Vintage Blanket Chest with Folk Art Style

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Are you ready for some furniture fun?! I am!! There’s nothing better than sharing your passion with like-minded folk. That’s why Furniture Fixer Uppers Day is one of my favorite times of the month. You’ll see my gal friends projects in a bit, but first I want to introduce you to my vintage blanket chest (aka. dog chew toy). giveaway alert!!

Vintage Blanket Chest Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you that I was mad I bought this. First, to defend myself, I did look at all the possible problems it may have: stink, damage (I was more concerned about the lid), functionality, etc. However, I somehow missed the one side and how badly chewed up it was. The sting was softened by the fact I got to use my 35% off coupon at the thrift store. But…free and/or cheap almost always means WORK.

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Another bonus is that it was a nice Lane cedar chest. Right? The top had damage and could be fixed.

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However, those bonuses quickly fell to the wayside once I got started. Even my kids knew I was in for it after I showed them the damage report. My initial make-myself-feel-better thought was…”just pop the trim off and put new on”. Yeah, whatever. meh.

Removing Damage from Vintage Blanket Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Pop, nothing! This beast was not solid wood, but rather veneer over particle board in most places, so that wasn’t happening. Best answer to that problem? Bust the whole thing off. bwahahaha!!  aaaahhh…that felt SO good.

Blanket Chest Repair and Restoration by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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As you may notice, I also removed the pulls and filled the holes for new, plus took of those eyebrow looking pieces from the top two faux drawers. Looking better already!

Now come the head-smacking part. I now had to rebuild the entire base from scratch. Here is my work after getting it cut with my jigsaw and miter saw.

New Built Blanket Chest Base by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And as if JC doesn’t have enough to do with working mandatory overtime all this month, plus doing our business work, I had to bug him to help. I kept apologizing, but poking fun that this made up for all his forgetfulness. haha.

So, here lies said victim with new appendages and is belly up for the process. Super thankful for my Kreg Jig and drill to speed the job along. All props go to JC for helping me get this done after dinner one evening. We make a killer team, let me tell ya.

Adding New Blanket Chest Base | prodigalpieces.com

Our end result is a like-new vintage blanket chest with cedar lining ready to get a whole new lease on life.

Rebuilt Damaged Lane Cedar Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I sanded all the wood filler and damage with my sander and then prepped it for stain. My go-to brush for the job is by Zibra and is the 2″ Angled style. They work on stain or any paint and give me a finish like none-other. My pick for stain was Java Gel, the same stain I used on my dining set in this post.

Staining Blanket Chest with General Finishes Java Gel and Zibra Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That dark, rich color was perfect to give me the base color I was after. For the next step, it’s all about color. Check out this green! It’s called Emerald Forest in an eggshell finish.

Beautiful Green Paint for Vintage Blanket Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that a happy color? When I get a broken down piece that pretty much says to me, “Time to have some fun!” You can see what I mean with my Dumpster Diva or my BEEP.

To apply my paint, I use the same style 2″ Angled brush, but a different one than the one I use for stain. Once used for stain, I keep the brushes dedicated for that purpose. The paint goes on beautifully, and I let the first coat cure for 2 hours.

Applying First Coat of Green Paint with Zibra Angled Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In all my years of doing furniture, I’ve always wanted to try to create a folk art piece that gave props to my Polish heritage. My goal was to try to create a piece that tells a story with my inspiration coming from the village of Zalipie. (click to see all the beauty photographed by Aga Kozmic)

Colorful House in Zalipie, Poland as photographed by Aga Kozmic of A Matter of Taste via prodigalpieces.com

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Blue Flowers on House in Zalipie, Poland by Aga Kozmic of A Matter of Taste via prodigalpieces.com

photo courtesy of A Matter of Taste

Once the second coat cured, I started my hand-painted design.

Hand-painted Folk Art Design on Vintage Blanket Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That green base color was just the beginning of my color fun. It took me many hours to paint each layer, but it was such fun I didn’t even notice. When all was done, I lightly distressed and then added a coat of Black Wax with my Square Brush.

