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Potting bench before and after
Makeovers

Rustic Inheritance Turns Functional for the Kitchen

This piece belonged my my client’s mother in law.  We are unsure if it originally functioned as a dry sink or a potting bench, but either way, it is a great sentimental piece that she wanted to use in her kitchen. She chose a silvery-gray color to blend with her kitchen counters.  After completing the… Continue reading Rustic Inheritance Turns Functional for the Kitchen

Bookcase with storage before and after
Makeovers

Whimsical Book Case

This bookcase was a roadside find of my friend Tom.  He is an excellent scout of cool, quality furniture that just has some aesthetic issues.  This bookcase didn’t disappoint.  It is well constructed and has sliding doors at the bottom for storage.  It is also a hideous shade of green-gold.  It actually looked kinda like… Continue reading Whimsical Book Case

Builder grade oak vanity before
Makeovers

Bathroom Vanity Makeover

It’s not often I get to work on bathroom vanities.  While I don’t do work on-site, I was able to refinish this vanity for my client because they removed it during demo of their bathroom and will reinstall it once I’m finished. The cabinet (pictured here on its back in the workshop) is oak and… Continue reading Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Upcycled church pew before and after
Makeovers

Pew Gets a Fresh Makeover

Not all makeovers need to be drastic to be effective.  When my client sent me a photo of this pew, I thought it was gorgeous.  I mean, it has tons of character, it’s 8 feet long and it has been lovingly worn over the years.  My client was looking to “crisp it up” for a… Continue reading Pew Gets a Fresh Makeover

End table before and after
Makeovers

Elegant Side Table Makeover

Ok, she’s not looking as elegant here, but you can tell this little side table was just lovely in her original glory!  She just needed to be stripped down to her bare bones and given a fresh start.  Structurally, the table is in excellent condition.  It just had wear and tear from use, as well… Continue reading Elegant Side Table Makeover

Vertical Garden -Cedar planters mounted vertically to the side of the house
Custom Built

Vertical Garden

I absolutely love living on a wooded lot.  Every day our backyard looks like a Disney movie with deer, rabbits, groundhogs, wild turkeys, and even the occasional skunk.  The downside to all of this activity is that having a garden is virtually impossible—at least if I want to be the one eating the fruits of… Continue reading Vertical Garden

Black distressed hutch, before and after
Custom Built

Creative Storage Solution

My client originally contacted me to build storage cabinets to flank her distressed black buffet and hutch.  She does not have enough storage for pantry items and needed a solution.  We discussed options back and forth and never really could come up with an option that would give her what she needed without taking away… Continue reading Creative Storage Solution

Hoosier cabinet before and after
Makeovers

Half of a Hoosier Cabinet for the Laundry Room

This little cutie was saved from a dumpster by the keen eye of one of my clients.  It is the bottom half of a Hoosier cabinet (the top was no longer with it), but my client's vision was to use it in her laundry room.  The enamel top and plentiful storage lend themselves perfectly to… Continue reading Half of a Hoosier Cabinet for the Laundry Room

Makeovers

A Sunny Little Dresser Makeover

What is better than a gorgeous dresser makeover?  A dresser makeover in a sunny yellow tone!  My client salvaged this dresser and will be using it in her foyer. She wanted a pop of color to break up an otherwise neutral palette.  I love the color she selected--it is a gorgeous, buttery yellow. This dresser… Continue reading A Sunny Little Dresser Makeover

Vintage tricycle before and after
Makeovers

Not Normally In My Wheelhouse (Pun Intended)

I hesitated in posting this project on my blog because it is not within my normal realm of refinishing furniture.  It is, however, a very sentimental story and you know how I'm a sucker for sentimentality!  A wonderful client of mine asked me to refinish her childhood tricycle so that she could give it to… Continue reading Not Normally In My Wheelhouse (Pun Intended)