Have you ever had a project that you’ve had on your list for a little longer than you care to admit? Well, I’ve got a few of those in my shop. Things are a little slower these days as far as custom pieces so I’ve had some time to catch up. I acquired this dresser years ago and have moved it several times. I’m happy to say that she’s now received the makeover I’ve been meaning to give her!
This dresser had some rot on the bottom but the rest of it was in incredibly sturdy condition.
Removed all drawers, doors, and hardware
Flipped several times to remove the bottom piece with rot
Trimmed the side pieces and rebuilt for support
Sanded down and filled all major blemishes
Painted with dark grey paint
Applied ebony stain to new feet and piece
Attached new hardware with leather accents.
This piece is for sale. If you are in the Austin area and interested, please contact me.
Years ago, someone gifted me with this little table. I’ve been holding onto it because I just couldn’t find the right idea that matched its personality. I thought I wanted to do multi-colored striping on the top section. Admittedly, I wasn’t in love with that, but with a little patience, the right one finally came along.
Step End Table Makeover
This little guy was structurally sound but just needed some cosmetic repairs.
Remove all peeling wood and sand down
Fill various holes and cracks
Glue some of the laminate
Redefine crevices with Dremel tool
Paint teal, gold, and black
Coat with a polyurethane
This piece is for sale. If you are in the Austin area and interested, please contact me.
Back in August, someone had gifted me a few pieces of furniture during their downsize/move. This bar cart was one of the few and for the first time ever I thought, “I’m doing this one for me.”
The thing about moving into a new cabin in the Texas Hill Country is that believe it or not, I didn’t have a whole heck of a lot of furniture. I had done a huge downsizing myself just a year and a half before. I mean, I had all the furnture in my shop but… the bar cart is the only thing I saw coming into my home. The funny part of this is I don’t drink anymore, but I sure need the extra storage!
The Bar Cart Breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of what TLC this bar cart received:
Removed warped top and all hardware
A quick sand and a coat of white paint
Cut a new top down to size
Stained entire piece with walnut tinted wax
Replaced all hardware including door latches and stops
Here she sits in our front entrance way under the shelf I made with the same stain and all my house plants.
I have yet another exciting announcement to make: The workshop is now open! I know I’ve posted a few chairs here and a bench there, but the workshop is now fully operational and ready to take on larger pieces for custom refinishing work.
What does that mean?
What does that mean exactly? Well, if you have a dresser, a desk, perhaps a dining room table set that is in need of some TLC and elbow grease, it means that I now have the space to be able to refinish these pieces. It’s very exciting!
My previous shop was a great place to get started and I rented it for years. I had great company, views, and space. While the new shop is just a little bit smaller, I have to say the perks are worth it. It is bright, has windows, airflow, cabinets, and most importantly, it’s sealed off from the elements. And… I’m rigging it up for AIR CONDITIONING! I cannot tell you the number of times I have dripped sweat into a finish and had to start over. This is so exciting. The best part? It’s right outside my front door. I can have coffee and stroll just a few feet to the shop and go back and refill on coffee in seconds. (Clearly, the coffee is important.)
All this being said, bring your rundown furniture to me for a furniture makeover. C’mon! Keep me in the shop as much as possible!
I’m continuing with the PRIDE theme over here, as it is PRIDE MONTH! Plus I still had some of this fabulous fabric left. So far, I’ve created a PRIDE Embroidery piece, plus a pair of chairs, but what I’m most excited about is this bench. It’s definitely a huge transformation for this piece.
Several years ago, the owner of the bar I managed gave me this little bench. It’s been sitting in my studio for quite some time. I thought about redoing the original seat, but I decided to really give it a big makeover using the rainbow fabric. I’ve never really done a lot of reupholstery other than the occasional seat cover. Let’s just say I have a whole new appreciation for those that reupholster furniture. Between the corners and covering some of the structural work… I learned a lot.
Removed the original seagrass seating and swept up piles of dust
Sanded down the bench and filled in holes
Put in seat support framing and fitted a new seat top out of wood
Painted the bench a mustard yellow
Installed 3″ foam cushion and reupholstered with rainbow fabric.
This bench is for sale. If interested, please feel free to comment or email me! It needs a good home! (Let me know if you need a pillow to match… I think I have enough fabric left.)
I posted just the other day about PRIDE in my “Embroidery with Pride” post. Well, I didn’t think of any reason to stop there. I wanted to keep the theme going for the entirety of June as it is PRIDE Month. That being said, I’d like to show off this fabulous set of chairs I recently refinished.
The Prideful Pair
Several years ago, I refinished a rocking chairright after David Bowie’s passing. I reupholstered it with this loud rainbow fabric. I’ve been holding onto the remainder of it waiting for the perfect time and pieces to use it. PRIDE seemed like the only appropriate time to me. In my mind, these chairs were the perfect choice. Their simple build allows a lot of room for loud paint and the rainbow fabric.
Removed the seat, sanded, filled in holes and dents, then continued with structural repairs
Applied sky blue base, then an overcoat of purple and sanded down to achieve the distressed look
Continued with a polyurethane topcoat for maximum durability
For the seat, I removed two layers of upholstery, including countless staples and upholstery nails
Put in new seat padding and reupholstered with rainbow fabric.
These chairs are for sale. If interested, please feel free to comment or email me! They need a good home!
