…the cole desk/vanity

I’ve had this piece for a while now, but have been having trouble finding time to refinish my own pieces to sell. I’ve been doing so much refinishing work lately. This time of year always seems to motivate people to want to refresh before the holidays. I totally get that!

I was excited to get this one done though because I loved the shape and the hardware was old & beautiful.


Contrary to some of the comments on FB when I posted this picture, it is indeed French Linen. As you know, my rule of thumb with the hardware is that if it is vintage-looking and adds character to the piece I like to keep it as is. These large pulls really create the look.



Chalk Paint loves detail.


Yes, I leave crevices uncoated for that aged look.



The Cole Desk/Vanity 47 1/2″L x 19″D x 30″H…$425

Email at cbensten@blueeggbrownnest if interested.

…favorite things friday: velvet pumpkins

I actually hate Halloween decor. Hate it. I never buy it, make it, want my kids to make it. Who wants skeletons, ghosts and spiders in their home? Not to mention I’m not fond of the color orange. That being said, I love Fall more than any other season. I love the cool air, the cozy sweaters, the Pumpkin bread, the apple-picking, and the foliage. How amazing that we get to see trees that have red leaves for a month?! It’s magic.

Much ado seems to have been made by velet pumpkins. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about them. I like them if they are placed in a rustic setting like a dough bowl or a wood bowl, wire crate, etc. They they look interesting, clever, contrary. I don’t like them when I see them amidst other Halloween garb that can look tasteless.


The average price that I’ve seen them for is around $30. I know, not cheap for a pumpkin and yes, you could probably make them for cheaper. If you shop around you will find handmade velvet pumpkins that look classy and you will also see some that look a bit cheap. Like my MIL says, “You get what you pay for.”

Love Feast sells a trio of velvet pumpkins for $98. They come in a variety of colors. Etsy also has lots of shops that sell them, but these look the best.

Happy Fall!


…which came first – the lobster or the chicken?

It seems I may have been wrong about the label I put on my new crate! I was told it was a lobster crate, I bought what was labeled as a lobster crate a few months ago and when I Google “lobster crate” I find pictures of the piece I have!

My ever vigilant Readers insist I have a chicken crate. As much as I wish I was raised on a farm to encounter one myself, I was not.

In my defense, it does look rather short to hold chickens and I still have yet to find an image with chicken actually IN one. That being said, I did find quite a few images of what DIYers have done with said crate.





I concede to the chicken thing, but insist on it’s coolness 🙂