Decorating Project Preview

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If you read my basement purging post, I am happy to report that I have made progress, so much so that it has taken up a lot of my time, time that I would have been busy finishing projects to share with you.

Even though the process has kept me away from the fun and pretty decorating projects I like to share, it feels good to get the basement decluttering process going. Dumping the contents of every box and bag in the middle of the floor helped me to really weed out the stuff that is no longer needed. I still have a way to go and will be showing you everything I am doing to get it neat and organized in a week or two.

Since I don’t have any projects completed to post today, I thought I would give you a little preview of what I am working on. Some of the projects are small while others are bigger and more time consuming projects… like this one…


…Stripping the paint off the big armoire ( craft supply closet).  If you remember, about a year ago I was thinking about painting it, but after lots of thought, I decided is was worth the time to strip. I have stripped a spot to see what I am up against – lots of orange and beige paint, but it is doable.  It is gonna take ALOT of Citrastrip to get all the layers of paint off.

Then I have been meaning to do this….


The floor in my mudroom has been waiting for a painted rug since we had the floors refinished.  Life and other projects keep getting in the way of me getting it started. I have all the supplies and it is even primed. I just need to do it now. It is going to be very colorful.

See the unfinished IKEA stool? It is going to get a paint makeover this weekend at a paint workshop I am going to attend.


A smaller project that I dearly want done is painting my bedroom dresser. I can’t decide on a color. I am waiting until I get the walls repainted, then I will make the final decision.  Most likely in the blue family.


My studioffice used to have a neutral color scheme back before I began blogging. The skirt that hides my sewing machine is the last decorating project that needs to be updated from that era.  I just ordered new fabric for it that I am sooooo excited about. I kinda splurged on it, but it was exactly what I was looking for.  It should come next week. I can’t wait to show you it after I get it sewn.

Tomorrow I am excited to go to a milk paint workshop with Marian of Miss Mustard Seed.  It was postponed last weekend since it snowed here in Pennsylvania. No snow in the forecast until Monday, so I think the workshop is on. YAY!  I have never painted with milk paint and am excited to learn how from the master herself.  I will post about that next week.

Until then…

Happy weekend!  It is going to be a cold one…Brrrrrr!!!!

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  1. I am looking forward to hearing more about the milk paint class. I am trying to clean out our extra room, it is almost as difficult as the basement at our first house. There is a table I want to refinish or paint when I finally clear out all the stuff.

  2. Have you every considered a heat gun to strip the paint? We just bought one, and I’m wondering why we didn’t buy it a long time ago. It is so easy and takes multiple layers off so easily! We have a 115 year old home and there are SOOOOO many layers of paint on EVERYTHING and citrastrip just wasn’t cutting it anymore for the big projects. Good luck!

    1. Hi Liz – Heat guns do work very well and can see why you would need one updating a 115 year old home. It must be rewarding to see the changes take place. I am sure you have unearthed a few surprises. :-) I have used a heat gun, but my hand gets cramped after holding it for awhile. I usually use the Citrastrip since I can spray it on, leave it, and then come back and scrape the paint off. Over the weekend, I stripped some more paint off the armoire and found that the wood is slightly different on parts of the armoire. This may change my thinking about stripping it since it will look a little funky with wood variations. Not the look I was after. I will keep you posted.

  3. Wow, I can’t wait to hear about the milk paint class. And I guess I am the only poopy (is that a real word?) one that was sad to hear about stripping the amoire… but then I know from the past that I will surely love the after as well……. but I still love it white. Oh well…… lol.

    1. Hi Sheryll – I may not end up stripping the armoire. I removed more paint from it over the weekend and found the wood is slightly different on parts of it. It may look too funky with the wood variations, not the look I was after.

  4. I just LOVE this post – it inspires me and relieves me to know that my home is not the only one which has something yet to complete in almost every room. Love all your projects and ideas.

  5. I too am ready to tackle a table skirt. The most frightening part is measuring and cutting the fabric. If you could provide detailed instructions when you make your skirt it would be wonderful. As always, enjoy your posts and your energy. Thanks.

    1. Hi Stephanie – I went back and forth between repainting and stripping, but kept thinking how much I loved how the hutch in my kitchen I stripped came out, so I am going for that look with the armoire.

      I will learn a lot more about milk paint tomorrow then I know right now, but milk paint, at least MMS brand is in powder form that you mix with water. It also needs a bonder to stay on. It is great for chippy and aged looking pieces. I will write a post about the day and the project I do.

  6. Diane I used to strip a lot of furniture. The best advice I ever got was when I was applying the stripper, always go in one direction and don’t drag your brush back. They told me it lets air in and the stripper doesn’t work as quickly. They also told me to put the stripper on and walk away, let it work. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Patty – Thank you so much for the tips. From my previous stripping furniture experience – I found that…walking away and let it work is key. When you do and come back later, much later- it comes right off. I will be waiting a lot since it is such a big piece. :-)

    1. Hi Beth – I used to be afraid of stripping and would always paint instead. It was not until I stripped the hutch in my dining room that I started to change my mind. I can’t say I love the process, but when you use CitraStrip it goes pretty quickly and doesn’t smell at all.