Oh Ye of Little Faith…


This poor hutch.  Great bones.  So well cared for, yet now considered homely and outdated.  All true.  I get it.  However, do not underestimate the power of furniture paint!

This hutch has been on my shop floor for a very long time as a display piece.  But even I could not deny it any longer, it needed to be painted.  Here we go again…what color?  What exactly should I do with it?  Yes, I could Pinterest.  But we all know too well…three hours of scrolling, endless ideas, yet accomplishing nothing.  So, I slept on it ; ) I decided to glue vintage book pages and music on the back wall.

Top row, done.  Uhm.  Not so good.  Still not speaking to me.  So, I chose Country Chic’s Vanilla Frosting.  Painted the ceiling and sides.  Okay, getting better… but then my husband stopped by.

Me: “Hey hun”, check out the hutch I’m working on! Cute right?” Silence.

Me again: “Right?”

Husband: Scrunchy face.. .”I don’t like it”.

Me: Gasp!

However, this kind of reaction is not new to me…married 23 years 🙂  I tried to explain the rest of my vision and how it will be stunning when I am finished.  Didn’t take much to interpret his body language or his facial expressions.  He just didn’t think I could pull it off.  “Ha! Oh ye of little faith” I mumbled under my breath.


Well?  Did I succeed? Lol!

I’m not gonna lie.  I struggled with this one. It’s huge.  In order to stay motivated, I had to add the hardware half way through and distress quite a bit to stay on track!  It happens to us all.

Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough


Someone/something that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential,

but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly …


Last weekend, while at the shop, someone said to me, ” nice little diamond in the rough you have here”.  At first, I smiled with gratitude, and then caught myself going into–overthink it–mode.  Wait! You don’t think this place is amazing as is or you do? Wait! What do you mean by that? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Lol.  So, I googled the catchy little phrase. Perfect definition 🙂

Onto this dresser…                           

Another brown dresser.  Another brown dresser! Another brown dresser!!  Me and my big ideas.  I had no love, whatsoever, for this one.  No vibes.  Nothing! What was I going to do with it?  It all started a few weeks ago when my Dad stopped by to “work”.  Which is not what I call this time…at all.  It’s more like…push-me-to-do-things-I’m-not-prepared-to-do-time.  Typical parent. That never stops…sorry kids of mine…but it’s a fact.  Anyhow, I’ve taught my Dad how to sand.  Turns out, he likes it, and is quite good at it.  Since the dresser appeared to have great grain on the drawers, he sanded them without my consent. Much to my suprise, they stained beautifully! Of course I used General Finishes gel stain, Java! The rest is history, so they say!  The paint is County Chic’s Cobblestone color.  Top was poly’d with General Finishes and the painted areas I waxed, using Mudpaint’s clear wax.  Yup, I mix brands up all the time…alittle of this…alittle of that! Waalaaa.  I must admit, I was flabbergasted when I was finished.  Therefore, the perfect name for this dresser, “Diamond in the Rough”.





Before & After

I knew immediately that this dresser would make the most perfect “before & after” piece!  It definitely screams, Cinderella!  It’s the perfect explanation of how I see the world. Lol. Plus, this is a solid piece and in mint condition…it seems indestructible.  So, look at how amazing transforming these ugly ducklings can be!

Blue Suede Beauty II

If you’re one of my local customers — or even if you’re not and you’ve tried visiting my shop but had a hard time getting here — you know that the road in front of The Painted Crate was completely closed and under construction since March.  Hallelujah! Hallelujah! This section is now finished, with tall, black, vintage perfect street lights!

And while drop-in business definitely slowed down, the road closure gave me a chance to focus on furniture projects and creating pieces I love for my showroom floor. It also gave me the opportunity to put a bit of effort into business details I didn’t have time for after I first opened in September of  2016.

So while James Street was under construction, so was this website, I’m excited about the changes and additions, and I’d love for you to stay awhile and look around.  Please visit often, as I change things up a bit from time to time.

Now, onto the things that REALLY matter. My latest furniture revival!

I truly enjoy saving this style of dresser. I fell in love with the serpentine style as a young girl, and I still fall in love each and every time I see this style.

There’s just something about the curve that draws me in. I’m always oooing and aahing about the legs on a piece as well … ok that sounded a little creepy, however,  this passion is real,  mixed with a little emotional sense of knowing the carpenter took his time in the details. I respect that. I envision the carpenter ducking up and down around the edges, using his eye as the guide, making sure it is just so.


It didn’t take me long to choose Blue Suede by Mudpaint, simply because it’s an exquisite shade of blue for an exquisite piece of furniture.


That mirror … imagine the stories it could tell. Every time I pass by, I can’t help but wonder whose reflection is stored inside? Was it a gift from a father to his daughter, a husband to his wife? Whatever the take, I’m glad I could restore this beauty!

Divine Postcard

Last weekend a couple stopped at the shop, looked around and of course, I started chatting. The woman asked if a particular post card was for sale. Yikes. Some of you know, I’m not the best at “letting go”, especially vintage postcards I’ve collected. Thankfully, this card was from Cottage Grove, WI not Paris, France. With a sparkle in her eye, she began telling me that she was quite sure the last names written about were from her family! This is the part I like about the story. That card was hanging out in my office, buried and forgotten, until that morning when it fell off the shelf I was cleaning. I picked it up and walked it out to the floor and placed it on the photo holder. How could I say no to that divine timing match up!
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The Seaside



The seaside…this color is called  Seaside from Mudpaint.  The hue is so relaxing…melts all your troubles away.  I started with the top by sanding it back down to raw wood.  I used General Finishes gel stain in Antique Walnut and then applied 3 coats of their satin poly for the top coat.  The bottom and drawers were then painted with Seaside.  I distressed after painting, stenciled the drawers and  finished with 2 coats of satin poly by General Finishes.