Happy New Year everyone!
Well, here we are not only saying hello to a new year, but also a brand new decade. At my age (I’m 56 now), it is shocking how fast time seems to fly by. Who’s with me on that?
I like to take a moment at the end of each year and reflect back on my favorite pieces from the previous 12 months, so here, in no particular order, are my top five from 2019.
I painted this dresser in Fusion Mineral Paint’s Limestone. This is a warm shade of off-white, which is generally what I lean towards when painting something white. For that reason, I also love Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Linen, Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, and Homestead House Milk Paint in Limestone.
The re.design with prima transfer on this piece is called Lovely Ledger. I have another of these in my stockpile of transfers and I’m hoping to find another tall dresser to use it on sometime this year.
The color on this washstand was inspired by a piece in Fifi O’Neill’s book, Romantic Prairie Style. It’s painted in Sweet Pickins milk paint in one of my favorite shades of green, In a Pickle.
This is one of those pieces where the milk paint did exactly what I wanted it to. After a little encouragement with some painter’s tape, it chipped in all the right places, not too little and not too much.
I’ve used this gorgeous shade of green on a few pieces now, and as I usually find to be the case, they take longer to sell than more neutral pieces. Still, I can’t resist this gorgeous green. This one ended up selling to an artist who wanted it for her warehouse style loft and she absolutely loved it.
It’s not all that often that I work on a piece just for myself, but that was the case with this table. The base is painted in one of my other favorite shades of white that I mentioned above, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Linen. The top of the table is waxed with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Liming Wax.
The lines of text on the table base are part of an old Prima Marketing transfer that is no longer available.
This table sits out on my front three season porch (which is really just comfortable for part of one season here in Minnesota) and I mainly use it for staging photos. I can’t tell you how many hours I spend out there freezing my butt off this time of year while taking photos like this one …
But the light is awesome out there, so I put on fuzzy slippers and a sweater and suffer for my art.
The flower power dresser.
I definitely had to include this piece in my top five from 2019. I absolutely love this one. It’s painted in Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy and then finished off with re.design with prima’s Cosmic Roses transfer.
I have been holding off on listing my pieces for sale on Craigslist and FB Marketplace until after the holidays. I didn’t want to juggle being home to meet up with potential buyers and holiday parties. So this dresser is still available.
I’m always a little nervous about how long pieces like this will take to sell, but that remains to be seen. Fingers crossed that someone out there will fall in love with it.
This list really wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the piano. I had procrastinated on painting it for years thinking it would be a huge undertaking. But I really couldn’t have been more wrong. It didn’t take long at all to paint it using Dixie Belle’s chalk style paint in Midnight Sky.
The stencil I added on the top is from Maison de Stencils and is one of my favorites, mainly just because I love that pretty script font.
I painted the piano itself back in March, but I didn’t get around to painting the chair until September.
What can I say? My own stuff is always at the bottom of the list. But now that it’s painted I absolutely love it.
Well, there you have it. My top five.
Take a look at my ‘fab furniture‘ page to see all of my furniture ‘before & afters’ and let me know what your favorite was in 2019.
As always, thank you to re.design with prima, Dixie Belle Paint Co, Fusion Mineral Paint, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Maison de Stencils for sponsoring my blog by providing the products used in these projects.