The Making of Mantels / Appeasing my Mantel Envy!

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A couple of weeks ago, I hinted on our Facebook Page about the weekend project we had in the works. I mentioned that I was all done dealing with the ‘mantel envy’ I have had going on, for years now. You know, mantels, the shelving surface that many homes have over their fireplace?  Many creative homemakers have great fun decorating their mantels for various seasons and holidays, switching it up all of the time. It just wasn’t fair.
We don’t have a fireplace, anymore. Years ago, before the little-house to big-house renovation, we had a built in coal and wood fireplace insert, with a brick mantel.… Read More

My Custom Built Farmer’s Table Home Office Desk

 I know many of you have been waiting for this, with all of my teasing about it! And I have been dying to show you my custom-built farmer’s table home office desk, that that my husband made for me.  For this first post, I am simply sharing with you the build itself, and some of the story behind it.  In upcoming posts, I will show you my workspace all set up and pretty. (When I get that far.)

So first, to put my appreciation and excitement in context here, you should know how I have been working.

In this large amoire in the photos below, is our TV, which we rarely use at all.… Read More

3 Little Garden Chairs / Refinishing

 There’s been these 3 little chairs, sitting in our basement for years now.  One of my husband Michael’s clients offered them to him, knowing we had triplets, and thinking maybe we could use them.  They are about toddler size. So he brought them home, and they’ve been in the basement ever since. I’ve never been a primary-colors kind of girl.  I thought maybe I would repaint them or do something with them at some point, for the kids, or maybe as available props for my photography studio.   But, I was just never inspired to ‘have-at’ them.

Until of course, I was.… Read More

An Amoire Refinish

 

 

It’s been awhile since we’ve shared a furniture refinish project with you.  Unlike the last one which was extremely meaningful and refinished with much love, my mother’s dresser, this one is not so special.  It’s a useful piece for our home, but it’s just a piece we picked up years ago at some department store or other.  Regardless, it has been in a room we wanted it out of.  The only other place we could figure that it could be used and where we also would have room for it, was in our youngest daughter’s bedroom.  Yes, the same bedroom my mother’s dresser was refinished for.  And I was NOT putting this darker piece up there, in that bright, fresh and airy room.Read More