Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tables Galore

In the last month I've brought home no less then 15 tables: side tables, end tables and nightstands etc. It's like everywhere I look there is another darling table that needs a I scoop them up and haul them home. Consequently, I have them stacked high in the barn and garage, just waiting their turn!

Here are a cute pair of end tables finished in french linen. I left the drawers natural so you can see the pretty inlay.


I was also able to get this side table done over the weekend. It is finished in a nice bright antibes green and dark wax...and that drawer pull is so cool!

I have so many more nice tables to work on in the upcoming weeks, the hard part is figuring out which one to work on next and what color to paint it!! Decisions. Decisions.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Classic Drexel Desk + Bench Makeover

This weekend I tackled this desk..and yes, it too is a Drexel. Seems like I've picked up several Drexel pieces lately. Honestly, I search them out pretty heavily because I've yet to meet a piece of Drexel that I didn't love. {sometimes the act of refinishing it makes me questioned my love, but that is short lived} Whether it's a dresser, buffet, side table, desk or vanity they are just so well made that it's really rewarding fixing them up to a more desired and current look.

Here are the details of the project:

This first thing I did was remove the drawers and begin refinishing them.{they were stained so dark you couldn't see the beautiful wood grain and had some pretty harsh surface scratches too}Once they were all cleaned up, I used a nice warm Kona stain and a couple coats of satin poly to seal them thoroughly. The insides of the drawers were in great shape and they slide in and out perfectly.

Based on the nice color on the newly refinished drawers, I decided to paint the entire desk body and the bench with Annie Sloan Graphite. I love how rich Graphite looks with a generous coat of dark wax. I did distress some of the areas to reveal the old dark finish beneath...the effect you get after waxing is my fav.

For the bench, {which didn't actually come with the desk, I picked it up from a good friend a couple weeks ago} I removed the old fabric and replaced it with a nice updated dark grey pattern to complete the set.

Both pieces are really quite stunning!

Here are a few more pictures...thanks for stopping by and happy Monday!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Repurposed Dresser Ideas on Hometalk

A couple weeks ago, I was asked by Hometalk to curate a repurposed dresser inspiration board. I was so thrilled for the opportunity, I immediately accepted and got busy pulling projects together. 

There are so many creative things you can do with dressers. I found everything from vanities to dog beds, benches to apothecary cabinets, bars, media centers to bookshelves and on and on. I've pulled together 21 Dresser Flips that should hopefully spark some inspiration for your next project.

So before you decide to toss out your old dresser, you might want to take a minute to think about how you could repurpose it for another life.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great week!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dapper Drexel Bedroom Set

I thought long and hard about this would I best describe this pair so that you would clearly understand how stunning this dresser and nightstand are in person.

I brainstormed some words:
awesome {ugh, I use this too much}

Dapper, yep, that's the word!

This is the Dapper Drexel Set. 

As I was tossing around colorway ideas, I kept coming back to a two tone color pallet for this set. I haven't done a two tone chest of drawers in awhile {I think it's been almost a year} and I was drooling as I thought how outrageous these two would look!

This time around I used a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to come up with a nice medium grey. Because the drawers were so scratched up, I sanded them down and gave them a fresh coat of stain and satin poly.

Here are some more drool worthy photos.


Thanks for stopping by today---have a great day!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pretty in Pink

 My first project of the year was a real challenge for me. Not because it was filthy and needed some TLC, but because I felt the need to paint with a color that I hadn't used before. I tend to lean more towards the blues, greys and whites when I paint so deciding to do a pink piece forced me outside my comfort zone.

Throughout the process, I argued constantly with myself. I would stand back and look at how it was coming together and think, oh man this isn't going to work. Then I'd paint a bit more and look again and think, this is starting to look really cute. Oh how the creative process is a love/hate relationship!

I will let you be the judge...

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I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in soft Antoinette for the body and mirror. I finished it with a mix of dark and clear wax and a gently distressing.

 I gave the top a good sanding and finished it with a a couple coats of satin poly.

And then there are the knobs...beautiful pink glass knobs from Anthropologie.

I lined all three drawers with dark pink and turquoise feather and flower fabric to just push this girl over the edge!