In the hopper . . .

Here in Texas, we don’t have basements, or real attics for that matter.  All we have is the garage, and mine isn’t a particularly large one.  The garage is where just about all of my furniture finds and projects end up.  I work real hard to get it cleared out and then enjoy one to two weeks of being able to park our van in there, only to load it back up again after the next great find.  Sigh.  I probably should accept that as long as we live here and I’m in this business, my garage is going to be more of a rotating furniture factory than a place to house our car.

Here is a peek at the projects hanging out in my garage right now.


I found this awesome, hand-built shelf/hutch in someone else’s garage . . . at an estate sale a few weeks back.  It was super cheap and I grabbed it thinking it would make a great display for my shop.  But I’ve developed a liking for it, and so I’m thinking we might keep it here.  We have lots of big wall space in our house, so I  may chop off the bottom pieces that make it a hutch (you can’t really see it in the pictures) and hang it on a wall space as display shelf.  I’ve already thought of lots of neat things I could put on it . . . but for now, it’s just hanging out and serving as a drop spot for paint and tools.


I also have this great sideboard I found just a few days ago.  I wrote in my last post about my excellent estate sale timing a few days ago . . . how I dropped in right when 90% off was announced! Well, this was one of my awesome finds.  And it gets even better:


Here’s the top! A solid marble slab with hand-painted tiles, mirror, and trim work.  It’s gorgeous and in excellent condition.  And for you purists out there, don’t worry, I am not going to paint it.


It was part of a whole set that included a huge armoire and vanity . . . unfortunately, this was the only piece I could fit in my already stuffed van.  It is truly ridiculous what I payed for it–maybe one of my best finds ever.  It does need a tiny repair–one of the casters came off and needs to be fixed back in place.  So, it also sits in my garage for now.


I found this really old oak chest of drawers on CL last week, and it’s already got a quick coat of milk paint on it.  I’m super excited about the knobs I found for it, they are really sleek.


Two of the drawer bottoms need repair though, which is a job my hubby has to help with.  So it’s also hanging out in my garage.


Besides business projects I have a few personal projects going on as well.  I have been working on re-doing my little office area (more on that later . . .) and this great cane arm chair is part of my new scheme.


It’s waiting for  a coat of MMS Artissimo and some new fabric on the seat.

Lastly, I’ve been doing some furniture switching in my boys’ rooms.  The two big boys got bunk beds to replace their two twin beds, and the baby had one of the twin beds moved into his room.  It won’t be too much longer before he is out of the crib and into a big kid bed, yikes.


I have a box spring left over from the big boys’ room (they can’t use their boxes on the bunks), but not another twin mattress yet.  I don’t dare put the box spring down onto the bed without a mattress . . . it is low enough that my little one could climb onto it and I know I would find him jumping away, boring holes down into the box! So, it’s just kinda hanging out until I can find a good deal on a twin mattress to go on top.

Rarely are things settled for a long around here.   I wish you all a productive week for all of your projects!

Artissimo Sideboard

My husband is finally back from his looooong international trip, so we are all celebrating here! I had one major project I wanted to do while he was gone, and with my mother-in-law’s babysitting help I was able to knock it out last weekend.  I found this great vintage Basset sideboard at an estate sale around the corner from me about a month ago.


It is a really solid piece and overall in good condition, but that honey-colored wood is just . . . ughh.  I was lacking in inspiration for awhile, not sure what direction to take it since it’s a little more mid-century-modern than what I usually work on.  So, I posted a picture of it on my Facebook page asking for ideas, and got a ton of feeback.  It was a fun process, great to see everyone else’s creative styles come out.  All of that discussion got my creative juices flowing, and I decided it needed to be dark and sleek.  I have been wanting to try Miss Mustard Seed Artissimo milk paint, and this looked liked the perfect project.

Another byproduct of that Facebook post was that a friend and local blog follower decided this was the perfect piece for her entryway! So, it quickly turned into a custom project, and after some deliberating, she decided the dark blue Artissimo was the way to go also.

I don’t have any in process pictures because my hubby had the camera on his trip, I hope the afters suffice.  I did do some light sanding to help the milk paint stick, but other than that, there was no real prep.


The color turned out just as fabulous and I imagined it would . . . The sanding helped the milk paint to stick overall, except for that one door.  But that’s what you get with milk paint! And I think it adds a unique and custom touch–no piece will ever look the same.


The deep color highlights the brass hardware well.



The detail on the legs stands out better now.



One of the great things about milk paint is the depth and texture it adds because the color isn’t flat throughout.



My friend comes to pick it up tomorrow evening, and I hope she loves it as much as I do.

Linking up to Not Just a Housewife


Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party


Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesdays

and Miss Mustard Seed FFF