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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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Monday, August 27, 2012

Williamsburg and Back to Work

We had a great time looking around historic Williamsburg this past weekend.  This plus a day at the Busch Gardens park was an excellent way to end our summer break!  I took a few pics in Williamsburg to share.  I love that my furniture would actually look modern here :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

End of Summer and Progress!

The crepe myrtles are just ending their glorious summer season.  We have three large crepe mrytle trees surrounding our house inside and out with their pink blossoms.  Such a lovely view!


Summer is almost over. The kids are back in school next week and I am both happy and sad about it.  Happy for the fall and a schedule to follow again but sad because I love having them home...although it is a lot easier to paint when they are not running around falling off their rollerblades or playing Let's Make a Deal with my curtains "What is behind Curtain Number 1?" and generally being kids!

The Painted Drawer had a very productive week!  The lovely plank table sold out of On A Whim.  Very happy about that :)  Another piece that has found a new home is the French Country Provence Dresser.  One of my favorites in that gorgeous Annie Sloan provence blue, it is a real "statement" piece.  It will make its way to Brooklyn, NY on Thursday.  Bill, the shipper who delivered the vintage bench to Staten Island, is doing this shipment.  How great a find is he!  I now have two movers who I know and trust which is so important.  I'm also making progress in figuring out the winning combination of small vs. large items for my space.  All part of the learning curve!

Now that we've had our Eastern Shore crabs, we are on our way to Busch Gardens for our last dash of summer fun.  No, I do not ride the looping rollercoasters but my 13 year old can't wait!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Eastern Shore and a French Country Table

I just returned from a quick beach trip with my kids to my brother and sister-in-law's house in East Ocean City, Maryland.  The kids had a great time with their cousins and Lulu, their new sweet kitten.  This was a very relaxing weekend of boardwalk fun, swimming in the ocean, cousins catching tadpoles and coffee on the porch!  I am staying out of the sun :) with my hat and sun umbrella.  Gone are the days of tanning on the beach!

The eastern shore of Maryland is truly beautiful.  I have added a few pictures of the fairytale house we found and a few more...

While I was away relaxing in my brother's porch, not a whole lot of work at The Painted Drawer was happening.  I was, however, able to finish the plank table before we left.  It is LOVELY in milk paint and glaze! Just beautiful!  It has french country, curvy iron legs with a gorgeous spindle running through them. The plank top is heavy and has great curved corners and the milk paint has given it a translucent, light finish. The whole thing turned out so well and I am really pleased. It is great when a project just comes together!  

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