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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 mondaymorningpress.mmp@gmail.com for info on refinishing services!

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

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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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

Going Green

Good evening and happy hump day!

I cant wait to share my latest project with you so I am going to get right to the point…

I bought this dresser off Craigslist a few weeks ago with little excitement.  I had run out of pieces and was itching to start a new project.

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To be completely honest, I may have never given this ugly duckling a second look if it hadn’t been for the fantastic drawer pulls. As soon as I saw them up close, I knew the cost of the piece was worth it for the hardware alone.   Because I was not initially  in LOVE with the dresser, I felt more at ease about trying out a new color…


So when it came time to paint, I decided to be adventurous. I mixed up a custom batch of home made chalk paint and went to town…


The leather laminate inset on top was in perfect condition, so I decided to leave it alone.

I’m not usually a fan, but on this piece I think it actually works!

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And, BAM!  There she is…


I was skeptical about this dresser from the start, but I have to say that I have not had more fun working on a piece of furniture than I did on this Emerald beauty!

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…and those pulls!!! Gah!

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I did a heavy distress…

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and applied a generous layer of dark wax to knock down the brightness of the original paint color

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It definitely makes a statement, but there is something soothing about it at the same time

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and the turquoise really goes well with so many different colors…

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I had so much fun setting up this vignette!

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although I did learn that it is super hard to photograph a mirror….which is kind of a no-brainer I guess

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Well, that’s it for now folks…

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Miss Mustard Seed

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