OMG!!! An ASCP Kitchen Reveal!

Hey y’all and welcome back,

I am so excited about this post. I have been waiting for it for so long and it is finally here. Kelli suggested that I contact a photography class to see if there would be any eager students that would like to take on the challenge of taking the pictures for me. So before I start I have to give a shout out to the Director of Art Department at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA for directing my email to the professor of Photography. He chose Chelsey Frederick to help. Chelsey is a junior and photographs the animals for Hope for Paws. Thanks Chelsey!

The first home I want to share is an old home that was gutted and had additions added on. So the first thing we my brother did was install hardwood floors. After installing and sanding the hardwood floors it was time to stain with MINWAX dark walnut and then three coats of satin oil-based polyurethane. BEAUTIFUL!

As we were working on the floors our client started talking about her kitchen and how she would LOVE to have it finished but couldn’t find anyone that could paint it with “that distressed look”. When she left I said to my brother “you KNOW what I want to do don’t you?” He said “yea…I know what you want to do”. ūüôā But………so far……..I had been the only one really excited about ASCP. After talking about it we decided that we would do the kitchen if our clients wanted it too. So I whipped out my IPAD, showed our client my work and they said YES!

I first stained all the areas that I wanted to distress. On new cabinets you also have a LOT of holes to fill, which isn’t hard it’s just time consuming. Then the painting started.

L's unfinished cabs w/stain

Pure White was the color chosen distressed back to the stained wood.¬†¬†The cabinets had a lot of detail that the distressing really complemented. The ASCP brush worked quite well when painting the dental molding. ASCP brushes are made for the stippling motion as it doesn’t destroy the natural bristles. I knocked those out in no time compared to the time it took with a regular paint brush. After painting two coats of Pure White, I waxed with clear wax, left it to dry overnight, the next day I buffed, waxed and then buffed again the following day.

L's Kitchen

Absolutely beautiful!!! Our client had a custom armoire built to cover her refrigerator. We stained it with MINWAX dark walnut also.

L's refrigerator armoire

Poche’s Wood Specialties, LLC

In the next picture you can see the pretty floors. There is a seamless transition from new floors to the almost 100 year-old floors. MINWAX stain is wonderful in helping the color transition.


The island was painted Paris Grey with dark wax. The granite is black and white with sparse strains of red running through it and has a triple-pencil edge that was hand buffed. Looking into the kitchen on the right side of the island you will see the two bar stools. On one end there is an antique tea cart. On the side of the sink the island has a warming drawer, storage and a trash can. Across from the stove there is a microwave drawer and more storage.

Warmer drawer

Island details

On each side of the stove there is fluted trim that conceals an upright drawer that pulls out spice racks. The tradition in this family is to have a mirror above the stove.

L's red stove Above the beautiful red stove was a mantle with storage above. This picture shows the pretty corbels and dental molding. I love the distressing.

Stove mantle

The cabinet below the sink looks like a piece of furniture with the wonderful curvy legs.

L's kitchen sink view

Across from the refrigerator there was a small wall with cabinets above and a small desk-style counter. The counter top was extended to the window and braced with two spindles that were begging to be distressed.

On the ceiling there is a load-bearing beam where the new kitchen was added to the old part of the house. This beam was already painted white, but my client wanted to have it wrapped with reclaimed wood but it was not to be so the next best thing was to paint it Coco then Pure White and distressed. It was amazing how something so simple changed the look of the room. It looked so good with the finish of the cabinets.

L's kitchen beam

Here are some detailed pictures.


I love the swan chandelier.

Swan chandelier

Island detail

Counter top view

The chopping block was handed down to her. It had been painted red but she stripped the paint off. The pig is a cool touch.

L's kitchen chopping block

So there it is my first kitchen. I have shared the kitchen this week. Next week I will share the two bathrooms.

I want to thank my clients sooooo much for allowing me to share their home with y’all. Please if you like it give me a shout out so I can pass it along to them. Also, if you have ANY questions about what you see please let me know, if I have the answers i will share them with you.

