Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Classic White & Navy & Gold Dresser Makeover

This dresser had gorgeous details and hardware already.  I just added a contrast so these details could stand out a little more.  Don't you all love a classic color combo?

BORING before pic...

Fresh flowers really make a photo come alive! I have no excuse for not using them in every. single. photo.

Time to put the paint up for a few days and get to holiday decorating;-)


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Teal Primitive Cabinet - Before & After

I've decided...paint may be in my top 5 FAVORITE things!! It is right behind my family, my friends, the beach and chocolate desserts. Paint is magic!!

Well, what do you think? Would you recognize this piece after I painted it? To be honest, I myself, walked past it for months before purchasing it last week.  I hope you love the new painted look as much as I do! This is on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris.

Happy Saturday!!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rustic Farmhouse Dresser

This is what half water / half paint looks like! Brush on, wipe off...brush on, wipe off!  I needed a pretty weathered piece to achieve this look. I was planning to stain this piece in navy but decided on a different direction after I began to clean it up.  As most of my projects do, the dresser looks different than I planned but love the outcome. 

This dresser has served a full life already, but looks to stand another 60 years.  It's solid and very heavy. I used a wax to protect the surface and the finish. 

I replaced the old ugly hardware with these simple classic cup pulls in the bronze finish. 

I'm positive my love affair for this color will never end...I mean, really? How can you not dram of the ocean every time you see this color?

Best to all,


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Newest Mid Century Drab to Fab Makeover

I'm thrilled to finally use this paper I purchased from The Social Club in Norman, OK.  A friend told me they sold sheets of really great paper by Ferme a Papier. I love the graphic design and colors and paired with the bold white upon wood contrast, a "one of a kind" look is created.


I have this listed on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris for $450. 

~ Dionne

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wowza! Is This the Greatest Piece of Furniture??

My little friend from my favorite thrift shop sent me a photo of this last week and asked if I was interested.  I said, "yes, but what exactly is it"? Hello? It's a bench!!  The best looking bench ever in the history of furniture making, that's what it is!!!


I custom mixed this dark "teal" shade and used a navy and turquoise to give the bench this finish.  If you look closely, you can see all the variation. 

I kept those amazing wood veneer doors but added a fresh coat of stain and poly.  Knobs by Anthropologie, obviously:-)

Now, if I could find pieces of furniture like this every week, I'd be in heaven!
This is available HERE on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris.

Thanks and have a lovely day,


Thursday, October 22, 2015

This is Why I Love Vintage Furniture

I always mention I love to create one of a kind pieces of furniture.  I knew right away I would paint this frame but was unsure of what color.  I asked for suggestions on Facebook and Instagram.  I was leaning towards a metallic copper or duck egg blue.  Several followers suggested a shade of blue but I also heard colors like coral, teal, emerald, red and gray.  
This yummy camel fabric is in great condition and so soft so I chose to keep it.  I think these two colors suggest a calm relaxing feeling....and, well I just like that feeling.


You may notice I used the rug as my inspiration.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Vintage Record Cabinet and Me - Living with Color

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a huge fan of color. Obviously, turquoise is my favorite but I also love shades of red, coral, and green.  I believe color adds warmth and character to a home, style and charisma to an outfit, and overall fun to your day. Colors create feelings, a mood or a memory. This is what makes my heart happy - all these various colors and playing with them to create a look that's all mine. 

I painted this vintage record cabinet this week.  I've held onto this paper for awhile now because I knew the right piece would eventually come along.  This was it and this dark green gives the cabinet a masculine look.  The knobs are a "horn - like " material from Anthropologie.


I don't have a record player or records for that matter.  I hope I know the person that buys this piece.  I bet they're way cooler than me.  Maybe they'll invite me over to listen to a record or two. ;-)