September 17, 2011

Sewing Cabinet to Swanky Nightstands : Before and After

I have to admit, furniture transformations are one of my favorite things. I love picking up sad little pieces and turning them into something amazing, or at least amazing to me. The master bedroom in current home is much larger than our old bedroom, and I was really having a tough time finding nightstands or chests to accurately fit the scale. Let me backtrack, I could find them, but I could not afford them 🙂 I came across these two ugly sewing cabinets which were intended to hold patterns, even with an industrial lock on the exterior. Ben, the hubs, absolutely thought I had lost it when I came home with a pair of these.


I headed up to Home Depot and got the only can of oil based “oops” paint they had, which happened to be this gorgeous seal grey. I had been dreaming of Carrie’s dresser from SATC2 and thought this would be my attempt at something similar. I always have black and white paint laying around, so as soon as the grey was dry, I started taping.

A couple of hours later, and one trip to Elliott’s (The worlds best hardware store). We had a pair of these flanking our bed. I absolutely love how they turned out and especially love the storage!

Do you have a favorite project or transformation that would inspire other readers? Email us pics at We’d love to showcase your work!


September 12, 2011

Pair of Moroccan Mirrors $465

Perfect condition. I am sooo tempted to keep these. In freaking love.

47 Tall 20 Wide

September 12, 2011

Natural Bamboo Mirror $215

Perfect condition. 41 Tall 31 Wide, can be hung either way.


September 12, 2011

Bamboo Oval Mirror $185

Seriously. Paint me white. Or paint me salmon. Or paint me kelly green. Or paint me gold. Just paint me. 48 tall 30 wide 

September 12, 2011

Campaign 3 Drawer Chest of Drawers $195

So freakin cute.

30 Tall 30 Wide 19 deep

September 12, 2011

Lucite Barrel Chair $195

The lucite is not in perfect condition, but is in “good condition” and frankly, the shape is so fantastic that it really doesnt even matter 🙂 


September 12, 2011

Mid Century Drexel Bar with Extension Leaves and Brass Hardware $195

Doesnt get much cooler than this. This piece is the perfect size for a wet bar, and would look so sharp painted a crisp white. 40 Wide, 32 Tall, 19 Deep

September 12, 2011

Chinese Chippendale Indoor/ Outdoor Dining Set $495

It just does not get any better than this. I would hit this with a fresh coat of white gloss spray paint, but its in really good shape. The seats are iron caning.

September 12, 2011

Vintage Double X Base Table with Extender Leaves $245

The paint is in rough shape on this guy, and I am not such a fan of the “shabby” look. However, there is something about this guy that I love. I actually like the vintage patina and distressed black outline. How swanky would this guy look painted though too? Decisions.. 30″ Tall, 40 wide with leaves down, 62 wide with leaves up, and 20 deep 😉

September 7, 2011


Welcome to the Gypsy Soul Interiors website! I am so thankful to all of  you for our success this past year. I could never have dreamed that we would be here today, and will hopefully continue to grow in the future. This website will be equal parts design blog and vintage furniture marketplace. I am so lucky to have Ann Jane Cox contributing as both a designer for Gypsy Soul Interiors as well as a blogger. Ann Jane is one of those people that is talented at anything she touches. Many of you know her from her years as co-owner of Romper Runway here in Dallas. Ann Jane and I became fast friends several years ago when she contacted me to help decorate her home. The second I walked into her home I realized Ann Jane was also a crazy person. Her house was beyond perfect and made me realize I could learn a lot from her design expertise. We have such a mutual admiration for each others style. Our interior aesthetics are very similar and yet different enough to compliment each other. Ann Jane’s eloquent Southern charm, keen design eye, and knack for wordsmithing make her such an asset to Gypsy Soul Interiors. I can tell you that you will absolutely know her blog posts from mine. I have always been an artist and a math nerd, not a writer 🙂

My talent lies more in digging for treasures and styling homes using an eclectic mix of found pieces. I love showing all of you the amazing things you can do with vintage finds on a budget. I am a “quasi”  stay at home mom who is married to a complete penny pincher so I have to be creative. I also love the rush that comes from decorating using a piece from Salvation Army right next to a piece from Horchow (Finale, of course)! I will continue to update the website as new pieces come in. Many of you follow me on Facebook and know I post as soon as I get new items. If you see something you want, you can email me at  I will hold items for 24 hours, and if you decide to purchase, you will have 24 hours to set up payment arrangements. I will also be blogging weekly, and would love to hear any blog topic requests you may have.
Ann Jane and I are both offering decorating services. Our services begin as simple as an hour long consultation to put you on the right track with your space, to full service design. Feel free to contact us to discuss your needs. Stay tuned, we will also be offering a “launch special” in the next week with a significantly discounted hour long consultation rate! Space will be limited for the promotion.
Obviously, this website is new and we will likely be working out the glitches for a while. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for the site, and bear with us until we get used to this new platform. Most of all, thanks for reading and thank you for being such great customers.
Kristen Dowd
Gypsy Soul Interiors – Owner