Are you ok? I have been missing your posts and have been sure you are just busy with the new house and bathroom. Sure do miss you and hope to hear from you soon.
I want you to know how much I enjoy your blog. I am always so inspired by your talent and creativity.
Your friend in Tennessee.
Sorry! Just checking to make sure I hadn’t lost you! :(. Hadn’t got anything from you in a while…??
Your house looks awesome! I, too, live in a large farm home and got a chuckle out of your bathroom to be ” remodled”… Been there, done that!
Is the bathroom done yet? Would love to see photos of it all done!
checking your site trying to find that green chair. my daughter wants me to distress to look like that. i have painted the cane/wood(1970 dining room) chair. they are sprayed a bright green. was going to use the old spread the walnut minwax stain on it, but don’t like the strokes in it. any suggestions?
Hi Vicki, Are you sure it wasn’t a green table? I can’t recall painting a green chair. Here is the link just in case: http://mapleandmagnolia.com/2010/10/04/the-perfect-shade-of-green/ Happy Painting!
I “advertised” you in my blog. Come by and have a look-see if you get a chance!
You get most of your items off cragslist and other secondhand places. am wondering what you do to clean the items you buy before you bring them in your home. I am concerned with bed bugs and such that might be on the furniture.
Need some suggestions…I have a coal fireplace grate, it’s beautiful! But, where in the world should I put it??? It is really to heavy to place on the wall. When I purchased it, my plan was to put it above stove like a back splash, but it is too large and too heavy. BTW, Its black. I have had this about five years now and when I discovered your website, through my sister, I knew I could count on you and your followers!
Thanks in advance,
MM from TN
PS. You have inspired me to start working on refurbishing furniture…I am currently working on my third yardsale find!!
Hi Maresa, Shoot me a photo and I’ll hopefully be able to give you some ideas. email@example.com 🙂
I was wondering what the wall color is in your room from your entry titled, “A little tweaking” on Sept 23. It’s such a pretty gray and would love to get the name 🙂 I’m brand new to your blog….love it 🙂
Hi Jenn, welcome! I love that color too. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of it because it was here when we moved in back in May. It is a greyish green. Once I find my paint decks, I’ll try to color match it and let you know!
Just wanted to tell you that I read your blog in the evening after the little ones are put to bed… a good dose of relax and inspiration (much inspiration… such beautiful work!)… many thanks!
Also – could you tell me where you got the tripod lamp you have on the vintage hospital table you just posted about? I have been looking for something similar… and it is quite a lovely look!
Thank you. Will keep reading 🙂
Thanks for the nice comments, Ellen! I got the surveyor’s lamp at Target. Here is the link. I says it’s out of stock online but they still have it in the stores. It is much cheaper than the Pottery Barn one, but I reallllyyyyy want the PB one! 🙂 Have a good night!
Wonderful. Thank you! (And meant to tell you… I have never followed a blog before, but yours if very addictive and I look at it many times a week. Thanks! I love how your place looks beautiful and personal at the same time… hard to achieve.)
Thank you so much, Ellen!
I get updates through e-mail and this week the content is not showing. Has anyone else had this problem?
Not sure why that would be happening. I’m not doing anything differently on this end. I’ll ask my techie brother!
Hi! I am having the same problem with my emails from you. They are totally blank. 😦
Love your blog and I’m SO jealous of all your great finds!
Great blog!! I, too, love to paint. Noticed you have painted many pieces black. I am going to paint my entertainment center and before doing so was wondering if you had a favorite brand and color that you use. I enjoyed you sharing your helptul hints on your sideboard and Stanley armoire and was wondering if you might share your favorite technique or black paint process? Thank you!
Hi Val, almost all of the pieces that I’ve painted black are using Para Melamine paint. Sorry, but it’s only available in Canada. 😦 I would just use a latex paint in black. If you want to email me photos of the pieces you are painting I’ll be able to give you more ideas.
