MRS P's CLOSET - store display

This time around Carrie and I built a closet, not just any closet though it was Mrs. P's
walk in closet. You see Mrs. P is going to Europe for some traveling after Thanksgiving
so she has opened up her closet to sorting out what is staying and what is going.

I'm late posting this display so it won't be around forever so get in to The Passionate Home
and step inside Mrs. P's Closet and see what you can find.

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When I first saw these chippy old leaded windows I nearly lost my breath.
The color, shape, and size were amazing for art pieces in my home.

Mine were from a farm out in the valley but you may be able to find something just as beautiful
at a local vintage market!!

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MID CENTURY CONSOLE - white and walnut finish

BEFORE                                             AFTER

She has a single sliding door and a mirrored back on the left side.


I taped off the very bottom of the legs where the metal feet are and painted them white.

The wood has all been dark waxed and polished. 

The handles were scrubbed clean and painted white.

Here are some unique hardware pieces available at


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TIPS FOR DISTRESSING - primer red dresser

A lot of ppl are nervous about how to distress, how much to distress, or even if they should distress.
There are many different methods and tools that can be used but the simplest and easiest to understand is sand paper. When I sand I work with 220 (smooth) 80 (course) 120 (medium).

**The following information applies to sanding Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.**
220 smooth's the finish, sands out drips & runs, and is good for edge distressing.
120 removes paint quicker and in larger sections.
80 is very aggressive and should be used with great caution.

The first place to sand is your edges, this defines the shape of your project.
Secondly consider where natural wear is, like hands always touching the drawer pull.

I distressed this piece to match an inspiration photo I have (source unknown). 
#1 Be aware that too much flat surface distressing is not as desirable.
#2 Always keep your sand paper moving in the direction of the grain.
Natural wear spots are made when the surface has been rubbed over time and in turn the
 wood grain shows. If you start crossing the grain with your sand paper it will look like a hack job.
Most electric sanders move in an orbital motion so I do not use one.

Good luck with your next distressing project and be brave and bold.

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I painted some vintage oval mirrors in a turquoise verdigris look awhile back
and have not got around to sharing the technics I used, until now.

Verdigris is the common name for the natural green patina
formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered
and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time.

This technic works for mirrors that were originally gold.
The gold color is going to take place of your copper, brass or bronze.

I originally painted the gold frames in a latex white and they sat around long enough to fully cure
(1 month), this is going to be a tough layer of paint to work with.

I painted the turquoise over the white latex.
My turquoise was a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence and white mixed to tone it down.
I scrubbed back the turquoise to expose the white with a kitchen sponge
and I use a razor blade to scrape back the white exposing the gold.
The oxidation process is rather rough and unpredictable and using
the different paints helped achieve the look.

Have A Great Weekend!!!

Here is a quick look at some of the new hardware available in the Etsy Shop .

There are 1000's of pieces of up-cycled hardware to choose from at 
firstfinds hardware store


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Every now and then I come across a fun mid-century piece of furniture that needs a rescue.
This time it was a 4 drawer chest, the exterior teak veneer was very weathered, stained, and dried out.
I removed the drawers and sprayed the cabinet with a flat white enamel to block the stains.
I then sprayed the exterior with a creamy white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I finished it up by dark waxing the drawers and clear waxed the body to get that soft velvety feel
I adore so much.

There is something regal about mid-century furniture with its simple shapes, clean lines, and unique designs.
 Like this sweeping long dresser pictured above many of the pieces have handles built into the design.
 Another familiar look of these pieces are the tapered and angular legs they have.

I like to combine a beautiful bone white with the walnut finish on mid-century pieces.
It easily enhances the original design, shape, and beauty of the furniture. 

Here are some unique hardware pieces available at


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