Sunday, 21 December 2014

I sold both of these pieces today.  It's like parting with an old friend.  I just loved this rebuilt china cabinet with the shelf we added for addtional storage.  We tried a number of baskets on the shelf but finally chanced on these and they were an absolute perfect fit.

What can I say?  I just loved this vanity.  The graceful legs, beautiful bench...such a lovely vanity.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Small Vanity


 This is getting to be a pattern.  Another vanity finished in warm white and 
then lightly distressed.

 Mirror Details

 I just love the "hanky" drawer

This is such a dainty little vanity.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The minute I saw this vanity I loved it.  It has great "bones".


And this is what she looks like today.

 I sand, paint, sand paint then finish with a couple coats of varathan.

 The bench is newly upholstered with a cotton french themed fabric

 I stained the dresser top  in walnut and finished with a satin varathan

The warm white, slightly distressed dresser is ready for it's new home.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Little Vanity

I have about 6 different projects that are on the verge of being completed.  
I just have to get the mirror back in the frame and mounted.  
This pretty little vanity also has a bench that needs to be upholstered.
Next week is going to be my week to finish it!


Everything is painted and ready to go

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dainty Blue Secretary

This is my latest project. 

Obviously I have to put the back panels back in place.  We had to replace the door stay and it was so much easier to access through the back.
More pictures to follow.

A true Antique

This cabinet/buffet was painted, painted and the painted again, and what do I do strip it!  Every other piece of furniture I buy, I paint...go figure!  

I thought that the cabinet would be pine, but only the drawer front panels turned out to be pine.  The rest is oak.  This cabinet is so old all of the panels were nailed with hand made square nails.

The cabinet was just too boring with pine panels so I painted them to match the sides.  I then lightly sanded the drawer fronts for a distressed look and put on new handles.

I like the open surface, so I did not re-install the boxes on top.  I don't think that the boxes were original to the cabinet, they were a different type of wood, and just did not match the cabinet.


The Cabinet is sold

Monday, 10 November 2014

Look What I have!

I was going through Kijiji as is my habit, when I came accross an add for a "storage hutch".  The picture was dark, but the piece looked interesting.  When I arrived to pick up the "hutch" the previous owner advised me that the top part split, but she had never opened it because she had no key.

Well I got the cabinet home, pressed the top button and it popped open...and there was an envelope inside, holding the key

And this is what I got.

 This Knechtel Cedar chest has 2 key locks as there are 2 "lids"
The top compartment looks like it was designed for hankies, and lighter linens.

The lids lock together and both open to show the larger bottom storage area.

Some of the trim had been pulled off, but it was tucked safely inside.

I see this cedar chest in a soft white.  I am going to upholster the top so it can do double duty as a bench.

It even has the original Moth Insurance from Aetna Insurance Company!

This is the upper shelf of the cedar chest that is suspect was used to store finer
linens.  When you lower the lid, it locks onto this section.

This photo shows the lid and first section locked together and opened to show
the larger bottom storage area.

December 25, 1933-Maybe this was a Christmas Gift!
Moth Insurance
from Aetna Insurance

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Another Vanity

I just bought another vanity but this one has a beautiful bench.  It is another piece from Strathroy Furniture Company.  This company always made good quality furniture.  Some woman buy clothes, my thing is furniture.  

I see this set painted a warm white, just lightly distressed.

It looks rough, but it is a very sturdy bench

Friday, 10 October 2014

You're so Vanity

This little vanity was in pretty rough shape when we brought her home.  People seem to get used to having a piece of furniture around and forget to take care of it.  

What good looking legs!

 This is what she looks like now.  This pretty vanity has been brought back to life with sanding, glue and paint.  The vanity is solid wood-no particle board here.  The mirror is new; the original as too deteriorated to save.  The side mirrors are hinged to adjust for view!

She is 67 inches tall, 44 inches wide and 18 iches deep.  


Mirror Frame Detail

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Getting Organized

I sold this repurposed window today. When I got this solid oak window frame it was in really bad shape.  It had screen stapled to the back...I don't think that it ever held glass as there were no grooves around the edges.  It is the perfect size for a chalk board/bulletin board combination.  A drawer cup holder is a perfect chalk holder.

I understand the new owner is really going to get organized!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Originally finished in
"poor man's oak"
Mirror Mirror

This mirrors wood frame is painted in a soft white and has been distressed and varnished.  
The bevelled mirror is in excellent condition and is original to the frame.
A beautiful addition to a hall, bathroom or bedroom.
45 inches tall and 22 1/2 inches wide

Monday, 8 September 2014

Classic Dresser Sold

Soft Green Dresser
Drawer Detail

This is such a pretty dresser with such lovely drawer pulls.  I hope the new owners enjoy it.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Union Jack Dresser

This was a very boring but well made dresser and the perfect size!

Nothing original here...I have seen people painting dressers with the Union Jack all over the internet.

I thought it would be fun to do and it was.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Another Dresser

The previous owner had a cat
that used this dresser as a 
scratching post
A "before" picture

I dragged this little dresser home along with a matching vanity.  I have to remember to take pictures before I start refinishing!  The veneer on this Knechtel dresser was in such poor repair that I decided remove it.  And what do I find.....solid cherry wood drawer front!

I will post pictures as work progresses.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Chalk Board and Bulletin Board

Chalk Board and Bulletin Board

This "combo board" is 23 inches wide and 28.5 inches tall.  The rustic oak window frame was window No 5?  Keep track of your life with style.
The chalk holder is a cupboard handle turned on its head!