Waxing Blanket Chest with Zibra Square Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m tellin’ ya that these brushes work awesome for anything and that’s why I carry 8 styles in my shop.

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Ready to see how my crazy adventure came together with this vintage blanket chest? You bet I am!

Green Polish Folk Art Blanket Chest with Hand-Painted Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Hand-Painted Polish Folk Art Blanket Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Is it bold? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. Totally turned out how I envisioned and I’m delighted to see it come to fruition. The vibrant colors are what reminded me of the little Polish doll my grandfather gave me. Sadly, he passed when I was a year old and I didn’t get to know him. My grandmother (my babcia) also joined him in the heavenly realms not long ago. I miss her so.

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Hand-Painted Blanket Chest, Hope Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They traveled to the U.S.A. when my mother was twelve and I can’t thank them enough for making that journey. Imagine if her and my dad never met? Crazy how it all works out.

Primitive Polish Folk Art Blanket Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Antique Embossed Brass Bin Pulls on Vintage Blanket Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I hope I captured a bit of the feel of the culture and created a piece that will be cherished by someone in their home. It’s available for purchase from my shop along with all the other vintage and handmade items for your home.

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Who knew a chewed up vintage blanket chest could look so good?! Rebuilt from the bottom up and given a folk art flair, this piece tells a story. DIY details by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #farmhouse #handmade #furniture

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121 Comments

  • Susan Moon

    Thanks so much for showing how you repaired the base! You did an awesome job!

    August 23, 2018 at 6:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Susan.

      August 23, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Kim

    Larissa, you have such talent! I’d love to come intern with you for a year. This is not my style but I can still say it’s beautiful!

    August 23, 2018 at 6:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the sweet words, Kim. 🙂

      August 23, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What an outstanding job on building of the new base. The chest is beautiful.
    our TV ientertainment center could really use a make-over and them brushes sure would be handy in doing so.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    August 23, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Colleen. My pleasure. 😉

      August 23, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Susan

    I love this! I have Polish heritage as well and this is just stunning. So much hand painting and the colors are great. I always look forward to your posts, Larissa.

    August 23, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun for me in many ways. Thank you for seeing my vision, Susan. Hugs!

      August 23, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Deirdre BReau

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! You truly have a gift from God and amaze me more each time. I love seeing your transformations and always come away inspired. Keep up the great work.

    August 23, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me tear up, Deirdre. Thank you as I needed a lift today. It is my pleasure to share.

      August 23, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville, TN

    Love this update and the story behind it. The “eyebrow things” description made me laugh!

    August 23, 2018 at 7:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee…that was the first thing out of my mouth… “those bushy eyebrows have got to go”. 😀

      August 23, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
  • Addison's Attic

    oh my goodness Larissa.. So very cute! this Polish girl too love its new look. You knocked this one out of the park.

    August 23, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! I would love to visit Poland some day. I have family there I’ve never met. Hugs to you for the love you’ve shown.

      August 23, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
  • Elaine

    What a beautiful piece it is now! Your creativity never ceases to amaze, and inspire me!

    August 23, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How absolutely wonderful to hear. It was so invigorating to do something for my own self. Thank you!

      August 23, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    Just beautiful! You are an inspiration, I always stop whatever I’m doing and read your posts 😄. I wonder if you have some traditional Polish recipes?

    August 23, 2018 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How absolutely wonderful to hear, Lee. I was a bit nervous to share this – thank you! I do have some recipes. 😉

      August 23, 2018 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Queen of Rods

    I love your hand-painted chest. It is so bright and cheerful 🙂

    August 23, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! It sure was a fun trip down memory lane for me.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Kandice

    How fun! Im loving the bold green! And I know those cheap bases are the worst I had the same thing happen and had to rebuild it too. Ahhh the things we do lol

    August 23, 2018 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Green for the win! 😀 They are just awful and I learned my lesson, haha.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Love folk art!

