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Beautiful Buffet Makeover

When my friend Katie sent me an email asking if I was interested in buying her buffet, it was love at first sight!

isn’t it gorgeous?

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It was in perfect condition and I couldn’t wait to get started.

Looking back at my recent projects, I realized almost everything I had painted this year was either cream or blue/mint.  So, I decided to switch it up and go bold!

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I chose mustard yellow (maybe I was subconsciously inspired by my most recent letterpress project!)

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I was a little concerned that the bright color might be too much for such a large piece so I decided to try something new and added a few hand painted white accents to help break up the color.

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I just love the lines and curves of this piece!

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It made it so easy to know where to paint the highlights…

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This is a completely new technique for me but it was actually really fun to paint with a tiny little brush

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I also decided to add patterned drawer liner to the the inside surfaces and just love the way the grey looks with the mustardy yellow paint

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This beauty is available for sale at Orange! Would be perfect in your dining room for your Christmas dinner spread. Go check it out!

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Got an old piece of furniture that needs an updated look?  Shoot me an email at for info on refinishing services!

Custom Work

Olivia and I are finally (sorta kinda) falling into a regular daily routine and I’m excited to announce I will be available to start taking on custom furniture (and letterpress- more on this soon) jobs again.


Here is a quick run down:

– Furniture delivery and pick up will be the responsibility of the customer. You must be able to drop off and pick up your piece from my Forest Hill home.

– Furniture should be in paint-ready condition. Of course I will take care of any necessary sanding, minor veneer patching, and cosmetic issues but am not able to rebuild drawers or complete any extensive structural repairs at this time.

– Customer shall provide pictures, paint/stain colors ideas, fabric swatches to help communicate desired finished product.

– Pricing will be project based and determined by condition and size of piece, number of paint colors, amount of staining.

– Scheduling will be first come, first served!

If you have an old piece that you would like to give an new look, please contact me with dimensions and a picture at and I will send you a quote!

You can also contact me through my Facebook page!  Check it out to see more pictures of past furniture flips!

Here is a piece I recently refinished for my sister’s college bedroom.

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Above is a progress shot- the original dresser was dark wood. And below is a picture she sent me of the finished product in her room.

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Print Room Addition: Part II- The Big Reveal!

As promised, here are some shots of the beautiful addition that Nick built (for me)!

***As I’ve mentioned before, my photography skills are pretty poor so these pics don’t do the room justice, but hopefully you can get a good idea of space nonetheless***

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We kept the original terra-cotta colored tile because it was in great shape and durable.

With an 1000lb press and lots of ink and oil spills, the tile was the perfect (and free!) option.

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The press in it’s final resting place!  Hope we don’t have to move this thing again for a VERY long time…

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I refinished several pieces of furniture for the room including the cart, the mint cabinet, 2 filing cabinets, 2 chairs, and the small secretary.

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Here is a before shot of some of the furniture.

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We bought a butcher block countertop from Ikea and stained it Dark Walnut for the back work surface.

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The room really is so cozy and I had so much fun working in it over the weekend!

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I’ve got a  few ideas in mind for this big blank brick wall (back of the chimney)

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I bought a huge antique frame that I am going to turn into a project display board of some sort, with either chicken wire, cork, or peg board…

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I need to get a few shelves on the walls still, but otherwise the room is complete!

A HUGE shout out to my awesome husband for completing the project without divorcing me :)

Nick has also been using the room often when working from home and studying for his licensing exams.

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I hope you have enjoyed this transformation and I look forward to keeping you up to date with all the letterpress goodness that will come out of this room!

Linking up to these parties!

Live, Laugh, Rowe

Bentwood Rocker

Nick has recently become my Craigslist scout.  He found this awesome rocker for a great deal and he even picked it up for me!

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I had the fun job of painting it and giving is a new look!

As soon as I saw the piece, I automatically thought that it would be adorable in a nursery so I went with a light color scheme.  I used the same custom mixed blue color from this dresser for the main body of the rocker, and used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White for the caned areas.

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Here is a progress shot after the first few coats of paint and before distressing.

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And here is the rocker all finished with its brand new look!

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I think its such a sweet little piece.  I pulled a few objects from Olivia’s nursery for the photos.

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It is cute and also very comfy!

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Thanks so much for checking in!

