Category Archives: Before and After

Before and After – Sea Glass Buffet

I haven’t posted anything for a while, so I’ll come back to blogging with an easy before and after post. I’ll apologize now for the blurry photos. My Littles were playing with my tripod not long ago, and they seem to have misplaced the part that lets me attach my camera to the tripod. So low light from a rainy day and my not-so-steady hand produced no-so-crisp photos.


I found this sweet two-drawer buffet at one of my favorite second hand shops.


So pretty, but the finish was in pretty rough shape. I knew immediately what I wanted it to look like, and it was the perfect chance for me to try my new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint that I just received from Robyn Story Designs with free shipping (I love free shipping).

I mixed one part Kitchen Scale to 3 parts Ironstone to get the pale greenish blue that I imagined. Image

I used the bonding agent on the sides because they were already pretty distressed with damaged veneer. I didn’t want the milk paint to chip off and make the sides look more distressed. For the drawer fronts, I just mixed Ironstone into the cup that still had a bit of leftover paint from the main color. Sorry, no color formula, just winging it. The details are highlighted with Ironstone. A fun bit of milk paint chemistry occurred when I painted the drawer fronts. A bit of the previous finish lifted and mixed with the milk paint, changing my color to an even more greenish hue and giving a beautiful washed look.

ImageThe piece turned out even better than I expected. The colors remind me of sea glass. I priced it at $175 and it’s now for sale at the School House Antique Mall.

Shared with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday. I’m #75.


French as a Second Language Chair

Let me introduce you to my latest makeover.

She didn’t come into my life looking like this. I found her on the side of the road, looking pretty lost and forlorn. This is what she looked like before.

Look at how sad she was, longing to be able to go out and enjoy the world. Oh, she definitely deserved a makeover.

She was missing a lot of buttons, or plugs, covering the screws that hold her together.

So my first step was to fill them with new buttons. (My husband calls them plugs, but I like buttons better.)

Added a bit of wood glue, then tapped them into the hole.

There. Much better.Then she was ready for painting. Old White, of course.

I replaced all the old padding, and my husband cut a new board for the seat base, because the old one was falling-apart-particle board. The new upholstery is sturdy canvas (yes, a drop cloth. Love those drop cloths.) And I added a grain sack inspired image.

I won’t tell you that the first time I upholstered the chair, I had a funny thought just as I was hammering in the last tack. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if I put the upholstery on upside down?” And I flipped the seat over and… it was upside down. But I won’t tell you that. So I un-upholstered and then reupholstered the seat. It was right the second time.

The chair didn’t start out looking very French at all, but she was so excited with her new look that she decided to take a cup of tea and a book into the garden.

It was a little cool outside, so she was grateful for the shawl as she sat and studied her book.

What book is she reading you ask?

Why French Grammar of course! She didn’t start out speaking French, but with a little work, she’s learning it as a second language.

Wouldn’t she look lovely by a writing desk? She’s for sale at the School House Antique Mall.

Sheet Music Wall Table

If you’ve seen my Facebook page, then you’ve seen this table


Isn’t she lovely?

I found her on Craigslist. I have to say, she sure does look a whole lot better than she did when we brought her home. She was dirty and her veneer was chipped away.


She had definitely seen better days.

I wonder what story she would tell if she could. Perhaps she once sat in a little parlor; collecting calling cards, listening to ladies visiting over tea, or holding a tray of petit fours while enjoying someone playing the piano at an evening gathering.


That’s what I imagine.

I started her makeover by painting her with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and followed with wax buffed to a soft sheen. The chipped veneer was filled in with wood filler and sanded smooth, and then I covered the top with vintage sheet music. I coated the top with 3 coats of polycrylic, so she is still just as useful as she is beautiful. I lightly distressed her in just a few places. She’s wearing a new gown, but she isn’t just another pretty young thing. She is wise AND beautiful. And just look at those legs!


Look again at before:


And after:


This is the first thing I’ve redone with the intent of selling it.  What do you think?

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The 36th Avenue

Miss Mustard Seed – The inspiration behind the sheet music idea (see her sheet music dresser it’s gorgeous!)

At the Picket Fence

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