    August 23, 2018 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s one of my favorite things to create. Thank you, Lori.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
  • dianne anderson

    Wow, I love that chest!

    August 23, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thank you, Dianne!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Melanie Brooks

    I love this makeover! And it’s so nice to hear about your family as well. What a great tribute!

    August 23, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted on both accounts, Melanie. Thank you!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    Larissa, you definitely captured the cultural essence on this piece! Knocked it out of the park even! I admire your hand work in painting flowers and designs without a stencil….so good!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Really? I kept questioning myself. Thank you for that. I had fun!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Melanie Brooks

    I can’t comment”done” on the new group’s Facebook page since my membership isn’t approved yet, but I look forward to being a member!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like fun awaits!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Suzie

    Hi Larissa. I wasn’t sure when I saw that green paint in it’s can, but on the piece and with all your fabulous hand painted additions, it is perfect. Your Polish-inspired decorations kinda remind me of traditional English canal boat decor. The world may be huge, but the connections are so much closer than we think.
    I’d love a set of those Zibra brushes, you always give them such good reviews and the results you get more than back-up the praise you give. Sadly, I’m in the UK, so no widget clicking for me! (and so far no UK stockist identified – Amazon have them but it’s an import from the US and a frighteningly expensive delivery charge).

    August 23, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was bold in the can…haha! So fun to get that on and see it come to life. Yes, I know what you mean about the canal boats as well as Scandinavian, Russian and similar decor. All cut from the same cloth. So cool! If you’d like me to quote you a rate for shipping, just email me with your details. Ya never know. 😉

      August 23, 2018 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    So much fresher now!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you think so!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Love the blanket chest!! So fun!! I have a chest of drawers that needs a facelift so the brushes would help me fix her right up!!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance! Thank you!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Terry P

    Great job on the chest…your hand painting added just the right touch!!!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t wait to work on it to see my vision come to life. Thank you, Terry!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Kim C.

    I love the individual personality you give to each of your pieces – especially this one! I thought you might just re-build with bondo or wood putty, but my goodness – that new base is fabulous (and now I know how to do it if I need to)! 🙂

    August 23, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Funny, as that is what I thought until I saw how bad it was. This took much work, but I’m glad because I learned along the way. Hugs!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    Wow, love all the colors. You are so talented to re-make that base. Amazing. PS love my Zibra brushes and thank you for introducing them to me.

    August 23, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was fun to paint! 😀 I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s help, especially because I needed it done quickly. I’m so excited you love these brushes too! They are the best.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Marisa

    WoW! You did it again! Cant believe the change in this chest! Although it was A LOT of work – it looks fabulous! Great Job!!

    August 23, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yippee!! Thank you so much, Marisa. This was a challenge I’m glad I stuck with.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • gwen

    NOTHING stops you Larissa! and then when I saw the paint can open, I was more nervous, but what a wonderful cultural blanket chest you made – absolutely beautiful! especially love the hearts on the corners!

    August 23, 2018 at 10:17 am Reply
    • gwen

      AND I was just looking at it again and the drawer pulls are gorgeous!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am Reply
      • Larissa

        I couldn’t believe I found them. I kept looking at reproductions and found these for cheaper. Score!!

        August 23, 2018 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha! I’m crazy like that for sure… 😉 Yes, green was so fun to break out and I’m glad you love it too. Fun all the way around!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Maria Howard

    You always make beautiful pieces!!!

    August 23, 2018 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Now that made me tear up because sometimes I get slammed by some and I was a little nervous about this one, but at the same time didn’t care. haha. Thanks so much!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Rebecca M

    Oh my! That green is beautiful! Great job with terrific brushes! They seem ideal for about any project!

    August 23, 2018 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a happy color. Thank you for that. Yes, they work for anything…really!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Carrie

    You knocked it out of the ballpark with this makeover!

