Updating a Chifferobe


I’ve had several pieces like this and just love updating them, but…I never knew the proper name for this style of furniture and just used the word “wardrobe” when asked.  I was so terribly wrong. [Read more…]

Creating a Chippy Finish with Milk Paint

I always get a chuckle when I read about other furniture painters who freak out when they use milk paint and it starts chipping.  For me, this is the number one reason to use milk paint.  I get that not everyone loves chippy.  It is a very primitive look.

The pigments in milk paint create a gorgeous aged and layered finish.  All by itself.  (I say milk paint is like using water colors and chalk paint is like using acrylics.)  So some people just want the lovely look of milk paint without all the chipping craziness.

Milk paint always has…potential.  This “potential” drives some people crazy…the unpredictability and not knowing how it will turn out.  After using and playing around with it for over a year, milk paint and I have become so close, that I’ve learned its little nuances and how to make it behave the way I want it to.  Most of the time. [Read more…]

Rescued, Restored and Redeemed

Because I have my hands in something twelve hours out of every day, God likes to invade my thoughts during the most random times and start speaking to me. Like when I’m gardening or painting or being a mom. For example, the Holy Spirit has taught me more about the Kingdom of God while sitting in the dirt weeding than I’ve learned sitting on a church pew.

I’m being serious. [Read more…]

A French Side Table Named Juliette

I’d like to introduce you to the sweetest girl ever…

atelier nightstand

I was thrilled to find several French night stands/side tables last week.  They all started out with similar plain walnut finishes.  Not bad, but not extraordinary.  This is how Juliette looked when she came home with me… [Read more…]