eat, drink & be merry.

eat drink and be merry

I hope today’s post is better late than never!  Usually I have my posts scheduled in advance for 7 a.m., but the rainy weather we’ve had of late here in Minnesota has not been conducive to photo taking.  Plus I’m working on a huge piece that is taking forever to finish, so I don’t have a lot to share.

Today I am playing hooky from work (it’s OK, an authorized vacation day).  So far it has been quite blissful.  Coffee in bed with a good book at 7 a.m., sold the marble topped dresser at 9:30 a.m., staged today’s photos at 10 a.m. and now I’m enjoying the Diana Krall station (any other fans?) on Pandora and pulling together this post while eating a fluffer nutter.  Anyone know what that is?  A peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich.  I hope you aren’t reading my blog looking for healthy eating tips because you clearly won’t find them here!

Alright, on with today’s feature item.  Way back in June my friend Cathy nabbed this 50’s metal cart for me (thanks again Cathy!)  When I got it, it was plain white, and rather beat up.  The wheels didn’t say on and one of the drop leaf sides wasn’t working.

I started by painting it with Fusion’s Laurentien.  I just adore this color (have I said that too many times?) and it helped play up the mid-century vibe.

edm 6

I painted the drawer front in Fusion’s Picket Fence, a nice crisp white.  I also changed out the original hardware, which was a tacky black plastic drawer pull.  This chrome cup pull is a much better choice for this piece.

Once the paint job was finished I decided to have a little fun!  I cut “eat, drink and be merry” out of white vinyl on my Cricut and ran it across the top.

edm 1

Thus officially turning this into a bar cart!  The fact that the Fusion paint is fully washable after 30 days of curing time makes it perfect for this piece, because we all know that there will be spilled drinks!

edm 7

I stocked it with some bar essentials; glassware, straws, ice bucket, etc.

edm 4

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I also painted inside the drawer just to clean it up a bit.

edm drawer

The leaves can be folded down …

bar cart 8

or left up.

vintage bar cart

This cart would be so much fun for holiday entertaining, easily rolled out to where you need it.

Well, I’m off now to enjoy the rest of my vacation day.  I believe I shall eat, drink and be merry!  In fact, I’ve got the entire weekend in front of me for that.  How about you?

And P.S. the bar cart is for sale.  If you are an interested local (Twin Cities), leave me a comment and I’ll email you with details. SOLD.

Sharing at Finding Silver Pennies Sundays!

seriously studious.

seriously studious

Today’s piece began life as a vanity/dressing table.  I wasn’t terribly fond of the mirror that was attached to it though, so I took it off and decided to reinvent it as a more serious piece of furniture.  A desk.  I don’t have a ‘before’ picture of it, but it was part of the matching set that included the dresser I painted last week.

grey dresser before

This gives you some idea of the color of the finish; kind of a yucky orange.  Looking at the top though, I could see that the grain was quite pretty and I thought that maybe I could salvage it.  So I stripped it, sanded lightly, and then used a Dark Walnut gel stain on it, followed by a coat of Cece Caldwell Aging Cream.

desk top

So pretty, and such a nice rich shade of brown now.  Here is a tip for those of you who don’t already know this.  Always do the stripping and staining of the top first.  It will likely be at least a little messy, and that way you don’t have to worry about messing up a freshly completed paint job.

After seeing the end result on the top, I knew I wanted to paint this with MMS’ Marzipan milk paint.  The same lovely almond color that I used on the Ironstone and Almond dresser.

However, I did suffer a little hiccup in the process.  First, let me explain that the veneer at the bottom of the sides on this piece had gotten a bit of water damage.  As a result, it was quite warped.  I have a little cheater method of dealing with that problem.  I run a blade horizontally just above where the veneer is loose, then I remove the veneer up to that line.  Then I use some wood filler to smooth over the transition from veneer to no veneer.  It’s not a perfect method, but it’s fairly well disguised once it’s painted and it gives new life to the piece without completely removing or  replacing veneer.  I use this method when the veneer is too warped to re-glue.

