Meet the girls


    Mak and Jill have been friends since seventh grade. They both were lucky to have creative mamas who encouraged their artistic sides. 

  They have 45 years experience between the two of them upcycling furniture, creating works of art, styling and interior design. They have a beautiful store "The Abode" - located on Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente, where you can find their upcycled furniture, unique finds, and so much more.

They are stockists of Chalk Paint® decorative paint and offer furniture painting workshops, teaching others what they have learned over a lifetime.






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Bed Turned Bench Twin Sister


Here she is!  The quieter, more laid back sister of "Bed Turned Bench".  




There are the twins before:






















And here is the first bench, during.  She was given a slatted seat, made out of scrap wood.


But her sister was given a solid seat, so she could be hinged, and supply some storage!  Because we can all use more storage, right!?  Right!!


She got the shabby chic treatment with some Annie Sloan Old White, some distressing, and a coat of clear wax.  Per Rick, the buyer, who loves some shabby chic!


And here they are together.....

So which is your favorite?



Shabby Shabby's Big Sister


A while back I painted a dresser in a shabby chic style, and named her Shabby Shabby.  


I wasn't sure I loved Shabby Shabby.  My hubby hubby was the instigator for that piece.  He likes things with a ton of distressing and character.  I like distressed, and I certainly like character.  So I did that piece for him.  And he loved it.  And lots of other people loved it!  Which kinda made me love it.  


It got pinned a ton on pinterest - more so than any other piece I've done.  So now I love it even more.


So here is Shabby Shabby's big sister.  The better looking sister if you ask me.


Again, she is heavily distressed.  But not quite as heavily.  I left more big areas of the white paint in tact on the body.  But I still went pretty crazy with the electric sander.




















Yum.  Did you notice her beautiful bowed front?  And that nice carved detail under the top drawers?  She is mighty pretty!

And I LOVE the color of her drawers.  I did a custom piece for someone in this color and loved it, so I used up the extra on this.  It's a mix of Annie Sloan's Florence, Napoleonic Blue and Provence.  I dry brushed some plain old Provence on there too, to add the beachy white washed look.


I decided to white wash the hardware on her also.  I just brushed on some old white, let it sit a bit, till it was almost dry, then wiped off the high spots with a wet cloth.





















And she was finished with a coat of clear wax.  

Incredibly easy, and quite lovely if I do so say myself!






















The end!


Quirky Shopping - Featured in this month's Sunset Magazine!

Check out "One Perfect Day in San Clemente, CA" in the current issue of Sunset Magazine!!

La Casa Verde is a co-op specializing in high quality vintage, used, reconditioned and enhanced furniture, home and garden accessories, art, crafts and vintage and hand made jewelry and accessories.


You can find MaK and Jill's latest furnishings, trappings & paraphernalia at La Casa Verde de Granada.

  The store is open every day. Mon - Sat 10 - 6, Sun 10 - 5. We're at the store every Wednesday, stop by, we'd love to see you.   


Enjoy a fun, creative afternoon with us!

Chalk Paint Workshops


The Annie Sloan Techniques

Sunday, July 31st 

Enjoy an afternoon at La Casa Verde de Granada in San Clemente, learning 4 different painting techniques using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes. This incredible paint allows you to easily create inexpensive effects that look like a million dollars, on virtually any surface with virtually no prep work.  This is a great course for the professional or the novice.




All workshops include materials needed for the class.  Additional materials can be purchased so you can go home and finish all your projects!

Wear your paint clothes and be ready...this is the paint you've been waiting for!

Registration required
. Please register online at or call Jill at 949-412-4499.  

4 Chalk Paint Techniques include:
Two Color
Lime Wash
 All supplies provided
Includes snack