french furniture and a request

By |May 3rd, 2011|


I told you I’d been painting like mad.  Getting the vault ready in a little over a week’s time was CRAZY and I. am. tired.  But…the plus is I’m also thrilled to be painting again.  The ebook was so much fun to create, but it’s kinda nice to have paint all […]

the vault is open!

By |May 1st, 2011|


This has been fun.

This, I mean.  My little vault space in Troy Antiques is officially open.  It’s got a long way to go, but it’s coming together.  Some of this you’ve seen before, and some you haven’t.


The vault entrance is so […]

School-Inspired Side Table

By |April 24th, 2011|

You know how a lot of my pieces are white or very muted?  And a lot are layered and dry-brushed?  All I mean is, as a painter, I get into a look and I settle comfortably under the covers.  Hug a pillow and snuggle in for a while.

But every now and then, it’s nice to […]

Sideboard Before and After

By |March 2nd, 2011|

This post seems so long overdue.  You’ve seen this after a million times, but I haven’t ever written a reveal post.

Which means you haven’t seen the before in quite some time.

One fateful day at the beginning of my business, I ran across this guy…


And was told by many that it was ridiculous.

But I could see […]

Sneak Peek of the Kids’ Table…

By |February 17th, 2011|

Well, I couldn’t resist showing you a peek…



I got some exciting news from Ana White yesterday.  She wants to draw up some plans of our table and include them in the book.  (this is me secretly screaming “yay!!”)  In a calm and self-controlled voice, of course.
You’ll get to see the full reveal next week and […]

Our Version of the Kid’s X Table and Knock Off Decor

By |February 15th, 2011|

Well, friends, it seems the fabulous Beckie at Knock Off Decor featured my mercury glass vases yesterday.  Head over there to check her out!
And because I’ve added a new section to the book (aka I’ve never done anything so last minute in my life), to say I’m working overtime might be the biggest understatement of […]

1950s Chest of Drawers

By |January 27th, 2011|

Okay, girls and guys, it’s been a while since my last furniture makeover.
You know.
I like to think you’ve been waiting.

Choosing to take a step back from the creative process was difficult for me.

But writing the eBook has clearly been a creative art all its own.
As we were completing the video for the book, I finally […]

A Baker’s Dozen of My Favorite Projects 2010

By |December 30th, 2010|

This year was such a whirlwind, in “real” life, in project-mode,  and here in blogland. I found myself as inspired as I’ve ever been to create and dream along with you.
The Southern Hospitality gal, Rhoda, is having a top project linky party, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  And, another Southern homie, […]

Here We Go…

By |December 27th, 2010|

Along with all the site work I told you about yesterday, it’s time to get started on some client projects and projects around the house.
Perfectly Imperfect (the restoration side) has become strictly client pieces, for the most part.  It just sort of morphed, and honestly, it’s so much fun to choose pieces with/for a client […]

Some Changes In The Works

By |December 26th, 2010|

This year has brought about so many changes for us as a family, and for me on a personal and business level.  A huge part of that has been the starting of this blog, which I shared with you the other day.And this guy, well, he pretty much blew me away this last year.  All […]

Storybook Caddy

By |November 12th, 2010|

But…I have gotten the energy to finish a couple of those crafty projects I told you about the other day.I picked up this sweet caddy last week.  I actually like the look of the original wood, but it did feel really dated.  There’s vintage that can transfer to many homes, and there’s vintage that only […]

Plant Stand to Side Table

By |November 3rd, 2010|

Hey friends!  Coming to you from Las Vegas this week.  My guy had a work trip and sort of arranged for me to accompany him…kid free!
Anyway, we’re having a ball out here with my cousin and her husband and I’m trying to balance seeing and doing (because I’m a total tourist) with relaxing and sleeping.
Hence, […]

A Little Mustard On That?

By |October 28th, 2010|

Alright, I know I’ve said it a million times.
But I am truly beginning to understand the fickle nature of my pc.
So…I’m currently checking some available options.
I have a fun guest post coming to you tomorrow, but I honestly could not wait to hang out with you guys again.
While I was at Lisa’s house […]

Lisa’s Living Room–Before and After

By |October 25th, 2010|

It was wonderful.Even as I begin to jot those down, I am learning as I get older, to remember why it is that I do what I do.  I don’t really need my life to be a mile-long list of paint projects for clients, one design and decor makeover after another, and writing lesson plans […]

Guest Bedroom End Table Makeover

By |October 20th, 2010|

Hey there!  Finally coming at you from the Baltimore area today….really loving it up here!  Love the weather, the history of the cities we’re visiting, love the leaves that are actually turning the shades of Fall…just LOVE IT!
I also convinced my friend, Lisa to go with her gut and paint a wall in […]

Whitewashing vs. Dry Brushing

By |October 12th, 2010|

I’ve gotten so many emails (if you’ve emailed in the last week, I promise, I’m working on replying 🙂 on this topic, that I thought it was appropriate to write a post on whitewashing vs. dry brushing.
Sometimes choosing a treatment for a piece can be the hardest part of the refinishing process.  I’ve written a […]

Frenchy Desk

By |October 5th, 2010|

Hey, friends!!
I hope you’re having a great week so far; I’m feeling quite crafty today, so I would love to spend some time today fluffing the guest room bath and my bedroom, and possibly working on a new art project featuring beadboard and a very large empty frame I picked up a couple of weeks […]

White Aged Vanity Tutorial

By |September 28th, 2010|

Sometimes I feel a little silly when I write tutorials, mostly because I’m afraid most everyone is thinking how simple these steps are.
And they are! I didn’t take photos of every step, but this should give you a good idea how I achieved the finish.

This is the pictureless part.  I lightly sanded the vanity with […]

White Aged Antique Vanity

By |September 22nd, 2010|

It seems as though I just have to work a little harder to hang out with you guys lately.  Me, my computer, and my phone are all on
if-fy terms as of late.
All in the past for today and we’ve got a new computer request for Christmas.  Anybody got a used macbook pro […]

Style Feature Saturday!!

By |September 18th, 2010|

Welcome to Style Feature Saturday!!

Where you feature your style….with a project for the home, a room makeover, furniture transformation…you get the idea.
Speaking of transformations, check out this lovely little guy.  I like to think of it as a guy or maybe a really spunky tomboy.  🙂
Even though it’s totally out of my comfort zone, I’m […]