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Display Name: Leslie at City Girl Arts
Member Since: 12/3/13

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I love it. I especially like the painted hutch by the "woman on Etsy", who, by the way has to be "The Turquoise Iris". I would know her pieces anywhere!


Liz's Exuberant Row House House Tour
6/10/14 12:56 PM

I can see the spittle flying now, with the comment above! Yes, "sometimes things are about more than just you," but not my furniture. It's just about me.


It's the Law: How To Decide Whether (or Not!) to Makeover Your Latest Secondhand Find Comment of the Day
6/10/14 11:06 AM

So, we should all become hoarders just in case something we own will become some museum piece? Or sell our good brown wood furniture (which no one is buying, by the way) in favor of cheap MDF and particle board that we can paint at will? Neither of these options are reasonable.

A vintage or older dresser with a beautiful paint application is a lot different than a "cheap and cheerful Ikea-looking piece". I would never own a piece of MDF, and I would paint an antique dresser that has no more value than a new dresser from a high-end store. Just because something is old, or wood (or wood veneer on wood), does not make it too precious to change.

Furniture painters have frequently taken tired, all-wood furniture and sold them for far more than what they paid after skillfully painting them. How can you say that's not an improvement?


It's the Law: How To Decide Whether (or Not!) to Makeover Your Latest Secondhand Find Comment of the Day
6/10/14 09:19 AM

This is so intrusive. I think that you can do whatever you want with whatever you own. Including send it to the curb or thrift store, which is where some of these pieces "appropriate for conservation efforts" are found. You can even paint it. Why is this such an issue?


It's the Law: How To Decide Whether (or Not!) to Makeover Your Latest Secondhand Find Comment of the Day
6/9/14 06:18 PM

Speaking of Milo Baughman, one I should have bought was one of his chrome cube chairs at a vintage market. I saw it late in the day for $200 with a bad reupholstery job, and by the time I got back first thing the next morning after researching it more, someone else got there even before me. Gone. I'll never hesitate again.


Tell Us: What's Your Best Bargain Find?
5/21/14 11:56 AM

Love it, Beth! I love seeing all your great makeovers on your blog.


Before & After: Makeshift Ironing Board Gets a Magical Transformation
4/15/14 04:47 PM

This is exactly why I do creative things: for the sheer joy of it. Making a light fixture, painting a piece of furniture, the process, is so rewarding. When it's done, I have to do another one. I can so relate to you! I went to your site. You are very skilled. Beautiful pieces.


Meditations on the Joy of Craft
2/7/14 01:28 PM

There is a product called "ZymeAway" that is an enzyme cleaner that will kill mold. If used properly, the stains remain but the mold is dead. Bleach will not kill mold, nor will clove. After treating the entire piece, you can sand the spots away, and even paint the chest. You can not paint over live mold. My sister had to remediate her entire house and belongings with this product because they are super sensitive to mold. It works. By the way, it is in your clothing now, too, so you must treat it, too. Just a suggestion.


Rebecca's Cure: Mission Accomplished... Sort Of Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/30/14 11:21 AM

Poolside Blue, from Benjamin Moore.


My Colors of the Year Color Therapy
1/22/14 09:35 AM

This is sweet! Of course, I am biased. AT featured my orange hutch makeover recently! Such a great find, and you did a great job. Thanks for sharing!


Before & After: Orange You Glad Rita Refreshed This Craigslist Dresser?
12/20/13 12:17 PM

I only used three. Thanks for the input, though.


Before & After: Leslie's New, Hue-Happy Hutch
12/6/13 06:18 PM

Starburst Orange and Teal Blast, both from Benjamin Moore. Thanks!


Before & After: Leslie's New, Hue-Happy Hutch
12/5/13 04:55 PM

Thanks for all the comments. The walnut veneer was missing in large places, peeling and chipping in others. This piece was destined for the curb when I took it on. It's not meant to be an heirloom, but it's in great shape now, and a fun addition to modern spaces. I think a piece like this, refinished, really beats those pieces people buy that have to be assembled!


Before & After: Leslie's New, Hue-Happy Hutch
12/3/13 06:52 PM

The painting is an original acrylic, painted by me. Thanks for your kind comment!


Before & After: Leslie's New, Hue-Happy Hutch
12/3/13 06:41 PM