All posts by southerngracetransformations

Hi Friends, I am a decorative artist specializing in painted finishes for furniture. I also finish cabinetry, walls, and decor. From the time I was 12 years old, I realized that I felt happy and at peace when I was creating something. I redesigned most everything in my room ...always wanting to add my touch to it. I work mostly from the right side of my brain :) I love writing, decorating, and of course, painting! I would paint everything if I could! It's amazing to me what paint can do to transform a piece, a wall, canvas, etc. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are blessed with two amazing children, my son Christopher whom we call Bubba; and Emily. They are 12 months apart in age; sort of Irish twins :). My priorities in life are this: (1) Jesus and Faith (2) Family -LOVE- (3) Creating Designer finishes with Paint for my business and touching the world in a positive way. I hope you join me in my day to day musings and sharing of work!

Two Tiered Table

I am sorry that I’ve lagged on posting the last couple of weeks. I have been busy with a kitchen redo, so I cannot complain. I just love the transformation of kitchen cabinets!
Here is a small two tiered table that I did. I am going to redo it again for a client to match her decor but before I prep, I’ll post the first redo 🙂








Old Pine Chest of Drawer Redo

Hi Friends,

Sorry I have not posted in a while, but thankfully with the New Year….I am busy with an influx of new jobs! Thank You, Jesus!
Below is an old vintage pine chest. I refinished the top in chestnut and a mix of espresso. It was very banged up, but that adds the the “distressed” look. The base is done in one of my favorite colors, Dove white ( made into chalk paint). Clear wax applied then dark wax to give it an antique vibe.





“Metallic Marvel” Dresser

Here is another metallic silver dresser that I just completed for a client. This dresser is Asian inspired and was in a deep mahogany like finish. After prep work, I painted black…a little trick for metallics is to paint the base coat in black flat. Then I painted in my new favorite Modern Masters, silver shimmer. My client wanted it to look aged and classic. I chose to shade (glaze) in copper penny bronze. The bronze complimented the original hardware nicely. Usually I seal in polycrylic satin, but for this piece I decided to go with a semi gloss. I absolutely loved the result. I hope you enjoy this transformation.





Christmas DiY (gift) Jewelry Holder

Every year for Christmas, my family plays the gift swapping game “dirty Santa”. The gifts range from practical to prank because we plus a few little treasure to entice some “steals”. For one of the gifts, I made this up-cycled, repurposed jewelry frame organizer. It was very easy and you can make it a number of ways. I chose wire for the backing to hang necklaces, but you can do chicken wire, burlap, cork board… retro fabric, etc.


French Inspired Accent Table

I created the design for this accent table over a year ago. It’s still one of my favorites that I did for a client. It was originally a deep brown finish with a flat top. I painted and distressed the base of the table. Then for the top I heavily textured it with plaster, and added crackle finish. I stenciled the top with the French design then added gold accents to the lettering. I distressed the lettering, then glazed and sealed with polycrylic. Voila!



Directional Sign

A client requested I make a directional sign that held all of the places they’ve lived. At the top I out a sign “established” to show their wedding date. It was made with 1×4″s fasted together and cut into arrows. The signs were then hand-painted and distressed for a weathered look. To finish, they are fastened to a stake….in her case, because of the many places the stake is 8′. This will also allow room for her to plant it in the ground. I made her two blank arrows for future destinations (not shown).