My Project Portfolio

One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is taking outdated furniture, windows or spaces and finding a way to give them a fresh, updated look.  Some of the pieces are in excellent condition to begin with but have long been forgotten and need of a little TLC.  Others are truly at the end of their rope and my goal is to find a use for them…somehow!

#1 The Dresser Project:

Not too bad, but a fresh coat of paint would really brighten up this piece.

After lightly sanding and painting it, I added some black hardware which pops off the white paint and found a new home for it in my front hallway.  A few accessories and photographs and the project was complete.

#2 The Fireplace Project:

When we first bought our home, the brick fireplace was in good condition but didn’t fit the style I had in mind for the space.

Using a $3.00 sample paint can, I dry brushed the bricks to give them a crisp new look that really works with the muted walls and simple sconces.

Since a fireplace is typically the focal point in any space, it is one of the most important elements to address when you’re trying to achieve a new look.

#3 The Window Project

I found this salvaged window at a flea market for $5.o0.

I didn’t try to sand it or change the distressed look, instead I just cleaned it up and painted a simple tree directly on the glass.

It adds a quiet, organic feel to the recently refinished fireplace.

#4 The Booth Project

When I first received this booth as a gift from a relative it was covered with red, leatherette on the back and a country, floral pattern on the cushion.

To give it a fresh look, I chose a Waverly Lattice fabric in a greenish blue hue. I needed my husband’s help to stretch it across the back and we nailed it into place using decorative nails.

I had the cushion seat recovered with a beige linen fabric, and because I had so much fabric leftover my seamstress is making pillows out of it.  My next project is learning how to sew!

I love the way the booth works against the farmhouse table, especially when we’re entertaining.  It’s the perfect place to lay out some of my favorite snacks and treats!

#5 The Shabby Chic Dresser

I was in desperate need of a new dresser in our master bedroom, so I decided to take a piece I’d bought years before and give it the same shabby chic feel I was going for in the room.  My mother-in-law helped me paint it with three coats of Benjamin Moore flat paint in Linen White.  Once the paint was completely dry, we sanded down the edges, trim and the decorative detail to give it that old, worn in feeling I wanted in the space.

I love how it compliments the rest of the room.

It makes me smile every time I come into our bedroom because it was something I did myself and there’s nothing more rewarding than that!


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