Antique Farmhouse Cupboard

Crazy story, really. While on the hunt for a piece of furniture to rehab, I came across this lovely lady. She definately needed some work, but I was up for the challenge (and I can usually talk handy hubby into breaking out the power tools). The gal we bought this from acquired it from an antiques dealer in Upstate New York. She was moving to Hawaii and literally depleting all of her belongings that would not fit into her compact car, which was being shipped on a boat for her.  When we went to go look at it, it was in several pieces. And only because the top separates from the base and all of the doors have old school/primitive ‘lift off’ hinges. Coolest thing ever.

  
Given the size of the piece and the nature of the work needed, I could see where others would shy away.  The sweet gals mother was encouraging her to break it down into wood pieces and scrap it (I about lost my breath). She said she would rather burn it in the back yard than put it in the garbage, as she spent a small fortune on it initially. At this stage, her house was sold and she was leaving the country 48 hrs later. Enter stage left, my hubby and I there to take a peak. After looking and chatting a bit, thinking we might be able to make things work, the nice gal literally shares her story (about her mom and then saying she’d rather burn it), so she makes us an offer that we could not refuse.  It was an easy decision, so we loaded it all up, in 2 vehicles, and brought our baby home. Ahhhhh, I was so excited.  The details on this piece are fantastic. And, true to its almost primitive age, the small scale chicken wire on the upper cabinet doors is literally sandwiched in between the pieces of wood that make up each door. Very cool…..I’ve never seen that before. I couldn’t wait to get busy.

If you look closely, the upper cabinet area had a huge hole cut out of it.  Before it came to us, it was being used an entertainment area. The cutout was for a television. Handy hubby to the rescue here. After digging through some scrap wood, my husband was able to piece together a replacement for the cutout area. And he totally mimicked the board and batten type design inside. He also cut new wood for the shelving, as the old shelves were terribly warped. After cleaning, lightly sanding and cleaning again, it was time to paint. The exterior received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint in Alabaster White and the upper interior area was painted in a grey/blue called Winterwood by Benjamin Moore. Some light distressing and a solid coat of dark wax was applied to the exterior. The interior shelves all received 2 coats of wipe on Poly for durability.  The end result is truly lovely. 

   
 
The huge hole is gone and she can resume life as a wonderful antique, farmhouse cupboard.  In a large kitchen, dining room, it could hold linens and quilts or I could totally see this in a quaint store front (hmmmmm, if only I had a store). 

   
   

   
   
Just waiting for her new home. I hope somebody falls in love with this like I did.

Wood Plank Farmhouse Hall Table

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I just finished up this cute little table for my wonderful sister in-law. This is the 3rd piece that I have recreated for her. (Praise God she has a little faith in me, such a bonus). She scored this fun table from a neighbor at a sweet price….FREE! Hello lovey!

Last year, I rehabbed this table for them (my awesome bro’ and sister in-law) to  use in their newly gutted and completely redone, outstanding kitchen.

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Isn’t it yummy? So stunning in their space. Well, they loved the end result on that jewel so much that they asked me to recreate their ‘free’ find with the same finish, so I did. And here’s where the little scalloped table began.

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A little rejected, abused and forgotten about. Her inner beauty was waiting to shine. Piles of cleaning or waxing residue and several stains adorned the top, so I stripped down to the bare wood. It was interesting to see the various grains, knots, worm holes and different planks that were used under the initial ‘orangey’ colored stain. All which added to the character.

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The table has great bones, a fun scalloped edge and it’s solid wood. I like to apply a sanding sealer to help the stain out a bit. Its clear and doesn’t need long to dry. After that, I applied 2 coats of Mixwax Jacobean stain. Allowing each coat to dry several hours in between. Then I used Minwax wipe on poly in satin. I did 2 coats and allowed each to dry several hours.

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Then it was onto the painting the body of the table. I gave it a good cleaning and a solid once over with some sand paper. Cleaned it again and applied 2 coats of DIY chalk paint in a creamy white (Polished Peal -Behr).

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The next day, I went over the edges lovingly with some sandpaper. I like distressing, but I usually feel like a little goes a long way. So I don’t go cra-cra with that process. I’m usually looking for that natural wear and tear look.

