I Got the Blues

So I was hanging out at the thrift store and saw the great potential in this chair that apparently no one else saw. I have never done upholstery in stripes because it leaves very little room for error. For a first try I didn’t do too bad. I bought a used upholstery machine that is still at my girlfriends house.… Read more →

Here We Sew Again

Another sewing machine desk I could not resist repurposing. These desks have such good bones and are made of wood and beautiful. I hate to see them go to a dump. Seeing an orphaned sewing desk just gets my creative juices flowing. You may get sick of seeing them but I promise I do other furniture also. This piece was… Read more →

Sew What?

I just love rehabbing old sewing machine desks. I have done several since I gave this lovely lady a new life. She has since been sold and is in a new home where she is loved.   She was not nearly this cute when I got her. Soooo I am at an estate sale and I spot this:   Yeah… Read more →

Over and Over

  Ever have one of those pieces that you have a fabulous vision for and it flops? I got this great piece for a great price in an online auction. It looked horrible but I had a vision and it was sturdy, well made old piece. Do you see what I do? No, not the dirt and grime. The original… Read more →

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        I got this guy at a hoarder/handyman estate sale, the best kind. ok who am I kidding ANY estate sale is the best kind. NO, I don’t have  problem. Its a small chest of drawers. He was hand built with love. He still has the handwritten measurements in pencil on the inside when I removed the… Read more →

This Hutch is For You

Odd title I know. There is a story behind it. This hutch was originally purchased as a keeper for me and storage in my sewing room. In its original state my mother insisted it was an exact match for my Nana’s china cabinet. For some reason I cannot find the before pics I took. You know the cabinet though. Federal style mahogany,… Read more →

Thrift Store Score

I have to admit I am a thrift store junkie. I have a hard time passing a thrift store without stopping just to make a quick round to see if there is something I can transform. I am rarely looking for anything in particular. Furniture or accessories with good bones is usually the criteria. Oh yeah – beautiful dishes but at is a subject for a different post.

So in passing I stopped at my favorite Salvation Army. I have really found some great stuff there at decent prices. I spied this beautiful sturdy lady.

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She was in better shape than most pieces I get. Usually if it is the worst looking piece in the store with fabulous potential it’s the one I drag home. Hubby just looks and shakes his head, jiggles it back and forth and proclaims “it’s rickety”. This girl is sturdy like my grandma that worked in the mill all her life. Broad shouldered and hefty, I had to have her. I tested the drawers, check – shook it back and forth to see if DH would claim “it’s rickety”. No wobble- check! Problem is she is more than I usually spend on furniture. I had to think about it.

Next day, I told you I cannot pass a thrift shop without stopping, she is still there. I test the drawers again, look her over, admire her and walk away again. Next day again same thing. Lady in store gives me a lower price, still more than I usually spend but this girl is in better shape than most pieces I usually buy. I tell DH about her. He says if you like it that much get it. Ok well that’s all I need to push me over the edge, I am getting up the next morning and snatching her up before someone else realizes what potential she has. I got up the next morning got DH’s truck and rushed over……whew! She’s still there. Quickly I paid the said , albeit high, previously stated discounted price and the musclemen loaded her up in the truck and she was all mine.

So I bought her thinking I was going to paint the popular Union Jack flag on her, then I thought maybe an American flag, maybe solid and highlight her curves and details. This is OCD at its finest people. I finally decided on blue and white stripes.

I painted the entire chest Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue and let it dry overnight , just in case. I used delicate surface Frog Tape for the stripes.  Love this stuff.

Stripes look wonderful and they are not as hard as you might think. Just use an extra piece of tape as a spacer and it goes quick.

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After taping her off I used a mixture of Annie Sloan’s Paris Gray and some CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. This made a very light grey color that blended perfectly with the blue.

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I lightly distressed and waxed her with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and buffed it to a shine. I cleaned up the original brass hardware but did not take off all of the patina. I LOVE it!! I can’t decide if I should keep it or sell it. I fall in love with all my pieces. She is currently for sale until I decide to keep her. Lol

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I absolutely adore this beauty!

Until next time…..