My recycled style and a Giveaway!

Look what a little paint (and a lot of elbow grease) can do!

This antique oak secretary belonged to my grandmother. 
It used to be the colour below! An icky yellowed pickled oak.
Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture of the secretary. But the buffet below was the same colour as the desk.

I showed you this buffet awhile ago. It was also painted with
Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur 2126-20.  I love the transformation!
We use it as a bar now. Thanks Dad! Pictures on the way...

I enjoy being able to incorporate furniture inherited from family in our newly renovated home. The blend of eras of furniture is a look I really love. Soon I'll share some pictures of how we have incorporated this look in our home.

So... I have some exciting news for you! I'm thrilled to share with you Matthew Mead's newest book --

an inspiring collection of projects and ideas!

I'm always eager to share Matthew's books with you. Why? Well, he is a wonderful friend and talented artist that I admire and respect. His magazine's are really beautiful books that you will want to hold onto. Check it out for yourself. 

Recycled Style is available at bookstores everywhere. But I recommend you order a copy via Amazon or to get the extended 256 page version!

Here is a sneak peak inside Recycled Style and don't forget to scroll to the bottom for details on how to win a copy!! 

Yay! Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of Matthew Mead's newest book "Recycled Style". 
The winner will be chosen using Random Generator and will be notified by email. Giveaway ends March 8th at midnight. Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the USA.

Good luck!



  1. Your painted sideboard inspired my daughter to make over a similar piece to use as a change table in her baby's nursery! I love that you and Matthew Mead inspire your readers to use vintage pieces in new ways! Thank you for sharing your creativity!
    Martha (

  2. Hi Martha, That sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for the lovely comment :)

  3. I love your painted makeovers! beautiful!

  4. wow! your hard work definitely paid off! great job!

    1. thank you!! I was browsing through your lovely blog and noticed the Heirlooms show you are participating in...have you done it before. Just wondering how it is. I like their advertising :)

    2. ah, thank you so much. i haven't done the show before! i'm looking forward to it + their advertising really drew me in too :)

  5. Love this post! We are just beginning to dabble in the art of painting furniture in our home. It breathes new life into treasured pieces that, although beautiful, may sadly end up unused in basement because their current finish doesn't reflect our style.

  6. I love your secretary - I've been looking for one for my home, but so far no luck finding anything within budget. Oh well - I rather like the thrill of the hunt ;)

    1. Thanks Michelle! They are difficult to find aren't they. I have a friend who has been looking as well. But the hunt is the best part I think. I always feel a little sad when I finish a collection :)

  7. I've always been a wood purist, but your furniture painting projects are opening my eyes to the beauty of painted pieces.

  8. Wow! What a compliment! I know a few wood purists myself and they are hard to convince :)

  9. The winner of the giveaway is Martha! Congratulations! I'll be in touch :)
    Winner selected using Random Generator.


Thanks so much for your comments!