Before I leave I want to give a shout out to Poche’s Wood Specialties, LLC ( for doing such a great job on the cabinets. Give Burt a “like” on facebook and see some of his other work.

Thanks for stopping in and don’t forget to say hi.


Hoo Hooo Hoooosier Cabinet

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First of all I would like to thank everyone that visited last week and commented on the post and also by email. I have had so many requests for a picture of the barn-door headboard completed with the bed. While delivering this headboard I asked my client if I could get a picture of the bed after it was finished and YES it will happen! Please look for it in the coming weeks. IT IS BEAUTIFUL! And…her ¬†husband now has the “vision” too. ūüôā

So remember the bedroom suit with the tiger design? remember the barley twist table with the four chairs? remember…oh yea this “remember” is for this week’s post. Here is another wonderful piece from my very special client for you to remember. Yes it is a Hoosier cabinet. This type of cabinet has been made from the early 1900’s and almost all of these cabinets were produced by companies located in Indiana. If you’re wondering why they are called “Hoosier’s” its mainly because the largest of these companies was Hoosier Manufacturing Co. of New Castle, Indiana.

This is what I started with. Not bad huh? There were some issues with the veneer on a couple of the panels and after that was repaired it was my turn.

Hoosier before

Here is the inspiration from Pottery Barn. They loved the different colors peaking through on the panels. Can you see all the colors?

Pottery Barn Inspiration

Initially, my client wanted Antibes but a softer green like the inspiration above. I mixed Annie Sloan’s Cream, Pure White and Antibes and had the match when they decided to use straight Antibes. If you have painted with this color you know that it can be very intense and was a bold decision on a piece this large. The Pottery Barn console looked to have used three colors. So, three colors are what I used too. First, I painted the whole cabinet with Greek Blue. I painted the whole cabinet instead of the distress points, because I ¬†had no idea where those distress points were going to be. Second, was Old White and thirdly, Antibes. The panels were painted Old White again.¬†TIP: If you don’t¬†have any Old White, four parts Pure White and one part Cream makes a perfect Old White!

The distressing on this piece, I have to say, was well beyond my comfort zone! ¬†¬†I first handled the cabinets as if I were using it to find where my hands would naturally go to and that’s how I started the initial distressing.¬†I sanded then let it get cold. I would come back to it and sand some more! After I had a starting point with this technique I then started the all-over sanding process. I used a sanding block, the kind you add your own paper to, because I wanted to control the grit of paper. The grain of the wood then took a life of it’s own and developed it’s own “worn” look.

Funky Hoosier

I had fun with this first picture by using a “funky vintage” look. Cool huh? Okay, here’s the original.

Pic untouched

I loved the built-in chopping board. I did show a lot more of the Greek Blue than the inspiration, but while sanding the drawer, WOW!…it just looked perfect!

Hoosier Drawers

The edges of the doors were well worn and I love the way they distressed. The latch was originally put on crooked and I left it that way.

Hoosier door detail

After the distressing was complete I waxed with clear wax then added a dark wax glaze that completed the WOW factor. I watched this piece take on that amazing aged look as I worked.

I could see this cabinet waking up in the morning with the crock bowl and old flour sifter and biscuits being rolled out on the enamel top. The rolling pin belonged to my grandmother. I remember sifting flour as a little girl with the sifter.

Hoosier rolling pin

I had such fun with this piece. I hope everyone that see’s this post enjoyed it as much as I have in creating it.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and don’t forget to say hi.

Close the Barn Door! Oh Yea!…its a Headboard Now!

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It’s a Nana’s world! I guess that’s all I can say when you have four of the most beautiful grandchildren in the world!….NOOOO there’s no partiality here! HAHA. ¬†Actually, I have three that I can hold now and my sweet four-year-old that I will hold again. There is a reason why grandchildren and grandparents both have the word GRAND in front of each! We are made for each other and don’t we know it. The little ones know that with grandparents it’s spoil time and we grandparents have SOOOO much fun doing it. My two local grandkids call for weekend time and most mornings I get a phone call all the way from New York with my three-year-old wanting to do Facetime. What would we do without technology! It’s the next best thing to being there.¬†It’s a GRAND time!

