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.

Antique Chic Pie Safe Cupboard

I have been super side tracked lately with some of my projects. I’m sure many of you can relate. First, it was the crazy busy of Thanksgiving, with friends and family visiting. Then, I blinked and we were preparing for the hoopla of Christmas (and traveling away from home the week prior, returning just before Christmas eve). To the dreaded De-Christmasing right around New Years….and I’m still tired from it all.

Alas, I was finally able to get my hands on this cutie….which has been sitting in my workshop for 3 months…..so embarrassing. But totally true. I was excited when I came across this piece. It is an authentic Chittenden & Eastman Pie Safe/Cupboard. May date back to.the 1920’s. I actually saw one similar (highly restored) on Ebay for $1500. Rest assured, this piece is not quite that quality. You can tell it had been a little ‘too’ loved over the years….So I had to bring it back to life.

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While it definately need some sprucing up, I was delighted to see that it still had the side, tin, vented panels in tact (though they had been very sloppily painted silver) & the interior was painted a funky pale yellow. I quickly whipped up some DIY chalk paint and gave the entire interior 2 coats of a creamy white. The exterior need wood putty and sanding in areas but I knew I wanted to accent the cabinet door insets with the same creamy white, as well as, paint over the pre-painted tin panels.

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I decided that a neutral French Linen color would be nice on the exterior and help to cover up many of the aged and old repairs that must have been made decades ago. Its a wonderful, timeless color that really goes with anything.

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I tastefully distressed it and applied a nice coat of dark finishing paste wax for that perfect aged touch.

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It really turned out so fun and super functional as well. These types of pieces are very versitile too and not overly big. Wish I had a space to keep it. Now, this lovely needs a new home.

French Grey Buffet and Matching Table

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Recently, I recreated a couple of vintage pieces for a lovely client and her family. She inherited these from a family member, which is always a bonus. However, the finish on the furniture left a lot to be desired.

Apparently, they sat in a basement somewhere, unused, for some time. There was a bit of water damage to the table top and all of the legs on both pieces. She and her husband delivered them to me and I got busy…..very busy.

This is where the pieces started….not at all the look she was going for in her new beautiful home.

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A very old yellow paint/heavy glaze finish. Not super attractive. Dont you
love the flower motif on the buffet doors? She really wanted the tops restained and bases painted. They decided on a Parisian French Grey (Sparrow by Behr). Its one of my all time favorite greys. Elegant and timeless.

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Table top half sanded…..

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I used 2 coats of Jacobean Minwax stain for the table top and and painted 2 coats of my own chalk paint using some Calcium Carbonate dissolved in a little bit of water. A light distressing of the paint goes a long way.

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This is how the legs used to look…..ummmm, no thank you.

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And the beautiful buffet after the same process.

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After both cured well over 24 hours, I gave the stained tops a nice coat of wipe on polyurethane. Allowing them to dry 6-8 hrs in between coats and applying 3 total coats. The painted bases received a heavy coat of dark wax and then I buffed it to a nice finish.

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The hardware received a heavy coat of Brasso and a long scrubbing/polishing.

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What a before and after difference? My happy clients picked up the pieces this past weekend. They were delighted, which in turn makes me delighted. Overall, an awesome transformation.

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???.

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..

Classic Vintage Buffet in Navy

So, it’s been a while……..actually a LONG while since I have posted anything. My wordpress account is probably stunned. Shocked that it’s being used. Haaaaa. After sharing our ‘Carrara marble backsplash’ post avter Christmas, I really could no longer stand the khaki color on the walls that run through the entire open area of our home. What’s a girl to do, you ask? Paint!!! And that’s what I’ve been doing…..my ‘grey/gray’ adventure is to come in another post.

What I listed yesterday for sale is this gem. Finished in Hale Navy (a BM color, but mixed in Behr eggshell) and topped with a wipe on polyurethane. Normally, I use a waterbased Polycrylic, however on a dark finished/non distressed piece it can tend to show the bubbles and brush strokes.  The wipe on polyurethane gets applied with a lint free rag, takes a solid 24 hrs to cure, but gives excellent protection.  I used gold ‘Rub n’ Buff’ on the hardware……OMG, I love that stuff.  Normally, I use Brasso on tarnished hardware but it wasn’t cutting the mustard this time.  I really needed/wanted gold and the Rub n’ Buff is more like a paint/wax in one.

  

Classic vintage appeal is perfect and the color is super neutral. Looks like a marine in their ‘dress blues’.  Typically, my finishes lean more to the farmhouse chic look, weathered/distressed/waxed. But the elegant clean lines of this vintage piece did not lend itself to that particular look. For this beauty, uniform and simple were key.

   

     

(Yes, that is a glimpse in the background of the new color running throughout our home. It’s another BM color, Winterwood.  Loving it!)

And of course……the before picture of this buffet pre-rehab.

  

The new and improved look is far better.

   

 

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.