I also painted an antique desk I bought off of CraigsList for $25 (remember to remove the drawers first when painting desks/dressers) and my parents’ old Crate & Barrel chair. I think Rachel Ashwell would be proud.

(I found those conch shells on the floor of the ocean in the Cayman Islands on my first scuba diving trip, when I was twelve years old. I think it’s illegal to take them back to the US now, but back then you could pay a duty for each shell you brought home. They’ve gotten sun-faded over the years, but are still some of my favorite decorative pieces.)

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