Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Photo Gallery

So many new projects out of the shop this week and a ton more are in process. No rest for this girl in the coming weeks, so keeping it short today and simply sharing a photo gallery.

Buffets. Clocks. Custom Industrial Signs.

Enjoy the first week of Autumn---I love these cooler temps and gorgeous fall colors!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Midweek Makeover: Mid Century Buffet

 Who can deny that we tend to gravitate to comfortable situations and familiar territories. It's so much easier in every way when you know what to expect. I know that is certainly the case for me most of the time. However, on occasion, I force myself to try something that is not in my wheelhouse...this Mid Century buffet was one of those projects.

It's really hard to articulate the frustrations that went into this project. Simply looking at the before and after pictures, you're probably thinking 'she's just being overly dramatic'...'how could this project have been that tough!' I should have captured some 'in progress pictures' so you could thoroughly enjoy the chaos!

But since I don't have detailed pictures to share, imagine if you can, two solid weeks of:

Paint a little bit
{notice poor paint coverage issues}
Stand back and critique
Apply a clear coat to seal the entire piece in hopes of better paint coverage
Paint some more
Critique some more
More coverage issues
{vow that I'm never taking on another mid century piece AS LONG AS I LIVE}
Contemplate throwing the buffet in the fire pit
{no that's wasteful, I'll put it out at the curb for some eager passerby}
Apply more sealer
Resolve to leave it sit for another day and assess the mess in the morning

This went on for TWO, LONG, FRUSTRATING weeks. I thought I would never get this nightmare out of the shop!

'How could one piece be so finicky and temperamental', I would mumble as I stomped through the shop. {I may have used some graphic language too, but I'll spare you those details}

And then it happened...I began to see the progress unfolding and I was actually starting to like what I was witnessing before my eyes. Who knew it was possible!

I can honestly say that I'm happy I stuck with this project and finished it up because it's quite the looker now!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

One Nightstand {Nope, Two!}

My husband brought home this antique vanity for me earlier this spring. Seriously, how lucky am I! Some women get excited when their man brings them flowers...not me, I get all silly over a junky piece of furniture. To each their own I guess:)

This vanity is a different style then I'm use to making over, but it's good for me to work on pieces that are outside my comfort zone. {I just kept telling myself that as I stared at this piece in the garage for THE ENTIRE SUMMER!}

Finally a couple weeks ago, as we were embarking on Operation: Park in the Garage Again, I forced myself to tackle this makeover.

What's not apparent from the before picture is the abundant veneer issues and the broken mirror. After chewing on this girl for a few months, I decided to deconstruct it into two compact and functional nightstands.

After applying loads of wood filler, sanding and then more wood filller...somehow these little gems came to life. I used my favorite ASCP in Graphite and some new cream colored ceramic knobs to update the pair and make them uber cute once again.

Here's the before and after as well as a bunch of closeups for your viewing pleasure.

 As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest makeover. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Labor Day weekend!


This week's link ups include:
Finding Silver Pennies
 Vintage Inspiration Party