WHAT?!! I've Been Blogging For 2 years?!!

I can hardly believe I'm writing a post about my two year blog anniversary!  When I started on this journey, I began writing on a dare.  I never thought anyone would read what I wrote, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It's definitely been a journey over the last two years...there have been ups and downs, but I wouldn't change a thing.  I've been looking at all I've done over the last two years and I honestly can't believe it myself.  I thought I would share my top ten favorites with you....because really all my projects are my favorites, but I'll narrow it down to just ten :-)

Here they are in no particular order!

1. Mahogany Two-Tone Buffet

This is one is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons.  I love the transformation, but also I sold this buffet to one of the sweetest women I've ever met.  Through this sale, I gained a like-minded friend who shares my passion for giving old pieces new life and someone who has been there for me when times are rough.  One bonus to making friends with clients is I can visit my furniture in their homes!  :-)   This mahogany piece was a beast, but turned out to be an amazing beauty.  You can read the entire post here

2. Race Car Inspired Dresser

I'm probably a bit biased on this one, but it's still one of my favorites.  This dresser was given to me by one of my very kind readers. Since it was such a generous gift, I decided to refinish this one for my Son, Hunter.  He loves anything car related so I designed a race car inspired dresser just for him using red, white and blue Chalk Paint™.  Hunter loves this dresser!  You can read the entire post here.

3.  Feeling Navy Blue Dresser

This is probably my absolute favorite project of all time.  I found this dresser on Craigslist and it was a mess.  I had a can of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Napoleonic and thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should do a navy blue dresser!"  I was worried it was a bit too out there, but when I was done I was in love.  I miss this one, but it has a wonderful new home.  You can read the entire post here.

4. Pottery Barn Inspired Desk

This one is one of those, "Why didn't I think of that sooner?" projects.  I found two golden oak filing cabinets at my local Goodwill.  One night while trying to fall asleep, I came up with the idea of turning them into a desk.  This is one of my most pinned and viewed projects.  I'm still using this desk and it works perfectly for me.  You can read the entire post here.

5. Master Bedroom Makeover Using A Cutting Edge Stencil

This is one of my recent finished projects.  I love this project because of how it turned out, but also because it allowed me to practice my true passion, designing, planning and decorating a room.  Since I was a little girl I've wanted to be an interior designer, so anytime I can play designer is a fun time for me!  The Cutting Edge Stencil I used on the wall was easy and really adds a WOW factor to the room.  You can read the entire post here.

6. Creamy Empire Dressers

I know there are two dressers for this one, but they were a pair so in my mind they count as one!  :-)  This is another example of meeting great people through selling furniture.  This set of dressers were custom finished for a very sweet woman who became a good friend and one of my most frequent buyers!   She loved these empire dressers as much as I did and we decided to paint them in this gorgeous Cream Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan.  When I was done with them I wasn't sure I wanted to part with them!  However, they found a great home where they're loved.  You can read the entire post here.

7.  1960's Dresser Update

Yes, your eyes aren't fooling you...this is the same color as the Creamy Empire Dressers.  Cream has been a very popular color with my readers.  This is another custom order dresser.  I found this dresser and fell in love with the shape and details.  The client wanted it painted in Cream Chalk Paint™ and the top to be refinished and stained.  It was a tricky job, but it turned out beautifully and the client was happy.  It's another one of those, "Why did I sell that dresser?" projects.  You can read the entire post here.

8. A Desk Makeover for the Hubby

I was lucky enough to have some good friends who gave me this beautiful desk  The Hubby happened to need a desk, so it was perfect timing.  I love it when things workout like that!!  I didn't have to do a ton to this one.  I painted it in Chalk Paint™ and left the top as-is.   I think the desk turned out perfectly.  It's such a beautiful transformation and shows what a little paint, wax and work can do to a piece of furniture.  You can read the entire post here.

9.  A Modern Update on a Classic

This is my latest project on the blog and one of my favorites.  I had this piece sitting in my garage and basement for over a year.  I was going to sell it, but I just couldn't part with it.  When I finally got time to work on it, I was excited.  I am so happy with how this dresser turned out.  My custom color,   a mix of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan,  is one of the reasons this piece turned out so nicely.  This dresser is well over a hundred years, but it will live on for another hundred years now that it's been given this gorgeous update.  This is now in the Hubby's office and it looks perfect in its new home.  You can read the entire post here.

10.  Vintage Gas Station Map Desk

This is another piece I refinished for my Son, Hunter.  This desk was given to me by a very generous friend.  I loved the desk and couldn't believe she was parting with it!  I decided to keep the desk and use it in Hunter's bedroom.  It was also perfect timing that I found a huge lot of vintage gas station maps at an estate sale.  Since Hunter loves anything car related, I went with a vintage gas station theme and I love how it turned out.  Better yet, Hunter was over the moon excited about his new desk.  You can read the entire post here.

This has been a lot of fun for me.  There are so many great projects that I didn't share, but there's only so much time, right?!  As I was searching through photos and blog posts I realized there are a lot of projects I have never even shared on the blog.  Maybe I will go back and find these projects and share them in another post...My Top 10 Unshared Favorites?  Maybe!  

I have to thank you for reading, commenting and emailing me with your kind words.  There have been many times over the last two years I wanted to quit blogging, but then I'd get a wonderful email from a reader that made me change my mind.  There have been many times when I've been feeling down or frustrated, then I would receive an email from one of you that would make my day.  Without all of you, there would be no blog.  I appreciate all of you and your support of My Passion For Decor.

As I look over the last two years of projects, I'm amazed at how my style has evolved and my confidence has grown with each project.  There are lots of projects I have planned, so stick around and see what I have up my sleeve!  

Thank you again for reading and keep those emails and comments coming!

