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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A French One

I love these curvy French Provincial pieces.   These were abundant in the 1970’s and still pop up in stores from time to time.


They are so easy to work on because they almost never need any repairs.    Just clean and paint.


They always have fancy pulls.

Hutch bottom

I decided to do two colors on this one.  White & blue.

Hutch TOP

I used to tape pieces when working with more than one color but now I prefer to take them apart, paint, then put them back together.  So I took the back off on this one.  I’m a messy painter so that works best for me.


Here it is ready for the shop.   Or so I thought.  My oldest daughter is getting a new place later this month and she has claimed it for her spare bedroom.  There certainly are advantages to having a mom who ‘collects’ furniture!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

That Darn Cat!

I have a constant companion.  His name is Smudgie and he often appears out of nowhere! 

Often in my before & after pictures.

Stalker cat 1

He’s never been a picture within a picture before though!

Stalker cat

Now you see him.

Stalker cat BEF_thumb[5]

Now you don’t!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Junking without a Plan… aka Freestyling


So last Saturday’s unplanned junking went well.  It always works well when you have no plan.  No disappointment!

726 Haul

This was it!

0726 Mirror

Anyone know what that red handled kitchen tool might be?  There was also a nice oak mirror in excellent condition.  I didn’t even notice the tag on the back until I got it home.

726 Oak Mirror label 

‘Arts & Crafts” period.  Cool.

726 Wallpaper it

A very cool vintage wallpapering kit with instructions.

0726 Hat

A vintage …. and probably close to antique hat that seems like it is from the style of the 1920’s!  Navy blue taffeta.  Dusty but so sweet!

070 silverware

Silverware!  My weakness!  At very least, I am keeping the 8 piece knife set.

070 silverware 2

An old bell….a mother of pearl spoon with engravings.

All in all a good junking day!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fabric Love!


My love for fabric started in high school when I took sewing in ‘home ec’ (I know – I’m dating myself!).  It’s not only the colors and patterns but the feel.  A piece of lace may look beautiful but when I touch it, if it’s ‘crunchy’, it just won’t cut it.  It needs to be soft and supple.

That brings me to my latest project.

wicker bench BEF

I was thinking about throwing this out because it was rather sad looking but decided that since it was such a small project, I’d give it a whirl.   It’s a useful piece because the top opens an I keep slippers and flip flops in it.

First I painted it white (no pics) and then I went fabric hunting.

wicker bench FABRIC

Success!  Only $6.98 a yard on the clearance table!  The pattern is called ‘Latika’ by Echo.  It’s nice and soft and has some weight to it.

Now the white paint wasn’t working.  So I dry brushed over the white with gray.

wicker bench PAINTI think we all know the power of paint.  We can transform just about anything!

wicker bench 2


wicker bench 3

With about a 1/2 hour of effort, I’m glad I didn’t get rid of it.   It’s a keeper!