Pie Safe: A Painting Tutorial

It is finished! Painting right now in this season of life is not enjoyable.  I need projects that I can give attention to for a short amount of time and can be easily interrupted then set aside.  Painting furniture is not that kind of project.  But I did it, I finished the pie safe and love how it looks in our new space.  I thought I would share my tips on how I paint furniture since I will probably take a break for a while from it.

Here is what the piece looked like when I bought it.  I liked the painted detail but it didn’t go with the room.  It also originally had screen in the doors but you couldn’t see the dishes inside so I removed the screen and added glass.


I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams.  I always paint two coats, sometimes three.  If I were to distress the piece and age it with stain, glaze or wax I would paint one or two coats. I decided not to distress this piece because I didn’t want the original blue to show through so I painted two coats then touched up in some areas with a third.

When I paint a piece I paint a section by brushing in one direction first.


Then horizontally


In order to not see the horizontal brush strokes come to a stop at the edge of the vertical strokes I feather the horizontal strokes into the vertical strokes.


Then I go back with a bit of new paint and feather the vertical strokes over the horizontal ones.


Hope that makes sense!

My secret to inexpensive furniture makeovers is inexpensive paint so I buy $5 sample colors. The thing with buying sample colors is the guys at the paint store will tell you that the paint is not durable enough to be a top coat and I totally agree.  I would not use the sample colors on trim work or kitchen cabinets.  In order to provide a top coat I use Polycrylic, in clear satin by Minwax.  Polycrylic is water based so it won’t yellow over time like polyurethane.


I apply it using a foam brush.


The Polycrylic will leave a milky white finish when you paint it on but will dry clear.

I wanted a pop of color in the room so I painted the inside in Hazel by Sherwin Williams.


Here is the before one more time.


Here is the after.

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With love,


Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.


I found the picture here Classic Casual Home 

Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,

White-Washed Trunk

Painting…Either you love it or hate it!  Most people I talk to hate painting.  This is something I can’t understand, I LOVE painting, especially when I get a chance to put paint on a cool piece of furniture.  I recently had an opportunity to revive a family heirloom trunk for a customer.  I love this trunk! I couldn’t wait to get started on giving it a new look.

Here is the piece before I got my hands on it.

This is the concept picture I sent to the customer.

Here is the trunk, all dressed in its new paint.

I applied a white-wash treatment and distressed the edges to give it a time-worn look.

I am so pleased with how it turned out.  If you live in the San Marcos area and have a piece that needs an update, let Rescued Home Interiors give your furniture a new look.

With love,

White, My New Favorite Color

I have always loved using the color red in my home decor.  My eye is always drawn to red fabrics, pictures with red objects,  and red accessories.  Red, I just love it! But lately there is another color in the picture, white.  Yep red has a little competition.  I love how white is classic, clean, and refreshing, and different shades of white just make my heart go pitter-patter.  When it came time to come up with a look for our master bedroom, white was what I wanted.  I haven’t finished decorating it but it has come a long way over the past couple of months and I wanted to share the progress.

Remember I was going to try to accomplish the Swedish Country Gustavian style.

Here is what I have come up with so far.

Remember this shelf? It was sitting by the curb.

Voila! All it needed was a little paint and

sand paper!

We have had this dresser for a while and I painted it black years ago.

All it needed was an update.

I bought this picture at Goodwill for the frame.

It was the perfect fit for one of my bridal portraits.

These mirrors were taken from the vanity I cut apart to create my sister-in-law’s bedside tables.

Stay tuned for more updates on the progress.
With love,

My Favorite Spot

There are only five days until we leave for Eastern Europe!  I should be packing and getting our house ready for the house sitters but instead I’ve been decorating!  Are you surprised? My favorite spot in our house to decorate and photograph is the buffet in our dining room.  I actually never really use it as a serving buffet because it always has my latest creation on it.
Up until this afternoon it looked like a potting table.

Here is what it looks like now.

I added whites and creams to give it a summery feel.

When I decorate I love to pull items from all over my house.  The small tea-pot I bought in Northern Africa last summer and usually sits on a shelf in my kitchen.  The books are from the office.
I also love things with imperfections like the chip on the pitcher or the scratched up clock face.

We have a neighborhood flock of Guinea Fowl.  If you don’t know what a Guinea Fowl is, this is a Guinea Fowl.

  They are hilarious to watch.  They remind me of old, busy-body ladies walking to church.  What I love about them are their white polka-dotted feathers they leave lying around our neighborhood.  Often, when I’m out on a walk I come home with a handful of feathers and as a result they get integrated into my home decor!

Here I tied a few books together with an old strip of leather and stuck two Guinea Fowl feathers in the knot.

Now my life isn’t all play and no work but the great thing about my job is I can take a break from work and play around my house.  I’m discovering that I get bored easily so it is very healthy for me to take decorating breaks:)  I recently finished a coffee table for a customer.  Here is what it originally looked like.

You can see my kitchen is my work shop!

The customer wanted the table to have a more spanish hacienda style so this is what I did.

I covered the top in a camel colored faux leather, added large nail heads and stained the base in a dark walnut.

I absolutely love how it turned out!

Ok off to bed so I can start my packing tomorrow!

With love,

A Touch Of Copper

I broke down and did it! And even worse I drug Joel into it… Yep, I went to Wimberley Market Days last Saturday with my left-over birthday money and husband in hand.  I found a few goodies, I wasn’t really looking for anything so I showed restraint.  One thing we have been keeping our eyes open for is a reasonably priced queen size iron headboard for our bedroom.  It is easy to find a full size antique iron headboard but queen is pretty impossible.  I found this one at Restoration Hardware that I really like

but am not going to pay Restoration Hardware prices.