Raising the bar… or at least, trying to. It’s been a little bit of a nutty week over here and I feel like I can’t quite seem to bounce back from last week. Why am I so flustered? Well, my truck got broken into, laptop stolen and much more. As someone that lives out of her laptop between blogs, marketing, social media, editing pictures, etc. it’s been a little bit of a whirlwind with changing passwords, locking screens, and calling all sorts of agencies from banks to the IRS and everything in between.
With all the craziness, I’ve been trying to focus on the things that matter. A laptop and window can be replaced. While the majority of my pictures and documents were online or backed up, some of the most recent work wasn’t. Therefore, I’ve just been focusing on creating new things to share. Some of the images that I can’t get back are the high resolution pictures of this new bar I refinished. I think the iPhone pictures will work for now though.
This little bar cart was a curbside find by it’s current owner. It was in need of some serious structural work, before receiving a light sand and a coat of paint. After the repairs were made, the first coat of paint was applied only to discover Home Depot mixed me the wrong color! Now, knowing that there is no return policy on paint, I decided to improvise and mix what paints I had in the shop instead. I ended up with a cool charcoal grey coated with an ebony stain. A much better fit rather than the vibrant navy that had been first applied. The hardware was upgraded and she was ready to return home!
With moving and sprucing up a new (older) home, I feel like I’ve actually been Spring Cleaning for months.But now that Spring, however slowly, is on her way in, the real tidying up can begin.In my last post, I mentioned the longing to be in my wood shop.If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been lacking in the refinished furniture department quite a bit.
My poor neglected shop had really become a storage unit while the dust settled on the home front.And as soon as it settled, I went ahead and stirred it all up again, with the appropriate respirator, of course.
This past weekend, I completely reorganized my shop space.I mean, moved every piece of furniture, took out every paintbrush, went through every container of stain and paint.I’m grateful for the pot of coffee faithfully by my side to help aid in the process.
I said farewell to several pieces of furniture that were past salvaging, made a list of new items to join the shop, and have cataloged all the pieces I will be refinishing soon.
I wanted to share with you what I have in store for these pieces!
Wood Chairs – Pair
These wooden chairs are in great condition.They’ll be getting a light sanding, painted either red or more of a dark turquoise (still deciding) with a stained finish, and reupholstered with this Frida Kahlo fabric.
Freda Kahlo Fabric
This dresser came from Germany in the 1960s.It does have some water damage on the bottom and I will do what I can to salvage this part of it.I’m thinking of painting with a dark grey and having these fabulous leather wrapped brass pulls from Anthropologie for the outer handles.
Someone gifted me this coffee table a while back.I’ve been so intimidated by the veneer, but I think I have found a solution.Inspired by the painted benches at Fresa’s Restaurant on South First in Austin.
Chairs- Set of 6
I posted these chairs way back when.They have beautiful yet simple carved designs in the back.I wanted to stay true to the originals on these.I’ve begun staining them a little darker than how they came to me.I’m planning on refinishing the seats in a plush velvet, perhaps turquoise.
This little beauty needs a lot of work.Removing the original paint is a beast of an undertaking, and the mirror frames need a lot of work too.I have every intent on keeping the original glass, despite its age and blemishes.I’ve started painting it pink.That’s not too much, right?
I’m not going to lie, I wish I had space for this piece myself.I am planning on painting it a light grey with a walnut stain and keeping the legs with the original wood and, of course, getting glass in the door.
If any pieces speak to you, let me know. I’d love to find a home for these gems and make more room for neglected pieces to come in for love and a spruce.
Okay! I am, admittedly, a little behind on my blogging. The hustle continues though: crafting, creating, custom orders, playing music, Kickstarter stuff, etc. I have not given up on my Furniture for the Fight project! I may have fallen a little behind, but this project is so important to me. I had the month of May carved out in honor of Immigrant Asian American Month and a percentage of the proceeds will go to National Immigration Forum.
A little back story…
I found this handmade bookshelf at the side of the road. It had a lot of texture and personality. It was solid, for sure. I pulled over, put her in the back of the truck, and brought her straight to the studio.
After stripping off the drab brown paint, I got her a good sanding. I applied a creamy white paint with my go to walnut stain. The grooves in the wood held the stain nicely to accentuate the unique texture of the wood. My favorite part of this piece is the vibrant Japanese paper applied to the back of the shelves. The red and the gold really give this simple bookshelf a lot of personality.
If interested, go ahead and contact me. Again, a percentage of the proceeds will go to National Immigration Forum. Email me if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Furniture for the Fight! Yea! With every month that passes I am more and more excited about this project. The entire month of April in this little project has been carved out for Earth Day. The environment and our planet is so precious. It’s the only one we’ve got. So that being said, I have the following transformation below dedicated to Earth Justice.
A little backstory….
I went to the giant garage sale held at the Palmer Event’s Center here in Austin. It was hosted by a local church and was overwhelmingly large. It took me thirty minutes alone just to go through the furniture section of the sale. I spotted this beauty right away. I flagged down there nearest attendant and settled up. I felt like she had so much personality that was just being masked by the plain wood finish. She got loaded up in my truck and got taken to the studio.
I gave her a light sanding and applied a moss green milk paint, distressed the paint, and applied a clear wax finish. My favorite part was replacing the old hardware with the beautiful pink knobs from Anthropologie.
Seriously, I want to keep this piece, which is how I feel more and more as I keep refinishing pieces. Please, my 650 sp. ft. apartment is starting to look more and more like a furniture and home decor store! Again, a percentage of the proceeds will go to Earth Justice! Email me if you are interested (email@example.com)