Ornate Dresser Rehab





So, as I promised in my last post, I’ve got a few recent furniture projects to share with you (finally)!


This beautiful, ornate dresser was one of my first big projects since Olivia was born and it was a fun piece to help me get back into the swing of things!

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Now, as you can see this pretty lady was in bad shape cosmetically…but her bones (frame, and dovetail drawer construction) were all in great condition!  I don’t normally take on a project with so much pre-paint preparation, but when I saw the detail on this piece, it was love at first sight!

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So, I brought her home and immediately began stripping the chipped veneer off of the worn out drawer fronts.  I made sure before purchasing that there was solid material under the veneer and not particle board which does NOT paint up well.  The wood was not the best quality but nothing a little sanding couldn’t fix.



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I ultimately decided to strip the top surface as well but don’t have any pictures of that.

After many hours stripping with a heat gun, I was so ready to get painting!

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I mixed 2 custom chalk paint colors.

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Light blue for the body, and mint green for the accents.

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And here is the finished product!

The orginal hardware was in great shape and the natural patina on the finish went great with the paint colors.  I love re-using hardware whenever possible.

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You can see the wood on the top was a little “distressed” under the veneer but I really liked the way the imperfections added to the aged, rustic look so I continued with the original plan to stain in my favorite dark walnut shade.

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Overall, I’m really happy with how this project turned out!

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It would work great in a bedroom or as storage in a dining or living room.

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Hope you enjoyed this transformation!

Linking up to these parties!

Live, Laugh, Rowe

Our newest team member!

Hey there!  Remember me? I know it’s been months since I last posted, I’m going to try and do better.  But I do have lots of exciting news, updates, and projects to share with you, so maybe you will forgive me this one time?

First of all, I am so excited to tell you all about the newest member of Monday Morning Press.

Her name is Olivia and she will be joining us at the end of March…

I’m sure it will take us a little time to learn how to work together and get into a routine but I am completely over the moon that she will be joining us!

Meet Olivia…

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…isn’t she cute? :)

She is 22 weeks old and so far has been very good to her mommy.

Her daddy has been very good to her mommy as well, despite some emotional rollercoasters along the way ;)

We found out the Little Olive was a “she” on Halloween.


I dressed up as and Angry Bird with some co-workers at the office… and had a blue and pink baby bird on standby for the big gender reveal.

It was a fun day and I was very excited to start brainstorming nursery ideas!

Not that I hadn’t been browsing Pinterest for months (duh!)… but knowing the gender made everything more real and also made it easier to start making some decisions.


Here are my favorite inspiration photos for Olive’s nursery.

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I’m loving the combination of all the mints, creams, whites, grey, blacks, oranges and corals!

  We have a very small room for her (9’x10′) but I think that we can make it nice and cozy.

Here is a priliminary mock up I did for her space.

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The room is a blank slate right now, but I will definitely keep you posted on the progress!  I’m very anxious to get started.

Now that I’ve regained some energy in the second trimester, Nick and I have been busy with projects around the house.

This past weekend, Nick started our big Fall project of 2013!  Last year he built an awesome patio in our backyard…this year, he is enclosing our side porch to be used as a sunroom/craft/print room.

Here is what we were working with…

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and here is the model I did of the vision for the finished space…

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I’m thrilled to get this project under way and finally get my letterpress out of the dining room and into it’s own home.

I think this will be a great addition to our home and I’m so impressed and grateful for Nick’s skills and willingness to take on a project of this size…

…at 6:00 am…

…on a saturday…

…in the rain…

He and our good friend Josh made some great progress this weekend.

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aren’t they adorbs?

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And here is how things looked by the end of Sunday… all the framing is almost done!

Thanks Hubby- you are a superstar :)

While Nick was working on the addition, I tried to knock out a few furniture projects.  It’s been harder to find the energy lately and also more difficult to manuever myself and heavy furniture pieces.  Therefore… I dont have any staged shots of the finished products, but here are a few shots of what I got accomplished this weekend!


A cool bar/buffet I bought unfinished from Susan at Uniquely Yours or Mine.

I had to strip the original wood veneer of the top because it was in bad shape, but luckily the wood underneath

was stain-worthy and it turned out beautiful!

I found a little wicker basket to slide in the top opening and brought the piece over to Orange!

