Emperor’s Silk Builtin Bookcase

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Most of you know I am at my daughter’s on Long Island. I just have to tell you this is what I left at home…Japanese Magnolias in full bloom.

Jap Magnolias …and this is what I came to…

Snow in K's back yard

WOW! Both are beautiful in their own right and I love that I can have both. ūüôā My time here is fast coming to an end though…WAY TOOOOOO FAST! Ah well…..

This week I will be featuring my next home reveal. YAY!!! I am very excited about this because my client has such wonderful balance of decor in her home, from country to modern, from old to new. It all seems to work so well together and complements each other instead of one overwhelming the other.¬†Their home is on the beautiful Cane River that runs through Natchitoches, LA. This river is really a huge lake that was made after Red River changed its course and left this lake. This is “the” Red River that starts in the Texas Panhandle and flows over 1,000 miles down to our little town of Natchitoches.

We initially installed hardwood floors in their home approximately three to four years ago. The floors are oak with hand-beveled edges. I say hand beveled because we beveled each and every board, they were not factory done. The boards differed in widths from three, four and five inches. This along with the beveled edges really added to the custom look. They were stained with MINWAX English Walnut and finished with a satin oil-based polyurethane.  They recently added an addition to enlarge their master bedroom suite. This included adding another bath, HUGE-DREAMY-custom closet, laundry room, and wonderful home office. This addition also included a built-in bookcase on one side of their fireplace in the living area. This bookcase is what I will be featuring this week.

She wanted the bookcase to look like two pieces of furniture so she chose the top part to be Old White with dark wax. The TV was to go in the center with two glass-door-enclosed sides with adjustable shelving. The doors had fluted trim with corbels on top.

My client loves red and it is a color used in her decor all through her home so the bottom color was Emperor’s Silk distressed to Arles. I had been wanting to paint with Emperor’s Silk and Arles for soooooo long and now I have the chance. I was so excited that my clients had been choosing the very colors I wanted to use.

B's full bookcaseThe red and white¬†pulls were installed with the colors of the pulls being¬†opposite the painted color. ¬†The red pulls on the Old White and the white pulls on the Emperor’s Silk.

B's Side case with lights

B's O/W bookcase corbel

B's bookcase door pull

B's b/c fluted trim in ES

B's b/c in ES door pull

You can see the dark wax in the bead board. It is so pretty.

I have several other things I love in her home that I want to share with you. The antique doors that led into her new master bath were purchased in Lafayette, LA. Because the floors were stained she wanted to leave the doors in their natural state.

B's b/r doors

B's entrance to m b/r suite

The next great thing I want to share is the light fixture in the laundry room. Can you see what it is?

B's l/r light fixture

Door knob plates! I’m not sure about ya’ll but I haven’t ever seen this before! I love this mixture of old and new. Here are the shutter doors she bought to go into this room and also her custom closet.¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

B's shutter doors

Ahhhh…those beautiful oak floors.

So what do you think? If you have enjoyed this just wait until next week when you see her master bath.

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OMG ASCP Bathroom Reveal

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I want to make sure Chelsey Frederick gets credit for all her hard work in taking the pictures for this post and the next two weeks. Chelsey is a junior at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and photographs the animals for Hope for Paws. Thanks Chelsey!

This week I have the second half of my clients home to reveal. Last week was her amazing kitchen now it’s two of her bathrooms. My brother was working on her home installing the wood floors when he saw her trying to strip the top of an old cabinet that she wanted to use in her bathroom as a vanity. She found out real fast, as we all do, that she did not want to tackle that job. So he loaded it and brought it home to me. This was the first thing I would do for her. I did not do a post on this cabinet so I can’t link you to anything for more detail. But I will show you a before picture. I had to repair a crack in the door on the bottom.

L's before vanity d/s

This is it when I delivered it.

L's vanity on delivery

I painted it Paris Grey with dark wax.  The center part of the drawer was removed to allow room for the plumbing of the vessel sink which created two narrow drawers on each side. I also painted the inside of the cabinet and drawer a pretty red. I stained the stripped oak wood with MINWAX dark walnut which is what we stained the floors with.

L's cab

L's vanity d/s w/red drawer

This sink was so pretty. It was brown with carvings/grooves cut that revealed a grey color with the inside of the bowl also being grey. It was the perfect sink for this grey-with-dark-wax vanity.