    August 23, 2018 at 10:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      yahooo!!! Thank you, Carrie!

      August 23, 2018 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love how you honored your heritage. Great job!

    August 23, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just love how we all have a story. I wish I knew more about my descendants.

      August 23, 2018 at 11:29 am Reply
  • Ellen Shook

    This redo is seriously well-done, not to mention cute! I have never tried these brushes so it would be wonderful to win them before I start another painting project.

    August 23, 2018 at 11:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      woot, woot! Thank you, Ellen!

      August 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    How fun is this! Love the bright green and handpainted details. I bet this chest doesn’t last long in your shop!

    August 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I truly adore the spirit instilled in my by my elders…a never die spirit always beaming. Thank you, Marie.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Goedele François

    Great job! I’m a fan of Scandinavian folk art, but it’s pretty similar to some Polish patterns.

    August 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I am in love with it as well as I have a bit of that in me too. All so much to enjoy from our forefathers.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Alicia H

    love the green you picked! Another home run! congrats! 🙂

    August 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a vibrant happy color. I just loved how it made me smile. Thank you, Alicia. 😀

      August 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Peggy

    Great Job!!! So colorful, love it.

    August 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Peggy. 🙂

      August 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Bryan Patterson

    great save!!! and that green is phenomenal!!! 🙂

    August 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Had to make it fun! Thank you, Bryan.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Bryan Patterson

    just an excellent piece!! you should be proud!!

    August 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so proud of my family both past and present. Thank you, Bryan.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Ann Boyd Briggs

    You provide me with so much inspiration to transform junk into usable furniture and decor!

    August 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it! Thank you, Ann.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    You crack me up with busting off the base and the ‘eyebrows’. Beautiful makeover! Didn’t know what to expect when I saw the green paint but knew you would have a wonderful vision for it. I have an old armoire and a couple of chest of drawers that I need to paint and could use some good brushes! Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, baby! It was the best therapy after my frustrations…hahaha!! Green was crazy cool and even I was like…wow. That’s the fun part!

      August 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Phyllis Dunn Hartle

    I am new to rehabbing furniture. It sure is a learning experience, but fun to reimagine pieces. I love your furniture remakes. Without a doubt, good brushes would make the projects easier. Thank You for your inspiration!

    August 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Glad to “meet” another kindred spirit, Phyllis. Thanks for the love.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Charlene Paugh

    I wasn’t sure about the green, but, as usual, you did a beautiful job !!!!1
    I have several projects I’d like to do and new brushes would be much appreciated. Thanks for the giveaway.

    August 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Kathy Owen

    I love your Folk Art piece Larissa. You know all those bold colors have me swooning. Eyebrow things…..too funny.

    August 23, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I thought of you! Hugs, Kathy.

      August 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Kimberly H

    Oh I love this so much! I only realized this last year that I have Polish heritage and you have inspired me to play with some folk art designs – even if just in my sketch book for this evening.

    August 23, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      High five! It’ sure is fun to do. Enjoy, Kimberly. 😉

      August 23, 2018 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Oh wow! Those how-you-rebuilt-the-base pictures are like gold! Gotta pin that. The end result is amazing! So much color and vibrancy! You definitely lived up to your inspirations!
    I have all kinds of little projects going right now. A whole stack of trays wanting paint!
    Hey, by the way, one of my brushes I got from you just finished up a repaint-all-the-walls job at our church building! It was great! Miles (more or less, haha!) of ceiling cutting in!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! It sure was a crazy puzzle that would be easier if we were building it new rather than figuring out the old. But…we did it! 😀 Thank you for the giggle. Super glad to hear it went the milks with you. They work awesome!

      August 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    What an amazing transformation! You are incredibly gifted. When I first looked at the chest I thought that it would be a nightmare to fix……..you make it look so easy! ~ I would be so grateful to win the brushes. There are countless projects that I would use the brushes for. The first piece that I want to paint is a nice secretary that I picked up on the roadside. Thank you for the opportunity to win! ♡

    August 23, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a nightmare…no foolin! hahaha! Thank you for the awesome words of encouragement, Dale. I learned so much and got time to reflect.

