Adding Details

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
When this cabinet was brought to me it was a simple box. 
I did take a "before" picture but cannot find it! So- imagine this cabinet with a solid door- and nothing else! Just a bright yellow dingy cabinet.   

I cut out the middle of the door to accommodate it for a VCR and cable box. Then I added some chicken wire to the back of the door. After that I used scrap pieces of trim that I had from other projects, both to the base and the top of the cabinet. Then the last thing I added with the curved cut out plywood pieces, this really added the most dramatic change, and made this little box feel so much more sophisticated! 

 Now for the magic! 
Once it is all painted the same color it looks like it was "born this way!" I simply painted it my favorite grey paint, added a little glazing, and put on a new iron handle.  You would never know this came from a old garage! It's amazing what some added details will to do a somewhat  simple piece of furniture! 

Crackled Desk Story

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This desk was a serious undertaking, it took me 3 months to finish! I know- f.o.r.e.v.e.r!
But the finished product made the process completely worth it. 
It was brought to me by a client who said she just wanted it painted black- that I could not do. I could not cover the layers or existing paint and call it good. This baby had originally been painted yellow, then white, then a country blue, then last it was crackled with a white finish. Not good. 
The previous paint jobs were very thick and very poorly done.  It was a nightmare to say the least.
I knew under all that paint was a nice piece of wood furniture- it took some serious elbow grease and a lot of paint stripper (4+ layers) to get it down to the original wood. 

Here is what she originally looked like when I first got her- the entire thing (front, sides, back) was in this thick crackle finish! There were missing knobs and broken drawers as well- it was kinda sad. 

Here is what she originally looked like when I first got her- the entire thing (front, sides, back) was in this thick crackle finish! There were missing knobs and broken drawers as well- it was kinda sad. 

The drawers were terrible- see how before the sides were even gooped up?! They didn't close very tight and a few were almost completely falling apart. 
I had to do a lot of gluing and nailing them tightly together- then after a lot of sanding and sanding and stripper and more sanding. I was able to get all the drawers back to their original state! Check out those dove tails!!

After sanding... 

 That step took me a month. No Joke. I would sit and sand while the kids ran around outside, I do NOT enjoy sanding! But it was very rewarding when they all were done. 

I then did the same thing to the top. 

It took me another month! 
(At this point I almost gave up, I hated this thing!) 
I ended up using more stripper on the top and it is not a fun thing to use. You have to wear gloves and protective eye/face wear. If you get any of it on your skin it stings terribly and burns! (This happened a few times.) It's also very strong smelling so I could only do it with the garage open- which means tiny humans kept coming around- which means I kept having to get after the tiny humans to get away! Maybe that is why it took me so long?! 

 Finally- the worst part was done. Prep-work is not fun.
I then gave the sides/back/and center a really good sanding, I was mainly trying to get the crackle finish off, which felt close to impossible. It was smooth to the touch it just looked crackly still. 
I then covered the top and was finally able to spray the base black. 

I used a enamel base paint on this one- it is a water base paint that actually dries harder than laytex (kind of like oil base paint without the mess). I loved the sheen it gave and the durability. Once I had sanded the piece so many times the wood was pretty soft, this helped bring back the strength- it turned out fantastic. 

 Then I took off my protective covering! There was NO WAY I was going to paint that top after all that hard work! I called the client and begged her to let me stain the top in a dark walnut- she said she couldn't visualize it, but trusted me! (Phew!) The wood looked so great in this state, to paint it might have caused me to "accidentally" set it on fire!! (It was a little bit of a pain in my...) Anyway, I was very relieved and got right to staining. 

 I covered it in 3 coats of Dark Walnut stain. 

I loved the imperfections and how smooth it came out. 
I then did a quick sanding on the drawers only- to give them depth, and then added new metal hardware. Finally a thick coat of polyurethane to make it nice and shinny. 

Like I said- 3 months! It was defiantly a battle I wanted to quit a few times, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I took a lot of my frustrations out on this little lady- she handled it all very nicely. You would never know she was once a country crackled hot mess!

 As a extra little reward I lined her drawers with some dainty coated paper. She deserved it after all she had been through. 

 She turned out to be a stunner- even her backside. 

