I married a man of many talents.
One of his best is refinishing furniture. Rather than buying new pieces, we'd much rather change what we have or buy something to transform.
Check out a few of his latest pieces.
I don't have a "before" picture for this rocking chair, but it was originally Carter's.....from Lillian Vernon.....made of blonde wood and was monogrammed with his name on the back.
We really need 2 in this size to accommodate the "twins", so I'm stopping in at the resale shops often to see what they have.
I wanted to give Lainey a vanity for her second birthday. She's quite interested in lotions and make up and all things girly. I thought it was the perfect time. Pottery Barn Kids and the like had options, but none that I loved. Stopped in at the Goodwill and found this table for $9.99.
Blake peeled off the top, painted it and then added a Ralph Lauren Antiquing Glaze.
Love the etched details and curvy legs. I'm currently looking for a fabric stool and then we'll put the table against the wall with a funky mirror to complete it.
I traded an old set of patio furniture for this cabinet while we were still in Colorado. I loved this piece and knew it could be really cute with a few changes. This is what I like about refinishing. Adding time and love and our own personality. Making it ours.
First, we stripped the interior of the red satin fabric. Then, Blake sanded it, painted it, distressed it, and added the antique glaze. Coco sent me the chicken toile fabric and we fitted it in.
Blake isn't sold on the chickens, but I think it's funky and unusual. He wants something more trendy like a damask. Time will tell.
****Blake would like the records to state that he does not know what a "damask" fabric is. He has never used the word and has no interest in using it.
Pictured next to the "chicken cabinet", as we now call it, is Lainey's doll high chair. Because they eat with us, of course. Found it at an antique store in Weston, Missouri. LOVE it.
Lots more projects lined up. We're currently transitioning all of our earth toned, "heavy" pieces into those with a more whimsical and "lived in" feel to them. I don't want my house to look like a typical model home......dark colors, obligatory trendy accessories, overdone lamps and weighty pillows. They're nice. But, they're not us.
I want COLOR. I want our house to reflect our personalities and the fact that 3 children live here. I want it to look like a happy, cheerful, full-of-life home.
Blake and I have been really good about buying simple furniture that can span over many designs. That way, we can keep the pieces long term and change pillows and artwork according to our current design direction. A leather couch, leather chair, solid chenille couch, etc......all will stay and be used for years and years.
Thinking of recovering our paisley ottoman with burlap.....and we'll eventually change the paisley chair to achieve more of the look we want now.
I love the feel of the following rooms. They're welcoming and full of color.
And, it looks like someone might actually live there!
(minus the white couch, of course)
Books, books, books.....make me happy.
I like the color against the white base here.
Another direction, but this feels like home to me.
Cute, cute, cute.
Changes coming in the Starnes house. An armoire to refinish......and artwork to create. I'm collecting ideas and am slowly putting it all together. Stay tuned!