Saturday, December 14, 2013

What I've been creating of late

It's been a very busy past few months.  Christmas is about here and I'm even busier between clients and making a LOT of stuff for my children this year.

The beginning of the year is looking to be even busier already with client orders.

Whoo Hoo!!

So let's just have the run down of what's been cooking in the workshed of late.

A vintage secretary desk before and after:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Wedding Memory

I really love this "job" of transforming furniture.... especially when I can add a personal touch to one.  My client contacted me on Facebook about a Lane cedar chest she had.  She had admired a French Script Dresser I did last year, and wanted something similar done to her chest to commemorate her wedding day.

Okay, I really get into this cause it's all that romantic, and Romeo and Juliet blush and gush, kind of stuff.

Sign me up!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Transforming and Repairing a MDF Dresser

Once again, I broke my rule of not working on MDF (fiberboard), furniture.  In this case,  I really didn't know it until it showed up on my doorstep ready to be worked on.

Mental Note:  "ASK before accepting."

When it showed up, I was more inclined to suggest they toss it in the garbage instead.  What a wreck it was!  The backing was missing entirely and it wobbled back and forth so bad that I was sure the sides were going to crack before we got it into the house!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vintage Buffet Cabinet

Here is a little project I just finished up for a client.  I found this piece soon after returning from our vacation in New Orleans, and since I was till in the French mood, well.... I guess you know which way I went with this one.

Here's what it looked like before:

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Quick Pizza Peel Up-Do

Ok, now before I go to bed, I thought I would share a quick and easy little up-do on a pizza peel I found not too long ago.  This is so stinking easy I think my eight year old could do.....

Well, no - let me take that back as I remember while I was doing this she did manage to burn herself a little "assisting" me.

And I heard about it for days.

Anyway....  back to the tutorial on this thing.

New Orleans - Vintage Shopping (and Eating), Heaven!

Just before school started this year, we took the kids to what I like to call "America's Europe".  Only one city should come to mind and that would be New Orleans!

New Orleans is the closest one will ever get, (here in the U.S.),  to Europe without actually going there!

They were excited.  So excited that complete CHAOS invaded our home one week before we left.  But that's another story and we are going to leave it at that.

Friday, August 23, 2013

What Goes Into Custom Painted Furniture or Home Decor?

I had a client ask me one time:  

"What goes into a piece when you do it?"

By the time I was done telling her, I was helping her pull her chin off the ground.

"But I thought you just found it and painted it?"  she later replied

Most do not understand why we charge the prices that we do for our pieces, and I am going to try to shed some light on this because of this fore-mention misconception.

First of all, we do what we do because we have Passion for what we do.  
It's not our "flavor of the month" moment.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nifty Storage Containers

I wanted to share something with you this time that's a little off topic, but well worth sharing.  I just got ahold of these great little storage containers called Popsome Containers.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Vintage Luggage Transformation

Hi Folks!  Still here.  It's been a very busy summer for four children and nothing but rain since the middle of June.  I think I have actually become a mushroom with webbed feet!  I have a number of projects I'm going to be showing you, but first is this quickie I did today.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pretty In Pink!

Well, it's been an exciting past few weeks...... NOT!  

After my better half got a tooth of his knocked out, which prompted an emergency trip to the dentist for a temporary replacement, apparently my migraine thought it needed a little attention as well and landed me in the ER for one of those shots that leave you singing the Teletubbie's, song while drooling on the table, for the next two days!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rustic French Buffet

Just finished a piece for a client.  She liked the Rustic End Chest piece I did, so I pretty much did the same on this as I did on that.

I liked doing this piece better for all the *imperfections* throughout the buffet.  Lots of dings, knicks, and "trenches" in the wood to work with.  

I was giddy with excitement!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Blue Cottage Coffee Table

This is the coffee table that kinda of started my career going.  I had admired it from afar for some time and finally grabbed along with a couple of semi-matching end tables and a round side table.  I got them for free, but I had to trade my vintage tri-fold mirrored vanity for them.

Yes, I AM wishing I had that vanity back thank-you-very-much!

I don't really regret it much though because it help give me a nudge in the direction I'm going now.  Because of this coffee table, I started researching and learning on my  own how to do what I do now.  Each piece is new learning experience.  I was now ready to change the piece that moved me in the right direction.

Victorian Nursing Rocker with Stool

This is a Victorian nursing rocker that was given to me by a friend of ours.  She was out on her walk one day when she came upon it laying out for the trash.  The front edge of the seat was completely off and laying to the side.  It was damaged at the seams with gaping holes where the old screws were attached and barely hanging on.

Nothing that a little Quikwood couldn't handle!

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Bird In A Tree" Drawers

Ok, I just finished the biggest stinking headache challenge in my budding career.  A set of drawers that my son and I picked up on the side of the road one day on his way to school.  When I got them home, I realized that a lot of it was made of MDF *wood*.  My first instinct was to put them back on OUR front lawn, but NoooOOOOoooo!  I like a good oversized migraine *challenge*, so I kept em.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rustic End Chest

Here's a simple piece I just did recently for a client.  It's a Lane End Chest and she wanted it to go with an industrial vintage coffee table she recently purchased from Pottery Barn.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Black Hand Painted French Drawers

I picked up this antique set of drawers not too long ago from one of my first estates sales out in Cusseta, AL.  To say that this piece was in a bit of a wreck is actually being kind.  I always like pieces that have been slapped with a heavy piece of gag-me green linoleum that I have to scrap and pull off the top.  When I mean pull off, I mean stand on the top of the dresser and pull OFF!

The drawers were all wobbly and the veneer was a mess as well, but I looked at it as an awesome challenge.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

French Farmhouse-style Hutch

I was really excited about this piece when I was asked to transform it for a client.  It's a primitive, handmade piece that need a little attention, but still had good bones to it.

There is also a shelf to the top and a slanted one that was later made for the bottom since the piece is used to display jewelry and other items at a Spa Auburn here in town.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Guest Post from The Magic Brush, Inc. - "What Determines The Price of Painted Furniture"

I recently read this post from Facebook from "The Magic Brush, Inc.". What she says is SO important for both buyers of painted furniture and makers of it that it needs to be said over and over again.

 Most buyers do not understand what goes into each piece. Hopefully, if even one reads this post, they can educate those around them as to what we do and how the price of what we do reflects that. 

 Thank you again to Jennifer for writing and posting this piece!