Sharpie Marker to the rescue...

Thanks for all the feedback on the dresser. I considered going with a stencil as some had suggested by my lazy and cheap internal voices convinced me otherwise. I was *thisclose* to writing out 'fais de beaux reves' all over it in loopy script but in the end, I just didn't trust my own handwriting to be up to snuff. I think this whole thing too much mental energy on my part so I decided to just make a decision and go with it.

I finally commited to one of my favorite shapes as a border - the clipped corner square. (I'm sure there is a much more proper name for this but I don't know it).

So I got out a ruler, the top of a ball jar and sketched out the shape in pen. Then to fill it in and finish it off, I went with my trusty friend, the sharpie marker. I like the casualness of it which works well with the large illustrations on the wall of the guestroom. Oh and its way easier than using a paintbrush which was no small bonus.

SharpieArt copy

From the time I decided on it and finished was less than a half hour. True, I spent all week debating what to do but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

Now I need to do the multiple coats of sealer and it will be ready to go. The guestroom is nearly there.

On some unrelated notes...

First, I would like to soothe the concerns of those who were on death watch of my hyancinth. It is alive and well and my house smells amazing thanks to it.

Last but not least, I am the very lucky winner of a print or cardset by Jen Ramos of MadebyGirl. I don't think I even realized there was a prize involved but I suggested she reupholster her couch with white fabric a while back. Isn't it lovely? And I'm not just saying that because she took my suggestion - I think the lines of the sofa are really highlighted with such a "quiet" fabric.


  1. LMAO @ "those who were on death watch of my hyancinth".

    I love how the border has a sort of antiqued finish to it. OK, how is it that you can create such unique fabulousness (word?) using things like a Sharpie?! You set the bar high, Mrs L

  2. Love it! Love it! Your night-stand and that fabulous sofa!

  3. Gosh that was ingenius! Sometimes we (I) just make stuff too hard, huh? That was a simple design that added so much. It's awesome! Beautiful!

  4. That sharpie marker is a clever little thing! xv

  5. Dresser looks great! Great idea, I can actually picture it in the bedroom. Becks would be so proud that you used a Sharpie! (David Beckham the footballer advertisers the Sharpie's here in Australia, my 11yo daughter uses them for everything!).

    That sofa looks great, I love everything in that photo.

  6. I was a little worried with how your table was turning out. I was really expecting you to just give up and trash the whole thing... But as always you came up with this amazing idea and let me tell you.. you should be proud of yourself it looks amazing. Love it! I admire you so much :). Thanks for inspiring me to get up off my butt after having two babies and showing my house some love!

  7. Anonymous11:05 AM

    The table looks GREAT !!! A Sharpie WoW, adding this to my list of 'must haves"

    Nice job... looking forward to the reveal !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  8. Perfection!! The table is now complete. What a great idea. And I love me some sharpie. I swear...I had no idea what a home-fixer-upper that smelly marker would turn out to be for me. :-)


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