Everything listed under: before and after

  • Finally an After!

    Hello everyone, hope everyone had a good weekend. I certainly did, just enjoying the last days of summer with family!

    This morning I have a question for you all.  Is there anything that you own that you would have a hard time parting with, no matter how much money someone offered you?  I asked this question because the other evening we were watching American Pickers and we have all seen this happen over and over again of this show.  Mike and Frank are offering this person a crazy amount of money for their prized possession and they just keep saying "NO!" This is when my husband usually says "Oh my I can't believe they won't take that!"  Then he turns to me and asks "Is there anything that you own that you wouldn't be able to sell for that price?"  Until now I never really have had one thing (besides my wedding ring or family momentos) that I would have a hard time selling for the right price, that is until now.....................................drum roll please.............................



    I am in LOVE with this piece... It is the perfect warm, industrial rustic cabinet.  It has so much character and charm.  I love the function of it also, my office supplies look wonderful in it.


    You may have noticed from the before picture that I did not paint this a color and that is because after I started sanding and cleaning the dirt and grime off, I fell in love with what it was.  The natural wood peeking through the paint was something that you can't achieve with fresh paint.  So I put a good coat of poly on it and called it DONE!

     So how much money would I take in exchange for this beauty, its hard to say I just hope if that day ever comes they don't ask my husband, I don't think he loves it as much as I do:)




  • Its Almost Time!

        Yes, its almost time for the Show!!!   I have been busy getting things ready. I enlisted the help of my mom, who spent the day painting with me.  She was a big help and will be a big help with the show. (Thanks Mom)  Still have lots to do but for now I have a couple of before pictures to show you :



    What will they look like when they are done??  Your going to have to come to the Show to find out!!


    37th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale

    September 6,7 &8 2013

    Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium

    310 N Canal Boulevard Thibodaux, La

  • Its been awhile!!

    Yes, I know it has been awhile.  I have been busy doing some painting for customers, and also busy purchasing some things for myself.   I am starting to get ready for the Antique Show coming up in September.  I will start sharing sneak peaks of things I am bringing to the show soon!!


    But for now here is a great

    Before and After:


    I had a customer with a Kitchen island, that just didn't go in their very eclectic, stylish home.  So we talked and looked at samples and came up with a plan.  We decided to paint the base a nice earthy color and add a old rustic, cypress top.  I added "new" vintage hardware, which always adds so much character to any piece. I think it came out fantastic! But more importantly the customer was thrilled.

    Here is the before:




    Here is the after:








  • Before and After

    I have been trying out some new products and techniques lately.  Some have been turning out great, while others not so great!!!  But that's one thing I love about paint, its just paint!!  You don't like it just paint over it.


    I did manage to finish this precious little desk.  It has all the vintage accessories that I just love, casters and crystal knobs.  The drawers have been covered with vintage dictionary pages.  It turned out great.  I will be listing it on ETSY soon, but if your local and would like to see it or purchase it, it can be found at Sweet Olive CafĂ© and Antiques.




    Here is what it looked like before:









  • Before and After

    The thing I love the most about the blog world is the Before and After pictures.  Whether it is furniture, remodels, or just rearranging a room, I love to see what can be done. So I plan on showing more before and after pictures soon,  today I am going to start with one I did for a client recently.

    It was just a plain brown cabinet, that just needed a little personality.  This is how she looks now!

    I think it came out great!


  • Before and After

    I recieved lots of wonderful comments this weekend about my furniture.  There were two pieces in particular, that some of you were dissappointed that they had sold already.  So I thought I show you the before pictures. Then you may be able to see the potential in a piece that you already have in a attic, garage or storage. 

    Remember this beautiful bed!


    Well it didn't always look like that!


     Remember this vanity?  I had quite a few people who were disappointed that it was SOLD!


     It was pretty rough when I got it!



    Is there something in your garage, attic or storage that you see some potential in now?




About Me

My name is Mandy and I love finding something old, outdated and giving it a new life using paint. The process I use to restore my furniture is an Art. Not only do I tediously pick and build every piece by hand but I only get pieces that I truely love. If I love a piece of furniture I will spend the time that is needed to hand-paint, distress, sand and wax every nook and cranny.

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