I also worked on this set of side tables… the first pieces in a 5 piece bedroom set that I found on

Craigslist.  Of course I don’t have any before pictures (sorry!)

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There is a queen headboard, a long dresser, and a wardrobe that complete this set.

I plan to paint everything in the same way.

I’ve been trying to work outside as much as possible for good ventilation when painting.

Luckily, the Chalk Paint I use most of the time is very pregnant-lady-friednly with low VOC’s but I do wear a mask when staining or waxing or working with latex paint.

Here are a few other projects I’ve (slooowly) completed over the last few months!




And the 2013 christmas cards!  I’m selling in sets of 4 with red envelopes at Orange.


Go check out all the other fun holiday items at the shop!


Annnnnd last, but certainly not least… I became an AUNTIE in August and have been spending as much time as possible squeezing my ADORABLE little nephew, Connor.


He really, honestly, is the sweetest, most happy little boy I’ve even seen.


And hanging out with him has been great training for our own upcoming little bundle.  We called this day “Daddy Bootcamp” although Nick somehow managed to dodge changing a dirty diaper :)


Anyway, we LOVE him and love his parents.  In fact, the 3 of them are visiting this weekend! Cant wait :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this update and I hope you will bear with me over the next few months as I have a baby and learn how to be a mom!  I’m looking forward to sharing this new adventure with you as well as some of our prepartion projects along the way.  I will defintely be back in the furniture business next summer, and while I dont expect Olivia to be picking up a paint brush by then, I do suspect she will be making a few guest appearances :)

An unexpected match…

I recently bought a few new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors that I had never used before.  Country Grey and Graphite.  I bought them for two seperate custom projects for clients and loved them each individually.

When I found this dresser on Craigslist a few weeks back, a lightbulb went off in my head immediately!

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The dresser drawers had a natural frame around them created by shallow grooves.  This was the perfect opportunity to do a two-toned effect and Country Grey and Graphite came to mind right away.  I wouldnt normally pair these colors together but I was excited to give it a try…

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… and I’m so glad i did!

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I ended up really loving the combination of the dark bluish grey and the light cream.

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It was a great compliment to the natural wood color that showed through on the distressed areas.

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I painted the sides cream as well to make the piece feel alittle lighter…

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and re-used the original drawer pulls which were beautiful!

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If you can’t tell, I’m very excited about how this dresser turned out and will defintely be using these colors together again in the future!

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Estate Sale find!

Hey there,  long time no see.  Sorry I’ve fallen behind on my posts… I’ve been busy and have lots of good things to share!

Last month Nick and I came across an estate sale in our neighborhood and decided to check it out.  I had never been to one before so I didn’t really know what to expect… but it was great.  Lots of beautiful pieces for reasonable prices.

I found a dresser/mirror set that I loved, made an offer and loaded up the SUV!

I didnt get a complete before picture, but this will give you and pretty good idea of the dresser before I got my hands on it…


I just loved the detailing on this piece and it was in great condition!  I have to do a little bit of veneer repair, but other than that it was ready to go.

I sanded down the top and restained it with a dark walnut stain (my favorite!)

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I mixed up a custom color for the dresser, a light blue that was the perfect offset for the dark stained top and bronze knobs (which were original).

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Here is the complete set.

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Isn’t the mirror pretty as well?  I love the elegant lines.

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This set if for sale at Orange and hope someone will give it a lovely home!

It would be great in a bedroom or even a hallway or dining room.


Unfortunately, I dont have enough pictures of this next project to create a seperate post,  but I want to share with you what I’ve got…

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I had been looking for a secretary for a while now and was so excited when I found this beauty in a thift shop right down the street from my house.

It was the perfect size, not too large and very old.

I decided to paint it red because it just had a sweet cottage feel to it.

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I did go bold on the inside with a dark blue pop of color!

Here it is all set up in the shop.

First week at Orange

SHEW!!!!  I am exhausted!  It’s been a busy but very exciting week.  I announced last Sunday that I had been given the awesome opportunity to sell my furniture and small projects at a local store in Carytown called Orange.  When I signed  onto the 3 month trial period with Orange, I was completely out of inventory except for the green dresser I shared last week.  My goal for the past 7 days was to knock out as many projects as possible so I could keep my foot in the door.  Luckily, because of the 4th of July holiday, I had a 4 day weekend and was able to get a lot accomplished!

