Blog Posts - Before And Afters



a grain bin turned coffee table

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn’t work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Dec 8, 2016

my new creative workspace

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven’t picked through each bi...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Dec 7, 2016

Tips For Staining A Fence

We’ve been in our home for just about 2 years and every year we pick one BIG project to tackle. Last year was our yard and this year we chose to put in our fence! With three little kids and a dog, we’ve been very anxious to keep them cont...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Jul 28, 2016

6 Down 6 To Go

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  I absolutely love seeing the excitement through the eyes of the kids. Seeing the sky light up with sparkles and eating cupcakes past bedtime. It’s so much fun. I feel like July 4th is when our summer real...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Jul 5, 2016

Little Girl Closet Makeover

Disclosure: I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.  I can’t believe it’s already been a few months since I revealed our daughter’s big girl roo...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Jun 6, 2016

DIY AC Unit Cover

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with True Value. I don’t know about you, but I think the outside of your home is just as important as the inside. I’m talking about curb appeal. I feel like I’m still trying to get the insid...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Jun 1, 2016

Rustic Office Mini Reveal

Eeek! You know that feeling you get when a space turns out exactly the way you envisioned it?! Ahhh I’m SO excited! Just about 6 weeks ago, I started decorating my husband’s office. I was hoping to complete the entire makeover in 6 week...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on May 16, 2016

milk-painted wash stand

I was done buying furniture, but my friend Traer offered this old wash stand to me at such a great price that I couldn’t refuse.  It’s sort of like fitting in dessert after a big dinner.  It’s just a little piece of furniture, so...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 29, 2016

the antique display case makeover

A large part of finding “good stuff” at antique stores and junk shops, is taking the time to really look through each booth and, in some cases, to dig around.  I know when I hit antique stores that I will usually end up needing a good h...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 28, 2016

cleaning cart turned garden cart

Before I get into today’s post, I am so excited to share that I will be a speaker at The Sage Farm Antiques Autumn Spectacular in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 7-9, 2016. You can get more details on the Sage Farm Antiques event’s page...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 22, 2016

IKEA HACK: DIY Faux Metal Dresser

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with DecoArt. I assure you all opinions are 100% my own! Last week was all about the reveal of my daughter’s whimsical girl room and and now we are moving into all things masculine and industrial. The ne...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Apr 20, 2016

the garde manger (aka pie safe)

When it comes to paint, sometimes I just can’t help myself.  Something comes into my possession and I just know it will look better painted.  I think it’s partly because I’m a paint enthusiast, but partly because the designer in...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 18, 2016

“lebensmittel” & the man-made shelf

I find my furniture-loving eye lately enjoying more primitive and humble pieces than I did even just a year ago.  There was a time that anything curvy and flouncy stopped me in my tracks, but now I love more simple lines and looks that are a bit mor...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 17, 2016

grain sack dresser

Again!  I don’t have a before picture for this piece.  I am sure now that I took before pictures of a few pieces and then deleted them in my enthusiasm to keep my camera card uncluttered.  That’s what I get for trying to be organized!
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 13, 2016

the boxwood dresser

There’s been a lot of white going on in the Mustard Seed Studio these days.  But, I think you do need some color to balance out whites, so I’m adding in some greens and blues in small doses. I decided to do one dresser in a bold green &#...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 12, 2016

Trash To Treasure: Painting Upholstery

Hi friends! Happy Monday! If you are visiting from Home Stories A to Z, welcome! I’m participating in Beth’s Thrifty Under Fifty Challenge and I’m really excited about today’s project. I finally tackled a project I’ve...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Apr 11, 2016

One Room Challenge – Our Office Makeover

There is one thing you should know about me. I love a challenge. I love the adrenaline rush and the feeling of pushing myself to new limits, especially when it comes to something I’m passionate about. I’ve followed Calling It Home’s...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Apr 7, 2016

the pink wardrobe gets a makeover…

Sometimes I wonder what possesses me to buy a piece of furniture!  I see it on craigslist, usually late at night, and it seems like a good idea at the time, but then my dad delivers it to the studio and I realize I was, shall we say…optimistic...
by Miss Mustard Seed on Apr 6, 2016

Industrial Bathroom Decor

Two new spaces two days in a row!? Yes, it’s happening. Up until this point I haven’t done anything with our guest bathroom downstairs. The tile work in our shower is gorgeous so that has always been the main focal point (more on that lat...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Apr 5, 2016

Sawhorse Console Table Entry Way Display

There are actually many areas of our home I haven’t shared yet on the blog. I’m learning that it takes time to make a house a home and I’m enjoying the process, even if it’s a little slow at times! Sooo are you ready to see a...
by Design, Dining + Diapers on Apr 4, 2016


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