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

General

Creating a More Abundant Life at Home

We are all certainly aware that we are spending time at home more than ever these days.  I just rewatched this video from my very gifted friend Erin Cochran from Revealing Redesign.  In this video, she talks about creating a more abundant life at home.  As our perspectives and situations have changed so drastically in the… Continue reading Creating a More Abundant Life at Home

Amy's Upcycles, refinish, tv stand, cabinet, Pottstown, PA TCACC
Makeovers

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, upcycle, furniture, painted furniture, Pottstown PA, TCACC
General

What Adds Comfort to Your Home?

As we all try to navigate this challenge new reality, we are spending a lot more time at home.  We are working, learning, and even shopping from home now more than ever.  With all the extra time and demands now placed on our homes, it only makes sense to want to make that space feel… Continue reading What Adds Comfort to Your Home?

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, custom built, dining table, farm style, farm table, TCACC, Pottstown, PA, Custom built
Custom Built

A Farm Table for Gathering

A client recently contacted me about building a large, rustic, farm-style dining table, and two matching benches.  She wanted a place for her kids and their friends to gather, as well as a place to host family dinners.  She was hoping to seat 10 people.  After measurements and calculations, we ended up deciding on a… Continue reading A Farm Table for Gathering

scrap wood projects, lanterns, upcycle
Custom Built

Lanterns From Lumber Scraps

What do you do when life hands you scraps? You build lanterns!! When you do as many projects as I do, you end up with scrap wood.  A LOT of scrap wood.  If I’m not careful, I can become overrun with these little treasures. When I get to the point where I need to reduce… Continue reading Lanterns From Lumber Scraps

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

Amy's Upcycles, Pottstown, PA, painted furniture, before and after, sideboard, makeover
Makeovers

Adding Style and Sophistication with a Bold Paint Color

I was reviewing some pieces that I refinished a few years back, and this sideboard always remains one of my favorites.  My client is an author and photographer with an eye for art and design.  Her choice of color for this sideboard was both bold and perfect! The sideboard was a piece that had been… Continue reading Adding Style and Sophistication with a Bold Paint Color

Amy's Upcycles, upcycle, refinish, stain, repurpose, reuse, Pottstown PA, TCACC, table
Makeovers

Playing around with stain

I've been experimenting with unconventional use of stain on furniture.  A few weeks ago I posted a blog called Pent Up Creativity about a table that I had done to resemble a seascape. This time I decided to play with a combination of stain and paint.  When I first saw this table, I was drawn… Continue reading Playing around with stain

Amy's Upcycles, custom build, sofa table, Pottstown PA, TCACC,
Custom Built

These Days, Necessity Truly Is the Mother of Invention

We needed a sofa table to go in our newly refinished basement.  But what do you do when shopping is not an option?  You build from scraps!  Sure, you could order online, but with furniture that gets dicey.  Plus, this way you get EXACTLY what you want.  Size, color, finish...all custom made. I do have to… Continue reading These Days, Necessity Truly Is the Mother of Invention