So, that’s what I did on this piece and I used a different brand of wood filler than normal.  I decided to try this brand when my last bit of wood filler ran out.  It is Elmer’s Carpenter’s Color Change Wood Filler.  The packaging says it is paintable and stainable.  It goes on purple and when it turns white you know it’s dry.  Sounded like lots of fun at the time.  So, I applied it and waited until it turned white, sanded it smooth and then started painting with the MMS milk paint.  And yikes!

purple filler

You guessed it!  The watery milk paint reactivated the purple!  Good gracious.  I probably should have seen that coming, but I didn’t.  I then got out the MMS Tough Coat Sealer and put not just one, but two coats of sealer over the purple.  Unfortunately, that did not do the trick either.  After it was dry, I painted over it and again, the purple bled through.  At that point I wasn’t going to mess around anymore.  I got out the spray paint primer.  Yep, you read that right.  Spray paint.  This is one of my oldest tricks for dealing with bleeding of any kind.  Spray paint will seal it up in no time.  And in this case, I really just needed to spray a quick coat over the areas with filler.  It did the trick perfectly, and once that was dry, my milk paint covered it up just fine.  It would be super clever if I had remembered to take a photo of the finished repair for you, but nope, I forgot.  But, you now don’t have to learn this the hard way.  Don’t use the filler that starts out purple if you’re going to use milk paint over it!

desk corner

I again kept the original hardware with its fab patina, and I highlighted that raised trim detail with white paint.

desk hardware and trim

desk angle

Although the rest of the piece is all painted with the same paint color, I feel like the drawers are just a hair lighter than the body of the desk.  Sometimes that happens with milk paint.  Even though I mixed the paint all in one batch, I painted the drawers entirely first (while waiting for those veneer repairs to dry on the body), then painted the body last.  Some darker pigments must have settled to the bottom.  But, I do think that it works on this piece.  It’s just a slight difference and it gives a very subtle two-toned look to the desk.

seriously studious desk

So there you have it.  A seriously studious desk.  What do you think?

let’s give thanks.

OK, maybe it’s a little early to start thinking about Thanksgiving.  Although obviously this year I will be giving thanks that my sister and niece live here in Minnesota now and will be celebrating with me!

give thanks 1

 But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this post is about giving thanks that the next step in my dining room makeover is complete!  The table.  Here’s a reminder of how it looked before.

hutch 2

Mr. Q made this table about 20 years ago.  At the time a co-worker of his was selling some 4″ x 4″ cedar boards so Mr. Q decided we needed an extremely heavy, indestructible table.  He’s added several coats of shiny poly over the years to make sure it remained impervious to damage.  I’ll be honest, this has never been my favorite piece of furniture (sorry hon!).  If you’ve read my blog, you’ve seen my style and probably realize that this isn’t exactly ‘me’.  But one has to make compromises in marriage, and this was one of mine.  It wasn’t until I started my recent dining room update that it occurred to me that even though Mr. Q is quite fond of the table, maybe he wasn’t ‘married’ to the finish.  Eureka!  How did this not occur to me sooner?

So I asked him how he felt about me giving it a fresh new look.  Turns out he was on board (pardon the pun)!

The first task was stripping all of that poly off.  Egads.  It took 4 passes with the citrus stripper to get that stuff off.  It was a messy and time consuming process.  I probably could have sped up the process by using a more heavy duty chemical stripper, but since I was doing this inside the house I didn’t want to add toxic fumes to the mix.  Once it was stripped and then cleaned with buckets and buckets of fresh water, I sanded it down a little to get a smooth surface.

Meanwhile, in between passes with the stripper, I dug out some scrap pieces of the original wood from the back of the carriage house and tested some possible finishes on them.

I started out by purchasing two different shades of grey stain.  I really didn’t like the way the stain went on, something about it just felt off.  It was partially the sheen, partially the colors, and partially the streaking that I couldn’t seem to get rid of.  Honestly, staining just isn’t my forte.  I’m sure that there are expert woodworkers out there who could have achieved the look I was was going for with stain, but I’m not one of them.

So I went back to the drawing board.  I gave some more thought to what I was hoping to accomplish.  I wanted to tone down that orange color of the cedar, maybe get a sort of sun bleached look, lighten up the entire piece and give it some more ‘age’.  I didn’t want to entirely cover up the grain, but I wanted to minimize it a little.  I did some more research on pinterest looking at many different approaches to faux-aging wood.  And finally I realized that I should just stick to what I know, paint!  I decided to pickle the wood on the top of the table, and then just paint and distress the base (there was no way I was going to attempt to strip the base!)

