before + after: whitewashed brick fireplace

May 15, 2012

When my clients asked me to help bring their 1972 ranch home up-to-date, the first thing that had to go was the bright orange/red brick fireplace.  Their family room gets so much natural light, yet the floor-to-ceiling brick seemed to glow.  Instead of painting the brick completely, I decided to whitewash it, instead, to tone…

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before + after: queen anne-style end tables

May 3, 2012

My wonderful client scored these two Queen Anne-style end tables at a garage sale a few years ago, and since they are going in the master bedroom of this gorgeous home, it was time to give them a much-needed facelift. We picked this beauty to hang over the bed and the client requested that the…

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before + after: beach bungalow kitchen on a budget

April 18, 2012

When my client and good friend asked me to help her update the kitchen of her beautiful bungalow in Wrightsville Beach, I jumped at the chance!  The kitchen is the first room you see when you walk into the house, and since we were on an extremely limited budget, paint was one of the fastest,…

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before + after: my corner built-ins

April 17, 2012

It’s time I started keeping up with posting finished projects around my house, so first up are my corner built-ins in our family room! You might remember this is how we watched TV for the first year we were in our home: You can’t really tell in the photo below, but this was a tricky…

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go with the gray

February 23, 2012

Ever since posting this gray pedestal table, I’ve received a few requests to replicate the finish-most recently for this curvy console table.  It had been painted a number of times, but it’s made out of some weird synthetic material so stripping it was out of the question and sanding only revealed more cracked layers.  So,…

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whitewashed table

January 24, 2012

Last year, I posted about how to get a cerused oak or “limed” finish, as it’s more popularly referred to.  It’s a beautiful way to add a weathered, aged look to a piece of furniture while still preserving the integrity of the wood.  It’s one of my favorite ways to transform furniture, so when a…

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distressed cabinet

January 20, 2012

Sometimes, all a piece of furniture needs is a coat of paint, some glaze and a little sanding to give it new life, so that’s exactly what I did to this cabinet.  It’s pretty heavy and I love the shutter doors, but even though the wood was in great shape, it had an orange tint…

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big change in an itty, bitty space

October 25, 2011

While I usually find decorating large, open spaces more challenging than smaller ones, I have been contemplating how to go about tackling a 4.5 foot by 3 foot space in my home for the last year…the uninspiring toilet room.  There are plenty of other spaces in the house that need addressing, but I thought this…

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the power of paint

August 12, 2011

Every client, naturally, wants the biggest bang for their decorating buck and one of the best places to start is with paint.  It’s amazing how something as simple as a few coats of paint can completely transform a space or a piece of furniture, giving it a fresh new feel.  This is especially important for…

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DIY: grid gallery wall

July 12, 2011

Decorating a large expanse of wall or even one with a vaulted ceiling used to frustrate the heck out of me, but I quickly learned there is power in numbers.  A gallery wall of your favorite photos or artwork hung in a grid pattern packs a huge visual punch and makes a beautiful display. Remember…

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