Thursday, August 4, 2011

It Doesn’t Happen Often….but…

As a matter of fact, it NEVER happens.  I pick up pieces of furniture based on features that I like.   A few of the things that I look for are notched drawers (an absolute must!), nice curves or interesting shapes.  That said, it usually means that I like (or love) the things that I pick up.

Provincial Side Table
Love, love, love the handles.   So very, very 70’ish.  They make me think of the Cookie Monster - all splayed and shoving cookies in his mouth.

Then begins the work.  Hauling, sanding, painting, ‘bejeweling’ (hardware is an issue more often than not – often missing or broken), and then waxing…..but not this time!
Provincial Side Table AFTER
Here it is painted (Valspar ‘Baby Blue’) with chippy, glossy white handles tagged and ‘installed’ in the shop.  I love the easy ones!  Cute, right?

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Funny Happened on the Way to the Shop…..

I am really, really, really trying to not stockpile furniture.  I’m trying my darnedest to fix and flip as quickly as possible. 

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Lane cedar chest with nice curvy legs at an estate sale.  The price was higher than I normally pay but it was in mint condition.  So I carted it home.  Hubby and a couple of neighbors were talking in the driveway when I got home so they took it out of the car for me.   (Bonus!  I usually haul my treasures by myself - by whatever means necessary!)   They then proceeded to “Ohhhh” and “Ahhhh” about the excellent quality, condition, yada yada.  I promptly advised them that although it was in perfect condition, it wouldn’t look that way for long.

I was so into redoing this that I jumped right in…

Lane Cedar chests BEFORE 2
….so much so that I forgot a proper before picture….but you get the idea.

Once it was painted, I was smitten!

Lane Cedar chests AFTER 2

Lane Cedar chests AFTER 3

Lane Cedar chests AFTER
For the first time ever, I upcycled a piece of furniture and actually kept it for myself!   Mine...all mine!   I've been living with the same furniture forever and I think it's about time I updated my abode!   I may just have started a trend!  Hmmm...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The French Chair

After a little spa time…….
@ Bernat Antiques
Rattan chair AFTER
Here it is all exfoliated, moisturized and wearing new duds.  Oh the powers of paint!   And a little elbow grease!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Getting Back in the Groove

Once upon a time I had the time for 2 blogs.  One for my outdoor / gardening life.  The other for my love of up-cycling vintage finds.  Then "it" all hit the proverbial fan!  It's not that I quit it all.  Au contraire mes amis.  One shop moved and I flew by the seat of my pants and decided to take on a huge space (approx 20 x 10 - which may seem small in the grand scheme of life but when you have to foof and re-fluff regularly.....another story) and before the dust had settled from that, I was smack dab in the middle of opening a second space.   Oy vey!