Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Made Over: A Pair of Dining Arm Chairs

I am LOOOOVING how these turned out. I think I love them because they are cheery and remind me of spring. Which I desperately need. Now.

Here's how they started. Heavy, solid and no gluing needed...just how I like them!

Here they are...all dressed up. Painted white with some awesome zig-zag fabric. Swoon!!

I just love these colors!!

I would've loved to do a glossy white on these, but the wood was peeling on the arms, so unless I wanted to put a lot of work into them (which rarely pays in the end when consigning items), I needed to distress them. I love them anyway!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Repurposed End Table from the 70's

I recently bought a set of 3 end tables. Two were identical and one was part of the set, complimenting the others. I recently finished the identical pair like this:

So when it came time to paint the 3rd one, I thought I'd try a darker wax over the same paint.

FAIL. You can't see how bad it is from this picture, but trust me.

It was so bad. And I didn't feel like stripping the top. Call it laziness, whatever...but I'd seen this idea on Pinterest:

So I unscrewed the top and went to town. I totally changed up the color, bought a dog bed and finished it up today!

Zelo sniffed it out, but her 60 lbs wouldn't fit in there...and she knew it. It was fun to do something a little different than my norm. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Brazillian Dresser

I haven't finished anything that I'm extra excited about recently, but this dresser is a game changer!

My friend Cris, who is from Brazil, emailed me a few weeks ago saying she needed to get rid of a dresser because she was moving. But she explained that it was "very heavy". Being that I've been schlepping furniture around for 2+ years, I figured "no problem". Uh huh. With the drawers in, Cris and I couldn't even budge it. I called my super-husband and he came by to help us get it in my car.

This dresser is the best made piece I've ever worked on. Amazing wood and plank bottom drawers that are pristine!

Here is the before:

Here she is today. I wanted to preserve the orignal wood where possible. Both of the sides had started splitting vertically, but had been reinforced inside to prevent it falling no matter how hard I cranked on the vice, that wood was not going back together. So,I filled the cracks with wood filler. Some paint and pulls from Anthropologie completed this beauty!

Aged in all the right places!

Swooning over the beauty inside the drawers!

I am seriously giddy over this one. It puts a smile on my face!

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