This cute little chest of drawers was inspired by my travels to Tybee Island. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew what I wanted to do. It was hot mess (see picture below) but there was something about it that seemed so charming. It was the perfect shade of blue and once I began sanding away the problem areas, it became even more beautiful.
Someone had removed the original drawer pulls and used an interesting replacement… I removed them and instantly knew that I wanted to use rope for the pulls. One of the drawers was actually missing and the previous owners had hinged the drawer face to the dresser which was very awkward and not very functional. I removed it and finished the area of the missing drawer with sand ply and then searched for the perfect beachy baskets to fit the space.
Not allowing any good piece of wood to waste, I reused the drawer front to mount my nautical inspired wall hooks, which happen to be dock cleats.
I painted the top of the dresser in stripes of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White and Country Grey, which I felt complemented the blue without being overly matchy-matchy. I also like to finish off the inside of the drawers with fabric and I’m obsessed with anchors so when I happened upon this super cute yellow anchor fabric, I knew my vision was meant to be.
Before (I always forget to take a picture before I start)
Thanks for stopping by
There is so much cool stuff in the works that I just can’t wait to tell…but I have to.
Here are some things I can share…
Isn’t the color fabulous? It’s Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue
I started working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints a few weeks ago and I really love it.
This is what I started with and I have re-ordered twice since. The colors are great and the texture and finish is amazing. I am so happy that I tried this product because it really solved a lot of problems I had with standard latex paints.
I really have two main styles that I focus on and those are mid-century and french styles. I am not a purist or traditionalist in either style. I am constantly stepping out of the box with color choices and redesign techniques.
I wanted this piece to be kind of risque or sex in the city-ish. Traditional and avant garde colliding. I envision it in a dining room with heavy, silk damask drapes and sexy low lighting.
The next piece is a Heywood Wakefield ReDesign…
painted in Annie Sloan Graphite and finished with clear wax, I was able to buff the finish to a super smooth hard finish.
I doubt that I’m the only one that has used this paint for modern pieces, but I will say that it is well suited for it since the paint is fast drying and you have the ability to buff the wax to a super hard finish.
I am working on a Bernhardt Sideboard, Gun Case, French Arm Chair and Dresser this week. Along with all the other new changes in the works…its going to be a busy week.
Good Luck Junkin’
And I don’t just mean the temperature (although it is 96 degrees) I’m cranking out projects like someone lit a fire under my tail…
I finished up the custom order for Michelle’s daughter…
The client had chosen a chest that was in my “to be redesigned” album on facebook and she wanted the turquoise color that I had used on some other pieces. She also wanted me to paint a sleigh bed that she already owned. It was a very nice piece of furniture but her daughter was bored with the traditional look of it, so we decided to update it with a black paint job. (I got so excited to start working on it that I forgot to take the before picture before sanding)
When they came to drop of the bed her daughter noticed this cute vanity and decided that she wanted it in black also…
knowing the pre-teens style, I decided to surprise her with a little more turquoise… which gave this little vanity a funky personality…just like hers.
I really like the way it turned out… It’s really fun to work with kids that have good style…
I also have this project in the works…
I fell in love with the Heidi Grace Birdcage Fabric
and I just had to use it on something…
so this little mid century chest will be getting a makeover…just a teaser…check back to see the progress.
Have a productive week…
I have spent the last couple days changing out my “girly” booth to reflect more of the French Market Style that I love. As some of you might already know, I have multiple design personalities and they frequently fight with each other. Sometimes I try to mix them all together and it works, other times it drives me nuts. Currently, I have my “guy” booth and my “girly” booth.
This is my “French Market Style” booth. This style might be confused with Shabby Chic, but it’s a bit more rustic in it’s color palette. It’s more burlap than lace and a little less delicate.
“Juliette” bed turned out amazing. She is perfectly imperfect.
So that is a glimpse at my girly side and here is the other side…
Rustic ranch with warm tones, bright colors and funky cowboy junk.
That’s me…eclectic to the max.
Y’all have a great weekend and good luck junkin’
I finished a few more of my smaller pieces yesterday…just in time to get MORE good junk to refinish. I picked up some great stuff last night and tomorrow should bring more good loot my way.
Not Too Shabby Bench $29
"Dont Forget to be Shabby" Memo Board $19
My Little Alamo Curio Cabinet $29
Detail of My Little Alamo
Turquesa Grande Memo Board $49
Detail of Turquesa Grande Memo Board
Oodles of Skittle Candle Holders $9-12 each
Thanks for checkin out my loot. There is more to come tomorrow.
In case you didn’t know, I love burlap. I use it on everything because it goes with almost everything. Here is a cute little chair and stool that has been painted black, distressed and topped with my fave material…you guessed it…Burlap!
Black and Burlap Beauty
"Prop your feet up and stay a spell" stool
Turquesa Grande is indeed a grand desk. He is almost done. I’m waiting for drawer pulls. It’s the story of my life…waiting that is. I’m always waiting for something. Anyway, this guy is rough and rugged but pretty…if that is at all possible. I tend to think so…
The Drawer pulls will be a Spanish/Mission style cast iron.
Top of Turquesa Grande
Contact me to reserve before he is listed on my Etsy Store.
Be High Falootin this year!
This cute little dresser almost done. I am waiting on the drawer pulls. I have named her Lou La Belle because she looks so sweet and charming. Very Country Cottage and full of good ole’ southern grace. The drawer pulls will be vintage glass pulls. This piece is $175.
Lou La Belle
Top of Lou La Belle Dresser
Lou La Belle Door Accent
Inside Lou La Bell
I will post her up on my Etsy store when I have the pulls, but you can reserve her now if you want her. Just comment “SOLD” on the post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Turquoise Dreamin’ is a cute little sewing table. I just finished it last night and I love the way it turned out. It is heavily distressed and is a bright turquoise with a brownish glaze over it to tone it down. I also have the Kenmore Sewing Machine to go with it. I will be changing the casters to something more vintage when I find just the right style. I bought this with the intention of keeping it for myself, but it turned out so nicely that I will put a price tag on it. $199 with working vintage sewing machine.
Turquoise Dreamin' Sewing Table
Turqouise Dreaming Sewing Table
Turquoise Dreamin' Back
More new loot from the High Falootin’ workshop.
Here are some of my newly refinished pieces.
- After SOLD
Distressed Stool SOLD
After - Still Available
I will be doing a whole grouping to coordinate with this headboard. The head board is solid wood made by Thomasville. Refinished is $60.
I am sanding and painting up a storm so there will be more new loot on Monday.