There are a myriad of choices for pickling methods out there!  There are even special products made just for pickling.  I stuck to the basics.  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White, and diluted it about 50/50 with water.  I wish I had diluted it even a little more for a more sheer look, but hindsight is 20/20.

pickle 1

As it turns out, pickling is incredibly simple.  I applied the watery paint with a brush and then wiped it off with a paper towel.  The paper towel probably breaks some official rule that requires a lint free cloth, but it worked for me.  I’d use caution with that if you use a darker color.  I worked board by board because I didn’t want to have any weird overlap lines.  I wiped off quite a bit of the paint, and I really rubbed and smoothed with the paper towel to get rid of any streaking and to work the paint into the wood, frequently changing to a fresh paper towel.  I did just one coat.  Once it was dry, I went over it with my palm sander and some fine (220 grit) sandpaper.  Then I waxed with Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax.

pickled table top

Well?  What do you think?  An improvement over the shiny cedar look?  I really love the new look, it is almost exactly what I was picturing in my head for the table top.

For the table base, I just sanded the original finish lightly and then painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen.  Once dry, I distressed and then waxed with my custom blend dark wax.

table base

I’m really not sure I like the way the French Linen on the table base is playing with the Fusion Linen on the inside of the hutch or with the bamboo rug.  It’s funny because I would have called both of these colors a ‘greige’, or warm beige/grey.  But when you put them in the same room with each other the Fusion Linen has a warm green undertone, while the French Linen has a cool blue-ish undertone.  I debated using the Fusion Linen on the table base, but I thought that would be too ‘matchy-matchy’.


Maybe I should have just stuck with the Old White on the table base?

Well, water under the bridge.  After nearly cramping every muscle in my body while crawling around under that table to paint the base, I just don’t have it in me to change the color just now.

dining table 2

I’m choosing the live with the colors for now and see how they grow on me.  I’ll be honest, this table still isn’t going to make it to the top of my favorite furniture list, but is is vastly improved.  And Mr. Q is happy with it too!

There is still one more big project that I’ll be tackling in the dining room, plus a few smaller tweaks here and there.  But I’m checking things off one by one, and before you know it, I’ll have this project completed!


Neiman Marcus knock off no. 2

You all were very kind in leaving positive comments about my first Nieman Marcus knock off nightstand.  Thank you for those!

But I knew I could do better!  So last weekend while garage saling in Lake of the Isles, I picked up another candidate for the Nieman Marcus look!

NM 2 before

This one has more delicate features and it has some great details that I knew would be lovely highlighted in gold.  Someone had done a rather awful ‘make-over’ on it in the past.  It had a coat of drippy, shiny, poorly applied poly on it.  In fact, it looked as though they hadn’t even bothered to remove the drawer pulls, but just poly’ed right over them!

This time I did use MMS milk paint in Trophy!

NM 2 corner

And this time I added gold to all of the details, the braided trim around the top edge, the carved bits on the sides and bottom of the front and even the drawer pulls.

nightstand details

I staged it simply with an alarm clock and some lovely vintage jewelry in a gold rimmed bowl.

NM 2 staging

nightstand jewelry

I am much happier with this version of my Neiman Marcus knock off nightstand!

knock off nightstand no 2

Which is your favorite?

nightstand collage 2

Linking up with the Making Broken Beautiful party at The Curator’s Collection.

purple and green!

If someone had predicted that I was going to be stenciling purple flowers on a green dresser I would have said they were absolutely cray-cray.

purple and green clock

But never say never is a good motto!

In this case it was sort of a custom job.  When my niece, Kristine, mentioned that she wanted a dresser for her new apartment and that she wanted one with doors at the top rather than all drawers, I began the hunt on craigslist.  I found one relatively quickly, and it was just over in Stillwater so not far away.

kris dresser before

Fits the bill perfectly, right?

It had a little flaw.  Some of the trim above the left front leg was missing.

trim missing

Ken took care of that in short order.

Kris wanted green, so I lobbied heavily for In a Pickle milk paint from Sweet Pickins.  I just love that shade of fresh green, and I thought it would add a modern twist to a vintage dresser.  But no.  She wanted MMS Luckett’s Green.  I’ll admit I cringed a little.  I’ve had trouble with Luckett’s before so I was reluctant.

But this dresser was for Kris, so I decided to suck it up and get out the Luckett’s.  I mixed up my paint and started prepping.  Then I got sidetracked.  I can’t even remember what now, but something came up and it was another two days before I started painting.  I’ve certainly used two day old MMS milk paint before, so I didn’t think anything of it.  However, shortly after I began painting I noticed something strange.  The blue pigment in the paint kept rising to the top in my cup of mixed paint.  I kept stirring, and it would blend back in for a few moments, but then rise again.  To make matters worse, I noticed it was also rising to the top on the surfaces I’d already painted.  I kept painting and hoped for the best.  Unfortunately, that was a bad plan.  When the paint dried it looked like this.

bad paint example

Can you sort of see how the blue pigments were floating to the top?

