Thursday, May 12, 2016

Floor Coverings International Interview

Sometimes blogging (as much as I love it) has to take a backburner to my furniture painting, and that has definitely been the case lately.

I feel like for the last many months my days have been filled with hunting/sanding/staining/painting/staging/photographing furniture and working with clients. I'm constantly amazed by how my little business and grown and evolved.

But, I seriously miss decorating and blogging! I've done pretty much nothing in our new house and it is eating away at me. I have so many ideas and need to really put them in action soon (and I definitely see that happening now that the weather in warming).

Anyway, it was nice to step away from the furniture world for a brief minute recently (even though all I pretty much discussed was furniture!) and talk about me, Number Fifty-Three (the blog) and my definite style.

It was so incredibly nice for the people at Floor Covering International to want to interview me as a design influencer and I'd love to share it with you all!

You can read the entire interview right here.

The Old House...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Klein Blue Dresser

I really love working on custom orders for clients. It makes me work outside of the usual white/gray/aqua box that I tend to gravitate towards when I paint something.

Not too long ago, I picked up this dresser. It was insanely solid and just happened to be what a repeat client was searching for. She asked for it to be finished in a bold blue and as soon as I heard that I grabbed my General Finishes Klein Blue.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Antique Dresser Turned Kitchen Island & Contributor Post

This project was a first for us here at Number Fifty-Three. We had a request from a client to turn her antique dresser (that had been in the family for a few generations) into a kitchen island.

This was the perfect repurpose project to keep a piece with history still relevant in a modern and busy home. We were so happy to have created this and, although time consuming, it went rather smoothly and easily.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to Propegate a Dying Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Fiddle leaf fig trees have been a staple amongst us bloggers for years now, despite them being super temperamental, at times. They are just pretty much perfect for home d├ęcor regardless of your style. Plants add life and interest and, in the case of these figs (which can grow pretty tall), drama!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How to Transform Dated Furniture with Stain & Contributor Post

I find that the majority of the furniture we take in here at Number Fifty-Three (either ones we have sourced on our own or as custom pieces for clients) is dated in one of two ways; they either have a very dark mahogany look or a 1970s orange vibe. Neither is popular today, but I truly hate discounting these pieces of furniture because they are so solidly built.

Now, I'm not going to lie, I started my little business four years ago solely painting furniture and that holds a special place in my heart because I researched and worked and figured it out all on my own. However, I have grown professionally over the years and have learned (with huge amounts of help from my love) the art of sanding down to bare wood (without trashing it) and staining.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Farmhouse Cedar Stained Wall

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One of the spaces I've struggled with decorating in our new farmhouse has been the living room. It's pretty traditional to this style of home built 100 years ago. It's plain and utilitarian without a lot of detail or interest.

My first idea was to install an antique mantel (there is actually no fireplace in the home), but after some planning and consideration (mainly the room is just too small to accommodate it) we decided to add character by incorporating a rustic wood wall into the space.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Farmhouse Stairway Makeover

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I've been slowly plugging away on our stairway since the first of the year. I know it seems like the last place I should have tackled, given that, other than a little painting here and there, not much has been accomplished in the nearly six months that we've lived here. But, my reasoning is twofold:  1. I've noticed that nearly everyone who comes to our house enters through the mudroom on the side of our home, so the stairway ends up being a main focal point, and 2. I like to work when inspiration on a plan strikes. That's not always the most practical way to work, but when you are a creative person, like I am, I feel like it's truly the most efficient.