above (via Miss Mustard Seed), and we will leave the other furniture as is. 

To stay with our budget, we will be scouring thrift stores and yard sales to find similar items to complete the room.

What do you think of the plan?  I made the plan on Olioboard.  Have you tried this…it’s wonderful!

Stay tuned for more details and progress!

This is so much fun!


A Potentially Beautiful Space

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have my first client for making over an entire room and being able to share it with all of you.

Yesterday, I went to meet with Julie, a local follower, to talk about giving her master bedroom a makeover.  They moved into their home about seven years ago and have worked on every room in the house but ran out of steam before making it to their own bedroom. 

Don’t we all do that? It seems like our bedrooms are one of the last places we take care of.  But, it should be one of the first.  We need to be able to go to bed at night in a restful, comfortable, and complete room.

Julie’s room has all the basic needs and some beautiful antique pieces, but just doesn’t seem finished to her and she wants it to be updated with a more casual, cottage feel. 

That bed is beautiful and was handmade for them for their 25th wedding anniversary.  No, we won’t be painting that.

The swing arm lamps have to stay, but I’m sure we can do something to make them work in the room. The brass has gotta go.

Another beautiful piece she picked up at a yard sale.  TV has to say, but maybe we can find another solution for the base.

Julie is a teacher and she grades papers and makes lesson plans at this desk, so it is staying also.

We will be looking for a bedside table, something small, for the right side of the bed and we need to find a solution for the window treatments also. 

Here are some inspiration pics that Julie chose.  Gotta love Pinterest! (By the way, I’ll be doing a post on Pinterst this week.  I’ve gotten several questions about it.  It’s A-ma-zing!)


She loves the feel of this one.  Layered bedding, touches of turquoise, and the casual cottage look.


She was also thinking of more of a brown wall, not quite this dark, and again, she loves the layered bedding, and pops of color.

So, now, I will be putting together some ideas over the next few days that will go with our budget and we will get moving on making Julie and her husband’s bedroom a real retreat for them. 

I will be posting our progress here but be sure to follow my Facebook page for even more pictures and progress notes. 

Thank you to Julie for welcoming me into your beautiful home.  I look forward to working with you.  Your bedroom is definitely Potentially Beautiful!  🙂