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Hi, I'm Suzanne and I'm a stay at home mother to three. I have started my own vintage furniture business and am writing this blog to document its journey from idea to reality. My favorite things include my Matthew, Ella and Sophie, my handsome husband and all things PAINT! Believe me, I am not an experienced business person but I do know how to sand, strip, paint and am a DIY queen, so please follow along as I navigate the ups and downs of The Painted Drawer. Please join in the fun and become a member or subscribe. Cheers!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beautiful Things Wednesday

Wednesday -

The middle of the week. No energy as in the beginning of the week and not quite Thursday where Friday is within reaching distance!  What better day to share some beautiful images?  (Images shown are not mine unless specified)

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Wreaths

Only a few days till Easter Sunday and we are having family over for Easter lunch.  Time to bring out the springtime d├ęcor!

My girls and I had fun making Easter wreaths with chalk paint, a glue gun, some burlap ribbon and, of course, dyed Easter eggs. 

Ella and Sophie enjoyed blowing out the eggs over the kitchen sink and dying them, while I put a quick light coat of pink on the plain wreath we had purchased at the craft store and even painted a few eggs with it.

Ella carefully used the glue gun to attach the eggs and we made a bow with the ribbon. 

Voila!  Our own personal Easter wreaths that I will treasure for years to come...

Here they are with the rest of our Easter mantel. 
Ella grew the grass last month from seed for our "Haft Seen" table (this is the Persian holiday celebrated on the first day of Spring).  
This, added to my children's crafts they have made through the years and a few family pictures make it a personalized Easter mantle. 

All ready for Sunday lunch.  I only wish it would actually start to warm up in Maryland so it would actually feel like spring!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lovely Round Corners

I found this lovely a few weeks ago..
Adore the round corners and detail of the pulls.
After a day of work, here she is...

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Small Stuff

I love vintage finds but it isn't always about the big pieces.  Some days it's all about the small things.  I found the neatest chair/ladder today.  At first glance it's a chair...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Making a Wash

While my house in a complete mess of unfinished projects and becoming more and more like the local thrift store,

I had fun making another YouTube video (it is fun to pretend to be Martha Stewart for a bit!)  It's on how to make and apply a wash of chalk paint on a piece.  Pretty short and basic, but I linked it up here in case you were interested in trying it at home.  I love the look a wash creates and after wiping it back, it looks divine!



Friday, March 8, 2013

Faded Curtain Charm

My beautiful, shabby chic, french country curtains.  I found them a few weeks ago at a thrift store.  They were $3.79 per panel.  Yes, you read that right!  They are not factory made but were custom made for someone, at sometime.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

French Blue

I love how each vintage piece is a true one of a kind gem.  This one in particular.
The top has been refinished with a rich, dark stain. The bottom is in the true Annie Sloan french blue, Provence and painted to show off all of its detail work. I then dark waxed it for a super smooth finish. Swoon!
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