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Ava’s very French/Madeline Inspired, Nursery Furniture April 30, 2008

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As my anxious mommy-to-be client awaited the arrival of her sweet Ava, she brought me several pieces of furniture to paint.  With fabric swatches and paint colors she presented her vision for the nursery which was to be in a Madeline (like the book series) French theme.

Some pieces, like this little bookcase, were handed down from her grandparents.  It wasn’t by any means a fine piece of furniture. 

It was more like a utility piece that hung around the attic or basement for years. 

After scraping away contact paper applying some wood glue, nails and paint…

it turned into a happy little bookcase awaiting the great cardboard classics like Good Night Moon and I love You This Much.

The foot stool and rocker she found at consignment shops had hard old foam cushions that she worked on replacing and re-covering while I sanded, painted applied more pink polka dots.  I painted two time-worn brown stained dressers, that were her own when she was a girl.  A white antiqued finish gave them new life.


What she didn’t know, is that her friends wanted to surprise her with a baby shower gift that would coordinate with her collection.

They decided on having me paint this handy and useful portable stool. 

Doesn’t it look like a little frosted cake?



gathering and organizing April 26, 2008

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I’m gathering and organizing for summer sales.

I have several clip boards, chalkboards, note boards, magnetic… 

 A few storage pieces like this bench. Some trunks, painted vintage wood boxes and cans…

Some decorative pieces…

Three finished beds to sell.  Two of them are to sell as a matching set.

This is one of the two:

Children’s bed or play room art…

Organizing my studio, in preparation for at least two art/street fairs this summer and  I will be starting an Etsy site (

I have a lot of small items in my studio that are ready to go, but I need some larger items.  Waiting in line to be painted: 2 chiffarobes, dresser, armoire, library table.  vintage high chair, makeup/jewelry table, table and four chairs (I’m thinking of a game table design), architectural finds (carpentry first, then paint), chairs chairs chairs, canvas murals and a toy chest!

Hoping that by revealing my huge to do list, I will get these painted, posted and purchased.  I will be posting my  Etsy site as soon I get that going.


Ok, it worked. I’m inspired. April 25, 2008

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Glam walls.  I need to make a sample board right now.  I’m sure this is wallpaper, and I love it, but wouldn’t it be 10 times better painted (said the painter)?!!

Hey, … couldn’t this be done with a hollow core door??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, I can hardly finish typing, I need to go paint.


Decor dog… (mental note: must match your decor to your dog, looks so cool).


All of these photos and their sources can be found at this great blog “desire to inspire”

I will be checking back in with them!!  I have to go and paint…



Sugar scrub is great for painters April 23, 2008

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I painted the deck yesterday.  This is the sign I put up for the kids.  They read the sign and then opened the door anyway (I don’t know if you’re aware, but signs don’t apply to children)! 

Wow, to my surprise, I found something I do not like painting. 

It’s a messy process.  But, well worth the work.


Ahhh, all fresh and clean.

By the time I was done I was covered head to toe with tiny little spatters all over me.  I used my new sugar scrub and the paint just wiped away.  I love it when things fall in line like that!


Sugar Scrubtacular April 22, 2008

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Seriously easy… I made this simple, and I mean simple sugar scrub from You have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

My first step was to find a container. I didn’t want any old ugly jar… I remembered a little glass jar that I had kept because it was so cute, but I didn’t have a purpose for it! Where did I put that… in the cabinet right next to my scented bath oil! I already had essential oil in many different fragrances. I had forgotten all about them. I think next time I’d like to try coconut for a tropical summer scrub!

I cut their recipe in half, just in case I didn’t like it. I LOVE it! What a great scrub sugar makes (vanilla would be great in this too). My skin is soooo soft. Look out Bath and Body!


love your furniture April 21, 2008

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When I say the words “painted furniture” do you envision bright colors covering a chair with flowers, checks and polka dots?  Often, people do.  But, painted furniture can be many things.  From vibrant designs (polka dots and plaids) to subtle hints of time worn use. 



I painted these two pieces for a french inspired nursery.  Pink, brown and taupe toile fabric by the yards and yards required the furniture to be a subtle compliment to the room.  My client already owned these pieces.  She had used this armoire when she was a child.  I had also painted a gorgeous antique upholstered chair and side table for this room. 

I never did get around to taking pictures of those. (A really bad habit that I have had for years!  So many rooms and pieces of furniture that I have painted and not taken pictures of.  I’m usually so exhausted, I just want to clean my brushes and be done for the day! But this blogging is fixing that – I am taking pictures of everything.)

Painting all of the different styles of furniture with the same colors and designs brought everything together.  Instead of selling these old pieces they didn’t know what to do with, they re purposed them into a beautiful nursery.  And, these designs are so sophisticated (not child like) she will be able to use them for a very long time. 

You can search for a piece to purchase that you’d like to paint or have painted.  Or, you may already have something you love that just needs updating and style.  Painted furniture works in any room of your home and with any personal style. 

There’s a connection between a painted piece and the owner.  It’s more that just a piece of furniture, it’s a memory, it’s a gift, it’s a loved object with a history that you helped create.


The soffit that never was April 19, 2008

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I created this design for a client with a very french country kitchen. 

  She wanted a mural on a soffit above an opening between the kitchen and her living room, that tied in elements of her love for cooking and nature and her arts and crafts furniture collection.  She loved this design.  Unfortunately, she was not able to have it completed.  

I am truly disappointed because I was looking forward to painting this. 

 I want to give it a home somewhere… here seems a good place.