L's d/s vessel on vanity

L's rose on d/s vanity

L's chandelier d/s b/r

The shower was grey marble and had a natural linen curtain that hung from the ceiling and pooled on the floor. She has some amazing light fixtures in her home.  The mirror was the width of the vanity and was between five to six feet tall with a beautiful dark wood frame.

The upstairs bathroom has a completely different feel to it. I will show you with the pictures and describe it as we go.

L's landing

This picture really shows how pretty the floors are.

L's u/s vanity

To get the detail on the dresser turned vanity you can click here.

L's u/s vanity w/vessel sink

L's u/s tub

To the left of this great claw-foot tub there is a toilet and bedet.

L's u/s b/r chandelier

L's u/s mirror

Well there you have it. My first home reveal. What do ya think? ūüôā As always thanks so much for stopping in and don’t forget to say Hi!

Please stay in touch because I will have another home reveal over the next two weeks.

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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.

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Say Yes to Custom Painting!

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The other weekend I had a phone call from a couple that had visited¬†Tres Bien Antiques and loved my work but they had just been given a bedroom suit and wanted to know if I did custom paint work. Of course, I said “YES” and as they say “the rest is history”. When we met, we looked at each other and said “I know you”. ¬†As it turns out over the years their family have been clients of our family business and I had been a client of their’s as well. It is a small world.

The bedroom was painted a pretty color so they chose Annie Sloan’s Old White for the furniture. Here is a picture of it before.

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They have great lines and great potential but they do need a face lift to fit into their beautiful new  home.  I was so happy with how they turned out and thankfully my client was equally pleased. Here is the after.






I stripped and stained the tops of the chest and vanity and used my usual MINWAX dark walnut stain. The stain/paint contrast is so pretty to me. The details look so nice with the distressing to highlight them. The bed turned out so nice as did the chest and vanity.

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Goodbye Birdie and a Sideboard.

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My mom is having empty nest syndrome…it’s the time of year that her Humming birds leave. We sit at her kitchen table and watch them as they dash…eat, hover…eat, guard…eat, fight…and then eat some more. The middle of October is the time they usually fly to warmer weather and so every morning, afternoon and evening, okay pretty much every hour of the day, she looks to see if her “little birds” are still around. She worries that their little tummies wont be full enough for their long flight so she keeps the feeders full with fresh food so there will be a “filling” station for those that are still here and those that have already started their journey.

On my first “mad woman” buying spree I stumbled upon a beautiful sideboard and surprise, surprise, surprise, they just happened to have the matching table with six chairs. I, of course, was a happy camper. But for this post I am only featuring the sideboard.

As you can see, again, my first picture is after I have started the project, but I think you can get a basic idea of what it looks like. It has so many wonderful details that I can’t decide what to show first. So we will start with the top and move on down to the legs.¬†I did my usual strip and staining of the top. You all know I ONLY use MINWAX‚ĄĘ stain and dark walnut is the usual go-to color choice. I love the rich dark color in contrast to the paint and many times that is the color we have stained the floors so it really looks nice. I started to strip and stain the back scroll band of wood but the “OMG” factor just wasn’t there. After painting it…well a picture says a thousand words.

I have seen many sideboards comparable to this one painted some very pretty colors that are very eye catching. However, for me, when there is a lot of detail I love, love, love simplicity of color.  My go-to color on this is Old White with optional dark wax. The color is not the first thing I want noticed, the color is a complement of the detail.

The carving above the doors and on the top drawer was almost invisible before but now that’s one of the first things your eyes are drawn to.

The center part of that carving is a drawer with dividers for silverware. I replaced the existing felt with new. I also painted the inside of the drawers a flat latex matched to Duck Egg Blue.¬†Two of the pulls had broken so, once again, I had to hunt for new ones. I didn’t like the color of them so I searched for oil rubbed bronze and made them all pretty thanks to Michael’s‚ĄĘ and Krylon‚ĄĘ. ¬†Here are more details.

As we move on down to the legs…well they just speak for themselves.

Hopefully sometime soon you will be seeing the table and chairs to complete this set or as individual pieces. This sideboard would make anyone’s home beautiful no matter where she is placed.

