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My first year

Painting furniture has been the perfect hobby/obsession for me.  I retired from teaching at the end of January 2013 and plunged right into painting. I had first read about Annie Sloan chalk paint in a newspaper article that featured Katrina Barclay who owns Malenka Originals.  Here is a look back, more or less in order, at the things that I have painted.  It’s pretty obvious that I like colour.

Mahogany dresser painted in Provence with dark wax:


French Provincial coffee table painted in French Linen with a blue wash and gilding:


Pine dresser in a lightened Napoleon Blue and stained top:


Waterfall Dressers: The first one is Barcelona Orange, the second is a peacock blue that was a mix of Napoleon Blue and Aubusson.  I later repainted it in the 3rd photo.

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Mahogany end tables painted in a lightened Provence with Old White and German Silver gilding:

Mahogany End tables.

Mahogany End tables.

Art Deco mahogany dresser in Provence with an Aubusson wash:


Mahogany Desk in Old White and Emile in the drawers:


Smaller Mahogany desk in French Linen, Old White and copper gilding:IMG_0605

Small dresser in Chateau Grey and Old White:


Two incarnations of a Mid-Century table:


Miss Mustard Seed Typewriter and Old White:


Coffee table in Graphite and Old White:


End table in Graphite and Silver Craft paint:

Drum table in Old White, with Graphite, Paloma and Gilding on the edges:


French Provincial Dresser in Pure White with Old Violet and Gilding:

French Provincial dresser with Old Violet and gilding

French Provincial dresser with Old Violet and gilding

Teak coffee table in Graphite and Florence:


Washstand in MMS Tricycle and dark wax:


End table that was painted first in Tricycle then changed to a Provence/Florence mix:


Provence mixed with Florence to make a true turquoise.

Provence mixed with Florence to make a true turquoise.

Pine dining table refinished top and Pure White:


Round table with Provence and Old White base:


French Provincial table in Old White with walnut top:


Antique table in Chateau Grey with a white wash:

Table painted with Chateau Grey and a white wash

Table painted with Chateau Grey and a white wash

Vintage rocking chair in a Provence/Florence mix:


Maple dresser in Emperor’s Silk, Tricycle and Old White:


Antique mahogany dresser in Cream:


Oak desk in Graphite:


Antique dresser in Emperor’s Silk:

Antique dresser painted with Emperor's Silk

Antique dresser painted with Emperor’s Silk

Mid-century table in Provence/ Florence mix with MMS Typewriter and Emperor’s Silk feet:


Nesting tables in lightened Provence with Graphite and gilding on the edges:


I have also done a few custom pieces and various chairs and small tables which I haven’t included in this post.  It has been a very busy retirement so far.

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26 thoughts on “My first year

  1. I just retired December 1st with the intention of doing exactly what you are doing. I have a garage full of great estate sale finds just waiting for the holidays to end. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope my look back at my first year is as colorful and prolific as yours!

  2. Love your work! I have been updating furniture with paint and upholstery for a while now but I just started blogging in September 2013. I’m a retired college professor and love keeping busy. I have a waterfall nightstand I need to do and your waterfall items have given me some inspiration! I too am Canadian and enjoy “meeting” other Canadian bloggers. Have a great 2014!
    (BTW Where you you sell your pieces? Booth or shop?)

    • Hi, Joan. We’ve met online before but I couldn’t tell from your comment if you remembered. Sadly, I would love to have some place to sell my stuff but there is no place to have a booth that I could afford and there are no consignment shops that deal in such furniture or at least not that I have discovered. I sell it all through Craigslist or Kijiji. That sometimes takes awhile but almost all of it has sold. It’s funny that you should mention Waterfalls. I wrote a post on that style in March and it is by far my most viewed piece with almost 3000 views. It brings daily visitors to my blog. I can only conclude that there are a lot of people who are thinking of painting one and want to know something about it. I have read most of your posts and really liked that little MCM night stand. I bet it sold quickly.

  3. Wow! You have gotten a ton of work done!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over after 8am cst to see your feature. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. lovely!!!!!!! I am going to be posting some furniture projects soon too….yours are beautiful and my favorite is the piece with gilding because that would look great with my home’s decor

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at

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