French Provincial Furniture

My Coastal Nautical Chest Makeover

When it comes to home decor, very few things are nicer than the crisp fresh looks of the coast. Nautical decorating has never gone out of style, and has in fact been an anchor in design for many years. For example, Ralph Lauren’s 2010 spring and summer collection brings together the richness of french furnishings combined with textiles borrowed from nautical looks. When decorating with nautical decor, furniture should be the first consideration and the major element of the theme. The furniture should be classic pieces and should be made from an attractive, solid wood such as burl wood, pine with lots of knots, or walnut (for a more upscale look). Good quality wood furnishings should be the focus of your room while the accessories will define the nautical feeling and give you the overall effect you are looking for. (Read More.....)

Fabulous Silk Scarf Furniture Makeovers

Doing quick furniture makeovers is one of the most rewarding hobbies a person can have.  After all, who doesn’t love looking at furniture before and after pictures.  I am always amazed at what a couple of coats of paint can do.  Painted furniture can really add that “wow factor” to a room.  Not only is it fun to see a dramatic transformation, but in many cases what was once a throw-away piece can become one of the most unique pieces in your home if you give it a different color scheme.  (Read More.....)

Zebra Serpentine French Dresser

Painted By Meranda SnyderTo the very left is the piece I was inspired by, and the right is the piece I faux painted.  I started it off using a flat cream-white paint.  I dry brushed on an ivory.  (In retrospect, I don’t know why I did that, because it didn’t make any difference when -at the end I stained the dresser).  Suppose you wanted a dresser with more of a white/black contrast, this step would give you even more depth to your furniture piece.)  Read more about how I painted this piece…….. (Read More.....)