This week I have made three barn doors into a king-size headboard. My client called sometime around November but with all of our differing schedules it was just recently that we connected to decide the details on the headboard. She saw these doors leaning up against an old barn and of course the brakes were applied and the car was put into reverse. All the while her husband was asking “…you want to do WHAT with those rotting doors?!” It’s called VISION. ūüôā

Doors for headboard

If you look at the bottom of these doors you can see how they had started to rot. We decided that we liked the look of the rotted rough edges and wanted to leave that look. We took measurements of the king-size bed and decided the headboard needed to be 84″. ¬†Because these doors are made from beaded lumber (tongue and groove) we¬†my brother removed four of the boards from one door and would use it in the middle with the two full-size doors on each end. I really did not want there to be “new” lumber on the back of this headboard so we re-used the four boards we removed to frame the back for support.

Back of headboard

When we removed the boards from each side of the door we still had the original “Z” brace left. We cut off the extra brace but left approximately one inch on each side to attach the other two doors. You can see the boards on the bottom and top used to brace and hold the shape of the doors. I love that we still kept the old look even on the back side. It’s like sewing and needle work, if someone looks at the back you want it just as neat as the front. ūüôā The headboard will then be attached to the bed frame and Voila! it’s done.

Annie Sloan DuckEgg Blue was the color chosen with Old White peaking through. The color of this aged wood was a beautiful gray and I couldn’t have found a better color to distress to if I had wanted to. I love, love, love this headboard. It was such a fun project and I love that my clients trust me to make their “vision” happen.

Full shot headboard

Here are the beautiful details.

side view of door knob hole

A view of the rotted well-worn top. :).

Well-worn top


Well that’s it for this week. Thank you so much for stopping in and saying hi. You can also visit me on Facebook at SouthScape Designs and please give me a big shout out and a “like”. I love hearing from you. I’ll see ya’ll next week. You’re gonna love what I share then!

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The Greatest Compliment

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My little three-year-old granddaughter talks to Siri on Kelli’s IPhone and saves the messages to send to her Nana Peg. Go figure for a three-year-old to do something her mother doesn’t even know how to do. ūüôā ¬†Our “hug bucket” is getting seriously low of hugs and kisses to pull out when we miss each other. ¬†Hmmmm…what do you do when you are crazy busy and want to take a month off to visit your daughter¬†on Long Island. Okay, ¬†I know I was just up there this summer and she was just down here in August…but it’s winter and withdrawals are setting in. I guess it’s a good type of dilemma to have. ¬†But…it’s something I WILL be working on.¬†So…in the mean time…

In my opinion the greatest compliment someone could give your work is to want you to paint more of their beautiful furniture. So, after I finished the bedroom furniture I featured last week my clients asked me to paint one of their ¬†favorite antique tables. I picked it up on Monday and they needed it back by Wednesday of that week. The chairs, well let’s just say they had to wait a couple of weeks. ¬†The table is really cool in the way the leafs are stored under the top of the table, to slide them out remove the top square and pull them out. The leafs have arms that are notched and rest on the apron of the table to hold them in position, replace the top square and you now have a not-so-square table.

Because of the speed this table had to be finished I failed to get a before picture of the complete table. So here is a picture of the legs. The  table was painted black. The oak wood of the table top was completely hidden under the black paint and the spiral of the barley-twist legs was also lost.

Barley twist legs

Now see how pretty the legs are after they were painted Annie Sloan Versailles with clear wax.

Painted barley twist legs

Here is the top after it was stripped and stained dark walnut with MINWAX stain and waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax.

Barley twist table top

Absolutely beautiful. So after all their company left and the table had been cleared, I was able to pick up the chairs that were also painted black. They are ladder back chairs with woven raffia seats.


I love how the table is being used between these wicker chairs. It looks stunning in this room that over looks their pool. The four ladder back chairs are not used every day I just needed a picture of it with the table for this post. Thank goodness they are so accommodating to allow me to finally get the picture I needed.

Thanks so much for stopping in and staying a while. Please don’t forget to say hey ya’ll.


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