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.
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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Ever since returning from NYC, I feel as though I have been playing catch up on all of my many ‘to do’ items (both for clients and family members). I started working on this sweet desk for a client prior to heading out of town and was finally able to finish it for her this past week.
She has given me full permission to post this special piece on my blog. The desk belonged to her father and has lots of sentimental value. However, she was not a fan of the wood top paired with the maroon legs. So, after a bit of correspondence, she decided to bring her desk up to me when picking up/purchasing a buffet that I had recreated.
We decided on using 2 colors for the desk. The duck egg blue is Behr -Grey morning and the creamy white is Behr -Polished pearl.
I am in love with the legs on this lovely desk. They truly help to make the piece. My client will be finding some fun hardware (probably with a bit of bling) to finish off its new look.
A sincere ‘Thank You’ goes out to my client, Angela, for giving me the opportunity to recreate your Dads special desk and trusting me with this sentimental heirloom. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.
Just completed this piece for a client who will be picking it up today. Great lines, 8 legs and a subtle curvy front.
My client will be using this as her sofa table. I finished it in a Parisian grey (Sparrow by Behr), then tastefully distressed, glazed and waxed it. Polished up the original hardware, which is stunning, w/some Brasso. I’m hoping that she will be very pleased.
This is where she began (photo is from the former owner)
And now she has a whole new look……..
Here I go again. I was delighted to locate another 9 drawer, solid wood, french provincial dresser this past weekend. These tend to be my heavy hitters/most popular pieces of furniture that I recreate. I think it’s because they are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different locations within the home. The lines of french provincial pieces are so soft and elegant…….I love the feet on these types of pieces too.
This piece is in immaculate condition, such an incredible bonus. However, I’m torn as to what color/colors I should go with. I have a few different ideas……..so I suppose I will wait for her to speak to me as I’m sanding her shine off in my workshop shortly. I was tickled that it came with a mirror as well. Woo-Hoo!!!
Wax went on early this morning and my Parisian Princess is ready for a new home. After lovingly distressing this piece, I mixed a custom combination of glaze using a dark Expresso color. I applied it with a cheap chip brush and then played with the depth of it, wiping it off with paper towels, unscented baby wipes and a good ole’ damp rag.
The hardware was the original shade of white, so I applied a touch of my ‘Pot of Cream’ white and then smooshed (my new word for the day) on some of the glaze I had mixed using a steel wool pad. That gave them the antiquated, worn look I was going for.
This is a go/use anywhere type of piece. She’s all glam with a hint junk chic. What do you think?