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My Vintage Chalk Paint Sewing Chest

There is nothing I love more than finding a great piece of furniture that needs a little (or a lot) of love. This little sewing chest was a great find at my local Goodwill and for just a few dollars it was in the back of my car and on the way home with me… Read more.

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Handpainted diy outdoor furniture

Updating My Outdoor Table Top with a Painted Ikat Design

I am planning an end-of-good weather soirée at my house in a few weeks and wanted to give my back yard a little makeover. My modern style Ikea table and chairs that I bought I few years ago had a lovely frosted glass top that did not make it in my last move. This gave… Read more.


How I Refinished My Old Mannequin

You may remember this dress form and mannequin that I display in my bedroom when I gave you a home tour of that room last fall. As a seamstress, I love the look of the forms especially when they are a bit weathered and aged. The smaller mannequin was something I had picked up at… Read more.

DIY Paper Bag Easter Basket

Easter Basket Made from An Upcycled Grocery Bag

This project is an oldie but goodie! I posted this basket a few years ago on my former blog and have seen it republished on other many websites and in several magazines. Last year I shared how to make a smaller version of this basket, which is also cute and has a brilliant method for… Read more.


VIDEO: Make an Industrial Edison Style Chandelier

Many of you have asked about my DIY industrial chandelier. As I promised, here is the tutorial for my dining room, and now kitchen bar lights. The base of my chandeliers are made from a recycled coffee table & cabinet door. The vintage reproduction electrical parts I found on Etsy at Snake Head Vintage. I… Read more.

Before and After: Dining Room Chairs

Before and After: Dining Room Chairs

Tomorrow I will be touring my dining room in my little craftsman house. To finish up the room just in time for the tour, I just updated the dining room chairs I have been collecting and thought it would be fun to show the before and after with you. The truth is, I have far… Read more.

Dresser Redo with Yellow Chalk Paint®

Dresser Redo with Yellow Chalk Paint®

One of the pieces I have had ready to chalk paint is this old dresser that I found at a neighborhood church garage sale. I knew I wanted to venture away from my favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors (Graphite and Old White) and try something a bit more daring. So I gravitated to… Read more.

Chalk Paint Video

VIDEO: Refinishing Furniture with Chalk Paint®

Yes, a new video! You may recognize this table from the entryway tour. It is painted in my all time favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color. . . Graphite! In this video I share my favorite technique to get an old world look using this dark grey paint and both dark and clear soft… Read more.

Vintage Step Stool

Before and After: My Vintage Step Stool

I have been looking for just the right step stool to use in my photography studio. I am constantly needing to shoot straight down onto the project sitting on the big heavy industrial table in my studio and jumping on and off the table as I do is not the best idea. I was delighted… Read more.

Chalk Painted Rocking Chairs

Upcycle Your Rocking Chairs with this DIY Chalk Paint® Tutorial

Last month I found two matching rocking chairs on Craigslist. I loved their shape and style knowing they would be perfect for my new front porch. Though the red paint on the chairs is a classic color, I wanted to give them a fresh, yet timeless vintage look and knew I would be doing that… Read more.


A Tour of My Loft (upcycled, found & hand made)

Happy Friday everyone! Today I want to share something near and dear to my heart. . . my condo, or what is referred to here in the Pearl (the name of a downtown Portland neighborhood) as a loft. I am feeling extra sentimental because I will be moving from my beloved loft in just a… Read more.

Chalk Painted Nightstand

Hand Painted Furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A few weeks ago. . . before I even knew I would have this brand new blog. . . I wrote about my love for painting furniture at Elliné I am going to share this post again, here on my new blog, as this is a subject dear to my heart. Painting furniture a quick… Read more.