Amy's Upcycles, painted and stained furniture, Pottstown PA
Makeovers

The beauty of a paint and stain combination

In speaking to clients and potential clients, I get a lot of information about why people are hesitant to have their furniture refinished.  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 having… Continue reading The beauty of a paint and stain combination

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Custom Built, Makeovers

How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

I acquired this desk through a friend and I just knew it was asking to be special (and for those raised eyebrows, no-I don't hear voices- but the furniture does have a way of communicating with you if you are willing to listen). The desk is very heavy and extremely well-constructed.  What better transformation than to… Continue reading How I Transformed a Desk into a Kitchen Island

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Makeovers

What A Little Paint Can Do

Take a look at this before and after transformation! I recently had the opportunity to repaint this armoire for a client.  Just a basic paint job. No repairs, no rebuilding, no stripping/sanding/staining.  Yet it is amazing to me what paint can do. The armoire belonged to the client when she was a child, so it… Continue reading What A Little Paint Can Do

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Custom Built

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 my stash, I create projects where I can use… Continue reading What do you do when life hands you scraps?

Makeovers

The Leftover Makeover

We recently made over our master bathroom, and 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 moon for vessel sinks,… Continue reading The Leftover Makeover

Makeovers

The missing link

This project was so much fun! The client contacted me to finish this bookcase to go in her young daughter's bedroom.  The Lilly Pulitzer-style room was bursting with color and accented with navy blue.  She wanted the background of the bookcase to be Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and wanted a link pattern in gold across the… Continue reading The missing link

Custom Built

Custom TV Console

I recently had one of my regular clients ask if I could build her a TV console for their family room.  She sent me a photo of what she wanted, and lucky for me, there were building plans attached!  I followed the design plans from Remodelaholic found here. The building plans warned that this piece… Continue reading Custom TV Console

Custom Built

Cutting Board Hack

I want to share a simple cutting board storage idea with you.  If you are like us, you use cutting boards several times a day (my favorites happen to be wood).  The challenge is how to keep them accessible and let them dry completely between uses.  Cue my incredibly simple cutting board rack (or hack!)… Continue reading Cutting Board Hack

General

Built for a Crowd, Yet Deeply Personal

I was recently asked to build two large farm tables for a client.  He frequently opens his home up to friends, family and the community and was looking for a way to seat a crowd, while being able to store the tables when not in use.  I came up with a design that would allow… Continue reading Built for a Crowd, Yet Deeply Personal

General

Custom Embellishments

Today I'm going to teach you the method I use to create custom embellishments.  It is a great way to add a 3D element to furniture and let me tell you, the sky is the limit when it comes to design. For this tutorial, I'm going to use a Tree of Life design that I recently… Continue reading Custom Embellishments