I purchased two identical club chairs last Sunday  and was able to quickly flip them in time to drop them by the store on Wednesday afternoon.


The upholstery was in perfect condition so this was a pretty easy transformation

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On Tuesday after work, I picked up two great pieces from a fellow Richmond blogger/furniture flipper extraordinaire, Susan of Uniquely Yours, or Mine.  Her family is moving out of the state and she is in the process of cleaning out her garage full of awesome pieces.  She gave me so many great tips and I got some really unique dressers from her!

I was so anxious to get started on the first piece from Susan, that I spent most of the 4th of July in the basement…

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…stripping crackle paint….


off of this beautiful antique linen press.

I’m not going to lie… it was absolutely horrible and I will never use gel stripper again…. Lesson learned!

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but here is what the chest looked after 4 hours of stripping and sanding.


It’s really amazing what a few coats of paint can do!

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I’m totally in love with the piece.  I’ve never worked on a linen press before…

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…and I just adore the interior drawers.

I did a mint green custom mixed chalk paint on the outside and cream drawers on the inside.


I used chalkboard paint on the interior of the doors to give an extra little pop of boldness.

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I plan to bring this over to Orange early this week!

Last but not least on my TO DO list for the long weekend was to work on some paper goods.

My brother Dan asked me what “paper goods” were (I’m pretty sure he was making fun).  But they are just objects made from paper…I knew all those paper folding assignment in first year architecture studio would come in handy someday!

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I have always loved working with paper…

and I had so much fun making the decorations for Anna’s shower, that I decided to try a few “party packs” to bring into the shop.

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The package includes 8 utensil pockets, each with fork, knife, and spoon as well as a napkin and paper straw.

It’s just a fun way to display these items for a shower, bbq or any special occasion!

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Also included: 8 name tags/labels for attaching to mason jars, food platters, drink canisters, etc.

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We will see if they sell!

Nonetheless, its been relaxing/inspiring/motivating/rewarding to work on these projects this week!  I’ve been pretty consumed but wanted to get a good stock built up before Nick and I leave for vacation next week.

There are still lots of things on the horizon so stay tuned!

Linking to these parties!

Miss Mustard Seed

Milk Paint Dresser and some good news!

Good evening!  It’s been a crazy end of spring/beginning of summer in the Monday household.  We’ve been busy with graduations ( a high school and a college), baby showers (2!), cookouts, farmer’s markets, weekends at the river, etc.

All of our activities and time with family and friends has been wonderful but has left little time for projects around the house.

I did however find some time in the evenings over the last week and a half to finally sneak down to the paint studio!

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This gorgeous dresser has been waiting for a makeover for a while now… as well as my first box of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

I bought some MMSMP in Luckett’s Green last month in Leesburg (there are no vendors in Richmond :( ) and decided that this curved front dresser would the perfect candidate for my first milk paint project.

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I love the color … the paint was a little hard to get used to, but very fun to work with once I figured it out.  It comes in powder form and you have to add water and mix it in a blender.  It’s a very thin paint but the depth of color you get is incredible!  It distresses very easily and in a more “chippy” way than Chalk paint.  I’m hooked and look forward to using it again!

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I ended up replacing most of the knobs, I usually like to re-use the hardware but I thought that the original pulls were a little on the small side for this piece.

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I found these beautiful round knobs a Hobby Lobby.

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I finished the piece with a heavy coat of dark wax…


…and am really happy with how it turned out!

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And now for the exciting news (that I promised my Facebook followers earlier today)…READY???

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This dresser is for sale…

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… in a STORE


… called ORANGE!!!

Yep, that’s right, Monday Morning Press now has a retail location!  I dropped off this piece today and will continue to bring my furniture (and letterpress cards, and paper party goods-more info coming soon) to Orange.   It is a brand new, adorable local boutique in the heart of Carytown, stocked entirely by local artists.  I feel completely giddy and blessed to be involved with such a talented group of Richmonders and am thrilled at this opportunity.  Please check out the website and Facebook page and stop by the shop next time you are in the neighborhood (it’s located directly across from the Mellow Mushroom, which is delicious by the way, I may have eaten there 3 times last week…)

Thanks again to everyone who as supported me over the last 6 months, I’m so excited to see where the next 6 months will take me :)

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