A Modern Update On a Timeless Piece

Last summer, I was lucky enough to work on a piece for a client/friend.  In return for my work on the piece he gave me two amazing pieces that needed a bit of TLC.  I kept one of these pieces for a long time and at one point considered selling it.  For some reason I kept holding on to it, thinking I would do something to it at some point.  Well that day finally came.  

Here are some before pictures of this antique beauty...

The majority of the hardware was meaning, the keyholes were mismatched and whoever had painted the piece before, hadn't done a great job.  There were paint drips and spills all over the inside and outside of this piece.  Not to mention it had that old, musty smell some antique furniture picks up with age.  

However, she's a beauty.  The slats on the side....I'm always a sucker for those slats!  

I really fell in love with the little details, like the carving on top and the details in between each drawer.

I decided to strip the top.  The back was unfinished so I could see the piece was beautiful oak.  I was amazed at what I saw underneath that black paint.  The wood was in perfect condition and with a bit of elbow grease I had it looking brand new.  

I stripped the top, then sanded it with 100 grit, then 220, then 500 grit until it felt smooth.  After sanding I gave the top a coat Ebony stain by Rustoleum.  I wasn't happy with how it looked.  It was too dull and needed some contrast.  The darkness of the Ebony only picked up the dark grain in the Oak, so I added a coat of Red Mahogany and that's when the magic happened.  The wood, sparkled and had such depth.  I was happy I'd gone to all the work to strip and sand the top.  I sealed the top with two coats of wipe-on poly.

For the body, I went with a custom mix of Chalk Paint™by Annie Sloan.  I mixed, Louis Blue, Florence, a bit of Napoleonic Blue, Antibes Green and English Yellow to make a beautiful, deep blue.    To seal this beautiful color, I used clear wax by Annie Sloan on the entire dresser.  Then for the drawers, I made a mix of clear wax and Pure White Chalk Paint™ and wiped that on to give the drawers more depth and contrast.  The whole piece was distressed using 220 grit sandpaper to give it some age, but just a light amount of distressing was needed.  To give the dresser that final touch I added new drawer hardware by Martha Stewart from Home Depot.  

Here she is after all the work.....she's even prettier than before!

I couldn't be happier with the contrast between the custom blue and the stained wood.  Would you just look at those slats?!!

I think the drawer hardware works perfectly on this piece and gives it a modern, updated vintage style.....exactly what I was going for.

One of the details I fell in love with on this piece was the detail in between the drawers.  

The wood is beautiful on this piece.  I'm happy I was able to bring out a bit of the beautiful wood and still paint the rest of the piece.  Best of both worlds!

One thing I forgot to take a picture of was the insides of the drawers.  I painted the insides of each drawer in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Coco.  It's a beautiful color combo!  

Also, to rid the piece of that old, musty smell this piece had acquired over time I coated the drawers and the inside of the dresser with Zinsser Shellac.  It's an easy solution for ridding furniture of stinky smells.  

This piece is a definite keeper.  It's going in our upstairs office, which is the last room in the house to be finished.  The hubby is getting impatient and tired of working in the junk room.  This has been the dumping ground for everything that doesn't have a home.  Now that I've finished this beautiful piece, I guess it's time to get to work on the upstairs office!  Wish me luck!  

I've been really busy working on projects this week.  It's been nice to get back to what I love to do.  I'll be sharing what I've been working on next week.  Lots of things to share.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I enjoy hearing from you and reading your comments, so keep them coming please!


Furniture Feature Fridays

House on the Way

Paris Inspired Bookshelf

I started this project a year ago and finished it about a month ago.  I thought I'd written a post about this, but then realized today I hadn't!  This is one of my favorite pieces I've done with a little girl in mind.  I've been holding on to it, thinking I might be able to put it somewhere in my house.  I guess the little girl in me doesn't want to give it away!

I bought this bookshelf on Craigslist, like I said a year ago, then it sat in my garage for a few weeks.  When I got to the bookshelf, I knew I wanted to paint it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Emperor's Silk.  The reason I wanted to use this color was I found some fabric I loved at Hobby Lobby and I wanted to try something new on this bookshelf.  

Here it is before I started...

It was a very basic, but sturdy and solid wood, bookshelf.  I wanted to give it some pizazz and a WOW factor.

I started by taking the back off the bookshelf.  

Then I attached batting and my adorable fabric to the back of the bookshelf.  I stapled it on and covered both the back and the front of the board.  I wanted to add the batting to give it a little bit of softness and depth when I reattached the backing.

Isn't this fabric adorable?  If I had a little girl, these would be the colors of her room!  

I started painting the bookshelf itself in the Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint™.

Well, that was as far as I got.  I did two coats of the Chalk Paint™ then I moved on to other projects.  I do that a lot....start a project and then don't finish it for awhile.  I guess it's the flighty creative aspect of my personality that makes me do these things :-)

Well, after we moved into the new house I decided it was time to get back to that bookshelf.  I wiped off all the dust and then gave it a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Pure White.  Then I distressed the paint so the red would show through.  I gave it 2 coats of wipe-on poly to give it the durability it would need for a child and I was done.  All I had to do was reattach the backing and I was done.

Here it is all finished!

I'm happy with how it turned out and think it really has that WOW factor!

I really like the finish and the red showing through.  I think I'm going to do this on something else very soon, but for me!

I've been holding on to this piece and now I'm selling it.  If you live in Connecticut, I'm selling this beauty for a steal $50.  I would love to keep this piece, but I don't have a little girl and I don't have any place to put this in my home.

It's a lot of fun to paint a piece that's different and out of the norm.  I'm so used to painting pieces for Hunter, that painting something girly was a lot of fun!  

Thank you for taking the time to read and have a wonderful weekend!  

Thank you!!!