Monday, July 16, 2012

Antique Sewing Machine Base Table- $150

I am LOVING this little table!!  I found an old antique sewing machine base at a garage sale this weekend and knew immediately it needed to become a table of some sort!  I already had what I think to be an old hospital bed headboard in the garage and it fit the top of this base perfectly! 

The base is a White brand and I decided to leave it as is instead of painting it because it has that old rusty feel that I love.  I painted the headboard top white but then added a dark glaze so now its kind of a cream or tan color with all the streaky goodness that the glaze leaves.  It is on my front porch in this pic with a plant and an old pitcher but it could be so cute as a nightstand or end table by a couch.  There are so many possibilities!!!  It is 33" wide and 16" deep.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Lovely Little Girl's Room

I have been wanting to blog about this project for a while now, but am just now getting to it.  This was a custom project for a friend's daughter's room.  Her mommy brought me a chest of drawers that had been in their family for years (I think it was Rylie's daddy's from when he was a kid). It was very cute but was definitely well loved over the years.  As you can see in the bottom left corner of the pic above, some of the veneer was chipping off and the white paint needed to be refreshed.  So I came up with this custom color based on a picture we found on Pinterest, and I cut some thin wood to place over the chipped areas.  I painted it and then lightly sanded to give the finish an extremely smooth finish.  Then I waxed it and it came out so cute!  Then I got to do her bed:)

She found this cute headboard and footboard on Craigslist. It was a very shiny white that had some stickers stuck on it.  I cleaned it really good, primed, and painted it to match the chest of drawers.  And her mommy was sweet enough to send me a pic of her room finished. I think she did an amazing job and I'm so glad I got to be apart of it! :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Antique Cavalier Cedar Stow Away Chest- $195

Ok let me just start by saying the pictures do not do this piece justice!  I could not for the life of me get the true color to show up!  It looks very white or off white with a hint of gray in these pics, but its got a lot more depth to it in person.  The color is actually called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams (which just also happens to be the color of the walls in my living room), but I also glazed over it so the color changed a bit.  There are hints of green and blue depending on the light, but the color remains extremely neutral.  And with the glaze, it also gives it very subtle brown highlights.  I know that all sounds weird and pretty ugly, but trust me....It is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! 

 I added a bit of whimsy with the stencils behind the knobs too.  It gives an overall masculine piece a little feminine touch.  Oh and did I mention this is a CEDAR dresser!?!  Let's take a look inside shall we:)
 I did some research and this was actually made in the 1940s by a company called The Cavalier Corporation out of Chatanooga TN.  These were considered very fine quality and very desirable back then and has definitely stood the test of time!  It is still in almost new condition! 

The marking inside says "Complete Cedar Chest Protection, Aroma-flow Constructed Drawers".  There is also a mechanism that locks all 3 drawers with one key.  Unfortunately this chest did not have the key included, so it won't work as intended unless you were to have it re-keyed.  I have no idea if that's even possible. 

Here is one of the original ads!  Prices started at $39.50 back in the 1940s :) 
The dimensions are 3 feet wide by 19 inches deep by 30 inches tall.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Antique Buffet & Loads of Fun:)

How beautiful is this buffet!?!?!  This had to have been the most fun I've had refinishing a piece of furniture EVER!  Not just because of all the curvy lines and beautiful details, but because I actually got to take a break from every day life and stay with my best friend Beth overnight while we worked on it together.  We laughed til our cheeks hurt, ate way too much salsa (homemade I might add), and stayed up way too late.  But it was all worth it.  I always feel recharged after getting to spend time with Beth, and she ended up LOVING how this turned out.  Here is what it looked like before:

Look at these closeups:

Before, the details didn't really stand out. 
But now, you notice the beautiful leaves and flowers, curvy lines, and carvings!  We painted it white, glazed it, and repainted the top to be a solid glossy mahogany brown.
 We even sprayed the hardware with a copper and then an oil rubbed bronze color to give it multiple layers of color.  It really looks like its been that color forever! 
Beth also has a matching dining table, chairs, and hutch that will eventually get the same treatment.  It may be a while before I get to see her again, but I will never forget how much fun we had working on this project together!  Love ya Beth!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Double Chalkboard- $30 - SOLD

Ok guys!  This is the last one I'm posting before Mother's Day tomorrow!  So if you still need a last minute gift, here is one more opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind treasure for mom!  This is a double chalkboard with very beautiful aged copper hardware.  The frame has been painted white, distressed, and glazed to give it a very worn look.  The white now looks more cream and all the details pop!  It could go with any decor from country to elegant!  Here are some close ups of the hardware and finish:

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to send a huge shout out to my mom Peggy!  If you have wondered where I get my love of painting and crafting, just look at these pics of some of her work!  She is awesome and has taught me so much.  I am so grateful that she passed down the "handy" gene!  She actually not only paints and refinishes furniture, but she can BUILD stuff!  I have only done one or two projects like that and I guarantee she was right there to help me.  I haven't learned how to quite tackle building projects like that yet, but knowing my mom, she will be teaching me that trade one day:).  The pic to the left is her hutch.  Isn't it gorgeous!!!!  I wish I would have taken a closer detail pic because it turned out AMAZING! Here are some more of the things she has made or painted for her own home.  She is also available for custom work so let me know if you would like her to do something for you. I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!

She took apart an old piano and made this bench
and headboard for her room!

This is her patio table that she mosaic tiled.

This beautiful blue side table sits in her bedroom.
The frame sitting on it was my Mother's Day gift
to her:)

She built this shelf unit FROM SCRATCH
out of old boards and some cool iron pieces
she found at a garage sale I'm sure:)
This stunning wall hanging was made from an old
iron porch column, and obviously old shutters.  She
painted, glazed, and dry brushed each one to give them
all a very deep rustic feel. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Burlap Pin Board- $15

This sweet little burlap pin board is made from a vintage wooden frame painted red and distressed.  It is so veratile and could be used not only to display jewelry, but pictures, recipes, or favorite scriptures! I have also included 2 wooden push pins. It measures 7 1/2" by 9 1/2" (not including frame).  Pair this with a cute easle and set anywhere in your house!  So cute!  I have several other frames on hand, so if you would like one made in another color please feel free to email or message me.

*Jewelry in pic not included.