St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Turning a worn out antique into a show stopping headboard

I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to try out Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint on some pieces that I picked up from auction. Well, today was the day that I really rolled up my sleeve to get the bigger pieces done. All in all, I've now refinished one table, one windsor chair, and two headboards. The total that I spent on these items at auction was less than $200. Here are some sneak peeks at the finished products.... 
headboard refinished with milk paint
I will be using these in an upcoming stage for the Andy Reynolds Homes model in Hunters Creek, a community in St Johns County that I'll be listing.The look is decidedly country coastal and all of these pieces will likely make their way into that home, spread throughout. 
milk paint on home staging furniture
Be sure to check out my other photos on my Coastal Decorating blog to view the before photos, final finished pieces, and learn how I achieved this look.


 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 7 commentsMelissa Marro • November 24 2012 03:44PM


Melissa.. always great to find treasures.. and more fun is the transformation of the pieces you find... Enjoy.. 

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 6 years ago

Janis - yes! I'm already looking forward to the next auction.

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 6 years ago

Very nice Janis, some people just have an eye for antiques. It scares me I cannot tell the difference between the real thing and replicas for the most part

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 6 years ago

Melissa - Wow, you have so many talents.  Super job.  You know how to turn drab to fab.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Hi Melissa, I know how talented you are I just don't know what you eat for breakfast to give you so much energy to get it all done!  It's going to look fabulous in the staging job coming up.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 6 years ago

Joyce - I can't either. That's why I buy cheap stuff to makeover. 

Debbie - Thank you!

Michelle - lol, thank you. I actually almost never eat breakfast, and without my assistant I probably wouldn't eat lunch either. As it is I often don't eat until 4pm. My daughter complains that sometimes I forget to eat dinner too. Oh I cook it, but eating it, unless we are sitting at the table, is often a different story.

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 6 years ago
I love your style... and your milk paint choice Melissa! And I especially love getting good deals at auctions and thrift stores ;)
Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 6 years ago

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