Monday, January 30, 2012

An Antique Pedastal Table

Isn't she pretty? I picked up this great antique pedastal table on Saturday and thought it to be the perfect piece for some of my new Annie Sloan samples!

I picked my second favorite color (my first favorite is Aubbuson), Duck Egg Blue for the base and re-stained the top dark walnut. 

Beautiful, but soft wood beneath the cracked varnish. It took me longer than usual to sand the top because I had to use a finer grit sand paper so that the wood wouldn't get scratched.

One coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue for the base. It only took about 20 minutes to paint this table. 

I used a dark wax to seal and glaze it and kept the original drawer handle.

A light distressing all over it...nice cord, eh?

I'll have this piece in the store for Furniture Friday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

When Furniture Speaks

I've had this dresser for several months. It spent a month or two in my garage and then I brought it to the store as a display for custom furniture refinishing.

It's a gorgeous antique dresser with great legs, caster wheels and original hardware. The detailing was really pretty. But, it just didn't speak to me.

So, it sat. No one was particularly drawn to it.

And then I finally had a vision. I had been thinking I wanted to paint it black and add some glass knobs.

I ran out of glass knobs so I used the large cream krackled knobs instead and kept the  original knobs on the bottom drawers.

I took it a step further, though.

The sides of the dresser had recessed panels which were perfect for adding a decorative element. Rather...a decopauged element.

I pulled out some vintage sheet music from 1932 and slathered it up with modge podge to line the panels.

I carried it through to the drawers.

Added a light distressing around the original hardware and along the sides of the drawers so that the details pop.

Check out the old camera. It's a kodak camera from 1913. I found this hanging out in my parents garage and accused them of holding out on me!

I like how all the colors are pulled together between the sheet music, cream knobs and distressing. I could totally see this piece of furniture in a dining room as a buffet or living room with a TV on it!

We shall see who buys it and how they end up using it!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dresser from the Dumpster

Technically, this dresser wasn't pulled from the dumpster, just the side of the road thanks to my ever watchful sister and bro-in-law.

It's a pretty hum drum dresser, but I was really excited about the how it framed all of the drawers. This piece screamed "two tone!" I gained inspiration from the desk that I did for my house. I got a lot of comments on my blog post about this desk and it was even featured on another website.

I used the exact same color scheme. A soft sagey green with white drawers.

I painted the original hardware because I thought it stuck out like a sore thumb.

I also glazed the framework and drawers. But, instead of using my customary dark walnut stain, I opted for a more subtle provincial...which is like a golden oak. It was just enough to give some texture and depth to the color.

The drawers have faux lining already in them that looks like vintage newspaper print.

It's the newest piece for Furniture Friday and is available for sale! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How gnarly is this desk? There was old paint spilled down the front. Over a dozen drill holes in the top of it not to mention the patches of water marks. And, it was love at first sight. OK...that is a bit of an overstatement. I was drawn to the retro style hardware on it and thought this piece lent itself to a heavy distressing all over it. Plus, it really reminded me of one of my favorite refinished pieces, this vanity that I had when the store first opened.

The desk had the same issues that this vanity had. Lifting veneer, gauges in the wood all over. It was just plain unsightly. But, I made this vanity look pretty cool so I thought I could do the same with the desk.

I had to patch up all of the drill holes and heavily sand the top to smooth out the chipped surface.

I painted the entire piece with a mix of teal and light beige to give it a soft blue shade. Sprayed the original hardware black with plans to re-use it. But, the hardware just didn't lend itself to the style of the desk. So I filled the drawer holes and opted for knobs instead.

Distressed the crud out of it.

Even, with all the imperfections the surface is smooth.

I pulled from my stash of crystal knobs and have three different styles on the desk. It's kind of quirky, but I like it.  

The icing on the cake are the lined drawers with vintage images from New York Evening Post magazines.

I found a stack of these books and magazines at a garage sale and couldn't wait to tear them up!

I love the variety of images that draw on the blue color in the desk and keep with the vintage motif!

I know a lot of people like using fabric to line drawers or wrapping paper. I prefer books and music! What do you like to line your drawers with?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Living Room Reveal

Does any room renovation ever really get finished? I've been wanting to share pics of my living room, which we "finished" a few months ago, and then really "finished" a few weeks ago, but haven't "finished" yet. that was a bunch of gibberish. By "finished" the first time, we ripped up carpet, stripped and stained the floor, painted the walls and refurbished a bunch of furniture for the new space.

Oh yeah...a before pic:

The second time we "finished," we finally got to installing the quarter round for the baseboards and thresholds for the doorways which involved painting and caulking all of the trim work. It took over a month to get that done after we painted.

You know what they say? The money is in the details! The quarter round looks great.

Now, I need to finish some of the minor decorating, like a new tree for the corner of the room by the side table, some vintage accessories that I need to pull from the store and a 46 inch flat screen TV mounted to the wall. That won't come for awhile. But, in the meantime here is how the room turned out (Sorry the photos are so crummy...I took them with my phone and need to re-do them with a real camera)!

Once we get a new TV, the furniture will get a re-arranging. The media cabinet will move to beneath the TV and the chair by the window will go next to it. That huge slab of eucalyptus (you can read about that find here) will move to where the clock is with a new chair and small side table in front. A settee that is in my back room will move to this front room for in front of the window. Like I said, never really finished! 

Hope you enjoy these pics! It's nice to finely share them after so much work went into the space. 

Next, I should be able to post some new pics of my "finished" kitchen.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Big White Barn

I have a love hate relationship with rainy Saturdays. I hate them because I lose a day of picking which means I lose the potential furniture pieces for new inventory. I love them because it is a rare chance to have a leisurely  morning at home and sleep in later than usual. This past rainy Saturday was no exception. I enjoyed being home for the morning and got a lot of housework done but I had the itch to find something...anything.

On Saturday afternoon, we loaded the kids and drove up to my sisters house in the middle of the desert! Even out in the middle of nowhere, there are a few antique stores so we planned for an afternoon of antique shopping where I was hoping to cure my itch to buy some stuff.

I'm Cured!

Waaaaay off the beaten path in the smack dab middle of the desert was an old white barn, exploding with the dustiest, dirtiest and perfectly vintage....everything. I could barely contain myself. I was so excited about the possibilities!

The first thing that caught my eye was a dirty old milk crate sitting in the middle of a dirt pile, complete with the metal bottle holders fixed inside.

And then we went inside.


There was so much junk, I didn't even know where to start looking.

Then I saw it! Through the cracking facade of the old desert barn, the sunbeams cast a perfect light on the back wall lined with suitcases!

Lots of suitcases! I didn't do a very good job of maintaining my composure.

After over an hour of browsing and re-browsing, this is my pile of goodies. I walked by that cherries sign over and over, hemming and hawing over whether or not to get it. Something about it kept me coming back to look so I sprung and am going to hang it above the cash register.

A fabulous chippy children's chair to add to my collection and an antique baby buggy that I am going to be using as a rental piece for baby showers.

All in all, I had so much fun! We felt like the sister pickers...or picker sisters. Whichever it is. I've never actually seen the show, but since I was with my sister and sister-in-law, we were calling ourselves that!

I can't wait to get all this fabulously vintage stuff set up in the store! I'll take follow-up pictures as soon as I have it displayed.

Until then...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sidewalk Sale Goodies

It's the first of two annual Sidewalk Sales for 2012 and I have over 20 side tables adorning the sidewalks with an assortment of fun and quirky products from local artisans! Here's a look at some of the things for sale and on sale!

Plus, the newest Furniture Friday Feature!

See you in town!
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