Even though this one was difficult Im always up for the challenge! I think that is why I love doing this so much, the end result is so rewarding! 

Do you have something you would like refinished? Just shoot me a text with a image or an email! Id love to help!

Painted transformations...

Friday, May 9, 2014
To READ all about the before&afters of these items (and a few more) CLICK HERE!

I'm now scheduling custom orders for JUNE! Contact me if you'd like a price! 

new things coming...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I'm in the process of rebuilding this blog- and changing a few things!
 Hopefully soon it will all be ready to go! 
In the mean time… 

I'm feeling inspired by this! 

thrifted chairs

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Every once in a while if you check our local Craigslist page you can find some good treasures- but it doesn't happen very often! Most of the time the price is to high or the item is no longer available. Lucky for me that didn't happen this time!!

I just happened to look at my Craigslist app at the right moment and snatched these beauties right up!
 I was so excited when I picked these up- they were not so pretty to begin with, but the bones were good! I was pretty lucky with this find, not only was the wood in great shape, but the padding was in amazing condition, no stains or tears, and best of all no smells! (Gross right?!) I took them apart as soon as I got home! Sadly it was a Sunday evening when I picked them up so the rest would have to wait. 
The Chair on the left is what they both looked like- the one on the right is what they looked like after I tore all the fabric and padding off! 

And Here is what they look like NOW!! 
Isn't it amazing what a little time, work, and paint can do?!!

 For now these ARE NOT FOR SALE! I plan on using them in my own home! But I am currently booking custom furniture jobs in May! Contact me if you'd like some more information! 

I also had to share these great end tables that I finished for a client a few weeks ago- she also found these on Craigslist for very cheap, a great find for solid wood matching end tables!

Flea Market Poll

Friday, March 21, 2014
We Need Some Input from Our Readers!! 
Please enter the polls to the LEFT of this post and let me know your opinion!! 

I am CONSIDERING doing another Flea Market this Summer!
However, I will be looking for specific type of vendors!
 If you are a flea market/furniture vendor or know one and would like more information please let me know!! 

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or something you'd like me to consider!!

Oh! And Make sure and LIKE our FACEBOOK page if you haven't already!
A AWESOME GIVEAWAY is coming soon!!

girls night out details

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Here is a list of things Ill have up for grabs:  

  • vintage dresser/mirror 
  • coffee tables
  • white sofa table
  • pink sewing console----- this could be the cutest thing ever!!
  • vintage chair
  • old doors
  • decor
  • end tables
  • bookshelves
  • headboards
  • frames
  • and more!
Make sure and bring your friends! 

Vintage Whites Market

Thursday, March 6, 2014
We as SO excited that this Amazing team is coming to SLC this weekend!
 So much that we are waking up early to make the trip there and hope to make it home before bedtime!! That is 8 hours round trip- yikes! (That's dedication!) 

We love our MARKETS!! 
And there are so many vendors I'm dying to see at this one! 
You should go- if you can!

Bedroom Set Make-over

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I've been busy working on this beautiful set for the past month. (Yes, it took me that long!! Between trying to heat up my garage and waiting for paint to dry it took longer than expected!) 
It came with a few challenges- like most quality pieces do- but was worth the sweat put into it!
I'm pretty excited about how it all came out… 

Here is what it all looked like originally… (I jumped into it before I got a good picture!!) 
Originally I sprayed the hardware gold, but didn't like the contrast with the white, so I ended up spraying them again with the same Antique White

This set took several coats: Sanding deglosser, bonding primer, 2-3 coats of paint, then I finished with a light polyurethane coating. 
And here it is in all it's glory...

 I added a little matching contact paper in the drawers for a added little surprise!

I used True Value EasyCare, "Heritage Home" for the end table.

It's always a little nerve-raking when I paint such beautiful pieces to begin with, but this set was worth the stress. The details and good quality wood made for a beautiful outcome! 

Custom work

Monday, January 27, 2014
I just wanted to share a few items I wrapped up this month for some great clients… 

(A end table turned ottomon)

 (A family heirloom brought back to life) 

 (A awesome make-over to Grandma's old oak hutch)

(And I even squeezed in my own barstools… they were in need of a little freshening up!) 

The wait list for custom work is getting hammered down quickly!
 Let me know if there is something you have that you would like re-finished! 
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