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After distressing, it received a good coat of dark wax (Minwax Finishing Paste in dark…..I order this on Amazon only because Home Depot doesn’t carry it.)

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You’re probably wondering where the hardware went? Let’s just say that it didn’t lend itself to the new and improved look of the table. So my sister in-law is purchasing new handles. (She’s brilliant). I LOVE the look of this table. So fun, charming and versatile.

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Thank you Ann, for allowing me to recreate another fun piece for you.

In The Navy……Hale Navy that is.

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Can you hear me singing hallelujah? I know I’m repeating myself, but I’m totally loving all things navy these days. I acquired this piece from a delightful woman who was down sizing and unloading of several pieces of funiture. I ended up grabbing the china cabinet as well,  (that transformation to come later), but it completely matches this buffet. So here is where it began.

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I adore serpentine, curvy front, pieces of furniture. So when I spotted this beauty, it was a no brainer. As mentioned, I knew I was going with DIY chalk paint using Hale Navy. Seriously, it’s so versatile and way more neutral than most might think.  Makes me love it that much more. After a good cleaning, the body received 2 coats of paint.

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The top had several scratches and I wanted it a bit deeper, so I sanded it down and gave it 2 coats of Jacobean and a good coat of polyurethane for protection.

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And then I let it sit for a day, drying and curing, but also deciding how I wanted to finish it. So, I typically have to walk away from a piece and return multiple times before deciding. I knew I was going to revive the hardware with gold Rub n’ Buff. Each of the drawers have a detailed trim, so I thought it would be fun to add a distressed gold to that trim. I literally rubbed the Rub n’ Buff on with my finger.

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After gently distressing the edges, I then used antiquing glaze and applied that all over the body of the piece, wiping it off right after applying. This added a great depth to the gorgeous navy. After that dried well, I applied a good coat of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. Its my favorite.

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The hardware got a nice coat of gold Rub n’ Buff…..what a stellar transformation. And the end result…drum roll please…..

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So utterly gorgeous. I have it listed for sale, but am contemplating keeping it.

Vintage Music Cabinet

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Recently, I had the opportunity to revive this precious music cabinet for my sister in law. We had talked about doing this quite some time ago. She has had this piece for a very long time and it has received a lot of good use. This darling little gem was very tired though. The finish was very scratched and overall, well loved.

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After a good cleaning and sanding it was time for paint. My sister in law saw the secretary desk that I did in the ever so gorgeous, Hale Navy and decide that would be a good fit for this cute cabinet.

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And what a great choice. Its been given a whole new lease on life. 2 good coats of DIY chalk paint, lightly distressed and waxed well. The top received several coats of wipe on poly for added durability.

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We even added a new knob to finish off the quaint and charming new look.

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Stunning and fun new look. Thanks for allowing me to recreate your special piece Ann.

For the Love of Shiplap

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I have never been a fan of wood paneling on walls. I’m talking about Brady Bunch esq’, 1970’s, brown, thin, laminate type paneling???  No thank you. However, solid pine, tongue and groove, white, shiplap type paneling….makes my heart skip a beat.

If you’re  a lover of all things Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines (like me), then you understand the type of Shiplap I am referring to. I’ve been dying to add some to the focal wall in our bedroom. So a few weeks ago, my awesome and handy hubby helped me to make that a reality.

We simulated the look of shiplap but did not use traditional shiplap. Rather, we purchased solid pine, tongue and groove boards from Home Depot that measured 6 inches wide by 8-10 feet long. And mainly because they gave the same effect at a reduced cost (approx $2.50 less per board than regular shiplap).

My husband is a step away from Bob Villa and has just about every tool we might need for any home improvement project big or small. What a guy.

