Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Shabby Chic China Cabinet-or updated for Linens!

Another pretty lady. This cabinet could be used for dishes, linens or towels.  I use mine as a display case and the drawer hides my yarn!
This is what she looked like when we brought her home.  I usually knock out the side panels and make two doors for easier access.  This cabinet's door is unusual as it is 20 1/4 inches wide; no need to alter.

The door inlay is a simple geometric design. I removed part of it as it was cracked and heavily damaged. I love the simplicity.

Softly distressed drawer detailing

I sanded the top back to the original walnut finish and stained.
The cabinet is 61 inches tall, 15 1/2 inches deep and 36 inches wide.  The drawer is 6 inches deep.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Little End Table

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

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!

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. 


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!


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.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Dresser Commission

Man I get angry at myself.  I am always neglecting to get a good "before" photo. This dresser was dropped off with a request that it be painted off white in a shabby chic style. The dresser was in very poor condition; someone had used a belt sander; naughty, naughty.  I like to restore the top to the natural wood, but the client wanted an all white finish. All for the better, as the natural wood top would have accented the uneven sanding.

Belt sanding can do so much damage unless you are REALLY experienced and the grit is very fine (400) and the wood is very hard.  

The dresser had been through a lot; I could and did pull the dresser apart, easily and with my bare hands.  LOL

Nothing that some glue and clamping won't fix.

Both sides and the back had to be clamped and glued


The drawers had to be glued together and existing hardware holes filled.  Dan made a new drawer slide for the bottom along with drawer guides.  This poor dresser had really seen better days.  I was very nervous about how she would work out.

Oh she is so pretty.

I went with hardware close to the colour of the dresser. The flat grey hardward provided looked a bit harsh against the warm white. There is no other dark colour on the piece to use as a contrast.

I am very happy with how well this poor dresser turned out...

Knechtel Three Drawer Dresser

I was lucky enough to happen upon this Knechtel dresser.  When you see anything made by Knechtel you are pretty sure of the quality and workmanship.

The veneer was so damaged on the drawer fronts that it had to be removed.  I sanded the fronts to a smooth finish...I think that the wood under the veneer is cherry

At sometime in the life of this dresser, it had a cat as a room mate.

I always sand prior to painting and sand between coats.  I final coat all my furniture with satin varathane for a smooth finish and that added protection.

The dresser is 40 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 73 inches at the tallest point.

The mirror has etched detailing at the top.  It has a few "age spots" but they only add to the character of this vintage piece.