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Sideboard circa 1900

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For those that have been reading my post (I have soooo many of them) you will see that there are a lot of “poor little things” littered all through them. Being from the “south” it has been said that we can say¬†anything¬†about anything as long as it is followed by”bless its little heart”. Well….Kelli¬†affectionately says I say “poor little thing” about everything from my grandkids to poor little sideboards.

I found this “poor little sideboard” the same day as the¬†linen cabinet¬†from my first post (you can see it in the picture).¬† Even though it was stuck in a dingy corner in the back of this store I saw the beauty of it immediately.

It was made by the Continental Furniture Company from High Point, North Carolina that started in 1901. The mirror has such a wonderful shape with beveled edges and the shelf on each side would allow the reflection from the candle to double the light in the room.  But as you can see the hardware cannot be used and would have to be replaced.

I knew there were several places I wanted to accent but I also didn’t want so much competition that all would be lost. I stripped and stained the top so the tiger oak would show and¬†I decided to strip and stain the doors. ¬†I wanted to showcase the curve down the side, the details of the drawer and on those beautiful carved legs. At the time of this picture I had not found the pulls for the bottom drawer.

I have since found bell pulls with a delicate design that  look wonderful. I have to apologize for not having a picture of them.

I’m not sure if anyone else has had a piece that spoke to them the way this one did to me. I absolutely LOVE it and it will be very hard for me to find another piece that is this special. I can just see all the little girls growing up peaking over the top to look in the mirror and gradually being able to see their eyes as they grow taller….okay…so much for sappy thoughts. Bless its little heart.

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“V” is for Vanity

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I admit I was the “mad woman” in my search for similar furniture I had seen others transform into beauties. I found a vanity that was several miles away and decided that there is only one way I was going to get started…drive there and look at it. Now, in my “mad woman” craze the fact that I have absolutely NO way to transport ANYTHING I purchase never crosses my mind until…well…the vanity was bought. I was so happy and couldn’t wait to get started.

Kelli¬†told me that ASCP was the best paint and that I only needed to use it¬†and I agreed 100%.¬† I still needed to do things the hard way. I was¬†determined to¬†make my own chalk paint. Yea, I know, I’ll say it for you I am stubborn. I did research the DIY version of chalk paint and decided to use plaster of paris instead of the gritty grout. I first painted an old bedside table that was mine from my teenage years and I have to say I was not impressed. The brush strokes didn’t level out, it didn’t sand as easily as ASCP and to distress it you almost had to use an electric sander. Instead of the paint being soft and easy to sand it was as if the plaster of paris made it rock hard not to mention that it was in a plastic-based latex paint. I guess I’m glad that I tried it otherwise every time I paid the $38 + shipping I would have questioned my sanity.

Here is the picture I took of it as I was purchasing it. Sorry, I’m learning that I need better pics. LOL

I love the look of staining the top as it allows the beauty of the wood to shine and then painting the rest. ¬†As much as I love the beauty of the wood I equally hate the stripping process. ¬†I’ve tried the nontoxic Citristrip but I am just too impatient and I just ¬†want to get this part of it over as quickly as possible, so I use regular stripping solution. Here is a pic of the stripping process.

I stained the top in Dark Walnut and applied three coats of AS clear wax. I then painted the vanity and the mirror. I distressed it a little and added the first coat of clear wax. I had no idea if I was applying enough or not but I knew I wanted to apply the dark wax as well. The instructions were that the clear wax had to be applied first to prevent the staining of the paint. I was so nervous about applying the dark wax, it looked and smelled like my dad’s shoe polish. ¬†Well here goes nothing…the first stroke of the wax brush and it was a done deal, no going back. Believe me when I say you do not want to over work this wax because it will begin to take itself off the surface. ¬†But overall, I love the warm look from the dark wax. Here it is all finished and beautiful.

I don’t like to send my furniture to their new homes with an unfinished look. I researched those that painted the drawers and those that left them unpainted. I prefer the finished, clean look of paint. Here is the surprise when the drawer is opened.

The inside has one coat of a flat latex paint colored to match Duck Egg Blue.

Well, that’s it for this week; be sure and check out¬†Kelli’s blog. ¬†Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say “Hey ya’ll”.

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