Friday, February 22, 2013

Desks, Desks and more Desks

After looking through pictures of my recent finished projects, I've realized that I seem to be drawn to desks. Apparently I must really like desks because I sure have painted a lot of them over the last few months.

This fun & funky mid-century desk, I painted in this great "avocado green" certainly a throw back color but I think it fit this little desk perfectly.

This cute little desk got a coat of creamy white and some distressing to bring out her simple little charm.

Ooh La la I just love me some French Furniture! This piece was in rough shape when I got it, but a little TLC and some "French Gray" paint and she found a great new use as a make-up vanity in my clients home.

I even managed to get my hands on this old sewing desk....she was painted in a creamy white and distressed for that "shabby" look at was purchased by a client for her daughters first sewing machine. I love hearing what my pieces of furniture are going to be used for. It makes me happy!

This vintage children's desk was not much to look at when I found it. The top was pretty much ruined, but with a little creativity, I was able to turn the top into a chalkboard and painted the bottom a great "barn red" color and this little desk was given a new life. My client purchased this for her son who has "special needs" and she has already called me and told me how much he loves writing and practicing his numbers on this piece! :-)

Finally, this little secretary was painted Gold when I found it. with a little elbow grease and some new glass knobs, she cleaned up pretty well.
There is something so sweet and charming about a desk. They make me smile and I love giving pieces that people throw away or donate a new chance at life! I LOVE what I DO!!
Happy painting!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Old Buffet

OK...this antique buffet has a story behind it. I found this piece almost a year ago. I was strolling thru the thrift store and I was just about to leave disappointed that I hadn't found anything and when out of the corner of my eye I see this "beauty".....I gasped or maybe even squealed and literally ran over to it. I asked the manager..."Is this for sale?" "Well, we were going to send it back to our warehouse, its in too bad of shape to sell" "What!!" I said..."oh no, no, no! I MUST have it" he said, "OK" and I'm pretty sure I hugged him and told him I loved him!!

I brought it home, and although it did have all of its original hardware, he was was in really bad shape. I parked it in the garage and that's where it has sat for a long, long time. FINALLY, I put my big girl panties on and decided it was time to TACKLE the beast! I consider myself a pretty handy gal, I can pretty much fix anything I NEED to, but what have I gotten myself into???
I started by removing all the hardware and gluing all of the wood that over time had started to separate and crack. Then I filled in as many of the holes & cracks with wood filler as I could. The ones that were too bad were just going to have to add "character." Once it was "repaired" ( I use this term loosely) I tried to figure out what color I was going to paint it. This is always the hardest thing for me because color makes or breaks a piece of furniture. So after much deliberation, I decided on gray. Not just any gray will do, I got out my measuring cups and decided I needed to "create" the right gray. After a few minutes of "a little of this and a little of that" the perfect gray was achieved.....After a few coats of paint, some slight distressing (not that it needed much help in the distressing) and a coat of wax.....HERE SHE IS!!! BEAUTIFUL huh??
I LOVE this piece of furniture! Like, literally LOVE this! The kind of love that made it almost impossible to sell it. Luckily for her, the first person to contact me about buying it,  happen to be a friend of mine so I "let" her buy it and take it home. Only after a thorough check of her background and references ;-) she assured me it would be loved and well taken care of, so with a tear in my eye she left me. They say that there is really only one true love of your life.....Is this true for furniture too? Time will tell, maybe tomorrow I will stumble across another love!
Happy Painting.

Friday, February 15, 2013

IS bigger always better?

Howdy y'all,

Can you believe that its already the middle of February? Gosh.....time sure does fly when your having fun! As usual, I've been a busy little bee and gotten lots and lots done. The first weekend in February, I moved into a bigger space down at Merchant Square and with that move came lots of changes. I loved my little "corner" down at the shop....I made it completely "me" it made me smile every time I walked around the corner and saw it, however I was finding that I needed a bigger space to showcase more of my furniture pieces, so when a bigger space became available, I JUMPED!

Here are a few pictures of my new space......isn't she lovely??


It was a TON of work to get everything ready and stocked for the first big weekend of the month which also happened to be one of Merchant Square's biggest flea market & sale days, but it was WAY worth it! I've already had to re-stock my space....TWICE!! I'm truly blessed to have found something that I LOVE to do and that supports my shopping and crafting addictions. I thinik in this case, bigger is better! I LOVE my new space.
In addition to re-stocking the shop, I've also been able to get a few pieces done for clients and customers.
This buffet was in great shape and I really wrestled with even painting it, but unfortunately in my "business" unpainted just doesn't I only painted the bottom and left the top with its original wood showing and I think it makes this piece amazingly "rich" looking. 

This 1980's Heavy oak dresser got a black paint job and some slight distressing around the edges and she was stunning when all done.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by.