Guest Judge: Cassie Bustamante

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our guest judge for the week,

Cassie Bustamante

from Primitive and Proper.

We’re thrilled that Cassie is joining us for the Summertime Ideas Challenge.  Cassie is an experienced DIYer with an eye for bargains.  She’s very talented when it comes to refinishing and repurposing vintage furniture pieces.  So talented, in fact, that she turned her hobby into a successful business:  Primitive and Proper LLC.

Here’s a little more about Cassie, in her own words:

I am a 32 year old mother of 2- a boy and a girl! I love to decorate… and redecorate….. and then redecorate again! I like all things pretty, prefer a mix of modern and vintage as long as they work together to create and inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Everything I do is on a very limited budget, because I can’t afford it, and even if I could why would I spend egads of money on things I know I can do for less!

If you are lucky enough to live near Cassie, then you might be able to see her and her furniture at a local antique show or craft fair, like the Luckett’s Spring Market this weekend.  Looking at all of Cassie’s beautiful pieces out in the sunshine is enough to make us wish we’d been there!

(You can read some great tips from Cassie about buying and selling at antique shows, here.)

We adore the gorgeous, summery colors Cassie uses to give furniture new life.  Just look at this desk–chevron!

How about this happy, green dresser?

We might have to sneak by Cassie’s house at midnight and take this gorgeous table away.  Would you believe that tabletop used to be a shutter?

Furniture isn’t all that you’ll find over at Primitive and Proper.  Cassie blogs about many of her craft projects, home decor, and DIY experiences.  You’ll discover lots of great ideas, like this adorable garden tea party that Cassie created for her daughter’s birthday.

Or, check out Cassie’s take on the pennant banner–hers is made of vintage linen napkins.  Gorgeous!

Scroll through Cassies’ home tour, and you’ll find all kinds of inspiration.  This chalkboard wall in the kitchen is too, too fun!

And raise your hand if you want Cassie’s craft room….

Stop by Primitive and Proper this week and get to know Cassie a little better, if you haven’t already.  And don’t forget to have your Summer Ideas ready for our weekly challenge…the linkup begins Wednesday at midnight (EST) and will end Friday at noon.  Cassie is just as excited to see your entries as we are!

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