Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oak Hall Tree

This hall tree came from a secret spot ;) and I thought it could be so cute! Craig knew right away that I would love it.  Have I told you lately that I have the most wonderful, awesome, and incredible husband that ever lived?  Well, if I haven't I am now!! :)



I used French Blue from Old Town Paints and then whitewashed it (which I rarely do).  I normally hate painting oak because the grain is so heavy and doesn't leave a nice smooth finish, BUT I really love how the white paint brought out the grain!  It's more noticeable on the sides than the front.

 I kept the original knobs because I loved the color of them with the paint color. 

 And, there's nothing like a crisp white for the inside of a piece!  It's such a clean look and begging for someone to put their pretty things in there!

 Great detailing that was lost in the wood, but not anymore!

Cute little feet...

This is one that's way better in person, but I hope you get the idea! :)

This piece will be available at my upcoming Refuge Home Decor Event on April 26th, 10-2
254 Miramar, Dr  Allouez, WI

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dresser turned Bench

I found this dresser not to long after I started painting.  I wasn't very picky then.  I knew the drawers were broken and thought it would be an easy fix. ;)  Well, I never did fix them so ended up keeping it instead of selling it.  I recently did a hutch for myself and it replaced this dresser.  I didn't want to mess with all new drawer glides so I decided to repurpose it.  

I just want you to know I have an amazing husband!  Truly, he's spectacular. :)  I told him what I wanted to do and he hauled it to the shop and got to work.  And, he's good at what he does!!  I owe him more than I can ever pay (and for more than just fixing my furniture!)

I am so stinking excited to show you this one!   

 Not the original before, but


Ahhhh--it's so adorable!!  Yes, my kids think I'm a freak! :)

The color is Covington Blue by Benjamin Moore.  I actually glazed it once and decided I liked it better before glazing so had to repaint it.  I hate when that happens, but oh well!

 I love dark knobs against a lighter color and I love how the glass in the middle helps them not look too heavy. 

You know I love a dark top and I couldn't let the opportunity to have a little contrast go, so I opted to stain the arm rails.  Love how rustic they look with the grain. 

We had to cut the legs off so it would be the right height for sitting.  And, although I was sad to cut any of them off we left the best part! :)

Seriously, loving this one so much!! 
Hope you have a great rest of the week!! 

This piece will be available at our Refuge Home Decor Event on April 26th, 10-2
254 Miramar Dr. Allouez, WI

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Antique Highboy goes Industrial

I'm really good about seeing past the ugly.  Pieces others scoff at and turn away I snatch up knowing they can be beautiful again.  Well, most of the time.  Usually when I buy a piece I have a pretty good idea what it can look like.  And, sometimes not so much.  This is when I get home and have buyers remorse, thinking, "Why in the world did I haul this thing home?!"

When I was shopping around I saw this guy.  The first thing I do is check to see if all the drawers work.  They slid beautifully and I noticed they were mahogany lined and in perfect condition (very rare for an antique).  Definitely a bonus.  BUT, I could not get past the blocky shape and lack of detail.  So, while I was standing there pondering Craig walks up and says, "Hey, I had one just like this growing up right down to the ugly handles."  Well, that sealed the deal!  This puppy was coming home with me!

In comes the previously mentioned buyer's remorse.  It sat in my garage for weeks and I worked around it.  As if putting it off would magically  make it disappear. ;)  Yesterday I knew it was time, so I pulled it to the middle of my garage and then it all came together. Love when that happens!!

I started by scuff sanding the whole thing and then giving it two coats of shellac because I hate nothing more than bleed through!  



I am still so excited!  I love this warm medium gray (it's a custom color so I can't give you a name, sorry!), the simplicity of the stripes, the brassy color of the pulls, and the wood top all together.

I opted for the stripes in keeping with the original.  These are just more modern. 

Hardware can make a piece and it's what pulled this one all together.  It was still a little blah until I put the knobs and pulls on.  
Tip: I always buy the same screws and then paint the heads to match the pull.  For these, I sprayed a puddle of Oil Rubbed Bronze on a piece of cardboard and then used a small craft brush to dab the paint on the screw heads.  Voila! :)

The grain in the top is just stunning.  I was going to paint it, but when I started sanding I knew there was no way I could cover it up!  I sanded it down to the bare wood (being careful because it's a veneer), then stained it with Java Gel from General Finishes, and gave it 3 coats of a satin poly. 
I've had questions about applying a stain gel and it really is easy peasy!
1.  Prep your surface.  Working on clean, bare wood gives the best results.
2.  I apply the gel against the grain with a chip brush.  But, you don't have to, it's just the way I do it.  You can also wipe it on with rag.  Wear gloves-it's messy!
3.  As soon as your surface is covered wipe off in the direction of the grain.  I use heavy duty shop paper towels. You do not want the stain to dry on your surface, it will be a nightmare to wipe off.  If you discover it has dried too much to wipe off easily go over it with more stain (it "rewets" it) and immediately wipe off.  Make sure all the stain is wiped off.  If your paper towel comes away fairly clean then you've done a good job! :)
4.  Let dry and then use a protective top coat to seal.

