Pitch black vintage chest with carnation bone knobs

Pitch black vintage chest with carnation bone knobs

When people say “they don’t make things like they used to” I imagine they have something like this beauty in mind. This stunning, solid walnut bureau with its bottom wood molding and slightly recessed top was the most unique chest I had ever worked on. Despite her old exterior I could see the beauty she would become. Here is her before.




I knew exactly the look I wanted for her: milk paint. And not the easy to use milk paint, but the hardcore Original Milk Paint, in Pitch Black. I had read so much about how people loved or hated milk paint, I had no idea what to expect. I crossed my fingers, said a prayer and started painting. In the end, I had nothing to worry about. It was easy to use and I loved the translucency that allowed the wood underneath to show through. It was exactly what I’d been looking for!


Of course, the carnation bone knobs, are superb. I have these ones on my own sideboard. I just love them!


In the end, I can’t think of a single room that this piece wouldn’t look stunning in. My husband wants all of our furniture painted in this colour, and I have to say that I’m tempted, but then again, there are so many other colours I haven’t used yet. ūüėČ Stay tuned!

Snow white china cabinet

Snow white china cabinet


My first blog post of 2016 in October! Ugh! If I’m going to pay to have a website, I’d better use it.¬† So without further ado, the most beautiful china cabinet I’ve ever transformed. She also happens to be the only china cabinet I’ve ever transformed but she certainly won’t be my last. ūüėČ



For those of you that haven’t heard it already, I¬†had been eyeing this beauty and her sideboard sister (painted grey in summer of 2016) on Kijiji¬†for months before buying them. I loved the clean lines which are hard to find on vintage pieces and the wood moldings were so pretty. While the sideboard transformation came easy to me I racked my brain for months on what to do with this one… until I found, Spoonflower. Then I knew. Here is what she looked like before.



I won’t do a post about Spoonflower, but you should really check them out. Amazing designs! I can seriously go¬†crazy on their site. The exchange rate, shipping and duty put things in perspective pretty quickly but I still indulged a little. So that’s were it all started with this pretty floral, Spoonflower paper.



Once the paper was chosen, the paint colour seemed obvious: white! Not just any white but a true white. Altough I had never¬†used white, it didn’t mean I wasn’t paying attention.¬†I researched and read and looked at¬†hundreds of white pieces and¬†I knew that General Finishes, Snow White, was the colour (or non-colour)¬†I would use. I am pleased to say that I made the right decision. This is an amazing white and the paint is incredibly easy to work with.





In the end, a ton of work went into this one. A lot of firsts: white paint, new paper line and first china cabinet. The prep, priming, disassembling & reassembling, papering, painting and finishing all took an incredible amount of time, but I would do it all again and I will!

I laughed, I cried and in the end, I loved. I hope you do too!