I was puzzled, so I emailed Jennylyn Pringle, the President of Homestead House Paint Co, the manufacturers of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.  She very kindly got back to me right away and explained that the blue pigments are lighter (in weight, not color) than other pigments, go figure, and the best way to solve the problem was just to mix a new batch.  So, I did.  Here is a comparison of how the paints looked in my cups.

paint comparison

See that blue film in the “bad” cup, sort of like an oil slick?  That was my problem and it just wouldn’t go away.

So, another lesson learned.  Some of the milk paints can’t be kept hanging around for two days once they are mixed!  I know there are a lot of you out there that believe that milk paint just isn’t worth the effort because of issues like this.  I will totally agree with you that it can be finicky sometimes.  I certainly have run into my fair share of problems with this paint.  However, I still go back to it over and over as my favorite.  There is just something about the end result that makes it all worth it for me.  And on the bright side, I am learning these things the hard way and sharing them with you so that you don’t have to!

Anyway, I mixed up a new batch and painted one last coat and it looked fab!

Luckett's green

Back to the custom paint job.  My niece wanted Luckett’s Green, but she also wanted a creamy white on the doors with a flower stencil in purple.  Well, it’s her dresser!  If she wants purple flowers, that’s what I’ll give her.  I painted the insets with Fusion’s Casement and the purple was an acrylic craft paint that Kris picked out.

purple flower stencil

Kris also purchased the stencil herself.  I’m not sure where she got it, but I can tell you that it definitely was not of the same quality as the stencils from Maison de Stencils that I am used too.  It was rather warped, which made it difficult to get nice crisp lines.  But Kris is very happy with the end result, and that is all that matters!

kristine's dresser

You may have noticed that I changed out the hardware on this one.  That came right after Kris made ‘that face’ when I asked if she wanted to keep them.  You know ‘that face’, the one that says “gag me with a spoon”.  OK, maybe people don’t use that expression anymore, but you know what I mean.  When I asked her “what don’t you like about them?” in an attempt to figure out what direction to go in, she said “they look old.”  Oh boy.  That’s usually precisely what I do like about things.  Hmmm.  I wonder what she thinks about me!  I’m pretty sure I look old.

Fortunately I had these ivory ceramic knobs on hand though, and once I held them in place we both realized they were perfect.  They even mirror the shape of the stenciled flowers.

kris dresser angle

They definitely gave it a newer, more updated look.

I thought I would have trouble finding the right props to stage this one for photos, but as it turned out I had some great vintage purple and green books.  And at the last minute I threw in my potted lavender.  The purple was a perfect match.

dressers and lavender

I certainly never pictured using a green and purple color scheme anywhere else but in the garden when I potted it up last spring, but hey, you just never know.

Kris seems very happy with her new dresser, and I’m certainly happy I was able to pull it together for her.  We brought it over last night and she’ll have just enough time to get it in place before their house/apartment warming party this weekend!

marble topped dresser.

Sometimes buying and selling on craigslist can be a real pain in the you know what.  For example, last week I sent inquiries on three different pieces and never heard back on any of them.  The ads are still posted.  What’s up with that?  I’d like to point out that if you don’t contact your potential buyers, it’s hard to sell your item.  Just in case that isn’t obvious for anyone else.


OK.  I got that out of my system.  And what I actually wanted to say was that this time it was the total opposite.  It couldn’t have been easier.  I contacted the seller, she got back to me right away, and as it turned out she was located less than a mile from my Wednesday night Zumba class.  Not only that, but it actually was Wednesday.  Plus the seller was fine with an 8:45 pm pick up time.  So after Zumba, my sister and I popped over there to pick it up.  The cherry on the sundae?  The seller had it all ready to go in the garage.  We basically had to carry it about 10′ from the garage to the back of the truck.  Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any ‘before’ shots this time.  Oh well.  I got plenty of ‘after’ shots!

marble dresser corner

This is a marble topped dresser.

marble top

Since the marble is white with grey veining, I decided I should keep the dresser in the same colors.  I painted the body in MMS Trophy and the handles and trim in MMS Grain Sack.

marble topped dresser

I got lots of great chipping on this piece.  It’s been a while since I’ve gotten some genuine chipping, so that was pretty exciting (what can I say, I live a pretty thrilling life).

marble dresser chipping

marble dresser angle

I staged this with a gorgeous monogrammed linen tablecloth that I picked up at a garage sale last week.  I just love a good monogram, even though I usually have no idea what letters they are supposed to be.  I’m going with SWS on this one.  Maybe?