SUPPLIES-
Measured amt. Of shiplap material
Measured amt. Of quarter round trim
Air compressor
Nail gun (w/long enough nails)
Tape measure
Chalk line tool
Stud finder
Caulk and spackle
Primer (Bulls Eye 123)
Paint (SW Alabaster white)

We began by locating the wall studs and marking them with a pencil. This way we know where to use the nail gun. You could go an extra step, as we have read, and use some liquid nails as well….but truly that seemed like over kill to us. Normally, you would begin this process from the floor up. We did it in reverse,  guess that’s just how we roll. But seriously, we did that because we found out by way of doing crown molding in our bedroom that our ceilings are not exactly level. So, knowing that the crown is absolutely level, we wanted to start where we knew things would look right. I’d rather have a small gap or an issue at the floor (preferably behind the bed) than up at the ceiling where I will stare at it constantly. Make sense?

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After we lined up the first boards, things moved along pretty smoothly. With each new row we measured the board, cut them to size and staggered the seams, sort of randomly really. (Have I mentioned how MUCH I love to use the nail gun? OMG…its addicting). We weren’t going for a specific pattern. And some of the wood has knots and imperfections which I feel just adds to the rustic charm.

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When we got to the bottom near the baseboards there was only a small gap on one side of the room. We knew this would be the case because of the issues that we had when we first hung our crown molding. I filled it in with extra caulk and no one will ever know except us. Then my husband measured and cut the quarter round trim pieces to add in the corners of the wall.

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Moving right along with all of your supplies on hand, one could probably finish the wall within a few hours. It took us a couple of days because my husband was leaving town on business. And then of course, I had to paint everything.

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This is how it look before priming and painting. It’s lovely if you’re going for that blue Pine, very rustic look. I knew from the beginning I wanted mine White. And I love the end result.

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Now, I’d like a new bed frame. I’ve been on the hunt for something a little less ornate and probably upholstered. We shall see. Until then, I’m loving the wall and I’d like to do a few more walls in the house.

Oh Hale Yeah…..

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It’s been busy around here, working on other projects, as well as some custom pieces for clients. Then we had a bit of travel over our kiddos spring break. Visited the lovely and warm area of Phoenix and then onto Lake Las Vegas, before traveling home in an absolute blizzard. Suffice it to say…..I MISS MY FLIP FLOPS!!!!!

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So I was finally able to get my hands on the cutie that had been sitting in my workshop for some time. Fun, little Chippendale style secretary desk that I transformed. Looking very smart in her Hale Navy dress blues with a touch of Parisian Grey on the interior.

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The cubby area was restained with Jacobean and is completely removable, very cool. Replaced all the hardware and decided to go with some antique bronze, card catalog pulls with labels on the drawers….for the ultimate desk type organization. The cabinet doors above received matching colored knobs with some small decorative details.

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Another fun addition….this piece came with the original and fully functioning skeleton key. So sweet!

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I’m digging all things navy these days and this piece does not disappoint. She just needs a new home now.

Faux French Grain Sack

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I adore french grain sacks and feed sacks…..just not the price. They can be seriously costly.
Having just reupholstered our sitting chair with drop cloths, I have quite a bit of previously laundered drop cloth material left over. This makes the perfect alternative to the ever so expensive french grain sack. Using some inexpensive craft paint (Martha Stewart – Wild Blueberry), a small paint brush and some painters tape, I created the stripes on the piece of fabric.

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I decided to just do 2 thin stripes on this, but I wanted them spaced a little wider than the width of the tape . So I marked the center of the fabric and put 2 strips of tape side by side directly down the center. Then, using 2 other pieces of tape, I eyeballed a thin stripe outside of the center tape and placed it accordingly. Smoothing and pressing all.of the tape firmly into place. Then, I slapped on the paint….I wasn’t going for perfectly bold, as I wanted the stripes to look a little worn. Waiting only a couple of minutes, I then removed the tape.

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Worked like a charm. I anticipated recovering a stool that sits in my kitchen. The zebra print is cute, but I was ready for a change.

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I took the stool apart to recover it. Because you could vaguely still see the zebra print under the drop cloth, I used a 2nd remnant piece of drop cloth under the one I painted. Using an electric staple gun, I quickly attached the new look of my ‘faux French grain sack’ onto the stool. Reattached the frame and waa-laa! Easy update and fun transformation.

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I have lots of plans for some grain sack throw pillows using the remaining drop cloth. The stripes, colors are endless.
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