Friday, 13 December 2013

Upholstered Chair

Before and After Photos

Upholstered Chair
Refinished Chair

When I bought this chair the springs were hanging out from the bottom.  The fabric was old, worn and very boring! 
What a beauty.  $50.00

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Ready for Christmas

I found these two Santas in a second hand shop and could not resist.  One has a chip but the greenery hides this flaw; I just love a deal $1.50 for both!

They are now watching over us from high on top of the wardrobe/television cabinet.

Our 42 inch Television hides inside
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cute shabby chic chalkboards

I just completed these cute little chalkboards.  The large is 24.5 x 17 inches for $20.00

The smaller chalkboard is 12 x 14 inches for $15. 

Cabinet pulls hold the chalk so you always know where it is! 

I have some chalkboards that can be hung vertically.

  I just love these warm white shabby chic

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Green Dresser

45 inches tall, 17 inches deep
 and 29 inches wide

This mid century modern dresser has a"waterfall" front and original hardware.  The seashell handles are a warm opaque pink and beige over brass.

The dresser is painted a soft green.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Repurposed Cabinet

I just completed this china cabinet.  Once again we removed the side panels and made two doors to replace the single door opening.  I painted this cabinet a warm white and lightly sanded to distress.  I then waxed the cabinet.   The front doors are a glue chip.

 This cabinet is 38 inches wide measuring from the widest (cabinet top), it is 14 inches deep and 65 1/2 inches at the tallest section.
All the hardware is original to the cabinet.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Refinished Dresser

Although I do prefer to paint furniture, a friend asked me to refinish this little 3 drawer dresser.

As usual, I got into the project before taking any photos so I have no 'before' pictures to share.

The dresser was stained a VERY dark brown and the hardware was in really rough shape.  A lot of sanding, polishing and voila.

I am pleased with the results.  I hope the owner is too!

I have been busy all summer, but am getting back to work!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Refinished Elegant Buffet

 This buffet is 54inches long, 19 inches wide and 40 inches tall.

Refinished Buffet

Natural Walnut Counter
 This elegant buffet offers generous storage in any home entranceway

The buffet has 2 doors with 2 drawers in between.  There is a bottom drawer along the bottom.
Wonderful in a dining room.


Monday, 29 July 2013

Refurbished China Cabinet

I just completed another china cabinet "conversion".  We removed the side panels, replaced the single door and installed two doors. This opens the cabinet for easier access.

 As is my habit I never took a before photo.  This cabinet is the exact duplicate of another cabinet I refinished. 

Cabinet Detail

The cabinet has a deep drawer for storage

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Muskoka Chairs

A friend gave me 4 Muskoka chairs that were in very bad shape.  We took them apart, scraped off the old paint, washed the wood with water and bleach, sealed with Zinsser primer (laquer based) and reassembled.  Every screw had to be replaced and parts traded between chairs.  Of the 4 chairs there are only 3 left.  I painted them in warm summer colours (yellow, blue & green) and sealed them with an exterior water based varnish.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

For My Friend Ellen

Ready for Summer
Spent the long week-end planting my flowers and cleaning the flower beds.  I am done!  I am not going to buy any more plants.  We went the to greenhouse in Elmwood on Saturday.  I have been going there for years, and have always had good luck with their plants.  The window boxes and baskets are all done.  Next week-end we will get the garden in.  New roof going on this week.

Ellen come by for a visit!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Refinished Chair-Great for the Summer

Shabby Chic Reed Chair
A great place to relax

 I just love this chair and hate to part with it.  But...I am reminded that I cannot keep every chair that I refinish.  Our house is getting a little bit crowded.  The basement is full and yard sale season is just beginning.  This chair was painted brown when I picked it up in a used furniture store.  I painted it blue with a white wash.  I was never happy with the finish, so I painted it a soft green and sanded it enough to allow a bit of the blue and brown to show through.   

I repaired a broken reed in the seat.  In time it will fade to match. 

Our Neighbourhood

Bluebird is still living in our garden
We were worried that the nesting bluebirds would be stressed with us working in the garden all weekend.  They are adjusting to having us around and will even sit and watch us work. 

Sitting in the Garden

Rocking Chair

I just finished this rocking chair in a soft yellow shabby chic paint effect.  It would be perfect for a small adult or child.  This is a strong chair but small.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

We have been really lucky this year.  We have blue birds, finches and sparrows in the garden. 
This weekend we hope to get working and planting, and I wonder how the "neighbours" will react.

A couple of goldfinch in the garden

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tiny Cabinet Refinished

Shabby Chic Cabinet

I just completed this Gibbard 4 drawer cabinet.  The cabinet is 24 inches wide, 12 1/2 inches deep and 52 inches high.  This small storage unit would fit in a bathroom, hallway or bedroom.  It is such a pretty little cabinet.  The door has a handle and push latch.

Love the detail around the door.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Finished dresser desk


This is the completed dresser drawer set.  I painted it a soft grey green.  You can see the hole in the back that will allow easy access for electric and computer cords.

Isn't the hardward the greatest!

The Perfect Study Area!

Preparing for our Visitor

We are having an exchange student come to live with us later this summer.  We have to clean up the spare bedroom and make room for her.  Like most guest rooms, it is the place we store a lot of "stuff".

I bought this dresser as a fix up and sell project.  However, when I got it home I could see it's potential use as a dresser/desk for our exchange student.  It has three good sized drawers, and a built in desk!

Lots of storage space and perfect for a laptop

I just love the pulls!  My daughter thinks that they are soooo ugly but I think they are wonderful!  The pull on the desk is broke.

The bottom drawer was a huge mess.  The veneer was only attached in a few areas.  After gluing, sanding, work, work, work, I just tore it off.  The drawer front under the veneer was good wood.

Dan has drilled a hole in the back of the cubby section for wiring to be pulled through for a light or laptop. 

I will post pictures of the completed project tonight!  I am so far behind, have lots of projects completed, but no time to sit on the computer!