The hydrangeas are starting to turn for fall, so I had to throw some of them in the photo as well.  These are Limelight hydrangeas.

fall hydrangeas

hydrangeas 2

Before I let you go, a public service announcement for my local readers:  if you didn’t happen to notice it in the comments last week, Jody at Farmhouse Inspired in Hudson is offering a 10% discount on the Junk Gypsy paint that I used on my painted pots last week.  Check out the Junk Gypsy colors here.  I think that I am “Modern Farmhouse” …


With a little “Coastal” thrown in.


Check out the different styles and let me know which one fits you!

knock off nightstand.

I saw this beautiful nightstand on pinterest a while back …

nightstand 2

Lovely, right?

I tracked it down to its source.  Turns out it is for sale at Neiman Marcus and it can be yours for a mere $799 plus $175 shipping.  Hmmmm.  Add in the tax, and you are looking at over $1,000.  For a nightstand.  Wowza!

I guess if you have that kind of money to blow on a nightstand, more power to you!  But if you don’t, you can create a knock off.

Start with a basic French provincial nightstand.

grey nightstand before

Paint it with Annie Soan’s French Linen (that’s what I did), or you could use Miss Mustard Seed’s Trophy.  I think that would come closer to the shade of grey on the inspiration piece.  I didn’t use milk paint on mine because I didn’t want to see much of the original white and green paint coming through any chipping.

grey nightstand close up

Sand, wax and add a little gold rub ‘n buff to the details, and voila!  A Nieman Marcus knock off nightstand.

knock off nightstand title

In hindsight, I should have added a lot more gold to mine.  Unfortunately, it’s too late, I’ve already taken it to Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater to sell.  Do you think they would mind if I popped by with my rub ‘n buff and added some more gold?

I know mine isn’t quite as gorgeous as the original.  The lines on my nightstand aren’t as delicate and fine as the $1,000 version.  And I definitely don’t have as much gold.

nightstand collage

But seriously, at $125 for mine and over $1,000 for theirs … well, at least if you bought mine you could still afford your mortgage this month too.

a dark and stormy night.

grey dresser staging 2

A while back I sent Mr. Q to a garage sale to see if there were any pieces of furniture to be had. Sure enough, there were several pieces that he thought I would like.  At the time, a storm was brewing and the rain was just starting to come down as he negotiated the deal.  As a result, he didn’t spend as much time scrutinizing these pieces as he should have.  He paid for them, threw them in the truck and hightailed it home.

grey dresser before

By the time he pulled in our driveway it was coming down pretty good.  We unloaded things and dried them off, and then left them in the carriage house.  Later in the week when I pulled this dresser out for a closer look, I discovered that all of the drawers were firmly stuck closed!  Ugh!  It was a case of the dresser looking pretty good on the outside, but really in very bad shape on the inside.

Handyman Ken and I literally had to remove the back of the dresser and pound each drawer out from behind with a hammer.  Then Ken went to work sanding all the drawers down and making a couple of other fixes that were needed inside to make the drawers open and close smoothly.  Once again, thank goodness for Ken.

After all of that hard work, I decided this piece should be painted in a dark and stormy grey to match both the weather when we bought it and my mood when I discovered the drawers were all stuck!

grey dresser title

I used a mix of Urban Rooster’s Smokey Ash and Dixie Belle’s Hurricane Grey.  Honestly, there was very little (if any) difference between these two colors.  I didn’t think I had enough of either one to do the whole dresser though, so I simply mixed them together.

grey dresser close up

I gave the rich grey color even a little more depth by finishing with Miss Mustard Seed’s antiquing wax.  This dresser has some very charming trim on the front.

grey dresser detail

I wasn’t sure about the hardware, but my friend Meggan convinced me to keep it.  She loved the verdigris patina, and she was certain the color would work well with the grey.

grey dresser hardware

I think she was right, what do you think?

grey dresser angle

I love the combo of grey and mustard yellow, so I used one of my fall painted pots for staging (you’ll read more about those in an upcoming post).

grey dresser staging

I think this one turned out quite nice in the end, but there was a lot of extra effort involved.  In the future I think I’ll try and stick with dressers that don’t have sticky drawers!

