Makeovers

A Desk that Would Make Mom Proud

My client reached out to me to update a beautiful desk that was her mom's.  This desk is a perfect example of taking an important piece of furniture and making it fit your lifestyle.  The desk was in great shape except for a few natural scratches and dings. She originally asked me to paint the… Continue reading A Desk that Would Make Mom Proud

Mission style dining table, distressed black with brown stain table top.
Makeovers

A Mission-Style Dining Table Makeover

I am so excited to share this project with you!  I was given this table and chair set by a client who no longer wanted them.  I have had it tucked away in my garage for a few years now.  So much of my work now is custom for clients that I rarely have a… Continue reading A Mission-Style Dining Table Makeover

desk repurposed as vanity by Amy's Upcycles
Makeovers

So Many Ways to Repurpose a Desk!

I was talking on the phone to a potential client the other day about a desk he has that is a sentimental family piece, but is simply not functional.  The place where your knees are supposed to go is so small that only a child could fit.  I have not seen the desk or even… Continue reading So Many Ways to Repurpose a Desk!

bathroom renovation, before and after pictures, Amy's Upcycles
Makeovers

Reflecting on Renovations

I recently came across this blog post from our master bathroom renovation.  I wanted to share how a little creativity and some leftover materials can go a long, long way.  Here is the before picture. I knew the "feeling" that I was after for the room.  Let's call it spa meets rustic.  I'm over the… Continue reading Reflecting on Renovations

crib, bench, repurpose
Custom Built, Makeovers

A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

I received a lot of positive feedback on my previous crib-to-bench and bed-to-bench repurposing projects.  As a result, I had another client reach out and ask me to do the same for her crib.  The part I love most about repurposing is that each project--while similar in concept--is completely different in execution and final results.… Continue reading A New Spin on Repurposing a Crib into a Bench

Amy's Upcycles, refinish, tv stand, cabinet, Pottstown, PA TCACC
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When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

My client contacted me to refinish this small cabinet that holds his television.  He wanted it refinished in a golden oak stain to match the rest of his furniture. When he dropped it off to my shop, there were a few surprises.  It seems that someone had attempted to strip it down but, well, let's… Continue reading When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, dresser, white dresser, upcycle, refinish, tack, painted furniture
Makeovers

White Paint Creates a Crisp Finish for a No-Cost Treasure

I was contacted recently by a client to paint this dresser to give it a fresh, clean new look. It was in great condition except for a "chunk" broken off of the corner of one of the drawers.  There was a little damage to the top, but nothing that a bit of sanding wouldn't smooth… Continue reading White Paint Creates a Crisp Finish for a No-Cost Treasure

Painted Furniture, Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown PA, desk turned kitchen island
Makeovers

Repurposing Furniture: Turning A Desk into a Kitchen Island

Did you ever have a quality piece of furniture that was nice, but just not something you needed?  Consider transforming it into something you will love--and that will fit your lifestyle! This desk is high-quality and extremely well-constructed.  I wanted to take the opportunity to transform it into something completely different.  Considering the size, quality,… Continue reading Repurposing Furniture: Turning A Desk into a Kitchen Island

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown, PA, refinish, restore, painted furniture, stained furniture, tcacc, upcycle, sentimental
Makeovers

Hoosier Cabinet Revival

I am so pleased that I have been able to revive two Hoosier Cabinets this year alone!  If you're unfamiliar, Hoosier Cabinets were used in the early 1900s before kitchen cabinets were built-in.  They provided storage and a work surface--often including flour sifters within the cabinet. My client contacted me to save this cabinet because… Continue reading Hoosier Cabinet Revival

Makeovers

Combining Paint and Stain on a Single Piece of Furniture Opens Endless Possibilities

I get a lot of feedback in my day to day conversations about why people are hesitant to have their furniture refinished or painted.  Some people strongly believe that you should never paint “good wood”.  Others think that a particular piece is too damaged to be salvaged.  Still, others are just creatively stuck.  They are… Continue reading Combining Paint and Stain on a Single Piece of Furniture Opens Endless Possibilities