Pristine Drexel Buffet in French Linen

Suffice it to say, we have been crazy busy. Like most everyone during this time of year, somehow there doesnt seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I would like to.  Half way through working on this lovely piece, I was also completely redoing our teenage daughters bedroom (that post to come) moving our younger teenage son into our daughters old room (and redoing it), planning, prepping, baking/cooking and creating a huge Thanksgiving feast for our local extended family and attempting to tackle some smaller projects around the house. Does this strike a chord in any of you? I thought it might, so we are moving on. 

I was tickled when I found this piece. Not only was it in great overall condition, but none of the veneer needed repaired and all of the drawers/doors operate very smoothly.

I knew right away that I wanted to keep this buffet very  classic. So I opted for a French Linen DIY chalk paint on the body of the piece and the trim received a delicate coat of Alabaster White. 

I very gently distressed, as a nod to its vintage appeal, and buffed all the hardware with Rub n Buff in antique gold. 

The top of the buffet was given 2 coats of a wipe on Polyurethane for added durability and the body was coated with clear wax.

The overall finish is so super elegant and absolutely timeless.

She’s available for sale. 

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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.

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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