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Little Piggy Goes to Market

Take a peek at my newest painting project, a hand painted French Provincial chest in Little Piggy:

hand painted french provincial chest

I cannot take credit for the inspiration. That goes to Mary Vitullo of Orphans With Makeup. Mary not only creates beautifully painted pieces of furniture, but her styling is brilliant. Here’s the Little Boho, a French Provincial chest by Mary:

French Provincial Chest

See what I mean? Mary displays fancy doilies in the window and a hanging basket featuring plush animals and a gorgeous pompom cloth with delicate tatting. You may catch a glimpse of my empty painted basket in the photos below.

Last year I bought a French Provincial chest and put it into storage. I delayed doing anything with it because it faced competition from mostly Mid-Century Modern furniture in our booth. But such an adorable painted piece brings radiance anywhere it lands.

Mary used Little Piggy from Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tones for Tots. After trying to buy locally, I turned to my blogging buddy, Melanie Alexander of Lost and Found. She sells this paint line and I’ve been meaning to give it a try. Melanie and I started blogging around the same time, so I’ve always felt a special connection to her. She’s also excellent at shipping quickly.

French Provincial is such a feminine style that I felt I had to go with the Little Piggy color. Unlike Mary’s piece, however, I didn’t distress. Fellow painters take note, Little Piggy is a tad pinker once you get 3 coats on but it’s still a light blush.

Tones for Tots Fusion Mineral Paint

I pulled out my piece and started cleaning.French Provincial Chest

Hello, Starbuck!

French Provincial chest

Fusion Mineral Paint is thinner than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and it glides on.

hand painted French Provincial chest

Tomorrow we’ll take this lovely girl into our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery amid the mid-century items and create a vignette. Although we’ll staged it for a nursery, this chest is perfect for a girl of any age.

French Provincial Chest

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Using Tones for Tots was a breeze and I can’t wait to try Little Speckled Frog to match this froggie.

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Ann Marie and David

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Pampered Pets


We love animals. Though four spirited yet beloved cats currently make up our household, dogs have always been important in our lives. Recently my son, Michael, acquired  a hexagonal side table for a project, and during his research he came across an interesting re-imagining of this rather drab piece of furniture. He suggested we try our hand at making a pet bed. It was an intriguing idea. We’d seen plenty of those hexagonal side tables from the 1970s in thrift shops, many remaining unbought and unloved and just waiting for a makeover. Here are his inspirations: Side-Dog-Bed-pets-home-decor Rusted Treasure did these DIY End Table Dog Beds We set to work. Off came the doors and on went the Zinsser Shellac, just in case there was a chance of bleed through once we painted. Image

I looked through my fabric stash and found a couple yards of green with small diamonds. I based my paint choice of Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre on the colors of the fabric. Image

My new peacock stencil from Muddaritaville became the focal point on the top, but after staring at it I convinced myself it needed something more. I decided to stencil a small peacock feather at each of the angles. I was delighted with the result; it seemed to draw the focus to the peacock by providing a frame. Image Image Image Once I painted and stenciled the wood, I waxed it with Clear Wax. I cut a piece of fabric using the top as a template. Using Mod Podge, I  glued it to the inside bottom. Image I trimmed it to size with an X-Acto knife and a pair of small scissors. The sides required two pieces of fabric and more Mod Podge. Image

David and I headed to Joann’s to look for upholstery tacks. We found two kinds: the individual tacks and Dritz Nailhead Decorative Trim which is a long strip of fake tacks that only required one tack every several bumps. Since this would be David’s project, he opted for the strip and later was glad he did. I mean, this is a bed for a pet. Did it really need individual tacks nailed in with painstaking precision? Image

Once everything was assembled, David thought we should paint the inside ceiling, just to finish it off. A cat or dog shouldn’t have to stare up at raw wood while trying to fall asleep, right? We added a luxuriously fluffy bed (20-in. diameter) that we bought at Petco and keep far away from our cats, who are always on the lookout for new places to nap. Image This cushy baby will be on sale at Rustapalooza on March 30. Hopefully, one pet owner will be very happy. Happy First Day of Spring,

To see another of our luxurious pet beds, click here.


Ann Marie and David

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This mahogany Serpentine from the 1940s tested us. We knew it needed work when we bought it, but we had no idea how much.


David has written about his woodworking efforts on this piece here and here. Remember her Before photo? Sturdy, but unassuming.


Four of the handles didn’t match the original brass hardware. I pored over vintage hardware websites and finally found a good match in Canada, our friendly, frozen neighbor. FYI, I found a disconnect between web listings and the in-stock product. More than once I heard, “Oh, that set has been sold. We need to update our webpage.”

This sophisticated beauty is now ready. Her drawers glide so smoothly thanks to David beeswaxing all the runners.

She looks elegant. Here she is in a different vignette, and yes — azaleas are blooming in northern Florida. If you were here, I’d give you a bouquet of azaleas!


We handpainted her with Annie Sloan Paris Grey. I outlined the upper drawer trim in Old White and painted the twelve handles. Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax covers the exterior. Louis Blue, on the drawers’ interiors, gives a lovely pop of color.



As I  eased into the homestretch I received a free Lotus stencil (African Protea Flower) from Royal Design Studio. It looked  delightful and I needed to use it . . . immediately. I surveyed our in-progress projects and landed on the Louis Blue drawers.


Using Royal Design’s Antique Gold  and Orange Ice cremes, and Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green, I stenciled a lotus on each side panel and waxed them. They offer a bit of whimsey.


This Serpentine lovely has emerged from her spa treatment rejuvenated and looking more radiant than ever. She’ll be on sale at the Rustapalooza Spring Market at the end of the month, our very first market.


Wishing you bunches of azaleas,

Ann Marie and David
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