About Me

Hi!  I’m Allison and I run this lovely little blog, The Golden Sycamore!  Thanks for taking time to check out my blog and meet me. 

I am a wife, mom, lover of all things interior design, Instagram addict, and most importantly a child of God.  I started this blog to share my furniture transformations and home updates.  I mainly use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint while refinishing furniture and accessories and absolutely love them both!  I am having so much fun learning as I paint each piece.  Every piece teaches me something new.  Sometimes about painting…sometimes about myself!

My husband, two daughters, and I live in Metro Detroit.  My husband and I have moved a few times since getting married and we really feel like we belong here…for now anyway!  When we moved here two years ago, we bought a 1950s ranch track house that needed some updating.  My husband actually had to convince me to buy it.  I wasn’t too sure about all the updating it needed, but he was certain it was the one.  I finally agreed and am so happy I did.  We’ve been working on it ever since we moved in and we’ve really enjoyed watching the house transform into a home we can call our own.  Check out my home tour to see some befores and afters.

I have always had a love for all things interior design.  I went to community college for interior design for a year, but never finished because I wasn’t sure it was really what I wanted to do at the time.  After that I got into photography and started selling my prints and notecards.  I was into that for awhile, but that kind of fizzled out when I had my daughter.  Then, within the last few years, I really started feeling drawn to painted furniture while surfing Pinterest and other furniture refinishing blogs.  I thought maybe it was something I could do that would be fun and give me a hobby.  Soon I realized that God was using my previous experiences to point me toward that moment in my life the whole time.  I use my interior design knowledge and interest while refinishing pieces and staging photos.  And I use my photography skills when I take pictures of my finished pieces.  I never thought this is where God would lead me in life, but I’m so excited about it and love this crazy ride I’m on!

Why “The Golden Sycamore”, you ask?  Well, it has a bit of sentimental value, actually.  The “golden” comes from the Beatles song “Golden Slumbers”, which I grew up listening to (thanks Dad!) and have loved for years!  “Sycamore” comes from a sycamore tree my grandma had in her yard.  I remember my brother and I raking those huge leaves for her in the fall!  She never had a ton of money, but would always give us some change for helping her out.  My grandma passed away a few years ago and I miss her every day.  Partially naming my blog to remember her seemed fitting to me since she meant so much to me!

Thanks again for stopping by.  Please feel free browse around my blog and be sure to contact me with any questions or comments!

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  1. Hi Allison,

    I have a question…I also like to “fix up” old furniture. I noticed you are able to ship your pieces. How do you ship them? I would like to be able to ship my pieces as well, but everything I have researched seems expensive & a hassle. Love your pieces! You have a great eye. Good luck in your ventures. Hope to hear from you soon.


  2. Hey Allison!! Just wanted you to know I added your button to my sidebar….hope that’s ok with you!!! Have a good one!

  3. Hi Allison,

    I just read your review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Thanks so much for sharing. Very helpful information.

    My question is – I have 3 chairs that are currently red and I want to paint them white with the chalk paint. I am worried that the red will come through when I distress the chalk paint. Do I need to sand and get ride of the red all together to make sure I do not see any red? It seems that what ever color you start with is the color that will show after it is chalk painted at the distressed areas, is that right?

    We where just in Michigan last week. I grew up there but now live in Florida.

    Thanks for your help!

    Julie Barnett

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Hi Julie! You’re right. Whatever color you start with is the color that will show through when you distress. You’ll have to sand them down if you just want wood to show through when you distress. To make it easier, you could just sand the spots that you will want to distress. However, then you’ll have to remember those exact areas after you paint, so it might not be worth the short cut!
      Best wishes!

      • I haven’t tried this but have read about Vaseline distressing. If you sanded down your spots, couldn’t you put Vaseline on them, then paint your piece. After it dries, wipe away the paint that is on the Vaseline? I’d love to know if that works!

        • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

          Absolutely! I actually just tried this for the first time the other day and it worked great! Definitely give it a try!

  4. Hey from your newest follower on pinterest, google+, facebook, and twitter! I am from Howell, so we are Michigander sisters! Like I said over on your post at Art is Beauty, stop by my linky party and link up some of your wonderful projects! I too am an annie sloan nut! See you soon! (Here is the link to the party by the way) – http://wonderfulathome.blogspot.com/2013/08/wonderful-wednesdays-linky-party.html

  5. Jennifer Finnerty says:

    Hi Allison, I just read your story and it sounds alot like mine, started school in interior design didnt finish, but love doing my house, and helping friends who want help. I have been using Annie Sloan paint and am loving everything that I have done. I havent mixed any of my own colors yet, but maybe that will come soon when I have the right piece. I will keep watching your blog. Look forward to seeing more of your post.

  6. Hi Allison!!
    New follower here via email and Facebook! Love your blog! How fun you live in Michigan! I live in the Flint/Burton area! :) I love meeting fellow Michigan bloggers. Love your work.

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

  7. Hi Allison! I have been doing some blog-perusing tonight and am so delighted I came across yours! I just wanted to say a “keep up the great work” and how much I love the little story behind the name of your blog. What a wonderful memory to cling to! I trust the Lord will continue to bless your endeavors of creativity mixed with mommy-ing. :) I know how a challenge it can be (I have 3 boys and am homeschooling). Also, just wanted to pass on a great resource/new book that is out called FURNITURE MAKEOVERS by BARB BLAIR. She wrote about her varied techniques of painting furniture and your style kind of reminds me of hers. Best wishes…and blessings. Erin.

  8. I’m new to, but really in love with these paint finishes. Could you comment on the advantages of chalk paint vs. milk paint?

    Thanks! KarenIla

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Oh my! That would take a whole post! :) I will have to write that some day! I use both Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and love them both for different reasons.

  9. Hi Allison! I am a newbie blogger at mycreativedays.com who just found your site! It is so cute! I love all the inspiration! I am still learning so much and want to grow my site (there is so much to learn!!!!) and looking at blogs like yours is so helpful!

  10. Love ASCP …. Where do you purchase?

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

      Hi Jane! I’m in Michigan and purchase my paint in Holly, Lowell, or Holland, depending on where is more convenient for me at the time. If you want to find a retailer near you, you can click on this link and just put in your location – http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/retailers
      Hope that helps! :)

  11. Allison,

    I stumbled across your website here and immediately was intrigued and educated about exactly what I was looking for. Your projects are stunning and I am already hooked. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    Bill @ TWL

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