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Little Red Map Table

Back again with a furniture makeover.  I’ve had this little table for a while and couldn’t quite figure out what to do with it.


Its a cute little fold down, and I knew I wanted to do something special with it so it would stand out.  So I chose Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk which is almost a fire engine red.




Then the fun part.  I wanted to do a little decoupaged map to give it special character.



The picture doesn’t quite do the table justice.  It looks like its not quite dry, but I used a light wash on the top giving it an aged affect.



Short, but sweet.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Until next time, I am

Ms. B.


By |July 18th, 2015|Furniture|0 Comments

Bedside Table Lamps

I’m finally taking steps to overhaul some rooms in my home, beginning with a few furniture updates. First, the master bedroom.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to both design and oversee the construction of my home back in the early 80’s, and have been well content until lately knowing certain areas just need a good updating. Unlike some, I have never been one to repaint or move furniture around just for the fun of it. It’s not that I don’t like change, I was just comfortable with the design and furniture. Then I went and bought a new living room set, and got the redecorating bug.

So stepping out, I begin with table lamps for the master bedroom. Here is a before shot. It started out what I like to call pea green. Not a bad color, but the master bedroom has blues in it, and the green just wouldn’t blend in.

Table Lamp

I almost didn’t get a before shot because I was so excited to get started. First, I painted with two coats of Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue.

Aubusson Blue A shot after both had dried (almost).

Aubusson Blue - Dry

Then came the decision of what to do next.  I chose Annie Sloan Louis Blue, but did not give complete coats … almost hit and miss. Sorry if the pictures are a little too bright, I’m still learning the photography end of blog writing.


Then I added Annie Sloan Old White and distressed.




Here’s a shot right after waxing and ready for their new shades.

Hit n Miss



And a couple of the finished product.


Night Table Lamp

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Until next time, I am

Ms. B.

By |March 13th, 2015|Home Decor|0 Comments

Granny’s Fold Down Table

I’ve been wanting to redo a table I inherited from my Great Grandmother (“Granny”) for several years now, and have finally taken the time to do it. Here’s what it looked like before (this is the side that was least used).


And a few more of the before (the well worn side) …


The top was also extremely worn, but I knew the chalk paint would cover everything, so I didn’t even sand it.


I started with two coats of Annie Sloan’s Versaile chalk paint.



I couldn’t wait to take pictures so you’ll notice the top isn’t quite dry yet.



and then dry-brushed with Olive. The nicks and dings just gave the table even more character than before.




and those legs … drab to dazzling.





Last was to wax with clear and come behind with touches of dark. Well, what cha think?


Then I set the table. I took plates and the salt/pepper shakers we used when I was growing up. Brought back such wonderful memories. Sweet right?




And the finished table. I think my Granny would have been proud.

Fold-down Table

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Until next time, I am

Ms. B.



By |March 6th, 2015|Furniture|0 Comments

Meet Clarabelle

Welcome to the creation of Clarabelle.

Using Metal Effects Paint by Modern Masters, this is how she came to be …

First, I primed with Metal Effects Primer and let completely dry, then primed again (per the directions).



Although I liked her this way, I wanted to continue with the entire patina process, so I painted a mix of both Copper and Bronze Reactive Metalic Paint and let dry.



Then another coat.



Before the second coat had completely dried, I sprayed with both Green and Blue Patina Aging Solution, and watched the magic begin.



Before she was completely dry, I took a wet sponge and blotted certain areas that I didn’t want completely patinaed. And more magic occured during the final drying stage.




And a finally dried Clarabelle.


Clarabelle without her necklace I made a little later.


And with …




I barely had her finished before she sold to a good home.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Until next time, I am

Ms. B

By |February 27th, 2015|Tutorial|0 Comments

Bessie’s Necklace

Its been very chilly in the shop lately, so in order to continue crafting, I had to use my old standby, the kitchen table.  I’d really like to redo her, but that’s going to have to wait for a bit yet.  Anyhow, here we go.  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and purchased 8 Boxwood Bushes which were 50% off that day (yeah me).

Boxwood Bush

When I got around to working on the wreath, the first thing I did was to cut each stem off the bush and get that out of the way.

Boxwood Bush

Next, I bunched them up to the top, and cut a couple of inches off each one.

Bunched Boxwood

Cut Stems

After a couple of the bushes were completed, I had a brain-storm.  Why not just bunch each individual stem up to the top, THEN cut it to the appropriate size? Imagine that?  Looks the same to me, and sure does save on the old hands having to cut the stems twice.

Cut Boxwood

Now for the fun part of designing.


A few different poses while I worked around the wreath

And the finished necklace.  It took me about an hour to get the stems ready for the wreath, and about the same time to fill in and finish the wreath.

Boxwood Wreath

Smokey decided he wanted to get in on the fun as well.


And the finished wreath on Bessie.


What do you think?

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Until next time, I am

Ms. B.


By |February 9th, 2015|Tutorial|0 Comments

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