Mad Men Inspired Couch


I got hooked on Mad Men last summer while working on my first reupholstering project.   Love love love the furniture from that era.  Which brings me to my latest rehab project – a beast of a couch!  This one had to be redone down to the springs and it took FOREVER!


I opted for a neutral taupe & ivory dot chenille with a reversible two-tone cushion (for a bit of an Anthropologie look) .  The frame is painted Annie Sloan Old White with clear wax.


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top detail




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And a few pics of the in-progress, guts …


















A little bit about the details … how much did this cost?  Well, the couch was free … thanks to my sis-inlaw Kate :).  I did have to replace everything except the springs.  Foam is pricey!  I was able to buy the back foam, dacron, cotton batting & burlap from Hancock fabric during a 40% off sale – spent approx $100.  I custom ordered the cushion from – $125 (including shipping).  And finally, the fabric came from – purchased as remnants … yep, 8 yards of the main fabric and a 3 yard piece of the embroidered Ikat print.  And, believe it or not, I still have fabric left!  Spent $110 on fabric (including delivery).  All totaled – $335

How long did it take?  FOREVER!  It was very labor intensive … but I love the end result!  Very comfy with a touch of glam.  If you’re in the Austin area and would like to add a piece of mad men history to your decor, this couch will be for sale on craigslist shortly.

Yippee – it’s Friday!  And a long weekend!  Get out your paint brushes … or staple guns!



Been such a Long Time!


New computers, new camera phones and lots to do … but yes, I have done a couple of furniture rehabs in the past year.  Lost most of my pictures when I had to reinstall software on my phone a few months ago.

Here’s what I’ve been up to … lots of slipcovers (looking for some pics I did my giant sectional couch & a chair) and now on to reupholstering!  Yep, a couch, a chair, another couch in process and another one waiting in the garage.

Here’s the chair (an x-mas gift from my sister-in-law … who doesn’t love getting crappy furniture 🙂 )

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It’s now a Black Tweed chair and super comfortable!  I used CeCe Caldwell paint on this chair – Beckley Coal.  This is the first time I’ve used this brand – good coverage, thicker than the usual chalk paint.  Beckley Coal is a nice sharp black color – I’d use it again.

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I’m working on the matching sofa now – it’s going to be recovered in a light gray & ivory toned fabric – very classy!  BTW, is having an awesome Remnant Sale (and a ‘remnant might just be 6 or 7 yards).  The fabric for the sofa was delivered today – gorgeous.

It’s Friday – get out the paint brushes .. or staple guns!



Mid-Century Desk




No before pics on this desk … suffice to say it was ‘interesting’, complete with a big sheet of paneling nailed to the back like it had maybe been used as a room divider.

Here it is all cleaned up and painted with DIY chalk paint (using Cacium Bicarbonate) – Color – Valspar Cliveden Green Pastures, Clear wax top coat.


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I’ve been taking my finished furniture to Earthbound at the Leander Market – open Thursday – Sunday 10 to 5.

Have a good weekend.  It’s Friday, get out your paint brushes.



Vintage Aqua Buffet


Two Tone Vintage buffet.  Updated with a custom blend of Annie Sloan chalk paint, some dark wax and little bit of distressing.

This one is a favorite of mine!  I love aqua … wish I had a place for it.

I used Fiddes & Son clear wax for the first time – love it!  Nice smooth finish, dries quickly.

Here’s a ‘before’ picture:

This was a Craigslist find – it had been in storage for 20 years, can you believe it?!  Still has the Thomasville furniture tag on the back.

Since I really don’t have a place for this in my house, it’ll make it’s way to Craigslist shortly.

I know it looks like I haven’t done much painting in the past few months, actually, I have, but I’m slow on posting pics and even slower on moving them out of the house … amazing how some things just manage to find a ‘home’ in my house 🙂

Hope to put a few more items online in the next few days.

It’s the weekend – get out your paint brushes!


PS – I’m moving out of the garage 🙂 !  This buffet can now be viewed Thurs thru Sunday, 10 to 5 @ The Leander Flea Market, 1001 County Road 271@183A, Leander, Texas (just north of the intersection of 183A and Crystal Falls Pkwy).


Navy Blue & White


Something about summer and navy blue & white – I’ve been seeing all the pretty stripes and had to create my version too!

I used Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and Valspar white that I had used in the past.

Original drawer pulls sprayed with Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I used a clear wax on the outside and polyacrylic on the desk top … I  find that the poly coating provides better protection on surfaces that get a lot of use.

Here are a couple of before shots:

Ready for a new home.

Available for purchase here:

My next project is an unusual tall dresser/cabinet … still gravitating to blue/grey/green, turqouise, auqa – we’ll see.

Have a great weekend.  It’s Friday, get out your paint brushes!



Touch of Turquoise


This giant buffet was a bit of challenge!  The wood was in good condition so I wanted to preserve it rather than painting it.  I had to remove a very thick layer of polyurethane to get to the wood and then used a dark walnut stain on the top, bottom and sides.  And then for the turquoise … I had a heck of time getting a color that looked good with dark wood – I finally ended up applying some of the wood stain over the paint to get the aged turquoise color.  Whew – I was starting to think I was going to have to forgo the wood and paint all of it.

The top is a bit rustic with some nics and dings – works well with the colored front.  The drawer pulls are original, spray painted Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I like the way it turned out!

Here’s a quick before:

This one already has a new home – it heads to Houston this week.

Next up – another drop-front desk.

Have a great weekend – It’s Friday, get out your paint brushes!



Tiffany Blue Princess Dresser


Meet Tiffany!

I made my own chalk paint using Valspar Lynhurst Duchess Blue and Oil Bronzed handles.  Turned out nice.

Normally this type of furniture wouldn’t be my choice for refurbishing, but this one was clean, sturdy and in really good shape …

notice all the laminate, gold and particle board – yikes!

And, here is Tiffany all cleaned up and ready for a new life:

I’m going to post this one on CraigsList (Austin) this weekend.

I’ve got a really fun project for next week … take a look at this craigslist find:

You can’t tell from this picture, but the top is pretty scratched up,  the body is great though.  Looking forward to working on this!

Linking up to Miss Mustard Seed – love her Furniture Feature Friday – helps nudge me to finish things up by Friday!

Have a great weekend!  It’s Friday, get out your paint brush!