Friday, 23 September 2016

Little End Table



This is one sturdy little side table. Soft linen colour with black legs.
 
$75.
 



Vintage Sidetable for Crafts, Kitchen or Sewing Room

 
Winter is coming and I have to clear out my studio. This little table is 44 inches wide, and 20 inches deep.
 
 
The body of the table is painted in a vintage green/blue with a white interior. The table has been sanded, painted, sanded and finished with a top coat (or two) of satin finish varathane for strength.
 
 
 
The drawer was in pretty rough shape so I just covered it with old magazine adds from the 1940s. My how some things have changed, and some not so much!
 
$125.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Updated Secretary Desk


This is another example of "poor man's oak" finish.  This delicate secretary desk is made from a variety of woods but was finished with a painted oak finish for a uniform look.






The hardware had to be replaced as it wasn't giving any support when the front was lowered to use as a desk.


Sanding, sanding and more sanding!


I painted the details of the secretary in a dark blue knowing that the darker colour would "show through" with a light sanding.


The hardware has been replaced including the side hinge, lock and key. I purchased the lock and key from a vintage hardware supplier.  It really is an exact duplicate of the original lock and key. It  does look original to the desk.


I softly distressed the overlay


The front of drawer was just too bland, so we added a wooden overlay. 
It really pops with the dark blue undercoat.


The desk is 52 1/2 inches tall with a width of 30 1/4 inches .  It is 10 1/2 inches wide from back to front. I did paint the letterbox white but have not reinstalled. 

$250.  

Shabby Chic Chalkboard

This antique frame is finished in a warm yellow, softly distressed to show off the wood overlay.




The chalkboard measures 24 inches tall and 32 1/2 inches wide.  I am pretty sure that at one time this was mirror frame, so it is well built and heavy.



Closeup of the detailing on the bottom of the frame.



We added a small chalk tray so you can always find that chalk!

$75.00

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Summer project

Have had a summer of working in the garden, relaxing and visiting. It has been way too hot to be sanding, refinishing and painting furniture. I did a screen painting for my front porch though!



I have started work on a veranda bench made from an old bed frame. Photos to follow.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Five Drawer Dresser-$130.

I wish I could find more of these dressers.  They are fun to paint and never stay in the studio for a very long time.  I just love the pink and black combination.  I really should look into buying some blue paint; pink really is gender specific.


This is a before photo. As you can see, I had already started sanding when I remembered to TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!





Pretty isn't it?


The minute I see those extra design details I start thinking about using more than one colour.  I sand the hardware prior to painting and run it through the dishwasher to be extra sure the spray paint will adhere.


I use wallpaper as a drawer liner. 


The secret to a smooth finish is sanding, sanding & more sanding.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Vintage "Waterfall" Vanity and Bench $250.

 I found some fabric for this vintage vanity's bench.
It has the soft green/blue from the vanity and some pink to match the handles.  I little bit funky and fun.

The last photo shows a "truer" colour.











I haven't finished this little vanity yet but thought I would post a picture of it. I think that it is sooo cute.  I have one more coat of varathane to apply and have to find material for the bench. I am in search of a vintage style fabric...



I painted this vanity ages ago and just didn't like it.  It is a warm white, that I shaded with brown stain for an antique look.  I have always loved the brass/pink handles. 
I am painting a cupboard with this vintage green mint and looked over my shoulder at this vanity and thought......

It looks wonderful.  I cannot wait to find the perfect material for the bench.  The search is on.