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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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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Last Year's Favorite Finds

The Painted Drawer started last February with a Dixie french provincial dresser my mother found in a thrift store.  Since then, I have had a lot of fun with many different pieces.  I thought to share a few of my favorite 2012 finds and hope to find many more in 2013!  

This chair I found on a curb in pieces.  After painting it in Old White and with a lot of glue and TLC, here she is (with Baxter modeling) -

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Living Room Redo and the French Coffee Table

Part of my living room redo was searching for a "new" coffee table. I found this one and loved the length of it.  That plus the french country lines made it a must purchase for me.

I decided to go with Annie Sloan Old White and to only lightly distress it.  I also decided not to wax it as I wanted the look of the brighter white.  Wax gives the paint a bit of a richer/darker hue.  I'm using the table in my living room which does not get too much use.  If it was in my family room, I would have waxed the top for protection.

(Lucky always likes to hang out with me when I paint!)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Expired Coupon...

Now available on Etsy - my newest find, the lovely vintage drum table with a sweet drawer.  I purchased this at an estate sale last week.  It needed a lot of love but look how it turned out in Annie Sloan Old Ochre...

Monday, December 3, 2012

Caned Chairs and a Living Room Redo

The latest on The Painted Drawer.... here is my new logo! Christine from Great Oak Circle created it for me.  She did such an amazing job and I am grateful that she took so much time to get it just right.

This Christmas, we are having family visit and hence our living room needed to transform from my indoor "workshop" back to living space.  I cleared everything out and decided to start the project with a coat of fresh paint on the walls, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.  I am a big fan of this grey.  It is a soft, french grey and I already have it in my dining room.

We really needed more seating as all we have now is a little sofa that I scored from Craigslist and slipcovered.  I found a pair of caned chairs in a thrift store for $11 each.  I liked the lines and the caning was intact.  So, into my minivan they went.

Here is a before:

and here it is now after a few coats of Annie Sloan Old White, some clear and dark wax, and a lot of distressing...

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