Artissimo empire sideboard with bubblegum knobs

Artissimo empire sideboard with bubblegum knobs

Remember I asked a few weeks ago if you thought a sideboard could be blue? I always stay pretty traditional when it comes to dinning room furniture: greys, blacks and whites are usually my go to. But I thought to myself, navy is also a neutral! Why not! I picked up this gorgeous empire sideboard a few weeks ago and knew immediately, she would be the one!
Again, MMS Artissimo was the paint of choice. I literally have to stop myself from painting things in this colour. My kids moan when they see another piece in this blue… that’s how much I use it. It really reminds me of a worn pair of denim jeans with varying shades of blues. The wood colour of this sideboard was the perfect canvas.
Of course, as you may know, empire styled furniture is one of my favourites. The curves are so stunning and the craftsmanship, second to none. I’m always in awe when I work on one of these. They are truly made to stand the test of time.
I have about 20 different style of knobs in stock and yet, I always go back to these little white knobs. They pop against any colour yet they don’t compete with the beauty of the piece – they just compliment them. I use them so much I ordered another 40 last night.
I’m in love with this one, and I hope you are too. Picked up the little yellow flowers (weeds?) on the side of the road today. Love the combination with the pretty drawer liners. Navy in the dining room? A definite yes!
Pitch black china cabinet with calligraphy papered back

Pitch black china cabinet with calligraphy papered back

After a few delays, she’s finally complete! This beautiful little hutch, with everything going for her, has been transformed inside and out. I’m still using and loving milk paint. On this one I went with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Pitch Black, but mixed it with a bit of Snow White, which looks better with the papered back. Since starting with milk paint, I’ve been wanting to do a piece that’s really chippy and uber distressed in some places. Although this was something I wanted to do, it wasn’t easy giving up total control to this incredibly unpredictable and wilful paint. I just had to close my eyes (not literally of course 😉 ) and give it a whirl. I’m so happy I did! It chipped, cracked and pealed in all the right places. I really love how she turned out and couldn’t reproduce the same effect twice I’m sure. She’s just strikingly gorgeous!
I lined the back with this pretty little calligraphy paper from Spoonflower and painted the interior with GF Snow White for added contrast. I had originally painted the pulls she came with but after trying out both sets, I went to my go-to white knobs. So simple and delicate – they don’t take any attention away from the beautiful Queen Ann legs or the amazing curves of this piece.
Had to replace the glass in the door as you may recall, but in the end it all turned out fine. Brought the door in on Tuesday and it was ready by Wednesday. The price was more reasonable too. I can afford to break glass all the time! 😉
She might have taken some time to do but as I said before, you can’t rush perfection… or perfect imperfections. Since I gave myself a pedicure, sandals seemed appropriate for the photo shoot. Hope you love her as much as we do!
Snow white, milk painted, adorable night tables

Snow white, milk painted, adorable night tables


The minute I spotted these two, I knew I had to have them. Gorgeous night tables with Queen Anne legs and curves abound. I couldn’t wait to get them home to give them a much needed makeover.



When planning how to paint pieces I usually start with paint colour and then pick accessories as I go. This time was very different. You might remember that over a year ago (if you followed my fb page way back then) I received an order of knobs (photo inserted), and in it, were these amazing, milky green glass furniture jewelry, or knobs as some of you may call them. 😉 I was dying to use them but hadn’t found the right pieces until these little ones came into my life.



After the knobs were picked I had to decide on paint. If you know me, you know I have a fear of painting things white. I’m always afraid it’s too safe, too plain, too overused, too difficult to topcoat but, for these knobs and these tables, there was no other option. White was the perfect non-colour!The challenge of painting with white was even more so since I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Snow white, for the first time. I won’t go on about how much I love this paint since you all know by now. It did what I loved and turned out amazing.



I used Rustoleum Chalked Protective Topcoat (only one finish option, matte) and it turned out beautifully. You can’t even tell it’s there. So happy to have found this product.



I also had the drawer liners stashed away for the perfect piece(s). The perfect finishing touch for the perfect pair of night stands. They might even be too pretty to hide in the bedroom! 🙂