Serpentine front Buffet

Our kiddos just started school and I feel like I am still playing ‘catch up’ on so many different projects. We traveled as a family to Grand Cayman for vacation and literally arrived home just before school began. It was a great recharge for all of us and the snorkeling there is like no other.  Back in the real world, and the kids are going many directions. The house is a bit too quiet now and it’s a sad reminder for me as to just how quickly this time goes.  We have 2 very grown children, already out of the house, a senior in college, a junior in high school and an 8th grader. But I’ve been here before……you blink and it feels like it’s over. My sentimental message….cherish every minute. 

Moving on, after getting my ducks in a row around the house, laundry going, school supplies purchased, I was finally able to get started on this gem.  Beautiful lines on the piece, with its gentle serpentine front, but the finish and sad floral motif left a lot to be desired. Here’s where she started. 

    
 
I knew with a little effort she would be shining in no time. So I got busy, cleaning, sanding, cleaning….maybe a bit  more sanding and cleaned it well with a tack cloth…..UGH!!!! The veneer on the top was looking a bit temperamental so I could not sand the floral too much. On goes the paint. I thought a bright, creamy Alabaster White would look smart and refreshing. So I gave it 2 coats of DIY chalk paint (3 on the top). Then some light distressing just on the edges to enhance the authentic scrapes and marks that are obviously on the original wood. On top of that went a good solid coat of dark wax for protection. 

   
   
I resuscitate the original hardware with some antique gold Rubb n’ Buff …..it’s the bomb. And hardware looks magnificent. 

   
   
She is waiting patiently for someone to purchase her. Wish a had a spare wall in my own home that she could reside. Elegantly farm, french chic.

   
 

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.

Pottery Barn Table with Farmhouse Finish

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on rehabbing this super farmhouse table, originally from Pottery Barn. I resourced the table off of craigslist for my sweet brother and his wife. Recently, they completely gutted and transformed their entire kitchen and it is incredible. However, the nice table that they have is a bit too wide for the new space.  So, this solid pine table (listed at a very sweet price) will become their replacement table.

If you know Pottery Barn furniture, they carry nicer, high quality products. This table being one of them. Its 100% solid pine, with those big, beautiful chunky legs. Perfect candidate for a rehab. 

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This is where it began, almost 4 hours of sanding with multiple grits of sand paper, my palm sander, and plenty of elbow grease. We (my brother and sister in law) had chatted and I knew I wanted to res
tain the top and paint the legs and skirt of the table. LAYERS of stain/varnish had been applied in the factory. After lots of sanding, the most wonderful thing happened……

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Beautiful pine was just begging for a new look. The variation of color and knots in the wood were so pretty. First, I applied some good wood conditioner. I highly recommend this on softer woods that you plan on restaining. It opens the grain and allows the stain to penetrate more evenly.
Then I applied 2 coats of Jacobean stain (Minwax). Its deep, dark and rich.

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Love, Love, Love Jacobean! After 24 hours, I applied my 1st coat of wipe on Polyurethane, let that dry and lightly sand with a 220 grit sand paper, wipe down WELL with tack cloths and then I applied a 2nd coat of the wipe on Polyurethane.
Now for the legs…..I mixed up a batch of DIY chalk paint using Behr/Polished Pearl (it’s the look-a-like for AS Old White) & some Calcium Carbonate dissolved in some water, this gets added to my paint. I did clean & lightly sand the legs to remove any sheen. The paint went on beautifully. The legs and skirt/apron of the table received 2 coats of paint.

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After curing for 24 hrs, I tastefully distressed the paint. Always, for me, less is more. Not too heavy on the distressing.

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Then I applied a coat of Minwax/Dark Finishing Paste wax and buffed it to a hard, soft sheen. And then I applied a coat of Minwax/clear Finishing Paste Wax and buffed that to a hard, soft sheen.  The table was now ready for its new home.

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Turned out so pretty and my brother and his wife are delighted…..Amen! My own kitchen table is an authentic pine,  reclaimed barnwood table. I keep looking at it and can’t help but wonder if I should transform it the same way. Hmmmmmmm???.

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 Farmhouse Coffee Table

Recently, I listed/sold this fabulous farmhouse buffet to a fun gal who truly lives ON A Farm!!!! They have horses, yaks, dogs….etc. And they are rehabbing the entire place. The pictures are amazing. She asked me to rehab an old coffee table (that belonged to her parents years before) and finish it in the same manner as the buffet.

Totally out of character for me, I completely forgot to snap a picture of the before. The top had years of wear, yuck and gunk that had to be sanded, scrubbed and stripped, several times, with Citrustrip.
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This is after all of the grime removal…….that wood grain……beautiful!!!!

On went 2 coats of Jacobean stain on top, followed by 3 coats of Polycrylic for ultimate durability. The base of the table got 2 coats of the same DIY, soft black chalk paint that I applied to the buffet. A little distressing and a good coat of dark wax to seal the deal on this baby. My client picked up today and was just delighted…….that’s always the greatest compliment.

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Next up, she wants me to recreate this old chicken box/coop that she dropped off to me today. She wants to use it as a side table……oh, the ideas that I have. Her words to me, “Use your imagination and do whatever you want.” WOW!!!! Should be fun.

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Vintage Black Beauty

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Busy would be an understatement for our crazy lives recently. I have been rehabbing pieces and working with a client to resource multiple decor items for a ‘Farm to Table’ inn that she is preparing to launch in the greater Denver area. The end result will be fabulous, as she lives on an amazing plot of land with a full working/operating farm/garden full of organic veggies and tons of fantastic flowers. This endeavor has been such a treat for me. When it all comes together, and with her permission of course, I’m hoping to post multiple pictures of the finished product……so stay tuned.

Several pieces in inventory had to take a back seat while I have been occupied ‘playing’ with my new friend and pulling things together to wrap up her unit for launch. Slowly, I have been recreating this lovely piece and was delighted to put the finishing touches on it last night.
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