Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pop of Pink

Ok, this was supposed to be yesterday's post. :) 

 I am head over heals for French Provincial pieces, so when my client brought this dresser (and her sister) in for me I was so happy!  She said her and her mom had stripped them.  I asked her how that was and she said, "A pain in the butt!"  I hear ya sista! 

 I love the curves-ooh la la!  These are actually for her sweet little girl, so we went with traditional white and she picked out some playful knobs that are just right for a little princess.


Call me strange, but there's just something about clean, smooth wood.  I just lalalaloooove it!  Then, why, you ask do I have to go and paint it??  I have no idea, but I imagine it's like a clean canvas for a painter. :)


Sometimes a 2D picture just does not do a 3D object justice.  She is very pretty!

Such cute knobs!  I love the pop of pink in the middle of the crystal.

I used Espresso by Rustoleum again underneath the white so there would be a nice contrast when I distressed.  I actually used a paint scraper on this one because a sanding block just smeared the brown into the white and made a sickly pink mess--blech!  Does this happen to anyone else??

I love the chippy look anyway, so it worked out. :)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I told you I had a post a day this week, but sometimes life happens and plans change.  I do have a post, but it's not of furniture!

This post is about Millie.  Millie is our black lab.  

Just look at that face!  :)  

Last Monday Millie was diagnosed with cancer.  She had a lump the size of a small fist in her mammary gland.  We took her in on Wednesday for her scheduled surgery.  Before he started the vet found another tumor the size of a baseball.  He informed us that if he opened her up he was afraid she would be full of tumors and there would be nothing he could do.  She was 13 years old and we knew she hadn't been feeling well.  We made the hardest choice and decided to put her to sleep.

We stayed at the vet with her and I held her in my arms while he gave her the shots.  It was heart wrenching to say good-bye to our companion of 10 yrs.  Craig and I both cried and had a hard time leaving her.  She was such a loving dog.  After we said our good-byes we knew we would have to go home and tell our kids that she didn't make it.  There are no words to express how gut wrenchingly hard it is to tell your children that someone they loved dearly is gone.  

Needless to say, there were many tears.  It took a few days to process that she was really gone and we all felt the house was so lonely without her.  We knew the question was coming---when can we get a new dog?!

They started asking and were relentless!  It was time for another big choice.  We talked about it as a family, prayed about it, and told the kids if the right opportunity came we would take it.

Well, the Lord works in mysterious ways.  We found an ad for these sweet little things and did some more talking.

We went to meet them and couldn't resist those sweet little faces.  They came home with us.  Both of them!!  

What have we done?!?!  I don't know, but I'm sure this is the beginning of a brand new adventure for us!  

So, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of the Hoffman household.  Molly and Bella!



 I think we are already too much for them!

Some happy kiddos!

No dog will ever replace Millie.  She has a special place in our hearts and we will miss her so much, but  we are excited to welcome these two little ladies in our home and hope they will help heal our hearts.

Good-bye to a "good ol dog".  We will see you at the Rainbow Bridge!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chippy French Linen Dresser

Poor baby--this little dresser and been relegated to the closet, covered in "stuff", and forgotten about.  So glad she was finally able to "come out" and receive a long awaited makeover!!

There wasn't any much detail so I knew the hardware would be important.  My client had chosen a soft color (French Linen--love it!) and I wanted the hardware to have that feeling, too, but still stand out.  

I also decided to go with a chippy look for the distressing because I wanted it to be a little more noticeable than just sanding the edges.  



I had to sand the whole thing down to the bare wood because the finish was so scratched.  I still wanted the contrast of dark under this lighter color so I gave it one coat of Espresso (in Satin) by Rustoleum before I painted.  Using the Satin also made it easier to achieve the chippy look I was going for.

 I've used these pulls on a lot of different pieces and never get tired of them! 
 They just make me happy. :)

I love the look of crystal against this color.  The original knobs were so tiny I didn't know if I would be able to find any small enough (too big would have been overwhelming since there were four of them so close together).  I was so lucky to find these cute little knobs and scooped them up!

I love the rust color of the pulls with the little bit of sparkle from the crystal (and the chippy paint makes my heart go pitter patter!).

I think she definitely can be proud to strut her stuff in the bedroom instead of hiding in the closet now!

color = French Linen ASCP
base coat = Espresso by Rustoleum
poly = Varathane in semi-gloss
knobs/pulls = Hobby Lobby

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