Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Few New Additions and My Favorite Space

If you are a regular viewer of my blog, you are aware that I love to photograph my dining room. 
It has just the right about of natural light and beautiful windows.
 It makes photographing a room easy for a novice like me. 

So when I received a few more suitcases for this space, I was delighted to have a reason to photograph it again. 

You can't go wrong with a stack of antique and vintage suitcases. They look lovely here but will probably become a night stand in our guest bedroom soon.

I also gave a mini-facelift to my antique tea cart. 

I posted a question on Facebook a few weeks ago, asking for thoughts on how to refinish it. Should I paint it? If so, what color?

I received so many amazing ideas but decided not to paint it. A house should have a nice mix of textures. I needed more natural wood to balance out my painted pieces. This allows both kinds of pieces to stand out. 

I tried something new for me. I decided to refresh the finish just by using Annie Sloan's Dark Wax. I wasn't sure how it would work out but I knew it couldn't go badly. 

I applied it as I always do and it turned out beautifully. 

The Dark Wax refreshed it beautifully and sealed the old wood. It not only looks better, it feels better too.

We are currently working on a few projects in the house. I am also painting a few new pieces that will be for sale very soon. I can't wait to show you.

Stay tuned...


  1. Love your suitcase collection and your wood cart too! The colors work perfectly with your blue paint color!

  2. The suit case look great and will make a wonderful table for your guest room.
    I can't believe how great the tea cart looks after you waxed it. I will have to try that on a old secretary desk. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a terrific week.

  3. Looks very nice. I love the natural wood pieces.

  4. oh goodness! I love your blog!
    I am gonna steal the hanging baskets idea!
    SO many wonderful ideas, I could be here awhile!
    Thank you!

  5. What a difference some dark wax makes. The tea cart is just gorgeous, very jealous!

  6. I love vintage suitcases! I only have two right now and am hoping to find more at a decent price to add to my collection.

  7. Wow - love this photo and everything in it!