Sunday, September 11, 2011


I knew when I took out the paint
and made the first swipe on my coffee table,
that I had a road in front of me
that would take a while to cover.

That was back over the July 4th weekend
and I think I've painted over 14 pieces of furniture
big and small...
plus one huge chandelier.

And countless other changes were made
to get my Living Room to the place it is now.

Then there were these "holdouts".
The two black pieces that were in my bedroom hallway.
I couldn't put it off any longer,
It was a dark reminder of how far I'd come.

I looked for a photo of this hallway with the two black pieces,
but couldn't find one.
So here is how it looks now.
much happier, lighter and brighter!

This lampshade is driving me crazy in this photo,
but it's not wonky in the rest of the photos
so I guess it's just the angle I was shooting from.

This is looking the other direction, toward the kitchen and Dining Room

Here's that blasted shade again,
I'm on the lookout for something lighter now.

I've had this wonderful "Our Father" print for awhile,
just waiting for the right spot.

Fragile and stained,
even more precious.

These are just cheap pieces from Hobby Lobby
purchased when we first moved in.
Something to set a lamp on in the dark hallway.

My vintage tapestry from Belgium circa 1930s.

I still have a few mirrors to hang here
that I think will help reflect the light.
and yesterday I gave an old laundry basket
the French touch paint technique,
much like I did the chandy.
First gray, then black, then almond...
dry brushing and blending as you go.

I'll be linking up with these great parties:
links on buttons on sidebar

Also, wanting to pay homage to those whose lives were taken
and those whose lives were shaken, on September 11, 2001.
For a season we all looked to God,
may we never forget...

much love,


  1. Debra, your white painted furniture looks great and really brightens up your hallway (and the living room). The "Our Father" print is a nice keepsake to have. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. I love the shape on that table, Debra! I can't even picture them black; they look so good in the white.

  3. So pretty Debra! Your hallway vignette is so pretty and the white really has lightened it up! And your other little table...sweet!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. Fresh and so fun! I love the white. You have lots of color around so the white is a nice accent. I just painted some urns white and I was unsure, however, I do Love them. Now I just have to get a white pumpkin. I spied yours too.

  5. It looks just lovely. Layers of richness. Even with a wonky shade. Thanks for coming by Market Monday. I so appreciate you sharing.

  6. Everything looks so great...I really like the white. I want to paint my living room tables so badly but my husband is dead set against it. He usually doesn't have an opinion but for some reason he has one about this! I'm trying to lighten up everything else and hope the tables will look OK. Love the long photos of your hallway. I am going to try to make it to your party this week. I'm working on a vintage-inspired post!

  7. Your home is lovely. Thank you for sharing all the great photos.

  8. Just lovely! The hallway is very pretty and light.

  9. Love the new look. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  10. I love all your changes Debra. Everything is coming together so beautifully.

  11. Super great...the more white the better...I think. I have a little french chest that I should paint white but I keep wanting to paint ballet slipper pink. I know what would make it look perfect in the space...but it keeps pulling to paint it pink and make it very shabby. So it sits unpainted year after year. I can't believe you have painted so many pieces of furniture. It took me like two months to paint my dining room furniture. The chairs were the worst.

  12. Your hallway vignette is so pretty and the white really has lightened it up! And your other little table is eye catching.
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  13. I'm really totally in love with all your white!

  14. Wow, your painted pieces look fabulous, Debra! You must be so pleased ... I know I would be!

  15. Gorgeous, bright and beautiful hallway! Love it! Have a blessed day dear Debra, HUGS!

  16. You are really tempting me to buy some white paint. Very pretty hallway.

  17. Your hallway pieces turned out beautifully Debra! Now if I can just put my big girl panties on too and paint that coffee table of mine that bothers me every time I walk by it, I could be happy. You have a beautiful home!

  18. Very pretty. Love the sweet white table. Your whole grouping on the larger table with the cute clock is just darling for fall. Well done, and thanks for linking to COM. winks-jen

  19. Loving the lighter, brighter look Debra! Off to give new life to some old baskets myself!

  20. Hey Deb, wow, it looks wonderful. such a great job at decorating. I think you have set something in motion...hmmm...better start all your painting now so you aren't painting before company comes...for Thanksgiving! know how one project begets another...well girl you have only begun. It looks beautiful!!!!
    Now what else needs to be painted?

  21. Sweet Debra- you live like a dream, everything so beautiful,- and what a huge job you have done-painting all those furnichures white- But you was wonderfully paid for your long time work- with the most fantastic and elegant beautiful home.
    Hugs, and love-

  22. Debra,
    Brighter, lighter, softer! Gorgeous! I adore your "Our Father" print above the hall table! That basket has certainly taken on an amazing transformation and the texture it gives the space is stunning!

  23. Your tables are fantastic and your vignettes are wonderful. You do a fabulous job of creating interesting table tops and your wall decor is always so lovely to compliment the entire vignette. Beautiful home. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  24. I love, love, love that Our Father print. It is fabulous. Beautiful transformations.

  25. HI Debra! Oh, you're one painting gal! I love your whites and this piece is just gorgeous and the vignette you've set up on it is beautiful!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  26. Charming, Debra. Love the white.


  27. Nice entry, Debra. Love your white furniture....Christine

  28. your table transformation looks fabulous! Skinny hallways are hard to decorate I think. I had one in my old house and was forever more changing it trying to get it right. :)

  29. Fantastic makeover! I've got my own slew of "holdout" furniture than desperatly needs a fresh coat of white paint! I've got a busy fall ahead!

    Now following! I hope you'll pop over and see me & my kitchen that was featured in September's Romantic Homes magazine!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  30. Hello Debra,
    I so admire your accomplishments in getting all that furniture painted! I've painted 3 pieces.... with a lot to go still. The table looks great and I love the finish on the basket (thanks for the detail on your technique) and it's perfect on an angle just waiting to be called into use! Thanks for linking up, as always, to Share the Love Wednesday!

  31. You have such a good eye and a real gift for display.

  32. I forgot to tell you how much I adore your whitewashing technique on that laundry basket, Debra! I like it better than my technique!!! Beautiful!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  33. Well, Your tables are fantastic and your vignettes are wonderful. You done a fabulous job of creating interesting table tops and your wall decor is always so marvelous to compliment the entire vignette. Beautiful home.

  34. You done a amazing job of creating interesting table tops and your wall décor is always so lovely to acclaim the whole vignette.


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