Monday, September 12, 2016

French Linen, Pure White, and Leather

This is, quite possibly, one of my favorite dining sets of all time. 
It was chipped up and in need of a little love. In the picture below you can see that it had been "repaired" by someone just putting screws into the legs. I repaired this first and made sure that it was sound and secure.



So many little details on this table.


You can see a bit of yellow paint peaking through the black in this picture.

Originally I wanted to do my signature stained top and painted out base and chairs, but after hours and hours of stripping off many layers of paint, I found out the table was not wood. It was MDF and not stainable. I informed sweet Brooke and together we came up with the option of a two-tone paint look. Y'all!!! It turned out so pretty!!!!




Next came the chairs with paint, distressing, and new upholstery. The style of these chairs is just so pretty to begin with, but OH MY STARS, the leather! I finished the first seat and sat there stroking it. My son said, "Mom, what are you doing?" So naturally I busted out my inner nerd and best Gollum voice and said, "So pretty, my precious" while still stroking the leather. My son laughed so hard he fell off the sofa, "Mom!!! You are so weird! So stinking funny!!!"
All joking aside, you guys should know that it is highly stressful to cut into the expensive leather. Monica was at my house and can explain to you that I measured about three times before the first cut and after I began cutting, I was sweating like I had been in HIIT for 30 minutes. This is serious business!!! Mistakes cannot be made or it comes out of my paycheck.



Look at this chair...

I cannot explain how much I love this.


This space was still being renovated when I dropped off the table. Since this time, a beautiful buffet cabinet has been added and there are new gorgeous drapes on that big window.





 Recently I had to go and refinish the top of this table due to an adorable little girl and fingernail polish remover. It is still stunning in my opinion. I just smile every time I see it.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beauty and Function

When you work from home in any business, things can get messy! When your business is furniture makeovers and upholstery...it can take over your entire life! The first year I had my business up and running full time, I either had my sewing machine on my breakfast nook table or on a card table in my living room. You don't know the term "frustrated" until you have tried to hem 9 foot blackout lined drapes on an old sewing machine sitting on a card table...there were tears cried, pin cushions thrown, and many many trips to my closet to scream into my pillow!!! But, you deal with what you have and handle it frustrations and all. 
Then I lucked out. A client was wanting to have a fun little chair upholstered and she had this old piece and was wondering if I might want to trade: my upholstery work for me getting this awesome old piece. I said yes, and she dropped off this old beautiful armoire. It was in really bad shape. The bottom and back had water damage and some bugs had had their way with quite a bit of one side. The veneer was loose and it just needed a ton of work. From the front it looked gorgeous!!!



So I had an idea and went to look for inspiration.  Found several pictures to help me along, but this one below was my favorite. I found it on pinterest.

So naturally I got out my sketch book and went to work with my own thoughts and specifications.


I knew, because of the amount of damage and things that needed to be replaced, that this piece would need to be painted. It also needed to be taller for the drop down table to work and still have any good storage left. I wanted to add a storage drawer at the bottom to make that happen and add additional storage.

The entire back needed to be replaced

Then the bottom of each side had to be re-enforced


My father did the work on the piece for me so that I could try and keep up with all of my client work. The details of it were so perfect that it needed to be replicated perfectly, Dad is great at that! This is the new drawer unit with the original base below.





Once all of the pieces were made, it was time for stain and assembly. That's where I came back into the picture. I wanted the whole piece to be consistent and all look as old as the original cabinet.

I painted and distressed the main piece

 Then I waxed it, added some new pulls (obviously still needed to paint the drawer)

 These details y'all!!! It makes me happy!!!


Next came the inside. shelves were installed where there used to be a hanger rod. The hinged table was installed. It is just perfect!!!



 I can now tidy up my living room in 5 minutes and all signs of work can be hidden away inside this cabinet. 

I'll be honest, most days it stays open because I typically work around the clock. But, being able to stow everything away in minutes when people are coming by makes me really happy!

My daughter's cat loves it too!











Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Guest House

I have to play favorites this time, because this time it is personal! This project is one of my favorites not only because it was for my Aunt and Uncle, but because I did so many pieces. Not the least of which is this glorious bed!!!

This was the first time I have ever made a king sized bed and I loved it!!!

 I'm positive you can't tell that I'm proud of this or anything...

 It got a whitewashed stain (pickling) to keep with the light and airy cottage theme my client was aiming for. I LOVE this bed y'all!!!

Then I also had several pieces to makeover:

This little side table wanted to bleed stain color through my paint, so I had to pull out the big tricks to get this little one to stay pretty.

 This was probably my favorite makeover piece! With the little crystal knobs and the distressed edges, it just makes me happy!



 These cute little table were metal. 

 These two little tables had drawers, but the client had a vision and I agreed wholeheartedly! The shabby chic paint and the natural baskets made these just perfect! They had to be converted to shelves where the drawers were in the bottom, but then they were just precious!


 I did four of these little stools. They were raw wood and I stained them with a dark brownish-gray stain, sealed them, and then painted and distressed them to fit in with the rest of the space.

 This little corner shelf had seen better days, but as soon as I saw it, I knew that it could be amazing! It turned out just as I imagined it and I think it is pretty cute! The little woven shelves just make me happy!

This was a big project that also had to be delivered to another town and I'm so blessed that I have such awesome family that support me and my business and give me these opportunities! 


Thursday, August 25, 2016

All Those Pretty Lights

Lighting has rapidly become one of my absolute favorite things to work on. Any facet of it: building a fixture from scratch, making over a sad and dated fixture, painting them, re-wiring, testing them...I LOVE it!!! I'm a bit of a nerd, so I really love building them the most. These are a couple from the past that I'm sure some of you will remember:

I often sketch to see what I will end up with. This was how the light looked originally and below is what it was transformed into.



 This was such a fun light to make! One of my all-time favorites!!!

 This one is still my most requested. People want different types and colors! This one is a Peacock Door Designs original and the entire thing was built by me.

Another highly requested chandelier is my very own.


Now on to some of the ones I have done this year. All of them have been so different, and some were even just re-wiring jobs. But, they have all been so fun!

This one needed to be brought up to date.
 Once hung in the space, you can see how large it actually was. Rubbing the silver leaf on this was a task indeed.

This sad little milk glass fixture just needed to be taken apart, cleaned, painted, re-wired, and then hung in my room! That's right! I kept this little cutie!

When it comes to re-wiring, this is my best friend. This is my all in one light tester. I can test bulbs, plugs, if the wiring is still working...it does it all!


These cute little lamps just needed to be re-wired for my client.


All of these things were bright shiny brass and needed to be an antiqued brass to look appropriate.
This was interesting and required me spraying multiple sprays at the same time to achieve the desired end result!




The last one for today is a more recent fixture. This one is also quite large!


 This light had so very many steps to go through!

In the end, it was just perfect though. Antiqued gray finish, jute wrapped candle covers...just YUM!

So, if you're renovating and you come across an old fixture, rather than throwing it in the dumpster why not see if it can be reimagined into something wonderful!?!