Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Beastly Piece – The Toile Hutch

Sometimes I wonder what possess me to pick up pieces like this..
04 Black Hutch
It was missing glass, full of worm holes, and lots of nooks and crannies to cover up that black paint.  Translation…a ton of work!

04 Toile Hutch
After many hours, this is the end result.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Itty Bitty Footstool

I haven’t posted in ions…not because I haven’t done any projects but more that life got in the way.  I find if I don’t keep up on the posts, backtracking can be a humongous task.  So I’ll start with the here and now and see if I can catch up.

Footstool BEF
This little icky’ish stool came into my life about 2 weeks ago.  I try to deal with small projects as quickly as I can.  So I did.

Popped the tacks and stripped the vinyl.  The foam underneath was pristine because the vinyl had protected it so I reused it and  painted the frame.
Footstool AFT
The corners were a little awkward so I used some Mother of Pearl buttons to fill in the blank spaces.

Footstool AFT 2
Not a work of art but better than it was!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pretty in Toile

I’m not sure what this was originally meant to be.  It looked like it had been a dresser with the top drawers chopped off and then the dresser top was attached to the bottom drawer.  I’m not sure but I saw it as a coffee table.

09 Dresser coffee table BEF

09 Dresser coffee table PULLS

A little love and a little paint works wonders!

09 Dresser coffee table TOP

Added a little toile wallpaper and protective glass top.

09 Dresser coffee table GLASS

Now I just need to decide on the pulls…hmmmm…  It’s a keeper….for now!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I love red!  It’s one of, if not my very favorite color.  So when I picked up this sad little beauty it just screamed red.
10 Oak dresser DUR
This is one of those very rare times when the piece was taken out of the car and was being attacked in the driveway before it made it into the garage.  The translation of that would be that there were too many pieces in the garage so  I better ‘ git er done!”.
Sanded, repaired and almost ready for paint.10 Oak dresser
10 Oak dresser BEF 1
The finish on the top was so old that it came off pretty easily.  Perfect for staining.
10 Oak dresser BEF
The pulls & keyholes on the 2 lower drawers are original to the piece.   They were soaked and then sanded.  The top drawers got new hardware and I kind of liked the black pulls for contrast.

10 Oak dresser AFT 3
I love how the wood grain peeks through in the bright sunlight.
10 Oak dresser AFT 2
It hard to tell because of the sunlight but the top was stained a dark walnut.  I love the contrast against the red.
10 Oak dresser AFT
In just over a week this has made it’s way to the shop.  Next!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Deco Style

Some people love it.  Some people hate it.  I usually like deco style. 

Deco Nightstands BEF

I thought these were pretty so I took them home and gave them a little TLC.

Deco Niughtstands CLOSE

Grey & white paint.  A little white spray paint on the handles then highlighted with silver wax.

Deco Nightstands

Good to go!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What To Do When It’s Already White


I use white paint A LOT!  Not because it’s the only one that I like but because it can fit into so many color schemes.  That’s important when you sell furniture…mass appeal’ish.  I love doing Flow Blue and other gorgeous colors and I would like to do them more often but I always need white in my booth.   They’re just more likely to sell.

So why is it that when I finally get a piece that is white I feel inclined to paint it something other than white? 

Blue grey dresser BEF

Once I stripped the top,  I just wasn’t ‘feeling’ it.  So it sat in the garage over the winter until inspiration hit.

Blue grey dresser

I thought Paris Grey & Louis Blue (ASCP) were in order.

Blue grey dresser AFTER

Then Miss Mustard Seed’s White wax to tone it down.  I was loving the look and even decided to keep the original wood knobs.

Blue grey dresser AFTER close

A little German Silver wax and it was good to go!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Old Sugar Chest

While visiting a friend a few days ago she showed me some things she was working on and upcoming projects.   She showed me this wonderful old sugar chest and asked what I thought she should do to it?  Nothing!  Do NOT do a thing!
Sugar chest 2
I offered to take it home and wash it up and put it in my shop.  “Really?” she said.  “Yes.  Let’s see what happens.” I said.  So I took it home and washed the sugar bin part.
Sugar chest 4
Sugar chest 5
Sugar chest 8
The naturally worn patina is gorgeous!
Sugar chest 3
Sugar chest 7
It’s headed for the shop.