There is a booth at Market Days I go into every time that has super inexpensive wrought iron items.  Well, this time we found a queen size iron footboard for $28!!! It’s a little short so were going to add some length to the legs but for $28 it was definitely worth it.

I want to share with you a project I worked on for a customer.  The customer’s house has a fabulous Spanish, Hacienda style with warm colors, worn leather furniture and wonderful artwork.  They had two bed side tables in the master bedroom that looked like this.

They love the pieces but the french, folk art look did not go with their bedroom.

In the master bedroom the walls are painted dark brown with a bright green accent wall.  Above their bed is an amazing painting of an agave plant with shades of green and turquoise.  Next to the bed is a large copper mirror.

I painted the body of the pieces a kelly green shade and faux painted the fronts to look like aged copper.
I love the way they turned out and they look AMAZING in the space.



I will post pictures of them in the space once I get a chance.

Hope you all have a great ending to your week. Take care!

With love,

More Guest Room Reveal

Hi ya there!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  Mine is going great, nothing too exciting.  We had a wonderful weekend that included celebrating our friends’ engagement, finding some new antique shops in the area and knocking out some sanding on the outside of our house.  We started working on the outside in October 2010 and we still have one side that needs work and we are hoping it will be done by the end of March.  I do want to share a picture with you.  On Saturday, we came in for a break, Joel sat down on one of our chairs and when he stood up this is what he left…

True artwork!

I have been chipping away at finishing out the guest room.  I’m working on a tight budget so it is taking me time to find all the pieces but I think it is coming together fabulously.  I bought an antique hand-woven rug on Saturday for $20! It needs to be scrubbed, I will share pictures once it’s cleaned.  I am still in the process of framing some art and making window coverings so I’m only going to share part of the room with you today.

I also wanted to share a little bit of what Rescued Home Interior offers.  Part of what I love doing is faux finishing.  I love to take a piece of furniture and through paint give it a new look or take a builder grade cabinet and make it look like custom cabinetry.  I applied a finish to this builder grade cabinet and transformed it from a light honey color to dark walnut.

You can click here to see all the services Rescued Home Interiors offers.  If you have builder grade cabinets or a piece of furniture that needs a transformation, send me a message, laurenlowry04@gmail.com.
I would love to help you get a new look for the fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets or buying a new piece of furniture.

Ok, now for the guest room.

Here is a picture I snapped before I re-finished the bed and side table that were both painted flat black.

Here is the after.

I painted the headboard in Beeswax by Sherwin Williams and distressed it.

I painted the side table to look like wood.

This picture was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law.  I saw it at Goodwill but walked away from it because it was $12.  Goes to show how I only settle for a deeeep bargain!  $10 is usually my limit for a single item.  Joel told her I wanted it so she went back and got it for me.
I was so excited when I opened it!

The frame needed some help but it was nothing I couldn’t fix.

I found this chenille blanket at Wimberley Market Days for $10 and the pillow shams for $5 at a thrift store.

I bought this easel from an estate sale for $5 and the print “Dancers At Rest” from Goodwill for $7.


I will post pictures of the rest of the space as it comes together.

I also want to thank all my readers and all of you who are so encouraging through your comments.  I love sharing this journey with you.

With love,

Side Tables: Before and After

Too much sugar, not enough water,  is what I thought when I woke up this morning to the sound of my niece and nephews enjoying their new toys.  I think I’ve eaten enough junk food to hold me over till next Christmas.  Christmas was so fun this year.  We were at my in-laws and all the kids were home so that means all five Lowry kids, three sister in-laws, three grandkids and a whole slew of people who just dropped by.  My in-laws door is always open so at any given time a friend or family member could just drop in.  It is so wonderful and such an amazing model of community.  I want my home to be like that.

Every year the older kids exchange names and this year I got my sister-in-law, Allie.  I was super excited because I had a pair of side tables I have been wanting to re-finish and give to her.  The tables started out as a vanity, the mirror was broken and I just wanted the part that had the drawers in it.  I had Joel disassemble and cut the drawer part off.
Here is a picture of one of the sides before I re-did it.

Here is the finished product.

With love,

Rocking Chair Redo

I’m drawing a blank on how to start this post.  I don’t really have anything clever or exciting to share.  I did knock out a few projects today, yay!  Right now God is really moving in my life and all I want to do is spend my days with him so all the “to-dos” on my list just seem so insignificant.

One of the projects I recently completed is an upholstery project for a customer.  I just love seeing the end result of projects like this.   The customer found the fabric and I luvvv it! I want this print in my house.

This chair is a family heirloom so I wanted it to look fabulous.  I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Here is the chair before.

Here it is after.

Isn’t it pretty?? For more information on the services I offer click here.

With love,

Table Talk

I’m trying to think of something clever to say to start this post but nothing will come to me….  My brain is fried! I got up at 6:30 this morning, put on my running shoes (well, hypothetically because I do not like runnning) and jumped back into the race I have been running for the past week.  The finish line is a smashing, awesome market on Saturday and I can see it in the distance but the only thing that stands in the way is the pile of projects on my dining room table!  Market On Belvin is less than a week away and everything is coming together but I don’t think I have ever worked this hard in my life!  I can’t wait to see what God does!!!  Here is a sneak peek of a couple of things you can purchase on Saturday.

A ruffle tree skirt.  Isn’t it so girlie!

And Christmas bunting.

I also wanted to share a table I did for a customer.

The customer liked this table from Williams Sonoma.

So, I took this table

And did this.

Have you checked out my decorating services? Click here to see my pricing.

Market On Belvin is this Saturday, November 12th, 9am-2pm, 1203 Belvin St. San Marcos, TX.
Hope to see you there and maybe even meet many of you for the first time!

With love,