Round Foyer Table

Hi Friends! Rainy day here in VA. Online school, husband working hard in the study and I’m on my second espresso with a few more to go!

I want to change up….everything now that I’ve been stuck in the house for 6 months. How about you? I have edited my house in the last few years as things have become more minimal. Minimal is not really my thing – I like an interesting piece in every corner – but, I do understand that it can make a house feel a bit more open and airy. We all need that right now.

I have had a beautiful work table (above) in my foyer that I bought from Miss Mustard Seed at her last Luckett’s showing at the market. I love an old table more than anything. I painted it white and it live happily in the foyer for years. But, I wanted a bit of a chance – a round table. I was going to buy one, but instead of paying a thousand bucks I thought I’d try my very first kitchen table turned craft table. Here she is:

There is so much sticky, icky gunk on this table, but it’s still a great piece. Brent’s nana bought it for us at Crate and Barrel when we were first married so lots of memories. I pulled out a can of Graphite. I still had an old can of Annie Sloan Graphite in the garage. It settled a bit and I had to work with it, but got it going.

You can see it’s a bit thin, but it was in my garage for about 2 years. That just means I needed several coats.

I know that lots of painters use Dark Wax to make the table…darker. I just never liked the look of it. It felt tacky and I didn’t like the overall look. So, I thought I’d try wood stain. This is Jacobean – again, I found it in the garage! The stain was definitely better than the wax, but not exactly what I wanted.

So, the story goes on. I didn’t think it was black enough once I got the table upstairs, so I bought a can of black furniture paint from Amazon – sorry Annie! I bought a true black from Shabby Chic in Licorice on Amazon. This gave me a true black and I did not need any wax.

What do you all think about the Shabby Chic Licorice? I have a little tutorial in my process, but it’s a little disjointed. I’ll release it soon.

PS – It’s October 26th and many states have early voting. You can take the whole darn family, like I did, to the polls and vote in person. OR You can still send in your Mail In Ballot OR you can vote on Election Day November 3rd. Easy! Just check out how and where to vote in your state. You can do so here:


…save the dates

I know many of you are dying and trying to get out to Luckett’s. Well, I have a perfect opportunity for you to make the trip! Luckett’s Holiday Open House is coming up November 6,7,8! I must tell you that they do not pay me to talk up the shop. I just truly love it and love the look of the home decor they sell. It is worth the trip out. You can find treasures in the main shop, the outdoor pavilions and the Design House, which is the house just down the gravel pathway on the property. They do such a beautiful job around the holidays. You will not be disappointed. Promise.

Here is a peek at the kinds of items you will find in the Design House.




Ollie and I think you should def go check it out.


 Luckett’s Store

42350 Lucketts Road

Leesburg, VA 20176

Shop Phone:  703-779-0268

Shop Email:

…it’s a family affair

“Who can tell me what an antique is?” Mommy asked from the front seat of the car, turning down the music to Grease that the kids were singing along to.

“Something old.” They said in unison.

“And…..?” I prodded.


My children have been watching me paint and collect old items since their blurry baby eyes first started to be able to pick out objects in a room. Mommy’s definition of an antique is something old and special. I was excited when they had a day off last week and I could take them out to Luckett’s. DH thought I was a bit crazy for taking them along instead of getting a babysitter, but I really want to teach them more of what Mommy does and why there is magic in it.

I packed snacks for the drive out and loaded up the car with kids and smalls for my space.



And of course a hammer, nails and tape measure in my purse!


They were so excited to come with me and thrilled about the promise that they could each pick out one, small antique for themselves. This was a real field trip after all.

I could barely contain them once we got there. Papa also met up with us and helped wipe down furniture.


We checked out every single room, sometimes twice.


They loved running in and out of the little houses outside and playing the game, “What is the coolest thing in this room?”





By early afternoon they were all pretty worn out.


They each picked a gift that suited them. But, unfortunately, there was no room for the treasure that Mommy found. Next week! I cannot pass up anything with cubbies!


I’m working on my legacy. I want my kids to understand their mom and appreciate the possibility in things that look impossibly old or different. I want them to search for treasure in their lives and not reach for the first shiney thing they are handed. I want them to seek out true friends and use their imaginations. And when I am gone I want them to feel mommy’s presence every time they see a blue egg in a brown nest.

Yes, Reid, that car is old and special but I’m pretty sure their is not an engine in it either.