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.

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.

Fancy French Armoire

Seems like forever since my last posting. Okay, so not exactly forever, but 79 days to be exact. While the bliss of summer is upon us, we have been living and breathing all things AAA tournement baseball as well as JV cheer and tumbling. Wouldn’t have it any other way. In a blink, our 2 kids (out of 5) now left at home will be gone. Gotta soak it all up now.

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Amidst the chaos of carpools and practices, I was finally able to complete this fun, highly versitile, and special piece. I instantly fell in love with the wonderful details, which look 10 times better with paint..

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I knew for certain that I wanted to create a 2 toned look, but struggled with deciding between the French Grey or French Linen. In the end, the French Grey won. Its classic and timeless.

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From the before…….

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To the after….. Some things are just that much better with paint.

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And the original vintage hardware is stunning. Overall, this gem received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint in a Creamy White and trimmed out with a French Grey. I then tastefully distressed it and applied 2 coats of dark wax.

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Tons of storage allows it to be used in so many different ways.

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The end result is fabulous. Totally for sale, will be hard to let it go. Stay tuned, as I’m rehabbing a solid pine farmhouse table for my brother and his wife. Until the next post……have a blessed summer..

French Linen Buffet With Farmhouse Flair

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I just finished up this gem, which is now listed for sale & ready for a new home.
I had my hubby pick up this piece some time ago.  However, with the  crazy of Christmas, it just sat in my workshop for a bit. I was eager to get started, and here’s where I began.

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I loved the lines of the piece, with its curvy front, and the beautiful hardware. The top was heavily stained and some veneer was chipping in a few areas…….let’s just say, it had been well loved.  So I gave it a good scrubbing, gentle sanding on the body, followed by several areas of wood putty to even things out a bit, and the top of the piece I sanded WAY down with a heavy grit sandpaper and my palm sander. The grain of the wood was stunning.

I decided to mix a customer batch of Jacobean and Dark Walnut stain, which I applied 3 times, followed by 3 coats of Polycrylic.

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The body of the piece received 2 coats of my DIY chalk paint in a French Linen color (Behr – Ashwood ). After that dried overnight, I tastefully distressed the piece and waxed it with Minwax/Dark Finishing Paste Wax (my all time favorite) for that vintage appeal.

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The original hardware was buffed/polished & brought back to its former glory using ‘Brasso’.

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The color is super neutral and this is such a versatile piece.  Now she just needs a new home.

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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A Few Transformations

It’s no secret that I have been a bit behind on a few of my posts. I’m still catching up after returning from vacation…..sad but true. Maybe it’s just me, but I always tend to drag temporarily before getting my head on straight.

Before leaving for our vaca, I transformed 3 separate pieces for a sweet client and her hubby.  They were moving into a new house and wanted these pieces updated to begin their adventures in decorating at their new home. The bedroom furniture belonged to his parents. Very old/vintage….but incredibly well made and solid.

While I thought I had snapped a few before shots….I can not seem to locate them. So, picture if you will a very dark wood and heavy gloss on these 2 pieces. Additionally, each drawer had a faux keyhole plate that she asked me to remove. I also revamped the hardware with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint. These turned out so lovely and my clients couldn’t have been happier. I painted the high boy dresser in Polished Pearl and the nightstand in Oceanic Teal (it’s the perfect Tiffany blue).

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After they retrieved these 2 pieces, they had me recreate an old secretary desk. It was in rough shape. Painted an old dark hunter green and some of the joinery on the drawers was coming apart. My client decide on a dark reddish/brown called Warm Sienna for the exterior color and I did the Polished Pearl for the inside. Again….im lacking the before pics.

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Distressed and glazed, the inside was a cute contrast to the exterior. Have a blessed week.