Look at him glow!  So happy to not be ugly anymore! ;)

He's spectacular!! :)

This piece will be available at my upcoming Refuge Home Decor Event on April 26th, 10-2 @ 
254 Miramar Dr, Allouez, WI

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charcoal Side Tables

Long day. Short post. 

These were pretty standard maple end tables.  They are solid and were in good condition but I decided they could be a little more chic. 



I took a FB poll and charcoal won, so charcoal it is.  I actually love it as being so cose to black but softer and just as grown up. It says tres chic!

 I can't believe it, but I didn't distress these at all.  I wanted them to look sleek and clean. 

 Love these antiqued silver knobs . 

Sorry this post is so short and blah but these are #4 and #5 this week and I am tired. :)  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ANOTHER Antique Sewing Table

I think this is the 4th antique sewing cabinet I've posted in the last two months.  I'm not sure why but all of the sudden they seem to be popping up everywhere.  
Funny story though...I was in a tiny little thrift shop and the lady asked me what I was looking for.  I told her furniture and she says, "Oh, honey!" And, then yells to her significant other, "Fred!  Take her out back!" I can't really remember his name, but you get the idea. :)  So, he tells me to follow him (and, thankfully, Craig was with me because I was a little unsure about this whole thing).  Well, behind this tiny little thrift store was a HUGE warehouse full of all kinds of "stuff" including lots of antique furniture!  You bet I was doing my little (inside) happy dance.  I was practically salivating!  We could barely walk through the building it was so jam packed full.  I'm looking around (and under) stuff and I turn to my right and see a whole stack of antique sewing machine tables!  I asked the guy about how much he would be asking for them and he says, "Oh, she's so tired of all this stuff, I'm sure she'll pretty much give it away!"  Pinch me please!!  Was I dreaming?! Nope!  Unfortunately, the truck was pretty full already and I had two more stops to make, so I picked the best one and told him I would be back for more. ;)

He said people are just throwing them away because they don't know what to do with them. 
 Lucky me!!  La-la-la love them!!

Last night I told Craig I was going to paint something purple today.  It was dark but I know the look he had on his face.  I said, "It's not really purple, it's plum (which to a man is purple), so it will be ok, right?" 
 Chirp, chirp, chirp.  No response. 
Craig doesn't like any color but black so I wasn't too put off. :)  I decided to be BRAVE and go for it!!
Plus, this piece was small so if it turns out meh then I'm not out too much. ;) 

I've posted almost 300 furniture re-dos and I still write before underneath my pics. Lol.  I'm sure by now you know it's the before! ;)


Sorry about the pics!  I had to put up a sheet behind it to cover up the ugly wall underneath it and then "iron" the sheet by airbrushing it. :)  And, it's hard to tell the color in this pic, but the one below is pretty accurate.  I love how deep and rich it is. This is one of those "you have to see it in person" pieces.

I thought this little table was looking more upscale so I chose some pretty crystal knobs for it.

The top turned out so pretty.  There's a lot of depth to the wood and I think it compliments the color nicely. 

That's three pieces in 3 days this week.  My goal is 5 pieces this week, so I'm on track so far! :)
 Hope I have enough for the show!!

By the way, I don't even think I mentioned it on here!
My first show (I'm teaming up with two other lovely ladies) is on
April 26th from 10-2 @ 254 Allouez, WI!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Black Cedar Chest

This cedar chest is such a great, solid piece and I've never seen one this tall.  

It's very rustic and due to it's blocky shape and geometric designs I decided to redo the top and paint the rest of it black.  It would be awesome in an entry way to sit on while you put your shoes on and to store extra hat, coats, mittens, etc. 

Please excuse my garage.  It has to wait until nice weather to be completed so all of our stuff is just stacked against the work bench right now.  I'm sure you could care less, but I kinda do. ;)


I never get tired of black with warm wood tones peeking through!

 It's got lots of little details that add interest.  I thought about doing this one two tone, but decided it would look too busy, so basic black it is!