I used sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel Oil Base Satin Black. One quart covered my diningroom table, and 6 chairs with a little left over to start the buffet. I used a satin fast drying poly on the top of the table for extra protection. This comes in Black and Espresso I know of for sure. After I finsih my china cabinet I am going to do a dresser another buffet in my offfice with the espresso. The coverage was amazing
You go girl! I told you it was addictive!
Did you refinish the entire cabinet in a day? Amazing AND beautiful!
Thanks Becky, Yep. I work really fast. It probably took a total of 8 hours. My kids are out the door for school at 7:10 so I get a lot done in a day.
I just found your blog from My Romantic Home!! Love it! If you have time, come by and say Hi.. we have some decorating in common!!
oh and I’m your newest follower!
I have a table my grandfather made and the finish has gotten “gummy/sticky” I want to keep the stain but want to get the gummy off. What do you suggest? Sharon
Sharon, I would put some watered down Murphy’s oil soap in a spray bottle and wipe it down with a cloth. That should do the trick. 🙂
I saw that you recommended paint to refinish your furniture that you only could get in Canada. Do you have brands and colors (black and creamy white) that you can recommend to get here in the USA? You have inspired me to paint and update some of my furniture while when we move into rental house while waiting for our new house to be built. Thank-you, your style is awesome!
I would choose Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams brand paint in latex. Be sure to prime first (I like Kilz) and finish to protect (Minwax finishing paste wax). Sherwin Williams “Creamy” is a good (not too stark) white, BW’s “Cloud White” is good as well. For blacks there aren’t as many choices! Just go with a true black in a satin finish. Hope this helps…email with any other questions!
I am going to stain a table I have and I am going to start sanding it this weekend. Do you have any tips for a sanding newbie?
I really, really love your blog. The angel in the parking lot story was wonderful. It is amazing what God can do and does do when we put our faith in HIM and have quiet, honest talks to HIM and with HIM…..It is so refreshing to read. God has opened a door for you to share your talents and for you to share HIM. Thank you for sharing HIM with me. I, too, know HIM and talk with HIM often. May God continue to bless you and allow you to bless others .
Love your blog! I really like all of the high-res pictures that you have. I was wondering if you’ be interested in allowed me to guest post on your blog? My father was a professional refinisher and we are building refinishingfurniture.net as a fun side project. I can provide an article on anything you’d like. I actually already have an article written about repairing outdoor furniture if you’d like to use that one. Please let me know or give me a e-mail so we can chat further.
First let me say, “LOVE your blog”! It’s so fun and inspirational. With that said I am hoping you can help me. I NEED it bad!
My husband surprised me with an antique church pew for Christmas, yeah!!! One huge problem-it has been painted over and over. Seven times to be exact. And under the paint, a gloss finish over stain. How in the heck do I get ALL of that stuff off? It has taken me five hours to just do one end. I have used lots of highly toxic thick stripper and a sander so far…Help is all I can say at this point.
Not too sure of what type of wood, maybe red oak. Does that matter when attempting such a task?
Thank you, thank you. And please keep the posts coming,
your studio is beautiful and inspiring! where did you find the paper globe lanterns and string lights?? *****cheryl******
Hi Cheryl. Thanks! I ordered them from Peacock Park.
I love your blog and I have a quick question for you…I live in the GTA area and I am looking for some new furniture for my home…I love some of the things you have displayed in the transformation section…Can I buy some of those things from you???
Hi there, Shreya. We no longer live in Canada…we are in Illinois now. Sorry!
Hi Susan! Thanks so much for your cute and practical advice about my sleeplessness…that was so thoughtful! Believe me, I am already on top of the benadryl potency…being allergic to most everything in my adulthood, I pop them rather regularly. Tylenol pm, however, is an option I’ve never attempted…I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks again–hope to see you soon!
Best, Lisa (the frenchman’s wife).
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