The Paloma Dresser & thoughts on living well ❤️

Happy Sunday! It’s my favourite day of the week. I love endings & new beginnings, which is how I think of Sunday. I usually take time to sit down, relax, and reflect on the week past, and dream about fun things in the week to come ❤️ 

I feel humbled & grateful that I love Sunday because I didn’t always. It used to mean the weekend was over, and I dreaded Monday. Have you ever felt like that? I made a decision 4 years ago to STOP living like that, and create a life I couldn’t wait to wake up to. Now, I’m at a stage where I’m living a life I love and I’m actively in the process of creating more of what I love. It took me a while to understand that happiness doesn’t come about from the external (i.e.: thinking once I have X, Y or Z, then I’ll be happy) it actually comes from inside. The happier I feel, the more happiness comes my way. It’s the law of attraction! So, I spent a lot of time figuring out what I truly love love love in the here and now, and spend as much time possible actually doing it, bringing about feelings of happiness. Hot bubble baths, time by the ocean with my dogs, tea & homemade sweets with my friends, coffee with my partner every morning, a new can of paint, etc, etc.,.. Once on that “happiness” frequency the universe automatically sends more of what’s being put out. Simple but true. And insanely effective. Month on month, year after year, the wrong doors closed & the right windows opened and this path has been unfolding since. Now I adore Sunday’s ❤️ What do you love doing?

What I love doing most is creating beautiful furniture art. I feel totally in my groove as a human being when I sit in front of a beautiful piece of wood with my paint brush. My mission is to add value to others by creating beautiful pieces that create a space that brings about feelings of joy, peace and love. Happiness creates more happiness, after all!

The Paloma dresser gives me that feeling. It’s a solid pine dresser that looked like this before:  

 It’s a fairly big dresser that has nice  details you couldn’t see because they got lost in the darkness of the uniform, not-so-nice stain. It was just a big, dark, functional box in our room and I knew it needed lightening up. 

Paloma is a greyish color with a warm beige (almost mauve) undertone. I’ve been wanting to use it, but unsure how. Then I saw this photo of a chest by Somewhat Quirky Design and I had my inspiration! They paired Annie Sloan’s Old White over-top with a stunning result.   

I rarely use stencils & this was no different. I chalked on some lines & painted the stems free-hand in Old White. It took about 4 hours. It’s sooooooooo therapeutic. I paint sitting cross-legged on my floor & since I got lost in what I was doing I didn’t notice the kink in my hip & neck and I paid for that for a few weeks after 😉  

 I painted the trim of each drawer in Old White, too.   
And dry brushed the frame, particularly the crown on top & bottom: 

Before dry brushing

After dry brushing
I left the feet natural


I put the original hardware back on & it looked great! A pop of dark chocolate set it off beautifully, I think.    
 The beauty of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and old furniture is that sometimes you don’t know how it will take to distressing. I love that. The piece “knows” just what to do all on its own to be at its best. This piece delivered a very rare effect (usually found in milk paint) known as chipping -hard to recreate unless you come by it honestly. I was delighted! It means the paint naturally flecked off in chunks here & there, creating an authentic distressed look. 





I’ll post for sale later today 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! See you next time, when I’ll know more about a potential retail space -my appointment’s on Wednesday! Eeeeeek. 

XO Terri


Antique maple chest & …a retail space??!!!!!


Hello, happy Sunday! It’s gloriously sunny here after a snowstorm yesterday. The Saturday snow was a good excuse to stay home and curl up with my Harry Potter book, drink lots of tea & relax!

I’ve finished only two projects & a sign (for my Uncle’s new business) over the past month because I’ve been busy working at the hospital & helping out at a friend’s store temporarily while she’s away. My head has been bursting with new furniture makeover ideas & I’m itching to get back to my studio full-time. I’m dying to go antiquing, too 😊 

I finally finished the sweet antique maple chest I picked up from Howard at Antique Picker’s Yarmouth. Here it is before, hardware-less and a coat of pretty blue/grey paint already on the frame:  I left it in my work room for a while to look at because I couldn’t immediately think of what to do with it. I love the ornate keyholes and I found it was a peaceful looking chest…that’s why when my friend Annette sent me this photo of a dresser she found at Homesense I was inspired. I loved it, and I thought something like it would suit the chest ❤️   

Annette’s photo, taken at Homesense

I painted the frame in Pure White from the Annie Sloan line, filled in old hardware holes, drilled new holes & printed out positive, peaceful words that appealed to me.  

Then I white-washed the drawers & transferred the words.   

I painted the words in Graphite & softened them by sanding over with a high-grit sponge. I highlighted the keyholes with gold rub & wax.   

I stained the top a darker color for contrast.   

I added reclaimed antique hardware that originally belonged to the Elm Dresser I made over at Christmas. 

I gave the chest an overall sanding and it distressed beautifully, as is the case with Annie Sloan’s paint line. 

Distressing, up close look

I’ll post it for sale later today 😊

And now on to some exciting news: I have a meeting on March 17th to discuss the possibility of a retail location for The Little Red Door!  What an adventure this is turning out to be!!! Having a retail location would be a HUGE step & a dream of mine. I have no idea what will come out of this meeting, but it’s centred around the financial particulars & startup considerations. It’s the beginning of an exploration of options. What I know for sure is that I’m really, really happy and I want to share my passion with everyone. I have a big vision. 

I’ll take you on the journey every step of the way! 

Next up, I’ll share the Paloma dresser I’ve done. I just need to photograph it. Here’s a sneak peek!  

Thanks for stopping by!

See you next time 😘 

Terri XO