Linking up with:  Making Broken Beautiful Furniture Party at The Curator’s Collection.

my big sister’s china closet.

I’m pretty sure that since the very first day my mom and dad brought me home from the hospital, my big sister Debbie has been trying to boss me around.  As the typical ‘oldest child’, she likes to be in charge.  As a result, she seems a bit annoyed every time I suggest that she is my ‘apprentice’ in the furniture workshop!  Nonetheless, I am proud of her work on the hutch that she completed under my tutelage (LOL, she’s not going to like that!  It’s true though.)

Debbie needed a small china cupboard for her new apartment.  She left her old one behind in New Jersey because it had seen better days and it didn’t fit in the truck.  I assured her that we could find something cheap on craigslist and make it fabulous.  So one Saturday morning about a month ago, we sat down at the computer and found a sweet little Duncan Phyfe style piece for a mere $80!

china cupboard before

It wasn’t in bad shape, just a little dated in appearance.  The curved glass on the middle section is quite lovely.  Debbie likes the simple lines of this piece.  I tried to sell her on something with a little more detail on the top, but she liked this better.

So we unloaded it into my workshop and she got started.  She removed all of the hardware and sanded lightly.  I cautioned her against over-sanding because this looked like it could be a bleeder.  And sure enough it was.  When you have a piece that has orange or red stain that bleeds, you want to maintain the original varnish as much as possible to keep the stain sealed in.  Your next option is to re-seal it with shellac or the Tough Coat Sealer.  In the end, Debbie was able to get by with just a couple spots of sealer needed on the outside, which she painted in Annie Sloan’s French Linen.  The inside was a different story.  That required two coats of sealer to keep the stain from bleeding through the Fusion Lamp White that she used there.  We also ended up removing the back to make it easier to paint the inside.  It also made it easier for Ken to repair one of the glass stops that wasn’t holding the glass in place properly.

china cupboard after

So much better, right?  By the way, Debbie calls it a ‘china closet’.  I suspect this might be an east coast thing.  I’ve always called these china cupboards, or hutches.  What do you call them?

And FYI, I thought I’d leave all of the reflections in the glass rather than erasing them with some editing software.  It makes for a fun detective project to figure out what you can see reflected there.  The turquoise t-shirt and white shorts?  That’s me.  You can also see Debbie texting, my old car (I just got a new one this week!), the carriage house … and more!

I hoped that Debbie would take my suggestion and add a stencil to her cabinet, and she did.  The “Family and Friends gather here” stencil seemed particularly perfect for a china cupboard.

china cupboard stencil

Debbie finished the piece using my custom blended dark wax.

She spent nearly as much on paint products as she did on the cupboard itself.  The Annie Sloan paint was $40, the Fusion paint was $20 and the Tough Coat Sealer was around $15.  But she has more than enough of each of them left to paint some chairs for her dining table … her next project.  And even at $155 this was a bargain.

Didn’t she do a great job?  She should let me boss her around more often, don’t you agree?!

they call me mellow yellow.

Last week my sister-in-law brought me yet another great piece of furniture to paint.  Delivered it right to my door as a matter of fact.  Isn’t that fantastic?

buttermilk cream before

It looks a little pink in the before photo, but that’s just a reflection from my red barn.  Really it was a sort of yellowed white with gold trim.  A sweet little French provincial desk.  Yep, it’s a desk.  You’ll see in a minute.

It was in great shape really, it just needed a little refreshing.  So that is what I did using some Fusion paint.

buttermilk desk title 2

I painted the body in Limestone and the drawer fronts in Buttermilk Cream.  I absolutely LOVE the Buttermilk Cream.  It’s the perfect pale yellow for those of us who want a sweet, subtle, mellow yellow.  One that doesn’t scream “Wowza!  Look at me!  I’m yellow!”

buttermilk angle

I debated painting the hardware before I put it back on, but I decided to take the famous advice “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

buttermilk hardware

It really worked beautifully with the yellow.

buttermilk corner

Remember that I said this piece is a desk?  Well, you pull those two little brass knobs above the top drawer and a desk top pulls out.

buttermilk desk open

How slick, right?

buttermilk desk open 2

It’s not pulled out all the way in these photos.  I think it would be the perfect size for a lap top computer if pulled out all the way.

But for my photo shoot it was the perfect spot for a vintage Boston Cook Book.

boston cook book

If you need a mellow yellow desk for your lap top (or your cook books), let me know.  So far this one is available.

buttermilk desk final