      August 25, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Sara

    I’d love to win those brushes. I have so many craft projects that I could use these on.

    August 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Larissa, this piece is definitely fun but also beautiful! I can’t believe you guys rebuilt the entire base and then you hand painted all the designs – that is talent right there! xo Jen

    August 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jen. Lesson learned to not be hasty when seeing damage. ugh. haha!

      August 25, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Mary

    What a breath of fresh air this makeover turned out to be Larissa. Love that green!

    August 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary! 😀

      August 25, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Janet Kynerd

    It was a lot of hard work for you, but the finished chest is lovely.

    August 24, 2018 at 12:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was, but glad I did it. The road less traveled teaches much. Thank you, Janet.

      August 25, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Carolyn J Kiser

    I am always looking for new and different ideas; this is great!

    August 24, 2018 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Melissa Anglin

    What a fun piece.

    August 24, 2018 at 1:08 am Reply
  • Deidra

    Amazing as always. Love the pop of colo.

    August 24, 2018 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Deidra. Thank you!

      August 25, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    Oh wow, I love that chest so much. I think it is my favorite piece of yours so far. I love the vintage, folk art look in general but especially love the colors you chose and the freehand flowers are just amazing. I would paint my sons’ bedroom set if I won this brush set.

    August 24, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How absolutely awesome to hear, Melissa. Thank you!

      August 25, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Robin

    I always love seeing your trashformations!

    August 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Robin. 😀

      August 25, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply
  • Christy James

    This may have been way more trouble than you bargained for, but what a beautiful piece of art it is now! XO

    August 24, 2018 at 5:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was and taught me many lessons as well as a fun trip down memory lane. Thank you, Christy.

      August 25, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, What an amazing piece of art, this is just so beautiful. You would never know that a puppy or dog had it’s way with this first. I would have to say that you totally rocked (our) Polish heritage!!! Well done my friend!

    August 24, 2018 at 8:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      High five and thank you so much for the love, Kaycee!

      August 25, 2018 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Cheryl

    I still haven’t painted our unfinished new side tables.

    August 25, 2018 at 12:08 am Reply
  • Emily Smith

    Our kitchen table is in need of a makeover. I would love to stain the legs and paint a flower motif on the top. Your work is beautiful!

    August 25, 2018 at 4:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Emily. Sounds like fun!

      August 25, 2018 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Jessica

    I would have given up on it. You are so tenacious!

    August 25, 2018 at 1:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I wanted to, trust me! 😀 Thank you, Jessica.

      August 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm Reply
  • Shirley

    This is totally not my style but I actually really love what you did with it. I’ve never been a fan of this particular shade of green but the idea behind it makes it perfect! What a huge difference from what it once was. Well done!

    August 25, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Danelle

    I think it’s wonderful that you created something connected to your heritage! I really enjoy your blog.

    August 25, 2018 at 1:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a fun trip to refresh my memory. Thank you, Danelle.

      August 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Michele

    What a beautiful tribute to your heritage! I love the vivid green. I have my eye on a small wooden table at our local thrift. Maybe I’ll try a bright color instead of the usual ‘safe’ ones.

    August 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit!! How fun!

      August 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Hanna Quana

    Wow! Didn’t see that one coming …lol! So folk art not my thing but that is one of the most creative paint jobs I’ve ever seen. You are soooo talented!! I am continually inspired by your posts and wish I had the skills!! If I win those brushes, I hope they will make pieces look like yours!!! 😄

    August 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Angie Chavez

    So fun & creative! I’ve missed seeing your projects at Talk of the Town (formerly Knick of Time Tuesday.) I hope you’ll start linking up every Tuesday at 18:00 ( 6 pm Central)

    August 27, 2018 at 10:33 am Reply
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