shabby white shelves, velvet footstool and a gilded mirror

Ok, so I am feeling a little guilty that I haven't posted much in the way of decorating here in a bit, but once the show is over, I will have some projects that have been waiting on the back burner....
And then Christmas season is around the corner!

I finished up this little bookshelf today- it is such a cutie.  A creamy white shabby finish.

The handle was broken off when I found it, so I added this really nifty one from the Martha Stewart line (at Home Depot).  I also added in the label:

Here was the before picture:

And some of the detail:

Like I said, such a cutie!  It's only about 4 feet tall, so it would be great for a kids room or in a little nook.

My other rehab was this footstool. 
It was crusty and rusty in a not so chic way. Kind of a 1970's "basement western hoe down" look.

I thought it would be much prettier in a raspberry velvet and glossy white paint.
Some shiny new nail heads were added too.

I have to share a funny story with the velvet.  One of my favorite local vintage shops, Serendipity Vintage Furnishings, had a yard of this velvet for sale.  It was exactly the color I was looking for- pink undertones rather than a true red. 
I took it up front and asked if I could keep it at the counter while I finished looking. 
When I came back to check out, I handed the lady my check and she looked at it and said, "Oh yes, I thought so- you're Denise from Pink Postcard!"

I was so shocked and flustered by the recognition!! 
We had a nice little chat, but in my flustered state I totally forgot to ask her name.  :(  I know, so rude, but I hope next time I'm in I can use my manners with my head on straight!
Kind of a surreal moment!

And last, this gorgeous gold mirror.  It is solid wood, has gorgeous carving and detail, and I just couldn't paint it.  Normally I'm not usually loving gold mirrors, but this one is pretty amazing. 

I love the flower details on the inset sides,

...and, to me, it looks like a sacred heart at the top of the mirror.
I staged this in our bathroom above our tub... kinda thinking it looks pretty awesome here....
It is supposed to be going to the market with me....
Yes, definitely.  I have to.

I had to share the annual first day of school photo.  Hannah has had every first day photo since kindergarten in front of this little chalkboard:

I am so proud of her, and yet I get a little watery eyed seeing this. 
 It's going way too fast.

Have a wonderful Thursday, Friends!

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Furniture Feature Friday
Show and Tell Friday


  1. Such a beautiful transformation! I love that you saw the beauty of it beyond first impression. And the little footstool is adorable! I love the bright red color!

  2. Love your treasures Denise... the mirror is wonderful just as it is and what a lovely girl you have!! :)

  3. I love that handle, so cute! That little stool is darling and so is your 'little' girl :)

  4. Wow! Thanks for the tip! I am going to have to go handle shopping, that one is too cute! andrea @ townandprairie

  5. we love to see your projects too! and way to get recognized in town. how fun!!

  6. Great job.. and a darling daughter... I too have a 5th grader!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Beautiful transformations, indeed! And, what a beautiful kiddo!

  8. Your projects come out gorgeous!! I especially like the bookshelf :)


  9. Those things definitely looked a lot better after your magical touch ♥

  10. Hey Denise! I didn't think you were rude at all-enjoyed the visit. Hope to see you again soon-Sue (your online stalker!)

  11. Love the footstool! The color of the velvet is so cheery. And no one will blame you if you keep the mirror :) Have a great weekend!

  12. Denise, hi!
    I like very much your blog and your works. I love te white too. The mirror ... sarebbe bellissimo bianco, non credi ?( scusa ma non conosco l'inglese, i'm italian!)
    Hannah is lovely!
    i follow your blog now!
    See you soon

  13. All your projects were great but I really love that mirror!

  14. Those shelves turned out adorable. And the mirror is beautiful. Love the idea of taking your daughter's pic in front of the chalkboard every year. I am sure it really shows her growth throughout the years!


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