I had a few other pieces to refinish but I thought I would get a jump on refinishing these chairs before Thanksgiving. You know, on the off chance they found a home around somebody’s table for the holiday. I acquired these chairs years ago from someone who had bought them with the sole purpose of refinishing them, but she never got around to them. So, after sitting in my shop waiting for a little TLC, they finally got it!
These chairs were structurally in great condition other than a few of the seats needed the wood replaced. All of the fabric and cushions were completely replaced. One crossbar stretching is missing from one of the chairs but the chair was structurally sound. I thought leaving it the way it was would give the set more character.
Dining Room Chairs Makeover
Removed seats and sanded all wood
All stables, cushions, and fabric removed
The base of wooden seats replaced where needed
Chairs received k walnut stain and wax finish
All seats received new cushions and soft turquoise fabric.
More on these chairs…
Out of the six chairs, two of them have arms leaving the remaining four as a standard chair. Total height: 36” Seat height: 19” Width: 18” Depth: 15”
These are for sale at a modest $250. If you are in the Austin area and interested, please contact me.
My partner and I have consistently complained that we needed a better place to hang our new farm hats other than plopping them down on the kitchen island or the new bar cart every night after a long day of work. We couldn’t justify spending $40 on a hat rack that we weren’t in love with… ok, that I wasn’t in love with, especially when I know I could make a better one.
The solution seemed simple… Make one! Just last month, I refinished a lovely little bar cart for my home. I had some leftover wood from the new top that I had fitted and some remaining paint as well. I also collect knobs and hooks when I go to craft stores because I always think, “Oh! I like that! I’m sure I’ll find a project for that.” I never know when I’ll need them, so sure enough… these little wooden knobs were a good previous purchase.
My apologies, the pictures aren’t the best. Our little wood cabin is pretty dark and the wood walls don’t help. (Side note: Can I tell you how difficult it is to decorate a wood walled cabin when you have wooden furniture?! It’s a lot of wood.) I combat it with as much white as I can to brighten it up though.
I really enjoyed making this little hat rack, so if you’re in need of a quick little hat rack, I’d be more than happy to make you a custom one for cheaper and better made than the ones you’ll find at the store. Email me!
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)