Monday, November 18, 2013

Our Christmas Cards from Minted

I usually don't start thinking about taking Christmas card pictures until after Thanksgiving, but this year I am ahead of the game and it feels so good!

A couple weeks ago I ordered a set of sample Christmas cards from Minted and was blown away by the beautiful quality and thick paper.  I was excited to take pictures and order our cards. 

This is the first year we ordered a photo card and I have to say I am really happy with the way it turned out.  The hardest part was finding fresh greens this early to fill our urn and deciding on a design to go with for our cards.  Here are some of my favorites....

My favorite feature is being able to upload pictures to see how they look in all the different designs. 

I added a holiday message and picture to the back of our card and ordered these cute wrap around return labels. 
Now that I can check Christmas cards off my list I am ready to start decorating for the holidays.  It would be so nice to have the house decorated before we get our tree.  All those Christmas boxes make me crazy and overwhelmed when they come in all at once.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Serpentine Dressers

There comes a time when I really miss having a paint brush in my hand.  So lately I've been stalking craigslist and visiting estate sales to find a few projects for me to do.  When I found this serpentine dresser set with the ball and claw feet I was sold.

I love furniture with curves and keyholes. 

They were in pretty good condition except for a few chips and nicks that I fixed with wood filler. 

They came with attached mirrors but I decided to remove them and patch the holes on top.  I think that makes them more versatile and I'm sure I will find a use for the mirrors. 

I followed my typical steps to make these girls over.  First I clean the drawers and get rid of dust and spider webs.  (my least favorite part)  Then I sand everything and wipe it all down.  Spackle if needed, sand and wipe down again. 
Apply a light coat of good quality primer, I usually let that dry overnight to cure.  Sand and wipe down and start your color of choice.  I used Soft Chamois by Benjamin Moore.  It's a soft white that doesn't look too new for antique pieces.  Oh, I lightly sand between coats of paint too.

The original hardware was ok, in hindsight I should have painted a few and tried it out.  Buying sixteen new knobs is expensive, especially when I bought these to makeover and sell.  I think the glass hardware fits well with the feminine lines of these pieces but these knobs from Anthropologie would have been perfection.  At fourteen dollars a piece I sadly passed. 

Since it's getting too cold to paint outside, I am going to give Annie Sloan's chalk paint a try.  I'll be back to let you know what I think of it. 

Sharing this makeover with Miss Mustard Seed