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Monday, June 29, 2015

My mama's dining room

Saturday mornings in my household are usually hoppin' we have somewhere to be, something to clean up, something to paint, a birthday to celebrate, something to set up or just something. period.  But once in a very blue moon we are free.  So I woke up one Saturday on such a blue moon and me and the hubs went to a garage sale and found a sweet dining room set just for us.  It is THE EXACT same set my mama has had for 25 plus years.  Thomasville shiny cherry wood table with 2 extensions and foam covering, china hutch, and wet bar.  SCORE!!!! Now this might not be your idea of a fantastic dreamy Saturday but for me it was SUCCESS!  Although this set is pretty nice as is, the seat cushions had been left out in the rain and were all mil-dewy and stained.  Apparently there was an ugly divorce and some furniture ended up outside in the rain.. People can be so childish but the silver lining is that I got a sweet set to redo. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Another one bites the dust!

A man was once walking on the beach when he noticed a young child picking up starfish and casting them back into the ocean.  There were hundreds upon the shores and the man thought the effort futile.  He approached the child and said you'll never be able to save them all, there are simply too many.  You can't possibly make a difference.  The young child picked up another starfish and simply said. It made a difference to that one.
So I paraphrased, from memory that fable about everything we do matters to someone. Every effort we make can change something.  Here is my futile effort to change all the depressing brown chunks of furniture into illuminating and inspiring pieces of home! One Brown hutch/armoire/dresser/table at a time!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lighten up the bedroom

The 80's orangey oaky furniture strikes again, but we've got it's number.  A little ( okay  A LOT ) of sanding, some stain a can of paint and a can of black spray paint.  This bedroom felt a little small with all of this solid wood chunky furniture.  Just changing the color lightened and brightened and expanded the whole room.   We cleaned up the pulls and sprayed them black and the rest we just painted with Sherwin Williams Creamy white color and used the sander to distress random areas.  The client loves this bedroom set all over again.  Like she did 35 years ago when she first bought it.  So glad it gets an extended life.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Table Remix for a friend

I like working with a client that's also a friend.  In some ways all of my "client" become my friends.  We bond over furniture.  We really do.  This client was a friend first and a client second so we bonded over other things, but then came the remix and now we have new things to bond over.  Okay enough here is the remix.
 Another orangey oak 80's table.  I actually love these.  Ya wanna know why?  Because they turn into the BEST remixes of all.  They have such pretty grainy tops and solid wood.  No dinky sleek hollow legs on the table or chairs. No pressed wood either.  I'm so glad the 80's gave us hairspray legging's great music and orangey oaky tables and chairs.. Here's to you 80's! This friend turned client had a specific set of rules for remixin' which I'm good with.  No floral, and nothing too Poppy  going on with the seat covers.  We went with a cool geometric design and warm colors.  After sanding completely down the top we used a minwax dark walnut stain, personally my very very favorite for table tops and the chairs were a Sherwin Williams black.  I think it turned out beautifully what do you think?