As any of you who follow me on Instagram know, I found a steal-deal at the Church Mouse when I was in Palm Beach a few weeks ago. I have wanted one of these classic Chinese Chippendale armchairs for years and even painted one (print available here)and so, when I spotted this for a mere $95, my husband suggested I snap it up.

The seat was filthy and dingy, but I knew that I could either clean it or reupholster, so I didn't let that small detail deter me one bit! I hated to have to rip out the nailhead trim, so I opted to clean the white upholstery with Bar Keeper's Friend after reading online that it works on vinyl like a charm. It did the job and the seat is now spotless.

The frame was a little too drab for my liking as well, so I decided to mix my own paint color and give it a brighter look.

Here it is, cleaned and freshly painted with my "Italian Gardens" cushion that is available here
Hope you have a great start to your week!


The nightstands in my master bedroom are IKEA "Rast" chests with the O'verlays "Pippa" design mouldings

"Pippa" dresses up my MALM dresser as well, so all of the dressers coordinate.

Having recently moved into a new home, I have been working on getting it furnished and decorated. While it's still a work in progress, one thing that was a great find was the furniture mouldings from O'verlays that were given to me to add just the right finishing touch to our bedroom nightstands and dresser. These innovative and versatile mouldings are an inexpensive way to give simple pieces of furniture that extra finishing touch. I had seen them on the web and Pinterest and their founders generously offered to supply me with the kits for my IKEA Rast dressers and my Malm chest of drawers. I chose the "Pippa" kits and was very pleased.
It started with a few coats of white paint on the rast dressers and then I coated the mouldings with plastic primer

Paint the mouldings the color of your choice and let them dry (mine required 3 coats to cover thoroughly)
Place drawers on their backs and line them up so you can lay out the mouldings before securing them with adhesive (I used Liquid Nails). I penciled small marks along the edge after lining them up to use as a guide for before I glued them down. I used a small paintbrush to apply the adhesive so it didn't get messy with lots of excess oozing out the sides.  I pressed them down hard after placement and then made sure to wipe up any excess glue with a damp paper towel before leaving them overnight to dry. The great thing about having the drawers on their backs is that gravity works in your favor while the adhesive dries and goes to work!

I also used the "Anne" kit for my TV stand. I cannot say enough complimentary things about O'verlays - I was thrilled with the results and think they are the perfect low-cost and creative solution for dressing up IKEA basics or vintage furniture that just needs a little paint and pizazz!
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I recently refurbished this Craigslist rescue piece for our dining area. My sharp-eyed, internet sleuth Mom scoped it out for me as she was doing one of her scroll-bys on Craigslist.
It was no small job -I won't lie to you- but with some hard work and my homemade chalk paint,
I was able to take a hideous pseudo china cabinet with cheap, slick wood finish (but a great bargain $$$ wise and with nice bones) and make it into something that is actually an asset to our decor. I was aiming at eclectic vintage Palm-Beachy. I was happy with the color (Pantone "Beach Glass") that I mixed into my chalk paint recipe (courtesy of Pinterest) and then I did a bit of a watered-down white rub over it once it was painted. I finished the piece with hand waxing for long-lasting protection and durability. I started the painting process when Mr. Annechovie was out of town, so when he returned and saw the color, I could tell he was a bit - shall we say- "jarred" initially (read: his eyebrows went up a little). It did look a bit like a bold Jamaican fisherman's shack at first. I am thankful that I am married to a man who trusts my eye and gives me ample latitude in my creativity and artistic pursuits, especially those extending to our home. Once he saw the finished product and the toned-down finish, he was very pleased and continues to tell me how much he now loves it. As you can imagine, being married to me is not for a taupe-loving colorphobe who prizes mild, mainstream and generic interiors. A guy's got to have guts and an open mind to marry an artist.
We keep coral, sea fans and shells, along with some beach finds we've found on our travels that hold special meaning to me and my husband.

the "before" - like an 80's version of what I call "Rooms to Go Generic Mock French" or GMF

Moral of the story? Keep your eye out for pieces that may have good construction and bones, yet lack appeal because of cosmetic defects or beauty never know - your vision, TLC and some elbow grease could turn an unloved ugly duckling into a cherished beauty!