April 14, 2014

Reupholstered Slipper Chair

chair had been sitting in storage for way to long. We decided it was time to tackle it!   Before it could be gorgeous, we had to remove the nasty fabric which was literally tacked down with over 2000 staples.  It was a huge pain!  Sorry about the horrible before picture, I took it on my phone and didn't realize it was this bad.
I gave it a few coats of Old Ochre, distressed it and my part was done!  My grandma on the other had had her work cut out for her.  However, she is an amazing seamstress & upholster, so I was far from worried.  You name it she can do it!  She took the pattern and cut the new fabric and went to town!  It felt like she was done in no time!!! I think it came out absolutely amazing.  It was one of those projects that I wished was for me!  
Look at those legs!!  She also added a very detailed trim to give it more of a finished look! 
We are so excited it is starting to warm up, so we can start sharing more projects with you!!!

April 13, 2014

Heirloom Vanity in Paris Grey & Old White

We were contacted by a customer's friend about refinishing an antique vanity, that was passed down to her. We tossed a few ideas back and forth about how to refinish.  At first she was thinking about re-staining it.  She then sent me this picture from Elizabeth & Co and this was our inspiration for her vanity!
Here is a picture of the before, you can tell it was a very loved piece!  We sanded it down completely, which if you have ever sanded down mahogany you know that it is so hard to remove that reddish tint. The top drawer was missing a handle and we searched high and low to find something similar and had no luck. We ended up filling the holes and drilling a new holes on the top two drawers! We also did some filling where the veneer was chipping, after all this we were ready to paint. 
We gave it a coat of ASCP in Paris Grey on the outside and a few coats of Old Ochre on the drawers and top and then a few coats of Old White over that.  The reason I gave it a coat of Old Ochre before the Old White was to help cover the pink color bleeding through.  It seemed to really help.  

She asked for a pop of color in the fabric and we we found this great print at Hobby Lobby.  
  I love the detail on the middle drawer!
This piece really had great character that we were able to bring out in the distressing!
 
I love that we got to refinish a piece that belonged to her grandmother and make it beautiful for her! It makes me sad when people get rid of pieces that belong in their family because they can't envision what it could be.   It is absolutely amazing what a good sanding and a can of paint can really do! 

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  Colorado is getting rain/snow, so we are stuck inside today!




December 12, 2013

Chateau Grey Hinged Top Desk

We stumbled across a very cute desk and chased down the man to tell him we wanted it.  We honestly couldn't believe no one had snatched this baby up.  Yea, it was ugly but it had a good shape, the inside was really cute looked like it was decoupaged with an old vintage advertising paper and it had so much possibility!

We decided on painting it in Annie Sloan Chateau Grey.  I am really loving this color right now,  it is such a good versatile and neutral color!  It had a really weird finish on it but I sanded it a little bit to take the shiny finish off and then gave it a couple coats of paint.
 I took it to a couple shows but furniture doesn't seem to sell in the winter like it does in the summer and so it is now in our house and I am not complaining at all!  :)  I love that I was able to use it in our living room this holiday season!  Who knows it may be here to stay!
I had to show off my enamel tub that I got last weekend at a show!  I absolutely love the color green and anything enamel!  It makes me so happy!  This holiday season, I am also loving me some plaid!  Is there anything you are loving this holiday season?  
What have you worked on lately?  


December 11, 2013

Burlap & Vintage Lace Tree Skirt

My grandmother out does herself every time she creates something. She is truly amazing at everything she puts her mind too. Last year I told her to make some tree skirts out of burlap. She did and all of them sold! :) So this year she got a little bit more creative and came up with these beauties. They are available in our ETSY shop.

Aren't these just gorgeous??  
I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season!

November 07, 2013

Media Stand

I got this at the beginning of the summer and it really wasn't pretty but I saw what it could be.  Last month, I had a repeat customer ask me to find her something to replace their current media stand. I sent her a picture of the piece but she wasn't completely sold on it because it sat so low to the ground and had some details she wasn't crazy about.  I told her that we could add a little bit of height with new legs and get rid of details she didn't like. No clue why the cut the legs off. I guess they cut it off so we could add them back! :) They thought about it for a while and she was ready to customize it.
I added about 3" with new legs and got rid of the X on the doors.  We gave it a couple coats of ASCP in chateau grey. Then added some new hardware. 
This piece was a lot of work but when you get an email telling you how happy they are with their purchase all the pain goes away! :) 

What do you think?  

October 10, 2013

Old Car Door Turned Shelf

While out hunting a few weeks ago, we saw this and my mouth dropped.......
The man who was selling it said it was from a 20's or 30's vehicle,  I knew it needed to go home with us.  
My grandma and I talked about it and we decided to buy it!  We had no idea what we were going to do with it but we loaded it up in the truck.  When we got home, I thought this needed to be in a MAN CAVE!  In order to be in a men's den it needed a shelf.  I pictured it hanging on a wall with a fine bottle of wiskey and a tumbler glass.

My husband added a 1x 6 and then a 2x2 to stabilize the shelf.  We stained the shelf, gave the body a light sanding and then gave the whole thing a coat of polycrylic.  It was ready to head to Paris St. Market.  We set it out and an older man came by looked at it and about fifteen minutes later he was back, he bought it!
I guess you could say we are ecelectic buyers.  We like to mix it up and get items that will appeal to different buyers.  We have our main style but adding some one-of-a-kind pieces like this makes our jobs fun!
 Would you have bought it?  If so, what would you have done with it?
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October 09, 2013

Beautiful Dark Top Farm Table

Last week, we needed a large table for our last outdoor show of the year! We headed to our jam packed storage unit to see if we had one.  This baby was stuck all the way in the back.  We forgot all about it and it has sat in our storage for over two years.  Yes, we are embarrassed to say that but it is true. Sorry about the picture, Grandma snapped a quick picture on her iPad before she started sanding.  The table was a honey color stain and the chairs were AWFUL.  Look closely, you will see the awesome vinyl pad, that someone literally screwed down into the chair. Poor grandma had to use dowels to fill the holes.  
For this project we made our own chalk paint!  We used flat Behr paint in antique white, plaster of paris and water.  It adhered really well and the coverage was wonderful, we were very impressed!  While I love Annie Sloan, I hate the cost.  Grandma on the other hand had a bad experience with it and isn't a big fan but she loved the paint we made.   The top of it was sanded and stained in Minwax Jacobean.  We had 6 of the same chairs for the table but decided to add a couple more since it could seat 8.  Everyone was a huge fan of this table, it could of sold 10 times.  Now we have a couple custom orders for tables, so that is awesome!
Farm tables are all the craze right now.  Maybe having something long rather than wide is best for homes these days?   This one was 75" long with the two leaves, it was a great size.  Look at those beautiful legs!
Do you find a lot of tables like these?  
They are getting harder to find but we love the hunt!