Blushing Winner, That’s Me

April 22nd, 2009

Commercial ready: Just call me Mrs. Minwax

mrs minwax cg

Okay, so I am not really doing a commercial. But I did refinish a dresser using Minwax products a month ago, and submitted the project to their website. I just found out they picked little ol’ me as the winner of the Minwax Project Showcase! Hooray!

I’m a Project Showcase Winner !

You may remember this project where I salvaged a dresser from the Goodwill store for my nephews. This solid wood, but badly abused, dresser originally cost $15. I refinished it using Minwax tinted stain in Antique Red and finished it off with Minwax Wipe-On Poly.


Water marks (removed with mayonnaise):

mayo condition

Burn mark:

burn mark

In Transition:

wood stain

before and after


dresser final

Minwax likes me! They really like me !

See my winner’s profile here on the Minwax website.

And if that’s not enough, stay tuned for my other Minwax product redos: a little bench, and my entire two story staircase.

So now it’s time to celebrate !

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Gorgeous Dining Rooms: Part One

April 21st, 2009

Yesterday, I featured my woefully inadequate dining room space, which is a work in (slow) progress. For inspiration, I turned to my magazine file of my favorite dining spaces, and scanned them for your eyes only. Now if my dining room could look like any of these, no one would ever remember what food I actually served.

You will notice that I lean traditional. However, my personal style is less Architectural Digest, and more Better Homes and Gardens. Yet I constantly peruse and collect copies of Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Decor, and Remodel magazines to dream my little dreams of someday adding extra glam to my little dining room corner.

Here are just a sampling of the many images I’ve collected. (All efforts were made to acknowledge the photographer, if known.) These pictures are so lovely, you’ll be glad I’m featuring Part Two next week.

house beautiful april 08

House Beautiful, April 2008: Such a calm color scheme, and a great mix of chairs. It could just be the light, but it appears that the chandelier and picture frames are a champagne color, which is noticeably softer than gold or bronze. Photo by Francis Janisch Read the rest of this entry »

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