Serpentine front Buffet

This just completed………

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My sweet client, whom I just recreated a china cabinet for, decided that she wanted first right of refusal on this fabulous, vintage, Bernhardt buffet that I was working on. They recently moved into their new home and she is quickly having fun decorating all of her new spaces. Totally the best part of a new home, I think.

After all of my prep steps, cleaning, sanding and 2 coats of primer….I decided of a french linen color (Behr- Ashwood) as the base color and I trimmed it out with my favorite white (Behr- Polished Pearl).

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At this stage was when my client decided to come and take a look, as she had not hand picked the colors, I had. Loving it ‘as is’, she decided to leave the finish crisp…..so no distressing or glazing. While that is not common place for majority of my work (as I am typically distressing and glazing), I too enjoy the clean finish of this piece.

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The entire piece received a good coat of wax and the top got 2 coats. All original hardware was scrubbed, polished and buffed using Brasso……what a difference. Love the elegant serpentine front…….and the fact that it is going to one of my sweetest clients ever.

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Antique Vintage-esq’ Typewriter

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Can you hear me singing hallelujah? I have been on the hunt, for some time now, attempting to find just the right ‘antiquey’ looking typewriter. Locating them is not the problem, my obstacle was the price! People are charging a small fortune for these old typewriters. Especially if they are in good condition and in working order…..many go for several hundred dollars. No thank you.

Let me clarify that I am by no means a typewriter expert. So I am sure that different brands, model numbers and age all play a part in the asking price. But I knew what I was looking for and I was willing to wait for all of the stars to align. And indeed they did!

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My good buddy, who also loves antiquing, happened to be traveling over the weekend to a wedding. Her travels took her through Cody, Wyoming, where there is a large antique type warehouse called Auntie Q’s. Of course, she had to do a ‘walk through’………..and that is where she located this beauty. She actually found 2 different brands and I was delighted that one of them happened to be an L.C. Smith and Corona, as I have always liked the size. (FYI, some old typewriters are mamba jamba in size).

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The biggest bonus, actually there are 2, the price ($55) and the fact that this typewriter is in absolute working order. No sticky keys or no missing parts. Amen! Other than needing a new ribbon, as the ink prints very light, this baby is in awesome condition. I’m giddy with excitement.

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Here is a sign on the times, my 14 yr old daughter was playing around typing on it last night……when she asked me, “where’s the backspace button to delete?” Amazing what a tech savvy world we live in now.

French Provincial China Cabinet

Just completed this lovely china cabinet for a client’s new home.  Initially, she was interested in a different cabinet that I had rehabbed & listed for sale, however it sold almost immediately.

I happened to have this cabinet in inventory (sitting in a hallway just waiting to be recreated).

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My client came to take a peek at it and loved it.  Its an incredibly solid, vintage piece by Thomasville.  So we talked colors and I got busy…..very busy.

For starters, it’s one solid piece…..getting this beast down the stairs to my workshop was not an option, so i knew I would be working on it right where she sat.  Additionallly, having forgotten when I purchased this piece a while back, the shelves are permanently fixed into the piece.   This made priming and painting very tedious work inside the glass cabinetry. I had to continue cheering myself along like the ‘little  engine that could’.

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After a solid cleaning and some sanding, on went 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint. My client was confident that she wanted the exterior color white…my goto favorite, Behr -Polished Pearl. 

Though she was still undecided on the interior color, she finally settled on another one of my favorites, Behr – Sparrow. Its the perfect shade of parisian grey.

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Tricky to really see the beauty of this color from my stinky picture, due to awful lighting. It is super elegant and so timeless.  The exterior received some light distressing,  a gentle coat of glaze and I finished it off with wax.  Inside, each shelf received a coat of satin polycrylic.  Its a bit more durable than wax so she won’t have to worry about scratching the shelves with plates and whatnot.  Finished product……stunning. All of the hardware was brought back to life with some Brasso. The details and curves on this cabinet where truly enhanced once it was transformed. My client and her husband picked up their finished product yesterday. Its always so exciting when clients see the piece completed for the first time……..and they are excited and pleased.

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