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Last Bedroom Set Piece ~ Tall Bookcase

Here is the final completed bedroom set piece for the lovely young high school student.  An oak bookcase to hold all of her textbooks, books and other miscellenaous items.  We decided to paint the exterior of the bookcase lime green like the bedside table and the bookcase’s back in eggplant like the vanity.

bookcase up view

The bookcase is substantial and there is a lot of space for storing any number of different items.

side bookcase

All of the other bedroom furniture has been glazed but this one will be just straight paint this time.

close up bookcase bottom

Her room looks so lively and fun and the bookcase will make another great addition.

room with furniture

The variety of colors works in the room, thanks to the white walls, which allows the furniture to stand out on its own.

dresser in room

I’m looking forward to seeing how the bookcase looks in the room soon.

Grey & White French Provincial Dresser

If you follow my posts, then you know that I often forget to take “before” photos in my eagerness to start a new project.  While the  grey and white dresser is tall with five drawers rather than wide like the dresser below, they are the same style so  you have an idea of what the dresser looked like “before” its rebirth.

fp restore buffet before

Thanks to friends and acquaintances, I’m often asked if I want a piece of furniture that they don’t use anymore, sometimes I’m lucky enough to get it for free, although I generally pay for the furniture.   A few years ago I worked in a coffee shop and purchased this dresser from one of the co-owners.

below front shot

I love it when I have plenty of paint in my supply closet to choose from so I opted for Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint for the body and Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint in White Dove for the trim pieces.  The paints are so very different and I realized that I prefer to use BM’s Advanced Paint, not only because it goes on smoothly, but I know that the piece has the toughest latex paint on the market.

drawer close up

If you are planning on distressing a piece, there is nothing better to use than Chalk Paint.  You can use traditional sandpaper or a wet cloth works well too for distressing.

side view

Because of the interesting lines on most french provincial pieces, I often opt to glaze them with Martha Stewart’s Coffee glaze, which has metallic flakes in it to subtly illuminate those places the glaze took hold.

front shot

This piece will be for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport later this week.

Sassy Yet Sophisticated Table

I particularly love to help my friends with interior decorating suggestions and consulting on possible pieces of furniture to purchase and paint.  My client (obviously a friend) and her husband had been looking to purchase a small table as well as a secretary and we’ve been trading text messages when either of us come upon something of interest.  As soon as she sent me this picture from a local antique mall, I knew it was the “one!”

close up before

We met in college when going through sorority rush week.  Although I didn’t pledge her house, we remained acquintances and some 20 years later after moving back to my hometown, I ran into her at the local gym.  What great luck!  We’ve been in the same book club and she and her husband just moved into my neighborhood just one block over.

front view staged

We spent an hour or so looking over different hues of red that would complement the color in her rug but not overpower the other furniture pieces in her dining room.

Full Angle View

This table is the perfect size to go almost anywhere in a house.  My clients have it nestled against an angled wall in their dining room.

front view no staging

With such great detail, this piece was just begging to be glazed.  I love how it makes the inlays stand out.

corner leg detail

I would’ve snatched this piece up if I had spied it at the antique mall.  It’s a great signature piece that will look wonderful in any room of my client’s house.

Luscious Lime Green Bedside Table & Wood Box Accessories

Here is the final bedroom piece that I recently completed for my teenage client (who’s adorable).  In the middle of this project, I was gone five weekends in a row as well as a number of work days, but my client and her parents were understanding and patient.  What dream clients!

bedside before

Originally we were going to paint this piece off-white since there is a lot of color with the teal dresser, eggplant vanity and teal and off-white bed frame.  My client’s mother was concerned that the off-white would look lost, which was an excellent point.   The fun vanity stool fabric has lots of colors to choose from but lime green was the most playful.  (The actual color didn’t reproduce well in these photos).

top view bedside table_edited-1

Like the other bedroom set pieces, I glazed this piece to bring out the wonderful details.  I especially love the grills in the cabinet doors, which are original as are the cabinet door knobs.  The drawer knob matches the middle drawer knobs on the teal dresser.

subject break

I know I took before photos of these pieces, but darn if I can’t find them, so you only get the after pictures.


I love older wood pieces like these three.  It was fun to breath new life into them.


This wonderful old tool box will be used by my client’s bed for books, magazines and probably a few other things as well.  The wood on the handle and inside of the tool box received an application of Danish Oil in Natural to give it a boost.

Orange Jewelry Box

This fun piece will be used as a jewelry box and will reside on top of the teal dresser, which will look fabulous.  My client choose a fun orange chenille bed spread, which this piece should play off well.

yellow blue box

This is the only piece that isn’t part of the bedroom set makeover.  My client’s mother had this piece painted although I’m not sure where in the house she’s going to put it to work.

Just loved working on this project with this lovely family.



Eggplant Vanity Plus Stool

I am painting a bedroom set for my client, who happens to attend my son’s high school.  The first piece finished was a large dresser that I painted in teal and glazed.  This vanity and matching stool were painted next, using Benjamin Moore’s advance paint.  As many of  you already know, I love the French Provincial style because it’s so versatile, especially if  you like glaze or distressing and this piece got both.

vanity before

The colors for the bedroom set were inspired by the fabric on the vanity stool.  The dresser was selected to be the room’s focus point so teal was chosen and the color eggplant was selected for the vanity.  I’m generally not a fan of anything in the purple, violet, plum family but I absolute love this color.

vanity front

Originally the drawers had pulls on them but my client wanted knobs so I filled in the drawer pull holes and drilled a new hole in the middle for a single knob.  Neither of these knobs were ultimately chosen.

vanity top open_edited-1

The fabric that inspired the color palette for the bedroom set is on the vanity stool.  I love that you can store jewelry or makeup or anything else for that matter in the cabinet below the fold up mirror.

vanity top open_edited-1

My sister in law served as my photo stylist for this shoot and came down with the glass bowl and pearls.  I wish she was here for all of my photo shoots.  Thanks Lori!

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